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OLAF FUB SEZ: The late author Maurice Sendak, born on this date in 1928, put it this way: “A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.”

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A STELLAR EVENT – Peer through a telescope at Venus and the Bee Hive Cluster M44 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday during an evening astronomy program at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., Blasdell. Look at the sun before sunset through a filtered telescope. Bring your own or look through ones on hand. Dress warmly. For information, call 627-4560 or check penndixie.org.

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BOATHOUSE EVENING – The Wilson Lions Club will honor Gary Darnell as “Hometown Hero” and the South Wilson and Wilson No. 1 Volunteer fire companies as citizens of the year at its 12th annual awards night at 6 p.m. Monday at the Wilson Boathouse restaurant. Tickets are $30. Reserve with Diane Muscoreil at 751-9213 or dmuscoreil@gmail.com.

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A MONUMENT AND FLAG FOR FIREMEN – A flag will go up the new flagpole at the renovated, cleaned and newly illuminated Firemen’s Monument at the entrance to Cazenovia Park at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Flag Day.

The flag, donated by Don Colpoys, was on the casket of his late father, Ed Colpoys, a World War II veteran. It will fly in memory of his brother, Matthew Colpoys, who died along with four other firefighters in a propane explosion on Dec. 27, 1983.

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SIGNS OF LEARNING – A two-week morning day camp for children from 5 to 10 years old who want to learn sign language and deaf culture with games and arts and crafts will be held from July 13-24 at the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St. The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon and the cost is $80. Call 335-9170 or write aheider@wnydas.org at Deaf Access Services to register. Deadline is July 10.

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SPRING INTO SUMMER – Chicken barbecue, games, bounce houses and an auction will be among the attractions at the Spring Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Amherst Christian Academy, 2625 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Info is online at aca.academy.

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MISSION YARD SALE – To pay for a trip to New Jersey and Hurricane Sandy cleanup, the Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, will be holding a yard sale beginning at noon Saturday. At 7 p.m., $10 buys a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner. Eat and listen to the Alex Rene Big Swing Band. Call 310-4388 for info.

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CRUISE FOR CATS – Billy Dee will sing Johnny Cash songs for the Ten Lives Cat Club’s seventh annual vintage car show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Bowling Lanes, 331 Old French Road, West Seneca. Bowl, buy 50/50 raffle tickets and see cats and dogs for adoption. Call 646-5577 or go to tenlivesclub.com to donate items, volunteer or pay $10 to register a car.

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TWILIGHT HOME TOUR – Look inside some of Buffalo’s best old mansions on Delaware Avenue and Oakland Place from 5 to 9 p.m. June 19 during a tour presented by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and Explore Buffalo. Register at trsite.org by Sunday for $30. The week of the tour, the cost is $35. Spring for $75 VIP and stop in at the Saturn Club for snacks and drinks. Guides will share the history. The go-at-your-own-pace walking tour usually sells out.

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OLD SCHOOL HOME ARTS – Quilt, make lace and spin yarn at the Hull Family Home’s annual Heritage Arts Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You also will be able to tour the historic house at 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster. The $5 entry benefits restoration.

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CHEERING YOUNG PATIENTS – Scout Brownie Troop 10151 donated toys, books and games to children in the pediatric unit at WCA Hospital in Jamestown. Payment came in the form of a community service patch and praise for helping make the hospital feel more like a home. “We’re so appreciative here at the WCA to have such thoughtful little girls,” said Megan D’Angelo, director of development. Call 664-8423 or visit wcahospital.org to donate.

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REUNION TIME – Former members of Boy Scout Troop 5 of North Buffalo’s Parkside Lutheran Church will come together for a 100th anniversary celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park. RSVP to Rosanne Frandina at 883-1299 or rosannef@gmail.com.

The 45th reunion for Tonawanda High School will be held July 18 at Crazy Jake’s, 26 Webster St., North Tonawanda. For more information, check the Tonawanda High School Class of 1970 reunion Facebook page.

The St. Mary’s High School Class of 1985 will celebrate its 30th reunion at 2 p.m. June 20 at Nowak’s, 1458 Lovejoy St., Sloan. Alumni from other classes are welcome to attend.

Lancaster High School Class of 1965 invites members to the 50th reunion at 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Frank’s Grille, 5820 Broadway, Lancaster. A shelter at Como Park has been reserved for a picnic at noon Aug. 16. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be supplied. Call Joe Brunet at 685-4073 or email LHS1965Class@gmail.com

A 52nd reunion for the class of 1963 at JFK High School will be held Aug. 15 at the Elks Lodge, Lancaster. Call Carol Wujek 668-9282.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Vigneron, Ryan Glendinning, Lilli Nawotka, Cleo Calloway, Shawntae R. Crews, Kaylee Wise, Lois Urbanski, Sue Danzer, Mandy Schlegel, Phil Rumore, Dawn Boudreau, Harriette Dobierz, Kara Denecke, Matt Williams, Gerard Ruszczyk, Caroline Ranallo, Nancy Czajka, Steve Ruminski, Clare Atkinson, Lucy Betz, Janet Mobius, Deb Lis and Ben Bailey.

AND THURSDAY – Ann Sheehan Devlin, Tom Barone, Shawn Stepner, Andrew Rokitka, Dylan Wojciechowski, Molly Bauer, Diane Klajbor, Betsy Quinn, Eddie Bognar, Kathy Szlachetka, Olivia Stuckel, Sophie Grzybek, Richard Ciskal, Tommy McClam, Jerry Waldkoetter and Maura Graber.

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