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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright August Wilson, born on this date in 1945, "I might be a different kind of fool, but I ain't gonna be the same fool twice."


MAKE YOUR BIDS -- News anchor Maryalice Demler from Channel 2 will be the emcee at the third annual basket and silent auction sponsored by St. Martin de Porres Church at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Tickets are $50 and include a buffet dinner, 25 chances at basket auction items and a door prize ticket. Tickets for children 12 and under are $25 and include dinner only. There also will be live music by the Jazz Example. For information and tickets, call Kimberly R. German at 573-5252.

St. Bernard's Church holds a theme tray auction Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. at South Ogden Street. Doors open at 5. Drawings begin at 6:30.

The Lancaster Regional Players hold a gift basket raffle fundraiser Sunday afternoon in the Twin District Fire Hall, 4999 William St., Lancaster. Doors open at noon, drawings begin at 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Helen J. Kryszak Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to a high school senior who shows dedication to the backstage aspects of theater. For info, call 480-4547.

The Orchard Park Home Bureau holds a theme basket raffle, with merchant raffles and door prizes, Sunday afternoon in St. John Vianney School cafeteria, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Admission is $1. Coffee and dessert will be served. Doors open at 1 p.m.


PURE PROTEIN -- Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, chops, chickens, steaks, seafood and more will be among the prizes when St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., holds a meat raffle from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and include beer, wine, pop, coffee, snacks and a chance to win a gas grill. There's also free valet parking.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday for the meat raffle at Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, and the wheel starts spinning for grilling meats at about 6. Admission is $5 and includes a roast beef sandwich and beverages. Drawings will be held for a gas grill, freezer and theme coolers.


BARGAIN HUNTS -- The Alumni Committee of St. Francis of Assisi School is sponsoring a rummage sale of gently used items Saturday in the school hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Early birds will be admitted for $3 at 8 a.m. Regular admission at 9 will be 75 cents. The sale ends at 1 p.m.

St. Stephen's Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, will have more than 60 vendors at its flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the church school.

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 200 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, holds a bazaar and garage sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.


PASTA PATROL -- Second Chance Sheltering Network is hosting a spaghetti and meatball dinner and chance auction from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Dinners are $7 and include dessert and five auction tickets. Proceeds help care for homeless animals.

Lt. Col Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 adults, $4 kids, and include beverages and dessert.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Patrick Michael Smith, Mike Hughes, John Fraissinet, Ed Righter, Joe Ed Morrow, Diane P. Peete, Peggy Newell, Pat Selby, Elaine Kronbeck, Cathy Calleri, Rev. Raymond Mahar, Dolores Staeball, Robert R. Simon, Cathy Sunderlin, Sister Mary Magdalino, Timothy Bondanza, Amber Mye, Judy Muscarella, Melanie Ruiz, Jerry Metzger, Andrea Maguder, Gene Bulatek, Lt. David Mann Jr., Nicole Maciejewski, Margaret Sibley, Jena O'Neill, Linda Saville, Peg Trautmann and Pat Rooney.

AND SATURDAY -- Courtney Rieman, Colin Rieman, Michelle Gorlewski, Janet Frisch, William Reese, Brian Cook, Dave Sasiadek, Maureen Geoghan, Timothy C. Smith, May Ruhl, Joy Pfitzinger, Michael Ubaldini, Ella Weber, Gary Janiga, Nick Kurly, Erin Frankhauser, Edward P. McDonald, Sandy Fetter and Theresa Bouquard.

AND SUNDAY -- Susan Martin, Riley Moll, Michelle and Marty Richau, Dean Brownrout, Doug Swift, Christine M. Kukelka, Suzette Simonson, Jack Panek, Frank Ganci, Don Paul, Irv Weinstein, Nicholas Tomaka, Tim Shisler, Emily Powley, Lynn Mazur Cowart, Jonathan Cielinski, Alexander J. Aylward, Timothy Zimpfer, Doug Saville, David Nowak, Bob Patterson, Michael Abramo, Joan Schwob, Geri Ochocinska and Melanie Moran.