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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer and songwriter John Lennon, born on this date in 1940, “People say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”


LOOKING UP – The last evening astronomy program of the year takes place Saturday at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., filtered telescopes will be available to view sunspots prior to sunset, then lenses will turn to catch Saturn and Mercury very low in the west, the Dumbbell Nebula, the bright star Capella, the constellation Cassiopeia and other constellations. No pre-registration is needed. Admission is $3 for nonmembers.

Earlier, the Penn Dixie Site will host the 16th annual Western New York Earth Science Day activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with rock-coring demonstrations, rocket launches, fossil collecting, games, crafts and raffles. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


WARP SPEED – Eyes also will be on the skies during the Galaxy Gala from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St.

TEDxBuffalo presenter Alan Freedman will lead an exploration of the heavens from the roof of the former Trico factory via telescopes and an exhibition of full-disk solar images.

Downstairs in Room 542, there will be five-star hors d’oeuvres by chef Jennifer Stainrook, specialty cosmic cocktails and wine tasting, an audiovisual performance by Projex and limited edition artwork. Futuristic but warm attire is suggested. Tickets are $100, available at Buffalo Arts Studio in Suite 500 of the Tri-Main Center or online at


SWEET CREATIONS – The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s Planning and Information Center, 400 South Park Ave. at Louisiana Street, will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday to benefit its weekly youth cooking class. All baked goods are created by members of the center’s staff.


BAVARIAN BONANZA – Part 1: The Auslanders will provide music as the Shriners of Western New York host their 33rd annual Octoberfest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $5. German food and beverages will be available for purchase. For info, call 674-8666.

Part 2: Advance reservations are needed for the dinner segment of the Oktoberfest Dinner and Dance on Saturday evening in the Parish Center at St. Teresa’s Church, 33 Mineral Springs Road. A German dinner by Czaras Catering will be served from 5 to 7, while doors for the dance will open at 6:30.

Dinner and dance tickets are $30, $55 for two. Tickets for the dance only are $20, $35 for two, over 21 years old only, and include draft beer, pop and snacks, and will be available at the door. For info and tickets, call 913-4015 or 822-0608 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Part 3: Meanwhile, the Niagara History Center hosts its third annual Oktoberfest from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the South Lockport Fire Hall, 5666 S. Transit Road, Lockport.

Featured will be a German buffet by Donna Eick, which includes sauerbraten, bratwurst, roast pork, sauerkraut, sweet and sour cabbage, German potato salad and desserts. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be offered at a cash bar.

The Frankfurters will provide traditional music. Tickets are $30. For reservations and info, call 434-7433.


UNTOLD TALES – The spooky side of the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo comes to life in a series of Haunted History Tours during the weeks leading up to Halloween.

The one-hour tours begin from the Information Services Desk at 4 p.m. Thursday and continue at 2 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Oct. 17, 11 a.m. Oct. 19, 4 p.m. Oct. 24, 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and 4 p.m. on Halloween Day. The “Haunted Library” film will be shown directly after each tour.


THE GOOD OLD DAYS – The first time retired Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Richie Montesanti hosted a gathering to reminisce about “what North Tonawanda used to be,” it proved wildly popular.

He returns for another installment of coffee and conversation and shared memories from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St.

Admission is free, and the museum will provide coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bottled water.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carey Kowalski, Mike Mahoney Sr., Shonnie Finnegan, Jerri Maloney, Jeff Schaller, Chris Riso, Mary Lynch, Sam Vulcheff, Karen Gray, Jerry Hassett, Tim Alessi, Nadine Alessi-Beacham, David Schlant, Rick Fishburn, George and Jeanne Main, Mark Nizinkiewicz and Dennis Horrigan.

AND THURSDAY – Kelley Ann Murphy, Lauren Hartmann, Emerson Barr, Nancy Parisi, Pam Righter, Ian Edbauer, Reed Lulasavich, Helen Dingboom, Judi Gersic, Ross M. Cellino Sr., Austin Beyers, Denise Kiebzak, Tyler Cole, Alan White, Brian Bauer and Ed Koszela.


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