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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to artist Pablo Picasso, born on this date in 1881, "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."

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BASIC B&W -- Special guest for the next mixer of the Still Film Photographers of Greater Buffalo, which promotes the art of black-and-white photography, will be Minsoo Kim, who will highlight his unique candid shots taken with his Leica and Widelux cameras. The mixer will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Locust Street Art, 138 Locust St. All are welcome. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

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CHANCE TO WIN -- The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is holding its annual Fall Theme Basket Raffle today through Friday in the hospital atrium. Tickets will be on sale from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first three days and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. After the drawing at 1 p.m. Friday, winners will be announced at 3:30. Proceeds will help buy specialized equipment for the hospital.

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TASTE TEST -- An adult education class where every student should get an A is Cheese Tasting and Evaluation, offered by the East Aurora schools from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 in the Old Orchard Inn, 2095 Blakeley Corners Road, East Aurora.

Leading the class will be Carl Moody, a state cheese judging champion and the quality assurance manager at the Sorrento Cheese plant in Buffalo. Students will sample Italian mozzarella and provolone, French brie and Emmental Swiss cheeses and learn how production affects the quality of other popular cheeses. Moody will select wine samples to accompany the cheeses. An optional third night will feature a Sorrento plant tour.

Fee is $30. Students must be 21 years old. For info, call 687-2311 or visit www.eastauroraschools.org/adulteducation.

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WIN BIG -- Major prizes are at stake in the fundraising auction from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Amherst Township Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 18 Spring St., Williamsville. Top item is a 46-inch flat-screen TV set autographed by "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno. Second prize is a framed New York Yankees jersey autographed by Derek Jeter. Tickets are $20 and include beer, pop and food. Music will be by Kenny Krew. For info, call Commander John Wahl at 633-9019 or the Rev. Joseph F. Moreno at 481-1152. Proceeds will help install a handicapped elevator at the post.

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FALLS FALLOUT -- Western New York's great collector, the late Charles Rand Penney, loved Niagara Falls and he delighted in acquiring Niagara Falls memorabilia. B.G. Flickinger, a friend of Penney's who traveled with him, will speak on "The Penney Collection: The History of Niagara Falls Told With Illustrations From the Charles Rand Penney Collection" at a meeting of the English Speaking Union at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave. Admission is $10 for nonmembers. For reservations and info, call 592-3907.

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CHEERING SECTION -- You don't have to run to take part in the 116th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. YMCA Buffalo Niagara, which sponsors the race, is looking for Trot Gobblers, people to cheer on the runners along the 8-kilometer course. Community organizations, businesses, school groups, athletic teams, families and friends are invited to join in.

Trot Gobblers will be assigned to predesignated sections of Delaware Avenue between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on race day. Groups are encouraged to bring signs and noisemakers and to wear costumes. For info and registration, call Michelle Slawiak at 565-6000, Ext. 119, or email mslawiak@ymcabuffaloniagara.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Priscilla Granville, Amanda Maynard, Kevin Halt, Deanna Szymkowiak, Irma Averion, Paul Johnson, Warren Gelman, Mark Lounsbury, Marion Becker, Jonathan Navratil, Sandy Morlock, Megan Captain, Russ Byington, Lois Comrie, Dr. Norman Stoj, Nancy Budniewski, Rosemary Wroblewski, Marylou Borowiak, Kristen Swart, Tyler TinHan, Adam Sabadasz, Jeremy Robinson and Courtney Halligan.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com