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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist and psychedelic drug researcher Timothy Leary, born on this date in 1920, “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”


CATCHING A BREATH – A Baskets for Breathing basket raffle will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, to benefit the New York Lung Transplant Fund in honor of Donna Steggs of South Buffalo.

A graduate of Daemen College with an MBA from St. Bonaventure University, she has been diagnosed with an incurable form of pulmonary fibrosis. She needs oxygen around the clock and is no longer able to work as a health care consultant or do the smallest daily tasks.

Working with the nonprofit organization HelpHOPELive, she is raising funds to cover the uninsured costs associated with a lung transplant.

Tickets for the basket raffle are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For advance tickets, call 491-1471. To make a donation, visit or call (800) 642-8399.


DO THE TIME WARP – Start getting into the Halloween spirit at midnight Friday when the Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg, screens the 1975 cult film, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Costumes and audience participation will be at least half the fun.


TRASH OR TREASURE – Experts will offer verbal estimates of the value of textiles, jewelry, art, rugs, pottery, porcelain and glass as Trinity Church, 371 Delaware Ave., holds a two-day art and antique appraisal.

It begins with a party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday with wine and appetizers. Tickets are $30, $40 per couple, and include up to three appraisals. Additional appraisals are $5 per item. No firearms or other weapons are allowed. There also will be a silent art auction.

Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with $20 tickets that include three appraisals and a pair of lectures.

At noon, Scott Propeak, chief curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and collector Dr. Albert Michaels discuss “Alexander Levy in Buffalo.” At 2 p.m., Anna Kaplan, director of the BT&C Gallery in Buffalo, offers “So You Want to Be an Art Collector?”


SPOOKY DOINGS – The Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., gets a head start on Halloween this weekend with a pair of events. From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, it hosts a Haunted Food Truck Rodeo and haunted $5 tours of the museum building, which used to be a funeral home.

On Saturday, Lovejoy’s Halloween Parade steps off from the museum’s parking lot at 5:45 p.m. Marchers should meet at 5:15 for costume judging.

Meanwhile, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, holds its annual Halloween Trick or Treat event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Youngsters 3 to 12 will meet spooky villagers while they trick or treat among the historic buildings. Tickets are $8 for kids under 12, who will get free refreshments, snacks and treats; and $5 for adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults should bring flashlights. Reservations are required. Call 689-1440 or visit

After the kids go home, the village will host Tales of Terror on the Niagara Frontier at 10 p.m. both nights for ages 18 and up. Historian Joel Dombrowski will tell tales that include grave-robbing at Forest Lawn and Buffalo’s witch trial of 1821. Tickets are $20. Space is limited.


VERY VERA – Vera Bradley Bingo offers half a dozen Vera Bradley handbags as prizes Saturday afternoon as St. John XXIII Parish hosts a fundraiser in the former St. Bonaventure School Hall, Seneca Street and Harlem Road, West Seneca.

Admission is $20 for six games. Extra packets are $5. Doors open at 11 a.m., with barbecue hamburgers, pizza and other items available. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. There also will be door prizes and raffles. For info, call 823-1090.


FURRY FRIENDS – Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group will hold its annual Halloween fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg.

BW’s will cook the fish fry and chicken finger meals. There also will be a theme basket raffle and crafts for sale. Adult orange and black cats will be available for adoption for the reduced rate of $25 to approved homes.

Prizes will be given for the best adult and children’s costumes. Small pumpkins will be given to the first 25 to arrive in costume. For info and to pre-order meals, call 646-5577. Pre-orders will get a free raffle ticket for each meal.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Colin Patrick Connors, Cathy Carfagna, Mark Gaughan, Len Lenihan, Fortunato Pezzimenti, Jerry Zremski, Nelson R. Locher, Amy Buckley, Jenna Hassett, Gert Luther, Denise McCabe, Tracy Hooley, Mary Ellen Prell, Eloise K. Popp, Roger Becker, Patricia Murray, Allison Cutrona, Pat Montemarano, Ken Tomaka, Jax Ratajczak, Tim Colling, Laurie Burgasser, Jack “Stew” Mulderig, Sean McGirr and Barbara A. Klopp.

AND THURSDAY – Michele L. Jones Pace, Andrei Reinhorn, Rev. Darius Pridgen, Beverly Vidler, Dr. Drucy Borowitz, Pattie Mazur, Lucille Bogold, Jim Van Oss, Ruth Bernhardt, Stephanie Young, Zack Connors, Mary Healy, Mark Panek, Steve Panek, Steve Glynn, Joyce Blank, Thomas E. Farry, Sara Marsowicz, Adam Sabadasz, Nancy Gier, Toma Pawlak and Bob Schafer.