OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, born on this date in 1922, “You don’t make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies.”
READ ALL ABOUT IT – “Extra! Extra!,” the musical revue presented this weekend by the Niagara Catholic Junior Senior High School Drama Club, is our favorite kind of show. Set in a coffee shop and newsstand run by a grizzled old curmudgeon and his innocent young assistant, it celebrates and spoofs every feature of the paper, from the weather to the crossword puzzles.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Bishop Duffy Alumni Gymnasium at the school, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls. Tickets are $8, $5 for students.
EDUCATED PALATES – Everybody knows how to drink beer and eat barbecue, but not everyone knows what they’re tasting. Teaching the fine points of judging beer and barbecue is the third annual Crossborder Brew B Que School, which will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Wilson House Inn, 300 Lake St., Wilson.
Participants will sample microbrews from 10 breweries represented by Certo Brothers and Try-It Distributing Co., and will get to ask questions of Tim Woodcock, master brewer at Woodcock Brothers Brewery in Wilson. The sit-down barbecue sampling will be hosted by Doghouse Willy and One-Eyed Jacks.
Registration starts at 2:30. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Wilson House Inn, by calling 751-9888 or by visiting www.crossborderbbq.com.
YESTER-BEERS – Speaking of beer, a few seats are still available for the Breweries of Buffalo Tour on March 9. The tour begins with a light lunch at 1:30 p.m. in Buffalo’s oldest tavern, Ulrich’s, 674 Ellicott St., and heads by bus to tastings at the Flying Bison Brewery, the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery and the former Simon Pure Brewery, where Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant will cater.
Tour guide is brewery historian Brian Jablonski. Tickets are $40. For info and tickets, call 440-7985. Jablonski will warm up for the tour by talking about the city’s brewing heritage at noon March 9 in the Second Saturday Lecture Series at the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway. That’s free.
PIEROGI POWER – Holding a pierogi sale every weekend during Lent is St. John Kanty Parish, 101 Swinburne St. Cheese and sauerkraut pierogi are available for $7.50 per half-dozen, $15 per dozen, from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to noon Sundays. There’s also a chance auction. For info, call 893-0412.
SACRED SOUNDS – Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “Benedicite” will be featured in a special Sunday service of musical worship at 11 a.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. The church choir, soloists and chamber orchestra will be conducted by Richard Herr, the church’s director of music ministries, who will be leading his last Masterworks concert before retiring this summer. The service is free and open to the public.
All ages are invited to participate in a Handel’s “Messiah” sing-along with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, guest conductor Erin Freeman and featured soloists at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. A limited number of scores will be available to borrow or purchase, but if you’ve got one, bring it. A reception with the singers will follow. Free-will donations and nonperishable food items will be accepted at the door. For additional information, call the church’s music director, Ann Riester, at 692-2660, Ext. 331.
FRIDAY FISH – Harris Hill United Methodist Church, 8495 Main St., Clarence, hosts a Krolick’s fish fry or chicken fritter dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $10, eat in or take out, and include beverage and dessert. For info, call 632-4688.
St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St., South Buffalo, holds its weekly Lenten fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $9 adults, $8 takeouts, $5 kids under 12. Desserts are $1 extra. For additional information, call 822-1901.
PASS THE SYRUP – The Kenmore Lions Club hosts its 17th annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Elmwood Avenue at Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Breakfasts are $6 adults, $4 kids 4 to 12, and include sausage and coffee, tea and juice. Proceeds benefit the Lions Literacy Empowerment Action Plan and Ken-Ton youth programs.
The Ken-Ton Masonic pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Sutherland Lodge, 1400 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda. Breakfasts are $4 and include two sausages, two eggs and coffee. Kids under 8 get a free children’s meal. For info, call 404-9818.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – J.J. Richert, Sue Harder, Brianna Safe, Patty Chubbock, Dorothy Harding, Michael Haendiges, Ashlynn Becker, Cindy Stachewicz, Antoine Thompson, Camden Roy, Faith Webber. Brian Bosworth, Kevin Kibler, Tara Fitzpatrick, Deborah Martin Kilbourn, Pat Cleary, Michael Oliver, Sue Schwartz, and Alexis Jones.
SATURDAY – Madison Margaret Leonard, Maureen Porter, Henry Chudy, Kastle Brill, Nancy Torrell, Darlene Whelan, Luke Healy, Joe Blocho, Irene Scizarek, Kevin Hooley, Vincent Haggerty, Alexandra Gryta, Jenny Joyce, Matthew W. Jackson, Sandy Pennella and Shaun Halligan.
AND SUNDAY – Alice Williams Shanks, Ayden Whelan, Pegsy Kelley, Doreen Czumaj, Mark Hosken, Pam Batsford, Rob Skutnik, Rosemary Villarini, Margaret Reynolds, Jane Smith, Mildred Alagna, Kathy Kirschmyer, Bonnie Shul, Millie Alojro, Joanne Morgante, Dave Huller, Wes Schmitt, Matthew Lounsbury, Jeremy Werner, Rachel Fentzke, Tim “T.J.” Griffin and Richard C. MacVittie.