OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer and actor Frank Sinatra, born on this day in 1915, “Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy.”
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I’m looking a little shabby now
I’m sure that most of you know
About the long life I have led
The tale of the recycled bow.
I’ve gone from the crisp bright adornment
On a package unused and new
To a last ditch effort by Mom
Who noticed she bought far too few
To cheer up the presents wrapped with care
And paid for with hard cold cash
This may be the last time I brighten a box
Before I get thrown in the trash.
But perhaps by some trick of Frugal Fate
I’ll be saved in a recycled bag
To be used next year just one more time
Along with a brand new gift tag.
– Diana Notaro
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LAST CHANCE – Today is the deadline for reservations for the Joy of Christmas Luncheon hosted by the Northtowns Christian Women’s Connection at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.
The program begins with joyful songs from the singing sister duo of Sandy Cumming and Pam Domon. After a full-course meal, there will be a dynamic inspirational talk by Harlow Gordon, a former corrections officer.
Men are welcome. Cost is $20. Call 775-5259 or 836-4252 for reservations.
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STRAIGHT TALK – One of a statewide series of public forums on addiction recovery will be held at 6 p.m. today in the Hyatt Place/Amherst Hotel, 5020 Main St., Amherst. The Recovery Talks: Community Listening Forums provide an opportunity to offer personal experiences in recovery, dealing with drug and alcohol addiction or the loss of a friend or family member.
Public comment will be included in a published report that will help state officials in making policies regarding addiction and recovery. The session is sponsored by Save the Michaels of the World and the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
To register, visit the Erie County Department of Health website at erie.gov/health and search for “Community Forum Recovery Talks.”
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REDISCOVERED – “John Edmonston Brent, Buffalo’s First African-American Architect (1889-1962)” will be the topic in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Speaker will be Christine Parker, who co-curated the exhibit on Brent at the Burchfield Penney Art Center earlier this year.
The program begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library at Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on the architecture of Rome.
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.
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DIG IT – Local jazz saxophone master Phil DiRe will be featured at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Jazz at the Williamsville Meeting House concert series at 5658 Main St., Williamsville. Accompanying him will be pianist Bobby Jones and bassist Jim Colemon. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.
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INSIDE GLIMPSE – There’s just one home on the special Explore Buffalo Holiday Home Tour on Thursday evening, but it promises to be magnificent. It’s the residence of the Eoannou family at 150 Chapin Parkway, which is outfitted with vintage and unusual decorations, including a Christmas sleigh from the AM&A’s department store. Samples from Black Squirrel Distillery will enhance the festive spirit.
Admission is $15. Reservations are encouraged, but not necessary. Shoe covers will be provided and will be required inside. No interior photography is allowed.
There will be two ticketing periods, one beginning at 4 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. The tour will take 30 to 45 minutes. For more info, visit explorebuffalo.org or call 245-3032.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Albe Pilon, Owen Krozos, Colben Krozos, Logan Krozos, Robert A. Niles, Tonnalee M. Batchelor, Annette Hodgens, Amrom Chodos, Eleanor Brown, Janet Marcia Archer, Mary Lalor-Timmins, Beverly Wells, Michael Poretta and Dan F. Lelito.