OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Rita Rudner, born on this date in 1955, "When I eventually met Mr. Right, I had no idea that his first name was Always."
Sunday at Nana and Papa's
Papa bought the grapes
Papa made the wine
He "tasted" it each day
Pronouncing it "almost fine"
Papa tended the fig tree
Nana tended the sauce
All the girls waited on Papa
Everyone knew who was boss.
The children attended Mass
Every son and daughter
Then when they stumbled in the door
Someone yelled "Boil the water"
While waiting for pasta al dente
The kids would dip their bread
Whispering "Don't let Nana catch you
Unless you wanna be dead!"
Then when the table was finally laid
When Papa had poured the wine
It was time to say a prayer of thanks
And we started to "eat," not "dine"
The best part of Sunday was here at last
While Nana cautioned "Not a so fast!
Slow down a children, eat a with care"
You're not a gonna go to the electric chair!"
- Diana Notaro
REUNION ALERT - The Class of 1947 from Villa Maria College will hold a 65th reunion luncheon on Oct. 17 in the Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. For info, call Theresa Weinheimer at 681-8478 or Julie Jarnot at 693-4395.
NETWORKING 101 - An all-campus Welcome Back Social will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College, 1901 Main St. It's free and open to all college students. For information, call Keith Burich at 888-3284, Cheryl John at 673-3170 or Agnes Williams at 332-6988.
GOING, GOING, GONE - They won't last much longer, those special chocolate chip cookies with smiley faces made of frosting currently on sale at Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop locations in Western New York.
They're the centerpiece of the 10th annual Smile Cookie fundraiser, which benefits the establishment of the Tim Hortons Children's Care Center for Injury Treatment and Prevention at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. The cookies are $1 plus tax, they've been available since Thursday and they usually sell out in about five days, so don't wait.
BASIC TRAINING - Club president Judy Niemira will give a presentation entitled, "Back to African Violet Basics," when the African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the LVAC Building at 40 Embry Place, off Walden Avenue near Central Avenue, Lancaster. Everyone is welcome, and all are invited to bring their plants in for assessment. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Judy at 636-0934.
MAGIC TOUCH - Massage Envy, the massage therapy chain, is teaming up with the Arthritis Foundation for a one-day nationwide event called Healing Hands for Arthritis, which will raise funds to fight the disease.
Massage Envy will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to the Arthritis Foundation. The spas also will offer a reduced price of $39 for a one-hour initial massage session. Eight types of therapeutic massage are available.
Taking part are the Massage Envy locations at 1154 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst; 3670 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; and 4375 Transit Road, Clarence. For info and appointments, visit www.MassageEnvy.com.
WONDER WOMEN - An internationally acclaimed expert on women's leadership, Sally Helgesen, will be keynote speaker as the Girl Scouts of Western New York hold their Women of Distinction Awards dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster.
Helgesen's best-selling book, "The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership," is considered a landmark exploration of women's leadership styles. For tickets and information, call Amy Johnson at 935-6030, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Kara Kenney, Louis P. Ciminelli, Dona Tepas, Robin Schimminger, Carl Dennis, Howard Franklin, Robert Zuercher, Teri Bebak, Joe Catalano, Jodi Zimpfer, Michael Bottomley, Patricia Walkowiak, Maime Sardina, Melissa Masse, David Mario Apa, Thomas Peffer, Dave Baldi,