OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from Scottish poet Robert Burns, born on this date in 1759, “Opera is where a man gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.”
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WARM THOUGHT – The 10th annual Soup-er Bowl to benefit the Trading Post Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Springville will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 431 Waverly St., Springville. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door, and include samples of more than 15 homemade soups. There also will be a deejay, raffles and prizes.
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FILL THE FREEZER – St. Jude the Apostle Parish in North Tonawanda sponsors a meat raffle from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 355 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $6 advance, $8 at the door, and include beer and pop. For pre-sale tickets, call the church office at 684-0540.
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HORRORS OF WAR – Sophie Hodorowicz Knab presents a multi-media program on her book, “Wearing the Letter ‘P’ – Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945,” in observance of UN Holocaust Remembrance Day at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Canisius College Student Center. It’s free and open to the public.
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RESONANT SOUNDS – Guest organist Patrick Scott from Atlanta, who has performed throughout the U.S., will be featured in a Festival of Hymns at 4 p.m. Sunday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Joining him to perform time-honored hymns such as “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Abide With Me” will be the choirs of Westminster and the Buffalo Brass.
The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus offers its annual Winter Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Featured will be the ensemble’s Concert and Chamber Choirs, with special guests, the Lake Effect, an all-male harmony group. Tickets at the door are $5 to $15.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stan Evans, Michael Lex, Emil Novak, Jessica Lazarin, Sarah L. Lewis, Rachel Ratajczak, Carol Mueller, Eleanor Jedrysik, Jo Schleelien, Tyler John Anderson, Colleen Smith, Sandi Radwan, Sally Markwell, Maggie Buckley, Travis Henry Blair, Mary Dunbar, Diane Casten, Cheryl Komholz, Mary Dunbar and Tom Mullen.
AND SATURDAY – Bud Seidenberg, Dr. Gale Burstein, Barbara Keating, Kevin Purdy, Bill Noltee, David Nathan, Hannah Weinberg, Francis Faltisco, Irene Kenner, Tulip the Clown, Deanna Shaw, Susan Peek, Alicia Neu, Dawn Yeates, Bree Elizabeth Yeates, Dawn Ruszczyk, Millie Korn, Joe Zoyhofski, Alissa Cibella, John Christiano, Shyrl Le (Mosa) Duderwick, Jim Nowicki, Mary Ann Stoldt, Ryan Lindenau, Christine Whalley, Carol Zimmerman, Kevin Flynn and Mary Toczek.
AND SUNDAY – Dan Wolf, Dan Klein, Juanita Tillmon, Nomiki Konst, Dr. Phil Glick, Sarah Velarde, Sharon Hartel, Denise Herkey, Donna Dudek, Jim Messana, Barb Jakubowski, Sarah Burdick, Bert Gustafson, Maria Clare, Rebecca Sokolowski, Donna Benson, Charlie “The Gar” Garfinkel, Bob Nader, Dan Wolf, Dan Klein, Robin Kosmowski, Art Jayes and Dina Kaczmarz.
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