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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian and actor Buddy Hackett, born Leonard Hacker on this date in 1924, “As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”


PASTA TIME – The new month begins with a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinner is $7 and includes meatballs, salad, bread and butter and beverage. For an extra $1.50, there’s a choice of homemade desserts.


PICK OF THE CROP – It’s that time of year when gardeners suddenly find themselves with too much of Mother Nature’s bounty – tons of tomatoes, scads of squash and zillions of zucchini and other vegetables. Rather than letting them go to waste, Rich Gurbacki has a solution. He’ll come to your garden and take your overstock of fresh veggies to Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz and the food pantry at the Response to Love Center on Buffalo’s East Side. Call him at 361-1145 or email


SEEK AND FIND – This week’s Allentown First Friday Gallery Walk will pick up its pace with a scavenger hunt called the 2016 Art Chase. Teams of four will compete for prizes as they tour the galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Teams must register online, pay a $10 registration fee and have at least one member who can download the GooseChase app to their smartphone. Teams will meet at 6 p.m. Friday to check in at Hyatt’s All Things Creative, 910 Main St., where they will receive event T-shirts and decorate them. Then they will set off to encounter more than 30 challenges at 12 locations. All progress will be followed on the phone app.

For info and registration, visit or find the event on Facebook.


NATURAL WONDERS – Thousands of cacti and other water-storing plants, some of them fashioned to resemble snakes, turtles and other creatures, will be featured in the annual Succulent Exhibit opening Saturday in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. It will continue through Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Sept. 30, when the Gardens will be closed.

In conjunction with the exhibit, “Enchanted Nature,” a show featuring photographs by Sarah J. Carr-Mansouri, who uses a unique metal printing process, will be on display in the Gardens’ Arcangel Gallery. Both displays are included in admission, which is $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students with ID, and $5 for youngsters aged 3 to 12. Garden members are free. For more info, call 827-1584 or visit


MAKING IT BETTER – Kallie’s Krusade, which assists youngsters and families coping with the effects of serious childhood diseases, will hold its fourth annual fundraiser Monday, Labor Day, at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, 433 E. Terrace Ave., Lakewood.

The day’s activities begin at 10 a.m. with a motorcycle ride around Chautauqua Lake with a stop in Bemus Point, followed by 5K color runs, in which participants are sprayed with colored powder throughout the course. A colorless option is available.

There also will be children’s games and activities, mascots and superheroes in costume, live music and a deejay, a cornhole tournament, auctions, raffles and a health and wellness expo that includes a Unyts blood drive and registry for potential bone marrow donors. Veterans of Modern Warfare also will host a chicken barbecue. For more info, registration and donations, visit or find the event page on Facebook.


HELP WANTED – People Inc. will hold another open interview day for job seekers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Wednesday in the community room of its Marigold Senior Living facility, 3026 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Positions are available full time and part time on day, evening and overnight shifts for group home staff, behavior technicians, community-based instructors and nurses.

No appointments are needed. Training will be offered. Applicants should bring copies of their résumés and dress professionally. Descriptions of the jobs are available online at Those who cannot attend the interview may submit an application via the website.


ALL THE ANSWERS – The series of free computer classes for Town of Lockport residents continues from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road, with a session on gadgets and gear. Those attending can bring their devices – eReaders, phones and laptop and tablet computers – to get their questions answered. To register, call 433-5935, Ext. 3, or visit


RECONNECTING – Retrouvaille Buffalo, a program which since 1989 has been helping married couples rediscover their relationships, will hold its next weekend retreat Sept. 9 to 11. Pre-registration is required. For info and to register, call 474-9371 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Barbara Katrein-Deci, Maurine Begeny, Nancy Tobin, Alan Kempf, Ann Marie Prell, Kara Park, Eileen Virginia, Kevin Herr, Marie Ulrich, Brian Jaehn, Steve Gartz, Mary Saraceno, Alan Cialone, Tom Jaworski, Amy Jaworski, Timothy Roland, Aidan Allman, Carol Albrecht, Jennifer Petrakis, Tyler Colwell, Genevieve Kuca, James Lanz and Scott Allen.

AND THURSDAY – Bob Hartmann Jr., Jacqueline Gallagher O’Neill, Wyatt Young, Lance Pollock, Jeff Gordon, Melissa Holmes, Valerie Pillo, Willie “Hutch” Jones, Pauline Hawver, Dorie Meyer, Deshell Fields, Gene Fahey, Kathy Aures, Lilly Grace Griggsby, Sam Granelli, Ben Staddon, Nancy Sanders, Elaine Kubisty and Phyllis Drozd.


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