OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Woodrow Wilson, born Thomas Woodrow Wilson on this date in 1856, “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”
THEY’RE EVERYWHERE – Even after your holiday visitors leave, you’ll still have guests in your house. Naturalist Mark Carra will talk about the creatures who spend the winter with us in a program called “Multi-Legged Home Invaders” from 10 a.m. to noon today in Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. For info, call (585) 457-3228.
RINGING IT IN – Canada’s largest live televised New Year’s Eve celebration takes place Monday evening just across the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont. The free outdoor program in Queen Victoria Park begins at 7:30 and features the electro-pop trio Dragonette, the Juno Award-winning rock group Hedley and Grammy Award-winning singer Nelly Furtado.
Fireworks displays will be set off at about 8:45 and again at midnight, with launch points from the Skylon Tower, down in the Niagara Gorge and, for the first time, directly above the falls.
There will be a variety of food and beverage vendors, as well as a special outdoor area for licensed beverages. Sponsored by the Niagara Parks Commission and Entertainment Tonight Canada, it will begin broadcasting at 7:30 on the Global Network. The coast-to-coast countdown to the new year starts at 10. Last year’s event attracted more than 60,000 to the park.
YELLOW SUBMARINE – Discount tickets are available through Monday for the BBC Band: a Beatles and ’60s Music Experience on Jan. 25 at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda. Everyone who buys three tickets at $20 before the deadline will get two more free.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the restoration of the school’s Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music begins at 8. A cash bar will be available. For tickets, visit www.cardinalohara.com and download the order form or call 694-2600, Ext. 312, today or Monday.
OFF AND RUNNING – The Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St. off South Park Avenue, is wasting no time beginning its programming for the new year.
Its 2013 First Wednesday series begins on the day after New Year’s Day with a free talk by James R. McDonnell, a professor emeritus at Buffalo State College. Active as a labor arbitrator, he will speak about labor organizing at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna. The program starts at 6.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michael “Mookie” Birklin, Norm Daley, Mary Ann Zenger, Nan Tramont, Joyce Kryszak, Ken Corcoran, Sammy Grabowski Szafarnek, Avery Henry Vogt, Richard Podkulski, Tina Loy, Helen Mueller, Maureen Merchant, Susan Nola and Ralph Brown Jr.
SATURDAY – Barbara D. Hall, Grace L. Werts, Debbie Magrum, Pete Simon, Judith M. Powell, Sister Harriet Marie Bialobreski, Linda Saab, Dave Adaszak, Frank Urbanski, Lucille Demmerley, Nick Lindstrom, Jill Reese, Lucy Pencille and Monsignor Tom Maloney.
AND SUNDAY – Sandy Miller, Estelle W. Pyles, Dick Czarnecki, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Shaun Bohen, Charlie Safe, Joe Panek, Gene Drebot, Carl Wodzinski, Jan Schaller, Carol Scholler, Joanne Chittenden, William Klack, Dave Reinhart, Helen Czerwinski, Todd Skinner, Michelle Lemiesz, Madeline Fecio, Brenda Dove Black, Morgan Moghabgab, Charlie Pfeil, Jordan Blankenship and Judi Hamms.