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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and singer Barbra Streisand, born on this date in 1942, “It is every woman’s dream to be some man’s dream woman.”


DOUBLE BENEFITS – Born and raised in North Tonawanda, Judi Jagow moved to Bergholz in the mid-1970s and raised her family there. Last summer, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Then a few months later, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

To help pay for her medical treatments, Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, where she was a member for many years, is holding a pair of benefit events during the next couple of weeks. The first one is a BW’s chicken and rib barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Holy Ghost Lutheran School, 6630 Luther St., Bergholz. The second one is a high tea with homemade scones at 2 p.m. the following Sunday, May 5, also in the school.

Tickets are $11 for the dinner and $10 for the tea. Both are available at the church office or by calling 731-3030. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will supplement funds raised at the two events and any additional donations.


CALL OF THE WILD – More than 80 animals will be featured in Destination: EARTH, a wildlife encounter from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, 655 Luther Road, East Aurora. A flying bird show will include eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. On the ground will be wildcats such as the Canada lynx, African serval and ocelots.

The day includes food, entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages, as well as a wildlife gift for youngsters. Tickets are $10 adults, $9 veterans and seniors, $8 children and $26 for a family pass for two adults and up to three children. For info, call 652-8646 or visit


MAKING IT OFFICIAL – Little Wonders Early Childhood Development Center at St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will mark its official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

In operation since February, the center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers convenient child care for teen parents and staffers from nearby Niagara Falls High School, as well as others in the community.

The center also plans to start a mentoring program in which high school students tutor younger students and get experience in early childhood education. To attend the open house, sign up by calling 297-6421.


SOUP’S ON – The Justin-ettes, the auxiliary of Father Justin Council 5670, Knights of Columbus, will serve a healthy soup and salad supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Father Justin Hall, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga.

Suppers are $6 for adults, $4 for kids from 4 to 12; under 4 eat free. There will be a choice of three soups, a salad bar, beverages and dessert.

There also will be theme baskets and a grand raffle featuring a $50 supermarket card, a $100 gas card and a 32-inch high-definition TV set.


NO CHARGE – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, will serve a pasta bake plus soup or salad and a dessert at its monthly community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. All are welcome, and there is no charge for dinner. Freewill donations are welcome.


BARGAIN TIME – Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., will hold its annual rummage sale from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, followed by a bag sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Admission to the bag sale is $1 and each bag will cost $1.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kevin Toohey, Jim Santella, Edna Fill, Inge Gallant, Barbara Libby, Tim Neary, Suzanne Balthasar, Kyle Kuhns, Geri Ochocinska, Kari Gonzalez, Stephanie Cacciatore, Jennifer Sole, Gary Betz, Brittany Kirkley, Tina Wasielewski, Ethan Makowski, Nick Mulhern, David Podlas and Daisy Erin Vega.

AND THURSDAY – Jose Latalladi Jr., Judi Marshall, Sam Anson, Larry Wojno, Judy Ziemba, Maria Morello, Brandy Amorosi, Katie Lesswing, Sid Zaretsky, Ayden Hooley, Nick Feeterman, Dona Bondanza, Ray Jakubowski, Stephon Fender, Kayla Brill, Jennifer Parsons, Jennifer Pronobis, Karen Sweet and Maureen McCabe.


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