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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English novelist Henry Fielding, born on this date in 1707, “If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.”

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TASTY TREKS – The Buffalo Bites Food Tours are back. The 3½-hour walking excursions through the Elmwood Village’s sights and restaurants start a new season at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and continue Thursdays through Mondays until December.

There also are “epicurean” tours of East Aurora, which begin at noon Friday and continue Fridays and Saturdays. Cost is $49 at either location, $30 for children 12 and under, and includes all food tastings. Tours are limited to 16 people. For info and tickets, call (800) 656-0713 or visit buffalobitesfoodtours.com.

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SPECIAL OFFER – The Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, usually is closed on Thursdays, but the Museum Store in the Carriage House will open for a special evening of shopping from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30.

A 15 percent discount will apply to everything in the store. Appetizers and spring cocktails will be served. But you’ll need to RSVP by this Thursday to attend. Call Joseph Incao at 856-3858, Ext. 405, or email jincao@darwinmartinhouse.org.

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TIME OF NEED – A benefit to assist the family of Grand Island resident Ken Kalinowski, who died March 5 after a lengthy battle with colon cancer, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Knights of Columbus hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. There will be food, live bands, raffles, auctions and a cash bar. For info or to donate, visit caring4ken.org.

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POLKA PARTY – Music by Joe Macielag’s Orchestra and a performance by the Harmony Folk Dancers will be highlights as St. Francis of Assisi Church holds its sixth annual Polish festival from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda.

Admission is $15 and includes homemade Polish food, beer, wine and pop. Youngsters 14 and under are just $1. Those who come early can attend the Folk Mass in the church at 4:30 p.m. For info, call Dottie Poole at 694-0026.

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WINNERS WANTED – The Elma Fire Auxiliary will hold a chance auction Friday evening in the Elma Fire Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road, Elma, to raise funds for a 75th anniversary celebration.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Numbers for hundreds of prizes will be drawn at 7:30. Admission is $3 for all ages and includes dessert and a beverage. The kitchen will be open for purchase of additional refreshments.

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BARGAIN TIME – The Women’s Fellowship of Kenmore United Church of Christ, 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore, will hold its spring rummage sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, followed by a $1 bag sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday. For info, call 875-1725.

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, will hold a rummage sale from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, followed by a bag sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Admission to the bag sale is $1 and each bag will cost $1.

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TAKING FLIGHT – The proprietors of the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm in Clarence, David and Alexis O’Donnell, will talk about propagation and protection of the creatures at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Nature Center at Bond Lake Park, 2571 Lower Mountain Road, Lewiston.

The O’Donnells have been raising the butterflies for 15 years and release 800 to 1,000 of them annually in Erie and Niagara counties. Admission is free. Space is limited. To register, call 725-7332.

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SOBRIETY TEST – Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, opens a new exhibit, “Vice and Virtue: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Admission is free. There will be beverages, light refreshments and, at 7 p.m., a performance of Temperance-era songs by Hutchinson Family Revival, a group of Buffalo-based musicians who perform in Victorian costume and recreate a popular family music group from the mid-1800s. For info, call 689-1440 or visit bnhv.org.

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ON THE MARCH – The March of Dimes holds its annual March for Babies Sunday at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the two-mile walk begins at 11. To register, visit marchforbabies.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Murry Galloway, Nancy Barry, Lee Coppola, Joe Giambra, Carl Hasselback, Darby Fishkin, Ingeri Fleron, Jeffrey Snyder, Kathy Jay, Arlene Worhal, Nancy Lipka, Mary Beth Diggins, Amy Howdyshell, Brad Clancy, Adrianne Minor, Shannon Kelley, Lottie Jaczewski, Donna Walawender, Mary Jane “Penny” Siffringer, Ben Segerson, Eric Fisher and Lee Ann Coppola.

AND THURSDAY – Laura Mykich, Penny Wolfgang, Kathy Mueller, Jonathan Buchanan, Adam Plewik, Jennifer Sole, Ernestine Gipp, Julia Didion, Russ Santucci, Joan Denecke, Nate Dove Sr., Mary Olauchlin and Eric Fisher.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com