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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to jazz legend Duke Ellington, born on this date in 1899, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

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BATTER UP – The Holy Name Society at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Oliver Street and Center Avenue, North Tonawanda, is sponsoring a trip to Toronto on Monday for the New York Yankees-Toronto Blue Jays baseball game.

The bus will leave the church parking lot at 3:45 p.m. Those attending must bring a passport or enhanced driver’s license. Price is $50, which includes the bus and a ticket to the game. For reservations and info, call 693-9460 after 5 p.m.

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TOP TO BOTTOM – Explore Buffalo is offering tours Saturday that experience the city’s grain elevators from two perspectives – high and low.

Silo City Vertical at 10 a.m. goes up, up, up to follow the path of grain in the elevators from arrival to departure. It ends with lunch on the dock. Tickets are $45, $40 for students. Additional Vertical tours will be held at 10 a.m. May 23 and May 31.

Silo City Grounded at 2 p.m. takes a look at the ground floor area of three grain elevators, a malt house and a flour milling complex, and the new uses being found for them. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. Additional Grounded tours will be at 2 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m. May 24.

For info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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TIPS FOR LEADERS – Leadership skills for women will be the topic when Molly Anderson, executive director of Leadership Niagara, speaks at the meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. May 6 in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst.

Dinner will be at 6 p.m., preceded by networking at 5:30. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for guests. Register online at bncwomeninc.org.

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NEW LOOKS – Misses, women’s and children’s fashions will be featured in the Step Into Spring fashion show Saturday evening in Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St.

Tickets are $12 for adults, including refreshments, and $5 for children 5 to 12. Kids 4 and under are free. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7. For tickets and info, call 822-0553.

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BRUSHING UP – North Tonawanda’s Carnegie Art Center will benefit from a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the East Hill Foundation, 17 Island St., North Tonawanda.

Guests will enjoy brunch and beverages and have a chance to create their own watercolor paintings. No experience is necessary; instruction will be available; $125 donation. Register at carnegieartcenter.org.

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CLASSIC WHEELS – The Women’s Society of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo will take a field trip to the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum at 10:30 a.m. May 14. Owner and founder Jim Sandoro will lead the tour.

Fee is $20. All are welcome. Reservations and payment must be made in the parish hall, 695 Elmwood Ave., between 11:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday or May 10.

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BARGAIN TIME – Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg, will hold a Spring Rummage Sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $1. A half-price sale will follow from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, with a bag sale from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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FRESH CAUGHT – The smelt are running again in the Niagara River and Lewiston will celebrate the tasty little fish from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at its annual Smelt Festival in a new location, the Jet Boat parking lot in front of Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Niagara River Anglers and the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce staff will give out free samples of battered and fried smelt until supplies run out. Donations for the Anglers’ community programs are welcome.

There also will be live music, a beer tent and food and beverages. For info, call 754-9500 or visitNiagaraRiverRegion.com.

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TIME OF NEED – Heart patient John Wieloszynski of Williamsville, a father of five, languished for months on a waiting list before he finally got a transplant in March. His prognosis is good, but his family faces many bills for medical treatment and living expenses.

To help, five local bands will stage a fundraising concert at 6 p.m. Friday in the Apex building at the Chapel’s CrossPoint Campus, 2435 Hopkins Road, Getzville. The lineup includes Grace Lougen and the Leftover Pancakes, Grace Stumberg, Elmwood Drive, For the Fatherless and Laura Wielo and Friends.

There also will be refreshments and a gift basket auction. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 advance online at itrulycare.com (search under “Events”). Financial contributions can be made at gofundme.com.

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FIRST LOOK – The world premiere of “Liberty Under Law,” a documentary film on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown.

Prior to the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Harold Burson, correspondent for the Armed Forces Network at Nuremberg; Father Moritz Fuchs, Jackson’s bodyguard at Nuremberg; and David Crane, former chief prosecutor for the Special Court of Sierra Leone.

The premiere coincides with the anniversary of Jackson’s appointment as chief U.S. prosecutor for the Nuremberg trials. For more info, visit roberthjackson.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Zachary Schlau, Susan Martin, Connie Campanaro, Don Paul, Michelle and Marty Richau, Dean Brownrout, Doug Swift, Garnell Whitfield Jr., Irv Weinstein, Geoffrey Gerow, Jack Panek, Riley Moll, Suzette Simonson, Pat Smolarek, Jonathan Cielinski, Judy Kirst, Beverly A. Falzone, Timothy Zimpfer, Emily Powley, Frances Manley, Paul Kamrowski Sr., Rachel Anne Kamrowski, Elizabeth Susan Kamrowski, Bob Patterson, David Nowak, Alexander J. Aylward and Sheila Kwiatkowski.

AND THURSDAY – Brendan Sean Connors, Linda Mabry, Doug Morgano, Alice Reed, Kristan Falzone Ferrentino, Ronald Bieler, Diane Moser, Bill Vogt, Betsy Phillips, Peter Cutler, Mark Romance, Terry Maurer, Dennis Reigle, Tim Meidenbauer, Ramie Schilling, Cyndi Schilling, Wilson Martinez, Ginny Homewood, Colleen Ann Burke, Baylee Locke, Kathy Scharlock, Phyllis Brady, Denise Beaton and Marilyn Jubulis.

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