OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from humorist and author Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on this date in 1835, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do day after tomorrow.”
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FILLING THE PEWS – The Buffalo Mass Mob is on the move again. This time the roving crowd will celebrate its 19th outing by attending the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at historic St. Stanislaus Church at Peckham and Townsend streets in the heart of the old Polonia neighborhood.
The church will remain open after the service for pictures and tours. For more info on the Mass Mob, visit buffalomassmob.org. For more info on the church, visit ststansbuffalo.com.
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WINNERS WANTED – Hurricane Matthew relief efforts and the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society will benefit from the 2016 Holiday Arts for Artists Auction from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the offices of Outside the Box in the carriage house at 1272 Delaware Ave.
The offerings include paintings by noted local muralist William Y. Cooper, who died in February; photography by George K. Arthur; and items from Rubens Mukunzi, publisher of The Karibu News; Betty Pitts-Foster, artist in residence at Buffalo Arts Studio; University at Buffalo professor James Pappas; and Dawn Martin Berry-Walker, an artist and daughter of Pappy Martin.
VIP bidding seats are $35. General admission bidding seats are $25. Nonbidding seats are $15. All tickets include light hors d’oeuvres and can be purchased online by searching “2016 Art for Artists Auction” at eventbrite.com. For more info, call 445-5122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HERE’S THE BEEF – The Parent Guild of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will host a meat raffle Friday evening in the cafeteria of the school at 601 McKinley Parkway.
Doors open at 6 p.m. First number will be called at 7. Tickets are $5 and include beer, pop and pizza. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted, but outside snacks are allowed.
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CELESTIAL SOUNDS – More than 200 musicians, including major vocal and instrumental ensembles, come together to celebrate the 10th year of Houghton College’s Christmas Prism concerts.
This year’s program, “Glory to God in the Highest,” will recount the Christmas story with traditional carols, classically inspired pieces, modern worship songs, visual accompaniment and a poetic narrative by Houghton alumna Deborah Young.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, 8445 Greiner Road, Clarence, and at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wesley Chapel at Houghton College. Tickets in advance at the church and at Houghton’s Welcome Center are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens 65 and older and children 12 and younger. They will be $5 more at the door. For tickets online, where a service charge applies, visit houghton.edu/prism.
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MARK THE CALENDAR – The Women’s Club of Orchard Park will hold its annual Christmas party luncheon at noon next Wednesday in the Orchard Park Country Club, 4777 S. Buffalo St.
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DAYS OF YORE – Local author Tim Shannon will sign books and give a presentation on Buffalo’s Irish history from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. Topics, which illustrate the books in his “Da’s Shillelagh Trilogy,” include the War of 1812, the Erie Canal, the Great Seiche of 1844, the Canal District, the Civil War and the Fenians. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org.
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LOOKING FOR SANTA? – The Hamburg Rejuvenation Committee will host Christmas at the Cabin, including a visit with Santa, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Log Cabin, 6765 Taylor Road, Hamburg. There will be crafts, caroling, refreshments and live reindeer. Admission is free. A nonperishable food donation is encouraged. For more info, call Cathy Rybczynski at 649-6111, Ext. 2360.
Santa will switch from reindeer to a fire truck to make his arrival at the annual Christmas in the Park, an event for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Tosh Collins Center in Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo.
It’s sponsored by South Buffalo Alive and South Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon. Those attending are asked to bring nonperishable canned food items for donation to the South Buffalo Community Table.
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BARGAIN HUNT – Christmas decorations, new and vintage jewelry, toys, household items and winter clothing will be offered at the annual Holiday Treasures Gala Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Response to Love Center, 130 Kosciuszko St. between Broadway and Sycamore Street behind St. Adalbert’s Church. Admission is $1 for adults and includes a beverage and a treat. Children under 12 are free.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – John Jubulis, Doreen Halt, Molly Halt, Greg Morrisette, Sylvia Campanelli, Cheryl Hanley, Anita Harless, Amber Cornwall Lockhart and Patrick V. Occhino.
AND THURSDAY – Karen Kelley Heck, Jerry Keohane, Phil Fairbanks, Blair Woods, Rebekah Sipos, Seymour H. Knox IV, Brian Dickman, Justin Powell, Donna Saviola, Sister Mary Judith Goehring, Irene Jaeger, Kenny Meshlovitz, Katie Wild Ruminski, Marian Vanni, Louise Biela and Carrie Dellamore.