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OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, born on this date in 1943, “It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.”


TURNING THE PAGE – Having performed Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio Part I” at this time a year ago, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo Choir, directed by Daniel Bassin, will move ahead to Part II for this year’s Holiday Music service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the church at 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street. The performance is free. Offerings are welcome.


JUST IN TIME – More than 40 artists and artisans will fill both floors of the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. in downtown Buffalo, for the eighth annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace. Handmade offerings include housewares, pottery, knitwear, jewelry, posters and prints. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

New this year is a Letterpress holiday card-making demonstration both days, in which visitors can print their own holiday cards. There’s also an origami holiday ornament workshop. All ages are welcome. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Gift-wrapping also will be available. For more info, visit or call 348-1430.


POLISH CHRISTMAS – St. Casimir’s Church hosts an International Polka Koledy Kick Off on Saturday evening in Potts Banquet Hall in Clinton-Rossler Plaza, 41 S. Rossler St. at Clinton Street, Cheektowaga. Doors open at 6 p.m. A Polish buffet begins at 6:30. The New Direction Band strikes up the music at 7.

The pastor, the Rev. Czeslaw Krysa, will lead a sing-along of carols and bilingual Koledy. There also will be English wassailers and the Kaisertown Carolers and Choir. Tickets are $15 advance, $17 at the door. For more info and tickets, call 824-9589.


STAR SPANGLED – The original Made in America store, 900 Maple Road, Elma, will hold an All American Christmas celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand and a tree-lighting is set for 1 p.m.

There also will be a vendor marketplace, chain saw art by Matt Hannah, food from Rollin’ Smoke BBQ, live music by Ricky Lee with special guest Luca Sullivan, and an appearance by the Maple View Alpacas. Admission is free. For more info, call 652-4872 or visit


ANNUAL TRADITION – The award-winning 85-member American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Post 264, directed by Michael Shaw, will be joined by vocalists Henry Pendleton and Mary Kofahl as it stages its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

The program includes music by John Philip Sousa and Johann Strauss Jr., as well as modern favorites such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Tickets are $12 at the Riviera box office or online at


OOPS! – Thanks to friend of Fub Ken Herkey for pointing out that no date was given for the annual free Christmas party hosted by the Community Dinner Group at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. It’s only a few hours from now, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. All are invited for pizza, salad, beverages, desserts and fellowship.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lisabeth Abt Pieters, Theresa Harris-Tigg, Anthony Conte, Angelia Schmelzinger, Jerry Grodek, Alex Andritz, Karys Brown, Eileen Bender, Carol Kolodziej, Elizabeth Jones, Natalie McNamara, Tracy Krug, Cynthia Dissette, Debbie Brennan, Jessica Weiss, Lindsey Brzozowski and Jeffrey R. Zientara.

AND SATURDAY – Pat Rogers, Bob DiCesare, Marty Boratin, John Segmen, Sylvia Rosen, Chris Fontaneda, Emma Hartz, D. J. Schutt, Sullivan Murphy, Dave Haettich, Ashley Preston, Grayson Golda, Sandy Harvey, Carol Needham, Molly Claire Meegan, Patricia Webster, Joe Schiavone, Sister Michel Beiter, Mike Fasanello, Sheri Kirsch, Arlene Nikiel, Diane Colby, Buck Sumbrum and Kevin Conway.

AND SUNDAY – Maureen O’Neill, Carol Kelley Murphy, Evie Zanner, Frederick Frankhauser, Colleen Cummings, Gloria Brown, Ted Kahn, Gretchen P. Aylward, Raymond Massey, Alison Sasiadek, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates, Ava Heineman, W. Ruth Beckham, Joseph P. Falzone, Stanley Cieslak, Carol Sundquist, Ellen Murphy, Robert M. Grasha and Dorothy Tarnowski.