OLAF FUB SEZ: According to German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, born on this date in 1906, “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH – The focus will be on Buffalo’s oldest manufacturing district as Chris Hawley presents “A History of the Hydraulics” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Martin Room of the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St. Larkin memorabilia will be on display.
The lecture, sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Larkin Development Group. The club will have its monthly meeting after the lecture. For info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.
ZUMBA FOR A CAUSE – Kids Escaping Drugs will benefit as Bodyshaping by Sandy sponsors a Zumbathon from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.
The event is dedicated to the memory of Elisa Mannella, daughter of Bodyshaping owner and director Sandy Mannella, who died three years ago in a car accident caused by a driver on drugs. Donation is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For tickets and donations, call 568-0246 or visit www.bodyshapingbysandy.com.
SHALL WE DANCE? – Guest instructor Scott Ruddick, one of the top ballroom dancers in Canada, will teach the waltz as USA Dance holds its monthly dance Friday evening in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder.
The lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 will be followed by general ballroom dancing until 11. Light refreshments will be served. Dress is business casual. Cost is $10, $8 for students with ID and $6 for members.
BIG YEAR – The Chinese New Year isn’t just a one-day celebration. Although it began Friday, the welcoming of the Year of the Horse will continue all this week and then some.
So the second annual Southtowns Chinese New Year Celebration will not be too late at all when it takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bryant & Stratton College Southtowns Campus, 200 Redtail Road, just off the Milestrip Road exit from Route 219 in Orchard Park.
Highlights will be a Chinese New Year performance by the Chinese Club of Western New York and a Dragon Dance performance by the Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute.
There also will be an Asian food-tasting, a chopsticks contest, plenty of children’s activities and a Chinese traditional medicine seminar, which starts at 12:30 p.m.
Admission is free. The celebration is hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo, EZ Mandarin of Western New York, the Town of Orchard Park Recreation Department and Bryant & Stratton.
For info, call 868-3298 or visit www.ezmandarinwny.com.
COLLEGE BOUND – Applications are being accepted from high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties for two college scholarships offered by Buffalo’s Italian-American Police Association in memory of two members – Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Police Patrolman David J. Scime – who died in the line of duty.
Preference will be given to students with Italian heritage who are enrolling in a criminal-justice program.
For information and an application, visit www.iapawny.org. Deadline for applications is May 1.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michael Mahoney, Edna Hunt, Tim Cashmore, Kevin Doherty, Robbie Gaiek, Stan Lundine, Mark Tricoli, Tom Kurnik, Rev. Dan Callahan, Bob Weidmann, Diane Hupp, Jackson Timothy Alessi, Pegge Cook, Rev. Patricia Minnick, Rachel Pyle, Susan Tomes-Bosworth, Mary Beth Rosiek, Mary Liberatore-Carocci, Cecile Reszka, Noel K. Posson, Colin J. Mann, Nick Sanderson, Scott Prell Sr. and Fred Mosca.