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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle, born on this date in 1795, “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”

WHAT’S BEYOND? – Ghost-hunting and life after death will be the topics when Loyd Auerbach, professor of parapsychology at Atlantic and John F. Kennedy universities, speaks at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Fine Arts Auditorium of the Arts and Media Building at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn. Admission is free. A $3 donation to Niagara Hospice will be appreciated. Call 614-6764.

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JOY TO THE WORLD – Orchard Park Presbyterian Church’s Silver Foxes celebrate Christmas at their luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, with holiday music performed by Greg White, music director at the church. Deadline for reservations is Thursday. Tickets are $8. Call 662-9348.

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SANTA CINEMA – Bravo! Cucina Italiana in Walden Galleria hosts breakfast and a movie with Santa on Saturday morning. Seatings for the breakfast buffet are at 9 and 9:45 a.m., followed by crafts from Build-A-Bear Workshop.

At 11 a.m., Santa will escort everyone to Regal Cinemas to watch the new holiday film “Arthur Christmas.” Tickets are $10, which includes breakfast, crafts and the movie, and are available at the restaurant or at Galleria Customer Service on the upper level near Macy’s.

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SHALL WE DANCE? – The Amherst Dance Club, a ballroom dance club, will celebrate its 55th anniversary with an Emerald Ball on Saturday evening in the Twentieth- Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave. The program will feature emerald keepsakes and photos for each couple. The Richard Sowinski Band will play.

The club, founded in 1958 by three couples who enjoyed dancing, currently has a membership of 80 couples and meets five times a year for dinner and dancing. For info, call publicity chairwoman Susan Grelick at 430-6677.

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PASTA PATROL – It’s spaghetti dinner time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For $6, you get spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage; for an extra $1.50, a choice of homemade desserts.

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SHAKE A TAIL – Canine & Company Daycare, Boarding and Training, 5952 Transit Road, Depew, is holding its annual Howliday Toy Drive to benefit the SPCA Serving Erie County through the end of next week. New, unwrapped dog and cat toys and monetary donations will be accepted in Canine & Company’s main lobby from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The drive ends at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 with Caroling for Canines outside Wegmans, 651 Dick Road, Depew.

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SWEETS COMPETE – The Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, invites amateur bakers to enter its annual Holiday Cookie Contest on Saturday. Entries, which must include three dozen cookies for judging, will be accepted from 11 a.m. to noon, with the contest to follow.

Winner’s recipe will receive a prize and appear in the next Broadway Market Cookbook. For info, call the market at 893-0705.

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BRUSH WORK – Champagne flutes will be transformed into works of art as Pamela Bock, owner of Pam’s Painting and Craft Studio, gives a demonstration of crackle medium and faux finish for the monthly luncheon meeting of Western New York Pen Women at noon Dec. 15 in the Olympic Restaurant, 4611 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

Price is $18 and includes tip. Reservations are needed by Dec. 13. Call Barbara Ann Blackburn at 634-2909.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Taster C. Crews, Mary Terrana, Logan J. Douglas, Clare Safe, Jack Carone, Sister Mary Anita Benecki, Lenny Zaczek, Ian Osterreicher, Marge Haggerty, Maureen Murphy, Janet Jarmuz, Francis Scheda, Sheryl Davey, Maria Halt, Edward Brodka, Mike Kosek, Marilyn Coulombe, Arline Yaw, Paul Sawicz, Phillip Thielman, Nina Rae O’Neill, Kelly Marie Griffin, Vincent Hornberger Sr., Amy McGuire and Amanda Stelmach.

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