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OLAF FUB SEZ: The Dutch artist known for his surreal drawings and stairways with no end had this take on ambition’s upward trajectory. M.C. Escher, born Maurits Cornelis Escher, on this date in 1898, said, “So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen.”

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TOUR THE PARK – Take a free guided morning walk through Emery Park on Saturday as part of the Walk in the Park series. Register at 9 a.m. at the fieldhouse at 2084 Emery Road, South Wales. Visit erie.gov/parks for info.

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SPEEDING CANCER AWAY – Twice this summer, the family of the late Judy Pollino will go to Stateline Speedway at 4150 Kortwright Road in the town of Busti, south of Jamestown, to share the early warning signs of ovarian cancer and raise money for a cancer care fund in her honor. The Pollino family and friends will sell 50/50 tickets Friday and July 3. Gates open at 6 p.m. In five years, the family has raised $7,000 for the fund at Jamestown’s WCA Hospital. Call 664-5461 to donate.

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CHICKEN AND A BASKET – St. Stanislaus Parish will sell $10 chicken barbecue and auction baskets from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Marian Hall, St. Stan’s Social Center at Fillmore and Peckham streets. Takeout available. Call 854-5510 for tickets.

Or, spend $12 for half a chicken in a Krolick’s dinner with all the fixings from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Call 876-6504 for info.

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HELP A WISH – East Aurora fourth-graders seek donations of good things to raffle off for their fourth annual Make-a-Wish Carnival from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave. Help raise even more than last year’s $8,252.02 by dropping off gift baskets, gift cards and gift certificates to the front office.

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TAKE IN SOME ART IN THE FALLS – Niagara Arts and Cultural Center will showcase the abstract and religious art of Violet Gordon with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Her Madonna-and-child renditions and ribbon-like homages to Frank Gehry are on view through Aug. 23 at 1201 Pine Ave. Call 282-7530 for info or visit thenacc.org.

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BREAKFAST FOR DAD – To help plan Father’s Day breakfast outings, local women’s clubs have come up with two good options for Sunday. The Ladies Auxiliary of the North Amherst Fire Hall sell all-you-can-eat $8 tickets for pancakes, sausage, eggs and home fries from 8 a.m. to noon at the hall at Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell Boulevard.

Or, head to West Seneca American Legion Post 735 at 35 Legion Parkway for an $8 meal of French toast, ham, eggs, sausage and dessert from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 674-2161 for info.

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REUNION TIME – The Frontier High School Class of 1975 celebrates 40 years with food, drink and a trivia contest from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 1 at Brierwood Country Club Pavilion, Rogers Road, Hamburg. $25 a person or $45 a couple. Checks to Claudia Vater, 2760 W. Church St., Eden 14057. Write class1975frontier40threunion@gmail.com.

The North Tonawanda High School Class of 1960 will host a 13th annual multi-class reunion picnic from noon to 6 p.m. July 19, the first Sunday of Canal Fest. All classes that have celebrated their 50th year are invited. Tickets are $25. Reservations required by July 6. Call Dorothy Stawicki Muniak at 694-4514.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Karyn Patricia Shanks, Heather Hartmann, Mary Lou Rath, Marge Terranova, Rosemary Whitling, Tina Powell, Adam Powell, Sue Peterson, Raegon Kelly Rooth, Elizabeth Bostible, Tom Buczkowski, Wayne Smith, Bill Lehr, Patti Warnes, Chris Woroniecki, Shelly Guzzetta, Broderick Kamuda, Jim Santora, Linda Liszewski, Jerry Waszak, Tom Partridge, John F. Baker and Dick Curran.

AND THURSDAY – Jacob Schlau, Judy Alessi, Margaret Haag, Mary Albrecht, Bob McCarthy, Francine DelMonte, Elizabeth Carey, Kathy McCarthy, Kevin Quinn, Cassandra Seifert, Caroline Stelmach, Rev. Gary Burdick, Cheryl Ann Toepfer, Larry Bisone, Matthew Jones, Kathy Galbo, Debbie Andrzejewski, Martha Luchterhand and Ashley Nicole Botzko.

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