OLAF FUB SEZ: A confession from frontiersman and explorer Daniel Boone, born on this date in 1713, “I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.”
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GIFTS GALORE – The Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market, which returns Thursday to Sunday at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, is so big that it again offers complimentary return tickets so visitors have extra chances to take in more than 400 artisans in five buildings.
“We have always felt our patrons needed more than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” says Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the market. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like at no additional cost.”
Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A variety of food trucks will be on hand and a craft beverage spot, The Tavern, is being introduced. Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance tickets are still available for $8 today at locations listed on the organizers’ website at wnypremierpromotions.com.
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AND MORE – Much smaller is the 40th annual Clarence Arts and Crafts Society’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Clarence Town Park Club House, 10405 Main St. Up to 50 artisans will offer unique handmade items. Parking is free and so is admission.
A special feature will be the Clarence High School Boys A Cappella Chorus, which will perform traditional and holiday songs from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more info, visit the Clarence Arts and Crafts page on Facebook.
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HONORING VETS – A Veterans Day Parade, honoring those who served, will march along Delaware Avenue from Virginia Street to Buffalo City Hall beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. A party will follow at Troop I Post 665, American Legion, 432 Franklin St. To participate, call John Kasmer at 634-1128 or email Kasmer03@aol.com. For general info, call 862-8753.
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MONUMENTAL – A new book, “J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice,” will be launched from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville.
Author Char Szabo-Perricelli, who took more than 400 photos that are included in the book, will be on hand to sign copies and talk about the hospital in Perrysburg, opened in 1912 to treat tuberculosis patients and then abandoned since 1995. Admission is free. For more info and to register for the presentation, call 629-3626.
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PURPOSEFUL PASTA – Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, will host a spaghetti dinner to support clean water wells in Uganda from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and include homemade sauce and meatballs, salad and garlic bread.
The dinner will raise funds to meet a matching grant of up to $5,000 offered by an anonymous donor. Proceeds will benefit Soul Fishing Ministries, which is providing safe drinking water to rural communities in Uganda. For more info, call 839-2460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds from a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St., South Buffalo, will help purchase and train a mobility dog for Sarah Husted, 33, whose multiple sclerosis has worsened to the point where she needs the dog to help her walk.
Dinners are $8 for adults, $3 for kids 4 to 12, for all-you-can-eat spaghetti, meatballs, salad, beverage and dessert. For tickets and info, call the church at 822-0553 or visit its Facebook page.
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BARGAIN HUNT – Riverside Presbyterian Church, 815 84th St., Niagara Falls, will hold its annual Snowflake Bazaar and basket auction, featuring attic treasures, handcrafts, used books and jewelry, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Lunch with homemade soup and pie will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. A spaghetti dinner to benefit the church youth group will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
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DOUBLE MEAT – Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday for the Cleveland Heights Christian Church Meat Raffle in the Lancaster Moose Club, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster. Drawings start at 6. Tickets are $6. Outside snacks are allowed, but not outside alcoholic beverages. Door prizes include a 7-cubic-foot freezer and a turkey fryer, including a turkey. To reserve a table for $10, call or text 783-1209.
At the same time Friday evening, Blessed Mother Teresa Parish will hold its 13th annual Holiday Meat Raffle in St. James Church Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Doors open at 6 p.m., with drawings at 7. Admission is $7 and includes a hot roast beef or turkey sandwich, beer, pop and snacks. A $2 discount will be given to those who donate a grocery bag of nonperishable food.
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NIGHT SHIFT – The annual Polish Night at the Knights on Saturday will feature two bands – the Honky Express from Cleveland and Special Delivery from Buffalo – in Father Justin Council Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. There also will be a performance by the Harmony Polish Dance Ensemble from Buffalo.
Admission is $15 advance, $17 at the door, and includes a homemade Polish sausage sandwich from 6 to 9 p.m. Music will play from 7 p.m. to midnight. For info and tickets, call 668-1714 or 683-3635.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lauran Sullivan, Kathy Pollock, Thom Burnett, Tom Stahl, Marlene Roll, Lucie Desautels, Rasheed Wyatt, Lynn Nyitrai, James Halt, Bradley Harper, Peyton Zakrzewski Sheldon, Diana Maskell, Florence Sodus, Joan Guarino, Karli Gray, Michael “Moose” Higgins, Jack Bailey and Derek Kania.
AND THURSDAY – Kim Taylor, Adrienne Tworek-Gryta, Gretchen Grobe, John Hochadel, Stephen Turkovich, Steve Vesey, Mary Jo Magiera, William Arber Jr., Chip Schnurstein, Stephanie Kennedy and William Joseph Klopp.