OLAF FUB SEZ: According to humorist David Sedaris, born on this date in 1956, “All of us take pride and pleasure in the fact that we are unique, but I’m afraid that when all is said and done the police are right: it all comes down to fingerprints.”
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The essence of Christmas is in the air
The spirit of family and friends who care.
Snow falls silently from the sky
A chorus of cherubim carol on high.
Trees are covered in sheer lacy white
Sore eyes find comfort in the sight.
Winds decorate in artful drifts
Nature offers its Christmas gifts.
Each fireplace glows giving warmth and light
Throughout each hour this holy night.
We grant glory to God from evening ‘til morn
Proclaiming the day our Savior was born.
– Diana Notaro
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AWAY IN A MANGER – St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst, will stage a walk-through Living Nativity from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday in the Parish Gathering Rooms. Various scenes will depict the journey to Bethlehem and will feature live animals and a children’s choir of angels. All are welcome.
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OLDER AND WISER – The IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series will celebrate its seventh anniversary during its weekly session at noon Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
The program will begin with a Great Courses Video on scientific discoveries, followed by a discussion co-sponsored by the WNY STEM Hub.
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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JUST FOR FUN – The Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, featuring games, snacks, stories, music, craft projects, puzzles and letter writing to veterans. Personal items and paper products will be collected for donation to the West Seneca Food Pantry.
Visitors also are invited to cast ballots for their favorites in the annual photography contest on the final day that it’s on exhibit. At 2 p.m., votes will be tabulated and the winner will receive the People’s Choice Award. For more info, call 677-4843.
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RING OUT THE OLD – What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Why not say goodbye to 2016 by dancing to nine terrific musicians at the second annual New Year’s Eve Gala at Ripa’s Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave. at Pavement Road, Lancaster. On stage beginning at 9 p.m. will be the Buffalo Jazz & Swing Band, playing favorites of every era from Glenn Miller to Michael Buble.
Tickets are $60 and include a dinner buffet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., hats, noisemakers and a champagne toast at midnight. For tickets and more info, call Ripa’s at 684-2418 or Lou Mustillo at 517-6537.
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TIME OUT – Olaf Fub will take the day off Tuesday to return those awful Christmas sweaters he found under the tree. Reporters’ Notebook will return Wednesday.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kristina Nelson Smith, Sally Travis, Barbara Smith, Helen Kuszniaj, Alet Brooklyn Stelmach, Mike Healy, Dr. Russell Carlson, Marilyn Swedene, Ziggy Kucewicz Sr., Jo Ledwin, Jim Nowak, Pete Stokes, Isabella Blesy, Dave Crawford, Tammy Roberts and Mike Naab Jr.
AND TUESDAY – Sydney Olszowy, Sierra Olszowy, Lou Ann Delaney, Larry Bayerl, Dennis Galucki, David Bunis, Jessica Halt, Wendy Kelley, Cora Carver, Dominic Ingrao, Joe Long, Sue Ann Golimowski, Carol Purdy, Johnny Kiener, Reese Michaels, Alyssa Kelley, Sherri Oliver, Lilie Lettieri, Caleb Darnley, Helen Kolodziejski and Diane Bernice Chiari.