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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from President Grover Cleveland, born on this date in 1837, “Whatever you do, tell the truth.”


TELLING TALES – The Buffalo History Museum will celebrate Grover Cleveland’s birthday at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the museum auditorium with stories about the only man to serve two nonconsecutive terms as president.

Speaking will be Shane Stephenson, the museum’s research librarian assistant, who will talk about Cleveland’s rise from his birthplace in New Jersey to public office in Buffalo, the Governor’s Mansion in Albany and the White House, and Cynthia Van Ness, the museum’s director of library research and archives, who will discuss “The Top Five Urban Legends About Grover Cleveland.”

Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and students, free for members. For info, call 873-9644, Ext. 320, or


PENGUINS DAYS – Visitors will have a chance to meet and greet the most popular residents of the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, during 24th annual Penguin Days from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Penguin encounters,” overseen by aquarium staff, will take place in the second-floor Community Room. Beaker, the aquarium’s penguin mascot, will greet visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the “Who Do You Sea” area. The encounters will be included in the admission price of $10.50 for adults, $9.25 for seniors and $6.75 for children.

The aquarium’s regular schedule of California sea lion demonstrations and harbor seal feedings will continue as usual throughout the weekend. For more info, call 285-3575, Ext. 206, or visit


WALK IN THE WOODS – Allegany State Park welcomes spring this weekend with the start of “3rd Saturday Treks,” a new series of hikes led by park staff and volunteers that will be held monthly through October. Each walk will cover a different area of the park.

For the first trek, participants will visit the Summit area, including the fire tower and the Stone Tower. Hikers should meet at the Summit Warming Hut at 10 a.m.

Each hike will last about two hours. No registration is necessary. For info, visit the park’s Facebook page or call Katie Vecellio at 354-9101, Ext. 236.


ROLL FOR A CURE – Roswell Park Cancer Institute will benefit from Bowl Over Bladder Cancer, a fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Transit Lanes, 7850 Transit Road, Amherst, in memory of Paul Perna, 10 years after his death at age 50.

Perna, a vice president of Supermarket Management, a franchise operator of Tops Markets and former president of the United Way of Niagara and the Lockport Rotary Club, would have celebrated his birthday this weekend.

Fee is $50, $275 for teams of six, and includes three games, shoe rental and food. Spectator rate with food only is $25. There also will be a cash bar. For info about the event and donations, visit


TAKE A CHANCE – A meat raffle to support the annual Mary Queen of Angels School eighth-grade class trip will be held Friday evening in St. Andrew Parish, 100 Crocker St., Sloan. Doors open at 5:30. First drawing is at 7. Raffle prizes also include a grill.

Tickets are $5 and include two slices of pizza and beverages. Additional slices will be available for purchase. Those attending must be 21 or older. For info and tickets, call the school office at 895-6280.

Wings Flights of Hope Inc., which provides free air transportation for people with medical and humanitarian needs, will benefit from a meat raffle from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Local Chapter 1517, I.O.O.B Club, 16 Park Square, Franklinville. Food will be provided and an acoustic band will play after the raffle from 7 to 11 p.m.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, will hold a home and garden raffle from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Prizes include a 55-inch smart TV, an iRobot vacuum system and a $500 Lowe’s gift card. Admission is $25 and includes food and refreshments.


BROUGHT TO LIFE – Actor Mark Price will be featured in a three-day parish retreat at 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday and next Tuesday in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

Price will portray St. Peter on opening night Sunday, then he will become Judas on Monday evening. The retreat concludes next Tuesday with a talk entitled “Believe & Achieve – What It Means to Believe.” For more info, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tony Kosis, Joe Stoklosa, Mike Mangan, Donna Dinnocenzo, Reese Victoria Posson, Laura Doruszewski, Diane Keller, Lou Petruzzi, Robert Presutti, Carol Easton, Alexis Klimowicz, Susie Semple, Warren Rauch, Elaine Hoock, Julianna Wasielewski, Kenny Lambert, Jodi Torres and Lynnette Wrigglesworth.

AND THURSDAY – Bishop Richard J. Malone, Tim Struble, Bruce Deaeth, Phyllis Haier, Monica Ridgeway, Al Browne, Jameson Lickfeld, Carol Kapinos, Warren Bob Skinner, Erin Mueller, Frank Christiano, Diane Raven, Pat Morlock, Mary Lou Greene, Steve Cotter Jr., Cathy Toy, Gail Schwarz, Barb Nowicki, Linda Christiano, Helen Zenger and Peggy Mathison.