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Reporters' Notebook: May 10, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to movie producer and studio executive David O. Selznick, born on this date in 1902, “There are only two classes – first class and no class.”

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OPENING UP – The Alden Farmers Market starts a new season from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with a Mother’s Day craft show in addition to vendors with early produce, bakery items and artisan goods.
Located in the Tractor Supply/Save a Lot Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Route 20), it is sponsored by the Alden Chamber of Commerce and will be open every Saturday through Oct. 14. For more info, call the Chamber office at 937-6177 or visit aldenny.org.

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MARK THE DATE – Reservations are needed by Thursday for the monthly luncheon meeting of the Variety Women of Buffalo at 11:30 a.m. May 20 in J’s White Elephant restaurant, 1404 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Call Sandy Parker at 235-8249.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY – South Park High School, 150 Southside Parkway, will host a South Park Community Carnival on Saturday, beginning with a free breakfast at 9 a.m.
There also will be a bounce house, games, arts and crafts and visits from mascots Sabretooth from the Buffalo Sabres and Clifford the Big Red Dog. EPIC – Every Person Influences Children – will present a special storytime session. A free lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. and there will be giveaways all day.
Safe Kids of WNY will distribute children’s bike helmets, while supplies last, and the Amanda Hansen Foundation will give out free carbon monoxide detectors, also while supplies last.
There also will be child car seat safety checks, courtesy of the State Police, the Buffalo Fire Department and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. A special car seat safety class for new and expecting parents will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., with car seats available for new parents needing them. Advance registration is required to take part in the class. Call 332-4130.

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STEPPING FORWARD – Pre-registrations are needed by Saturday for the South Buffalo Walk for Hope, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 from the Cazenovia Park Casino. The 1.5-mile walk will raise awareness of depression-related deaths and accidental overdoses.
Register online at southbuffalowalkforhope.com. To become a sponsor or volunteer, email southbuffalowalkforhope@gmail.com. The first 300 who donate $15 or more will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit mental health and substance abuse organizations.
A rally after the walk in Cazenovia Park will include free children’s activities, music, food trucks, a theme basket raffle and a silent auction.

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MOVE YOUR FEET – Crash Cadillac will provide the music Saturday night as Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral holds its annual Spring Dance in the Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8. Tickets are $20 and include beer, wine, pop and snacks. Outside snacks are welcome, but no outside beverages. Prizes for the raffle at intermission include a $100 Wegmans gift card and dinner for two at Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More and an overnight stay in Salvatore’s Grand Hotel.
Table reservations are available. For tickets and tables, call 239-1982, 683-4046 or the parish office at 685-5766.

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Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns

BIG NIGHT – Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns will be keynote speaker and Mayor Byron W. Brown plans to make a special announcement as the Board of Block Clubs of Buffalo and Erie County holds its annual Salute to Block Clubs on May 20 in the Beginning Banquet Facilities, 35 Crocker St.
Tickets are $30, $50 per couple. Deadline for reservations is Monday. For more info, call Anita Hines at 893-7091 or Ada Hopson-Clemons at 316-2063.

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PLAN AHEAD – Applications from vendors are being accepted for the first Collectors Expo on Sept. 9 in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.
“We envision the event to be something like ‘American Pickers’ under one roof,” says organizer Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca. Vendors with sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, comic books, antiques and handcrafted art already have signed up, he says.
Eight-foot tables are $50. Six-foot tables are $45. Proceeds will benefit the Irish Center, South Buffalo Alive and Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe. For more info, email jkirchmyer@verizon.net.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Artie Kwitchoff, Scott Johnston, Ron Rice, Jon Lehrer, Rebecca Haslinger, Bob Lederhouse, Amanda Ann Burns, Art Bean, Al Bean, Chris Kloc, Jill Achard, Aaron Mathews, Nick Hardy, Sister Margaret Marie Wade, John Billittier Jr., Megan Makowski, Marion Rupp, Gavin Snyder, Victor Carbone, Gail Skoney, Nichole Mehlman, Tom Wicezorek and Jimmy English.
AND THURSDAY – Leah Samol, Matthew Pankiewicz, Karen Alfasso, Jennifer Domagalski, Dennis Maloney, Dan Neaverth, Sharon Chang, Connor Halt, Bob Erker, Marie Menza, Monsignor Bill Gallagher, Dave Cohen, Philip Kuminski, Pat Szymanski, Judy Thomas, Jennifer Ricketts Pici, David Recktenwalt, Carolyn Vogt, Spencer Lee Vogt, Bruce Blackwell, Jason Nappo and Gerry Mosandel.

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