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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor, comedian and bandleader Jackie Gleason, born on this date in 1916, “The worst thing you can do with money is save it.”


MUSICAL TRIBUTE – The memory of legendary Buffalo blues/rock piano player Stan Szelest, who died in 1991, will be honored at the second annual SzelestFest, hosted by the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St.

Szelest, a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, played with Toronto bluesman Ronnie Hawkins in a group that eventually became The Band. The SzelestFest will feature a band of leading local players. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit the foundation. For more info, visit


SONGS OF THE SEASON – The Voices of Mercy, who provide all the music for services and other events at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, will give a Lenten concert at 7 p.m. Monday in St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. It’s free and open to the public. For more info, call 688-8370.


GAME CHANGERS – Forest Lawn is full of notable 19th-century innovators whose inventions ranged from air conditioning to the electric chair. They are the subject of this week’s Sunday in the cemetery presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, 1990 Main St. Tickets are $15; visit


FISH FRY SEASON – Here are a few Friday fish fries that we’ve been hearing about:

• Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 115 O’Connell Ave., 4 to 7 p.m. Dinners are $12 and include beer-battered fish, French fries, two side salads and bread. Drinks and desserts will be available. For info, call 852-2671.

• St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Cultural Center, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, 4 to 7 p.m. Fish dinners and shrimp baskets, plus choice of many homemade sides. Nut rolls and torta rolls also are available.

• St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2239 West Creek Road at Wilson-Burt Road, Burt, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinners are $9.50 and include fried fish or shrimp, French fries or potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and beverage. For take-outs, call 778-7633.

• St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 61 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dinners are $11, $5 for children, and include baked or battered fish or chicken fingers, potato salad or baked potato, coleslaw, dessert and beverage.

• AMVETS Hank Nowak Post 45, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, 4 to 8 p.m. Dinners are $10.50 and include broiled, battered or breaded fish, cole slaw, macaroni salad and lazy pierogi. There’s also shrimp, scallops, crab cakes, chicken and specialty sandwiches, plus a children’s menu. For info, call 823-3147.


OTHER OPTIONS – The PTA of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, 500 Parkhurst Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, will offer a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria. Dinners are $10. There also will be a basket raffle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gym. Numbers will be drawn at 4:30. You need not be present to win.

The Erie County Council Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary hosts its third annual all-you-can-eat Soup-A-Thon from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251 from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and include samples of all the homemade soups. Desserts and beverages are available. There also will be raffles and auctions. For more info, call Kathleen Blake at 774-8208.

Who makes the best pizza? The friends and families of Boy Scout Troop 60 of St. Teresa’s Parish will put that to a vote in their fifth annual South Buffalo Pizza Fest from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the parish gym, 33 Mineral Springs Road. At least seven pizzerias will compete in four categories. Admission is $2 advance, $3 at the door. Food and beverage tickets are $1. For info and tickets, call Dan Scheck at 823-2260 or Dan Scheck Jr. at 472-9761.

The Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department will holds its 20th annual chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the fire hall at 16 Nash Road. Dinners are drive-through only, $9 advance, $10 at the door.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marlene Flury, Matthew Skipper, Renee Frydrych Andreeff, Ray Kleinfelder, Lewis Hoffman, Robert W. Keating, Debbie Dodolak, Ayris Gonzalez, Richard Cowan, Christopher Collins, Greg Comrie, Lucia Ferratella, Derek Forney, Jane Turner, Agnce Bugenhagen, Chickie Evans, Tara Rogowski, Stanley Bernys, Connie Hurley, Lorraine Pawlowski, Anthony Franko and Maureen Polowy.

AND SATURDAY – Lynda Schneekloth, Isabelle Banas, JoAnn Falletta, Bonnie Miller, Beth McNally, Sirribih Ndeso-Antanga, David Wentland, Emily Franklin, Brianna Fischer, Tiffany Huller, Carrianne Schaller, Robert Szymkowiak, Bridget Kinsley, Ginny Barone, Tiffany Huller, Christine Blackwell Bieger, Joe Karb, Vicki Qi, Andy Lyons, Tina Toepfer, Joseph Vangalio, Ron Brown, Betty Walrod, Nadine Pazder, Marie Lazarz, Christine Boczar, Morgan Kistner and Alan Friedrich.

AND SUNDAY – Lauren Shanks Van Horn, Dave Murph Liebler, Chris Piper, Laura Winchester, Corey Tarreto, Michael Morgulis, Dolly Handzlik, June Terhaar, Maxwell Haggerty, Rev. Robert J. McArtney, Amanda Day, Pattie Losito, Pam Roman, Marion Keen, Andrew Franz, Courtney Bondanza, Molly Blatt, Linda Mucyn, Judith Major, Marge Coppola, Marge Loomis, Deana La Nasa, Mary E. Cullen and John Meyers.