OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from baseball legend Frank “Home Run” Baker, born on this date in 1886, “It’s better to get a rosebud while you’re alive than a whole bouquet after you’re dead.”
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STOP AND SHOP – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its Spring Sewing Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in the hospital atrium. Handiwork by members will be on sale, including knitted and crocheted goods, aprons, shawls and decorator items such as pillows and coverlets.
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LANDMARK MAKER – One of the city’s leading architectural historians, SUNY Buffalo State professor emeritus and author Francis “Frank” Kowsky, will be guest speaker at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series.
The program begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on Gothic cathedrals in England.
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe nearby. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.
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TRAGIC TURN – Author and historian John Koerner will discuss his book, “The Secret Plot to Kill McKinley: Conspiracy, Curses and Ghosts in Western New York,” in a talk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday hosted by the Friends of the West Seneca Public Library, 1300 Union Road, West Seneca. All are invited and admission is free, but reservations are required. Call the library at 674-2928.
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FELINES GO BRAGH – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption group, will celebrate “St. Catty’s Day” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Pappas Restaurant and Lounge, 1780 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.
There will be theme baskets, raffles, items for sale, a cash bar and food available for purchase. There also will be a photo booth for pictures with kittens and puppies on hand for the evening. A portion of the food and drink purchases will benefit Ten Lives Club. For more info or to donate, call 646-5577 or visit tenlivesclub.org.
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VOICES OF YESTERYEAR – Turn back the dial to the early days of broadcasting at a pair of special programs this week.
Writer, historian and retired radio newsman Steve Cichon will give a presentation, “90 Years of Buffalo Radio and TV,” for the Clarence Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Clarence Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Don Friedrich and Tom Charre from the Buffalo Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Club will play excerpts from vintage radio shows and lead a discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday at a meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association in the Senior Citizen Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
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TRY YOUR LUCK – Want to play cribbage? Want to learn how? A group dedicated to the card game meets twice a month – at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays – in Hamburg Post 527, American Legion, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. For more info, call 871-0410.
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CHURCH NOTE – The next in a series of weekly Lenten services sponsored by the West Seneca Community of Churches, “A Lenten Journey on the Way to the Cross,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca. Leading the service will be Monsignor David Gallivan. People of all faiths are welcome.
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GOING FAST – The drawings are nearly three months away, but fewer than 200 tickets still remain out of the 650 available for the second annual Mega Raffle to benefit St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lancaster and St. Mary’s Elementary School.
Grand prize has been increased to $25,000. There also is a $1,000 prize, two $500 prizes, two $250 prizes and four $150 prizes. Tickets are $100 each. Drawings will be held June 2 in St. Mary’s Elementary School. Winners need not be present. For more info or to purchase a ticket, call 683-6445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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