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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the great American novelist William Faulkner, born on this date in 1897, "It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work."

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LEARNING THE ROPES – After Nik Wallenda, what? The Niagara Parks Commission across the river in Ontario may have the answer. Zip lines on the Niagara Gorge.

Aware that zip lining is an increasingly popular tourist attraction, the commission ordered an environmental feasibility study that focused on two possible sites – Dufferin Islands above the Horseshoe Falls and Thompson Point, near the station for the Spanish Aero Car at the Whirlpool Rapids.

The commission plans to unveil its findings and discuss its concepts in a pair of public information meetings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex, 9172 Willoughby Drive, Niagara Falls, Ont.

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HOPE CHEST – Renowned British actor Barrie Ingham, whose lengthy career has included numerous hit Broadway musicals, will receive the International Community Service Award as the Hope For Tomorrow Foundation holds its 19th Annual Charity Benefit Dinner on Friday evening in the Venetian Ballroom at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Humanitarian awards also will be given to Buffalo attorney Robert Swados for his work with the former Studio Arena Theatre and to philanthropists Donna and Robert Irwin for their work with the Baird Foundation.

Special guest speaker will be Troy Gillon Jr. of Lockport, who will receive reconstructive facial surgery donated by plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Meilman next Monday morning in Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Tickets are $90. The evening, which begins with cocktails at 6:30, is black tie optional.

Proceeds benefit the Hope For Tomorrow Foundation's work in providing free reconstructive surgery to people in need around the world. For info, call 626-5300.

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INSIDER OUTLOOK – Ready to lead another of his popular historic tours of Buffalo's Waterfront in the Old First Ward at 10 a.m. Saturday is Gene Overdorf, whose family has lived in the Old First Ward for 150 years.

The walking and shuttle tour will start from Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St. at South Street, and proceed along the Buffalo River to Canalside.
Tickets are $10. Space is limited. For reservations, call 823-4707, Ext. 2.

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A LOOK AT A LEGEND – The great Mexican comic actor Cantinflas will be featured as the Buffalo International Film Festival joins with Casa de Arte to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

It's believed that Cantinflas, hailed by Charlie Chaplin as the best comedian in the world, has never been seen in a film in Buffalo aside from "Around the World in Eighty Days."

Showing at 7 nightly in the Casa de Arte, 141 Elmwood Ave., will be "El Ministro y You (The Minister and Me) on Thursday; "Ahi Esta el Detalle (There's the Detail)," considered by Mexican critics to be his best, on Friday; "Conserje en Condominio (The Condominium Association's Concierge)" on Saturday; and "Por Mis Pistolas (By My Pistols)" on Sunday.

All of the films are in Spanish with English subtitles. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are free, but a donation is encouraged to support the film festival.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy A. Stypa, Mike Curry, Sue Trabert, Herman Trotter, Luke Moretti, Cheryl Kelly, Jan Jones, Arminta Gustafson, Joe Cole, Rose Hagen, Donna Burger, John Hughes, Brian Pettitt, Jeff Hill, Anthony Sole Jr. and Donna Jaczewski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com