OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, born on this date in 1834, “Everybody has talent at 25. The difficult thing is to have it at 50.”
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BRIGHT LIGHTS – “America Without the Einsteins: How Immigrant Scientists Create Jobs in WNY” is the topic of discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Sponsored by the Buffalo March for Science and Organizing for Action, it’s free and open to the public.
Speakers include the University at Buffalo Law School professor Rick Su, son of Chinese immigrants; Ines Stuckert, a chemical engineer and researcher from Venezuela; and Wit Wichaidit from Thailand, who is studying for his doctorate in epidemiology at UB.
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FUN TIME – The 25th annual lawn fete at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a 5K Kickoff Run and keeps rolling through Sunday, when there will be an outdoor Mass at noon, a BW’s chicken and rib dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. and polkas from the New Direction Band from 2 to closing at 5 p.m.
Entries for the run are $25 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under, and include a post-race party. Non-runners can come to the party for $7.
Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a food truck rally both days and fireworks, weather permitting. Friday also features a classic car show at 6 p.m. and music by Hit n Run from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday attractions include country recording artist Eric Van Houten, a West Seneca native, from 7 to 11 p.m.
There also will be a beer tent, a kids’ tent with a bounce house, and other activities. For more information, call 674-9133 or visit saintjohnvianney.com.
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TALKING THE TALK – Why do people in Chicago sound more like Buffalonians than people in Wisconsin do? That’s one of the questions Chicago journalist and author Edward McClelland answers in his new book, “How to Speak Midwestern.” He visits Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave., to sign copies and talk about his findings at 7 p.m. Friday.
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GREEN WORLD – Buffalo architect E.B. Green made his mark all over his native city in a career that spanned more than half a century. On their E.B. Green Tour de Force Bike Tour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Preservation Buffalo Niagara will visit some of his greatest works – including the golden domed home of the former Buffalo Savings Bank, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and several mansions along Delaware Avenue – in a 10- to 12-mile ride.
Fee is $15. The tour starts at another E.B. Green building, the Market Arcade, 617 Main St., built in 1892. For info and tickets, visit preservationbuffaloniagara.org.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Addison Zimmer, Rosemarie Argenio, Barb Sullivan, Tara Cross, Pamela Palermo, Sister Joseph Marie Marczak, Delaney Kukelka, Joey Sacco, Dave Gonzalez, David Charles, Lori Griffin, Francine Benzel, Linda Ann Moore, Tom Maziarz, Karen Crane, Tiffany Christmas, Richard Smolen, Angela Foti, Jay Neubecker, Molly Kuwik, Helen “Sweetie” Lawandus, Jan Sandberg, Sean Crotty and Molly Kuwik.
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