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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British writer Hesketh Pearson, born on this date in 1887, "When people are old enough to know better, they are old enough to do worse."

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A BIG ONE -- Another try to set the record for the world's largest fish fry will be made today by the Kiwanis Club of East Aurora. From 3 to 7 p.m., in East Aurora Senior High School on Center Street, the Kiwanians hope to break into the Guinness Book of World Records by serving thousands of fish fry dinners. Tickets are $9. Takeouts only. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and, naturally, FISH of East Aurora.

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BOOKS AND MORE -- Sunday is the first installment of the annual Used Book/Media Sale by the Women's Society of Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale, which features fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children, as well as CDs, DVDs, audiotapes and videotapes, continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1.

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BON TEMPS ROULEZ -- Mardi Gras comes early this year to the Seneca-Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St. The community association is holding a Mardi Gras Fundraising Party from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The $5 admission includes beads, music and snacks. There will be games of chance and a cash bar.

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GIVING BACK -- The food pantry in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2669 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, will be open for needy folks from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. At the same time, the pantry will be happy to accept donations of food items and cash, since an increase in clients has depleted its shelves. To arrange a donation drop-off at another time, call 832-5390.

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TIME OF NEED -- A benefit for Dave Sobczak, who has been battling juvenile diabetes for 31 years and whose insulin is no longer working, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Tickets are $20. To donate, call Ron and Bea Sobczak at 895-3678.

A benefit for Justine Fears, a mother of three sons who is recovering from a lung transplant will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton St. For information, call Karlita Martin at 883-0737 or 892-1329.

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PASTA PATROL -- Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, hosts a spaghetti diner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 with dessert.

The Holy Name Society of Queen of Angels Church, 144 Warsaw St., Lackawanna, will hold a Taste of Italy spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinner with dessert and beverage is $9 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Tickets are pre-sale only. Call Jim at 646-6542, Tom at 674-4643 or Gene at 646-0513.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Penny Gleason, Michael Panaro, Don Catalano, Marie Margaret Pytlak, Adam Kehrer, Jennifer Zakrzewski, Jeorgia Benton, Gary Ratajczak, Barbara Kocinski, Jenna Romano, Eileen Ryan, William VanArsdale, John Kiener, Wade Rosolowski, Maeve Kennedy McDongall, Maryjean Kraengel, Rita Swanekamp, Douglas Decker, Rose Wartinger, Andrea Scanzuso and Mike Chase.

SATURDAY -- Barbara M. Klopp, Reggie Witherspoon, Mary Ellen Donathen, Everdean Phillips, Karen Colello, Randy Heeb, Amador Ortiz, Rita Rzasa, Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, Jeff Aranyosi, Chris TinHan, Sister Mary Gracille Ryby, Paul Farnell, Nicholas Stein, Jim McGrady, Erik Bartus, Joseph Suto, Mike Kempf, Gary Fredericks, Bill Todd and Larry Todd.

AND SUNDAY -- Alex Conmy, Nicole Ehret, Zachary Tone, Tony Davoli, Darren White Sr., Mark Sikorski, Don Copoulos, Shayna Miller, Justin Porebski, Sister Mary Adorata Pawlak, Sister Mary Rosalma Pawlak, Mari Russell, Sis O'Donnell, Talia Fitzgerald and Judy Sealander.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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