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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Ulysses S. Grant, born on this date in 1822, "I only know two tunes. One is 'Yankee Doodle,' and the other isn't."

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OOPS! -- We got the phone number wrong for tickets and info for Saturday's walking tour of the Old First Ward, sponsored Waterfront Memories and More Museum. It should be 825-1332. The tour starts at 10 a.m. from Gene McCarthy's Tavern, 73 Hamburg St.

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SHUFFLE OFF -- AARP Chapter 3526 holds its annual spring card party from 6 to 9 p.m. today in Sikora Post, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. There also are refreshments, prizes and a theme basket auction. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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TALKING MOVIES -- The Films to Talk About Series in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., features a thought-provoking animated film at 7 p.m. Friday. It's "Persepolis," the 2007 film based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about growing up as a rebellious girl in Iran before and after the Iranian Revolution. Admission is free. For info, call 622-9348.

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CENTURY PLUS -- Celebrating the City of North Tonawanda's 114th birthday Saturday are the people who keep track of these things, the folks at the North Tonawanda History Museum at 54 Webster St., which also is celebrating its seventh anniversary.

Admission will be free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. At 2 p.m., 85 people and businesses will be recognized for their contributions to the museum.

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BARGAIN BIN -- The Amherst Lions Club holds its annual Treasure Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd. Household goods, collectibles, jewelry and tools will be offered. Proceeds benefit Lions programs for the blind.

The Ladies Sodality holds a rummage sale of gently used items, including children's and adult clothing, household goods and books, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Annunciation parish gym, Clinton Street and Girdle Road, Elma. Admission is 50 cents. Donations will be received at the gym from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

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SOUTHERN COOKING -- More than 40 different food items from six restaurants, from prime rib to triple-layer banana cake, will be featured at A Taste of the Southtowns from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Springville Fire Hall on Route 39.

There will be 50 baskets up for auction, plus a silent auction. Admission is free with purchase of auction tickets. Two bands will play -- the Rustic Ramblers, featuring Gene Hilts on steel guitar, and Wagner & Winston. Proceeds benefit the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, one of the nation's largest nonprofit waterfowl sanctuaries. For info, call 942-6835.

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HELPING HAND -- Volunteers are welcome to join the Eggertsville Community Organization Neighborhood Watch Committee on Saturday as it distributes fliers for its Porch Light Program on Springville Avenue. The group will gather in the parking lot of Wedekindt Funeral Home, North Bailey Avenue and Cambridge Boulevard, at 10 a.m. For info, call Charles Gilbert at 834-5236.

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FLOWER POWER -- The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York holds its 2011 Judged Show and Sale this weekend on the second floor of Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. In addition to plants for sale, there will be a full display of judged plants and information on growing them. For info, call Paul Kroll at 652-8658.

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CALLING CRAFTERS -- Crafters are invited to take part in the rummage sale, craft sale, bake sale and flea market on May 14 in St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, next to the high school. Table reservations are $15 or two for $25. Deadline for reservations is Sunday. Call 731-1619.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Patrick Michael Smith, Margaret Sibley, Joe Ed Morrow, Diana P. Peete, John Fraissinet, Ed Righter, Cathy Sunderlin, Peggy Newell, Jennifer Russell, Cathy Calleri, Susan Viller, Elaine Kronbeck, Robert R. Simon, the Rev. Raymond J. Mahar, Jerry Metzger, Dolores Staebell, Sister Magdalino, Amber Mye, Andrea Magruder, Esther Akins, Gene Bulatek, Lt. David Mann Jr., Timothy Bondanza, Peg Trautmann, Jean Hoier, Danny Mackey, Nicole Maciejewski, Jena O'Neill and Gene Boyer Jr.

AND THURSDAY -- Stephanie Ciccarelli, Michelle Gorlewski, Janet Frisch, Dave Sasiadek, Maureen Geoghan, Ella Weber, May Ruhl, Timothy C. Smith, Erica Kotusiak, Dillon Grabowski, Joy Pfitzinger, Diane Klass, Kathleen Horrigan, Erin Frankhauser, Erin Higgins, Nick Kuriy and Gretchen Kamke.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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