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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the man who built the McDonald’s hamburger chain, Ray Kroc, born on this date in 1902, “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”


KA-POW! – Comic books rule this week at the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda.

The new Anime Meet-Up group holds its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to watch and talk about anime, manga and Japanese culture. Recommended for those 13 and older, it’s limited to 35 participants.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the library hosts “Superhero Smash!,” a mini comic book convention hosted by Queen City Bookstore with free comic books, Visions comic artists, appearances by superheroes and drawing contests. All ages are welcome. For info, call 332-4375.


MIDWEEK MENU – The West Seneca Lions Club hosts a chicken barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the WNY Federal Credit Union, 1937 Union Road at Race Street, West Seneca. Dinners are $10. For more info, call Mike Betti at 997-3131 or Mike Smith at 866-5830.

Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, serves its monthly spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Dinner is $7 and includes meatballs, salad, bread and butter and beverage. For an extra $1.50, there’s a choice of homemade desserts.


JOINT EFFORT – A Chromatic Club and Community Music School recital will be featured this week at Fridays at Westminster, the free lunchtime concert series from noon to 12:30 p.m. Fridays in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. The program features pianist Linda Mabry, soprano Audrey Shafer and pianist Antonella DiGiulio. As usual, food trucks will be outside serving lunch. For more info, call 632-7856.


EIGHT ARMS – The Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, will celebrate World Octopus Day on Saturday with its first-ever live octopus demonstration at 12:45 p.m.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to share how truly amazing these animals are,” says marking coordinator Anna Kate Beigel. “Our octopus, Prince, loves playing with toys and guests will be thrilled to learn more about these fascinating animals.”

Admission is $13 for adults, $11.25 for seniors over 60 and $9 for kids aged 3 to 12. For more info, call 286-9381 or visit


MARK THE CALENDAR – Women Interested in Cystic Health will hold their annual silent auction and luncheon next Wednesday at the Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence. The auction begins at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. For info, call 634-5455.


CHURCH NOTES – An evening focused on Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Representatives from Girard House, the Response to Love Center, Mother Teresa House, Harvest House, Kairos and Catholic Charities will participate. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit

Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue, will hold a blessing of animals at 11 a.m. Saturday on the front steps of the church. For info, call 824-2787.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, will offer its annual blessing of pets from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday. Pets of all kinds are welcome. For more info, call Lori Olivieri at 656-7790.

A non-denominational course in Bible Basics for those who want to understand the Bible better will be offered in six weekly sessions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 20 in Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1459 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. The course, which is free, will be led by Rev. Charles F. Lamb, the church’s new transitional pastor. For more info and to register, call 260-1217.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of West Falls, 53 West Falls Road, West Falls, will host a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 to introduce the Stephen Ministry, a system for training laypeople to provide Christian care to people in need. It also will help congregations expand their caring ministries.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Fee is $15 or $50 for four people from the same congregation. Refreshments will be served. For more info and to register in advance, call (314) 428-2600 or visit

The Lutheran learning community of Western New York will continue its preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation next year with a discussion of Luther’s third essay, “The Freedom of a Christian,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in St. John Lutheran Church, Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ward Road, Wheatfield. For more info, call Rev. Alan Bauch at 434-3106.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kim Sturme, Bret McGrath, Colleen Reedy, Audrey Mangan, Herb Flemming, Daycia McClam, Chris Smyntek, Norma Porter, Paul Waara, Chet Binda, Autumn Beck, Loretta Rishel, Rosemary Kersten, Gina Battaglia, Peter Battaglia III, Sarah Mason, Jimmy Panek, Cleatrice Hinshaw, Annie Francoforte and Nathan Parsons.

AND THURSDAY – Tom Satori, Gary Carney, Brian Higgins, Tyler Ennis, Jay Rey, John LaFalce, Brandon Lysenko, Ellen Christine Lucas, Barbara Ganis, Peter Ruettimann, Aubrey Kempf, Joe Zelasko, Traci Astyk, Carl Zemrak, Maggie Conlon, Colleen Reedy, Maria Rich, Dan “Pooh Bear” Shalloe, Cleatrice Hinshaw, Tom Januchowski and Nancy Gawronski Robinson.


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