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Reporters' Notebook: April 11, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman, born on this date in 1941, “Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”

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JUMP IN – All former paratroopers are invited to the monthly meeting of the Niagara Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Alumni at noon Saturday in West Seneca Post 735, American Legion, 35 Legion Drive off Union Road, West Seneca. For info, email

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GROWING SEASON – “Container Gardening: Ornamental and Vegetable” will be the topic when Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, manager of the Urban Roots Community Garden Center, speaks at the April 19 luncheon and program hosted by the Women’s Societey of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street.
The talk at 11:30 a.m. is followed by a catered lunch at 12:30 p.m. The talk is $5. Lunch is $20. Lunch reservations, with payment, are needed by noon Friday in the church office.

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SEEKING HAYDN – The choirs of Westminster Buffalo will join with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra to present “The Musical Life of Haydn” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., and at 4 p.m. Sunday in King Concert Hall at SUNY Fredonia.
The program includes Symphony No. 44, which ends with each musician stopping and exiting the stage, and the Theresien Mass, with assistance from the Fredonia Masterworks Choir. Admission Friday is free. Admission Sunday is $20, free for students with ID. For more info, visit

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THE WAY WE WERE – Buffalo’s African American bars and parties of the past will be celebrated when the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project and the Black Intelligent Ladies Alliance host Black in Time, a historical dance party at 8 p.m. Saturday in Sweets Lounge and Restaurant, 2 Schreck Ave. at Olympic Avenue.
DJ Remmz will play party music from the past five decades and there will be pictures, films and memorabilia from notable venues and occasions. Suggested donation is $5 to $10. For more info, visit the History Project’s Facebook page.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ed Rupp, Derek Gee, Alison Pipitone, Vincent Gallo, Robert Fink, Chloe Jane McGavis, Tom Quinn, Sam Palmeri, Esther Caldarelli, Paula Paradise, Eric Pearlstein, Victoria Tomaka, Samantha Mayville, Jesse Kyle Buczkowski, Lynda Pawlak, Noah John Vaccaro, Carl Stechenfinger, Marlene Boyle, Eleanor Josephine Huff, Christian Voigt Jr. and Curtis Czajka.

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