OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant, born in Jamestown on this date in 1963, “These are days you’ll remember/ Never before and never since, I promise/ Will the whole world be warm as this/ And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true/ That you are blessed and lucky.”
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BIG DIG – Peter Filim, a founding member of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County and an instructor for docents in Buffalo, will give a talk on “The Erie Canal, Buffalo Harbor and Men That Made It Happen” at 6 p.m. tonight in the Black Rock Historical Society museum, 1902 Niagara St. Among those men were Samuel Wilkinson, Charles Townsend and Oliver Forward, all of whom rest in Forest Lawn. It’s free and open to the public.
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CHURCH NOTES – Folsomdale Baptist Church, 1366 Folsomdale Road, Cowlesville, will observe its 150th anniversary with a series of events this weekend. The public is welcome to attend.
A worship service at 11 a.m. Saturday, featuring former pastor Rev. Michael Vauters, will be followed by a pig roast and outdoor games. The 11 a.m. Sunday worship service, with guest speaker Rev. Fred Seiferth Jr., will be followed by a catered dinner. A musical service, “Folsomdale’s Got Talent,” takes place at 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, historic Corpus Christi Church, at Clark and Kent streets near Buffalo’s Broadway Market, will begin celebrating the 110th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone with a Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday in Polish and English, followed by a program in the Sears Street Center.
The afternoon will include a presentation on the installation of the cornerstone in 1907, followed by a short film, the introduction of the oldest parishioner and a golabki and pork chop dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $30 at the door, $45 per couple, $12 for children under 12. For more info, call 541-5391 or 833-6717 or visit corpuschristibuffalo.org.
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CATS AND DOGS – Ten Lives Club cat adoption agency will host a BW’s Halloween fish fry beginning at 4 p.m. Friday in Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Dinners are $13. There also will be a cash bar, vendors and crafts, theme baskets, gifts for those coming in costume, and black and orange cats looking for new homes. For more info, visit tenlivesclub.com.
Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue, a dog adoption service, will hold its fourth annual fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Knights of Columbus Hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, and include food, beer and wine. There also will be theme baskets and raffles. For info and tickets, call 604-7717.
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HERE’S THE BEEF – The Shriners of Western New York will hold their Fall Meat Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, pop and sandwiches. A special $10 big ticket raffle will offer a chance to win a check freezer with a $200 gift card, a propane gas grill and a flat screen TV. Big ticket entries must be purchased in advance at the Shrine Center. For more info, call 674-8666.
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SHOPPING TIP – More than 50 home party presenters and small businesses offering items ranging from gourmet foods to jewelry to hand-painted items will take part in a Craft and Vendor Fair sponsored by the Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster Foundation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. For more info, visit zontacheektowaga-lancaster.org.
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SHIFTING GEARS – The format will change at the Buffalo Civil War Round Table meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Gateway Building, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Instead of giving a talk, guest speaker Chris Mackowski, a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University, will lead an open discussion on the current controversy over Confederate flags and monuments.
“This has been a matter on my mind all year,” Round Table president Carl Modica writes, “and I feel it is high time for the Round Table to devote an evening to this.”
Mackowski, who’s historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia, also will offer some observations from his recent trips through the South. The $5 admission fee will be waived for those who become Round Table members.
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ARTFUL VETS – Nearly 120 veterans from around the nation, including Army veteran David Krieger of Amherst, are taking part in the 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, hosted by the VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo this week.
There will be a public exhibition of the winning artwork and a chance to meet the winners from noon to 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. A gala variety show follows at 2 p.m. The festival is presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary. For complimentary tickets, call 862-6814.
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LACE UP – Speaking of veterans, a Mission 22 5K event, which will support treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries and other issues, will be held Saturday morning at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway. It’s sponsored by the D’Youville Student Veteran Association.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 8:30. Heats for runs and run/walks will start at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Fee is $25. For more info, visit the Student Veteran Association page on Facebook.
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PRAY FOR SUN – According to the National Weather Service, there’s 50-50 chance that the First PUPkin Fest & Dog Costume Party from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Richardson Olmsted Campus could get rained out. If it doesn’t, there will be an outdoor pet parade and dog costume contest with prizes for scariest, most adorable and most creative.
Free healthy snacks will be available for kids and gourmet treats for the four-legged participants. For more info and updates, visit richardson-olmsted.com.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cheryl Rae, Ellen Ryan, Charles Banta, Anna Klapakis, Paul Tokasz, Ron Montesano, Christal Guthrie, Tricia Barrett, Melissa Hiscock, Arlene Brown, Gil Chorbajian, Kevin Panek, Sister Mary Lucette Kinecki, Jesse Lark, Patricia Merrell, Beth Bielmann, Stephen Yonaty, James Prabucki, Judith Garvey Bondanza, Barb Biddle, Jennifer Carducci, Thomas C. Matecki, Christopher Alessi, Rachel Cala, Eric Wilson, Tom Quinn and Aaron Jantzi.
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