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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to songwriter Irving Berlin, born on this date in 1888, "Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it."


MINI DEAL -- Saturday is National Miniature Golf Day, as proclaimed by the folks at Adventure Landing, 2400 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, and to celebrate, the first 100 golfers who purchase an $8 Super Saturday Pass that morning will get a free miniature golf season pass.

The amusement center opens at 9 a.m. Season passes will be on sale all day at $59.99 (ordinarily, they're $79.99), and there will be hole-in-one prizes, as well. For info, visit


LOOKING UP -- Venus is shining high in the western sky. Mars is high in the south. And to the east, there's Saturn.

See them all during the astronomy program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Recreation Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

Telescopes will be available, and viewers are invited to bring their own. Filtered telescopes will be available prior to sunset for viewing sunspots and solar flares. No preregistration is needed. Admission is $3 adults. Penn Dixie members are free. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


BACK IN BUSINESS -- The Alden Farmers' Market returns for the season from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with a Mother's Day Craft Show in addition to its regular vendors. Leonard Oakes Estate Winery will offer tastings. The market is set up in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Route 20). Sponsored by the Alden Chamber of Commerce, it will be open every Saturday through Oct. 5. For info, call 937-6177 or visit


WEB SWINGERS -- Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, in South Buffalo, hosts a party at 11 a.m. Saturday in conjunction with the opening of the Theatre of Youth production of "Charlotte's Web." Designed for youngsters ages 4 to 12, the party will include readings from the book, fun crafts and a snack. Call 823-2665 or visit


DOG DAY -- The Amherst Lions Club holds its annual Hot Dog Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Valu Home Center, 3275 Sheridan Drive near North Bailey Avenue. Proceeds benefit the club's work with the sight- and hearing-impaired.


BUCKS FOR BOOKS -- The Friends of the Arcade Free Library are holding a fundraiser Saturday in Hope Lutheran Church, 2 E. Main St., Arcade. Doors open at 10 a.m. Drawings begin at noon. You must be present to win.


PAGE TURNERS -- The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., holds its Spring Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Paperbacks are 50 cents each, three for $1. Hardcover books are $1 each and three for $2. Buyers also may purchase a bag for $5 and fill it with books.


LET'S EAT -- Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., hosts a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $9.95 adults, $5.95 kids under 10, and include a half chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, a roll and cake.

The Delevan Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad sponsors its 15th annual Mother's Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Delevan Firefighters Memorial Training Center on Route 16. All-you-can-eat breakfasts are $7.50 adults, $4.50 kids 5 to 12, and include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a beverage. Kids 4 and under eat free.

The South Buffalo-Lackawanna Lions Club holds its 32nd annual all-you-can-eat Mother's Day pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Breakfast is $6 adults, $4 kids under 12, and includes sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Kids under 5 eat free. There also will be theme baskets, games and a raffle for a large flat-screen TV. Every woman who comes gets a free gift.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Debbie Doyle, Karen Alfasso, Jennifer Domagalski, Dennis Maloney, Dave Cohen, Anita L. Hines, Dan Neaverth, Matthew Pankiewicz, Monsignor Bill Gallagher, Bruce Blackwell, Marie Menza, Bob Erker, Philip Kuminski, Ludwig Zenner, Linda Ruggiero, Jim Kasperek, Michael Kowalewski, Jennifer Pici, David Recktenwalt, Carolyn Vogt, Spencer Lee Vogt, Brandon Kaczmarz, Sharon Blaszkiewicz, Judy Kunz, Christine Korarski, Terry Daniels, Victor Carbone and Marie Menza.

AND SATURDAY -- Cory Coseglia, Karin Czumaj Murphy, Katherine J. Bestine, Tim Myers, Vincent Callea, Jana Eisenberg, Sue Lauck, Bernice Wiggins, Fred Zarczynski, Harry Dudziak, Kara Zelasko, Bert Huller, Rudi Wolf, Alva Schultz, Barb Fink, Edna Murray, Karen Winter, Todd Bosworth, Rita Decsi, Nick Kaczmarek, Brittanie Bezak, Carolyn Ratajczak, Marge Lawrie, Mary Karolewski, Cathy Czwodjak, Kiernan Higgins, Jim Haven, Linda Wein and Evan Pietraszewski.

AND SUNDAY -- Derek Hakes, Freddie Mosca, Yvonne Hargrave, Gerry Maher, Dave Larcom, Sharon Linstedt, Anthony Chase, Carl Panzarella, Gussie Podowada, Nancy Schauf, Kenny Brant Jr., Brandon Zelli, Paul McWilliams, Mike Fiorello, Mark Mincer, Marie Charlap, Dale Missert, Lorraine Bartus and Lynn Bratek.