OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Jerry Leiber, born on this date in 1933, “Take out the papers and the trash/ Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash/ If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor/ You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more ...”
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TOUGH TALK – Lee Coppola, award-winning newspaper and television reporter and former dean of the journalism school at St. Bonaventure University, will challenge the anti-media mentality in a program beginning at 5 p.m. today in the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown.
His talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by new Chautauqua Institution president Michael Hill and Jackson Center co-founder Greg Peterson. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call 483-6646 or visit robertjackson.org.
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TEST SESSION – The third annual Daemen College Refugee Health Fair will offer free routine health screenings for local refugees from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the offices of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, 70 Barker St.
Daemen physician assistant students and faculty will test blood pressure, glucose, respiration, vision and hearing. The college’s nursing students will provide information about health issues, including immunizations and prescriptions. Free healthy snacks and beverages will be served.
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TRADE SECRETS – Learn how to transfer stained-glass designs onto fabric at the next meeting of the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville. All are welcome.
Demonstrating the technique will be Susan J. McKenna from McQuilt Longarm Quilting, a SUNY Buffalo State home economics major who worked and developed her skills in Hawaii for 40 years. She also will show some of her stained-glass quilts. For more info, visit buffaloasg.weebly.com or email email@example.com.
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CHURCH NOTE – A dinner celebrating the retirement of the Rev. Dr. James Widmer after 40 years as a minister and eight years as pastor of Kenmore Baptist Church will be held Saturday evening in Banchetti by Rizzo’s Banquet Facility, 550 North French Road, Getzville.
He has been a supporter of the Buffalo Myanmar Indigenous Christian Fellowship, a group initially hosted by the church, and active with Northtowns Christ Together, a cooperative group of clergy.
He will deliver his final sermon at 11 a.m. Sunday in the church at 10 Wardman Road, Kenmore.
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HOT TIME – Visitors will have a chance to extinguish a fire during an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Doyle Hose Company 1 Fire Station, 2199 William St., Cheektowaga.
“This is a great event to see firsthand what it’s like to be a volunteer firefighter,” says Doyle Hose Fire Chief Donald Szumigala. “They will have the opportunity to try out some of the exact skills that we use in responding to emergencies.”
Participants also will get to try on firefighter safety gear, use the Jaws of Life and learn lifesaving techniques. Those who take part will have a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet computer.
There also will be a coloring contest for youngsters, a “junior firefighter” tryout, a demonstration of firefighting technology and an exhibit by American Medical Response. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call 896-4399 or visit DoyleFire.org.
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WHODUNIT – The Barker, Newfane and Wilson Lions Clubs will host “Who Bounced the Bouncer?,” a 1920s-style murder mystery dinner theater program, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Barker Fire Hall, 1660 Quaker Road, Barker.
Tickets are $30. A cash bar will be available. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 778-7001 or email Roar@BarkerLions.org. Proceeds will benefit Buffalo’s Olmsted Center for Sight.
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INSIDE OUT – Runners are invited to turn their undergarments into outerwear in the annual Undy Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park, sponsored by the Colon Cancer Alliance. Those taking part are invited to go for colorful attire, creative T-shirts or even superhero costumes.
Registration, which begins at 7:30 a.m. in the park’s Amherst/Colvin Green Space, is $40 for the 5K race, $35 for youth 6 to 13 and $35 for the one-mile Fun Run. Advance registrations, which are $5 less, can be made by clicking on “Buffalo, NY” at undyrunwalk.org. Proceeds will benefit research, patient support and the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood Program.
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START WRITING – Entries are being accepted from high school juniors and seniors for the first essay competition sponsored by the Minority Bar Foundation. Topic will be how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would view the aftermath of last year’s presidential election. Essays should be not more than 1,000 words.
First-place winner will receive $500, second place will be awarded $300 and third place will win $100. Rules and applications are available in all Buffalo Public Schools high schools, by calling 908-9566 or by emailing MBAFoundation@yahoo.com. Deadline is May 19. Winners will be announced the following week during the national celebration of Law Day.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jessica Plyman, Judi Marshall, Sam Anson, Larry Wojno, Lisa Coppola, Judy Ziemba, Katy Lesswing, Josh Latalladi Jr., Brandy Amorosi, Joe Hawryluk, Ayden Hooley, Dona Bondanza, Sid Zaretsky, Karen Sweet, Molly Govern, Patrick Govern, Jennifer Parsons, Silas Fleckenstein, Nick Feeterman, Jeff Bucki, Dennis Sands, Patricia Wannemacher, Paul Bernhard Jr. and Jennifer Pronobis.
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