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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to mystery writer Sue Grafton, born on this date in 1940, “If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.”


LOOKING UP – International Astronomy Day will be celebrated with talks, demonstrations and activities hosted by the Buffalo Astronomical Association from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

BAA members will show photos of planets and galaxies taken from their backyards. Weather permitting, the museum will open its rooftop for demonstrations of telescopes for viewing the sun. Astronomy Day activities are included with general museum admission. For info, visit or


NEW BEST FRIENDS – Rescue dogs will be available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in Canine & Co., 5952 Transit Road, Depew. Dog owners are requested not to bring their animals. Co-sponsor is New York State Citizens Against Puppy Mills.


BATH AND BEYOND – The Cathedral Ladies Guild will host a towel bingo game, with beautiful towels as prizes, Sunday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. Bingo begins at 1 p.m.

Admission is $5 and includes a towel bingo board, coffee, dessert and a chance to win a door prize. Extra towel bingo boards will be available for $1 each. Food will be available for purchase.


GIVING HOPE – Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Oliver Street and Center Avenue, North Tonawanda, will present a Hymns of Hope concert and prayers for cancer patients, their families, friends and medical caregivers at 2 p.m. Sunday. A free-will offering will benefit the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. A reception follows. All are invited.


SWING YOUR PARTNER – The George F. Lamm Post 622 American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual Western Hoedown on Sunday afternoon in the post at 962 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville.

Donation is $18 and includes a roast beef sandwich, salads, homemade desserts, draft beer and pop. Mixed drinks will be available. Food will be served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Music by the Ghost Riders will follow. For tickets and info, call Sally Dean at 632-0829 or Debbie Diebold at 836-9617.


BARGAIN TIME – Pet Connection Programs Inc., the maternity and special care animal hospital in Marilla, will host an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster.

Shoppers will earn a chance to win a prize for every $5 they spend. Donations of new or gently used items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday. For info, call 652-0192 or visit

St. Stephen’s Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. To rent an 8-foot table for $15, call 632-4226 or 684-8731. Proceeds benefit the furnace fund.


WINNING TICKETS – St. Bernard’s Church will hold a theme tray auction Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Drawings start at 6:30. Admission is $3 and includes a sheet of 25 raffle tickets. Pizza, pop and baked goods will be available for purchase. For info, call 822-8856.

The Orchard Park Home Bureau hosts a theme basket raffle Sunday afternoon in the cafeteria of St. John Vianney School, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Doors open at noon.

Admission is $1 and includes coffee and dessert. Raffle tickets are $5 for 25. Value of the baskets is $20 or more. Pizza and pop will be sold. For tickets and info, call Shirley Blab at 652-7588 or Joan Hillman at 674-5763.


HERE’S THE BEEF – Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, holds a “No Miss Steak” meat raffle Saturday evening in the Parish Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the first spin at 6. Admission is $5 and includes a roast beef sandwich, beer and pop. There also will be drawings for a gas grill, smoker, freezer and theme coolers.

The Saints Hockey Club will hold a meat raffle Saturday evening in the Lancaster Depew Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster. Doors open at 6 p.m. First spin is at 7. Admission is $5 and includes beer, pop and a slice of pizza. To reserve a seat or a table or for information, email


LET’S EAT – Kenmore United Methodist Church, Landers Road and Delaware Road, next to the Kenmore Public Library, hosts a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 and include pie for dessert.

The Men’s Auxiliary of Springville Post 5260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 650 E. Main St., Springville, serves a baby back rib dinner beginning at noon Sunday. Dinners are $9 and include dessert. Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s children’s scholarship fund.

Middle- and high school-aged students at Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 Youngs Road, Williamsville, will serve a turkey dinner at 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 adults, $6.50 for kids 10 and younger. There also will be crafts for sale. Proceeds benefit the students’ summer work camp. For info, call 633-4656.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Christina Wilemski, Jim Santella, Edna Fill, Inge Gallant, Barbara Libby, Tim Neary, Suzanne Balthasar, Guy Puccio, Janet Nowicki, George O’dvarka, Kyle Kuhns, Kari Bliek Gonzalez, Stephanie Cacciatore, Teresa Haskill, Ethan Makowski, Matthew Rathke, Tina Wasielewski, Betty Clancy, Kevin Toohey, Michael Meegan, Ayana Ebony Younger, Nickolas Massaro, Brittany Kirkley, Gus Siffringer and Brandon Hoerner.

AND SATURDAY – Paul N. Bernhard Jr., Judi Marshall, Sam Anson, Larry Wojno, Michael A. Rooth, Judy Ziemba, Brandy Amorosi, Sid Zaretsky, Ayden Hooley, Karen Sweet, Maureen McCabe, Kelly Eagan Govern, Patrick Govern, Kayla Brill, Jennifer Parsons, Dona Bondanza, Jennifer Pronobis, Chelsea Seufert and Patricia Wannemacher.

AND SUNDAY – Janine Trusello, Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Larry Levite, Donna Fernandes, Kacy Frankhauser, Rich Noblette Jr., Ryan Morrissey, Dan Pfohl, Virginia Chmielowiec, Victoria Dale, Marie Cusick, Shannon Cook, Gail Berger, Emma Giordano, Brandon Makowski, Joe White and Leah Meyers.