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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, born on this date in 1920, “Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being?”


BARGAINS GALORE – Living Water Fellowship, 680 Maple Road, East Aurora, is holding a Yard Sale Spectacular from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday. In addition to the sale items, there will be a bake sale today with homemade pies, cookies and bread. Saturday will feature coffee and doughnuts in the morning and a hot dog roast at lunchtime. For info, call Linda Ellis at 652-0340.


GET HAPPY – Downtown Buffalo’s newest happy hour venue is Canalside on the waterfront, which began this week. Appetizer and drink specials are being offered on the patio outside the Clinton’s Dish food stand from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Sept. 26, except for Sept. 5 and Sept. 11.

This being Friday, there are 75-cent chicken wings, $2 Labatt Blue and Blue Light and $3 craft beers and wine, along with other food and drink specials, all of which also are offered on Thursday. Friday’s bonus is a series of drawings from a large bowl that holds tickets for various giveaways.

Barefoot Wine Wednesdays feature $4 wine specials, plus a ticket for $10 that includes a choice of three samples or one full glass of Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. There also is a farm table, with an assortment of fruit, veggies, dips and cheeses.


DINNER BELL – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, will host a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10, takeout only, but seating will be available on the lawn and in the parish hall. Baked goods and beverages will be available for an additional charge. For info, call 668-2152.


TONS OF FUN – Music, food and classic vehicles will be some of the attractions at the free Family Fun Day from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

There’s no entry fee or judging for the classic cars and motorcycles, which should arrive at about 1:30. Local Christian bands will perform, and free food and soft drinks will be offered from 2 to 4.

Also featured will be a bounce house, a petting farm and face-painting for kids, a clergy dunk tank, Car Connection radio host Nile Jenkins, a display by Nickel City Reptiles from 3 to 4 and a worship service at 4:30. For info, call 831-1777, Ext. 15, or visit


HELP WANTED – The Erie County Department of Senior Services RSVP program is look for volunteers age 55 and older to help out in classrooms at six Buffalo schools – Southside, Discovery, West Hertel Academy, Waterfront, Charles Drew Magnet and School 81.

Volunteers will provide one-on-one tutoring to students in the classroom to help them get better grades, higher test scores and more self-confidence. RSVP is working on this project with Closing the Gap, a program of Catholic Charities, and Say Yes. For info, call Erie County RSVP at 858-7548.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Pat Cullen Shanks, Amy Kuminski, Carol Halt, Larry Nowicki, Mark Becker, Amy Becker, Becky Locke, Ina Locke, Pauline Cipolla, Gary Schlottman, Rose Paliwoda, Norbert D. Orlowski, Stephanie Nizinkiewicz, Sean Morrissey, Aaron Brown, Gary Bosworth, Dorinne Toole and Lisa Fullone.

SATURDAY – Rose Marie Esposito Kelley, Bruce Derthick, Jim Neaf, Anne McCaffrey, Danielle A. Peoples, Jessie Dresch, Rocco Lucente, Cathy Ciambella, Sheila Mitchell, Ida Mruk, Jackie Baldwin, Pat Manchester, Sister Mary Martinelle Niemiec, Melissa Rathke, Ethan Blair, Susannah Gray, Janice Rogacki, Mary Ann Andrzejewski, Haylee Marie Quattro, Anthony Scheeda, Cher Toepfer, Vinny Raven, Richard Dennis Spinner, Tony Woyshner, Kerrick Woyshner, Christian Correa, Ariel Haidvogel and Deborah Harzynski.

AND SUNDAY – Harold Beil, Adam Simonson, Tim Safe, Carl Paladino, Robert Traynor Coles, Kevin Kolb, Toni Cudney, Anthony DiPasquale, Nancy Kelly, Nancy Schroeder, Bob Murowski, Steve Gartz, Dennis Panek, Melvin Zielinski, Cailynn Jaehn, Helen Easton, Donna Vogt, Corky Forney, Maryann Fancher, Nicholas Hageman, Anthony DiPasquale and Caitlin Meegan.


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