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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn, born in Niagara Falls on this date in 1939, “The rule on staying alive as a forecaster is to give ’em a number or give ’em a date, but never give ’em both at once.”

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GOING TROPICAL – Traditional foods, live music and demonstrations of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of music and dance, will be featured in a fundraiser to reunite Thijin “Paul” Gatwech with his family in South Sudan. It will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave. at Lafayette Avenue. Tickets are $15; children under 8 are $8. For info, call 886-6635.

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ROOMS TO RENT – Retired teacher and history expert Susan Eck will be featured in this week’s First Wednesday program hosted by the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue, in South Buffalo. Her topic will be Ellsworth M. Statler, “the father of the American hotel industry.” Eck, a Pan-American Exposition scholar, posts biweekly pictorials on the Western New York Heritage press website. Doors open at 5 p.m. The free program begins at 6. For info, call 821-9361 or 675-4006.

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HIGH HOPES – Dinner and the music of Jack Civiletto singing Sinatra will be featured at “Hearts for Fatima,” the first fundraiser for Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Youngstown, on Saturday evening in Banchetti’s Michelangelo Room, 550 North French Road, Amherst. Doors open at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $50. For tickets, call 810-9323.

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DROP IN – Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, holds its annual open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Visitors can tour the school and meet the principal, teachers and staff. Highlights of the tour will include the upgraded technology rooms, expanded pre-K rooms and the unique Center for Health Science program. Refreshments will be served, and all visitors will receive a free window decal. For info, call 681-1327 or visit www.annunciationschoolelma.com.

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OLD WAYS – Restoration specialist Paul Briggs, who is restoring all the plaster walls and ceilings in the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster, will take time out from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for a talk and demonstration on 19th century plaster work, which included horse hair and sometimes cattle hair.

He will cover materials, methods, tools and tricks of the trade as he turns a bare wall into a finished surface.

Sponsored by Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the session is limited to 20 people. Fee is $15, $10 for Preservation Buffalo Niagara and Hull House members. To reserve a space, call 852-3300.

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SWEET SOUNDS – The Trinity Grand Island Musical will be a special feature of the monthly meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville.

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DOUBLE DATE – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, is offering a drive-through dinner for two from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. For $10, it offers a quart of chili, cornbread muffins and brownies for dessert.

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GIFT IDEAS – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a sale of House of Nacre jewelry and silks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the hospital atrium.

A wide selection of gift items will be offered. All proceeds will benefit the hospital.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jean Sweeney, Larry Silver, Lynn Dearmyer, Brian Moorman, Connor Gallo, Joe Buran, LouAnn Zieziula, Larry Philipps, Chris Kubicki, Gertrude Szustakowski, Nathan Fabian, Matthew Coburn, Mary Ann Notaro, Norm Zacharyasz, Jim Pietraszek, Gerry Pietraszek, Frances Pierson and Amelia Rae Holt.

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