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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, born Samuel Dashiell Hammett on this date in 1894, “The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get 22.”

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THINK BIG – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County would like to meet some more Bigs at their Big Mixer – Volunteer Info and Networking evening from 5:30 to 8 Thursday in Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, 41 Virginia Place.

The mixer, thought up by a group of Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentors, will provide an informal way to let potential new members know about the youth mentoring program.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters spend several hours a month with a Little Brother or Little Sister in everyday activities, attending school events and assisting with projects. The agency provides support and training. Currently, there’s a great need for minority and male mentors.

The mixer will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and a cash bar. RSVP at bigs@beafriend.org or call 873-5833, Ext. 240.

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GOT SCRATCH? – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency, hopes to solve its growing pains forever by acquiring a permanent home – a 4,700-square-foot building on two acres in Blasdell.

To begin raising $250,000 to cover the purchase and renovations, Ten Lives has established a “Starting From Scratch” campaign, which will kick off from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Banchetti’s Banquet Facility, 550 North French Road, Amherst.

Tickets are $60 advance, $65 at the door, and include hors d’oeuvres, food stations, an open bar, door prizes, theme baskets, a silent auction, a wine auction and music by Carolyn and the Jazz Cats. For info and tickets, call 646-5577 or visit www.tenlivesclub.com.

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PAN AM AMBLE – Back for the summer are the Buffalo History Museum’s popular walking tours of what used to be the grounds of the 1901 Pan American Exposition.

The docent-led tour, which lasts about 90 minutes, includes the site where the 375-foot Electric Tower stood, the location of the 12,000-seat stadium, where mock battles were staged, and the spot where President William McKinley was shot.

Tours start Sunday and will be held on the first Sunday of the month in July, August and September, beginning at 1 p.m. from the museum at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. Tickets are $10 and include a souvenir guide map. Tours are limited to 30 people. Reservations are requested. Call 873-9644, Ext. 0, or visit www.buffalohistory.org.

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DRUMSTICK BEAT – George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive between Union Road and Cayuga Drive, Williamsville, will host a chicken barbecue from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $9 and include a half chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, roll, butter and beverage.

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BACK IN TIME – Tilly the Trilobite will return to greet visitors at Children’s Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

There will be contests and prizes, Mary Hughes with live animals, rocket launches by the Upstate Research Rocketry Group, face-painting, dinosaur cookies, telescopes to view sunspots and solar flares, as well as fossil collecting, fossil contests and rock identification.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Kids 2 and under and Penn Dixie members get in free. For info, call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.

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GIRL POWER – Empower Girls Buffalo will host a Girls Night Out for women and girls of all ages from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in United Way headquarters, 742 Delaware Ave.

There will be healthy refreshments, shopping, yoga and pampering. A variety of vendors will be on hand. Admission is free.

Empower Girls Buffalo provides programs to help girls grow socially and emotionally. For info, visit www.empowergirlsbuffalo.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Richard Soluri, Shirley Lyth, Carol Eagan, Michael Kozak, Shawn Merkwa, Cassandra Wilcox, James I. Kaminski Sr., Nicholas Marsowicz, Alex Pietraszewski, Nancy Recktenwalt Brown, Pat Kasprzak, Madeline Hawthorn, Kennedy Elizabeth Louth, Shawn McCabe, Greg Golda, Dave Kowalewski, Sister Mary Teresita Langowski, Sister Mary Elizabeth Mackowiak, Peter Was, Phillip Kumiega Sr., Judy Serio, Raymond Christmas Jr., Maxine C. Lewis, William C. Lewis and Michele Hemingway.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com