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OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from comedian George Burns, born on this date in 1896, “You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.”


RAISE A CUP – The 257th birthday of Scotland’s national poet will be celebrated in proper style at the fifth annual Robbie Burns Birthday Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora.

The evening begins with snacks and a cash bar, followed by remarks from the host, author Mason Winfield; the saying of the Selkirk Grace, the Piping of the Haggis and, following a dinner that includes Cock-a-Leekie Soup and Neeps ’n Tatties, a roundtable reading of Burns’ poetry and a toast to the bard.

Reservations are a must. Tickets are $50. Call 655-6663 or visit


SHOWTIME – First it was a bastion against invaders. Then it found new life as a historic site. Now Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ont., has become a showcase for fine films.

The Niagara Parks Commission kicks off its 2016 schedule of Friday Night Flicks this week in the theater in the fort’s Visitor Center, which has surround sound and a large screen. First screening is an all-time classic from 1942, “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Films begin at 7. Admission is $5.

Films will be shown on the last two Friday nights of most months through the end of the year. One of the exceptions comes in March, when there will be two children’s film matinees daily during spring break from March 14 to 18. For more info, call (905) 871-0540 or visit


WARM INSIDE – The Chili Cook-Off hosted by Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue and Adoption Group has gotten so big that its seventh edition from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday is moving to a new location, J’s White Elephant, 1404 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.

There will be all-you-can-eat chili and bread for $8, as well as a cash bar and a theme basket raffle. Tickets are $5 for children 10 and under. Ten Lives Club will provide the bowls, silverware and napkins. There also will be vendors and desserts will be available for purchase.

A total of 25 contestants will compete for votes from chili lovers and there will be prizes for all. Deadline for chili applications is Friday. All proceeds will help in the operation of the group’s newly purchased shelter in Blasdell, which provides a temporary home for more than 200 cats and kittens. For more info, call 646-5577 or


GIVE A HOOT – Find out everything you wanted to know about owls at the Owl Moon Nature Trail Tours from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford.

Wild Wings Inc. of Honeoye Falls will bring its owls and give a presentation on their behavior, habitat and lifestyle. To see where wooded owls live, naturalists will lead visitors on a walk under the full moon, clouds permitting.

The program also includes hot cocoa, wine, a marshmallow roast and a reading of Jane Yolen’s award-winning children’s book, “Owl Moon.” Tickets are $14. Reservations are required for the guided walks. For more info, call (585) 294-8218 or visit


FILL THE FREEZER – The West Seneca Girls Magic Softball 14U teams will host a meat raffle at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster. Admission is $5 and includes beer, wine and pop. Outside snacks are permitted. Winning ticketholders will have a chance to win again in the grand finale. For reservations, call 631-7671 or email


GLORY DAYS – Crash Cadillac will play as the Holy Name Society of St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, holds a ’50s, ’60s and ’70s Dance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door for those 21 and older, and include beer, wine and pop. No outside beverages are allowed. For tickets and info, call 668-0328 or 892-5154.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Katie Kaczor Bichler, Satish Tripathi, Michelle Blackley, Susan Eck, Tom Henninger, Michael Kempf, Sherrie Papich, Olivia Giammarco, Friar Nicholas Rokitka, Susie Sheeran, Kyle J. Kamrowski, Father Thomas Gallagher, Kenneth Budniewski, Ethan Pierce, Sister Mary Carol Piskor, Gemma Chase, Peggy Gilmour, Robert “Spider” O’Neill and Shannon Ruminski Klejdys.

AND THURSDAY – Kyleigh Elizabeth Kilvadey O’Neill, Michael Stewart O’Neill Dorothy Boeck, Michael Gillis, Jackie Jocko, Paul J. Lorefice, Peter Kempf, Lorraine Ferrelli, John Giblin, Cameron Cornwall, Gail Burdick, John Wall, Anne Harkin-Sullivan, Andrea Meegan, Lydia Laine Podkulski, Diane Pietraszewski, Angela Robins, Kathy Joy Doeing, Anne Horosky and Michelle Bielmann.