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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 16, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from actress Katharine Cornell, born on this date in 1893, “Actors are as anxious about the state of audiences as aviators are over weather conditions.”

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HUNGRY? – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday. Cost is $4 a quart. Advance orders are accepted from those who drop off a container early.

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will hold a Winter Weenie Warmer from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday to support homeless veterans and the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court. There will be grilled hot dogs and Polish sausage, as well as chili, drink specials, raffles and a basket auction. For info, call 681-8387.

St. John Kanty Church, 101 Swinburne St. off Broadway, will kick off its annual Lenten homemade pierogi and placek sale this weekend. Hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday through Palm Sunday, March 25.

The Shriners of Western New York will host a chicken barbecue from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Dinners are $10 and include two salads and a roll. For more info, call 674-8666.

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GLORY DAYS – Tony Krtanjek, drummer for the 1980s band Replay, will talk about Buffalo’s music scene from the 1970s to the 1990s in a program at 2 p.m. Sunday sponsored by the Lancaster New York Historical Society in its museum, 40 Clark St., around the corner from the Lancaster Opera House. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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THE JOINT IS JUMPING – It’s a busy day at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center in the former Niagara Falls High School at 1201 Pine Ave. At 1:30 p.m., there’s a presentation called “Capturing Lions in Stone,” by master stone carver Nicholas Fairplay, who worked on the Giza Pyramid Archeological Mapping Project.
The award reception for the 2018 Artists of Color Exhibition will take place at 6 p.m., with honors going to artists Renee Brown, James J. Cooper III and Richmond Futch Jr. The exhibit celebrating Black History Month is on display through March 18.
“First Date: The Musical,” a lighthearted look at modern romance, continues at 8 p.m. in the Center’s Patchwork Theater of Niagara. Tickets are $20. Performances also at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more info and tickets, visit
And finally, if you’re in the Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. weekends, you can pick up a pre-sale ticket for $35 for the NACC’s 12th Annual Art of Beer beer and food tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. March 9. They’re also available on the website.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pauline M. Christen, Toni Ruberto, Bishop Edward M. Grosz, Lorraine Williams, Robin Sengbush, Ricky Finnegan, Doug Mason, Father Gene Ulrich, Phyllis Andre, Al Groth, Cass Ketten, Shelby Weisedel, James Harkin, Mike Smith, Patricia Bollenbacher and Rose Nadrich.

AND SATURDAY – Colin Dabkowski, Steven Tenebruso, Florence Notto, Lindy Ruff, Moira Gallagher Schorr, Mike Spong, Don Zinteck, Jim Bialota, David Pellnat, Mary Vance-Boyd, Lucy McCabe, Sister Mary Janita Krawczyk, Doug Marshall, Ann Marie Zielinski, Georgia Poulley, Tyler Kitay, Gladie Zelasko Smith, Zoe Thauer, Bonnie Capozzi, Joan Ogledzinski, Christine Poremba, Nancy DiMartino, Matthew Toohey, Katherine Bellet, Elaine Lombardo, Norman Ryan and Caitlin Harkness.

AND SUNDAY – Mary Ann Kleinfelder, Tommy Herr, K.C. Kratt, Julie Kittsley, Matt Gryta, Melissa Timian Gardner, Kelli Safe, Christopher Hanel, Lynn Len, Rachael Snyder, Lisa Marie Panek, Bob Skorupa, Kelly Pennella, Nancy Barrett, Lisa Ubaldini Romanini, Linda Carroll, Latasha Cunningham, Lois Smith, Violet Johnson, Carol A. Vance, Louis Kowal, Olivia Hough, Ivan Slomba, Corey Gorczyca and Sandy Silver.

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