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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 29

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Garry Shandling, born on this date in 1949, “They should put expiration dates on clothing so we men will know when they go out of style.”

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NO WAITING – See an original work of art that you like on display Thursday evening and take it right then and there for just $20, that’s the premise of the annual Art Off The Wall Exhibition and Fundraiser in the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda.
Early viewing begins at 6 p.m. and purchasing starts at 7. Donation at the door is $10, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary beverage. At 8, admission is free, with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres for sale. For more info, visit carnegieartcenter.org.

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COLLEGE PREVIEW – D’Youville College will hold College Access Pathways Day for high school seniors and their families who live in Buffalo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the college’s School of Arts, Sciences and Education Building on Prospect Avenue.
The session will offer help in completing financial aid forms and provide a four-year college simulation. Raffles will be held throughout the day and refreshments will be available. To register, call 829-8200 or email collegeaccesspathways@dyc.edu.

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SANTA SIGHTINGS – Theme baskets, a variety of vendor booths and children’s activities will be featured as St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, holds its 73rd annual Family Christmas Fair from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall.
Santa will visit with youngsters from 2 to 4 p.m. A variety of homemade food will be served in the kitchen. For more info, call the rectory at 833-1715.

Come Sunday morning, families can sit down to a pancake breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves in the ballroom at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Seatings are at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Youngsters will have a chance to visit with Santa and have photos taken. Tickets are $8, $5 for members. Reservations are required. Call 689-1440 or visit bnhv.org.

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HEAVENLY HARMONY – The 120-voice Buffalo Choral Arts Society, directed by Marcia A. Giambrone with John A. Mitton, accompanist, introduces this year’s edition of its annual holiday concert, “All on a Starry Night” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. Mary’s Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.
The chorus, voted best vocal ensemble in Buffalo for five years in a row, then visits St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., in downtown Buffalo, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Final performance is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.
The program includes Handel’s “Messiah” and a variety of artfully arranged carols and other holiday songs. Tickets are $15. Group rates are available. For info and tickets, call 775-SONG (7664) or visit buffalochoralarts.org.

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A wave erupts from beneath the frozen lake surface.

WINTER WONDERS – Find out everything you need to know about ice volcanoes in a program at 2 p.m Sunday at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca.
David McQuay, an environmental educator for New York State Parks Interpretive Programs, will explain what causes these phenomena on ice-covered Lake Erie, show photos of them and talk about other frosty features that are likely to form during the next few months.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 677-4843.

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READY FOR SNOW – Looking forward to snowy days ahead are the cross-country skiers of the Buffalo Nordic Ski Club, who will hold their annual open house from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Wick Center at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.
The evening will include a video covering beginning and advanced cross-country skiing, waxing clinics, equipment and clothing from area ski shops, and door prizes. Admission is free. All are welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Moey Brinkworth, Molly McNamara Cook, Joyce L. Wilson, Kathy Longton, Giavanna Sacco, Mickey Kubik, Lauren Gwizdowski, Bob Higgins, Pat Howells, Shelly Mueller, Jenna Mulderig, Ed Marciniak, Jason Baginski, Marcia Ciapa, Dennis Slisz and Alexa Finn.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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