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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, born on this date in 1863, "Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting."


OLD SCHOOL -- Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga, is holding an all-class alumni reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Student Center. Tickets are $30 at the door, $25 advance. Call 961-1852.

St. Mary's Elementary School, 2 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster, invites alumni, family and friends who are 21 and older to enjoy an evening of memories with the Boys of Summer from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Tickets are $20 and include beer, wine and pop. For info, call 685-2349.


HORSE POWER -- The Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club stages its 29th annual Plow Fest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wheater Road and Route 62, Town of Collins. In addition to plow competition, the day includes pony rides, wagon rides, a petting zoo, various demonstrations, a chicken barbecue and music by the Whiskey River Band. Admission is free.


BRING THE FAMILY -- The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue, celebrates the grand opening of its newly refurbished Pioneer Life Gallery as part of its first 2011 Family Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The program also includes students from Aurora Waldorf School performing a traditional May Pole dance, blacksmith and weaving demonstrations, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and pony rides. Admission is $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Adults are free with children's admission.


CHEF SHOWDOWN -- Nickel City Chef, which stages cook-offs among the area's leading chefs, is now ready for dessert. Its first Nickel City Pastry Chef competition will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St. Tickets are $35.

Vying will be chef Ellen Gedra of Bistro Europa and chef Paul Piorkowski of Black & Blue Steak & Crab. Judges include Carolyn Panzica, owner of the Chocolate Bar, and WKBW-TV news anchor Joanna Pasceri. For info, visit


LET'S DANCE -- The Fred Astaire Orchard Park dance studio in the Quaker Crossing Plaza offers an evening of dancing to the Latin Jazz Project from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. For info, call 822-0299.


DYNGUS REDUX -- St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, brings back its popular Polish Night on Saturday. The program begins with a Polish Mass at 4:30 p.m., followed by pierogi, golabki and more at 6 p.m. Polka music by the Krew Brothers begins at 8. Admission is $25 and includes food tickets. For tickets and info, call Sue Haas at 627-4649 or Marcia Shea at 648-0038.


BUYING TIME -- Grilling items like steaks and ribs are featured as Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 129 Laverack St., Lancaster, holds a meat raffle Saturday in the school hall. Doors open at 5 p.m., first raffle is at 7. Admission is $5 advance, $6 at the door, and includes beer, wine, pop and snacks. For info, call Tim Wozniak at 686-9559.

St. Stephen's Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst, holds a flea market and baked goods sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

The Orchard Park Home Bureau holds a theme basket raffle and card party at 1 p.m. Sunday in the St. John Vianney School cafeteria, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Admission is $1 for the raffle, $5 for the card games.


WEEKEND MENU -- Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, starts at 4 p.m. today at West Street Elementary School, 5700 West St. at Route 31, Sanborn; $9. Drawings for annual basket auction start at 7. Also prizes including a 42-inch TV and an autographed Ryan Miller jersey. For info, call 215-3200.

Chicken and biscuit dinner, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Elma United Methodist Church, 2991 Bowen Road; $9 adults, $5 kids 5 to 10, under 5 free.

All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ken-Ton Masonic Hall, 190 Minerva St., City of Tonawanda; $6 adults, $3 children.

All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan; $7 adults, $5 kids 5 to 12, children and under free. Benefits Kickin' Rhythm Cloggers. The Kickin' Kids will provide entertainment. For info, call 673-6556.

All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Boomerang's Bar & Grill, 995 Niagara St; $10, benefits the Buffalo Guy Men's Chorus, which will perform throughout the evening. For info, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Zachary Schlau, Susan Martin, Michelle Richau, Marty Richau, Dean Brownrout, Riley Moll, Jack Panek, Suzette Simonson, Frank Ganci, Don Paul, Tim Shisler, Monsignor S. Paul Ayoub, Jonathan Cielinski, Emily Powley, Timothy Zimpfer, David Nowak, Paul Kamrowski Sr., Rachel Anne Kamrowski, Elizabeth Susan Kamrowski, Bob Patterson, Alexander J. Aylward, Joette Iannone, Michael Wrigglesworth, Sharon Driscoll, Victoria Krause, Kimberly Borkowski, Angeline Smolarek, Jennifer Gillen, Julia Bartels.

SATURDAY -- Brendan Sean Connors, Linda Mabry, Doug Morgano, Peter Cutler, Catherine Artman, Peggy Gonzalez, Maureen Mann, Mary Shea, Alice Reed, Baylee Locke, Anthony Wagner, Angela Williams, Katherine Sutkowski, Ron Bieler, Peg Hartmann, Betsy Phillips, Ronald Bieler, Diane Moser, Bill Vogt, Tim Meidenbauer, Dan Josefiak, Mary Ann Paolini, Wendy Ricigliano, Nicole Schichtel, Cyndi Schilling, Rami Schilling, Thomas Giambra, Nathan Rokitka, Nicole Schichte, Pam Grabowski, Kathy Scharlockl.

AND SUNDAY -- Jim Stillwell, Betty Rubins, Margaret Sullivan, Susan Tanner, Jim Lorentz, Jim Staas, Jeffrey Friedman, Marty Schwarz, Sis Young, Estelle Bykowicz, Toni Ameroso, Cindi Vaught, Nolan Oliver, Brian Peters, Darlene Rezmek, Kevin Biddle, Donald Vogt, Eloise Zoyhofski, Kathy Summers, Toni Ameroso.


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