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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to one of the greatest baseball hitters of all time, Rogers Hornsby, born on this date in 1896, “I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.”


BARGAIN TIME – Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, will hold its annual rummage sale from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, followed by a bag sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Admission to the bag sale is $1 and each bag will cost $1.


DANCE AND DINE – “Buffalo Beats and Eats” is the theme for the eighth annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. Providing the musical beats will be the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and Gimme Buffett, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. The eats will be covered in a “Taste of the City,” with more than 20 local restaurants taking part.

Tickets are $50 and include beer and wine, including a beer-tasting hosted by Certo Brothers Distributing. Tickets are available in advance at the bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit


NIGHT FEVER – The party band Disco Duck will be featured as Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, hosts Lancaster’s Largest Disco from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 6.

Donation is $25 and includes beer, wine, pop and an entry in the drawing for a $250 Wegmans gift card. For tickets, call the rectory at 685-5766.


CALENDAR DATE – It will be an evening of networking and making new connections as the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. holds its annual May Mixer next Wednesday in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst.

The networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner mixer at 6. Tickets are $35, $30 for chapter members. Register online at


SUMMER PLANS – Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, is accepting applications for its summer school classes, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weeks of July 11 and July 18. Fee is $80 for one week, $140 for both weeks. Classes on the week of July 18 will include the prep course for the school’s entrance exam. For info, call 826-3610, Ext. 237, or email

Applications also are being accepted for the Circle of Friends Summer Program for youngsters aged 5 to 12 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at Whitfield Avenue and McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo.

The program with state-licensed teachers, which includes arts and crafts, outdoor activities and weekly special events, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and costs $25. Early and late sessions are available from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. for an additional fee of $5 each. For more info, call the church office at 824-2787.


CENTURY MARK – Celebrating her 100th birthday recently at a party in her honor was Caroline E. Finger, who has been a resident in Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga for six years. Born Caroline DeFields on April 22, 1916, in Newfane, she has been a longtime Cheektowaga resident. For many years, she and her husband, Vincent, who died in 2004, spent six months of the year in Florida. The mother of three sons and two daughters, all of whom have predeceased her, she has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jean Hoier, Patrick Michael Smith, Ed Righter, Teri Cotton, Diana P. Peete, Cathy Calleri, Sister Mary Magdalino, Tom Arist, Joe Nowak, Melanie Romance Ruiz, Judith Romance Coburn Muscarella, Amber Mye, Andrea Maguder, John Fraissinet, Timothy Bondanza, Peg Trautmann, Linda S. Saville, Pat Selby, Joan Mattingly, Molly Govern, William Kimmitt, Mary Scinta, Phil Nyhuis, Elaine Kronbeck and Madeline Calandra.

AND THURSDAY – Michelle Gorlewski, Janet Frisch, Dave Sasiadek, Benjamin Park, Maureen Geoghan, Jeff Naab, Paul Schober, Kellan Inman, Joy Pfitzinger, Bill Yeates Jr., Ella Weber, Wendy Ricigliano, Gary Janiga and Ron Kennick.