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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, born on this date in 1932, "You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose."


FAST COMPANY -- The annual Dash for Dad 5K Race moves this year to the date where it belongs -- Father's Day. Sponsored by Western New York Urology Associates, Cancer Care of Western New York and ZERO -- the Project to End Prostate Cancer, it also includes a one-mile walk and starts at 9 a.m. Sunday in Delaware Park.

Register today at, and it's $25, $30 thereafter. Signup for the walk is $10. Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Raise $50 in donations and your registration fee is waived. A pancake breakfast will be held for all participants after the race.


BEAKS AND TALONS -- Rise of the Raptors, a program featuring predator birds, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Hawk Creek Wildfire Center, 655 Luther Road, East Aurora. Hawks, owls, falcons, vultures and eagles are among the birds on display. Youngsters can earn a free gift by retrieving collectible Raptors cards. Tickets are $10 adults, $9 vets and seniors, $8 children, $26 for a family pass. Parking is free.


BARGAIN TIME -- A huge outdoor flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Boies-Lord Home Museum, 5853 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The Greek Revival pre-Civil War home will be open to visitors during the sale.


STOCK UP -- St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., will hold a meat raffle from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5, which includes beer, pop and snacks.


A GOOD SMOKE -- The Ukrainian Culture Center Dnipro, 562 Genesee St., will host a Cigar Night fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $20 and includes two free drinks. A variety of premium cigars will be offered for purchase, and there will be scotch and cognac tasting. The kitchen will offer beef on weck, pyrohy and sausages. Proceeds benefit building renovations. For tickets and info, call Luba Terech at 359-3075.


CRUISE IN -- Burgard High School's staff and students will hold their Sixth Annual Peter Fleck Memorial Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school, 400 Kensington Ave. Registration is $15, and all vehicles will receive a trophy. There also will be live music, food, drinks and a car wash to benefit the senior class.


AUTHOR, AUTHOR -- South Buffalo native Helen "Nellie" Moran will visit Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of her new book, "A Sleeping Dog." Moran, an English teacher at Lafayette High School, earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from St. Bonaventure University and her master's degree in English education from the University at Buffalo. For info, call 832-2665 or visit


NIBBLING WILD -- Eating off the land will have a gourmet touch as Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve hold their Meander in the Woods fundraiser from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the preserve at 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga.

A trail walk through the woods will include appetizers with ingredients that grow wild there. A barbeque dinner catered by Famous Dave's will follow, accompanied by music from the Pointless Brothers. Tickets are $30. For info and reservations, call 683-5959 or visit and search for Meander in the Woods.


WEEKEND MENU -- Annual fish dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. today, Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive at Larch Road, Eggertsville. Fish dinners $9, chicken finger dinners $5, includes a beverage and dessert. Also a theme basket auction.

Annual Father's Day fish fry and fundraiser, 6 to 9 p.m. today, Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave. $35. Sponsored by Buffalo United Front Inc. For tickets, call Regina at 446-6086.

Chiavetta's chicken dinner, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St. $9. Proceeds benefit the church's youth activities.

Chicken barbecue, starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, Rushford Lake Conservation Club, 8725 County Road 49, Rushford.

Chiavetta's chicken dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday during the Relay for Life, Lewiston-Porter High School track, 4061 Creek Road, Youngstown. $7 advance, $8 at the tent. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Father's Day breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, West Seneca Post 735, American Legion, 35 Legion Parkway, West Seneca. $8 adults, $3.50 kids under 10. Sponsored by AMVETS Post 8113 Auxiliary.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sara Meehan, Al Baldauf, Cheryl Bierma, Mercedes Reinbolt, Rick Miller, Stan Kozlowski, Deena McNeil, Dylan Sasiadek, Jordon Healy, Anna Pietras-Haug, Dallas Pietraszewski, Deanna "Dee Dee" Wach, Amy Kilger, Sue Tubridy, Maureen Kicinski, Tricia Panek, Ram Zinner, Nick DeMarco, Charles Vacanti, Ginny Taber, Kym Mosgeller, Jane Parucki, Evetta Cannon, Peter Abbate and Mike Marino.

AND SATURDAY -- Adison James Kelley-Torres, John Sullivan, Patty Hastreiter, Lorraine Lococo, David Cycon, Sister Mary Ruth Warejko, Sister Mary Francesca Buczkowski, Gary Weiss, Tom Taylor, Winnie Wells, Jenny Schaefer, Sean McGee Jr., David Grek, Spencer Gates, Kevin Tomaka, Jenny Moore, Chuck Recktenwalt, Mark Kreib, Billy Morris, Joseph Garia, Eugene Wisniewski, Marge Bartus, Marina Whelan, Maris Whelan, Jim Heaney and Edward T. McGrew Jr.

AND SUNDAY -- Karyn Patricia Shanks, Heather Hartmann, Doug Dean, Tina Powell, Adam Powell, Marge Terranova, Dakota Wysocki, David Genco, Joe Weich, Raegon Kelly Rooth, Elizabeth Bastible, Abby Hollinsworth, Patti Warnes, Shelly Guzzetta, Betty Howard, Mary Beth McCarthy, Elizabeth Hagerty, Broderick Kamuda, Jim Santora, Linda Liszewski and Dick Curran.