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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to syndicated newspaper columnist Harriet Van Horne, born on this date in 1920, “There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the television set.”

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SWEET TOOTH – West Side Community Services hosts its sixth annual Just Desserts reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today in its headquarters at 161 Vermont St. Tickets are $7 and include desserts and beverage. Proceeds help the agency’s youth and senior programs.

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COMING CLEAN – Emeritus Senior Living will host a dog wash to benefit the Alzheimer Association from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of its Bassett Park Manor location, 111 St. Gregory Court, Amherst, across from St. Gregory the Great School. Donation is $5. There will be giveaways for all animals and family members. For info, call Pam Pace at 689-2394.

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DOG WATCH – Speaking of dogs, the Erie County Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind will show how service dogs are prepared for their tasks in an Observe the Training Night from 6 to 7 Monday at West Seneca East High School, 4760 Seneca St. For info on how to raise a Guiding Eyes puppy or help in other ways, call Mary Ellen Pratt at 947-5135.

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BEAUTIFUL BUYS – Enhance your environment, indoors and out, at the Spring Garden Extravaganza and Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5962 Genesee St., Lancaster. As usual, there will be plants, hanging baskets, tools and decor items for gardens. New this year is artwork for sale from a variety of local artists. Admission is free. Each child will receive a free plant.

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ANTE UP – St. Vincent de Paul School, 6441 Seneca St., Elma, is hosting a Vegas Night from 6:30 to 10:30 Saturday for folks 21 and over. Admission is $20 advance, $25 at the door and includes $5 in gambling chips, beer, wine, coffee, desserts and a chance for a door prize. Raffles will be held for an autographed Sabres jersey and a block of four Justin Bieber tickets. For advance tickets, call 652-8697.

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FAB FINDS – Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Road, Kenmore, will sponsor a Treasure Sale and Cupcake Walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 876-6504.

St. Casimir’s Parish will hold a flea market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center, 1833 Clinton St. To reserve a table, call 824-1017.

St. Bernard’s Parish will host a theme tray auction Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. Doors open at 5. Drawings begin at 6:30. Admission is $3 and includes a sheet of 25 raffle tickets. Pizza, pop and baked goods will be available for purchase. Call 822-8856.

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EMPTY THE CLOSET – St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary’s Hill, Lancaster, will host a spring clothing drive for the needy by the St. Vincent de Paul Society from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the church parking lot.

Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder, will host collection trucks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to help with spring cleaning. Habitat for Humanity will collect a variety of electronic items, from computers to cellphones, but not batteries or fluorescent lamp material, while Allaire Financial Strategies will shred and recycle outdated documents such as bank statements, tax returns and credit card receipts. For info, call the church office at 839-2460.

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DINNER BELL – The Elma Fire Auxiliary will serve a Spring Ham Dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Elma Fire Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road. Dinners are $9.50 adults, $5.50 children, free for kids under 5.

The Shriners of Western New York will have a chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $8 and include a half chicken, corn, salad and roll. For info, call 674-8666.

St. Jude Shrine, 975 Ridge Road, Lewiston, will host a Pasta Italiano Dinner with ravioli, fettucine Alfredo, Italian sausage, cannoli and beverage from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $13, $8 for kids 6 to 12, presale only. For tickets and info, call 284-7043.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Devin Coseglia, Michael Cassell, Dan Neaverth Jr., Shawn Porter, Sue Sarra, Sister Mary Henriella Kakol, Brian Panek, Martin Zaretsky, Kandy Tirado, Gene Allman, Albert Puma, Ann Marie Dubois, Judy Trzepkowski, Judy Larsen, Paul Roetzer, Rachel Whalen, Marty Duda, Martha Lombardo, John P. Fecio III, Craig Ehnes and Dana Goldstein.

SATURDAY – Kathleen O’Neill Cleary, Art Schumacher, Kelly Gruber, Andrew Rudnick, Phyliss Carderelli, Maryanne Long, Denise Fitzpatrick, Harry Sasiadek, Elena Purpura, Jackie Rasulo, Paul Kumrow, Dale Brucz, Judy Gangloff, Bunny Cieri, Rachel Shoemaker, Jeff Pronobis, Cindy Baranowski, Kris Osswald and George Pecoraro.

AND SUNDAY – Amy Gales Flannery, Pleasant Milsap-Mack, Robert Elardo, Lori McGlone, Kelly Panek, Judith Lipsey, John Gallo, Ryan Saab, Rich Pokorny, Richie Bell, Shari LaFarve, Wilbur Stringer, Fran Taber, Jamar Nevins, Thelma Blesy and Sarah Falzone.

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