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OLAF FUB SEZ: Anti-bullying advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, born on this date in 1884: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”


SHAKEN AND STIRRED – Buffalo’s first cocktail festival, Nickel City Drink, opens Wednesday and continues through the weekend at locations all over town with classes, parties, pairing dinners, competitions and other events, more than 50 in all.

It begins from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday with a kick-off party called “Sacred Bond” in the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. It will offer snacks from Lloyd Taco Factory, music from Nelson Rivera and Jazz Conception project and cocktails from Buffalo Proper, Lloyd Taco Factory, Marble + Rye, Més Que, Toutant, and Vera-Buffalo. Tickets are $5. Those who attend must be at least 21. Profits benefit Crisis Services of Erie County.

For more info, visit the Nickel City Drink Facebook page.


GREEN DAY – The First Congregational Church of Java Village, Holland Road and Route 98, Java Village, will host its annual Salad Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. In addition to a large variety of salads, there will be a bake sale, attic items and raffles. Tickets are $9.


WELL TUNED – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director JoAnn Falletta takes up her guitar to play with the Buffalo Chamber Players as they open their 10th anniversary season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where they became ensemble-in-residence last season. BPO concertmaster Dennis Kim will be making his debut with the ensemble.

The program will include a new string trio by Western New York composer Rob Deemer, along with works by Mozart, Paganini and Jean Francaix. Tickets are $20, $15 for gallery members, $5 for students. For tickets and info, call 270-8292 or visit


BRAIN POWER – You have a choice of times and places Saturday to test your smarts by taking the admission exam for Mensa, the nonpolitical organization for highly intelligent people. It’s National Mensa Testing Day, when the test will be given at three locations in the area.

They are the Western New York Library Resources Council, Suite 170 at 4950 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, where doors open at 10 a.m., and the Community Room at Southgate Plaza, 950 Union Road, West Seneca, where doors open at 2 p.m. (use the entrance labeled 950-A on the Dollar Tree side of the building).

The fee is $20. Walk-ins are welcome, but advance notice is appreciated. Call Jaclyn McKewan at 472-1422 or email


BIG NIGHT – The Elmwood Village Charter School, in the former School 36 at 40 Days Park, will hold its 10th annual Evening at Days Park fundraiser in the school from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25, $45 per couple, and include live music, an art show, food and a beer tasting. There also will be a cash bar, auctions and raffles. For tickets, visit the Evening at Days Park Facebook page.

The school, which currently serves more than 400 students from kindergarten to eighth grade, plans to open a sister school next September in the former Cardinal Dougherty High School at 655 Hertel Ave.


MEETING DATE – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. next Monday in the Harlem Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Guest speaker will be Mark Janik from Dengler, Roberts and Perna Funeral Homes, who will talk about the importance of pre-planning for end-of-life issues.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Azure Mucitelli, Doug Weyand, Kevin Hosey, Alex Emblidge, Leo Romanchuk, Mandy Czamara, Larry Cornwall, Linc Blaisdell, Michael Gwizdowski, Kate Schroeder, Mary Brown, Al Gaglia, Mary Ellen Prell, Tobias Panek, Nicole Roma, James Ryan Kelley, Mary Baker, Rev. Antonio Rodrigues, Michelle Atallah and Mary Anne Wach.


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