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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to existential psychologist Rollo May, born on this date in 1909, “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.”


PITCHING IN – Youth programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo will benefit Wednesday as Buffalo Wild Wings, 1620 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, holds its 2015 Community Day. Ten percent of total restaurant sales and all donations by customers will be contributed.


LOOKING UP – The Hamburg Natural History Society and the Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium will co-sponsor a program to view the skies through telescopes at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road, Amherst.

In addition to a planetarium show, telescopes will focus on the crescent moon, Venus, Jupiter and several constellations. The public is welcome. Admission is free. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


ALL OUT FOR AUTISM – More than 3,500 are expected to take part in the 16th annual Summit Walk for Autism Awareness on Saturday morning at the Summit Center, 150 Stahl Road, Getzville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 10.

Food, beverages, obstacle courses, face-painting and other activities for children will be featured during post-walk festivities. Entertainment will be provided by Signature Entertainment’s Mike Setlock and local performers Connor and Cameron Rosenecker.

Organizers hope to raise $350,000 for local programs for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Registration and donations also can be made online at


SUMMER READING – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is holding its annual Used Book and Media Sale now through Friday in the lobby of the hospital at 2950 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. A large selection of fiction and nonfiction books are available, as well as CDs and DVDs. All proceeds benefit the hospital.


INSIDE OUT – Have no fear about showing up in Delaware Park in your underwear Saturday morning. Scores of other people will be there in their skivvies for the Undy Run/Walk, a 5K run and one-mile fun route for all ages. Proceeds benefit research and support programs at the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Participants will wear their underwear over their running gear and costumes are encouraged. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the run and walk kicking off at 9. Everyone who registers will get a free pair of boxer shorts and a chance to walk through a giant inflatable colon.

For more info or to register online, visit and click on Buffalo, N.Y.


TASTY POSSIBILITIES – New Directions Youth and Family Services, which provides programs for at-risk children, will hold its sixth annual fundraiser, “Casual Elegance,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Foundry Hotel & Banquet, 1738 Elmwood Ave.

Tickets are $40, $75 per couple, and include wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres and additional samplings. Wine and beer experts will be on hand to discuss food and beverage pairings.

Raffle prizes will include specialty artwork, an iPad, an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, Sabres tickets and Vera Bradley accessories. For info and to purchase tickets, call 358-3636, Ext. 270.


FEELING LUCKY? – Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda, will hold its annual Buried Treasure/Caribbean Cruise Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30 each, which includes admission for two, food, wine, beer and pop.

Buried treasure prizes range from $50 to $5,000. Entries are limited and ticket holders do not have to be present to win. There also will be games of chance and a basket raffle. For more info and tickets, call 695-2600, Ext. 310, or visit


SOUTH BUFFALO’S BEST – Buffalo Beats & Eats, the seventh annual Dog Ears Bookstore gala and fundraiser, takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.

Admission is $50, which includes beer, wine and “Taste of the City,” offerings from more than 20 local restaurants. Providing live music will be the StoneBridge Band, the Grace Stumberg Band, John Schmitt and the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club, featuring former students of the late guitar legend Charlie O’Neill.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sean Beiter, Roseann Stoklosa, Paul Dyster, Carol Porebski, Bob Suglia, Nancy Boltz, Alice Say, Amelia Wright, Carissa Sheffield, Sister Mary Jacqueline Benbenek, Liam Robshaw, Amanda Kosior, Minta Martin, Cindy Christmas, Joshua Cullen and Colleen Roof.