OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright Moss Hart, born on this date in 1904, “All the mistakes I ever made were when I wanted to say ‘No’ and said ‘Yes.’ ”
Cool October mornings
Still October nights
Harvest moon paints the sky
Golden orange lights.
Leaves are crackling loudly
Shoes are damp with dew
Night brings goblins proudly
Trick or treating too.
Apples crimson crunchy
Juices dripping free
Corn is popping, caramel topping
Just for you and me.
Every season has its reason
To make the senses reel
To see and hear and taste
Inhale each fragrance, feel.
But these October mornings
I heartily applaud
They promise pleasures, Autumn’s best
And blessed by man and God.
– Diana Notaro
GIFT IDEAS – The Sewing Group at Kenmore Mercy Hospital will hold its annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the hospital atrium.
A wide variety of items handmade by members of the group will be available, including knitted and crocheted goods, aprons, afghans, shawls and decorator items such as pillows.
AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Buffalo-born screenwriter Mike Roberts, who now lives and works in Los Angeles, will read from his debut novel, “Cannibals in Love,” at 7 p.m. Monday in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Roberts will autograph books purchased at the store.
Decorated Vietnam War veteran Stephen Banko III will read from his novel about the war and sign copies from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Brick Oven Bistro, 904 Abbott Road.
Poet and editor Mark Pawlak, who grew up on Buffalo’s East Side, will read from his recent poetry collection, “Reconnaissance,” and talk about his long career with some local small-press publishers at 7 p.m. Thursday in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. For more info, call 837-8554 or visit tleavesbooks.com.
LUNCHEON DATE – This Monday is the deadline for reservations for the Gift Central Event, a luncheon program hosted by Northtowns Christian Women’s Connection at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Classics V Banquet and Conference Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.
In addition to a full-course buffet, there will be a chance to shop for new and nearly new jewelry, clothing, shoes, purses, books, music and more. There also will be an inspirational presentation by Leah Bell, who will talk about her victory over life’s challenges. Cost is $20. For reservations, call 775-5259 or 836-4525.
SCIENTIFIC METHODS – A panel discussion co-sponsored by the WNY STEM Hub will be featured in this week’s installment of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The program, part of the “Imagine Greater Buffalo 2025” series, begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on “What Scientists Know and How They Know It.”
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.
HOW SWEET IT IS – More than two dozen independent home party consultants and local small businesses will be on hand as the Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster Foundation holds its fifth annual “Shopping and Sweets Nite” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga.
Products will include chocolate, skin care items, gourmet foods, hand-painted ornaments, scarves, handbags and Tupperware. Admission is $5 and includes homemade sweets, coffee and a sheet of basket raffle tickets. Each of the consultants and businesses has contributed a basket to the raffle. For more info, call 445-5441 or visit http://zontacheektowaga-lancaster.org.
NEEDLES AND PINS – A lecture and demonstration project will be featured as the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville. People of all skill levels are welcome. For more info, visit buffaloasg.weebly.com or email Susan Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EERIE EXTRA – Everyone attending this season’s final Medina Paranormal Walk Wednesday evening will have a chance to win two seats to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert Feb. 10 in Buffalo’s KeyBank Center, formerly First Niagara Center. The walk will meet at 7 p.m. at Maggie Moos Ice Cream, 114 E. Center St., Medina.
Tickets are $10 and include Halloween candy and free passes to Monster Mini Golf. For more info, visit paranormalwalks.com.
DRAMA QUEENS – Community projects will benefit as the Rotary Club of Buffalo and O’Connell & Company present a performance of “Gentlemen Prefer Divas” Wednesday evening in the refurbished North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave. The cast will include Buffalo Rotarians John Bradley, Joyce DeLong, Paul Marzello, Mary Ellen Puleri, Hank Sokol and Therese Vita.
VIP tickets are $45 and include a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with beer, wine, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and special reserved seating. General admission tickets are $25 for the show only, with doors opening at 6:30. For tickets, visit buffalorotaryevents.com.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sharon Gleason, Carol Feind, Nancy Nathan, Porsha “Ari” Coaxum, Mike Beato, Doris O’Connor, Rich Holstein, Mary Kay Fay, Shelby English, Margaret C. Caldwell, Danny James Robinson, Tyler TinHan, Jeremy Robinson, Tom Smith, Michael Atallah, MaryJoe Noia, Donna Marie Golden, Donna Keem, Al Comstock and Liza Stoddard Smith.