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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 13, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from Duke Ellington’s drummer, Sonny Greer, born on this date in 1895, “When you’re getting ready to lie, don’t smile.”

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STEPPING LIVELY – The McCarthy School of Irish Dance, led by Beth McCarthy and based on Grand Island, will be joined by musical guests, the Blarney Bunch, for “A Celtic Christmas” at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. For tickets, call 533-8266 or email mccarthycelticchristmas@gmail.com.
Doors will open at 1 p.m. for the Basket Raffle Extravaganza held by the McCarthy Parent Group in conjunction with the show. To donate an item or a gift card for the raffle, send them to Maura Rustowicz, 385 Tracey Lane, Grand Island, NY 14072. To arrange pickup of a donated item, call 867-4597.

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SAY CHEESE – Families can get free photos of their youngsters with Santa Claus in the children’s departments of all Bon-Ton stores from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Customers can take their own photos or have a picture taken by the store. There also will be free make-and-take craft activities such as do-it-yourself reindeer ears, greeting cards and coloring sheets.

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CHURCH NOTE – A program of Advent Lessons and Carols will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday in Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. The church choir, under direction of Patrick B. Barrett, will be featured in chant, anthems and carols with the congregation. All are welcome.

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DOWNSIDE UP – Explore Buffalo heads underground Sunday morning for a tour of the city’s most unlikely art galleries – the stations in the Metro Rail system. Each stop features works by a wide variety of artists. The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the University Station on the University at Buffalo South Campus on Main Street. Free parking is available nearby.
After it ends three hours later in downtown Buffalo, visitors can stay downtown for lunch or hop an outbound train back to UB. Cost is $15, $5 for students. Metro Rail fare must be purchased separately. For more info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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Monsignor Leo McCarthy, right, joins Boys Choir alumnus Willie Schoellkopf for a Christmas carol

TOGETHER AGAIN – The St. Teresa’s Boys Choir Alumni reunite with their choirmaster, Monsignor Leo McCarthy, for their 14th annual Holiday Get Together and Sing-Along at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub, 2134 Seneca St. It’s free and open to the public. Dinner reservations at the Blackthorn are available by calling 825-9327.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jameson Thomas Kelley-Torres, Susan B. Szczerbacki, Pat Lakeman, Mark Schroeder, Monique Pate, Erica Brecher, Theodore K. Johnson, Jim “Mouse” McNally, Catherine Schwandt, Mary Elizabeth Myers, Pat Panek, Diana Blewis, Terry Gruttadauria, Lisa Coburn McCarthy, Tom McGowan, Lucas Metz, Carol Page, Paul Hooley, Joseph P. Len, Donna Fahey, Brian Kamrowski, Lucy Mitchell, Patricia Figiel, Carol D’Alessandro, Barb Steves, Cathy Conway, Shawn Clancy and Sabrina Clancy.

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.

The online edition of Reporters’ Notebook frequently contains items that are trimmed from the print edition, or appear there in shorter form, due to space limitations.

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