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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to fast-food pioneer Harland “Colonel” Sanders, born on this date in 1890, “There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.”


DOUBLE DUTY – It’s a busy weekend at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. at Portage Road. It begins when the NACC and the Vice Consulate of Italy host a fundraiser for Italian earthquake victims at 6 p.m. Saturday, with a dinner catered by Fortuna’s Restaurant and the Marketside Restaurant.

Tickets are $20 and must be pre-paid. They are available at Fortuna’s, 827 19th St., Niagara Falls; at Marketside, 712 E. Market St., Niagara Falls, and at the NACC. For more info, call 282-7530.

Meanwhile, the Western Door Playhouse in the NACC will present “Another Evening with Tom Slaiman,” featuring the Grand Island humorist and raconteur, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors.


FIGHTING FORCE – The 100th New York Infantry Regiment, organized in Buffalo in 1861, will be highlighted at the Civil War Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

The program will include artifacts and guest speakers. Admission is $8, $6 for military personnel and seniors and $4 for children under 12. For more info, call 689-1440 or visit


WINNERS WANTED – Blessed Mother Teresa Parish at St. James Church will hold its seventh annual appliance and electronics raffle Saturday evening at 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Tickets are $30 for a chance at 30 prizes, including a snow blower, lawn mowers, a laptop computer and a variety of large-screen TVs. Tickets include a sandwich and beer, pop, coffee and snacks. For tickets, call George Thomas at 668-5118.


ON THE MOVE – More than 1,000 are expected Sunday morning at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo for the fifth annual Moving Day sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation of Western New York. This year’s program will alert firefighters to their higher risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease.

A celebration of movement, a key therapy in battling Parkinson’s, the event will include Tai Chi, yoga, exercise, a drum circle and a three-mile walk along the Buffalo waterfront. Gates will open at 8 a.m. The walk will begin at 10. Proceeds benefit research and local programs for those with Parkinson’s. For more info and to register, visit


GRAB A PLATE – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will serve a free hot community meal from 4 to 7 p.m. this Friday. For info, call 864-2989.

Immaculate Conception Church, 8791 S. Main St., Eden, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Meals are $8 adults, $5 kids under 12. There also will be free face painting. Proceeds support Mara Wickett in her mission to Ecuador with Heart’s Home, an international Catholic organization.

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, will hold a chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 advance, $11 at the door. Proceeds benefit veterans in need. For info, call 681-8387.

Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive near Sweet Home Road, Amherst, will hold its annual Chiavetta’s barbecue chicken dinner and theme basket raffle from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $12. Proceeds benefit the church’s youth ministry and community outreach programs.


ART AND MORE – A variety of activities will accompany the 59th annual Alden Lancaster Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Firemen’s Memorial Bandstand Park in the center of the Village of Alden.

Attractions include a chicken barbecue beginning at noon, hosted by the Alden Hook and Ladder Fire Company, 11865 Broadway (Route 20); a book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ewell Free Library, 13280 Broadway; and tours from 2 to 4 p.m. of the Alden Historical Society museum, 13213 Broadway.


BARGAIN TIME – Speaking of books, the Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library will hold their quarterly book sale this weekend in the library at 4570 S. Buffalo St. Following a preview sale for members from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, the sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Books will be offered, along with household and kitchen wares, small furniture, tools, records and clothing, when University United Methodist Church, 410 Minnesota Ave., holds its annual huge indoor garage sale and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall. A bag sale will begin at noon.


SACRED SOUNDS – Bands from area churches will play from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Cathedral Park Jamboree in Cathedral Park next to St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 139 Pearl St. Lawn chairs and picnic baskets are welcome.

Music by Mary Beth King and the Michael Bly Band will be featured at SS. Peter and Paul School’s Fall Fest on Saturday on the school grounds, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. The program begins with an alumni Mass at 4:30 p.m., followed by a chili and soup cook-off, a cupcake war, children’s activities and a beer tent. Admission is free.

Dove Award-winning singer and songwriter Mitch McVicker and WDCZ vocal contest winner Arthur Ward III will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS – The Junior Ladies of Charity at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, which consists of girls in grades 6 to 12 dedicated to helping the poor, elderly and disabled, will hold an ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria of St. Mary’s Elementary School, 2 St. Mary’s Hill (Aurora Street), Lancaster, to introduce the group to prospective members. For more info, call 681-2957.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kristen Pope, Jill Kelly, Dan Mankowski, Monsignor James Campbell, Sister Mary Raymond Kasprzak, Kirk McKenna, Emily Lickfeld, Erica Guy, Linda Adams, Kayla Whalen, Karen Louth, Megan Moretta, Christina Fecio, Cheryl Caulder, Alyssa Jordan, Brandon Castaldo, Jack McKenna, Sharon Krug, Diane Rogowski and Brendan Haggerty.

AND SATURDAY – Grant Rokitka, Carolyn Thompson Ferreira, Rob Lederman, Nan Hoffman, Susan McGowan, Brian Block, Tim Baldwin, Dom Telesco, Stanley Szymcuk, Marie Tipton, Martha Welte, Pat Walh, Tom Nawotka, Patrick Brady, Waylon Hassett, Paul Palisano, Sister Dolores Ryan, Sharon Roy, Jeanette Nabozny, Sue Farry and Marie Makowski Tipton.

AND SUNDAY – Alice Buczkowski, Jimmy Collier, Gary Lee, Pinky Regan, Catherine Schweitzer, Keenan Toohey, Louise Domagala, Cris Stella, Charlie Guenther, Judy Novelli, Sean Beck, Ed Ballow, Cyndy Canady, Ronald Sieracki, Tom Herr, Linda Rayburg, Johanna Ratajczak, Florence Satko, Armani Bonilla, Benjamin Hadsall and Teresa Durlak.


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