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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to blues singer Ma Rainey, born Gertrude Pridgett on this date in 1886, "If you don't like my ocean, don't fish in my sea/ Stay out of my valley and let my mountain be."

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THINKING YOUNG -- Deadline is Friday to register for the Children's System of Care Mental Health Awareness Conference and Luncheon, formerly known as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Workshop topics include "Stress Less/Laugh More" with Nancy Weil of the Laughter Academy, Western New York Healers; "Internet and Social Media Safety" with Charity Burgio of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and "Child and Adolescent Assessment Based on Risks and Needs" with Tom Lillis, deputy commissioner of youth services for the Erie County Department of Social Services.

To register, call Angeline Walker at 858-1546.

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ON THE WATERFRONT -- Get acquainted with the colorful past and present of the Old First Ward as Waterfront Memories and More Museum, 208 Elk St., leads a walking tour of the district at 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $15. The tour starts at Gene McCarthy's Tavern, 73 Hamburg St., and features re-enactors who will tell the history of the area. For info, call Joan Scahill at 825-1322.

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BARGAIN TIME -- The Women's Fellowship of Kenmore United Church of Christ, 295 Delaware Road, holds its spring rummage sale in the church hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, followed by a $1 bag sale from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Chairwoman is Maureen Einhiple.

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BIRTHDAY BUILDUP -- The Town of Hamburg Bicentennial Committee gets cooking on its plans for the town's 200th birthday next year with the first of its fundraisers -- a drive-through chicken barbecue -- from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. For advance tickets, call 649-7700. The committee also is looking for interested Hamburg residents to help out with design and publicity.

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GOOD GRIEF -- The Lazarus Lecture Series in the Pine Lawn Chapel, 2951 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, presents a program titled "Grief as a Spiritual Journey" at 7 p.m. Thursday. Sister Martha Olszewski, a licensed social worker, will talk about the role of faith while grieving. Presented as part of the bereavement support programs of the Catholic Cemeteries and the Mount Calvary Cemetery Group, it's free and open to the public.

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PASTA TIME -- Autistic Services Inc. holds its 33rd annual ASI Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ellicott Creek Fire Hall, 45 S. Ellicott Creek Road near Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 kids 4 to 10, youngsters 3 and under free. Proceeds benefit ASI's programs, which include a school in Williamsville, day habilitation programs for autistic people ages 21 to 52 and 11 residences and family support services in Western New York. For tickets, call Frank Andzik at 631-5777, Ext. 304.

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PLACE IN HISTORY -- West Seneca Town Historian Jim Pace, who has written a West Seneca book for the popular "Images of America" collection by Arcadia Publishing Co., will hold a book-signing from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Maggie McNamara, Larry Levite, VaSean D. Crews, Marie Cusick, David Ende, Maria Farnell, Brandan Makowski, Ryan Morrissey, Rich Noblett Jr., Nelson Delano, Kacy Frankhauser, John Kobza, Gail Berger, Shannon Cook, Emma Giordano, Dorothy Kummer, Kendra Hejna, Collette McElligott.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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