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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was French philosopher Rene Descartes, born on this date in 1596, who observed: “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”


TIME TO SHARE – Decide to visit the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Tuesday at Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More, 6675 Transit Road, Depew, and help provide an Easter dinner for a needy family.

Russell’s and the Food Bank of Western New York are staging Ham-A-Lot 2015, accepting Easter hams of any size or cash donations. For every ham donated, Russ Salvatore will match it.

Every donor also is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Dash’s Markets, a box of chocolates from Sweet Jenny’s, four Buffalo Bisons tickets or a Grand Jacuzzi Suite and dinner package at Russell’s.


ELVIS LIVES – The Western New York Elvis Presley Appreciation Society will celebrate the 58th anniversary of Elvis’ 1957 show in Memorial Auditorium with a special program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Hillview Restaurant, 6135 Transit Road, Depew. The public is invited.

Retired Buffalo News photographer Robert L. Smith, the only photographer allowed backstage that night, will bring his original pictures from the concert. The four young women who appear in the background in his iconic shot across the stage will be on hand.

During the program, the society also will present a $7,000 check to Hospice Buffalo from proceeds of its January fundraising dance.

The next fundraiser, to benefit Wings Flights of Hope, will be held at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Grapevine Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, and will feature Terry Buchwald with his tribute to Elvis. Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at the door. For tickets, call 860-1030.


LIQUID LORE – One of the authors of “Buffalo Beer: The History of Brewing in the Nickel City,” Ethan Cox, will be featured this week in the first Wednesday Speaker Series at 7 p.m. in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue.

Cox will discuss historic breweries as well as the new wave of microbreweries in the area. Admission is free. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. For info, call 821-9361 or visit


NIXING NIBBLERS – “Gardening for Wildlife and You” is the topic as Mary Jo Graham of Erie Community College speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Winter/Spring Lecture Series in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

She will offer tips on what to plant and discuss wildlife of all sizes, from insects to deer. It is sponsored by the Hamburg Natural History Society and admission is $5, free to members. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


TIMELY TALK – The Rev. Larry Eastlack of Trinity United Methodist Church in Amherst will present a Lenten message as the Beechwood Service Guild holds its regular meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.


HEALTH FIRST – A session at 1 p.m. Wednesday on thyroid disorders and medications to treat them will kick off the April Wellness Programs in the Schofield Adult Wellness Center in the Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. It’s free and open to the public.

Other programs include “Laughter Yoga” at 1 p.m. April 8; a neuropathy seminar at 6:30 p.m. April 15; “Chair Yoga” at 1 p.m. April 22; and “The Kitchen as a Medicine Chest” at 1 p.m. April 29. For info and to register, call 995-3851 or visit

Currently on display in the Schofield Residence are works by Kenmore Art Society painters Judith Clair Martin and Coleen Siuda-McMahon. The exhibit will continue through April 25.


BORN TO SHOP – The First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, holds a Welcome Spring Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a mini-boutique, plants and a thrift shop. Luncheon, featuring a sloppy joe plate, home-baked pie and beverages, will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5.


EASTER EATS – A Senior Easter Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Richmond Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer St. Brunch is $8 and includes turkey, ham, salads, pasta, vegetables and desserts. There also will be door prizes. For info, call 885-3290.


RAISE THE ROOF – Before this winter’s heavy snows took a toll on its buildings, the Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora was providing horseback experiences to help hundreds of people, from war veterans to children with special needs, to cope better with everyday activities.

Now, while everyone waits for warmer weather to allow for riding lessons to resume outdoors, the center is holding a fundraising drive to pay for a new indoor barn and riding arena.

“Our insurance coverage is $100,000, a mark we will reach and surpass,” says the center’s executive director, Maggie Keller. “Barn builders have estimated the cost of a new arena and demolition of the existing arena at approximately $275,000. We’ve secured $60,000 from two large foundations in Western New York, but need to raise $115,000 in additional funding to rebuild.”

The center has launched a page on called “Lothlorien TRC: Save Our Center” to accept donations. Donations also can be made by mailing a check to Lothlorien at 15 Reiter Road, East Aurora, NY 14052. For info, call 655-1355.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Char Caprino, Arlene Kaukus, Susan Copley, Laurie Lisowski Frey, Gail Montedoro, Sam Vullo, Megan M. Smith, Marcia Grundtisch, Veronica Cavan, Ken Partridge, Gale Genco, Lois Floreale, Ronald Louchren, Bill Henneberry, Katie Casey, Don Pastik and Allison Ducat.