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OLAF FUB SEZ: Halloween thought from singer-songwriter Tom Paxton, born on this date in 1937, “Oh, lay me down in Forest Lawn/In a silver casket/With golden flowers over my head/In a silver basket.”


THINK GREEN – Once Halloween is history, we can start looking forward to other holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day. Monsignor Nash Council 3875, Knights of Columbus, will host a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday in its hall at 261 S. Legion Drive.

Tickets are $10 and include draft beer, pop and music by the South Buffalo Irish band Crikwater. Food will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Christmas baskets for the needy. For table reservations, call Dan Caulfield at 574-5703.


PICTURE THIS – The new featured artist at the Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 East Lake Road (Route 18), on the Niagara Wine Trail in Appleton, is photographer Melanie Chimento of Cheektowaga. This is her first solo show.

A SUNY Buffalo State grad with a master’s degree from the college’s Center for Studies in Creativity and organizer of the Buffalo Underground Meet-Up Group, her exhibit is “Buffalo Underground: Hidden Gems of the Queen City and Beyond.” A reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


HISTORY LESSONS – Members of the Hamburg Historical Society will host open hours and talk about the town’s history and artifacts from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Town of Hamburg Historical Museum, 5859 South Park Ave., across from the Erie County Fairgrounds.

Lockwood’s Greenhouses and Nursery, on Clark Street, turns 100 years old Saturday.


GIFTS AND MORE – The United Methodist Women of Exley United Methodist Church, 338 Lake St., Wilson, will host their annual Country Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with Victorian-style tea with muffins at 9 a.m., luncheon at 11, plus theme baskets, handcrafted holiday items, sweets and preserves.

The annual Kris Kringle Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Bishop Gibbons Senior Apartments, 1110 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, with gifts, crafts, bake sale, food, basket raffle and money raffle.


FURRY FRIENDS –Diamonds in the Ruff, an animal rescue organization, will hold a chowder and baked goods sale and basket raffle from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Gasport Fire Hall, 8412 Telegraph Road, Gasport. For chowder orders, email

Lia Honda, 4891 Transit Road, Clarence, will host a pet adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with small animals from the SPCA Serving Erie County and other local animal groups. Zurich Warranty will pay half of each adoption fee, up to $75. Several vendors will be on hand, including Ben Garelick Jewelers, which will donate full proceeds from the sale of “My Sweet Pet” Pandora charms. For info, visit or call 632-3323.


OOPS! – Second Chance Sheltering Network, which finds foster homes for dogs and cats, will hold its annual chance auction Sunday in Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst, not Saturday. Doors open at 1 p.m. Drawings start at 3. Entrance donation is $10 and includes five auction tickets.


WEEKEND MENU – Fish fries resume from 4 to 8 p.m. today in Father Justin Council Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. The “Spooktacular” special is “bloody” meatloaf. For info, call 683-3635.

The Youth Group of Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle, South Buffalo, hosts an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $8 adults, $4 kids 4 to 12. For info, call 824-2787.

The Elma Fire Auxiliary holds a French toast breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Elma Fire Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road, Elma. Meals are $9 adults, $5 kids 10 and under, and include scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, pastry and beverage.

The Sheridan Drive Lions Club is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Edmund’s Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Meals include sausage, fruit salad, juice and beverage. There’s also a bake sale, auction and raffle. The Kiwanis Club of Marilla is reviving its South Tasting Party and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Marilla Community Center, 1810 Two Rod Road. Tickets are $8 adults, $4 kids 5 to 10 for 20 varieties of soup and chili, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. All proceeds benefit the Alden-Marilla Food Pantry.

North Ridge United Methodist Church, Route 93 at Route 425, Cambria, holds a turkey dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Meals are $10 adults, $6 kids 5 to 12, and include homemade desserts.

The eighth-grade class at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School will host a Weidner’s chicken barbecue from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the school, 170 Rosewood Terrace, Cheektowaga. Dinners are $10 and include potatoes, cole slaw, roll and beverage.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pat Concannon, Dan Herbeck, Miri Salamone-Burnett, Gene Kowal, Shirley Manspeaker, Alison Russo, Ginger Parker, Jeanne Buczkowski, Dee McCarthy, Colleen Cullen, Susan Marien, Bill Vivian, Cathy Lasky, Marge Clifford, Gilbert Rooth, Rachel Rooth, Marilyn Bryniarski, Ella Makowski, David Federico, Joey Militello, Mary Synor, Bridget Sweet, Brendan Sweet and Lateria Stary.

AND SATURDAY – A.R. Gurney, Christopher R. Poole, Carl Kujawa, Linda Albert, Sylvia Haendiges, Fiona Haggerty, Siobhan Hanrahan, Barb Kless, Beth Safe, Carolyn Dearth, Judy Riga, Ryan Wenk, Michael Pilato, Maria Billittier, Kathleen Morcelle, Skipper Leonberger and Michael Wild Jr.

AND SUNDAY – Lauren Sullivan, Kathy Pollock, Thom Burnett, Tom Stahl, Marlene Roll, Lucie Desautels, Larry McGowan, Lynn Nyitrai, James Halt, Charles Masino, Bradley Harper, David Nielsen, Mary Riordan, Terrance R. Rooth, Karli Gray, Ann Farrell, Ryan Hennigan, Derek Kania, Peyton Zakrzewski Sheldon, Diana Maskell, Florence Sodus, Jason Guarino, Slade Miller, Mike “Moose” Higgins, Gerry Whalen, Christopher Stokes, Donna Shine, Tess Alexandra Klejdys, Jack Bailey and David Nielsen.