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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, born on this date in 1889, "If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done."


AFTER HOURS -- The Home School Guild at Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a kids carnival and open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the school. There will be games, snacks, bounce houses and fun, along with tours for families interested in learning more about the school. For info, call 681-1327 or visit


BOOK MARK -- Dog Ears Bookstore and the Enlightenment Literary Arts Center in South Buffalo will hold their fourth annual fundraising gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.

Highlight will be a Taste of the Southtowns, featuring samples from more than 20 local restaurants. Music will be provided by A Band Named Sue, with a tribute to Johnny Cash. Tickets are $50 and include beer, wine, food and entertainment. Proceeds will support reading and writing projects at the bookstore. For info, call 823-2665 or visit


IN THE MOOD -- The Easy Street Big Band will play hits by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and other favorites of the Swing Era in the next Concert in the Church at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis of Assisi Parish Religious Education Center Hall, 144 Broad St., City of Tonawanda. It's free and open to the public.


TEE IT UP -- Golfers and sponsors are wanted for a pair of golf tournament fundraisers this summer.

The 10th annual Rick Shanor Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be held July 23, will move to a new location this year, River Oaks Golf Course, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. The event, which benefits the Rick & Genelle Shanor Memorial Transplant Fund, will be attended by many of the area's electrical contractors. Sponsorships start at $250. For info and donations, call Cheryl Tobin at 876-0711 or Kathy Shanor at 870-9242.

The 15th annual BEAM (Buffalo Area Engineering Awareness for Minorities Inc.) Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 7 at Chestnut Hills Country Club, 1330 Broadway, Darien. Golf, which includes 18 holes with cart, a bucket of balls on the driving range, lunch at the turn, a strip steak dinner, awards and prizes, is $95. Sponsorships start at $100. For info, call Marilyn Helenbrook at 645-3066.


TIME OF NEED -- Since he was diagnosed three years ago with acute myelogenius leukemia, Tim Williams has undergone chemotherapy treatments, hospital stays and a bone marrow transplant. Then, due to the chemo and steroids, he needed double hip replacement surgery in February.

Tim is now recovering, but he and his family still face huge medical bills. To help out, family and friends are hosting a benefit from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Troop I Post, American Legion, 432 Franklin St.

Tickets are $20 and include food, pop and draft beer. Kids under 16 are free. Music will be provided by the Willie Haddath Band with Sue Kincaid and Dave Constantino, plus the Hillsburg Band. For info and donations, call Glenn Ziegler at 207-7292, Chris Krezmien at 432-7331 or John Lindner at 289-1423.


SHARING TOYS -- The students at St. Bernadette School, 5890 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park, are holding their first Outdoor Toy Drive at the school from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday as a service project to benefit St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, which serves poor families in Buffalo's inner city.

Virtually all types of new and used outdoor toys and play equipment will be accepted, including bicycles, ride-on toys, balls, games, sports and playground equipment, children's pools, children's picnic tables and sandboxes.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Larry Levite, VaSean D. Crews, Marie Cusick, Ryan Morrissey, Kacy Frankhauser, Rich Noblett Jr., Maria G.C. Farnell, John Kobza, Shannon Cook, Gail Berger, Emma Giordano, Dorothy Kummer, Brandon Makowski, Anne Sarles, Pauline Simonick and Kaitlin Fullone.