OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Zorba the Greek” author Nikos Kazantzakis, born on this date in 1883, “A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.”


AIR POWER – The history of Bell Aircraft after the death of founder Lawrence Bell in 1956 will be the topic as Hugh Neeson, former Bell vice president and general manager, speaks at a dinner of the Aero Club of Buffalo at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville.

Neeson’s presentation will include the acquisition of the company by Textron in 1960 through the closing of Bell Aerospace in 1996. He also will provide updates on the company’s ongoing programs, such as Moog’s In Space Propulsion, Lockheed’s Niagara Operation and Textron’s Marine and Land Systems Operation, formerly Bell’s New Orleans air cushion vehicle operation.

Guests and new members are welcome. For info and reservations, call Fran Bainbridge at 833-4978.


WELCOME MAT – College Internship Program Amherst will hold Experience CIP Days, an open house and information session, Friday and Saturday in its center, 4511 Harlem Road, Amherst, to highlight its college and career support program for young adults aged 18 to 26 with Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, ADHD and other learning differences.

There will be an introductory potluck for prospective students and wine and cheese for parents and professionals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be activities for prospective and current students and staff, plus an educational workshop and tours for parents and professionals. Space is limited. For info and registration, call Judy Gerich at 839-2620.


HARMONIOUS – A group of musicians who call themselves the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club will be joined by special guests as they host and perform in a benefit show from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St.

Proceeds will benefit Sister Mary Celeste O’Bryan and her South Buffalo Community Table. Donations of cash and canned goods will be accepted at the door. For info, call Bill O’Shei at 648-4943.


CLEAR THE DECKS – Get ready to turn your old computer and video equipment into a summer camping experience for youngsters whose lives have been affected by cancer. Sunnking Electronics Recycling is gearing up for its fourth annual E-Scrap for Camp fundraising drive to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times.

During April, Sunnking will arrange for schools, businesses and other organizations to collect old electronic gear and then will pick it up. For each pound, Sunnking will give a donation to Camp Good Days.

Organizations can sign up to take part in the drive at Deadline is March 21.

For those who can’t wait until April, there will be an electronics recycling kickoff from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at the Camp Good Days office, 6430 Transit Road, Depew, across from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.


HELP WANTED – The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg, the nation’s No. 1 fossil park, needs volunteers to help with exhibits, school groups, scouts, public days, special events, astronomy nights, program development, fund-raising, marketing and promotions.

To introduce them to the programs, Penn Dixie will hold a volunteer training session from 8:30 a.m. to noon on March 15 in the auditorium of Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell.

Junior and senior high school students and adults of varying backgrounds are welcome.

The session is free for Penn Dixie members, $25 for non-members. After the session, all who are interested in seeing the Penn Dixie site will be given a tour. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Ann Kleinfelder, Matt Gryta, Lisa Marie Panek, Bob Skorupa, Vince DiStefano, Mary Anne Hitt, Dawn Kreuder Chilcott, Frank Caccamise, Nancy Barrett, Barb Uzar, K.C. Kratt, Julie Kittsley, Kelly Pennella, Katherine Rine, Louis Kowal, Marcella Weich, Olivia Hough, Ivan Slomba and Mark Levulis.