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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French poet Paul Valery, born on this date in 1871, “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”


STRANGE SOUNDS – Providing a spooky soundtrack for Halloween treat-or-treaters and their families from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday will be musician Phil Mann. Those who come to his door at 117 Peinkofer Drive off Union Road in Cheektowaga will be serenaded by the eerie electronic sounds of a theremin, an instrument that provided the backdrop for films like “Spellbound” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

An instrumentalist, singer and arranger, Mann moved to Cheektowaga in February after more than 30 years in South Florida. He is a percussionist with the Amherst Chamber Ensembles and the Cheektowaga Symphony and plays in the house band at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Buffalo.


HELPING THE HOMELAND – A Halloween party beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Ukrainian Home Dnipro, 562 Genesee St., will benefit an effort to provide winter uniforms for eight combatants who are defending the Ukraine in the eastern part of the nation. Tickets are $20 and include beer, snacks and music.


HIGH AND DRY – A game of Towel Bingo, with beautiful bath towels as prizes, will be played Sunday in the Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Sponsored by the Cathedral Ladies Guild, it starts at 1 p.m., with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $5 and includes a towel bingo board, a chance at a door prize, coffee and dessert. Food will be available for purchase. Extra boards are $1 each, or three for $2. For info, call 685-5766.


WINNERS WANTED – The Second Chance Sheltering Network will host its annual chance auction Sunday afternoon in Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Doors open at 1 p.m. Drawings start at 3:30. Admission is $10, which includes five auction tickets, a beverage and dessert. Those who bring a 3½-pound or larger bag of Purina One cat or kitten food will receive 15 auction tickets. Donations for the Alden-Marilla Food Pantry also will be accepted.


SUNDAY SPECIALS – The Sheridan Drive Lions Club will hold its annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $6. Kids under 5 eat free. There also will be a basket raffle.

At least 30 varieties of soup and chili will be served up as the Kiwanis Club of Marilla holds an all-you-can-eat soup-tasting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Marilla Community Center, 1810 Two Rod Road. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 10, and include salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. There also will be a bake sale. All proceeds benefit the Alden-Marilla Food Pantry.

The Brighton Place Library will sponsor its 11th annual spaghetti dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Rizzo’s Casa di Italia Restaurant, 2763 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. There also will be basket raffles, auctions and other prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and are available at the library at 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and auction Sunday. Dinner, served from 4 to 6 p.m., is $10, $6 for kids 6 and under, and includes two meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. Add two extra meatballs for $1. Also starting at 4 p.m. is the bidding for the silent auction with themed tables. The tables will close every 10 minutes from 6 to 7 p.m. For info, call 875-1962.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Elliott Powell, Dick Brox, Bertha Drayton, Gitti Barrell, Tom Brown, Roxann Hassett, Randall Allen, Christina Crowley, Jack Janiszeski, Marci Blattenburger, Paul Sasiadek, James Niwinski, Nicholas McCabe, Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, Sister Mary Christinette Lojewski, Jackie Graham, Ross Guarino, Joann Harris, Marybeth Nelson, Amanda Cammarano, Ginny Menig, Matt Brind’Amour, Jody Powley, Aaron Yeates, David Meyer, Richie Palmer, Beverly Rogalski, Joe Rozak, Evelyn Nowacki, Phillip Page, Greg Kuminski, Dakota Kuminski-Szlis and Darrell Pierce.

AND SATURDAY – Patrick Concannon, Dan Herbeck, Jeanne Buczkowski, Miri Salamone-Burnett, Colleen Cullen, Dee McCarthy, Ginger Parker, Marge Clifford, Joan Sabio, Cathleen Lasky, Shirley Manspeaker, Gene Kowal, Alison Russo, Jim Vitale, Bridget Sweet, Brendan Sweet, Ella Makowski, Rick Halor, Meghan Driscoll, Karen Young, Richard Fay, Jerry Stesjewski and John Farruggio.

AND SUNDAY – A.R. Gurney, Christopher R. Poole, Jaclyn McKewan, Matt Moulson, Carl Kujawa, Beth Safe, Linda Albert, Jim Bielmann, Sylvia Haendiges, Fiona Haggerty, Carolyn Dearth, Maria Billittier, Kathleen Morcelle and Andy Dissette.