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OLAF FUB SEZ: Decorating advice from the father of the Arts & Crafts Movement, English architect, designer and artist William Morris, born on this date in 1834, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”


GHOST SEASON – Returning along with warmer weather are the History and Haunting Tours in the Iron Island Museum, 998 E. Lovejoy St., which once was a funeral home and has been featured on three national TV shows. Tours are at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. For reservations, call 892-3084.


OVER THE RAINBOW – Follow the yellow brick road to the auditorium of Cheektowaga Central High School, 3600 Union Road, for a production of “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 Thursday and Friday, $7 Saturday. For info, call 686-3602.


DREAM WEAVERS – Senior Wishes, which helps dreams come true for low-income seniors, will host its second annual Sips, Suds & Sweets fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Commons at Fox Run, off Big Tree Road and California Road, Orchard Park.

Tickets are $50 and include craft beers, wines, artisan baked goods and other spirits and sweets, live music and a souvenir wine glass. Auction prizes include a weekend in a Nevada resort casino and autographed Patrick Kane and Fred Jackson sports memorabilia.

Senior Wishes, founded by the United Church Home Society, is looking for low-income seniors with special wishes. For guidelines and an application, visit


CUTTING EDGE – What’s happening in the visual effects field will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Friday by faculty from the Daemen College International Center for Excellence in Animation in the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St.

The speakers will talk about their experience in the visual effects industry and share video footage of their projects. The lecture is part of Tri-Main’s Fourth Friday Open Studios program from 5 to 8 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For info, call 839-8225.


CHICKENS AND EGGS – Krolick’s chicken barbecue will be featured at a Spring Dinner, Bazaar and Raffle beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lockport Presbyterian Home, 305-327 High St., Lockport.

Dinners are $10.50. The home’s first Easter egg hunt will be held on the front lawn beginning at 1:30 p.m. For tickets and info, call 434-8805.


SESQUICENTENNIAL – St. John’s Lodge 16, Prince Hall Masons, 17 Kingsley St. off Jefferson Avenue, will celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend with a series of events, beginning with music, karaoke, cards, food and beverages starting at 6 p.m.

It continues at noon Saturday with a historical lecture in the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., and a program of dance and spoken word, followed by a unity walk to the lodge.

The culmination comes at 7 p.m. Saturday with a dance party in the District Lounge, 454 Pearl St. Cost for the entire weekend is $30. For tickets, call S.W. Tubbins at 578-4501.


NEW NAME, SAME LOCATION – More than 100 tables of merchandise will be featured at Western New York Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo 15, the largest biannual show of its kind in the area, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Grapevine Banquet Hall, formerly the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Vendor tables will offer new and vintage sports cards and other collectible cards, packs, autographs, game programs, pennants, videos and vintage photos. Admission is $3. Vendor space is still available. For info, call Rob Schilling at 432-7388.


SOUPER CHALLENGE – The SPCA Serving Erie County will benefit from a chili, chowder and soup cook-off from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Exit 2 Bar and Grille in the Colvin-Eggert Plaza, 3191 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Tickets are $25, $10 for cook-off contestants, and include an open well bar, draft beer, live music by SoundProof and special guest judges. The Tito’s Vodka Girls will be offering free vodka samples.

To register for the cook-off, visit Auction prizes include a guitar autographed by the Goo Goo Dolls. To donate basket auction items, call 837-2523.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Steven J. Bagel, Alice Joyce, Pat Rasmus, Bonnie Besmanoff, Dave Gillen, Barbara Pieterse, Megan Giambra, Lynn Skubish, Lisa Pupo, Peter Sartori, Rosemary Fehr, Lisa Pickens, Liz Merrick, Madeline Elminowski, Msgr. Herbert Engelhardt, Julie Wilczak, Alden Schutte, Sherwood Miller and Kyler Simmons.