OLAF FUB SEZ: A benediction from Scottish poet Robert Burns, born on this date in 1759, “Some hae meat and canna eat/ And some wad eat that want it/ But we hae meat and we can eat/ And sae the Lord be thankit.”
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A WEE CELEBRATION – Author and historian Mason Winfield will mark the 259th birthday of Scotland’s bard by hosting the sixth annual Robert Burns Supper on Friday evening in the Morris Room of the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora.
It begins at 6 p.m. with socializing, Scotch whiskey tasting and a cash bar, followed by remarks from Winfield, the saying of the Selkirk Grace, the Address to the Haggis, the Roycroft’s Highland Dinner and a toast to the bard.
Reservations are a must. Tickets are $50. Call 655-6663 or visit hauntedhistoryghostwalks.com.
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PEN IN HAND – Children’s book author Kathleen Mancuso will visit Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, for a book-signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Her book, “Pooleville Pete,” centers on a groundhog who dreads the arrival of Feb. 2. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org.
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ROCK OUT – Music by Crash Cadillac will be featured as the Holy Name Society of St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, sponsors a ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s Dance in the Parish Center from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door, and include beer, wine and pop. No outside beverages allowed. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more info and tickets, call Ron Hennessy at 668-0328 or Dick Cielinski at 892-5154.
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WELCOME MAT – Immaculate Conception School, 510 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora, holds an open house and Scholastic Book Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in conjunction with national Catholic Schools Week.
Tours of the classrooms and science and computer labs will be offered and faculty will answer questions. For more info, call the school at 652-5855 or visit icschoolea.com.
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WARM INSIDE – A Chili Cook-Off and Soup Showdown to benefit the Williamsville Library will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Irishman Pub and Eatery, 5601 Main St., Williamsville. A $10 donation at the door includes 12 tasting tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 each.
Chefs who want to compete for prizes can find entry forms at the Irishman. For more info, call 626-2670 or email email@example.com.
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PASTA PATROL – Diamonds in the Ruff, an animal rescue organization, will host its annual pasta dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Shawnee Fire Hall, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn. Dinners are $10 advance, $12 at the door, and include meatballs, salad and a beverage. Dessert and additional beverages will be available for purchase. A basket raffle drawing will begin at 6. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stan Evans, Michael Lex, Emil Novak, Jessica Lazarin, Travis Blair, Sarah L. Lewis, Carol Mueller, Jon Huller, Rachel Ratajczak, Jo Schleelien, Eleanor Jedrysik, Ryan Nowicki, Sandi Radwan, Sally Markwell, Dan Renkis, Sidney Schafer, Maggie Buckley, Doug Englehardt and Karen Wright Nosbisch.
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