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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for Monday from cartoonist Jules Feiffer, born on this date in 1929, “Getting out of bed in the morning is an act of false confidence.”

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Jack Frost

The snowbirds make their exodus

While the rest of us awaited,

The telltale signs that Jack Frost had arrived

And would not be abated.

He took his snowy artist’s brush

And decorated our old town.

He etched designs on window panes

And made icicles all around.

The town, I must admit,

Was looking somewhat dreary,

So he painted it bright snowy white

To make it look more cheery.

Maybe the snowbirds escaped

The brrr of the cold,

But they missed the beauty that we know

Only Jack Frost can unfold.

– Rose Garaczkowski

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ENTER THE HAGGIS – The 256th birthday of Scotland’s national poet will be celebrated in high style at the third annual Robbie Burns Birthday Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Old Orchard Inn, 2095 Blakeley Corners Road, East Aurora.

The evening begins with snacks and a cash bar, followed by remarks from the host, author Mason Winfield; the saying of the Selkirk Grace, the Piping of the Haggis and, following a dinner which includes Cock-a-Leekie Soup and Neeps ‘n Tatties, a roundtable reading of Burns poetry and a toast to the bard.

Reservations are a must and they are needed by Tuesday. Tickets are $50. Call 655-6663 or visit www.hauntedhistoryghostwalks.com.

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FRUIT OF THE VINE – Scholarships for the University at Buffalo students will be supported from proceeds of a wine tasting and dinner hosted by the UB Women’s Club Feb. 6 in the Ramada Hotel, 2404 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

Tickets are $65 and include an introductory wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a full course dinner with wine pairings. There also will be a basket auction and raffle. All are welcome. Reservations are needed by Wednesday. For info, call Betty Schaertel at 807-0289 or visit http://wings.buffalo/edu/org/womens.

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BEAUTY SPOT – The president of WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway, Robert Lennartz, is the speaker in the Imagine Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo opens at noon with a Great Courses video featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Café or bring your own. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1965 at Cheektowaga’s Cleveland Hill High School is planning a reunion and needs to hear from classmates. Call Reggie Eckley at 934-7425 or Pat Seyfried Pearce at 542-4191.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Millie Korn, Bud Seidenberg, Dr. Gale Burstein, Barbara Keating, Alicia Cornell, Susan Peek, Dawn Ruszczyk, Larry Jones, Joe Zoyhofski, Francis Faltisco, Irene Kenner, Alice Suor, Dawn Yeates, Bree Yeates, Tim Sutton, Al Klodzinski, Ron Knospe, Shyrl Le Duderwick, Gess Nola, Kerry Kelton, Del Costello, Barbara Deshler, Ryan Arth, Paul Monfuletho, John Christiano, Jerry Bonk and Linda Ryszka

email: olaffub@buffnews.com