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OLAF FUB SEZ: See Shakespeare in Delaware Park this summer! According to the late director of the New York Shakespeare Festival Joseph Papp, born Yosi Papirofsky on this date in 1921, “When the moon is out and the wind begins to whisper, it’s theater at its best. You can’t beat it.”

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Taking Care of a Child

They come into the world on a siren’s wail, kicking and screaming.

You take them home.

You don’t have the first clue what to do with them.

You give them their first bath with your heart in your throat.

You place them in their bassinette-slash-crib watching over them until the sun comes up.

They cut their first tooth and you damn near have a heart attack.

Everything starts going in the mouth.

Every barking cough,

And every “achoo” adds a grey hair. The first of many.

You put your hand on their chest, to make sure they’re still breathing,

And they start crawling.

Fast-forward to the first day of school.

You spend so much money preparing for it

That you almost forget the one important lesson,

You haven’t had enough time to master yet.

How to start letting go.

– Edna D. Kirksey

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WATER CARE – David Rotterman, vice president of WNED-TV production, will speak about the watershed 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 library opens at noon with a video titled, “If Our Water Could Talk.”

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.

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STRAWBERRY SOCIAL – Saint Nicodemus Lutheran Church will celebrate this season’s fruit celebrity from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the picnic grounds, Liberia Road, Marilla, a half a mile east of Four Rod Road. Feast on strawberries, ice cream and shortcake, hamburgers and hot dogs while being entertained by the Backwoods Cloggers and the Haven Prodigal. Call 652-6611 for info.

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MORE BERRIES – Strawberry shortcake takes the stage on Wednesday, too, at the annual festival from 4 to 7 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St. Call 825-8746 for info.

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SLEEP NEWS- Learn how to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed. Head to the Schofield Adult Wellness Center at 1 p.m. Wednesday for a free seminar at 3333 Elmwood Avenue. Call 995-3851 for info or visit schofieldcare.org to register.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Laura Haggerty, Wendy Toohey, Chyrel E. Coles, Marshall Davis, Nathan Gies, Father Jerry Kopec, Alexis “Peanut” Patterson, Pat Johnson, Luci Buczek, Linda Kelley, David Dzierba, ChiChi Hoelscher, Mira Boyczuk, Roger Korsh and Jack Kolbmann.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com