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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to film director Robert Altman, born on this date in 1925, “If you don’t have a leg to stand on, you can’t put your foot down.”

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MAKE YOUR BID – Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave., holds its 10th annual Snowflakes & Starlight Auction tonight. It begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction followed by the live auction at 7:40. On the block will be everything from Sabres and theater tickets to local getaways, handmade jewelry and original art by local artists, along with a wide variety of antiques. A $10 admission ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and the jazz sounds of pianist Krista Seddon. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 852-8314. For info, visit www.trinitybuffalo.org

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SERPENTINE – The Tifft Farm Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., celebrates the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Snake with a program on serpents from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday for families with kids aged 8 and up. The program will cover the history of snakes in different cultures, offer a chance to view live snakes and give a preview of the types of snakes that will emerge at Tifft Farm when the weather warms up. Tickets are $5. Pre=registration is required. Call 825-6397.

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TIME OF NEED – The baby girl whom Mike “Duke” Duclon and Merissa Kurowski of Franklinville wanted for nine years arrived in November, right around the time that Duke was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Since then, he’s been undergoing treatments in Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

To help with their expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Franklinville Fire Hall, 75 N. Main St. Tickets are $20 and include a chicken barbecue or a Polish dinner, a huge chance auction and live music from Zephyr, Rockslide, Double Shot Classic and Acoustic Roger Pettengill.

Raffle prizes include tickets to a Carrie Underwood concert, a load of logs and a jersey signed by the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta. Tickets are available at the IOOB Club, 15 Park Square, Franklinville.

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SUPPLY LINE – Pet Connection Programs Inc., the special care animal shelter in Marilla, is holding a drive to collect much-needed supplies from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Petco store, 330 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. The wish list includes: Science Diet dry puppy food, instant white rice, canned cat and puppy food without gravy, jars of chicken or turkey baby food, paper towels, newspapers without the inserts, bleach, cat litter, cat and puppy toys, and cash donations to offset veterinarian bills. For info, visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com.

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SONGS OF FAITH – Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Mitch McVicker will be featured in concert at 8 p.m. Friday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $10.

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WINNING NUMBERS – The Striving for Excellence after-school program will benefit as the Valley Community Association hosts an “I Got It Bingo” session from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., near South Park Avenue and Elk Street. Boards are 25 cents apiece per game. Prizes include theme baskets and gift certificates. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For info or to donate a prize, call 823-4707, Ext. 4.

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MILITARY INSIGHTS – Nonmembers and gentlemen are welcome as the Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women Inc., holds a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Pane’s Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinner is $19. For reservations, call Phyllis Phillips at 695-9272.

For a program on Women in the Military, the guest speaker will be retired Air Force Master Sgt. Sue A. Clark, an Iraq War veteran from North Tonawanda with nearly 30 years of military service. Also speaking will be her husband, retired Master Chief Robert J. Clark, whose nearly 40 years of service included tours in the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. He and his daughter, Air Force Staff Sgt. Elena Clark, are the only father-daughter duo to have received the Purple Heart.

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FILL THE FREEZER – The Shriners of Western New York will hold their Spring Meat Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, soda and sandwiches. For info, call 674-8666.

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ON PATROL – Guest speaker for the Wilson Historical Society at 7 p.m. Monday in the Barnum Building, 645 Lake St., Wilson, will be Dick Lane, who will talk about his new book, “Behind the Badge: My Life as a Game Warden,” which recounts his 34-year career with the state Department of Environment Conservation. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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THE WRITE STUFF – Authors who have released their writings through Tate Publishing will be all over Western New York on Saturday. C.E. Snyder of Waterford, Pa., will sign copies of her romantic suspense novel “Finding Carrie” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Book Nook, 1170 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Sarah Stefaniak of Galena, Ohio, will sign copies of her first novel, the futuristic “My Supplier,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Book Shoppe, 519 Main St., Medina.

Gwendolyn Bork of Alden will sign copies of her book about coming back from near death, “Walking the Fine Line,” from 1 to 3 p.m. in Goodrich Coffee & Tea, 9450 Main St., Clarence. And David Brown of Sanborn will sign copies of his detective thriller, “The Elusive Chauffeur,” from 1 to 3 p.m. in Kelly’s Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Maeve McDougall, Penny Gleason, Mark Haggerty, Kathy Sauer, Skip Polowy, Jack Jerge, Andrew Bottomley, Gary Ratajczak, Kristin Watson, Melissa Poppenberg, Peggi Ryan, William VanArsdale, Fred Jackson, Dennis Maciejewski, Maryjean Kraengel, Christopher Hunger, David F. Quagliana, Peter J. Grisanti and Marian Needham.

AND THURSDAY – Matthew Stewart Shanks, Gary Noel, Reggie Witherspoon, Marian Nardolillo, Mary Ellen Donathen, Mary Muldoon, Eric Meyer, Frank Billittier Jr., Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, Colleen Kaminski, Wade Rosolowski, Jeff Aranyosi, Tim Deubell, Gary Fredericks, Karen Colello, Don Maryanski, Jenna Romano, Sister Mary Gracille Ryby, Mike Kempf, Mike Jaworski, Tim Manley and Jim Manley.

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