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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson on this date in 1926, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”


ESCAPE THE KITCHEN – It’s cookout time again at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. From 5 to 7 p.m. this Monday and every Monday through Aug. 31, the grilling team will serve up hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions and, new this year, chicken sandwiches. Side salads also will be available.

For information, call 825-9557.


GOING LONG – Two extra days have been added to the annual Book & Media Sale for the Blind this week in the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service at 1199 Harlem Road, between William and Clinton streets, Cheektowaga.

Instead of starting on Tuesday, it begins Monday. And instead of ending of Friday, it continues through Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New stocks of books will be displayed each day.

Proceeds will benefit the volunteer agency’s program of daily readings of newspapers, books and magazines broadcast via special “reading radios” to local people who are blind or cannot read.

For information or to become a radio reading volunteer, call 821-5555.


PRICE IS RIGHT – Use of the facilities is free every Tuesday during the month of June at the branches of the YMCA Buffalo Niagara under a promotion called Try It Tuesdays.

There’s also a special incentive for anyone who decides to join one of the local YMCA branches – a waiver of the sign-up fee, a saving of up to $75. Y membership includes free fitness classes, family nights, child watch and unlimited use of the pool, gym and wellness center.

For information, call 565-6000 or visit


LEARNING CURVE – The founder of the Waldorf School of Greater Buffalo, Judith Frizlen, will speak 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 on the main floor of the Central Library opens at noon with a Great Courses video on the French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


WHAT DO YOU KNOW? – The Rotary Club of Buffalo holds its first trivia contest fundraiser, I “Mustache” You a Question, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Flying Bison Brewing Co., 840 Seneca St.

Fee is $100 per team of three to five players, $25 for individuals and supporters, and includes one drink ticket per person. Asking the questions will be quizmaster Dennis George. There will be pizza and snacks and a cash bar featuring beer and root beer only.

All proceeds benefit Rotary youth projects. For info, call 854-3397.


MAKE-UP DATE – The talk about “Buffalo’s (Other) Sports History, Not the Bills, Not the Sabres,” by Kenmore historian Ed Adamczyk, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, has been postponed to June 23.

Seating is limited to 45. For reservations, call 332-4375.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Faith Perry, Karima Amin, Jimmy Sabadasz, Cynthia Wallace, Mary Kay Myers, Ty Franko, Kathleen Bartus, Adam Porebski, Marlene Pietraszewski, Geri Golda, Dennis Stefanski, Crystal Mieth, Jerome Sundquest, Donald Pinke, Judy Cunningham, Ann Wall, Ken Minor, Crystal Jacobs, Katie Van Oss, Alex Recktenwalt, Sue Pfeiffer and Bob VonGunden.