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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 27, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” author Lewis Carroll, born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on this date in 1832, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

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HIGH HARMONY – The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will hold its 29th annual Winter Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Special guests will be the Lake Effect, the popular local all-male a cappella ensemble. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, $15 for preferred seating. For information and tickets, visit bnchoirs.org and click on “Upcoming Events.”

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The third Harry Potter film will be shown Sunday afternoon in the Riviera Theatre.

POTTER’S PEAK – The “Harry Potter” series in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday with the third of the eight films, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” from 2004, widely considered to be the best of the Harry Potter movies. Doors will open at about 2:30.
Tickets are $3. Fun packs are available for $10, which in addition to the ticket include a box of popcorn, a snack-size sweet and a beverage of choice. For more information and tickets, call 692-2413 or visit rivieratheatre.org.

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BUONA SERA! – Cultural Nights return Tuesday evening to the International Institute of Buffalo, 864 Delaware Ave., with a celebration featuring Italian food and music.
The program begins at 6 p.m. with chef Christian Parker from Trattoria Aroma Williamsville, who will show how to make homemade pasta, accompanied by several favorite sauces. The demonstration will finish with tasting samples for everyone.
At 7 p.m., singers from Nickel City Opera will perform Italian operatic favorites.
Tickets are $25 each, $45 per couple, and are available online at iibuff.org. For more information, call 883-1900.

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COME ON OVER – Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, 170 Rosewood Terrace, off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week next week by offering tours of the school while classes are in session.
“Instead of hosting a traditional open house event, Mary Queen of Angels will be open to families who would like to see our school, teachers and students in action,” says Principal Kristen Hada. “Tours will be offered from 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and you do not need to make an appointment.”
For more information or to arrange a private tour, call the school office at 895-6280.
More information also is available on the school’s website at mqangels.com or its Facebook page.

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COOKING UP A BOOK – One of the ways St. John Gualbert Parish is celebrating its 100-year anniversary is with the publication of a Polish cookbook. Organizers are gathering Polish family recipes for the book, and more will be accepted through March 1.
Recipes can be mailed to Janice Schlau, c/o St. John Gualbert Rectory, 83 Gualbert Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14211-2720. For more information, email chefschlau@yahoo.com.

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COLLEGE CASH – The Erie County Agricultural Society is accepting applications for more than $20,000 in scholarships in two categories that will be awarded to students who participate in the Erie County Fair.
Erie County Fair Scholarships will given to students who are enrolled in a college or university or plan to enroll in one. They must have participated in the fair in some capacity to be eligible. That can include employment, exhibition, volunteering, marching band or other performances.
Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarships are limited to students who will pursue an agriculture-related career. Students must be enrolled in a college or university or planning to do so. They also must describe how their studies will help them in their career.
Students do not have to attend a college in Erie County or live in Erie County to be eligible. Application deadline is April 7. Applications are available at area high schools and colleges or online at ECFair.org. For more information, call Maria Lucero at 649-3900, Ext. 6413.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Juanita Tillmon, Hans Mobius, Nomiki Konst, Jimmy Messana, Sarah Burdick, Maria Clare, Barb Jakubowski, Bert Gustafson, Donna Jaworski, Art Jayes, Rebecca Sokolowski, Dina Kaczmarz, Robin Kosmowski, David Irizarry and Paul Muffoletto.

AND SATURDAY – Amy Hagen Whelan, Marcia Ross, Dr. Dan Daley, Evonne Ostrozinski, Stanton Hudson, Garaud MacTaggart, Valerie Pankiewicz, Craig Zakrzewski, Danielle Dubois, Andy May Queen, Phyllis Salerno, Brett Williams, Nora Ryan, Beth Cheney, Anna Battaglia, James D. Heer, Bob Krause, Tara Estes, Adam Hammer, Connor Dzierba, Gemma Chase, Jonathan Wright and Bob “The Barber” Alfieri.

AND SUNDAY – Annabel Pignataro, Robin Martinelli, Mary Kohlbacher, Cyndi Snyder, Sienna McCabe, Sister Mary Barbara Amrozowicz, Sister Mary Angeline Bierut, Joe Cristofinelli, Danny Caufield, Cherrise Waler-Betts, Jan Dombkowski, Marta Kowtun, Terry Griffin, Elwyn Brown, Kara Brown, Barbara Christiano, Kim Raven, Kristin Recktenwalt, Wayne Kusienski, Lucy McCarthy, Lucas Forney, Lynann Jackson, Augustus Merriweather, Maureen Hildebrand, Rich Podkulski, Frank P. Barnashuk, Kayla Martinez, Ted Szymaszek, Sharon Welsh, Lisa Purcell, Elaine Woelfer and Samantha Chambers.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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