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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British novelist Marie Corelli, born on this date in 1855, “I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night.”

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TASTE OF NIAGARA – Beverages are in the spotlight as the fifth annual Niagara Food & Wine Expo opens Friday from 2 to 10 p.m. in the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont.

“This year we’ve added more wine, beer and spirit vendors, including some of Ontario’s hottest craft breweries,” says Melanie Klie, the expo’s event manager. An anniversary beer created especially for the expo by the Niagara College Teaching Brewery will be on tap.

John Catucci from the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” will talk about Canada’s top comfort foods from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15. Tickets for food and drink samples are $1 and most samples are one or two tickets. For more info, visit niagarafoodandwineexpo.ca.

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RUN FOR THE ROSES – The thoroughbreds racing in Kentucky will assist horses in the Buffalo area in Derby Day at the Marcy, a Kentucky Derby party hosted by restaurateurs Jason Davidson, Mike Shatzel and Dave Shatzel in the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $20, proceeds benefiting the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center and the Erie County SPCA Horse Rescue. Folkfaces will provide live music. There will be a small-batch bourbon bar and craft beer featuring Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

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PRIZE OCCASION – The Rural Outreach Center, which serves the poor in southern Erie County, will benefit from ROC ’n to Spring from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

Featured will be music by Doug Yeomans, the Bakery’s food, wine and beer, and auction prizes that include an $850 diamond pendant and a one-week stay for six at a resort near Disney World.

Tickets are $50 at Elm Street Bakery. For info, call 240-2220 or visit theroc.co.

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BLADE ARTIST – A demonstration of wood carving by Joel Falkowski of Clarence will be the highlight of the Twin Village Art Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue.

Admission is free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.

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WEEKEND MENU – Clarence Center United Methodist Church, Clarence Center and Herr roads, holds a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10 and include beverage and dessert. To reserve tickets, call 741-2410.

Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Amherst, hosts a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. Proceeds support a team of teens and adults traveling to Uganda this summer to help in medical clinics and construction projects. For info, call 839-2460.

The Lancaster Fire Department Protective Hose Company hosts its annual Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue and chance auction from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. Dinners are $9 and include dessert. More than 100 items will be available in the auction.

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WINNERS WANTED – North Presbyterian Church, 168 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, holds its annual theme basket auction and handmade quilt raffle Saturday afternoon. Doors open at noon. Drawings begin at 2 p.m.

Admission is $5, which includes an envelope of auction tickets and a door prize ticket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

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RECALLING FRANK AND DINO – Friends of Harmony pay tribute to the Rat Pack at 7:30 p.m. Friday in East Aurora High School and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Sweet Home High School, Amherst. Tickets are $20, $15 for kids under 12.

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BARGAIN HUNTS – Elma United Methodist Church, 2991 Bowen Road, Elma, will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Admission is free. There will be a $1 bag sale at 11:30 a.m.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, also holds a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Admission is $1. A bag sale starts at 11 a.m.

Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, holds a rummage sale at 9 a.m. Sunday with a bag sale from noon to 1:30 p.m. Admission is $1.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jim Stillwell, Jim Staas, Margaret Sullivan, Susan Tanner, Jim Lorentz, Jeffrey Friedman, Natalie Czerniak, Shannon Grace Robshaw, Joanne Bigaj, Troy Toohey, Bud Collins, Nolan Oliver, Cindi Vaught, Kevin Biddle, Eloise Zoyhofski, Toni Ameroso, Conor McDermott, Jim Lorentz, Alicia Dino, Web Dann, Elana Murphy, Judith Kosinski, John Wroblewski, Shelly Silverthorn, Martin Schwarz, Marcia Stack, Diane Reynolds and Irene Kloc.

AND SATURDAY – Kerrie Webster, Tom Buckham, Sue Becker, Brian Rusk, Emeri Krawczyk, Joan Murray, Jillian Palisano, Debbie Baker, Tracy Szlis, Dan Van Oss, Diva Steiner, Nicole Palumbo, Fred Kurzanski, Kathleen A. Zarczynski, Jackie Shapiro and Maureen Leary Fecio.

AND SUNDAY – Melissa Gallo, Dr. Patricia Haberman, Dr. Fred Luongo, Mary Ellen Moran, Sister Mary Sharon Czyzycki, Traci Becker, Virginia Partridge, Barbara Habes, David Hill, Luke Goble, Debbie Schwarz, Isabella Romance, Josette Cunningham, Mary Ann Corbett and Joe Denecke.

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