OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from poet Langston Hughes, born on this date in 1902, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? ... Or does it explode?”
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TABLE SETTINGS – St. Francis of Assisi Parish will host its annual spaghetti dinner and theme tray raffle from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Early Childhood Center, 73 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Dinners are $7 adults, $4 kids 4 to 10, and include meatballs, fresh bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Raffle winners will be drawn at 6:30 p.m.
St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy will benefit from a Soup-er Chili Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Admission is $15 and includes all-you-can-eat soup, chili and macaroni and cheese, plus dessert and a beverage. Kids under 12 are free. Take-outs also are available for $5 a quart. A chance auction drawing will begin at 7:30 p.m.
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PARTY ON – Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, will warm up for the big game with a Super Bowl Pre-Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be drink specials and free appetizers. A 55-inch smart TV will be raffled at 3 p.m.
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BEST AND BRIGHTEST – Daemen College’s 50th annual All High Exhibition of artwork by high school juniors and seniors will open with a reception and awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Elizabeth C. Tower Gallery in the Haberman Gacioch Art Center. It’s free and open to the public.
Daemen scholarships totaling more than $30,000 will be given to students in eight categories. Winners also will receive cash awards. The exhibition will remain on display through Feb. 22.
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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1969 from Kenmore East High School will hold its 50th reunion on the weekend of July 12 and 13. For more info, classmates should email KE_alumni@ktufsd.org.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ashok Subramanian, Jonathan Oswald, Angie Gallagher, Dan O’Neill III, Ellen Taylor, Cheryl S. Lombardo-McGregor, Ellen Kleber, Mark Tasca Jr., Dorothy Blewis, David Safe and Darlene Sikorski.
AND SATURDAY – Mary Davey-Carr, Joseph Golombek Jr., Nancy Hughes, Judy Zeckhauser, Melanie Orlins, Helen Scrivens, Shirley A. Thompson, Sister Mary Juanita Nowak, John Beres, Pat Harnish, Stephanie Kania, Hayden Goff, Lynne Elis, Betsy Gustek, Donna Bondanza, Mark Szczepanik, Colleen Zimmerman, Daniel Carter, Alexander L. Burns and Mary Gister.
AND SUNDAY – Susan Anner, Frank Gist, Marv Feuerstein, Joan Adamski, Lisa Taibi, Sister Mary Josanne Buczek, Lisa Beres, Ron Piatasik, Branden “B.K.” Kelley, Rachel Bonner, Rick Wiles, Jolene Bolis, Marian Kucinski, Herbert C. Hales, Brian Pokorski, Pete Dienes, Jakob Serrano and Nadine Dillman.
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