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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from composer and critic Virgil Thomson, born on this date in 1896, “Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”


REUNION TIME – The Amherst High School Class of 1976 will hold a special post-Thanksgiving get-together at 8 p.m. Friday in Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill, 7800 Transit Road, Amherst. Twenty-three balloons will be released in memory of fallen classmates at 8:30 p.m. and a photo will be taken for social media. For info, call Sue Lojacono at 603-2424.


EXTRA HOURS – Due to the snowstorm, the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, has extended the hours of its book sale. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday only, $5 will buy a bag of books.


SHOWING THANKS – The annual Lord’s Day Dinner, a free Thanksgiving dinner for the area’s neediest families, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday in LaSalle Griffon Post 917, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2435 Seneca St. at Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls.

Donations of all kinds are welcome – turkeys, hams, baked goods, canned goods, hygiene items, holiday treats, new and gently used winter clothing for children and adults and, of course, the monetary kind. Items should be dropped off at the side door at 1317 Ashland Ave., Niagara Falls. For info, call 284-6973.


PERSONAL TOUCH – The 32nd annual Gerry Fire Department Auxiliary Santa’s Craft Bonanza will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with scores of tables of handcrafted items in the dining and conference hall on the Gerry Rodeo Grounds on Route 60 north of Jamestown.

Santa will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available all day. There also will be a chance auction. Proceeds benefit Fire Department and Auxiliary projects. For info, call Cherin Mehs at 985-4257.


TOP OF THE TOWN – Give your holiday visitors a bird’s-eye view of all the changes taking place here from the observation decks of Buffalo City Hall during the Take Another Look at Buffalo sunset reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Docents will point out the sights from the vantage points on the 25th and 28th floors. Videos showcasing the city’s renaissance will be shown in the Common Council chambers on the 13th floor.

In the lobby, there will be light refreshments, art and music by Buffalo Public School students, and a BuffaLove Fair featuring Buffalo-themed gifts.

It is sponsored by the Common Council, with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Western New York. Visitors who bring nonperishable goods for the Food Bank or gifts for disadvantaged children for The Buffalo News Neediest Fund will get $5 off tickets purchased at the door.

Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door, and are available at


OLD-FASHIONED FARE – It’s not too early to make a reservation for the Christmas Tea and Open House on Dec. 7 at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5977 Genesee St., Lancaster.

Seating for the light luncheon tea will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by prepaid reservation only. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 8 to 12. After tea, visitors are welcome to tour the two-century-old house, the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County, and admire the Victorian-era holiday decor. For reservations, call 741-7032.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Eva Schmidt, Harrison Stewart Van Horn, Dan Carpenter, Sallye C. Chapman, Victor D. Crews, Herman Manley, Anne Neville, David Sipos, Esther Gulyas, Sharon Belton-Cottman, Algraphy Graves, Hayley Safe, Donna Cartonia, Zennie Piotrowicz, Cam Schaller, Pam Sacco, Lisa Marie Buczowski, Father Jack Ledwon, Ronald Prabucki, Lori Ledwon, Mary Rita Simonick, Melinda Taylor, Kevin Gleason, Evelyn Herman and Helen Noblett.