OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the Bard of the Yukon, British-Canadian poet Robert W. Service, born on this date in 1874, “A promise made is a debt unpaid.”
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HUNGRY? – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will hold a free community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m., serving goulash, salad, beverage and dessert. Free-will offerings are welcome.
The Town of Ellicott Republican Committee will host its annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Alfie’s Restaurant, 937 Fairmount Ave., West Ellicott, outside Jamestown. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, and will be available at the door.
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SUNNY SOUNDS – The Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra from Lancaster High School, directed by Ken Kowalski, will strike up a Caribbean mood in concert at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Sponsored by the Ladies Oriental Shrine Ailiamsi Court 12, the tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door. For info, call 674-8666.
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DON’T WAIT – Reservations are needed by Saturday for the Presbyterian Women of WNY Winter Gathering on Feb. 2 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Call Peggy Fanning at 826-7542.
A video from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, “Tapestry,” on responding to human-caused disasters, will be shown. Jan Tyson will be forum facilitator. Rev. Aimee Goldmeyer, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Springville, will be worship leader. Lunch will be $7 at registration, which will start at 10:30 a.m.
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TALENT SEARCH – Deadline is Feb. 9 for applications for a $1,500 scholarship for high school seniors who live in the Town of Amherst and plan to major in music in college, either as instrumental or vocal majors. It’s sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsville Rotary Club.
Auditions will be held March 2. For applications and info on audition requirements, call scholarship chairman Sharron Rich at 634-2581, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to amherstsymphony.com.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sally Schoellkopf, Laura K. Chabe, Barry Covert, Tracy Collymore, Allan Jamieson, Patrick Clancy, Tre’Davious White, Lenny Kostelny, Bonnie O’Brien, Shirley Collins, Dahlia Meeks, Tammy Mauerman, January Lane, Irene Bown, Oliver Szymkowiak, Addison Kulelka, Zollie Simmons, Jeanne Nowicki, Sister Marcella Marie Galus, Marie Elminowski Wu, Gordon Tross, Autumn Raine Pierce, Dr. Denise Rokitka, Daniel K. Schmidt, Marissa Kelley Saloman, Kristin Wasiuta Huff and Karl Bud Kent.
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