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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist Bernard Malamud, born on this date in 1914, “There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to – if there are no doors or windows – he walks through a wall.”


TRUCK STOP – Rolling up to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo this weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont., are some of Southern Ontario’s most celebrated food trucks.

On hand from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday will be El Gastronomo Vagabundo, featured recently on the Food Network’s “Eat St.,” serving 27 international gourmet treats, ranging from tacos to tapas and Southeast Asian dishes.

Visiting from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday will be Thunderin’ Thelma, the truck from Caplansky’s Delicatessen in Toronto, with barbecued brisket sliders, Reuben spring rolls and smoked meat poutine. Sticking around today through Sunday is the Dirty South truck from Hamilton, with items such as barbecued pulled pork and chicken on a jalapeno cheddar waffle.

The expo is open from 2 to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15, $12 advance online at


SWING INTO SPRING – The big-band stylings of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey will fill St. Francis of Assisi Church’s St. Clare Center, 144 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, at 7 p.m. Saturday as the Easy Street Big Band plays in concert. It’s free and open to the public.


TIME OF NEED – Diagnosed with Stage 3 liver cancer in January, Jimmy Cellotto, who has worked for 23 years for Local 210, is facing mounting medical bills. Friends and family are holding a benefit for him from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Ironworkers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Donation is $20 and includes beer, wine and food. For info and donations, call Nancy Small at 435-4818.


NOT FORGOTTEN – Raising funds and awareness of child abuse is a benefit in memory of Austin James Michael Smith from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Springville Post 431, American Legion, 109 Zoar Valley Road, Springville. Austin died from traumatic injuries March 19, four days before his second birthday.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 young people under 21, and include food, pop, draft beer and wine, deejay Mark Ferguson, raffles and auctions. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Springville Boys & Girls Club for its new program for at-risk children. For info, call Jennifer Donohue at 997-4519 or Kristina Prouty at 880-4410.


GOOD BUYS – More than 60 vendors will be present as St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, holds a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the church school.

St. Peter Lutheran School North Ridge, 4169 Church Road, Cambria, is holding a Springsational Craft and Vendor Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium. More than 50 crafters will be on hand, and Cloys Meat Market of Ransomville will be serving a pulled pork lunch. There’s also a bake sale and basket raffle. Admission is free.

Queen of Angels Parish will host an adults-only summer meat raffle Sunday afternoon in the Parish Center, behind the church at Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street, Lackawanna. Doors open at 1 p.m., raffle starts at 2. In addition to grilling meats, raffle prizes include gas cards and a grand prize of a propane gas grill. Admission is free.

SUNDAY SPECIALS – The Past Commanders Club is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Donation is $7 adults, $4 kids under 10. For info, call Wayne Sorrentino at 891-5164.

The Neumann Guild at St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, is having an egg and muffin breakfast with a bake sale after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses on Sunday. All are welcome.

Ken-Ton Masonic Lodge is serving smoked beef brisket on a kaiser roll with coleslaw, pickles and salt potatoes for $8 from noon to dusk Sunday in Sutherland Lodge, 1400 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda.

Frank I. Gierlach Post 1320, American Legion, 50 Gates St., Sloan, is holding its annual spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $8 adults; $5 kids 6 to 12; 5 and under free. For tickets and info, call Wayne Page at 896-8651.

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, is serving a spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Donation is $8 adults, $4 children.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Brian McGowan, VaSean D. Crews, Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Marie Cusick, Larry Levite, Donna Fernandes, Gail Mocarski, Shannon Cook, Gail Berger, Emma Giordano, Dorothy Kummer, Brandon Makowski, Kendra Hejna, Claire Russ, Dorothy Juras, Kacy Frankhauser and Anne Sarles.

SATURDAY – Patrick Michael Smith, Mike Hughes, Diana P. Peete, Ed Righter, Pat Selby, Peggy Newell, John Fraissinet, Jennifer Russell, Cathy Calleri, Amber Mye, Andrea Maguder, Judy Muscarella, Melanie Ruiz, Sister Mary Magdaleno, Rev. Raymond J. Mahar, Jerry Metzer, Timothy Bondanza, Joan Mattingly, Kathy Anticola, Peg Trautmann, Joe Nowak, Taylor Schmitt, Dave Schmitt and Jena O’Neil.

AND SUNDAY – Bill Reese, Michelle Gorlewski, Janet Frisch, Dave Sasiadek, Brian Cook, Maureen Geoghan, Joy Pfitzinger, Michael Ubaldini, Gary Janiga, Rita Prabucki, Darren Piettorf, Erin Noe and Theresa Bouquard.