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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright Edward Albee, born on this date in 1928, “Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.”

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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN – The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, in the former Niagara Falls High School at 1201 Pine Ave., kicks off its March Along the Portage lecture series at 4 p.m. Thursday by going back to pioneer days with Falls historian Paul Gromosiak, whose talk is titled “Overcoming Obstacles: Formation and Impact of a Portage.”

It’s free and open to the public. This lecture, and the ones March 20 and 27, will be followed by special Common Core workshops for all educators who want to learn how to incorporate the Niagara Portage into their curriculum. For info, call 282-7530 or visit www.thenacc.org.

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WEEKEND WARMUP – Providing a proper sendoff for St. Patrick’s Day weekend will be the second annual Live at O’Larkin, presented by First Niagara from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday outdoors in Larkin Square, Seneca and Swan streets. Last year, the celebration attracted more than 1,500 people.

The boardwalk in the center of the square will be heated for a program that includes 15 food trucks, the Clann Na Cara School of Irish Dance and music from McCarthyizm, Crikwater and the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Admission is free.

Come Saturday, Felton-Burns Post 5260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 650 E. Main St., Springville, will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage dinners are $5. Music will be by Route Two 40 Ride. For info, call 592-7378.

Meanwhile, the neighborhood will benefit as the Ebenezer Ale House, 4348 Seneca St., West Seneca, holds its third annual St. Patty’s Day Party under a 4,000-square-foot heated tent Saturday afternoon and evening.

Admission is $10, with a portion of the proceeds helping the victims of the recent West Seneca floods.

Providing music will be the Black Sheep Syndrome at 3 p.m., Buffalo’s Best Bagpiper at 6 p.m. and the Incredibles from 7 p.m. until it’s over. There also will be surprise special appearances. Beer-braised corned beef will be served all day.

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ST. JOSEPH, TOO – Realty USA’s Amherst-Clarence office, 6000 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, will host its 30th annual St. Joseph’s Table at noon next Tuesday. A $10 donation is requested. Proceeds will be divided among the Make A Wish Foundation in honor of Melanie Luongo, who died Jan. 22, and the families of Jackson Shea and Nathan Brundage. To RSVP, call 634-4200 or email Miriam Treger at mtreger@realtyusa.com.

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ALWAYS ON SUNDAY – Help keep the Lancaster Public Library open on its busiest day – Sunday – by joining the Friends of the Lancaster Public Library in a family-oriented fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Elks Lodge 1478, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster.

There will be auctions, drawings and other activities. Door prize is an iPad Mini. Tickets are $10. Kids under 10 are free.

You can help even more by donating an auction basket or cash. A contribution of $300 will underwrite an entire Sunday, which will be designated in your honor. For info, call the library at 683-1120 or Gary S. Howell at 440-4688.

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TAKE A TICKET – More than 200 baskets, gift certificates and other prizes will be given away Friday evening as Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School hosts its annual basket auction in the former Infant of Prague School, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Auction begins at 7. A $5 donation includes your first sheet of auction tickets. To donate auction items, call 895-6280.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dottie Soong, Marsha Kamrowski, Cora Sabintino, Daniel Myers, Jennifer Buczkowski, Jeremy Zellner, Pat Laszewski, Mark “Rogo” Rogowski, Mary Lou Seitz, Anne Marie O’Neill, Sandie Prawel, Nancy Feidt, Loretta Carbone, Yves Coulombe, Stacy Werner, Pat Luvender, Shirley Toepfer, Marilyn Heidle, Louise Yots, Ginny Rauls, Hillary Redwine, Sandy Cardamone, Phyllis Walkowiak, Thomas J. Brooks, Michael Bowles and Pat Jaworski.

AND THURSDAY – Harold McNeil, Karen Brady, Nancy Robinette, David Swarts, Sarah Weishaupt, Jen Kuhn, Donnette Adornetto, Zachary Zelasko, Eric Rauls, Alyssa Hedges, Ida Rine and Richard Staszak.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com