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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, born on this date in 1452, “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”


UNDAUNTED – East Aurora artist Nancy Hall, who learned to paint with her mouth after she was paralyzed from the neck down in a motorcycle accident in 2000, will be featured in the Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville. Her artwork will be on display and for sale.

Admission is $6, $3.50 for students, seniors and human service employees. To register and for more info, call 629-3626. For more about Hall, visit her Amazing Grace Artworks website at


SAY YES TO A DRESS – High school girls can shop for a free dress for their prom or other special occasion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Performing Arts Dance Academy, 206 Lake St., Hamburg. A large variety of sizes, colors and styles will be available.

The shopping event is sponsored by Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and Urban Valet Dry Cleaners. Dresses and gowns donated by the community were cleaned free of charge. Those attending will be allowed into the shopping area as space allows on a first-come basis.


DOUBLEHEADER – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. near Union Road, West Seneca, will hold a used toy and book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, with all proceeds to assist the St. John’s Community Pre-school.

Meanwhile, the free monthly community dinner at the church will benefit when you eat at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3540 McKinley Parkway in the McKinley Milestrip Center, Hamburg, between noon and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of your total bill to support the dinner, but only if you bring along an “Eat Wings, Raise Funds” coupon. You can find one online on the church’s Facebook page.


DOLLARS AND CENTS – The many charitable works of Modestia Rebekah Lodge 66 will benefit from a craft and vendor show and penny auction from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in St. Patrick’s Church, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Penny auction tickets will be $1 a strip. Lunch will be available. For info, call Debbie Dimmig at 432-8199.


FILL THE FREEZER – The Marilla Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a chance auction and meat raffle Saturday evening in the Marilla Fire Company Recreation Hall, Two Rod Road and West Avenue, Marilla. Doors open at 6 p.m. The raffle begins at 7:30. Admission is $10, which includes refreshments. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. For info, call Sue Schiffmacher at 913-1035 or Tami Wheeler at 805-5988.


POLISH PLEASURES – The Autism Center at Women & Children’s Hospital will benefit from the second annual Pints & Polish Platter Fundraiser from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Historic Gadawski’s Restaurant, 1445 Falls St., Niagara Falls, hosted by the Lewiston/Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children, and include a Polish dinner and samples of micro-brewed beer for adults, pop for children, and Polish music. Tickets are available at the restaurant or by calling 870-1307.

Meanwhile, St. Francis of Assisi Church will hold its seventh annual Polish Festival on Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6. Tickets are $17 for adults, just $1 for children under 14, and include Polish food and beverages. There will be music by Joe Macielag and a performance by the Harmony Folk Dancers. For info, call 693-1150 or 694-0026.


WEEKEND MENU – Niagara Hose Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday. Cost is $4 a quart. Advance orders are accepted from those who drop off containers early.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, will serve a roast beef dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $11 for adults, $6 kids 12 and under, and include mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad and bread. Proceeds benefit the Parish Youth.

Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew, will host a pork chop dinner beginning at noon Sunday. Tickets are $12 at the door. A children’s mac and cheese meal is $3.50 at the door.

SS. Peter and Paul Church will offer a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Social Center, 68 E. Main St., Hamburg. Dinners are $10 and include homemade desserts. There also will be a theme basket raffle. Proceeds will help the needy.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Barbara Shanks Smith, Doug Sherman, Vic Adragna, Margy Toohey, Margaret Eison, Linda Smerka, Pat Chiacchia, Debbie Skakal, Melanie Russell, Gordie Williams, Amanda McQuillan, Adelyn Grace Louth, Judy Hatrick, Nick Tiberio and Shannon Krause.

AND SATURDAY – Joe Benenati, Jane Larcom, Geoff Kelly, Julie Valentine, Faye Evans, Dianne William, Karen Murray, Chloe Bell, Dr. Nedra Harrison, Zach Lesswing, Melissa Higgins Goff, Carmine Pardi, Janis Porretti Preston, Robert Riley, Patricia Jaeger and Sister Mary Lorette Tokasz.

AND SUNDAY – John “Noey” Nostrant, Jacqueline Shanks O’Neill, Melanie Mahoney Prynn, Lisa Rita Snyder, Joan Lawrence, Jacqueline Trace, John Kirsits, Mary Kate O’Connell, Doug Gaston, Karen Safe, Mary Jane Sledz, Judy Franger, Alice McDermott, Kenneth Transki, Helena Mueller, Michaela Mueller, Aidan James Recktenwalt, Connor Thomas Recktenwalt, Daniel LaGrow, Melissa Quinones, Stevie Podkulski, Ella Podkulski, Owen T. Chase, Aidan Hart, Angela McCabe, Bob Stasio, Ron DuBois, Brett McCabe and Maureen Summar.