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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to guitar superstar Jimi Hendrix, born on this date in 1942, “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

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GIFTS GALORE – One-of-a-kind items from local artisans are featured at the Holiday Gift Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Lofts at Lafayette in the Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave. at Lafayette Avenue. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Food Bank of Western New York.

The Springville Women of the Moose hold their annual holiday craft show and bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Springville Moose Lodge, 13080 Buffalo Road, Springville.

Meanwhile, the Gerry Fire Department Auxiliary holds its 33rd annual Santa’s Craft Bonanza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds, 4351 Route 60. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance at 11:30 a.m. Sleigh and wagon rides will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. Also happening Saturday is the community’s first Holiday Festival, starting at 1 p.m. in Gerry Town Park.

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AWAY IN A MANGER – The incredible array of international Nativity sets collected by Father Roy T. Herberger – more than 560 of them from 55 countries – goes on display once again for the holidays this weekend in SS. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory St. at Eagle Street, where Father Roy is the pastor. Admission is free. They can be seen from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20 and again Jan. 2 and 3. For weekday group tours, call Father Roy at 852-2076.

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HE’S EVERYWHERE! – Saturday is a busy day for Santa Claus. At 10:15 a.m., he arrives via one of Buffalo Southern Railroad’s vintage Alco locomotives at the Village of Hamburg’s historic Erie Railroad Depot, Scott and Union streets, then will meet children until 5 p.m. in the Artcraft Toy Trains store inside the depot.

Meanwhile, thanks to Santa magic, the Jolly Old Elf will arrive at 11 a.m. to kick off the Holidays at the Market celebration in the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway. The Children’s Choir from Our Lady of Hope Church will perform carols. Santa returns to the market every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 19, then makes daily appearances Dec. 20 to 23.

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HOLIDAY HARMONY – The 50-voice Lewiston Choraleers, directed by Donald D. Shrimpton, brighten spirits for the next two weekends with their holiday program, “The Season of Love,” featuring traditional, contemporary, ethnic and international holiday music.

This weekend finds them in Niagara Falls for performances at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Vincent de Paul Parish (St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church Site), 2748 Military Road, and at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 140 Rainbow Blvd.

Next weekend they’re in Lewiston, taking part in the Lewiston Christmas Walk with a performance at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 620 Center St. They finish at 2 p.m. Sunday in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. All performances are open to the public. Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

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CHRISTMAS PAST – Although he’s best known for his one-man Mark Twain shows, in recent years WKBW-TV meteorologist Mike Randall has focused his talents on another 19th century literary giant, Charles Dickens, ever since he discovered that Dickens appeared in Buffalo in 1868.

He recreates Dickens’ best-known story in “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” at 2 p.m. Sunday in Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway. There also will be wine tasting and other activities. For info and tickets, call Dog Ears Bookstore at 823-2665.

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SWING INTO ADVENT – Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Amherst, will host the Ron Corsaro Jazz Trio at 4:30 p.m. Sunday for a program of Advent Jazz Vespers. The music and Advent reflections will be followed by a soup and bread supper. A free-will offering will be taken. All are welcome. For more info, call 839-2460.

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RAISE YOUR VOICE – No previous choral experience is required to join in the Messiah Sing Along at 7 p.m. Monday in the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. The group, led by Kevin Duncan, a music teacher at Lewiston Porter High School, and accompanied by a baroque orchestra comprised of his students, will sing the Christmas version of Handel’s classic. Copies of the music will be available. For info, call the church office Friday or Monday morning at 754-4944.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jim Kelley Sr., Martha Grace Concannon, Harold “Skip” Travis, Kevin Noonan, Nancy Brock, Emma Sapong, Brian Connolly, Margie Murray, Michael Petrie, Kevin Powell, Tammy Safe, Diana Randall, Don Donahue, Jayne Higgins Griffin, Daryl Oliver, Carol Giallela, Bob Pietraszewski, Cheryl McCool, Lucille M. Wozniak, Robert (Bubba) Schurr and Ava Wojtowicz.

AND SATURDAY – Cory Matthew Farrell, Christopher Jacobs, David Kane, Ivano Toscani, Helene Russo, Annie Cook, Susan Staddon, Maxwell Izzo, Joe Mandeville, Bruce Mitchell, Sam Tiranno, Gwen Sweet, Wally Peters, Sister Mary Gerard Fredrick, Sister Mary Fredrica Polanski, Sister Mary Deanne Miller, Joey Panek, John McFall, Beverly Qualey, Skyler Mann, Billy Seufert, Gina Brogcinski and Chloe Smith.

AND SUNDAY – Cindy Ann Sitterle, Martha Prendergast, Joyce L. Wilson, Linda Tabor, Shelly Mueller, Pat Howells, Jason Baginski, Marcia Ciapa, Dennis Slisz, Giavanna Sacco, Vincent Occhino Sr., Mickey Kubik, Bob Higgins, Gabriel Gonzalez, Mateo Gonzalez, Frank Frandina, Lauren Gwizdowski, Maureen Brinkworth, Kathy Longton and Lucy Rydzynski.

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