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Reporter's Notebook: Oct. 19

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to historian Lewis Mumford, born on this date in 1895, “A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail.”
WHOOPING IT UP – The Matt Urban Human Services Center, which provides a variety of services for the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, will celebrate its 40th year with “Buffalonia,” an evening of food, music and cheer beginning at 5 p.m. Friday in 500 Seneca, the revitalized former F. N. Burt Co. factory building at 500 Seneca St.
Featured will be live music by Those Idiots, playing polka versions of songs by Lady Gaga, AC/DC and others. Tickets include unlimited beer. Local ethnic dishes, wine and mixed drinks will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door and are available online by visiting and clicking on “Fundraiser.” Admission is limited to those 21 and over.
SEE HOW THEY RAN – Buttons, banners, posters and other souvenirs of presidential campaigns dating back to the 19th century will be offered at a Political Memorabilia and Pop Culture Show from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hyatt Place Hotel Buffalo/Amherst, 5020 Main St., Amherst, near the I-290 interchange.

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1968 Nixon campaign button

Also on sale will be Pan American Exposition, patriotic, pop culture and Buffalo-related items. Admission is $5. Students get in free. There will be free appraisals for those who bring in political or presidential items.
Activities will kick off with an auction of 50 presidential and political items at 8 p.m. Friday, with a preview beginning at 7. For more info, email
BARGAIN TIME – An assortment of gently used costume jewelry, handbags, scarves and other accessories will be offered as the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary holds another Baubles, Bangles and More Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the hospital atrium.
TIME OF NEED – Christopher Johnson was just 23 when he lost his life Aug. 16, leaving behind a wife and three children. To help provide for them, friends and family are holding a benefit from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Drive, Lancaster.

Tickets are $25 and include beer, wine, pop, food and music. There also will be auctions and raffles. For tickets and more info, call Dennis Johnson at 247-2242 or Adriana Cordone at 400-4596.

OLD TIMEY TREATS – Youngsters in costume will meet spooky characters and knock on doors of historic houses for candy as Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, hosts its annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Although the evening is designed for those aged 3 to 12, all ages are welcome. Tickets are $8 for children 12 and under, $5 for adults. Children will receive a trick-or-treat bag for their treats and a variety of refreshments and snacks. Reservations are recommended, since the event sells out every year. For more info and tickets, call 689-1440 or visit
DINNER BELL – Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Amherst, will serve a Harvest Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Dinners are $10 adults, $5 for kids under 10, and include roast pork, potatoes, glazed carrots, apple sauce and dessert. For tickets, call 632-1534.
KICK UP YOUR HEELS – The band Nerds Gone Wild will play as the Holy Name Society of St. Gabriel’s Church holds a Halloween dance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.
Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door, and include beer, wine and pop. Prizes will be given for best overall costume and best nerd. Those who attend must be 21 and older. For tickets and more info, call 867-9539 or 668-8709.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dave Cress, Katka Hammond, Tanya Zabinski, Kelly Reilly, Lois Day, Stan Werner, Paul VanArsdale, Vinnie Garland, Robbie Lark, Judi Coder, Patti Waszak, Matthew Sherry and Pam Rose.
AND THURSDAY – Caroline Kelly, Keith Radford, Francisco Vasquez, Carolyn Koelmel, Sue Sasiadek, Sue Graham, Paul Johnson, Chris Ulrich, Gloria Blesy, Cammi Beck, Nicole Johnson, Sister Mary Barbara Juszkiewicz, Kate Panek, Amanda S. Vallone, Bob Felschow, Denise Lanz, Kathy Czajkowski and Annette D. Swann.


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