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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, born Lawrence Peter Berra on this date in 1925, “You can observe a lot by just watching.”


WHAT’S IT WORTH? – Free antique appraisals will be given at the next meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Callodine Avenue and Longmeadow Road, Amherst.

Buyers will be on hand to purchase antiques as well. Refreshments will be served. It’s free and open to the public. For info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.


TEST PATTERNS – The Starpoint Special Education Group will present a free program, “Psychological Testing for Special Education Services,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Middle School Auditorium, 4363 Mapleton Road, Pendleton.

The session will cover what is involved in testing and what results mean for parents and children. Those who attend will have a chance to win a $25 gift card. To register, call 332-4170.


GIANTS IN THE EARTH – Dinosaur expert Joe “PaleoJoe” Kchodl returns to speak about “Utah Long-necked Dinosaurs: Myths and Mysteries” at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell.

The program, sponsored by the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, is open to the public. No preregistration is required. Admission is $5, free for Penn Dixie members.

PaleoJoe, a graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School and Niagara University who now lives in Midland, Mich., also plans to be present for Dig With the Experts, a special event Saturday at the Penn Dixie fossil site off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

A limited number of spots are available. Preregistration is required. Tickets are $30, $25 for Penn Dixie members. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


GEARING UP – A gala for Buffalo’s 40th Juneteenth Festival will be held Friday evening in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. There will be a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:15.

Tickets are $50 and include dinner and dancing. Tickets are available at Doris Records, 256 E. Ferry St. Juneteenth will take place June 13 and 14 in Martin Luther King Park.


SPIRITS AMONG US – Author and supernatural historian Mason Winfield will kick off the 2015 conference of the Spirit Way Project at 7 p.m. Thursday with a talk on “Celtic Spirit on the Niagara” in the Print Shop on the Roycroft Campus, 21 S. Grove St., East Aurora.

The conference, which continues through Sunday, includes discussions, workshops and a banquet Saturday evening in the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora, where Winfield will speak on “Talking Animals and Medicine People: Native Supernatural Tradition in the Northeast.”

Tickets are $20 for Thursday or Friday sessions, $40 for Saturday sessions, $50 for the banquet, $70 for all Saturday events and $100 all inclusive. For info, call 655-6664 or visit


SACRED SIGHTSEEING – Five churches in Buffalo, two in Albion and one in Niagara Falls will take part in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

In Buffalo, Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., is open for visitors from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Also open are the Buffalo Religious Arts Center (former St. Francis Xavier Church), 157 East St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In Albion, the First Presbyterian Church of Albion, 29 E. State St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and Pullman Memorial Universalist church, 10 E. Park St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The First Baptist Church of Niagara Falls, 554 Main St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cory Coseglia, Rudi Wolf, Jana Eisenberg, Katherine J. Bestine, Joe Todaro, Tim Myers, Laura Pfalzgraf, Joseph Balbierz, Barb Fink, Karen Winter, Todd Bosworth, Rita Decsi, Bert Huller, Monsignor Bill Gallagher, Fred Zarczynski, Samuel C. Cellino Jr., Sue Lauck, Diane Carlini, John Redman III, Linda Wein, Evan Pietraszewski, Jim Kasperek and Sheila Allman.