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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, born on this date in 1927, “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.”


HUNGRY? – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, offers a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, take-out only, and include potato, vegetable, roll and dessert. For info, call 685-5766 or 704-5458.


PEN IN HAND – South Buffalo author Brendan J. Cunningham will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to sign copies of his latest book, “Potato Chips for the Soul,” a whimsical take-off on the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series comprising 102 stories.

A licensed real estate broker, Cunningham debuted as an author with “Tricks of the Trade: A Real Estate Broker’s Inside Advice on Buying and Selling a Home.”

His second book, “The Seventh Sense: The Key to Effectiveness in Life and Business,” outlines his formula for success. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit


WINNERS WANTED – Ronald McDonald House will benefit as Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo, holds a vendor show and game night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Bingo cards for 10 games are provided in return for a $10 donation at the door.

Prizes for each game will be provided by 10 different vendors. Pizza and beverages will be available. For more info, call 824-2787.


OPEN DOORS – Homes on Depew, Morris and Woodbridge avenues in Buffalo’s Central Park neighborhood will be featured in Explore Buffalo’s Autumn Tour of Homes from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The self-guided tour will begin at Central Park Methodist Church, 216 Beard Ave., where tickets and souvenir booklets can be picked up. Homes can be visited in any order. Docents will be on hand at each location.

Tickets are $35. A limited number of $65 VIP tickets are available, which include a reception and tour with beverages and hors d’oeuvres in a former Junior League Decorators Show House that is not part of the regular tour. For more info, call 245-3032 or visit


CURTAIN CALL – The Homewood Theater Company is returning to the Lehigh Valley Depot, 86 South Long St., Williamsville, for encore performances of its latest drama, “The Mystery on Telegraph Street,” which was inspired by the nearby Lehigh Valley Railroad section house on Milton Street.

A play in the reader’s theater mode performed by playwright Marty Bauer and his wife, Mary Sue, it will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The audience will be able to tour the depot after each show.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $4 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds will help maintain the depot.


PICTURE PERFECT – All the remaining negatives and proofs compiled by professional Hamburg photographer Bob Kaufman will be available for free on a first-come basis for the next two weekends in the Hamburg Historical Society Museum, 5859 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

Kaufman, who had a studio and camera shop on Main Street for many years, printed thousands of proofs of portraits he took from the 1950s through the 1980s. Visitors can take as many proofs as they want of family, friends and classmates.

The Historical Society also will be selling its collection of nearly 400 Hamburg High School and Frontier High School yearbooks from the 1920s to the 1980s for $5 apiece. For more info, call 648-6320 or visit


TIME OF NEED – Four years ago in August, Dale Hinz of Cheektowaga, a musician who played in the band Thoughts Lost, was riding his motorcycle on Dick Road when he was struck by a car making a left turn. Suffering a major brain injury, he has been largely paralyzed and requires constant care while living with his parents.

To help pay for his needs, friends and family are hosting a benefit Saturday in Hamburg Post 527, American Legion, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg.

Donation is $10 at the door, which opens at 5 p.m. A lineup of eight heavy metal bands is scheduled to start playing at 5:30. For more info, visit the Masked Promoter page on Facebook.


LIVING HISTORY – The Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster, will hold its annual Civil War Lantern Tour on Saturday evening. Featured will be several scripted Civil War-era scenarios inside the house, the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County.

The first tour begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are limited. The tours are not suitable for children or those with difficulty walking. For reservations, call 741-7032.


THREE IN ONE – Northtowns Christian Women’s Connection will hold a triple-deck event at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 in Christ United Methodist Church, Saratoga at Harlem Road, Amherst.

The session will include specialty salads and desserts, a presentation by registered nurse Donna Moran on the health benefits of essential oils and an inspirational talk by author Lisa Haley, “How to Stay Afloat When Life Capsizes You.” Cost is $10. Reservations are needed by Monday. Call 775-5259 or 836-4525.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Scarlet Ray Cleary, Vaughn Keller, Linda Pellegrino, Cathy Kempf, Madeline Lickfeld, Steven Granelli, Pamela Pope, Karen Chmiel, Sally Harper, Tony Niescher, Heather Hassett, Dan Sikorski, Katherine Gibbins, Ashley Guzzetta, William Bliek, Joe Ehnes, Dru Weaver, Colleen Steen, Joseph A. Anthony, Elva L. Anthony, Joann Ehrenreich and Valerie Sweetland.


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