OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born on this date in 1859, “When one tries to rise above Nature, one is liable to fall below it.”


PLANTING SEASON – The Erie County Master Gardeners hold their annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1071 Amherst St., between Delaware and Colvin avenues.

Friday, garden expert Sally Cunningham will be on hand to sell the newly released National Garden Festival Directories & Open Gardens book, along with other Garden Festival items.


TIME OF NEED – First-grader Jared Buchnowski, of Cheektowaga, has missed a lot of classes this spring at Union East Elementary School. Diagnosed last summer with pyelonephritis, a severe kidney disease, he has developed other urological disorders and has undergone two surgeries since March.

To help pay for his tests and multiple hospital stays, friends and family are holding a Care for Jared Bear benefit from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, and include snacks, draft beer, pop and music. For tickets, donations and info, call Cindy Szafranski at 698-0378 or Crystal Meredith at 948-3515.


PASTA PATROL – The Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, hosts an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Dinners are $8 adults, $4 children. Kids under 5 eat free. Takeouts are available for $9.


YESTERBEERS – Spots are still available on the Buffalo Historic Brewery Tour and Tasting on Saturday, brewing historian Peter Jablonski tells us. It starts at 11:15 a.m. with lunch in historic Ulrich’s Tavern, 674 Ellicott St., and a presentation by Jim Daley on Buffalo during Prohibition.

From there, the tour visits the sites of several breweries from the past, including Phoenix, Iroquois and Simon Pure, and stops for tastings at two current craft breweries, Community Beer Works and Flying Bison Brewery. Tickets are $40. Reservations are required. Call 440-7985.


CALLING KOREA VETS Western New York Chapter 63 of the Korean War Veterans Association is looking for new members. All Korean War veterans, DMZ veterans and all who have served in Korea at any time since 1950 are eligible to join.

The next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Food and drinks follow the meeting. For additional information, call Norman Lipkus at 835-3522.


WOMEN OF THE YEAR – Officers for the coming year will be installed at the next dinner meeting of the Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women Inc., at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Pane’s Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

Leading the installation will be Renee Cerullo, a website designer and computer consultant who is being installed this month as first vice president of the statewide New York State Women organization.

Dinner is $19. Nonmember women and gentlemen are welcome. Reservations are required. Call Alice Ellman at 695-9272.


GO PALEOZOIC – Youngsters ages 8 to 12 can discover new worlds at three summer day camps being offered by the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg.

At the Science Adventure Summer Day Camp, campers will get to collect fossils and explore geology, astronomy, weather, ecology and rocketry on the weeks of July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19 at the Penn Dixie site.

The Dinosaurs, Fossils & Nature Science Summer Day Camp will divide its time between the Penn Dixie site, Evangola State Park and the Past & Present Science and Nature Store in Blasdell during the weeks of July 15 and Aug. 12.

The Summer Science Safari Summer Day Camp, on the week of July 29, will visit the Penn Dixie site, Evangola State Park and Reinstein Woods in Cheektowaga for sessions on geology, fossils, wetlands and nature.

Pre-registration is required. Rates are $180 per camper. For info, call 627-4560.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Archie Bartolotti, Melinda Mallon, Lorry Schultz, Emily Green, Lori McCabe, Andy Sheffield, Sandy Kumiega, Robert Rutkowski, Nicole Alexis Yeates, Dr. Valerie Vullo, Doug Orlando, the Rev. Paul Steller, Ivette Lempke, Jack Jandzinski, Amy Rogacki, Sue Kamuda, Patti Vaccaro, Dee Dee Sery, Paul Tripi and Dylan Mex.

AND THURSDAY – Scott John Gales, Charity Vogel, Pam Stromecki, Robbie Ortt, Kathy Buran, Bob Hoerner, Bob Eimiller, Jillian Moskal, Bob Spranasz, Jeanne Cummings, David Kester, Norbert Meyer, Elysia Rousseau, Gail Kish, Joseph Tapia, William Dunn, Chris Betz, Jim Coder, Lynn Gott, Marceann Ruettimann, Barbara Leoncavallo, Brian Kempf, Abigail Giambra, Mike Lempko and Dennis Maciejewski.