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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 14, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the creator of “The Whole Earth Catalog,” Stewart Brand, born on this date in 1938, “It’s become clear what is the prime survival tool for hard times: friends. Good friends. Lots of them.”

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FIRST LOOK – The premiere of “Luminous,” the latest short film by local award-winning filmmakers Gabriel Simon and Alaa “Zak” Noweihed, of Noonlight Film, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Social Hall at Campbell Student Union at SUNY Buffalo State. Admission is free.
In addition to the new film, the evening will feature the screening of Noonlight’s other four short films, an exhibition of props, costumes and other items used in their films and an open discussion with Simon and Noweihed. “Luminous,” a fantasy drama about an assassin, is the prequel to their first full-length film, now in pre-production.

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HERALD ANGELS – Ladies First, a quartet of women barbershop harmony singers, will be featured in “Caroling at the Farm,” a program at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road (Route 31), Sanborn. Presented by the Sanborn Historical Society, the program is free. Donations to the museum are welcome and reservations are requested. Call 990-6909.

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FINISH YOUR LIST – More than 40 vendors will offer handmade housewares, pottery, knitwear, jewelry and other gift items as the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., holds its 10th annual Last Minute Holiday Panic Marketplace from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Art Shop at WNYBAC will offer handmade and handprinted items. There also will be baked goods from Butter Block, a coffee stand from Remedy House and other beverages available for purchase. For more info, call 348-1430 or visit wnybookarts.org/events.

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SLEIGH STOP – St. Andrew Church, 111 Crocker St., Sloan, will host Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall. Breakfast is $8 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under, and includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns and beverages. There also will be photos with Santa, children’s activities and crafters with holiday items.

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AWAY IN A MANGER – Blossom Garden Friends School in Collins will offer a Living Nativity Scene with live animals at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bolo residence, 9998 Clarksburg Road, Eden. A meal will follow. For info, call 992-9456.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – LaVerne Kooken, Tina Marie Aschieri, Alex Miller, Tom Quatroche Jr., Ellen Lochead, Christina R. Pearl, Mark Gress, Dennis “Boog” Taylor, David Panek, Ray Bienik Sr., Brianna Leistner, Jane Sawicki, David Szczesny, Sheryl Davey, Christie Sabo Makowski, Timothy Davey, Carol Guerra, Fred Thurnherr, Chelsie Zanghi and Joe Enright.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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