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OLAF FUB SEZ: A quit-smoking sentiment from conductor Arturo Toscanini, born on this date in 1867, "When I was young, I kissed my first woman and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. Believe me, never since have I wasted any more time on tobacco."

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BELLA BENEFIT -- A fundraiser will be held Saturday to help Bella Pellettieri, a 2-year-old Elma girl born with Rett syndrome, a neurological and developmental disorder. It will run from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Annunciation School gym, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

Bella requires round-the-clock care, and the benefit will help offset her family's financial burden. It will include auctions of an autographed Derek Jeter jersey and a Jay Leno-autographed TV. Tickets are $25. Donations also can be sent to the Bella Grace Pellettieri Foundation, P.O. Box 195, Alden, NY 14004.

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BIG DEAL -- The Ladies Guild of St. John Gualbert Catholic Church will hold its annual card party and theme tray auction from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria, 120 Alexander Ave., Cheektowaga; $4 donation includes refreshments.

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HERE'S THE BEEF -- The Shriners of Western New York sponsor a meat raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca; $2 admission includes beer, soda and sandwiches. Call 674-8666.

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MOSTLY POULTRY -- First Baptist Church of Clarence, 10790 Hunts Corners Road, hosts a chicken and biscuit dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $9 adults, $4.50 kids 5 to 12, under 5 free, and include dessert.

The Depew Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew, holds its 10th annual BW's chicken and rib barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinners are $8.50 at the door, ribs are $10.50, including dessert; 50 cents off on advance tickets.

The Ladies Sodality of St. James Catholic Church serves a pork chop dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Dinners are $9 adults, $5 kids under 12, and include dessert.

The Social Ministry Group of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg hosts a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue with homemade desserts from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the school gym, 68 E. Main St.

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SEA FARE -- The Hilbert College Alumni Association hosts a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today in the Campus Center Dining Hall, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Dinners are $9, with a choice of baked or fried fish. Grilled cheese or chicken nugget children's dinners are $4.

Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo Road, offers fried haddock dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today; $9 for adults, $5 kids under 10.

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BACK FOR SECONDS -- First Presbyterian Church, 2085 Union Road, near Clinton Street, West Seneca, holds an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with sausage on the first order from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5.50 adults, $3 kids 3 to 10, under 3 free.

Nest 6, Polish Falcons of America, serves an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the club rooms, 3171 Broadway, near Union Road, Cheektowaga. Dinners are $5.50 adults, $5 seniors, $3 kids under 12, and include meatballs and dessert.

Boy Scout Troop 104 hosts an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Dinners are $8 at the door, $4 kids under 12, under 5 free, and include a salad bar and dessert.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Betty Loucks, Sharon Benz, Cindy Smith, Steven Gorski, Trey Czumaj, Addie Hoerner, Peggy Klodzinski, Henry Miller, June Pearl, Dick Roberts, Mary Smith, Emma Hawthorn, Warren Fleckenstein, Madelyn Bosworth, Lorry Garlock, Chris LaGrow, Kali Yeates, Delores Rossitto, Kyler Simmons, Noreen Buckley, Theresa Maciejewski, Irene Levulis, Larry Chirico, Mary Jurek, Maryann Lewecki, Tom Lates, D.J. Granville, Kacie Voigt, Lisa Voigt, Mercedes Koehler, Lisa Pickens and Betty Hummel.

SATURDAY -- Letizia Tagliafierro, Joan McFall, Bob Panek, Mark Vilardo, Chuck Basil, Elaine Kloc, Ariana France, Andreya France, Alan Magretta, Dale Bosworth, Jamie William Brown, Mike O'Leary, Eamon Juszkiewicz, Beth Anne Moore, Dorothy Wysocki, Jerry Peters, Valerie McBride, Zula A. Williams, Dan Steele, Shirley Cassety, Deidre Williams, Rolene Pozarny and Michael Foglia.

AND SUNDAY -- Kelly Smith Derthick, Sister Mary Andrew Wiercinski, R. Joey Pope, Jeff Biddle, Julien Fontaneda, Bonnie Lawrence, Marcia Frasier, Sean O'Shei, Judy Martin, Rick Streck, Abigail Lillis, Toby Darnley, Adele Dziadaszek, Marshia McCarthy, Carol Conrad, Karen Farry, Bob Ziskowski, John Swanson, Shirley Wessel, Amy Chandler, Ruth Schmelzinger, Cyndee Rizzuto, Jennifer Brenda, Trudy Stern, Sonia Duncan, Miesha Jones, Marlon Wright, Lana Boyer and Lindsay Kasprzyk.

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