OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Calvin & Hobbes” cartoonist Bill Watterson, born on this date in 1958, “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
LOOKING UP – Telescopes will be set up to search the skies as the Hamburg Natural History Society holds an evening astronomy program at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road, Hamburg.
Among the celestial highlights, weather permitting, will be Venus low in the west near the open star cluster M44, Saturn in the south, the Summer Triangle high in the east, the Constellation Cygnus’ double star Albiero and many other constellations. Filtered telescopes will be available before sunset to view sunspots.
Visitors are invited to bring their own telescopes and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the constellations and how to operate telescopes. No preregistration is required. Admission is $3. Children under 2 and Penn Dixie members get in free. For info, call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.
PIECE OF HISTORY – Fish Fry Friday tours are back again at historic Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls. Every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors are invited to tour the building, which is listed on the local, state and national Registers of Historic Places.
Constructed in 1906 with stone taken from the building of the Hydraulic Canal, the parish served Polish immigrants on the city’s East Side for more than a century.
After it closed in 2008, the complex was purchased by Niagara Heritage of Hope and Service, a nonprofit group also known as Historic Holy Trinity, which works to preserve the parish’s five-building campus, serve the poor and host special events.
Tours continue every Friday through Sept. 27. For info, call 299-0799.
BIRD HAVEN – Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan, which has the two largest covered aviaries in the nation, is open for the season. Guided tours are offered every Sunday in July and August from 2 to 5 p.m. Group tours can be arranged by appointment during the week.
The park is home to more than 700 flying geese, ducks and swans, and more than 100 baby waterfowl in 65 different species, some of them endangered, protected and exotic. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors and children under 12. For info, call 942-6835 or visit www.gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm.com.
THE GREAT INDOORS – Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, and Buffalo’s South Council Member Christopher Scanlon are sponsoring a series of free summer camp weeks in the store that will help build reading and writing skills.
The camps will have a morning activity on topics such as music, sports, animals, drama, literature, arts and community awareness. After lunch, youngsters will break into small groups to share their thoughts and write about what they experienced in the morning.
The first week of camp, July 22 to 26, will be for youngsters ages 12 and 13. Sessions for those 9 to 11 will be held July 29 to Aug. 2. Those ages 7 and 8 will attend Aug. 12 to 16. Each camp is limited to the first 20 children to register and will be facilitated by state-certified teachers. For info and to register, call Tom McDonnell at 832-2665.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Liora Ziv, Rick Lancellotti, Marge Rizzo, Janice Kuczmarski, Bryan Stablewski, Tina Kaczmarek, Delores Ryndak, Elizabeth Sands, Rob Hageman, John Gunning Sr., Stephen Hodges III, Jim Read and Sister Jane Marie Kupniewski.
AND SATURDAY – Everett Herbeck, Sandy Luedke, Barbara Holdridge, Gerald Sobkowiak, Jim Evers, Lynn DeSimone, Janie Caulder, Ashley Ciesielski, Joseph M. Rooth, Renee Brind’amour, Anne Meyer, Connie Schipani, Pat Reese, Cecil C. Brown and Katny Mazurek.
AND SUNDAY – Vertai Winn, Lorna Brewer, Carolyn Raeke, Sheila Tabor, Patty Rogalski, Michelle Dubiel, Ray Kaczmarek, Paul Mielcarek, Mike Schieber and Megan Lichtenthal.