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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to New Yorker magazine correspondent Janet Flanner, born on this date in 1892, “Genius is immediate, but talent takes time.”


BORN TO SHOP – Roswell Park Cancer Institute will benefit from a fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Ten vendors will be offering Mary Kay cosmetics, Essential Oils and other items. There also will be bingo games, raffles, auctions and door prizes. Snacks, pop and coffee will be served. Admission is $10. For info, call Karen McCormick at 445-7799 or Kim Calarco at 361-2156.

The South Park United Methodist Church, 73 Ashton Place off South Park Avenue, will hold its spring bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The kitchen will be open for sandwiches, cookies, coffee and tea. Admission is free. Table rentals are $10 and $12. For rentals, call Kristie Newell at 826-4894.

St. Andrew Church will hold its annual flea market and rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Table rentals are $15. For rentals, call 892-0425.


ST. PAT’S PREVIEW – The Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday with food, music and dance. The Rince Na Tiarna Dancers will perform at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Blarney Bunch from noon to 3 p.m. Easter vendors will be on hand along with regular merchants. For info, call 893-0705 or

America’s Polka Sweetheart, Stephanie, will be featured with her band at a St. Patrick’s Day Dance from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Potts Banquet Hall, 41 S. Rossler Ave., Cheektowaga. Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is $10. The kitchen will be open. For table reservations, call 826-6575.

Felton-Burns Post 5260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 650 E. Main St., Springville, will hold a pre-St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Corned beef and cabbage dinners are $5. Music will be by Wagner & Winston. For info, call 692-7378.

Troop I Post 665, American Legion, 432 Franklin St., will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities beginning at noon Sunday. Corned beef and cabbage dinners and sandwiches will be served before, during and after the parade. There also will be live music and Irish dancers. All are welcome. For info, call 885-8084.

St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, 12029 Liberia Road, East Aurora, will host a corned beef or ham and cabbage dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 10, and include potatoes, vegetables, dessert and beverage.

The Sons of the American Legion, South Buffalo Squadron 721, will be serving corned beef sandwiches and offering Irish music from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St.


LENTEN CATCHES – There is no shortage of Lenten Friday fish fries on the Niagara Frontier. Here are a few that have caught our attention:

•Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, 3 to 8 p.m. For takeouts, call 823-3147.

•Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, 4 to 7 p.m. Shrimp, scallops, baked fish and seafood platters also available. All sides are homemade. Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. For takeouts, call 693-5470.

•Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive off Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, 4 to 7 p.m. Krolick’s fish dinners are $10 for adults, $7 for kids 10 and under. Chicken tender meals are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 10 and under. A theme tray drawing will follow dinner. For info, call 892-4426.

•St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church Hall, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, 4 to 7 p.m. Also shrimp baskets. Nut and torta rolls available. For takeouts, call 825-9364.

•Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dinners are $10.95 adults, $6 children, and include German and cold potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and beverage. A portion of the proceeds support Seneca Street United Methodist Church.


OTHER MENUS – Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., City of Tonawanda, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue and theme basket auction from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door. Drawings for the theme basket auction begin at 7:15 p.m. Winners need not be present. For info, call 695-2446.

•The annual Kiwanis Club of Marilla pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Marilla Fire Company Rec Hall, West Avenue and Two Rod Road, Marilla. The breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and real maple syrup. There also will be a basket raffle.

•Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, will hold its annual deacon scholarship luncheon and basket auction from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8, available at the door, for a lunch of pasta, meatballs, salad, rolls and ice cream sundaes. Auction prizes include gift certificates for local restaurants, movies and pharmacy items.

•The Ladies Auxiliary of the North Amherst Fire Co. will hold its seventh annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Fire Hall, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road at Campbell Boulevard, Amherst. Dinners are $8 for adults, $4 for kids 4 to 12, and include homemade sauce by Stephen and Krisi DiPasquale, salad, beverage and dessert. Beer and wine will be available.

•The Barker Lions and the Barker High School Language Club will hold a pancake breakfast at from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Barker Fire Hall, 1660 Quaker Road, Barker. The price is $6 for an adult, $4 for children under 12 and $20 per family. For more information, email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Harold McNeil, Karen Brady, Nancy Robinette, David Swarts, Mary Simpson, Bill Solomon, Marcia Tonyan, Sarah Weishaupt, Annie Savage, Donnette Adornetto, Zachary Zelasko, Eric Rauls, Alyssa Hedge, Kathleen Vona, Russ Hurlburt, Danny Iafallo, Ida Rine and Michael Spinner.

AND SATURDAY – Heidi Hartmann Mahoney, Mary Scibetta, John Conlin, Rich Newburg, Bob Willoughby, Rebecca Elkin-Young, John Murphy, Eva Doyle, William J. Magavern, Bethann Renaud, Janet Alston, Kathy Moll, Debbie Bosworth, Chad Filipski, Cathy Maghran, Jonathan Herr, Jackie Taton, Wally Czumaj, Charlie Clark, Dave Zinzola, Boo Andrycha, Carissa Zamerski, Kevin Swart, Addison Locke and William Emblidge.

AND SUNDAY – Emma Wells O’Neill Laura Meyers, Randy Rodda, Betty Jean Grant, Chris Seefeldt, Bob Weishaupt, Joanne Gioeli, Nicolas Juliano, Britton Noah Mann, Ann Nowocien, Mark Kurzanski, Dawn Beard, Collin Meegan, Cindy Marsowicz, Ken Karla, Andrea Schartz, Dale Poole, Rachel Hunt, Patti Bissonette, Father Joe Bayne and Mary Ellen Frandina Parker.