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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to offbeat comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, born on this date in Syracuse in 1962, “Animals may be our friends, but they won’t pick you up at the airport.”


SEASONS CHANGE – The Buffalo Harbor Museum at 66 Erie St. downtown, formerly the Lower Lakes Marine Museum, is beginning its summer hours. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Admission is free. For info, call 849-0914.


PAGE TURNERS – More than 150,000 books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games will be on sale, most of them for 50 cents to $1, at the 61st Scholarship Book Sale sponsored by the Buffalo Branch, American Association of University Women, in Burlington Plaza, 1551 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

On opening day Wednesday, admission is $20 from 9 to 11 a.m., $10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and $5 from 1 to 8 p.m. Admission is $1 Thursday to Saturday, when doors are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free on the final day, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Proceeds benefit scholarships, grants and interest-free college loans to Western New York high school and college students, grants to community organizations and national AAUW fellowships. For more info, visit


TEE IT UP – The Riviera Theatre and Organ Preservation Society will hold its ninth annual Riviera Theatre Golf Tournament at noon Monday at Tan Tara Golf Club, 4391 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda.

Donation for golfers is $100, which includes a cart, a buffet lunch at noon, an open bar from 6 to 7 p.m. and a dinner to follow, beer and pop throughout the day, and door prizes.

For info or to sign up, call Gary Rouleau at 692-2413, Ext. 410, or visit


ONCE A YEAR – The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. will hold its annual basket auction and scholarship fundraiser June 3 at Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6. Tickets are $40 and include a turkey carving station, a buffet and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Register online at


UP ON THE ROOF – Only 400 tickets are available for Solstice Soiree, the summer wine-tasting and stargazing event from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 20 in the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

Tickets are $65, $60 for museum members, and include samples of wines from around the world with a commemorative glass, hors d’oeuvres from the Buffalo Catering Co., live entertainment by the Adam Bronstein Trio, access to all the museum’s exhibits and a rare chance to go up to the building’s rooftop, weather permitting. For tickets, visit or call 896-5200, Ext. 359.


TEACHING TEACHERS – The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting registrations for the Summer Teacher Institute July 28 and 29 for kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers in Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew.

The institute, which will cover science and nature topics, will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. In-service or continuing education credit may be available. A materials fee of $40 includes lunch on the second day.

Deadline for registration is July 10. Space is limited. For a registration form, call 683-5959 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mike Vogel, Joe Chille, Max Wickert, Kathy Moriarty, Marcia Lamb, Bill Regan, Jack Myers, Gary Panek, Sister Mary Anna Falbo, Jaci Adams, Alma O’Connell, Norm Smith, Billy Larsen, Marian Perrotta, Fred Siegel III, Russ Dybowski and Rebecca Rogowski.