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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and sex symbol Mae West, born Mary Jane West on this date in 1893, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


UNDERWATER WONDERS – The Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, will host an Aquatic All-Star Camp for youngsters aged 8 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday and continuing to Aug. 26.

Children will learn all about the Aquarium’s animals in the hands-on, interactive program. Lunch will be provided Monday to Thursday by the Rain Forest Cafe. On Friday, campers will take a field trip to the rain forest at the cafe. All activities will take place indoors.

The registration fee is $225 or $200 for Aquarium members. Space is limited. For info and to sign up, call 285-3572, ext. 209.


THINKING BIG – The 79th annual Annunciation Church Picnic on church grounds at 7580 Clinton St., Elma, kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with a fish fry, a classic car cruise night and music by Hit ‘N Run, and keeps going afternoons and evenings until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday activities begin at 1 p.m. and feature a continuous food court, the church’s famous chowder and a pork chop dinner at 4. There will be children’s games in the school gym, vendors and a variety of raffles. Providing music under the big tent will be Jonny Peresan, followed by a live “Drive Time Polkas” broadcast on WXRL from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by another appearance by Hit ‘N Run, who again will play until 11 p.m.

Sunday starts with a polka Mass at 11:30 a.m., featuring John Stanczyk with Rare Vintage, followed by a chicken barbecue, music from Dan McPartlan’s Other Band at 12:30 p.m. and the Knewz Polka Band at 4. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit


OUT WITH THE OLD – Ken-Ton Closet, which provides clothing and other basic items for children in need in Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda, will host an electronics recycling drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Brighton Arena, 251 Brompton Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Co-sponsored by State Sen. Marc Panepinto and Sunnking Inc., the drive will accept unwanted computers and computer accessories, cell phones and other mobile devices, TV sets and entertainment equipment, microwave ovens and most small appliances. Cathode ray TV sets must be intact.

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors will not be accepted. Neither will dry cell batteries, large appliances, items containing Freon, PCBs or liquid mercury; CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes and videotapes. For more info, visit


TIME OUT TO SHOP – Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other jewelry items will be on sale by the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the hospital atrium. All proceeds benefit the hospital.


CHURCH NOTES – An Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday in Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Rev. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine invite those with cancer or who need special healing to attend. For more info, call 283-0011.

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, is welcoming two new interim pastors who will serve until a full-time pastor is called.

Rev. Dale Stanley served for many years as a pastor and chaplain in Buffalo and recently was interim consultant at Ebenezer United Church of Christ. Rev. Martin Hamann, a member of the Committee on Church and Ministry for the Western Association of the UCC, is an adjunct psychology instructor at Hilbert College and has served various area churches as an interim pastor.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Alyssa Rae Smith, Jayne Freeman, Doug Yeomans, Bill Lindner, Carl O. Fischer, Jordan Levy, Gayle Syposs, Jason Czerniak, Carol Bastian, Jody Bailey, Joan Mack, Tom Halt, Mark Williams Sr., Kirsten Biddle, Mike Mandeville, Michelle Kurzanski, Trystan Simmons, Kathy Rejewski, Joan Gosciak, Morgan Olivia Yeates, Jeremy Roach and Alex Vogel.

AND THURSDAY – Liz Vetrano, Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich, Ralph Perry, Tova Reinhorn, Todd Santos, Dennis Ward, Jim Safe, Helen Creahan, Jay Kelley, Samantha Renaud, Mary Schlicht, Doug Kilian, Samantha Curtiss, Jan Kurzanski, Cindy Wurster, Matty Casciano, Evelyn Hooper, Kyle Schmitt and Jeffrey William Yeates.


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