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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French playwright Jean Giradoux, born on this date in 1882, “A golf course is the epitome of all that is purely transitory in the universe; a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible.”


OOPS! – A wrong phone number for reservations crept into last week’s item about the next luncheon meeting of the WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the Eagle House Restaurant, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. To reach Mary Ellen Shaughnessy, call 885-3292. Reservations are $18 and are due by Thursday. Guest speaker is Timothy Bohen, author of “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s Old First Ward.” All are welcome.


SAVE THE HORSES – Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue, which provides food, shelter and medical care for abandoned and abused horses, will benefit from a Holiday Shopping Expo from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Spruce Meadow Farm, 10333 Keller Road, Clarence.

Vendors with a variety of household, personal and craft items will have tables inside the farm’s new indoor arena. Activities for children will be offered, pony rides will be available, and Santa promises to visit and pose for photos with kids and horses. For info, call the farm at 741-2346 or visit


WELCOME MAT – Paintings, prints and pottery will be offered at the East Otto Country Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Taking part are the Mill Street Gallery, 42 Mill St., Ellicottville; Brookside Studio, 8363 Maples Road, Otto; and Hog-Shed Studio Pottery, 8420 Maples Road, Otto. For info and directions, visit


SWEET AND MELLOW – Madonna Council, Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, will host its seventh annual Fall Into Jazz Festival from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Providing the jazz will be Paradigm Shift, accompanied by wines from the Lake Erie Trail, Niagara County and southern Ontario.

Tickets are $30, $250 for a table of 10, and include a souvenir wine glass, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, coffee, dessert and unlimited wine tasting. Proceeds benefit local charities. For tickets and info, call Fred Skretny at 694-7046.


ONE LUMP OR TWO – Waterfront Memories and More, the neighborhood museum at 41 Hamburg St. in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, will offer a Holiday Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Donation is $20. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call Bert Hyde at 840-9580 or Peg Szczygiel at 423-7288.


READING ROUNDUP – The kindergarten and first-grade students at Buffalo United Charter School are staging a book drive to help create a library for the young patients at Women & Children’s Hospital.

Gently used books and cash donations for purchase of new books can be dropped off at the school office, 325 Manhattan Ave. The drive continues through Nov. 22.


TIME OF NEED – Born with a rare form of congenital scoliosis, Braxtyn Hunt will undergo extensive spinal surgery in Philadelphia when she turns 2 in November, then will be in a body cast for at least six months.

To help her parents, Jared and Ashley Hunt, offset expenses during her surgery and recovery, friends and family are holding a benefit from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in Town of Cuba Memorial Post 2721, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Route 305 North.

Deejay Fast Eddie will play all day until the Bo James Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Among the prizes in a large- item auction are NASCAR tickets.

There’s also a basket auction with a drawing at 5 p.m. Carlin’s Pizza Pit Stop will cater a beef on weck dinner for $10. For info or to donate, call Jennifer Pfouts at (585) 244-8656, Linda Luzier at (585) 307-6518 or Ashley Stocum at (585) 790-2739.


FILLING PEWS – Bringing a higher purpose to the concept for the flash mob, which takes unexpected crowds to unsuspecting places, is the Buffalo Mass Mob, which wants to bring attention and visitors to the city’s beautiful historic churches.

The first Buffalo Mass Mob stop will take place Saturday at the 5:15 p.m. Mass in St. Adalbert Basilica, 212 Stanislaus St., in the heart of East Buffalo’s Polonia neighborhood. For info, visit www.BuffaloMass


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Liam Dickinson, Erin Holstein, Leslie Foschio, Salvatore Scrivo, Freddie Cheek, Katelyn Zabawa, Julie Creenan, Pam Wigant, Carol Swiderski, Pat Kurzanski, William Group, Marie Donovan, Rachel Lea Knopf, Kenny Daigler and Daryl Meyer.


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