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OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from author Ursula K. Le Guin, born on this date in 1929, “Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.”

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CAMPFIRE MELODIES – The Buffalo Civil War Roundtable finishes its fall lecture series on a high note at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lancaster Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway, Lancaster. Featured will be the band Rush the Growler, founded by a pair of Civil War re-enactors, playing songs from their latest album, “A Song for Our Own – Songs By, For and About the 154th NYVI.” All are welcome. Admission is $5, free for roundtable members. For info, visit buffalocivilwar.com.

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TALES OF A RASCAL – Speaking of the Civil War, David Smeltz, an author from Angola, has written a series of novels, “The Adventures of Sidney Sawyer,” which follow the exploits of a fictitious scoundrel Union Army general, retired to Buffalo, who happens to be the brother of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. He will talk about his books and sign copies at 5 p.m. Saturday in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

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SEASONAL FARE – The United Methodist Women of Christ Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder, will host a Harvest Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10, and feature chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, carrots, coleslaw and homemade pie. Proceeds benefit missions for women and children.

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FEELING LUCKY? – The grand prize is $10,000 and there will be 61 other cash prizes, ranging from $50 to $3,000, when St. Mary’s High School, 142 Laverack Ave., holds its third annual Bash for Cash Saturday evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. The party begins at 7.

Tickets are $50, admitting two, 21 and older, and include pizza, beer, pop and wine. Outside beverages and snacks are permitted. New this year will be a basket raffle. All proceeds benefit the school. For more info, call Kevin Kelleher at 683-4824.

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UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS – Things will be hopping on two levels Saturday in Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo.

In the Good Shepherd Room on the upper level, there will be a Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free blood pressure screenings, free flu shots for those with insurance cards and free 15-minute chiropractic chair massages. There also will be health insurance counseling, information on diabetes and health care proxies, and hypnosis therapy.

Meanwhile, in the Social Hall down below, there will be a vendor show, baked goods sale and theme basket auction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring upward of two dozen vendors with household goods, personal care items and jewelry. For more info, call the church office at 824-2787.

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TIME OF NEED – Left paralyzed by a boating accident in June 2014 just before she was to graduate from Albion High School, Ashley Wiegele has been virtually housebound ever since in an apartment not designed for a wheelchair and must call for a special van to go to medical appointments.

To help provide a wheelchair van for her family, friends and members of the community are holding a “Rock ’n’ Roll for Ashley” fundraiser from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Club, 428 W. State St., Albion.

Solo performers Gregg Albertson and Shannon Vanderlaan will take the stage first, followed by several local bands, including Delano Steele and Atomic Swamis. Tickets are $5 at the door. Food will be available for purchase. To donate online, visit crowdrise.com and search for Ashley Wiegele. For more info, call (585) 944-0678.

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BIG CATCH – Ten Lives Club, the cat adoption group in the Southtowns, will hold a Halloween fish fry from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Other food items such as shrimp and chicken fingers also will be available, and there will be theme baskets and auctions. In the spirit of the season, black and orange cats will be available for adoption for a discount fee of $25.

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THE ART OF SONG – Opera comes to the Grand Theater in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in the old Niagara Falls High School, 1201 Pine Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday in the person of soprano Karen D’Angelo. Accompanying her in bel canto selections will be pianist Ivan Docenko. The program, part of Western New York Opera Week, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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ALL SHOOK UP – The Western New York Elvis Appreciation Society presents “A Tribute to Western New York’s Military Heroes” from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. Terry Buchwald will perform his country-rock show, which includes A Visit From the King.

Tickets are $12 advance, $17 day of the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Western New York Heroes Inc., which assists local veterans. For tickets and info, call 860-1030.

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SPOOKY DOINGS – Explore Buffalo’s Silo City ground tour will strike an otherworldly tone from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Joining the expedition through the ground floors of the abandoned grain elevators on Childs Street (now designated as Silo City Row) will be paranormal investigators from Momentum Paranormal and local psychic medium Ivy Rivera. Each guest will have a chance to ask Rivera one question.

Space is limited. Reservations are required. No sandals or open-toed shoes are permitted. Cost is $25. For info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mark Grisanti, Jodi Johnston, Sushil Amlami, Shakeel Ahmad, Joan La Mendola, Lisa Kessler, Paddy Dunbar, Steven Podkulski, Bruce Moser, Dolores Wiepert, Patrick N. Dunbar, Ed Weishaupt and Dolores Monahan.

AND THURSDAY – Colin Patrick Conners, Judith Tomassi, Charles Riley, Cathy Carfagna, Mark Gaughan, Len Lenihan, Fortunato Pezzimenti, Jerry Zremski, Nelson R. Locher, Jenna Hassett, Ed Kowalczewski, Mary Ellen Prell, Sister Madeline Marie Jadrzejewski, Tracy Hooley, Tara Hatrick, Gert Luther, Denise Donahue, Denise McCabe, Sean McGirr, Eloise Popp, Roger Becker, Ken Kabacinski, Ken Tomaka, Laurie Burgasser, Tim Colling, Chris Schreiber, Matt Jurek and William McLeister Wolf.

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