OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for Memorial Day weekend from prominent pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick, born in Buffalo on this date in 1878, “The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.”
CELEBRATING SAN FELE – If you think of Italy as a boot, the little town of San Fele is located in the mountainous southern part, around the ankle. So many residents emigrated from San Fele in the late 19th century that there were more of them in Newark, N.J., and Buffalo than there were back home.
Every two years, descendants of those immigrants hold a San Fele reunion. It takes place Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. with a special Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 160 Court St., followed by a reception and luncheon in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Chairman of this year’s reunion, which will honor the children of San Fele, is former Buffalo Streets Commissioner Joseph R. Tomasulo. Special guests will be 19 college students from San Fele, accompanied by four professors, who will share their musical talents and their expertise in winemaking.
WOMEN’S DAY – The Women’s Military Support Network of Western New York holds its second Heart Hands event from 5 to 9 p.m. today in Boulevard Mall, Amherst, to raise awareness for the medical and mental health needs of military women. Heart Hands wristbands will be sold to support the network’s programs to assist military women by providing advocacy and giving referrals for professional help.
At 7 p.m., the group will stage a Heart Hands Human Chain Link, where the public can show its support. This will be recorded and put up on YouTube. Supporters are asked to wear red, white and blue. For info, call toll-free (877) 230-1681.
PAWS FOR SOLDIERS – The Buffalo Zoo is offering a High-Five for the Military discount for Memorial Day on Monday. Members of the military and up to four guests will be admitted to the zoo for a total of just $5. Valid military ID must be shown.
RIDE THE RUN – Scout the entire 26.2-mile route of Sunday’s Buffalo Marathon on Saturday aboard the Open-Air Autobus operated by the Campaign for Greater Buffalo.
The tours, open to the public as well as runners, friends and families, will start downtown on Pearl Street outside the Hyatt Regency Buffalo and depart at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For reservations and info, call 854-3749 or visit www.OpenAirBuffalo.org.
“The route that the marathon traverses shows the city in its best light,” says Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, “and is chock full of scenic and historic places. It is about twice the distance we usually cover on a tour, so all of our expert guides are going to be tested.”
SWING AND SWAY – Lancaster Elks Lodge 1478 hosts a Big Band Dance featuring the Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the lodge hall, 33 Legion Parkway.
Tickets are $15 at the door. There’s a cash bar, and you can bring your own snacks. For info, call 685-1478.
BRUSH WORK – Abstract artist and creative art therapist Norma Joy will give a demonstration of her techniques at the next meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.
DRUMSTICK BEAT – A Memorial Day chicken barbecue will be held starting at noon Monday in the pavilion at Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., following the Clarence Memorial Day Parade.
Chicken dinners are $9. Hot dog and chips are $3. There also will be a chance auction and children’s activities.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carole Waterman, Mairin Rowan Cleary, Ruthie Mae Hollis, Marvin Askew, Marty Biniasz, Eileen Tomaka, Lois Snyder, Fred Roy, Karen Sieracki, Ernest Toepfer, Daniel Griffin, Liz Lockwood, Beth Taylor, Mary Jane Mescall, Michelle Wannemacher, Beth Taylor, Rob Knopf, Ken Kowal, Jason Steinberg, Deborah Mason, Diane Bialota, Sister Jean Klimczak, Rev. Leon J. Biernat, Nancy Millar, Bonnie Butler, Rick Grochala and Kathy Mann.
SATURDAY – April Jones, Patricia Gelman, George Maziarz, Nancy Russell, Amber Dixon, Robert Stiglmeier, Andrea Benkovich, Lisa Jaworski, Jaci Adams, Olivia Oliver, Father Ray Uschold, Liz Carone, Greg Chilcott, Regina Bozeman, Nevaeh Phillips, Gary Purdue, Laurie Marien, Melissa S. Golimowski, Deborah Frank, Mark Dunn, Diane Sopicki, Craig Foster, Ricky Pirritano, Clare Gorman, Jill Krezmien, Kristin Wach, Megan Amato, Joey Pasinski, Christine Dobmeier Abbey, Sandy Smith, Cathy Drdul and Karen Helinski.
AND SUNDAY – Alma O’Connell, Joe Chille, Max Wickert, Kathy Moriarty, Bill Regan, Jack Myers, Sister Mary Anna Falbo, Gary Panek, Tiffany Brill, Marian Perrotta, Jimmy Heidinger, Fred Siegel III, Russ Dybowski and Bill Larsen.