OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist John Steinbeck, born on this date in 1902, “I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
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WHODUNIT? – It’s Murder Mystery Night in the Larkin Square Author Series from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Filling Station, 745 Seneca St. Featured will be Suzanne Zewan, author of “Shadow by the Bridge,” and Jeff Schober, whose recently-published “Chased by Thunder” is the final installment in a four-book series. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase. For more info, visit larkinsquare.com.
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NOT FORGOTTEN – Teachers, students, clergy and government leaders will speak at a candlelight vigil to commemorate students lost to gun violence at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 139 Pearl St.
There will be performances by the children’s group Buffalo Life Savers and the Women’s Resistance Revival Chorus. Among the sponsors are New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Western New York Peace Center, the Stop the Violence Coalition and the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization.
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SEW EASY – Marie Walters will present a program on how to use Westalee machine quilting rulers at the next meeting of the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville.
The method allows quilters to use a sewing machine to employ rulers and templates to create designs. All are welcome. For more info, email Susan Perry at email@example.com or visit buffaloasg.weebly.com.
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NEW YORK’S FINEST – The 9th New York Calvary, a local unit that fought in many of the Civil War’s eastern battles, will be highlighted in presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St., Springville. Speaker will be Steve Teeft, director of the Echoes Through Time Learning Center. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Door prizes will be awarded. For more info, call Tom Place at 957-2740 or Jolene Hawkins at 592-0094.
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GOOD READS – The quarterly Bargain Book Sale begins Thursday in the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, and continues through Saturday. All children’s books and paperbacks will be 50 cents. All hardcover books will be $1. Shoppers also can get a bag from the library and fill it with books for $10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
COME HUNGRY – If it looks like soup, they’ll have it at the Chili-Chowder-Soup-Dessert Cook-Off from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Admission is $5 and includes unlimited sampling of all entries, including desserts. Tasting bowls and spoons will be provided.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lynda Schneekloth, Isabelle Banas, JoAnn Falletta, Robert Szymkowiak, Brianna Fischer, Sirribih Ndeso-Antanga, Emily Franklin, Marie Lazarz, Christine Boczar, Carrie Ann Schaller, Bridget Kinsley, Joe Karb, Vicki Qi, Tina Toepfer, Joseph Vangalio, Nadine Pazder, Betty Walrod, Amir Jamaal Vance, Ron Brown, Richard Basher, Adam J. Kamrowski and Tiffany Huller.
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