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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American clergyman Hosea Ballou, born on this date in 1771, “Real happiness is cheap enough, but how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.”

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HARD GOODS – Local brick collector Frank Clement is guest speaker this week in the monthly first Wednesday series in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue, in South Buffalo. He’ll show some of his collection, talk about the history of his bricks and explain how much effort and travel it has taken to find old and rare items. Doors open at 5 p.m. The program starts at 6. All are welcome. For info, call 821-9361 or 675-4006.

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HAPPY RETURN – North Tonawanda native Justin Nimmo will feel right at home when he sits down at the keyboard of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ in the Riviera Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He first played it at age 13, and to foster his considerable talents, the owners allowed him a chance to play it regularly. Now living in Indianapolis, he installs and services theater organs. Tickets are $10 for adults. Those 18 and younger get in free.

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STAGE-STRUCK – Local playwright and director Mark Lloyd will lead a One-Act Playwriting Workshop on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 13 to June 3 in Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. Participants will learn how to construct a play of 15 minutes or less. Cost is $60. For info and registration, call the bookstore at 823-2665.

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LIVING TRIBUTE – The death of Buffalo General Medical Center worker Erica Latrice Perry from a massive heart attack last August at age 27 has prompted family and friends to hold a community benefit in her memory to heighten awareness of the importance of healthy living for young African-American women and to establish a trust fund and scholarship for Erica’s daughter, Adia, who turns 4 Thursday.

The benefit takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center, 347 E. Ferry St. There will be a children’s corner with take-home arts and crafts, face-painting courtesy of artists from Locust Street Art, storytelling, a jump-rope competition, information booths, a book giveaway and a chance auction. Admission is free. Donations to the Erica Perry Scholarship Fund also are welcome at any M&T Bank branch.

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SISTERS SOIREE – The Sisters of St. Francis will host their 11th annual Food & Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday in St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Honorary hosts will be John and Barbara Rumschik of East Amherst. There will be gourmet food samples, and Georgetown Square Wine & Liquors will bring the wine.

Cash Cunningham will serve as auctioneer for the live auction. There also will be silent auctions and live entertainment, courtesy of Thom Diina and Ray Chamberlain. The evening also will include the popular “Nun-Sweeter” bake sale. Tickets are $45, with proceeds benefiting the sisters’ ministries. For info, call Cindy Munschauer at 632-2155.

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ADDED ATTRACTION – Calling all backgammon players! The Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St. at Delaware Avenue, is holding its first backgammon tournament as part of its 36th annual Greek Fest on the weekend after Memorial Day. Competition is limited to 128 entrants and will be bracketed, NCAA-style. Each round will be best of three games.

Entry free is $20 advance, $25 day of the event, and includes admission to the festival. Cash prizes will be given to the winner and the final four contestants. For those who just want to watch, there will be a viewing area. For info and registration, call 439-8551.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Colden Daniel O’Neill, Brendan Sean Connors. Linda Mabry, Doug Morgano, Peter Cutler, MaryAnn Paolini, Catherine Artman, Peggy Gonzalez, Peg Hartman, Betsy Phillips, Alice Reed, Tim Meidenbauer, Mark Romance, Richard Peters, Karen May, Baylee Locke, Denise Beaton, Thia Q. Schilling, Ramie Schilling, Colleen Ann Burke, Lynda Benzel, Carl Borowiak, Lauren Dunn, Marilyn Jubulis and Kathy Scharlock.

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