OLAF FUB SEZ: According to late-night TV host Johnny Carson, born on this date in 1925, “Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.”
STUDY UP – Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, will hold the prep course for its annual entrance exam from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on successive Wednesdays – Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14. Cost is $85 and includes a test prep book and a waiver for the exam.
The entrance exam for all interested eighth-grade boys will be held in the school at 8 a.m. Nov. 17. Cost is $20. For info, call admissions coordinator Patrick Ellement at 826-3610, Ext. 237.
WORLD VIEW – Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, a non-academic sorority dedicated to personal growth, good works and social and cultural pursuits, will celebrate International Day on Saturday with a luncheon at the Buffalo Country Club.
VINTAGE EVENING – A wine-tasting to benefit the Under This Roof Preservation Fund for Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., will be held in the church’s Parish Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Candlelight tours of the national landmark church will be given from 6:30 to 7:30. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door. Call 833-0301.
PARADE REST – The General Pulaski Association Inc. will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. The dinner is $8 adults, $4 children under 12, and includes a salad, dessert and a beverage.
Finalists for the Pulaski princess and countess will be judged, and winners will be announced at 4. All proceeds benefit the annual Pulaski Day Parade.
The dinner is dedicated to the memory of Cheektowaga Town Justice Ron Kmiotek, a Pulaski director and Pulaski Day Parade grand marshal, who died in 2006. For info, call 651-0717.
DEEPER LOOK – Reservations are needed by Thursday for the next Western New York Pen Women luncheon at noon Saturday in the Falafel Bar, 3047 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, in Northtown Plaza.
Speaker will be Rhianna Rogers, assistant professor of cultural studies at Empire State College.
Her topic: “It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson: Using Material Culture to Understand Human Behaviors.”
Luncheon is $18. Call Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.
ADVANCING AWARENESS – Guest speakers, food, live music and auctions will be featured at the first For Our Daughters Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Classics V Banquet Hall, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.
For Our Daughters was founded by Mercedes Holloway, a 29-year-old breast cancer survivor who has been inspired to educate, empower and support young women who are facing the challenges of the disease. Tickets are $35. For tickets and info, call 930-9345.
TAKE THE STAIRS – Get a $10 early-bird discount and an official T-shirt if you register by Oct. 31 to take part in the American Lung Association’s third annual Buffalo Fight for Air Climb. Participants will climb 38 floors in Buffalo’s tallest building, One HSBC Center, on March 9.
Use coupon code UPNE42 and sign up at Regular registration fee is $35 and goes up to $50 the day of the climb. Participants also are asked to raise $100.
BOO WHO? – Are you brave enough spend a night in a haunted house? Reservations are being accepted for Saturday night in the infamous haunted Hinsdale House, 3830 McMahon Road, Hinsdale, outside Olean.
The evening, which begins at 5, includes lectures by folks such as film director Christopher Saint Booth of Spooked TV, ghost hunter Bill “ParanorBill” Connelly and Keith Age of the Syfy Channel.
There also will be chances to inspect the premises for paranormal activity, get a reading from a nationally known medium and get a preview of the movie “The Hinsdale Event,” filmed at the house last spring.
In addition, there will be a costume contest, food, vendors, music and a chance to camp out for anyone who dares.
Tickets are $65 advance, $80 at the gate. Visit
Proceeds help in the restoration of the house, where a family was driven out by haunting spirits in the 1970s.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Thomas Farry, David Troutman, Mark Panek, Michele L. Jones-Pace, Andrei Reinhorn, Rev. Darius Pridgen, Beverly Vidler, Pattie Mazur, Mary Healy, Steve Glynn, Emelie Fruehauf, Lucille Bogold, Ruth Bernhardt, Stephanie Young, Zack Connors, Nancy Gier, Christine Golden, Robert Schafer, Sara Marsowicz and Adam Sabadasz.