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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to naturalist John James Audubon, born on this date in 1785, “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”


IRISH TIMES – The Black Rock/Riverside Historical Society continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Invasion of Canada from the Black Rock area with a dual lecture on “The Fenian Movement from the Perspective of the 1916 Easter Uprising” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace.

Author Edward Patton will speak about the Fenians, while historian Craig Speers will speak about the Easter Uprising in Dublin, Ireland, 100 years ago. Both are members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The musical group Rush the Growler will provide authentic Irish tunes and selections from the Fenian songbook. The public is welcome. Admission is $7, free for museum members.


WILL TO WIN – Orchard Park High School senior Matt Stromecki and the other members of the Quakers lacrosse team will have an extra incentive to score when they take on the Frontier High School Falcons in a home game at 7 p.m. May 4. Every time they find the net, they’ll be raising donations for the Breast Clinic at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

“Breast cancer has touched my family and I have seen the great care provided by Roswell,” Stromecki says. “Through this event, I hope to help Roswell to do the same for other families as they battle this vicious disease.”

Stromecki and his teammates are collecting pledges for donations for each time they score, typically 10 to 20 points per game. Their goal: $4,000. Per-goal or flat amount donations can be made online at Donations also will be accepted at the game.


MAIN EVENT – The Erie County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars will gather for its 82nd annual convention May 13 and 14 in Hamburg Township Post 1419, 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg.

Highlight will be the dinner Saturday evening honoring County Commander Len Harris and County Auxiliary President Deborah Harris. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6.

Saturday’s activities begin at 9 a.m. with a joint VFW and auxiliary memorial service, followed by a VFW and auxiliary business meeting, including the nomination and election of officers. Joint installation of the new officers will follow.

Registration for VFW and auxiliary is from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday. Auxiliary members also can register from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday. The Hamburg Township Post will be offering a fish fry dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday. All VFW and auxiliary members are invited to attend. For more info, call Kathleen Blake at 774-8208.


WILD KINGDOM – Eagles, vultures and wildcats will be among the more than 80 animals on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, 655 Luther Road, East Aurora, holds a Wild Safari. In addition to photo opportunities with the animals, there will be food, entertainment, souvenirs for youngsters and hands-on activities for all ages.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans, $8 for children and $28 for a family pass, which includes up to two adults and three children. For more info and directions, visit or call 652-8646.


KICK UP YOUR HEELS – Two Buffalo bands, the Knewz and the Concertina All-Stars, will be featured as Medallion Post 13, AMVETS, 25 Review Place, off Tonawanda Street, holds its third annual Spring Dance from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Tickets are $15 at the door. There will be door prizes, raffles and other drawings. Food and beverages will be available. For more info, call David or Carol Lenczyk at 823-0772 or John Drabek at 824-4642.


BARGAIN TIME – The Women’s Fellowship of Kenmore United Church of Christ will hold its Spring Rummage Sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and a $1 bag sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in the church hall, 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Janine Trusello, Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Larry Levite, Donna Fernandes, Virginia Chmielowiec, Victoria Dale, VaSean D. Crews, Rich Noblett Jr., Dawn Hanel, Brandon Makowski, Shannon Cook, Gail Berger, Emma Giordano, Anna Allman, Marie Cusick, Sue Krukowski, Luba Pfieffer and Herm Hatten.