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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and sex symbol Mae West, born Mary Jane West on this date in 1893, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."

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BIGGER THAN EVER -- The 74th annual Annunciation-Elma Picnic at Annunciation Catholic Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, is such a good thing that it will last for the whole weekend.

It kicks off on Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. with a cruise night for classic cars, a fish fry and music by Hit 'N Run. It starts up again Saturday, with pork chop dinners at 4 p.m. and evening music by the Leftovers at 1 p.m. and Whiskey River at 7 p.m.

Sunday's schedule begins with a polka Mass at 11:30 a.m. in the church, followed by chicken barbecue dinners at noon. Sunday's music includes the Schnickelfritzers at 12:30 p.m. and Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push at 3 p.m.

There's also a beer tent, an extensive food court, the church's famous chowder, children's games, adult games of chance, and multiple raffles and prizes.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, there also will be a blood drive by Upstate New York Transplant Services and free health screenings by Catholic Health Services. For info, call 683-5254 or visit

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FOR CHELSEA -- A benefit event including a concert will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Dingens Bar & Grill, 601 Dingens St., to help establish the Chelsea Oliver Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to the memory of a 15-year-old Amherst High School sophomore who died in 2009 from a sudden respiratory illness.

Tickets are $20 and include food and live music by Michael Bly. There will be a cash bar, auctions and raffles, including a $1,500 diamond jewelry raffle with items donated by Airport Plaza Jewelers.

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FLOAT INTO HISTORY -- The final Historic Buffalo River Tour of the season will be given Sunday by the Industrial Heritage Committee. The two-hour cruise leaves the Miss Buffalo Dock at Erie Basin Marina at 12:30 p.m.

The tour gives an up-close view of Buffalo's historic grain elevators from the water, along with other industries and green space along the shores of the river. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. For reservations, call 856-6696.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Alyssa Rae Smith, Jody Bailey, Joan Mack, Jacob Myers, Jayne Freeman, Bill Lindner, Carl O. Fischer, Carl Bastian, Kirsten Biddle, Mark Williams Sr., Mike Mandeville, Chrissy Grabowski, Leah Wargo, Trystan Simmons, Kathy Rejewski, Jason Czerniak, Tom Halt, Nicole Lathrop, Morgan Yeates, Tricia Black, Ava Elizabeth Schleer, Phil Muck, Billy Conway III, Michelle Kurzanski, Paul Cieslak, Lynne Marie Baklik, Rena Schwartz, Robert Griffin and Bob Trzepacz.

AND THURSDAY -- Phyllis Esposite Perna, Dennis Ward, Liz Vetrano, Jane Kwiatkowski, Ralph Perry, Tovah Reinhorn, Jim Safe, Lori Stoklosa, Samantha Renaud, Jay Kelley, Ann Szczepanski, Hannah M. Rosolowski, Doug Kilian, Raymond Jedrysik, Cindy Livsey, Jeffrey William Yeates, Martha Quillman, Evelyn Hooper and Lottie Rogacki.