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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author Mary Hunter Austin, born on this date in 1868, “People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.”

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BACK IN THE SADDLE – Olaf Jr. (Dale Anderson), proprietor of this column since 2007, thanks Olaf III (Joe Popiolkowski), Olafina (Michelle Kearns) and the city desk staff for keeping things humming during his extended sick leave this summer. It’s good to be back.

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CENTURY MARK – Brunner’s Tavern, 3989 Main St., Eggertsville, will celebrate its 100th anniversary starting at noon Saturday, featuring a free buffet, guest bartenders and live music. For bar historians, Brunners has had only two owners. Currently, Richie Brinkworth, a retired Buffalo firefighter, owns the venerable watering hole, but it has been in his family the past 53 years. Before them, it was, of course, owned by the Brunner family. The Brinkworths are hoping for a big turnout.

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LIVELY TRADITIONS – St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., north of Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, will host its annual Ukrainian Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, with colorful ethnic dancers, traditional folk music and delicious Ukrainian food and beverages. Admission, parking and performances are free.

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GENEROSITY PAYS – Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St., in South Buffalo, is holding a collection of school supplies and hot dog lunch to benefit Hillery Park Academy and Lorraine Academy. Needed are three-ring binders, folders with fasteners, notebooks of all sizes, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, 8-by-11 paper, tissues and cleaning wipes. Cash donations also will be welcome. Those who donate will get a free hot dog lunch. For info, call 822-0553 or 822-3267.

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WARM THOUGHT – Proceeds will go to the Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY as the Williamsville Arts and Culture Committee holds a Knit-a-Thon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 18 Spring St., Williamsville. Minimum donation is $20 at the door.

Knitters can create squares or help join them together into blankets for military hospitals. A limited amount of yarn will be available, so knitters are invited to bring some of their own. Instructors will be on hand to help new knitters. Refreshments will be served. Chances to win door prizes increase the longer you knit. Reservations are recommended. Email knitwmsvl@gmail.com.

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WHISTLE STOP – Locomotives will return to Buffalo’s historic Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, for the 2015 Central Terminal Toy Train and Railroadiana Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Among the attractions will be operating model train layouts, displays highlighting Buffalo’s railroad history, train test tracks and a children’s play area. Vendors from throughout the Northeast will be on hand with trains for all gauges and vintages, as well as railroad antiques, DVDs, books and other collectibles. Tickets are $5 for adults with free admission for children under 12.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kendra Eaglin, Megan Moretta, Monsignor James Campbell, Dan Mankowski, Kirk McKenna, Emily Lickfeld, Cheryl Caulder, Karen Louth, Alyssa Jordan, Erica Guy, Jill Kelly, Ian Wasielewski, Brandon Castaldo, Jack McKenna, Diane Rogowski, Sharon Krug, Frank Stock, Anthony Venditti, Gary Ziolkowski and Jan Schworm.

AND THURSDAY – Sue Farry, Carolyn Thompson Ferreira, Rob Lederman, Nan Hoffman, Susan McGowan, Dr. Brian Block, Tim Baldwin, Patrick Brady, Waylon Hassett, Paul Palisano, Marie Tipton, Stanley Szymuk, Dom Telesco, Sharon Roy, Dan Dizdziel, Sister Dolores Ryan, Christine Fecio, Frank Kraus, Jean Campany, Donald Link, Jim Evans, Daniel Gruber and Patrick Wahl.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com