OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet Ezra Pound, born on this date in 1885, “When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.”


DOGGIE DISCOUNT – They’re calling it the Howling Halloween Special at the SPCA Serving Erie County. All dogs 5 months and older can be adopted for the reduced fee of $31 at the SPCA shelter, 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda. Spokeswoman Gina Browning says the SPCA wants to reduce the population of its kennel to make room for possible canine refugees from Hurricane Sandy in case East Coast shelters have to close. For info, call 629-3505.


TASTE THE OUTDOORS– Environmental education programs at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve will benefit from “Nature’s Gathering: An Evening of Art, Wine and Cheese” from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Hosted by the Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve, the evening will feature tastings from five area wineries – Chateau Buffalo, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Willow Creek Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars and Black Willow Winery – along with artisan cheese from Yancey’s Fancy and hors d’oeuvres featuring wild edibles.

There also will be live music and more than 20 artists and craft people offering their creations.

Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door. Get tickets at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga, or online by searching for Nature’s Gathering at For info, call 683-5959.


SLICK DEAL – Get $10 off your next oil change by contributing cash or nonperishable food items for the holidays via the second annual Give to Live program at Grease Lightning automotive shops in the Buffalo area. The shops include Lightning Bolt at 2130 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, and Castrol Premium Lube Express shops at 5556 Camp Road, Hamburg, and 4885 Transit Road, Depew.


STEPPING OUT – Instructions in the milonga, a style of tango dancing, will be given by Carol and Howard Allen as the Buffalo Chapter of USA Dance hosts a dance Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 2085 Union Road, West Seneca. The dance lesson begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a general dance at 8:30. Fee is $6 for members, $8 for students with ID, $10 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served.

COMFORTS OF HOME – Holiday crafts, rummage items and homemade desserts will be offered at the annual Riverside Workers Snowflake Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Riverside Presbyterian Church, 815 84th St., Niagara Falls.

There also will be a lunch of homemade soups and homemade pies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days and a beef on weck dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 283-9752.


OCTOBER EXTRA – Even though the calendar will say November, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 73 Adam St., City of Tonawanda, will hold an Octoberfest from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the St. Francis School cafeteria. Homemade German food, Octoberfest beer, wine and music by Parkside Avenue Brass will be featured. Pre-sale dinner tickets are $17, $1 for kids up to age 14. Tickets are available in the rectory office. For info, call 693-1150.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Walter L. Rooth III, Regan O’Leary, Dick Brox, Roxann Hassett, Randall Allen, Ginny Menig, Paul Sasiadek, Marcia Blattenberger, John Janiszeski, Martine McCarthy, Jackie Graham, Marie Fenelon, Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, Sister Mary Christionette Lojewski, Gitti Barrell, Nicklas McCabe, Greg Kuminski, Dakota Kuminski-Szlis, Darrel Pierce, Ross Guarino, Rev. Joseph Porpiglia, Edward Strasser, Jody Powley, Matt Brind’amour, Nora White, Aaron Yeates, Gary Todaro, Bonnie Nagy, Paul Gerace, Brody Miller, James T. Niwinski, Richie Palmer, Jamie Zaranek, Katie Golombek and Martha Kavanaugh.