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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from comedian Tina Fey, born on this date in 1970, “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”


UP AND AWAY – Local ex-service members in need will benefit from the fourth annual “Come Fly a Kite for Homeless Veterans” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Gratwick Park off River Road in North Tonawanda. In addition to free kites for children to fly, there will be painted kites for raffle, a basket raffle and hot dogs, burgers and pop on sale. Donations are welcome. For more info, call 515-5844 or 435-7210 or visit


FAMILIAR GROUND – Frontier High School graduate Kali Quinn concludes a 10,000-mile driving tour around the nation in support of her new memoir, “I Am Compassionate Creativity,” with two appearances in her hometown where she’ll read, play music and sign books.

Currently on the faculty of Brown University in Providence, R.I., she visits Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and appears again from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. For more info, visit


FILL THE FREEZER – Queen of Angels Parish in Lackawanna will sponsor a meat raffle and Krolick’s fish fry dinner Friday evening in the Parish Center, Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street.

Tickets for the dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. are $10, pre-sale only. Call 646-0513, 649-6302 or the rectory at 826-0880.

Admission to the meat raffle, which begins at 7 p.m., is free. Soft drinks and snacks will be served. Beer will be available. There also will be raffles for door prizes, including a $100 Wegmans gift card.

Meanwhile, in Sloan, St. Andrew Church will hold a Meat & More Raffle Friday evening in the Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St. Admission is $5 advance, $7 at the door, and includes pizza, beer and pop. Doors open at 6 p.m., the bar opens at 6:30 and drawings start at 7. Call 892-0425.


TOO SOON GONE – The focus will be on overcoming depression and addiction at the first South Buffalo Awareness/Remembrance Walk for Hope, which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cazenovia Park.

“Suicides and accidental overdoses have unfortunately become increasingly prevalent,” says organizer Mike Blake. “We encourage friends and family members who have lost loved ones too soon, for any reason, to walk and remember them.”

Check-in for the 1.5-mile walk is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Disney Princesses will make special appearances, as will Sabretooth and the Batmobile. Food trucks also will be there.

The walk is free, but a donation of $5 or $10 is welcome. Those who contribute $15 will get a commemorative T-shirt. Proceeds will be distributed to mental health groups.


SHALL WE DANCE? – Members of the Amherst Victorian Dance Society will provide instruction in half a dozen Victorian dances, as well as Victorian culture and etiquette, in a Victorian Dance Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. It’s free, but reservations are suggested. Call 634-7594.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen O’Neill Cleary, Diane English, Art Schumacher, Kelly Gruber, Andrew Rudnick, Phyllis Carderelli, Maryanne Long, Denise Fitzpatrick, Faith Guercio Holmes, Jackie Rasulo, Dale Michael Brucz, Judy Gangloff, Jackie Wiess, Jeff Pronobis, Tom Collins, Kelly Panek and Shawn McCabe.

AND THURSDAY – Amy Gales Flannery, Faye Ciesinski, Robert Elardo, Lori McGlone, Judith Lipsey, Mike Mesirov, John Gallo, Angela Moscato Pollo, Sue Toplisek, Shari LaFarve, Wilbur Stringer, Fran Taber, Pattie Frentzel, Jeanine O’Neil, Richie Bell, Sarah Jane Falzone, Nick Casey, Romaine Lillis, Anita Clark and Dorothy Sheldon.