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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the Persian poet and mystic Rumi, born on this date in 1207, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


CHILLS AND THRILLS – Get into the Halloween spirit with a visit to St. Andrew’s Church’s STARCC Raving Mad House, which opens Saturday in the Father Fabian Maryanski Center, the red brick building at Crocker and Gierlach streets, Sloan. Updated and improved each year, it continues every weekend through Oct. 30.

Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 adults, $3 kids 12 and under. Bring a nonperishable food item and get $1 off. Call 892-0425 or


HELPING SCHOLARS – Phocus will provide the music for the fourth annual Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarship fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Potts Banquet Hall, 41 S. Rossler Ave., Cheektowaga. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door, and include beer, pop and light refreshments.

Schmid, who died in 2012, helped organize many community events in Cheektowaga. The scholarships are given to six high school seniors who best exemplify her spirit. For advance tickets, call 771-1076.


CONFIDENTIAL – The Rotary Club of Kenmore will hold its semi-annual Shred-It event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway. Papers and documents, including bank statements, tax filings and medical records, will be accepted in any kind of container. Suggested donation is $10 per box. Proceeds benefit Kenmore Rotary charities.


GOOD READS – Stock up for those long winter nights at the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda, which will host its last used book sale of the year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Paperback books are 50 cents or three for $1. Hardcovers are $1 or three for $2. Buy a bag for $5 and fill it up. Call 213-0554.


SEASON OPENER – Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., kicks off its 2016-17 concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday with “More Jazz, More Swing, More Blues,” featuring Charles Reedy and the Touch’e Band. Suggested donation is $10. For more info, call 833-0301 or visit


WINNING TICKETS – Concordia Lutheran Church, 3121 Beebe Road, Newfane, will hold a basket auction and chowder and bake sale Saturday. Chowder and tickets will be available at 11 a.m. Drawings start at 1 p.m. Winners do not have to be present. Part of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Wilson Conservation Club Auxiliary will hold its annual theme basket auction Saturday afternoon in the club at 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, Wilson. A card of 25 tickets is $7. Doors open at noon. Drawings begin at 2 p.m.


BARGAIN HUNT – About 30 vendors will offer collectibles, clothing, household items and toys at the first of this seasons’s flea markets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Free admission.

Holiday crafts, household items, clothing and baked goods will be featured as the Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 35 Main St., City of Tonawanda, holds its annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


WEEKEND MENU – West Seneca Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 299 Leydecker Road, will hold a steak roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $15 and include salad, potato, rolls and beverage.

Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive off Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, is hosting its annual spaghetti dinner and theme tray raffle from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 kids 4 to 10 and free for youngsters 3 and under, and include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, beverage and dessert. Drawings will follow the dinner.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport, will host a homemade turkey dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $11 adults, $6 children.

The Auxiliary at Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca, will serve a pancake breakfast honoring Gold Star Mothers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7.50 adults, $3.50 children under 12, and include eggs, sausages, orange juice, coffee or tea and unlimited pancakes. Save 50 cents on advance tickets. Call 674-2940 to reserve one.

Holy Ghost Lutheran School will sponsor a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Wheatfield. Dinners are $10 and include baked potato or homemade potato salad, a homemade dessert and beverage. For info, call 731-3030.

The Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd. near Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, will offer a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – David Derrico, Robby Takac, Neil R. Sherwood, Don Tomasulo, Bethany Burrows, Michael Amodeo, Jock Mitchell, Jim Hauernick, Diane Grossman, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Christina Crowley, Nancy Wilcox, Kelly Logel, Kathy Fendya, Elaine Johnson, Lisa Russo, Laura Lee Morgan, Sarah Pawlak, Judy Mulvihill, Karen Murphy Sutton, Nancy Vester and Christopher Standart.

AND SATURDAY – Jackie Butler, Tony Billoni, Elizabeth Nowicki, Owen Roll, Eileen Batt, Barbara Brennan, Courtney Baldwin, Kayla Liszewski, Mary Mulqueen, Tim Collins, Ed Reiller, Jane Czuba, Mary Hetzendorfer, Sharon Hottum and Tyler Radwan.

AND SUNDAY – Erin Krysta Kelley, Jim McCoy, John Borsa, Jim Dumpert, Don Snyder, Brian Castner, Hope Jay, Brett Neubig, Eric Rosen, Siobhan Eager, Mike Curry, Tim Euhus, Margie LaBarbera, Amy Glidden, Kate Hooley, Bruce Allgrin, Trevor Litwin, Julie LaGrow, Darren Weinstock, Barb Weber, Joleen Chauby, Theresa Hibbard, Cathie Coyne, Rich Wozniak and Lynn Dombrowski.


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