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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to economist John Kenneth Galbraith, born on this date in 1908, “Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”

Jealous of Nature
The leaves are turning
Red and gold,
Just like me,
They’re getting old.

Except I am turning
Gray and white.
How come I don’t have
Colors so bright?
– Joyce L. Wilson

PASTA PATROL – The kitchen is cooking again tonight at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion. From 5 to 7, in the Legion hall at 136 Cazenovia St., they’re serving spaghetti and meatball dinners, with bread, butter and salad, for $7. Additional meatballs and Italian sausage can be purchased. For info, call 825-9557.

BACK TO BASICS – “Basic Culture of Gesneriads” is the topic as Paul Kroll gives a presentation at the monthly meeting of the African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York 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 Niemira at 636-0934.

GARDEN CZAR WANTED – Speaking of plants and flowers, the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens is looking for someone to serve as interim director of horticulture.
It’s a full-time job involving a few evenings and weekends, and it comes with a few requirements – a degree in horticulture, botany or a related field; five years of horticulture-related experience, a state Pesticide Applicators License, a New York State driver’s license and an operational knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Resumes and letters of interest can be mailed to David J. Swarts at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14218, or emailed to dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

ALUMNI AFFAIR – Seven Western New York colleges and universities will host their biannual Alumni After Hours networking happy hour at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Former students from the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Brockport State College, Daemen College, Hilbert College, Medaille College and Niagara University are invited.
The evening includes appetizers, dessert, soft drinks and juices, and two tickets for beer or wine. A cash bar also will be open. Admission prices vary according to the school. For info and tickets, contact the alumni office at your college.

COLLEGE CASH – Zonta of the Aurora Area announces that it is accepting applications for two scholarships – one for $500, one for $1,000 – from women over 25 years of age. Awards will be based on financial need. Preference will be given to women living or working in the towns of Aurora, Elma, Marilla, West Seneca, Holland, Arcade and Strykersville, but all are welcome to apply. For info, call scholarship chairwoman Ann Everts at 537-9482.

ANSWERING THE BELL – The Salvation Army Buffalo is going high-tech to line up bell ringers for its Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season. Volunteers can sign up and check for available times and locations on the Internet at www.registertoring.com. Bell ringers will be out at more than 70 Buffalo-area locations every day except Sundays from Nov. 12 to Dec. 24.

HAVE A TASTE – Ten restaurants and caterers, and nine wine and beverage purveyors will be featured in Tour de Vine from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave. Proceeds benefit Computers for Children.
The evening also will include live music by Gary Quatrini and a technology auction.
Tickets are $40, $75 per couple, and can be purchased online at www.computersforchildren.com or by calling 823-7248, ext. 568.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sheila Scanlon, Henry Jackie Coon, Grace Flanagan, Sue Rozler, Rose Popper, Cole Lukasavich, Caitlin Kujawa, Herb Kujawski, Sister Ellen O’Keefe, Sister Mary Fidelma Kakol, Joseph M. Beyers, Judy Egner, Leonard Wacienga, Margaret Brown, Mary Beth Friscic, Meagan Blankenship, Judi Ruhl, Michael John Murphy, Lynne Battaglia, Gina Battaglia, Peter Battaglia III, Jovani Zalezquez and Delores Zalezquez.

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