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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 22, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to writer and critic Dorothy Parker, born on this date in 1893, “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

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SIGN UP – Charter memberships are still being accepted for the new Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club. The civic-minded international service organization, which focuses on youth programs and community improvement, was founded here in Buffalo in 1911. Informational meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Aug. 30 in the Lafayette Brewing Co. in the Hotel@Lafayette, 391 Washington St. For more info, email bargecanaloptimists@gmail.com.

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OLD WORLD WAYS – Learn the traditional art of ebru, Turkish paper marbling, at a folk arts workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. Leading the program will be Hatice Sorkunlu.
Co-sponsored by the Castellani Art Museum, it’s free for members of either museum, $5 for the general public. Supplies are included. Pre-registration is required. Castellani members should call Edward Y. Millar at 286-8290 to obtain a member’s code to register for free. To register, visit buffalohistory.org.

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NATURE’S ROLL CALL – What’s alive in the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve? The public is invited to help find out during a 24-hour BioBlitz this weekend in the park complex at 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, Depew.
Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, volunteers will join local scientists in identifying small plants and insects. On Saturday, the focus will be on trees and birds. Mini-Blitz stations on Saturday will feature pond tours and what can found under a log.
Registration is required for field teams, but not for Mini-Blitz groups. Call 683-5959 or visit reinsteinwoods.org/bioblitz.

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Dolly Dee

BUONASERA – An old-fashioned Italian picnic will be featured at the 10th annual Kids of the Kingdom fundraiser to benefit summer youth programs at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.
Hosts will be Gino Grasso of St. Luke’s Mission and Buffalo Sabres great Danny Gare. The picnic will feature an Italian buffet, music by Gary Syracuse and Dolly Dee with the Hernandez Band, plus Gary Quatrani singing Italian songs. Tickets are $25 at the door or in advance at stlukesmissionofmercy.org.
There also will be a chicken barbecue by Tom Chiavetta from 4 to 7 p.m. with drive-through service available, plus a live auction and theme baskets with Bills, Sabres and Bisons memorabilia.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pat Cullen Shanks, Matthew Reilly, Jenna Regan Steinwachs, Laurie Kaiser, Carol Halt, Pauline Cipolla, Mark Becker, Amy Hartloff, Ina Locke, Becky Locke, Sue Witt, Gary Schlottman, Rose Paliwoda, Aaron Brown, Gary Bosworth, Larry Nowicki, John Lewandowski Sr., Linda Cooley, Ed Kremblas, Christina Orsi, Nick Budney and Dorrine Toole.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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