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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston, born on this date in 1956, “What’s interesting is a man with no facial hair is less intimidating than a man with facial hair, and a man who is bald is more intimidating than a man with hair.”


ST. PATTY’S PREVIEW – The Valley Community Association will gear up for its 21st annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Valley and Old First Ward on March 15 with its fundraiser party from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., near South Park Avenue and Elk Street.

Admission is $20 and includes draft beer and pop. Canned beer and wine will be for sale. Entertainment will be provided by the South Buffalo Irish band Crikwater, which has just released its first album. The association also will announce its parade marshal and memorial dedications.


MS. GOODWRENCH – WNY Autocare will celebrate National Women’s Day on Saturday by teaching women the basics of car care so they can better communicate with their mechanics.

The free demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eastern Hills Mall will include how to check tire pressures and easy ways to check cars for problems. They also will be giving out free inspections, and there will be contests and prizes.


CATS AND DOGS – The Wyoming County SPCA No Kill Shelter is holding a fundraiser from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday in My Saloon, 1928 Broadway Road, Darien Center. There will be music, drink specials and a chance auction, the proceeds from which will help the SPCA care for its animals.


HEAVENLY SOUNDS – Members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will join with the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir for a special Masterworks Worship Service at 11 a.m. Sunday in the church at 724 Delaware Ave. For the past four years during Lent, the church has been offering a special classical music service in place of its regular worship. People of all faiths are welcome.


WINNING COMBINATIONS – Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., City of Tonawanda, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue and basket auction from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door or $9 presale by calling 694-8944 or 692-4126. Basket drawings will be at 7, and you need not be present to win.

A spaghetti dinner and basket auction to benefit Our Lady of Black Rock School will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Bingo Hall at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St. Tickets are $7 for the dinner, $10 for the dinner and auction. Additional auction tickets will be available.


POLISH TREATS – A Lenten homemade pierogi and placek sale begins this weekend in St. John Kanty Church, 101 Swinburne St. Farmers cheese and sauerkraut with mushroom pierogi and placek baked on Fridays will be available from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sundays through Palm Sunday, April 13.


LENTEN CATCHES – Harris Hill United Methodist Church, 8495 Main St., Clarence, hosts a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today. Dinner is $10 and includes a fish fry or chicken tenders, two sides, dinner roll and a beverage. For info, call 632-4688.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 115 O’Connell St. in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, offers fish fry dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Dinner are $10. For info, call 852-2671.

St. Simon’s Church, 200 Cazenovia St. in South Buffalo, begins a weekly Lenten fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $9 adults, $5 kids under 12. Desserts are $1. For info, call 822-1901.

Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Company, 9483 Lake Shore Road, Angola, kicks off its 36th annual Lenten fish fry from 3 to 7 p.m. today. In addition to haddock, chicken tenders are available. A full bar also will be serving. For info and takeouts, call 549-6054.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Madonna Council, Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, starts its series of Lenten fish fries from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $8.95 for fish, coleslaw, bread and butter, and a choice of two sides. Homemade desserts are available for an extra charge. For info, call 693-5470.

Father Nelson Baker Council, Knights of Columbus, 2838 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, holds a Lenten fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. today. In addition to beer-battered, breaded or broiled fish, scallops, shrimp, roast beef and a children’s menu are available. Fish dinners are $11.95 and $12.95.

Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga, holds a fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Fish dinners are $10.75 beer-battered or breaded, $11.95 broiled. There’s also a weekly Lenten special. A Little Bit of Country featuring Gregg Sansone entertains from 7 to 10 p.m. For info, call 683-3635.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Parmalier Murphy, Al Vaughters Sr., Mary Joyce King, Bree Scagnelli, Carol Bogenrieder, Rita Martina, Pat Perry, Carolyn Durni, Kristen Winiewicz, Matthew Hurley, Siobhan Campbell Gould, Cian Campbell Gould, Nancy McNiff, Ginger Anthony McGrew, Todd Jaworski and Dolette Griffin.

SATURDAY – Maureen Conway Balko, Ruth Wurster, Bob Kirkham, Brian Pennoch, Derek and Kevin Enser, Seamus Halt, Jennifer Becker, Barb Cook, Andrew Canady, Jennifer Kobos, Jeanine B. Miller, Zachary Smith, Eric Weigand, Jeff Baker, Chad Mann, Bill Schmid Jr. and Don Bartus.

AND SUNDAY – Art Morth, Myra Razik, Rocco Termini, Earline Panek, Emily Haggerty, Dawn Safe, Judie Hawryluk, Marle Bieler Malota, Florence Rabent, Evelyn Roycroft, Gerry Sacca, Shari Rader and Dorothy Dolan.


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