OLAF FUB SEZ: According to high-wire artist Karl Wallenda, founder of the Flying Wallendas and born on this date in 1905, “Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.”
ON THE WING – Leading off the 2014 Speaker Series at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown, is bird expert Paul J. Baicich. His topic at 7 p.m. today is “Bird Feeding in America: A Story of Wild Birds, Innovation and Conservation.” It’s free and open to the public.
Baicich, co-author of an upcoming book on the subject, will talk about how bird feeding developed over the past century and discuss how to double the number of birds that visit a backyard feeder. For info, call 665-2473 or visit www.rtpi.org.
MYSTERIES REVEALED – Few scientists know more about our planetary neighbor, Mars, than Kevin Williams, an associate professor of earth sciences at SUNY Buffalo State and director of the college’s Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium.
He speaks on “Unraveling the Geologic History of Mars” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, in a program presented by the Hamburg Natural History Society, the folks who oversee the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center.
His talk is open to the public. No pre-registration is needed. Admission is $4, free for Penn Dixie members. For info, call 627-4560.
GOLDEN OLDIES – Crash Cadillac will provide the music as St. Gabriel’s Holy Name Society hosts a ’50s, ’60s and ’70s dance for those 21 and older from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gabriel’s Parish Center, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door, and include beer, wine and pop. For tickets and info, call Ron Hennessy at 668-0328 or Dick Cielinski at 892-5154.
NO HIBERNATING – There will be fun indoors and out from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at “Winter Wonderland in the Woods” at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, off Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga.
Visitors can try snowshoes and cross-country skis for free in a demonstration area outdoors. There also will be snowshoe rentals for longer walks, a winter wildlife hike, snow painting, a snow maze and an ice fishing demonstration.
Indoors, there will be exhibits and information about bears. There also will be bear-related crafts and costumed winter creatures, live animals, a scavenger hunt, door prizes and a program on wildlife rehabilitation. Call 683-5959 or visit www.dec.ny.gov and search for “Reinstein Woods.”
BATTLE HYMNS – Bringing the martial field music of the Civil War to life is the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps, formed in 2009 and based in Buffalo. They will play replica instruments of the era and discuss various tunes and commands that accompanied every aspect of the war in a program at 6:30 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston. Admission and refreshments are free.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michael Stewart O’Neill, Charlie Davidson, Caitlyn O’Neill, Kate Klun, Michael Gillis, Jackie Jocko, Lorraine Ferelli, Cameron Cornwall, Gail Burdick, John Wall, Paul J. Lorefice, Diane Pietraszewski, Angela Robins, Anne Harkin, Andrea Meegan, Kathleen Joy Doeing, Anne Horosky, Jeanette Stanley and Heather Nicole Kiser.