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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to columnist and novelist Christopher Morley, born on this date in 1890, “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.”

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SUGAR OR LEMON? – Hostesses in 19th-century dress will serve freshly baked scones, preserves, tea sandwiches and petit desserts Saturday as the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5962 Genesee St., Lancaster, hosts its annual Mother’s Day Tea.

Seatings will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 10. For reservations, call 741-7032. The historic house, the oldest substantial stone dwelling in Erie County, will be open for tea guests to tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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PIECES OF HISTORY – The Black Rock Historical Society is looking for donors to contribute artifacts for its new museum at 1902 Niagara St. Business and industrial memorabilia are welcome, as are domestic items, historic documents, books, magazines, photographs, posters, paintings, coins, tools, bottles and any objects made locally. For info, call 510-4007.

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BONUS ROUND – The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York has been chosen to receive a $3,000 donation from Safeco Insurance in recognition of the volunteer support given to Meals on Wheels by Walsh Duffield Cos. The foundation could win more from Safeco via the voting in an online contest.

Votes can be cast online at safeco.com/make-more-happen once every 24 hours through 1 p.m. May 18 for one of 33 charities nationwide. The one with the most votes will receive $10,000. There’s $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third. If the contest attracts 25,000 votes, all of the 33 charities will get an additional $500.

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RECIPE FOR A GALA – The area’s celebrity chefs are planning gourmet contributions for “Cooks For Books,” the major fundraising event for Brighton Place, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville.

Tickets are $50 and include wine tasting and live music in addition to the food. There also will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are available at the library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. For info, call 332-4375.

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ANTIQUE SOUNDS – Buffalo-based organ grinder Dan Wilke will demonstrate his signature instrument and several other antique music-making devices in a special program at 7 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Paid admission is required.

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HARMONIOUS – The Retired Men’s Chorus will be featured at the next meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. The program also includes installation of officers. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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BARGAIN TIME – Local charities will benefit from the Month of May Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.

The Thrift Shop, Mini Boutique and Plant Place will be open. Luncheon, featuring a chicken salad plate and home-baked pie, will be available for $6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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GLORY DAYS – Two writers who have celebrated Buffalo in its heyday will appear in the author series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Larkin Square Filling Station restaurant, 745 Seneca St.

New York Times editor Verlyn Klinkenborg will talk about his 1991 book, “The Last Fine Time,” which chronicles life in a Polish-American bar inherited by his father-in-law after World War II. Introducing him will be Lauren Belfer, author of “City of Light,” a novel set in the year of the Pan American Exposition.

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TOP DOGS – The organizations that save homeless and mistreated dogs will be honored by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society at the first Western New York Canine Rescue Awards at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville.

The awards were inspired by the annual KVIS Dog Days of Kenmore, where organizers got to know about the work of rescue groups. Representatives from more than 60 organizations in the region have been invited.

Rescue groups, says KVIS president Melissa Foster, show the heart of a community. “It’s not just important for rescue dogs,” she adds. “It’s important for who we are as a society.”

For info on KVIS, call Foster at 877-0477 or email melissa@villageofkenmore.com.

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TICKET TO THE PAST – Vintage attire is encourage for the “Turn of the Century” cocktail reception celebrating National Train Day from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday on board the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad and trackside at the restored 1930 Jamestown Gateway Train Station, 211-217 W. Second St., Jamestown.

Tickets are $25, $40 per couple, and include food and entertainment. There also will be a cash bar. Reservations are necessary and spaces are limited. For reservations, call 483-1729.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Eric Zanner, Jean Currie, Johnny and Maria Tricoli, Paul Lorefice, Teresa Spaeth, Stan Zmuda, Christina Zilbauer, Brian Zilbauer, Bob Jeffords, MaryAnn Parini, Mark Garris, Theresa Suglia, Ryan Patrick Rooth II, Tracy Hadsall, Margaret Delzer, Monica Mietus, Janice Galla, Madonna Igielinski, Rose Ann Rizzo, Ann Ruminski, Lisa Theurer, Melina Scime and Nancy Bernhard.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com