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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French literary light Madame de Stael, born Anne Louise Germaine Necker on this date in 1766, “The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.”


THE WORLD WITHIN – Highlight of this weekend’s Spirit Way Project Spring Conference in East Aurora will be a dinner Saturday evening in the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., featuring a lecture by author and historian Mason Winfield on “The Survival of Ancient Celtic Tradition among the Western New York Irish ”

The evening begins with a social hour and cash bar at 6:30, followed by the banquet and the program at 7:30. The dinner is $30, and reservations are needed by Wednesday. Call 655-6663 or visit

The Spirit Way Project website also has details on the conference. The theme is “Places of Power: Understanding and Preserving Western New York’s Sacred/Supernatural Heritage.”

Workshop segments will be held in Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suite 240, 21 S. Grove St., at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Friday; at 10 and 11:15 a.m. and 2, 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday; and at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Individual registrations are available for the workshops. A master pass, which does not include the banquet, is $100.


GRAB AND GO – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, hosts a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $9.50 and are takeout only. Proceeds benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For tickets and info, call 685-5766 or 704-5458.


CHANCE TO HELP – Habitat for Humanity Buffalo will hold an informational meeting for people who want to apply for housing and those who want to volunteer from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in ReStore South, 1675 South Park Ave.

Volunteers can help in construction, retail at Habitat’s ReStores, office clerical work, committee work, family selection and support, site selection and fundraising.


HEALTHY CHOICE – The Justinettes, the Ladies Auxiliary of Father Justin Council 5670, Knights of Columbus, will host a soup and salad dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the council’s hall, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12. Those under 4 are free. There’s a choice of three homemade soups, a salad bar, rolls, dessert and beverage. There also will be a grand raffle, theme baskets and a baked goods sale. For tickets and info, call Sheila Czosek at 892-1148.


MILESTONE MOMENT – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., will be celebrating its 10th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with free admission, cake, coffee and an open house.

The program also will feature a 2 p.m. presentation on the War of 1812 by John W. Percy, a retired history teacher and Town of Tonawanda historian for the past 40 years. For info, call 213-0554 or visit


KINDRED SPIRIT – Paintings and drawings by Catherine Parker, a daughter of renowned artist Charles Burchfield who died in 2012, will go on exhibit and sale beginning Saturday in Muleskinner Antiques, 5548 Main St., Williamsville.

The exhibit, “Catherine Parker: Iconic Buffalo,” features city scenes mostly created in the 1980s after she had returned to Western New York from California.

The show will continue until all the artworks are sold. Buyers can take their purchases home immediately. For info, call 633-4077.


PLAN FOR SUMMER – Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda, is accepting applications from vendors for its outdoor Summer Arts & Craft Show, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at the school.

Spaces may be reserved for $25. For info and an application, call 689-1100 or email

The show is part of the school’s fourth annual Summer Festival, which includes band concerts, barbecues, a fashion show, a farmers’ market, a classic car show and children’s activities. More than 10,000 are expected to attend.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lee Coppola, Kevin Kumor, Murray Galloway, Nancy Barry, Joe Giambra, Carl Hasselback, Darby Fishkin, Ingeri Fleron, Dorothy Laughlin, Kathy Jay, Lottie Jaczewski, Jeff Snyder, Mary Beth Diggins, Amy Howdyshell, Arlene Worral, Nancy Lipka, Adrianne Minor, Corey Fisher, Brad Clancy, Penny Siffringer, Donna Walawender and Thomas J. Nigro.