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OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from Chinese philosopher Confucius, born on or about this date in 551 B.C., “Respect the young. How do you know that by the time they’ve reached your age, they won’t have achieved all you have and more?”


LICKIN’ GOOD – Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave., will offer Chiavetta’s chicken dinners from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Meals are $11 and include homemade corn bread, cole slaw and “Nina’s Famous” bean salad. Desserts and beverages also will be available.


BARGAIN HUNT – The Women’s Fellowship of Kenmore United Church of Christ will hold its Fall rummage sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, followed by a $1 bag sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, in the church hall, 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore.


SEEKING SPIRITS – A Victorian Seance Series debuts from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday in Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, and continues every Friday night through Nov. 4, with an additional program Oct. 22.

Sessions will begin with a talk about spiritualism, death in the 19th century and Victorian mourning culture by Joel Dombrowski of Buffalo History Tours. Then visitors will split into two groups for Victorian-style seances led by mediums. The larger one will follow the lecture in the museum’s ballroom. A more intimate one, limited to 10 participants, will take place in one of the museum buildings.

Tickets are $35 and $50. No refunds will be given after reservations are made. For info and reservations, call 689-1440 or visit and click on “Events.”


FILL THE FREEZER – The Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster, will hold a meat raffle Friday evening to benefit Alden’s Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $6 and include beer, wine and pop. Outside snacks are welcome. Children can attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call 937-7105.


EMBRACING OKTOBER – According to the researchers at WalletHub, Buffalo is America’s 15th-best city in which to celebrate Oktoberfest. Boosting our score is the average price of Oktoberfest events (12th), average beer price (7th) and the number of pretzel shops per capita (tied for first). The best places? Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, which rank very high on Oktoberfest traditions.

Celebrations start this weekend with the Shriners of Western New York, who host their 36th annual Oktoberfest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $6, which includes snacks and music by the Auslanders. German food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more info, call 674-8666.

Oktoberfest kicks into high gear with the fourth annual Black Rock Bavarian Blast, which begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Polish Cadets Hall, 927 Grant St. at Amherst Street, with a blessing and keg-tapping ceremony. A $5 donation includes free Oktoberfest and German beer tastings from 4 to 6 p.m. The kitchen starts serving German and Polish food at 4. Live music by the Buffalo Touch begins at 6. For more info, visit

The Auslanders perform again from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in an Oktoberfest sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. The evening will include German food, dancing, door prizes, a raffle and baskets. Tickets are $5 advance, $6 at the door. For tickets and more info, call Marilyn Peterson at 759-6454, Ext. 20.

The celebration continues from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 8 in Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars (the Chicken Coop), 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca, with German beer and food, snacks and four hours of German music by the Frankfurters. Tickets are $20. For more info and tickets, call Mike Yost at 713-5546 or email


FEELING FESTIVE – The fifth annual Fall Festival sponsored by the North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation & Parks in association with the Christian Academy of Western New York (CAWNY) will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school at 789 Gilmore Ave., North Tonawanda.

For children, the festival will have themed games and prize stations, an inflatable fun zone, face painting, a Ferris wheel, a giant slide, a hay maze and a pumpkin patch. In addition, Clair Talbot of Critter Crossing Creations will give a chainsaw carving demonstration.

For adults, there will be more than 30 crafters and vendors, a basket raffle, music, entertainment, food and beverages. The North Tonawanda Fire Department will provide demonstrations and information. There also will be a flu shot clinic and a food drive. Those who bring a nonperishable item for the North Tonawanda Interchurch Food Pantry will receive one free game ticket.

Admission is free. For more info, call 695-8520, Ext. 5510, or visit All proceeds benefit CAWNY programs and North Tonawanda youth activities and scholarships.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kelly Liesel Kaczor, Julia Oswald, Shelley Dumpert, Jim Lorentz, Bruce Wawrzyniak, Lorraine Fontana, Suzanne Tiranno, Florence Gerard, Jim Brady, Robert Maloney, Linda Gentz, Lydia Herren, Betty Hermann, Sally Schutt, Lori Vogt, Emersyn Schlegel, Rev. Bill Higgins, Diane Helinski, Chris Clancy, Jeff Faltyn, Neil Guido, Phyllis Panek, Morgan Farry, Deborah Castaldo and Jack Lempko.

AND THURSDAY – Jack Weibel , Bob Linn, Persis Vehar, Stephanie Miller, Michael Aschieri, Gabriella Sauer, Kim Desing, Patty Marinaccio, Beverly Dove-Hampton, Lauren Migliore, Mary Ann O’Leary, Dan Bartus, Kristen Bartus, Julianna Vadala, Richard Feistag, Mona Wales, Phyllis Potter, Eileen Ryan, Dawn Hawthorn, Joan Bellus, Albert Walton, Dottie Williams, Rosemary Bonare, Michael Lamastra, Thelma Sardina, Jason Leisten, Mary Macuga, Mark Jaczewski, Joe Barone and Jeannette Ludwig.


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