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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to columnist George Will, born on this date in 1941, “The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.”


LITTLE GIFTS – TC Technologies and Amici Ristorante are hosting the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s fourth annual Community Baby Shower from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the restaurant, 2516 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.

Those who attend are asked to bring a new, unwrapped baby gift to be donated to local at-risk mothers. While the gifts are being collected, there will be appetizers, music from Saxman Slim, raffles, gift baskets and a cash bar.

Gifts will benefit families served by the Catholic Charities of Buffalo WIC program, the Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network and the Jericho Road Community Health Center’s Priscilla Project. For more information, visit


HOW SWEET IT IS – The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities will hold their 13th annual Food and Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary of the Angels Convent, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.

Georgetown Square Wine and Liquors will provide the wine. Entertaining will be Thom Diina and Ray Chamberlain. Cash Cunningham will auction off prizes.

Honorary hosts are Kent and Laurie Frey. Tickets are $50 and include souvenir wine glasses and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. For info, call 632-2155, Ext. 687, or visit


URBAN ROOTS – An assistant professor in the University at Buffalo’s Arts Management Program, Miriam Paeslack, will speak about her book, “Ineffibly Urban: Imaging Buffalo,” in the Imagine Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program in the Ring of Knowledge opens at noon with a Great Courses video on Impressionist artists.

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own.


HELPING HANDS – Erie County’s Senior Corps volunteers have begun collecting personal and health care items for their Senior Corps Week project later this month, which is to assist homeless families and those at risk of being homeless who are served by the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway.

Needed are toilet paper, liquid laundry soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, kitchen garbage bags, toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo, baby wipes, baby lotion, unisex diapers and feminine care items.

Items are being collected through May 15 in the senior centers in Amherst, Cheektowaga, Clarence and Orchard Park, and in Buffalo at the Moot Center, George K. Arthur Community Center, Hispanics United, Los Tainos Senior Center, the Richmond Summer Senior Center and the People Inc. site at 2635 Delaware Ave.


GROWING SEASON – Master gardener and author Lyn Chimera of East Aurora will give a free lecture on “Gardening Basics” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave.

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens, which seeks gardeners to take part in the Aug. 1 tour, is the sponsor.


REUNION TIME – The Class of 1965 from Bishop Timon High School will celebrate its 50th reunion May 21, 22 and 23. The agenda includes participation in the Bishop Timon-St. Jude graduation ceremony May 21, a stag at Larkinville at 6 p.m. May 22 and a dinner May 23 in Curley’s Bar and Grill, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For more info, call Joe Mooney at 648-6730 or email

The Sacred Heart Academy Class of 1950 will hold its 65th reunion at 1 p.m. June 6 in the Grapevine Restaurant, 2545 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For more info, call Bobbie Thuman at 694-0597 or Norma Welch at 832-3028.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Monica Conrad, Joan Light, Oswaldo Mestre, Derek Roy, Anna Kay France, Sharon Groden, Walter Kubisty, Tony Guzzetta, Maryann Gabryszak, Angela Salerno, Gene Piontek, Tabitha Swart, James Pratts, Cindy Musilli and Ed Cavan.