OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist and American Newspaper Guild founder Haywood Broun, born on this date in 1888, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
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HERE’S HANUKKAH! – Reservations are needed by Friday for The Big Fry – a Hanukkah Party with Nickel City Jews from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 16 in Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St. Cost is $5 and includes samples of many kinds of potato pancakes and other Hanukkah treats. For info and reservations, call 204-5380 or email email@example.com.
The Brotherhood of Temple Beth Zion will give its annual Hanukkah presentation at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Meadows Lounge on the second floor of the Weinberg Campus, 2650 N. Forest Road, Getzville. The Temple Beth Junior Choir, directed by Cantor Penny Myers, will perform traditional songs. It’s free and open to the public.
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WELCOME MAT – The Orchard Park Historical Society will host a Holiday Open House from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Jolls House Museum, 4287 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Students of harpist Cristin Kolinowski and string instructor Denise Uhlman will perform. Organist Richard Krentz will play the Jollses’ pump organ, which he purchased at auction and donated back to Historical Society. There also will be refreshments and tours.
Hostesses in period dress will greet visitors as the Town of Somerset Historical Society holds a Victorian Christmas Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the 1848 Babcock Cobblestone Museum, 7449 Lake Road, Appleton. Santa Claus will on hand and there will be refreshments and horse-drawn sleigh or buggy rides, depending on the weather. Admission is free.
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PAUSE FOR CLAUS – Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive off Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, will host a Breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. It’s free for children 10 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 892-4426 for info and reservations. Donations of non-perishable food items is appreciated.
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AWAY IN A MANGER – Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca, will stage a reenactment of the scene of Christ’s birth at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Friday. Refreshments will be available.
Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue, will host a Living Nativity with live animals at 6 p.m. Sunday, plus children’s activities, music and refreshments inside the church from 6 to 8 p.m. For info, call 824-2787.
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ADVENT PROGRAM – Father Joseph Bayne, who works with at-risk youth at the Franciscan Center of Buffalo, will be guest speaker at a Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women breakfast Saturday morning in the Millennium Buffalo Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20. For info, call 632-0646 or visit magnificatbuffalo.org.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – T. J. Pignataro, R. Bruce Baum, Erin Heaney, Blythe Merrill, John C. Colucci, Don Smith, Norman Werts Sr., Terry Nawotka, Colleen Rathke, Jeremy Fenzel, Paul Krencik, Sally Shea, Donna Schober, Rose Shafer, Peter L. Pullman, Jason Smith, Justin Smith, Brian Vaccaro,, Patrick Driscoll, Louise Carey Rusczyk, Susan Hanners, Ann Gossert, Douglas Johnson, Susan W. Millville, Vincent Pupo III, Dylan Kiener, Mary Jane Piechocki, Ann Darnell, Pat Kempf Lehr and Erin D’andrea.
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