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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French novelist Guy de Maupassant, born on this date in 1850, “It is better to be unhappy in love than unhappy in marriage, but some people manage to be both.”

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REST STOP – A cross-country road rally, “Mini Takes the States,” will bring 500 Mini compact cars and 1,000 travelers to Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., for a stop from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the shadow of the city’s historic grain elevators.

Hosted by Towne Mini and coordinated by Therese Forton-Barnes of Events to a Tee, the evening will include live British Invasion music, a visit from the fireboat Edward M. Cotter and food, including chicken wings. The rally, which began July 26 in San Francisco, concludes Saturday in Boston.

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HELPERS WANTED – A number of openings are available for volunteers at Sisters Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga.

At Sisters Hospital, licensed therapy dogs and their handlers are needed to help with a new pet therapy program for patients and visitors. The hospital also is looking for compassionate people to visit patients as part of its Friendly Companion program.

At the St. Joseph Campus, volunteers are sought to serve as attendants in the waiting room at the newly opened Surgical Center. Various shifts are available, some as early as 6 a.m.

To apply as a volunteer, call Heide Cornell, director of volunteer services, at 862-1106. Additional information is available online at www.chsbuffalo.org/careers/volunteer.

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CLOSE TO HOME – Author Kathy Joyce Glascott, a former Buffalo teacher, will read from her novel “Loving Christy,” which is set in her native South Buffalo, at 7 p.m. Thursday when she visits Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. The book follows a romance during an era of rapid social and economic changes in the 1970s. For info, call 823-2665 or visit www.dogearsbookstore.org.

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LAUGHS GALORE – Buffalo Clown Alley will observe International Clown Week with an event at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. All are invited to help celebrate.

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BATTER UP – The fourth annual Jeff Fazzolari Thunder Road Softball Tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Marion J. Fricano Memorial Town Park, 11083 Gowanda State Road, North Collins. All are invited. Players can bring their own team or come and join one.

Fazzolari, of North Collins, executive chef at Gow School, died in 2009 from a brain bleed at age 38. His brother, Cliff, has written an award-winning book about him, “Oh Brother! The Life & Times of Jeff Fazzolari.” Proceeds from the tournament and a basket auction will benefit Fazzolari’s three young children, John, Farrah and Rocco. For info, call 870-6115.

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HEAVEN AND EARTH – Go treasure-hunting Saturday at the Penn Dixie Site off Big Tree Road in Hamburg, see some stars and dig for prehistoric fossils by lantern light in the Hamburg Natural History Society’s annual Mid-Summer’s Night Adventure.

It will be light when the first part of the program begins at 5 p.m. – viewing of sun spots and solar flares. A vendor will have snacks and beverages.

The trip into the fossil pits starts after dark. Bring a flashlight, digging tools and a pail. Youngsters will be given a glow stick to help find their way through the darkness.

The evening astronomy program features the full moon at about 8:30, with Mars and Saturn in close proximity of each other in the southeast, along with Sagittarius and the open star cluster Scorpius near the bright red star Antares. The first arrivals in the Perseid Meteor Shower should show up about 10.

Fee is $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. No pre-registration is required.

For information, call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dorothy Keenan, Wesley Joslin, Elsie M. Oliver, Zeddie W. Dennard, Mike Kisiel, Mike Harrington, Al Zenger, Sister Mary Cynthia Kilian, Phyllis Crupe, Rachel Makowski, Paula J. Litwin, Bob Tkach, Joe Gajewski, Lisa Kernen and Bob Trembowicz.

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