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This week / Some recommended events for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3.


Wine and dine

What: Quadruple Quest Wine Fest

Why: Support cancer-fighting research and compassionate-care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

What else: A local foursome is raising money to combat cancer by hosting a dinner of Italian cuisine paired with wine.

Info: 2 to 5 p.m. at Amici Ristorante, 2516 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. $30, $25 presale. For more information: 845-8119.



Laugh with Giraldo

What: Comedian Greg Giraldo

Why: The veteran standup performer performs regularly at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan and was a regular panelist on "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn."

What else: Giraldo may be best known for his participation in Comedy Central's roasts of Chevy Chase, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav and more.

Info: 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. $30.



Polka party!

What: Big Joe's TV Polkafest

Why: All are invited to dance their hearts out for the cameras as polka show tapes 32 bands in a four-day polka marathon, which ends Sunday.

What else: The dance card is full with bands from Western New York and elsewhere.

Info: Noon to 8 p.m., Buffalo Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. $15-$17.50. More details:



Fall for books

What: October Festival Used Book Sale

Why: Help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Holland's Reading Center.

What else: Book sale kicks off a weekend festival featuring a soup cook-off, bake sale, arts and crafts vendors, story hours, games and crafts, as well as face- and pumpkin-painting.

Info: 1 to 8 p.m., Holland Methodist Church, Partridge Road, Holland.


Bless the beasts

What: Blessing of the Animals

Why: In remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for creatures, as part of Hilbert College's St. Francis Week.

What else: Dressed in traditional Franciscan attire, Deacon Dennis Conroy will conduct the rite. There will be treats for the beasts and ice cream for their owners. The celebration includes a peace walk on Monday.

Info: 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Service will be in St. Anthony's Cove, located near the back of Bogel Hall. Phone: 649-7900.



Polish legacy

What: Polish World War II Survivors Conference

Why: Exploring the legacy of Polish World War II survivors and their contributions to their adopted communities.

What else: The two-day conference, which includes discussion panels and presentations, continues on Sunday with a reunion brunch, singing and a film.

Info: Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the daylong event at WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace St. $20-$75. For more details:

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