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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author Charles Dickens, born on this date in 1812, “Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.”


DOUBLEHEADER – There’s an added attraction today at Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga.

A Soup and Sweet Sale begins at 3 p.m., featuring homemade chicken noodle, beef noodle, czarnina (duck soup) and more, as well as coffee cake, pastry hearts, strudel and other delights.

The weekly Friday Fish Fry begins at 4 p.m. and continues until 8. Fish dinners are $10.75 beer-battered or breaded, $11.95 broiled. If you’re really hungry, there’s a seafood platter for $14. The special is liver and onions for $10.95. For info, call 683-3635.


CATCH OF THE DAY – The Ladies Auxiliary of Madonna Council, Knights of Columbus, 756 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, serves its once-a-month Fabulous Friday Fish Fry this evening from 4 to 7. Cost is $8.95 for fish with coleslaw, bread and butter, and choice of two sides.

There’s also a shrimp or scallops dinner for $9.25 and a seafood platter for $9.75. For an extra charge, there’s a selection of homemade desserts. Takeouts are available by calling 693-5470.


FEEL BETTER – A wealth of health-related information and services will be offered at the Community Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive near Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Admission is free.

In addition to blood pressure checks and body mass index calculations, there will be medication counseling, chiropractic care, massage therapy, doctors and other service providers to answer questions and informational displays from the University at Buffalo Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry.

Affordable Care Act Navigators also will be available to provide guidance on health insurance plans. Plus there will be an American Red Cross blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For info or to make a blood donor appointment, call the church office at 836-4868.


WARM THOUGHTS – The Giving Hearts of Hope, a Kenmore-based group that helps the less-fortunate, is sponsoring a Toasty Toes for Tots Shoe and Sock Drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore.

The afternoon will include plenty of activities, crafts and games for youngsters. Donation is $10 per child, $30 max per family. Adults can come for free.

What’s needed are new or gently used children’s shoes, boots and slippers as well as new socks of all sizes from infant to teens. Donations of adult footware also are appreciated. For donation inquiries, call Erin Griffin at 877-4980 or Joelle Terrose Jefferys at 444-2325.


ANIMAL MAGNETISM – If your sweetie loves animals, but is allergic to them, you can still score points on Valentine’s Day by adopting a critter you won’t have to bring home.

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora is offering adoptions for more than 80 of its resident animals, including Canyon, a golden eagle; Laguna, an ocelot; and Alfalfa, a porcupine that’s described as “lovable but not huggable.”

Information on the animals and adoption levels can be found by visiting

A bonus at most levels is special Animal Adoption Totes, which include a fact sheet about the animal, a bio, a photo, a certificate and a plush animal toy.


HOT, HOT, HOT – The Parkside Community Association holds its fourth annual Chili Cook-off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Jewett Hall of Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

A “People’s Choice” award will be determined by votes from those attending, while firefighters from Engine 34/Ladder 7 will decide on a grand champion. For info, visit


WEEKEND MENU – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. near Union Road, West Seneca, will hold a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under.

A limited number of Mark’s homemade meatballs also will be available for $1 each while they last. Proceeds support the monthly St. John’s community dinner.

St. John’s Lutheran School, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, hosts a family-style turkey dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 10.

For info and reservations, call Doreen Sutherland at 692-3919.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mark Skipper, Gene Warner, Louis Bryon Morrow, Shirley Edmonds, Chloe McCabe, Matt Hupp, Kevin Rockwood, Jeffrey Bosworth, Kayla Rose Bosworth, I.J. Sawyer, Shirley A. Sawyer, Josie Michaels, Carole Rotando, Elaine Tierney, Tony Gunia, Alan Bell, Gianna Migliaccio, Chris Klejdys, Nick Weinholtz, Lt. Nicholas Schwob, John Vella, John Pennella, Casey Dudek and George Czumaj.

SATURDAY – Ruth Kahn Stovroff, Dr. Janet Sung, Rod Watson, Elmer Ploetz, Robert Emmet Sweeney, Carolyn Safe, Kelly Moran, Norma Patterson, Barb Richards, Brian Louns-bury, Brian Hayden, Terry Ryszka, Karin Dabrowski Vacanti, Christine Kotowski, Mike Morris, Skyler General, Jaxon Huller, Sara Weigand, Emma Buzzelli and Karen Schwob.

AND SUNDAY – Bruce Moser, Pat Yagle, Melanie Luongo, Mary Monaco, Diane Morano, Tyler Silverblatt, Marge Riso, Mavis Goldsmith, Joseph Klys, Jeannie Wright LeBarron, Nicholas Roman, Margaret Bukkosy, Cheryl Marsowicz Martinez, Stuart Foster, Mary Ann Gullo, Reggie Gostomski, Greg Louth, Ken Zielinski and Jean LeBarron.


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