OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the playoff season from former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, born on this date in 1925, “Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”
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MODERN CLASSIC – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., will celebrate the end of the 12 days of Christmas this weekend with performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera, “Ahmal and the Night Visitors.” It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The production includes a chamber orchestra, period costumes, lavish sets and the return of last year’s leading singers, Rochester native Jessica Best as the Mother and 13-year-old Buffalo City Honors student Ian Torres as Ahmal.
Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children. Patron tickets, which include an opening night reception, are $50. Tickets are available at the door or online at wpcbuffalo.org.
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GET AHEAD – “Positive Thinking and Success” will offer techniques on how to manage anxiety and realize your full potential at the Tuesday Night Lecture Series next week in the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. It starts at 7 p.m. Registration is limited to 30. To reserve a seat, call 332-4375.
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GRANTS WAITING – The Patrick P. Lee Foundation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations that provide supported employment services for people with mental illness. Applicants must serve people residing in the eight Western New York counties or Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in Florida. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded. Applications are due Feb. 15. For more info, visit lee.foundation.
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BE A LEADER – Explore Buffalo, which leads tours of architectural treasures in and around the city, is offering a new series of training sessions for docents. A one-hour information session will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from Feb. 3 to March 24. New docents will be trained for the Masters of American Architecture downtown walking tour. Docent applications are available at explorebuffalo.org.
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OUTDOOR GREATS – Nominations are being accepted now through Jan. 31 for new honorees to be inducted into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame.
Nominees must have made significant contributions to conservation or to preserving and enhancing outdoors sports like hunting and fishing. Nominations should include documentation of achievements, at least one letter of support and a letter explaining how the nominee has made a difference. For more info and nomination forms, visit nysohof.org/nominate.
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* - SPOOKY STUFF – Look for paranormal investigator and ghost walk leader Mason Winfield of East Aurora on the Travel Channel at 10 p.m. tonight. He reports that he will appear in one of the six episodes in “Mysteries at the Museum,” talking about “the Ebenezer Museum in West Seneca, Iroquois witchcraft and a certain haunted cemetery.”
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Kneer,Pat Donovan, Lisa Flynn, Catherine Hetzler, Ben Donaldson, Deb Bartus, Chris Ryan, Michael Weidmann, Mike Riordan, Joseph Balthasar, Betty M. Divito, Benjamin Boyle, Greg Aures, Matthew Vacanti and Kara Sweet-Navratil.
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