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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from English writer Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and born on this date in 1952, “I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be.”


ART IN MOTION – If you admire the mobiles and stabiles of artist Alexander Calder, then you’ll love the work of acclaimed sculptor and Kenmore native Graham Mitchell Sears.

An exhibit of his kinetic sculptures opens at 6 p.m. Friday in the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, 1221 Main St., across from Delta Sonic, and he will talk at 6:30 about what inspires him and his creative processes.

Admission is free. Reservations are not required. The exhibit continues through mid-April. For info, call 259-1680.


HOMETOWN HEROES – The fighters who made boxing big in Buffalo during the past century are celebrated in a new exhibit entitled “Buffalo Boxers: A Cultural Celebration” in Karpeles Manuscript Library’s North Hall, 220 North St.

Assembled by the Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association, Ring 44, it includes numerous photos and memorabilia of professional and amateur Irish, Italian and Polish boxers since 1910. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.


OLD FRIENDS – Matching up senior cats and senior citizens is the Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption organization. The program waives the standard adoption fee for people 65 and older who provide a home for a cat 4 years old or older.

The program provides a healthy cat, a month of free food and cat litter, if needed, and a pet security deposit of up to $300 to a landlord or apartment manager, if needed. Cats can be seen at the Ten Lives Club shelter at 3741 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. For info, call 646-5577 or visit


FAMILY TREE – Patrick Donohue grew up in Buffalo’s Old First Ward in the mid-1800s, fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War and spent eight months in Confederate prisons.

His great-grandson, Bill Donohue, who tells his story in “Himself – A Civil War Veteran’s Struggle with Rebels, Brits and Devils,” comes to Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, to sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Friday. For more info, visit


DOUBLE DUTY – There are two chances to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend in Monsignor Nash Council, Knight of Columbus, at 261 S. Legion Drive in South Buffalo.

The first party, from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, will honor the Rev. Joe Bayne as Monsignor Nash Council’s 2015 Irishman of the Year. There will be corned beef sandwiches and music by the South Side Sod Busters.

The second party, from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, will feature corned beef dinners, Irish dancers and music by the Emerald Isle Band. Donation for each party is $6. For info and reservations, call Dan Caulfield at 574-5703, Charlie McMahon at 628-4060 or Mike Mulderig at 824-1971.


PASTA PLUS – Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will host a spaghetti supper and sing-along beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 12, and includes a choice of two pastas, two homemade sauces, optional beef meatballs, salad, garlic bread and make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Adults may bring a social beverage of choice.

A piano player will accompany diners with familiar songs. Song books will be provided. Reservations may be made during business hours at the church office, or payment can be made at the door. For info, call 633-7800 or visit


LUNCH DATE – Thursday is the deadline for reservations for the first installment of the spring season of the Let’s Do Lunch series at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

The luncheon on March 19 includes a catered meal of pork tenderloin, applesauce, vegetables and dessert at 11:30 a.m., followed by the husband-and-wife musical duo the Fiddlesticks. Cost is $8. All adults are welcome. For reservations, call 622-9348.


LEGAL TENDER – Money is no object Thursday evening for opening night of the Springville Players production of the theatrical adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” in the Springville Center for the Arts Carol Mongerson Theater, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville.

Admission is “Pay What You Can With a Can,” where theatergoers are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to benefit Springville-area food pantries. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

Performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and March 21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and March 22. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. For info or to purchase tickets, call 592-9038 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joanne Kasperek, Josephine Czajkowski, Domenic Morabito, Amy White, Mary Jo Monnin, Mylous Hairston, Dick Haynes, Gail Bauer, Anita Gibala, Zachary D. Burns, Jeff Noblett, Mark Jarmusz, Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, Sister Dianne Marie Szylkowski, Pat Granville, Sarah Piasecki, Sheridan Furl Papich, Brian Carroll, Stephanie Chauby, R. J. Gray, Shawnna Zelasko, Jim “Jumbo” Griffin, Chuck Sonnelitter and Rhodie Ruminski.

AND THURSDAY – Dottie Soong, Jeremy Zellner, Daniel Myers, Marsha Kamrowski, Nancy Feidt, Cora Sabintino, Jennifer Buczkowski, Patricia Juliano, Marilyn Heidle, Rose Marie Lozinski, Stacy Werner, Yves Coulombe, Pat Luvender, Shirley Toepfer, Sandie Prawel, Ginny Rauls, Hillary Redwine, Sandy Cardamone, Loretta Carbone, Louise Yots, Becca Wils, Joe Barnashuk, Charlie Cimo and Audrey Grey.