OLAF FUB SEZ: In the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., born on this date in 1929, “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”


NOT SO LONG AGO – A visiting professor from Poland will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Snyder.

Anna Mazurkiewicz, a historian and assistant professor at the University of Gdansk, will speak on the Assembly of Captive European Nations, a CIA-sponsored Cold War-era organization of exiles, including former prime ministers, party leaders and diplomats, from countries dominated by the Soviet Union.

Mazurkiewicz, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Gdansk in 2006 and won a national award for her doctoral dissertation, currently is writing a book about the organization. During the current academic year, she holds a Kosciuszko Foundation teaching fellowship at the University at Buffalo.

Her talk is open to the public. Refreshments will follow. A $5 donation is requested from nonmembers.


TASTE TEST – Chili fans will congregate in the West End Hotel, 340 Union St., Hamburg, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday for the fourth annual Chili Cook-off sponsored by Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group. Cash prizes will be given for the three best entries, as determined by the fans, along with prizes for best display and most-original decor. All entrants will get to choose a prize.

There is no charge to enter, but the entry deadline is Wednesday. To receive an application by email, call the group at 646-5577. Or you can download one from To be part of the judging and enjoy the chili samples and bread, the cost is $7.50, $5 for kids 10 and under. There will be a cash bar and a theme basket raffle.

Proceeds help pay for operations at the group’s shelter in Hamburg, which is temporary home to more than 300 cats and kittens. To donate or volunteer, call 646-5577.


CHEWING IT OVER – There’s a solution out there for people who are obsessed with food and their weight. It’s Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, or FA, a 12-step program based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in Hamburg Wesleyan Church, 4999 McKinley Parkway, where members talk about how they’ve overcome food obsessions, overeating, compulsive dieting, undereating and bulimia. The meetings are free and open to the public. For info, call 955-0014 or visit


SUNDAY DATE – Another dinner-and-a-movie program is planned Sunday by the Williamsville Meeting House Film Committee and the Williamsville Business Association. It begins with the showing of the offbeat 2009 family comedy “City Island,” starring Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies, at 3:30 p.m. in the Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. The movie is free, and so is the popcorn.

After the film, a special moviegoers discount dinner is available at Pizza Plant in the Walker Center, 5110 Main St., Amherst. Reservations for dinner can be made by calling 626-5566. For movie info, call Dick Rich at 631-9777.


A LOOK INSIDE – The Buffalo History Museum has scheduled new installments of its popular guided tour of the newly restored Hotel @ the Lafayette.

The tour, led by the museum’s program manager, Tara Lyons, is followed by a discussion over lunch in the hotel’s renovated Pan American Grill and Brewery.

Tours will take place at noon Feb. 9, March 2 and April 6 and cost $30 for museum members, $35 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and pre-registration is a must. For info, call 873-9644, Ext. 301, or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Megan Elizabeth Kelley, Marie Fecio, Dana Wiate, Peter J. Ulrich, Maureen Mohan, Dianne Jobson, Don Pfeiffer, Sunny Summers, Tim Sands, Valentine Owczarczak, Diane Russell, Mila Decastro, Stephanie Ptak, Bryce Donovan, Joseph J. Rooth, Heather Mueller and Marlene Belsito.