OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Swiss theologian Karl Barth, born on this date in 1886, “Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.”
WHISTLE STOP – Saturday is National Train Day, and to celebrate, the Western New York Railway Historical Society is setting up a display outside the main dining room at Amberleigh Retirement Community, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring models that represent actual trains that rolled through Williamsville en route to Niagara Falls between 1896 and 1976.
Amberleigh also is holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, offering visitors tours, free gifts and a complementary lunch, including festive desserts. For info and to make a reservation for lunch, call 689-4195.
ALL-L-L ABOARD! – Speaking of trains, Thomas the Tank Engine is spending the next two weekends at the Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., offering rides as part of its Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013.
Rides leave the museum every 45 minutes from 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. today through Sunday and again next Friday through May 19. Passengers will meet Sir Topham Hatt, controller of the railway, and take part in Thomas-themed activities, including storytelling, and arts and crafts.
The museum also will offer an Engine House maze and admission to the largest railroad and toy train museum in the state. Tickets are $18 for ages 2 and up. For info, call the museum at (585) 798-6106 or visit www.railroadmuseum.net.
CONQUERING KRABBE – Since New York State’s newborn screening program showed their son Jackson testing positive for Krabbe disease shortly after he was born in November 2010, Sherry and Joshua Livergood, of Lockport, have been on a mission to introduce similar newborn screening programs nationwide.
Through their own Team Action Jackson, the Livergoods are working with Jim and Jill Kelly and the Hunter’s Hope Foundation to campaign for universal newborn screening. To raise funds, Team Action Jackson is hosting a dinner and basket raffle with live entertainment and kids activities at 1 p.m. Saturday in Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron.
Tickets are $20 adults, $5 kids 6 to 10. Seating is limited. For info and reservations, call 434-3458.
READERS’ PARADISE – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., is offering more than 70,000 books for its Spring Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Paperbacks are 50 cents each or three for $1. Hardcovers are $1 each or three for $2. Shoppers also can get a bag from the museum and fill it with books for $5.
SETUP FOR CITIZENSHIP – Catholic Charities is offering a naturalization workshop for people who want to become U.S. citizens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the school site on the former Nativity Campus, 228 Albany St., on the West Side.
To be eligible, applicants must be 18 or older, have had a Green Card for at least four years and be able to read, write and speak basic English. For a list of what to bring to the workshop and other info, call Mary Dour at 842-0270 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOING, GOING, GONE – Furniture, appliances, housewares and other items will go up for bids as Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls, hosts a live auction Saturday evening. Previews begin at 5. Auction starts at 6. A snack bar is available, and there’s a bake sale, too.
HUNGRY? – The Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier, 111 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, is holding a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue for takeout only from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $9 and include potato salad, coleslaw and dessert.
Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd. at Colvin Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, is hosting a spaghetti dinner with meatballs, salad, beverage, dessert and all-you-can-eat pasta from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $8 adults, $4 children, free for kids 4 and under. Proceeds will support the church’s summer mission, which will send a group of young people and adults to fix homes and work on other community projects in Chaumont, a community northwest of Watertown.
The Delevan Rescue Squad will serve its 16th annual all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Delevan Firefighters Training Center on Route 16. Breakfast is $7.50 adults, $4.50 kids 5 to 12, under 5 free. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and beverages.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Paul Schlau, Artie Kwitchoff, Scott Johnston, Ron Rice, Amanda Ann Burns, Ryan Myers, Chris Kloc, Gavin Snyder, Thomas Wieczorek, John Billittier Jr., Robert Penkalski, Gail Skoney, Megan Makowski and Lette Hotchkiss.
SATURDAY – Debby Doyle, Ludwig Zanner, Anita L. Hines, Karen Alfasso, Jennifer Domagalski, Dennis Maloney, Dan Neaverth, Jim Kasperek, Bob Erker, Connor Halt, Marie Menza, Dave Cohen, Monsignor Bill Gallagher, Jeff Hocutt, Matthew Pankiewicz, Bruce Blackwell, David Recktenwalt, Carolyn Vogt, Spencer Lee Vogt, Jennifer Pici, Terry Daniels, Sharon Blaszkiewicz and Robert Maisano.
AND SUNDAY – Cory Coseglia, Rudolf Wolf, Bernice Wiggins, Jana Eisenberg, Katherine J. Bestine, Tim Myers, Cathy Czwodjak, Fred Zarczynski, Coni Denny, Sue Lauck, Bert Huller, Kara Zelasko, Barb Fink, Edna Murray, Karen Winter, Todd Bosworth, Rita Desci, Pauline Zielinski, Jah’ree Rutledge, Rev. Hamid Motley, Carolyn Ratajczak, Marge Lawrie, John M. Redman III, Sheila Allman, Brittanie Bezak and Cathy Czwodjak.