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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist and writer Timothy Leary, born on this date in 1920, “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”


RING OUT – The Salvation Army Buffalo is going high-tech to sign up volunteers to staff its 70 red kettle locations during the holiday season. All of the locations and available times can be found online at The bell-ringing season will run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 24, except for Sundays.

“We are recruiting volunteers to fill two- to four-hour shifts over the six-week campaign,” says Major Thomas Applin, executive director of Salvation Army Buffalo. “An interested volunteer needs to be friendly and enthusiastic and help to spread holiday cheer.”


OLD HAUNTS – Did the supernatural spirits stay behind when the former United Office Building in Niagara Falls was turned into the upscale Giacomo Hotel? Mediums and paranormal investigators will find out at 7 p.m. Friday when the hotel at 222 First St. hosts its first ghost hunt.

Buffalo-based psychic and medium Rev. Ellen Bourn, a former president of the Lily Dale Assembly, will lead an exploration of the 1929 landmark structure, then give readings. Tickets are $40 and include a complimentary reception with cocktails and live music. For info and to reserve a ticket, email


NEED A LIFT? – Brightening moods for seniors now that the days are getting shorter are the BluesBusters, a group of professionals from Emeritus at Bassett Park Manor in Amherst.

The BluesBusters are visiting seniors in their homes this month and next to offer complimentary emotional wellness checks and invite them to take part in six free activities at Bassett Park, including exercise and art classes, concerts, parties and dining. To recommend a senior for a visit by the BluesBusters, call 689-2394.


HEARTFELT – C.O.T.A., the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, will benefit from a fundraiser from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Gratwick Hose Company 6, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Music will be provided by the Night Eagle Band. A gift basket raffle will take place at 5 p.m.

Among the youngsters helped by C.O.T.A. is 9-year-old AnnaRose Van Sciver, a North Tonawanda native born with a rare heart condition. Having undergone numerous surgeries, she’s now first in line for a heart transplant at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida in Gainesville. For info and donations, call William Roberts at 417-5436.


SELLERS MARKET – Crafters and vendors are invited to join in the first Vendor Show to be sponsored by Father Justin Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. The show will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Tables are $20, and deadline for reservations is Nov. 15. For reserve, call Barb Poules at 633-9353.


TURNING BACK TIME – Creative period dress is encouraged for 1812 Regency Night at Knox Farm State Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, a fundraising event for Hull House Foundation in the main house at the park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora. The foundation oversees development and programming at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead in Lancaster.

The evening will feature a live auction, hors d’oeuvres and desserts catered by Bravo, 1812-era entertainment and activities and a cash bar. Tickets are $70, $60 for Hull House Foundation members. Tickets are available by calling 868-1423 or 741-7032 or online at


MIRACLE MAN – “Recovery,” a documentary film about West Seneca resident Matthew Faulkner and his remarkable comeback from traumatic brain injury, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

Faulkner will be on hand to speak about his recuperation and answer questions, along with Ryan Monolopolus, producer and director of the documentary, and Joe Kirchmyer, author of “Most Likely to Survive,” a book about Faulkner’s recovery. It’s free and open to the public.


LOVE YOUR PURSE – The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women committee will host a Handbags for Heart Purse Auction at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

WKBW-TV’s Autumn Lewandowski will be emcee of the program, which will include stories by heart disease survivors and tips from medical experts. Tickets are $20, two for $35, and include appetizers. For information, contact Vicky Johnson, 614-1990.


ZUMBA ALL OVER – Breast cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will benefit from a Zumbathon from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in four local World Gym locations – 540 Dick Road, Cheektowaga; 5110 Camp Road, Hamburg; 5435 Sheridan Drive, Amherst; and 2429 Military Road, Niagara Falls.

Tickets are $25, and includes a cup and a commemorative shirt, or $50, which includes a cup and a commemorative sweatshirt. Prizes will be given and special events will take place throughout the morning at all four sites.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Colin Patrick Connors, Kellie A Rooth, Cathy Carfagna, Mark Gaughan, Len Lenihan, Fortunato Pezzimenti, Charles Riley, Jenna Hassett, Tracy Hooley, Mary Ellen Prell, Gert Luther, Denise McCabe, Allison Cutrona, Sister Madeline Marie Jedrzejewski, Mark Panek, Steve Glynn, Eloise K. Popp, Roger Becker, Dolores Wiepert, Denise Donahue, Ken “Timo” Tomaka, Laurie Burgasser and Andrew Syracuse.


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