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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought appropriate to the arrival of spring from British novelist Henry Fielding, born on this date in 1707, “All nature wears one universal grin.”


GEAR UP – Buffalo Bike Month is coming up in May and, to celebrate, GObike Buffalo and Sugar City are looking for entries for an exhibition on the art of biking. Artists are invited to submit original works with depictions of bicycles and bike culture as well as objects made of bicycles and bicycle parts.

To enter, submit two or three digital images or a written concept to by Thursday. Drop-off dates will be arranged from April 29 to May 3. The exhibition will open at Sugar City, 1239 Niagara St., on May 6. A closing reception will be held May 26. Gallery hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays.


STARTING OUT – Aurora Waldorf School, 525 West Falls Road, West Falls, will hold a First Grade Readiness informational session from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It will begin with a tour of the school, followed by a lecture on first-grade readiness by three Aurora Waldorf teachers and a luncheon. For more info and to register, call 655-2029.


AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Matt Tavares will lead a story time and activity with his latest book, “Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin,” at 11 a.m. Sunday in Talking Leaves Elmwood, 951 Elmwood Ave. For more info, call 884-9524.

East Aurora native Matt Bindig, an English teacher at Orchard Park High School, will sign copies of his first novel, “Nothing Here Is Real,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in The Bookworm, 34 Elm St., East Aurora (652-6554), and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road (823-2665).


POLKA TIME – Music by Special Delivery will be featured as St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave. north of Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, holds a Spring Polka Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more info and reservations, call Ron Moscoe at 773-6387.


TAKE A CHANCE – Epiphany United Church of Christ, 9365 Clarence Center Road, Clarence, will hold its 15th annual basket raffle Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m. The auction begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25, including the door prize; six sheets for $25; $1 for premium prize tickets, seven for $5. Sandwiches, pizza and snacks will be available for sale.

Alden’s Meals on Wheels will have a chance auction as part of its Family Day Event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Alden High School, 13190 Park St. There also will be food trucks, a bounce house and other children’s activities, community information booths and entertainment, including music by Terry Buchwald and a performance by the Differential Flava Crew, Buffalo’s only professional break dancing troupe. Admission is $1.

The Orchard Park Home Bureau will hold a theme basket raffle, including five money flower baskets, Sunday afternoon in the cafeteria of St. John Vianney School, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Doors open at noon. Theme baskets will be called at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $1 and includes coffee and dessert. For more info and tickets, call Shirley Blab at 652-7588 or Joan Hillman at 674-5763.


HIGH AND DRY – The Cathedral Ladies Guild will host a towel bingo game, with beautiful towels as prizes, Sunday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. Bingo begins at 1 p.m.

Admission is $5 and includes a bingo board, coffee, dessert and a chance to win a door prize. Extra boards will be available for $1 each or three for $2. Food will be available for purchase.


BARGAIN HUNT – Early birds will be admitted at 8 a.m. Saturday for $3 as the Alumni Committee of St. Francis of Assisi Church holds a rummage sale in the School Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Regular admission is $1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

The auxiliary of South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St., will host a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tables are available for $10. Call 812-4470.

St. Christopher’s Church will hold an indoor flea market, garage sale and book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on St. Edmund’s Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Admission is $1 and includes coffee, tea and a door prize raffle ticket.

St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, will have a flea market and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


FILL THE FREEZER – Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster, will hold a meat raffle with a huge grand prize Saturday evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. First raffle is at 7. Admission is $5 advance, $6 at the door and includes beer, wine, pop, snacks and a hot sandwich or pizza. For info, call 686-9559.

Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will hold a “Bucks for Clucks” meat raffle Saturday evening. Doors open at 5 p.m. Wheel spins start at 6. Admission is $5 and includes a roast beef sandwich, snacks, beer and pop.


HUNGRY? – Kenmore United Methodist Church, Delaware Avenue and Landers Road, next to the Kenmore Library, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 and include dessert and a beverage. Homemade pie will be available.

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, will serve a spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door, and include beverages and dessert. Part of the proceeds will benefit homeless vets. For info, call 681-8387.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Conrad Pawlak, Murray Galloway, Lee Coppola, Nancy Barry, Joe Giambra, Carl Hasselback, Darby Fishkin, Ingeri Fleron, Melvin Jones, Jeff Snyder, Arlene Worrhal, Nancy Lipka, Kayla Nicometi, Mary Beth Diggins, Amy Howdyshell, Penny Siffringer, Mary Ann Tune, Kathy Jay, Adrianne Minor, Bill O’Dae, Moira O’Dea, Elinor Weinstein, Sharon Dryzga, Corey Sauberan, Victoria Dan and Lottie Jaczewski.

AND SATURDAY – Emily Brownell Tranquilli, Penny Wolfgang, Lorraine Jezioro, Ernestine Gipp, Adam Plewik, Kathleen Mather, Grace Federowicz, Ed Whitney, Jonathan Buchanan, Joanie Denecke, Elaine Dingwall, Nate Dove Sr., Maureen Pronobis and Mary Ann Sole.

AND SUNDAY – Jim Santella, Edna Fill, Inge Gallant, Barbara Libby, Tim Neary, Janet Nowicki, George O’dvarka, Kevin Toohey, Kyle Kuhns, Matthew Rathke, Teresa Haskill, Stephanie Cacciatore, Kari Bliek Gonzalez, Michael Dillon Meegan, Ethan Makowski, Gus Siffringer, Brittany Kirkley, Gary Betz, Jacqueline McGrath, Carol Pagliaccio, Thomas McIntosh, Julie O’Neill, Brandon Hoerner, Ayana Ebony Younger and Ashley Sipowicz.