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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 29, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, born on this date in 1547, “In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.”

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HOME STRETCH – The final two performances of “The Homewood Theater Company Takes a Vacation,” a humorous look at traveling, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Williamsville Lehigh Valley Depot, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville.
It includes a new segment, “A Journey to California,” written in rhyming verse by Homewood’s Marty Bauer following a trip he and his wife, Mary Sue, took to the Golden State. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit restoration and upkeep of the depot.

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PROSIT! – German food, German beer and German music, courtesy of the Auslanders, will be featured as the Sisters of St. Joseph host an Oktoberfest from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $6. Proceeds support the ministries of the sisters and the food pantries at St. Aloysius Gonzaga and Clarence Presbyterian Church. For tickets and info, call 759-6454, ext. 200.

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AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Buffalo-born writer Mike Maccalupo, now based in Wilmington, N.C., returns home to sign copies of his latest book, “Death by Incarceration,” which traces a murderer’s search for God in prison, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. For more information, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org.

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Pumpkinville's Corn Maze

MONKEY BUSINESS – The children’s book character Curious George will pay a visit to Pumpkinville, 4830 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cartoon monkey, who is celebrating his 75th anniversary and starring in an upcoming movie, is included in this year’s design of Pumpkinville’s six-acre corn maze.
Admission and parking are free, but there are fees for several activities, including the corn maze. New features this year include Apple Blasters, which shoot apples at targets, and the Goat-El, where visitors can feed goats and other farm animals. For more info, call 699-2205 or visit pumpkinville.com.

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HIT THE STREETS – West Side Community Services will sponsor its second annual Come Home to the West Side 5K race, beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday from its headquarters at 161 Vermont St. A post-race celebration will follow. Registration is $25 advance, $30 on Sunday. For more info and to sign up, call 885-6616 or visit wscsbuffalo.org.

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SPEAKING OF PUMPKINS – They’ll see if they can set a world record at the annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off beginning at noon Sunday at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence.
Last year’s whopper, tipping the scales at 1,964.5 pounds, was grown by Karl Haist of Clarence Center, who won for the second straight year. Prize for the heaviest entry is $5,000, which will be doubled if it’s record breaker. World record is 2,624 pounds. Cash prizes also will be given for second through sixth place.
Admission is $7, with discounted tickets available at Wegmans. For more info, rules and a list of previous winners, visit greatpumpkinfarm.com.

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RECLAIMING HISTORY – The Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project will host a screening of the film, “Screaming Queens,” which documents a precursor to the landmark 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City – the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria riot in San Francisco by LGBTQ people of color protesting police brutality. It starts at 6 p.m. in Grindhaus Cafe, 160 Allen St.
A discussion on the impact of gentrication, race and class on queer places in Buffalo will follow. Panelists include Tinamarie and Denise Sweet, co-owners of Sweets Lounge and co-founders of the Black Intelligent Ladies Alliance; Reggie Griggs, founder of All About Us; Sherrill Cooper, former owner of MC Compton’s bar; Emily Terrana, a community organizer for PUSH; Bridge Rauch, co-founder of No Labels Clothing Cooperative; and Seth Girod from the Dreamland Collective.
A donation of $5 to $10 is suggested.

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OLD WAYS – A 19th century country fair, with animal displays, craft competitions and Victorian era entertainment will be the attractions Saturday and Sunday as Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford holds its annual Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair.
There will be demonstrations of horse-powered threshing and cider-pressing. A special horticultural tent will display heirloom fruits and vegetables. There also will be a Phrenology Tent, where the shapes of visitors heads will be interpreted, an old-style baseball tournament and a Women’s Rights March to celebrate the state’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Special event admission is $22, $19 for seniors 62 and over, free for those 18 and under. For more info, call (585) 294-8218 or visit gcv.org.

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DINNER BELL – NYS Citizens Against Puppy Mills will sponsor a chicken barbecue and basket raffle from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Elks Club, 33 Legion Drive, Lancaster. Dinners are $10. A vegan option is $9.

Help out the hurricane-stricken in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico when the Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., hosts a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 12:30 to 5 p.m .Sunday. Dinners are $12 adults, $7 children, take-out only. All proceeds will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ron Hoier, Michael Aschieri, Bob Linn, Jack Weibel, Persis Vehar, Stephanie Miller, Gabriella Sauer, Beverly Dove, Lauren Migliore, Jason Leister, Mary Maczuga, Dottie Williams, Jennifer Colvin, Dawn Hawthorn, Joan Bellus, Mona Wales, Phyllis Potter, Eileen Ryan, Julianna Vadala, Richard Feistag, Albert Walton, Michael LaMastra, Kim Rishel, Louis Guadagna, Dan Bartus, Kristen Bartus, Thelma Sardina, Robert John Roman III, Sean Broderick, Madison Fortyniak and Jack Lempko.

AND SATURDAY – Jacob Patrick Concannon, David Derrico, Robby Takac, Neil R. Sherwood, Don Tomasulo, Bethany Burrows, Michael Amodeo, Jock Mitchell, Christopher Standart, Walter Brown, Christina Crowley, Alexis Moran, Diane Grossman, Stacy Troy, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Dave Kocialski, Kathy Fendya, Lisa Russo, Laura Lee Morgan, Jonathan Gregory, Elizabeth Charles, Nancy Vester, Sarah Pawlak, Karen Murphy Sutton, Nancy Wilcox, Dr. Steve Herman, Emery Scott and Edward Jozwiak.

AND SUNDAY – Jackie Butler, Tony Billoni, Owen Roll, Sister Mary Jolene Jasinski, Sister Paula Marie Skalski, Tom Moran, Dan Connelly, Renee Covington, Annie Nell Smith, Tyler Radwan, Stefanie Simonetta, Jack Suto, Phyllis Steinberg, Kristen Prabucki, Eileen Batt, Jerry Costanzo, Courtney Baldwin, Mary Mulqueen, Tyler Radwan, Stefanie Gasbarre Simonetta, Kayla Liszewski, Mary Hetzendorfer, Sharon Hottum and Rev. Dr. Richard Diekmann.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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