OLAF FUB SEZ: According to essayist and screenwriter Nora Ephron, born on this date in 1941, “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”
Sunny dependable dandelions
dot a moist carpet of rolling grass,
Jamming alongside rhododendron
as beautiful white butterflies pass.
A garden rake hurriedly refreshes
last winter’s famished flowering beds.
Slowpoke perennial beds bellow
to the breeze purring over their heads.
Even burly bunches of burdock
scramble for their time to sing
By the greening of a lush garden
kissed by a fortunate spring.
The melody of the dandelions’
ever harmonious refrain
Or the tempestuous staccato
of a quick benevolent rain.
A heavy bee’s solemn disposition
drags over a springtime path,
Clouds pop, lightning gasps
even evergreens relish their bath.
As the dutiful steady spade
turns the earth inside and out,
Gentle pearly pebbles rustle
by the music of the gutter spout.
Venerable glossy earthworms
slide effortlessly through the mud
While the uninvited hearty dandelions
appear luminous on nature’s rug.
– Janice Schlau
SENIOR OFFICER – Northtowns Chapter 429 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1:30 p.m. today in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, Amherst, President Ann Converso tells us.
Speaker will be Lt. Col. Joan Tudini, of the 914th Airlift Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, whose topic will be the Women’s Military Support Network of Western New York, a round-the-clock advocacy support group for military women.
HELP WANTED – People Inc. will host a Career Fair from 3 to 5 p.m. today in its Southwestern Day Hab, 3763 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. The agency enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible by helping with personal care, household duties and recreational activities.
There are a number of immediate openings in the towns of Boston, Eden, Hamburg, Orchard Park and Silver Creek for group home workers, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. Applications also can be submitted online at www.people-inc.org/careers.
FRUIT OF THE VINE – Wine-tasting and tips on grape-growing from national garden expert David Clark will be featured at Wines & Vines from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.
Tickets are $20 today and Tuesday, $25 at the door, and include the wine-tasting and a sheet of tickets for the Home Interiors and Gardening basket auction. Raffle prizes include a personal landscape consultation with Clark.
Tickets are available online at www.opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the horticulture program for people with developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. For info, call 297-6400.
REUNION TIME – The Class of 1964 at Niagara Falls High School will finalize plans for its 50th reunion at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the administrative board room of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 Tenth St.
The reunion will be held Sept. 12 in the Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, and Sept. 13 at Niagara Falls Country Club, 505 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston. For info, call 773-3129.
The Class of 1974 from Buffalo’s Bennett High School will hold its 40th reunion on the weekend of Aug. 9. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in Ohm Ultra Lounge, 948 Main St., and continues Aug. 10 with a tour of the school at 1 p.m. and a sunset cruise at 8 aboard the Miss Buffalo, followed by an evening at Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace. For info, visit the class reunion’s Facebook page.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Gales Flannery, Pleasant Milsap-Mack, Robert Elardo, Lori McGlone, Judith Lipsey, Rick Pokorny, Joan L. Anthony, Jeanine O’Neil, Ryan Saab, Shari LaFarve, Wilbur Stringer, Fran Taber, Richie Bell, Faye Cinsinski, Barb Bartus, Joe Przybylo, John Kozina, Mike Panzica, Ivan Lockett, Judy Trzepkowski, Thelma Blesy and Sarah Jane Falzone.