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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Slappy White, born Melvin White on this date in 1920, “The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning, you’re on the job.”


GLASS GALORE – Postcards, antiquarian books, pottery, glassware, jewelry, toys, coins and Pan American Exposition souvenirs will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday as the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association holds its 15th annual Table Top Antique and Bottle Show in the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. There will be free appraisals for all antiques and free bottles for kids. Admission is $2. Youngsters under 12 get in free.


LOOKING BACK – Learn how to search for your ancestors from local historical records at “Genealogy at the Grosvenor Room,” a guide to resources at the Central Library in Lafayette Square from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Librarian Rhonda Konig presents an overview of the collection. After a break for lunch, librarian Charles Alaimo will review the map collection and the Rare Book Room. It’s free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, the Niagara County Genealogical Society holds its 2013 Genealogy Forum at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Best Western Hotel, 515 S. Transit St., Lockport.

Admission is free, and speakers include local author Angelo Coniglio, who will talk about how to find immigrants’ towns of origin and how to make sense of European birth, marriage and death records. He will also be signing copies of his historical novella, “The Lady of the Wheel.” For info, visit


BABY STEPS – More than 45 businesses will offer services and products for expectant mothers and families with children at the sixth annual Pregnancy & Baby Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Admission is free. The first 200 families get free goodie bags.

Proceeds from the basket raffle benefit Special Spaces Buffalo, which creates dream bedrooms for youngsters with life-threatening ailments.


LEASH ON LIFE – Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue Inc., which provides foster homes for unwanted dogs, is sponsoring a one-mile dog walk at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Mang Park, Kenmore.

Registration is $20 at the park or $15 on the website at The first 175 walkers get a free T-shirt. Proceeds help rescue dogs who need new homes.


OLAF FLUB – Correction on that email address for the Country Jamboree at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. It’s actually Info is at the website,


SCOUT’S HONOR – The Como Lake Girl Scouts will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral Hall, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.


MAKE A BID – St. Teresa’s Church, 1974 Seneca St., holds an appliance and electronics raffle in the Parish Center on Saturday evening.

Doors open at 5:30. Raffle starts at 7, featuring 23 prizes with a retail value of $10,000. Tickets are $25 and include pizza, beer and snacks.


SIS BOOM BAH – Southtowns teen cheerleaders will benefit from a “Cheer Blast” from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Vinny’s Sports Bar, 2704 Clinton St., West Seneca, even though they’re too young to be there themselves.

Tickets are $15 and include three hours of open bar and food. Proceeds will help the cheerleaders cover costs of attending competitions.


TAKING WING – The Bert Miller Nature Club holds its first Butterfly Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Stevensville Conservation Area, 2555 Ott Road, Fort Erie, Ont. Activities will include live butterfly releases, hikes, workshops, native plant sales and kids activities. It’s free and open to the public. For info, visit


KEYBOARD MASTER – Award-winning Canadian organist Aaron James, a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, gives a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 2784 Seneca St., West Seneca. Admission is free.


WEEKEND MENU – Weekly fish fry, 4 to 8 p.m. today. Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. For info, call 683-3635.

BW’s chicken barbecue, starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. $9, takeout only. Marilla Fire Hall, 1950 West Ave. Yard sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefits Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Ken-Ton Masonic Lodge smoked beef brisket sale, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. $8, Sutherland Lodge, 1400 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda.

Chowder sale, ready at noon Saturday. $3.75 per quart, Niagara Hose Fire Company 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda. Advance orders call 695-0650.

Pig and chicken roast, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. $12 adults at door, $10 presale. $5 and $4 for kids 12 and under. Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle, South Buffalo. For tickets, call 824-2787.

Spaghetti and meatball dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $4 kids 12 and under, presale only. Call 892-5746. Also, the Holy Name Society meat raffle.

Krolick’s chicken barbecue, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. $10, Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road, Amherst.

Wendel’s chicken barbecue, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. $10, Bowmansville United Methodist Church, 5344 Genesee St., Bowmansville.

BW’s chicken barbecue, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. $9, Kenmore United Church of Christ, 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Advance purchase recommended. Call 862-9733 or 875-1725.

BW’s chicken barbecue, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $8.50 advance, $9.50 at the door. Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster.

All-you-can-eat pasta dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $5.99 kids 10 and under. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Sponsored by Ten Lives Club cat adoption group. For info, call 656-5577.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Scarlet Ray O’Neill, Mark Misercola, Ava Marie Ferreira, Vaughn Keller, Linda Pellegrino, Bev Ralyea, Dick Rohm, Sister Mary Joanne Suranni, Danny Sikorski, Madeline Lickfeld, Steven Granelli, Katherine Gibbins, Ashley Guzzetta, Karen Chmiel, Sally Harper, Tony Niescher, Teresa Karg, Joseph A. Anthony, Elva L. Anthony, Colleen Steen, Heather Hassett, Stefanie Stefaniak, Eli Turcurelli and Frank Miranda.

SATURDAY – Claudine Ewing, Judy Kaprove, Judie Bailey, Andrea Haxton, Marian Hetherly, Sister Anne Marie Jablonicky, Jordyn Panek, Ed Kowalczewski. Alyssa Lickfeld, David Karb, Marian Lazickas, Sandy Schilling, Helen Mack, Danielle Popp, Mike Sullivan, Leanne Troutman, Joseph Michael Clark, Tamara Torris, Melissa Byrd, Jeff Blake and Trinity Swart.

AND SUNDAY – Marc Adler, Diane Schafer, David Merrell, Norm Murray, Denise Daniels, Burke Glaser, Diane Cielinski, Brandon Kuczmarski, Sue Campbell Klinshaw, Paul Molik and Eric Palmer.


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