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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice to parents from author Fran Lebowitz, born on this date in 1950, “Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.”

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GENEROUS GUY – Picking up the tab for 44 flat-screen TV sets for patients in the palliative care and rehabilitation units at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence is restaurateur Russell Salvatore. The founder and president of Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More, and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel, will be officially thanked in a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the center at 10570 Bergtold Road.

Guest speakers will include Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Clarence Town Supervisor David Hartzell and Clarence Town Councilman Patrick Casilio. Salvatore will be presented with a gift of appreciation. A reception will follow in the center’s cafeteria.

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SHOWING THEIR PRIDE – The new North Buffalo Lions Club will host an informational meeting to provide background on the charitable work and other activities of the club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road. For details, call 228-9386 or email 20NHertelLions@gmail.com.

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CHANCES TO WIN – More that 150 prizes will be up for bids as the Valley Community Association holds its annual chance auction basket raffle Wednesday in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., near South Park Avenue and Elk Street. Doors open at 2 p.m., the kitchen opens at 5 and drawings will start at 7. Admission is free. Sheets of 25 tickets are $5. You need not be present to win. For info or to donate a prize, call 823-4707, Ext. 4.

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IN THE KNOW – For Our Daughters, which educates women under 40 about cancer and healthy lifestyle choices, holds its fourth annual Breast Cancer Gala at 6 p.m. Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. The evening will include dinner, live music, raffles and auctions, including a live cake auction. Emcee will be WGRZ-TV newswoman Claudine Ewing. Tickets are $50. For info, call Mercedes Wilson at 930-9345 or email ForOurDaughters2012@gmail.com.

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FRIGHT NIGHT – Paranormal Walks will hold the last of this season’s Saturday night tours of Haunted Hamburg on Halloween. The tour begins at 7 p.m. at Main Street Ice Cream, 35 Main St. Tickets are $10 each, with a discount for anyone dressed in costume. Kids 7 and under are free. Admission includes candy, spooky refreshments, ghostly wristbands and prizes. For more info, visit paranormalwalks.com.

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KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE – Does it help to smile when your heart is breaking? Nancy Weil thinks so.

Weil is guest speaker at the next dinner meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. on Nov. 4 in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Her topic: “Laughter in the Face of Tears.”

Weil is director of bereavement support for the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries and a grief management specialist. She also is the founder of The Laugh Academy and author of “If Stress Doesn’t Kill You, Your Family Might.”

A reception at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner and the program at 6. Tickets are $35, $30 for members of the chapter. All are welcome. To make reservations online, visit bncwomeninc.org.

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CRAM COURSE – Eighth-grade boys will have three chances next month to take the prep class for the entrance exam for Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School at 601 McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo. Sessions will be held at the school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, Nov. 12 and Nov. 18. The exam will be held at 8 a.m. Nov. 21 at the school.

Cost for the class is $85, which includes a test prep book and the $20 fee for the exam. Deadline for reservations and payments is Friday. To reserve a space, call Michael Broderick, the school’s director of admissions and financial aid, at 826-3610, Ext. 237, or email broderick@bishoptimon.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Donn Esmonde, Doris Jones, Preston Brown, Colton Schmidt, Rasmus Ristolainen, William Mosner, Jeffrey Bowen, Brian Hassett, Beth Knodel, Sophia Lawrence, Nadine Thress, McKenzie Higgins, Colleen Weishaupt, Connie Joyce, Mark Pronobis, Kristen Swart, Hazel McGrath Horvattis and Patricia Grasha.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com