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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite line from song lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, born on this date in 1896, “If happy little bluebirds fly/ Beyond the rainbow why, oh, why can’t I?”


FULFILLING WISHES – Nationally recognized mother-and-daughter Zumba instructors Cindy and Marisa Stani of Depew, who teach classes at World Gym in Cheektowaga, will host the third annual Make-A-Wish Western New York Zumbathon from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tonawanda Castle, 69 Delaware St., City of Tonawanda.

Doors open at 11. Music will be provided by special guest Zumba jammers. There also will be raffles and vendors. Tickets are $20 at the door or $16 in advance by going online to and clicking “events.”


SIGNING BONUS – Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley will offer free autographs with a purchase from his table at Western New York Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Bentley will have copies of his novel, “Driftwood,” along with copies of his popular children’s books and other items.

In all, there will be more than 100 tables of merchandise featuring sports cards and other collectibles. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 8 and older are $2. For more info, visit


ON WITH THE SHOW – The Buffalo Choral Arts Society, a 110-voice community chorus directed by Marcia A. Giambrone, will offer a program of Broadway tunes at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

Accompanying the singers in “Live at the Riv 4 – Pop Goes the Chorus,” which is part of the chorus’ 50th anniversary celebration, will be the choral society’s Jazz Combo. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 775-SONG (7664) or visiting


FILL THE FREEZER – Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville, will hold its annual meat raffle from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center. Admission is $5 and includes beverages, snacks and a chance for mystery prizes and the Big BBQ Basket door prize. For more info, call the rectory at 683-2375.


WINNERS WANTED – The Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network will host its 11th annual Evening to Remember basket raffle from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Admission is $10, adults only, and includes pizza, pop and snacks.

Those attending can bring additional snacks and beverages. Proceeds support WNYPBN programs, including the Wings of Love Memorial Fund, which provide monetary support for burial costs for eligible families who have lost infants.

For more info, call Cyndee Fahey at 361-9330 or visit


BASKET RAFFLE - The Altar and Rosary Society of St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, will hold a Festival of Baskets, a raffle of more than 100 baskets, on Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. Admission is $15, which includes an all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner and desserts. Kids under 8 are free. Proceeds benefit the church and St. Jude Research Hospital. For more info, call 634-0069.


BARGAIN TIME – The Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will offer a flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the fire hall at 511 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Tables are available by calling 684-5783.


HUNGRY? – Cleveland Hill United Methodist Church, 546 Eggert Road, will host a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 for youngsters 12 and under, and include dinner and a beverage, plus live music by In The House.

The Holy Name Society of St. Pius X Church will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Father Weber Center, behind the church. Tickets are $7 adults, $6 seniors and $2 for children under 12. There will also be eggs, sausage, home fries and beverages.

Concordia Lutheran Church, 3121 Beebe Road, Newfane, will hold a “Show Your Love for Lizzy” chicken barbecue by Chiavetta’s from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10, drive-thru only. Proceeds benefit the family of a 10-year-old girl who suffers from linear scleroderma and is undergoing treatment in Pittsburgh.

The cooks from Town Line Lutheran Church, 1159 Town Line Road, Alden, will vie for trophies in the second annual Taste of Town Line from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the church. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for youngsters 5 to 12, and provide unlimited tastings. A beverage bar will offer coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Proceeds will benefit Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, which links volunteers with seniors and others who need help with chores, rides to appointments or a friendly voice on the phone.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Irene Sipos, Bryan Bechard, Kevin Hassett, Jenny Zabawa, George Sax, Saul Elkin, Scot Kuhns, Kevin Hassett, Robby Brant, Joey V. Bush, Tevia Mastykarz, Tina Franco, Bill Leary, David J. Sliwinski, Anne Kajfasz, Cindy McCloskey, Jason Baginski, Bob Hussar, Dave Hazen, Bob “Bones” Mahoney, Gary Stomporowski, Gerri Danieu, George Small, John J. “Johnny Fin” Miller and George “Butch” Riehle.

AND SATURDAY – Eric Kaczor, Deborah Bucki, Mike Foglia, Lisa Ludwig, Lana Benatovich, Jo Ann Rizzo Kirsits, Norine Rokitka, Donna Siudak, Edmund Lasota, Jeff Nowak, Diana Rousseau, Briana Christiano, Joan Mahar, Larry Durski, Lynn Meidenbauer, Ron Mace, Cheryl Meegan, Ed Sieracki, Santy Lopez and Betty Holovics.

AND SUNDAY – Lori Repicci, Steve Tasker, Sarah Fonzi, Candace Johnson, Jim Szczublewski, Katie Riordan Dickson, Dr. Reg Abraham, Dan Pawlowski, Robert Balbick, Lee Tulumello, Dorothy Dillemuth, Karley Baker, Dillon DiPirro, Nancy Johnston, Randy Miller, Peggy Nigrelli, Larry Hertel and Christopher McIndoo.