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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to eminent composer Johann Sebastian Bach, born on this date in 1685, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”


MOVING UP – Making his debut tonight on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at 11:30 p.m. on Channel 2 is “The Animal Guy,” Buffalo native Jeff Musial, owner of Nickel City Reptiles. Musial and Fallon are no strangers, however. Musial appeared in Fallon’s “Late Night” show more than 30 times.


ROCK FEST – Add some sparkle to your weekend at the Buffalo Geological Society’s 46th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show in the Grange Market Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

The show, whose theme is “Lapidary: The Magic of Cut Stones,” is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Scouts in uniform and children under 12 are admitted free. For more info, visit


HIGH TECH – A demonstration of “Digital Capture and Printing of Art” will be featured at the meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue.

Eric DeLac, owner of the UPS Store in Amherst, will show how it’s done, and those attending are invited to bring examples of their art for imaging. Admission is free. Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


PAGE TURNERS – A large number of children’s books will be offered as St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3951 Seneca St., West Seneca, holds its annual book and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


LENTEN FRIDAY FISH FRIES – Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Company, 9483 Lake Shore Road, Angola, 3 to 7 p.m. Also chicken tenders, desserts from Girl Scouts and a full bar.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 115 O’Connell Ave., 4 to 7 p.m. $10. Call 852-2671.

Madonna Council, Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, 4 to 7 p.m. $8.95 fish, $9.75 seafood platter.

Cambria Volunteer Fire Company, 4631 Cambria-Wilson Road, Lockport, 4 to 7 p.m. Senior early bird special, 4 to 5 p.m. $9.75. Also chicken, shrimp and fish sandwiches.

St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St., 4 to 7 p.m. $9 adults, $5 under 12.

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, 4 to 7 p.m. Also shrimp baskets.

Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, 4 to 8 p.m. $10.75. Also seafood platters and specials.

Father Nelson Baker Council, Knights of Columbus, 2838 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, 4 to 8 p.m. $11.95. Also scallops, shrimp, roast beef and specials.


OTHER EATS – The Amherst Lions Club sponsors its annual pancake breakfast and community health fair Saturday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Snyder. Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. is $6 for adults, $3.50 for kids under 12, and includes sausage, applesauce, fresh fruit and beverages. The community health fair takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. in the church basement, where screening will be available for diabetes, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, eyesight and dental health.

The Erie County Council Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars holds its first Soup-a-Thon and basket raffle from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, VFW, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Cost is $5 for all you can eat.

The Sanborn Fire Company Band will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue dinner and basket raffle at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. (Route 429). Dinners are $9.75. Basket drawing begins at about 1:30 p.m.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the North Amherst Fire Company holds its sixth annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the fire hall facility at Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell Boulevard, Amherst. Dinners, which include salad, beverage, dessert and homemade sauce by Stephen and Krisi DiPasquale, are $7.50 adults, $4 kids 4 to age 12. Beer and wine will be available.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Shea Post, Liz Kolken, Ellene Phufas, Erin E. Cole, Collin Schaller, Richie Wilczak, Rev. Dr. Ralph Anderson, Pat Regan, Rich Pokorny Sr., Carol Phillips, Bob Yeates, Lisa Wolin, Mark C. Widzinski and Pat Toepher.

SATURDAY – Wolf Blitzer, Nancy Panek, Katie Ratchuk, Sister Mary Francelette Smigielski, Diane Payne, Bob Halt, Marney Miller, Megan Toohey, Janice Filipowicz, Brayden Logel, Michelle Roesler, Thomas Vogt, Kimberly Gullo, Tom Dombrowski, Sue Gortzich, Debbera M. Ransom and Kaela Zakrzewski.

AND SUNDAY – Diane Smith, Jack Trachtenberg, Bob Kaprove, Arthur Eve, Margot Shoemaker, Gertrude Holmes, Jeanette Rhone, Nick Carone, Mia McCabe, Jerry Gorman, Pat Nowak, Tyler Likos, Joe Dabrowski, Joe Tutuska, Don Jaehn, Lee Ann Wierzba, Mercedes Koehler, Linda Morrisette, Arlene Kranz, Samantha Koeppel, Brian Stuff, Steve Black, Jackie Lawrie, Nancy Harper, Jim Ranney, Daniel Carocci III and George Palmer.


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