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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to self-help guru Tony Robbins, born Anthony J. Mahavorick on this date, Leap Day, in 1960, "Most people fail in life because they major in minor things."

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LIFETIME GUARANTEE -- Imagine a house that could accommodate your needs as they change from childhood to adulthood to old age. Beth Tauke did. A professor in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and director of UB's IDEA Center, she worked with her sister Susanne, a home builder in Illinois, to come up with LIFEhouse, which just won the 2012 National Home Builders Association Best Universally Designed Home Award.

Tauke will discuss the development and the features of the house -- a 1,992-square-foot ranch house with extra-wide doorways and hallways, a specially designed kitchen and bathrooms, and an elevator to a full basement -- in a program called "A Sens-ible Home" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Museum of disABILITY, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville. It's free and open to the public.

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PASTA PATROL -- It's spaghetti dinner time again from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For $6, you get spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage. For an extra $1.50, there's a choice of homemade desserts.

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SHELL GAME -- Branch 97, Ukrainian National Women's League of America, is holding classes in how to decorate Easter eggs in many styles and traditions from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and again March 10 in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. For information and reservations, call 773-2117.

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WELL SUITED -- For many disadvantaged women, what's standing between them and a job is the need for something good to wear to the job interview. To help them out, the nonprofit organization Dress For Success is joining with Dressbarn stores for the 10th annual Send One Suit Weekend, to collect professional outfits and distribute them to agencies helping women who are looking for work.

From Thursday through Sunday, donations of gently used suits, pants, shirts, skirts, shoes and other professional items can be dropped off at Dressbarn shops locally -- 3801 Union Road, Cheektowaga; 3640 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell; 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst; 5045 Transit Road, Amherst; and 1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls.

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TIME OF NEED -- Newstead Town Historian Nancy Eckerson was diagnosed with lung cancer last May and has undergone radiation and chemotherapy in her bid to beat the disease. To help pay for her medical expenses, Akron Lodge 527, Free & Accepted Masons, is sponsoring a benefit from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Masonic Hall, 63 John St.

There will be music, raffles and a spaghetti dinner featuring marinara sauce by David Wakeman. Tickets are $15 adults, $8 children 6 to 12, free 5 and under. For info and donations, call Donna Whalen at 688-0018 or Julie Patterson at 604-8903.

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BATTLE CRIES -- Life during the War of 1812 and the Civil War will be the subject as the Sanborn Area Historical Society presents "A Night of History in Two Parts" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Niagara Wheatfield High School auditorium, Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

In Part One, the Lewiston Council on the Arts Marble Orchard Players will recount the attack on Lewiston on Dec. 19, 1813. In Part Two, Denise Reichard will portray pioneering nurse Clara Barton and highlight her courageous work with wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

Tickets are $8, $7 seniors, $5 students. Free refreshments will be served during intermission. For tickets and info, call 731-5982.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jerry Ciambor, Charles "Bob" Sharp, Tim Driscoll, Joe Kody, Trista Hangen, Faith Webber, Camden Roy, Kelly and Kayla Whelan, Fran Mills, Rita T. Menno, Lisa McClintic, Tim Brown and Dan Brown.

AND THURSDAY -- J.J. Richert, Pat Cleary, Pat Chubbard, Antoine Thompson, Ashlynn Becker, David Monahan, George O'Connor, Brianna Safe, Dorothy Harding, Michael Oliver, Chelsea Porto, Kevin Kibler, Tara Fitzpatrick, Doris Krause, Beverly Davison and Mary Catherine Duquin.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com