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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet and critic John Ciardi, born on this date in 1916, "Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen."

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PAGE TURNERS -- The Friends of the East Aurora Library are sponsoring a huge used-book sale from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, Main and Paine streets, across from the library. Everything is half-price Saturday except for the specials. Call 652-4440.

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MARKET DISCOUNT -- The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers' Market, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday on Bidwell Parkway near Elmwood Avenue, now is taking part in the Fresh Checks program, which is good news for people receiving public assistance. It provides an extra $2 worth of coupons for every $5 worth of tokens purchased at the market with an EBT card. Visit the Elmwood Village table at the market for details.

Meanwhile, registered dietitian Nicole Klein will be at the Elmwood Village table from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for a monthly visit to answer questions, review recipes and provide nutritional tips.

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WASH ME -- Brighten up your wheels by taking it over to New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, between noon and 3 p.m. Sunday. They're holding a car wash to raise money to help youngsters attend summer camp.

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INSIDE JOB -- The United Methodist Women of Christ United Methodist Church, Harlem and Saratoga roads, Snyder, aren't taking a chance on the weather. They're holding their second annual indoor garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; a baked goods sale and food will be available. For info or to rent a table, call 835-9572.

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IT'S RAINING CATS -- We've seen bridal showers and baby showers, but from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Walden Galleria will be the scene of a kitten shower on the lower level near the Apple store. Scores of cuddly little kittens and larger cats from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, HEART, the SPCA Serving Erie County, Ten Lives Club and Maddie's Pet Rescue Project will be available in all sizes and colors.

Adopters who bring a gift to the shower, such as cat litter, towels or plastic carriers, will receive a discount on their adoption fees. Adoption fees vary, depending on the organization, and include vaccinations and spaying or neutering. For info, visit www.maddiesfund.org or call Kara Lee at 343-0253.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Meg Klamp, Michael Faust, Marcia A. Giambrone, Andrew Simonson, Marc McCabe, Robert Hassett, Dr. Anthony Federico, Cathy Hoch, Ed Zimmerman, Gabriel Ferratella, Eleanor Kraft, Don Schutt, Carol Wright, Karen Jukich, Debra Regelski, Chris Raphael, Janice Kriegel, Alan Davidson, David Mann Sr., Cindy Riel, Marian Sage, Emilie McGee, Rev. David Bialowski, Morgan Campany, Lourdes Iglesias and Peg McCarthy.

SATURDAY -- Grace Ulrich, Bridget Grady-Ulrich, Edward Kuczmarski Jr., Sheila A. DiTullio, Lorna Hill, Beth Wilton, Dominic J. Zanghi, Kellen Safe, Paul Cumming, Mark Nowicki, Sandy Bohen, Rita Ganim, Autumn Lewandowski, Alyssa Aldridge, Daniel Stevanoff, Florence Ruhl, Carol Zuercher, Kory Randles, Diane Kam, Justin Czumaj, Kathy Cieslak, Richard Mitchell, Carole Bieler, Dorie Kaminski, Juli Drake, Dave Pickens, Chaz Dzierba and Lindsey Manfredo. AND SUNDAY -- Monica Neuwirt, Mary Ann Colarusso, Charlie Rusek, Sister Mary Therese Chmura, Sally Lennertz, Kelsey Scanlon, Louanne Schweitzer, William Smith, Kathy Boinski, Valarie LaVenture, Susan Gunia, Rich Reddy, Josie Parlato, Jackie Tricoli, Todd Robinson, May Bertini, Lola Prisaznuk, Ray Specht, Susette Sciandra, Elaine Rokitka, Lynne Kerber, Matthew Sacha, Sue Keane, Tracy Giblin, Chastity Maritzahoy, Kristina Tutuska, Carolyne O'Sullivan and Ted May.

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