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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to frequently scandalous French novelist Francoise Sagan, born on this date in 1935, "A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you."

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HERE'S TO HISTORY -- The Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society hosts a beer tasting from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St., followed by a cash bar from 7 to 9. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door. For advance tickets, call 674-6440 or the museum at 849-0914. The museum, located at 66 Erie St. in downtown Buffalo, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Admission is free.

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TALKING POINTS -- There will be plenty to discuss after the next feature in the Films to Talk About series at 7 p.m. Friday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. It's the Danish-made "After the Wedding," which was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for best foreign language film, and it raises so many fascinating moral dilemmas about love and loyalty that one evening may not be enough to hash them all out. It's free. For info, call 662-9348.

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PEST FEST -- The main characters at the Alien Invaders Family Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, off Como Park Drive in Cheektowaga, aren't from Mars, but they might as well be.

The program will focus on invasive plants and animals, introducing them to youngsters through games, crafts and outdoor activities. Families also can hunt for them in Reinstein Woods on a guided tour, learn how to control them and even yank a few invasive plants. It's free, and no registration is required. For info, call 683-5959.

The champions at removing one particularly pushy invasive species will be crowned at noon. Since April, volunteers from about a dozen organizations have been competing to see who can remove the most garlic mustard plants from the woods. A fast-growing weed brought here from Europe as food originally, it crowds out native wildflowers like trillium. Fortunately, it's easy to spot and easy to pull.

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BERRY TIME -- Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 Main St., Attica, will hold a Strawberry Social from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. In addition to strawberry shortcake and strawberry sundaes, there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, chicken, baked beans, potato salad and refreshments. Proceeds benefit United Methodist Women mission projects at home and abroad.

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BASKET CATCH -- Wine baskets, children's baskets, a sports basket, a gourmet basket, a chocolate lover's basket and baskets for gardeners, crafters and pet lovers are among the dozens assembled for raffle by the Friends of East Aurora Library. They've been on display in the library, 550 Main St., for the past two weeks and raffle tickets are still available for them. Drawings take place on Saturday. Winners do not need to be present to win.

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HIGHWAY FANTASIES -- Ever want to sit behind the wheel of a giant earth-moving machine? Or maybe an antique taxi? You can have your chance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Seventh Annual Big Toys, Trucks & Bikes fundraiser at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

There also will be police and fire vehicles, a variety of motorcycles, a school bus and even a Toyota Prius. Raffles for toys and a pair of $200 gas cards will be drawn at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 adults, $6 children. For information, or if you want to donate a toy or lend a vehicle, call 627-4560.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Teresa Dill, Pat Riley, Diane Gall-Meldrum, Laurie Bastien, Grace Battaglia, Sister Mary Claire Doyle, Dan Snyder, Susan Lesswing, Lydia Lickfeld, Rev. Elijah Lewis, Malika Bozeman, Zekariah V. Smith, Chad McCabe, Debra Calaiacovo, Brad LaGrow, Rob Hartmann, Karen Spence, Chris Raphael, Jimmy Senko and Roger Weiss.

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