OLAF FUB SEZ: According to short-story writer O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter on this date in 1862, “It ain’t the roads we take; it’s what’s inside of us that makes us turn out the way we do.”


THE ROAD BACK – Buffalo Psychiatric Center celebrates National Recovery Month with a Car Cruise for Recovery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the center’s Elmwood Avenue parking lots south of SUNY Buffalo State.

All domestic, foreign, classic and special-interest cars are welcome. There also will be music, children’s activities, door prizes and food trucks. For info, call 816-2902.


PASTA TIME – The Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, hosts an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Dinners are $8. Kids under 5 eat free. Takeouts are available for $9. For info, call 825-9870.


LIVING IN THE PAST – The calendar will turn back 201 years for an 1812 Living History Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster.

Visitors can chat with ladies in a sewing circle, join an afternoon tea and drop down to the cellar kitchen where butter will be churned and laundry will be done the old-fashioned way.

Outdoors, a farmhand will be sawing logs by hand and sharpening his scythe. Youngsters can try children’s games from the period. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Hull House.


FULL NELSON – Buffalo Championship Wrestling returns Saturday evening to Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Doors open at 6:30. First bell is at 7. Advance tickets, available at the post, are $12 V.I.P. reserved, $10 general admission, $5 for kids 12 and under.


VALUABLE WORK – TRY (Teaching and Restoring Youth Inc.) will hold its seventh annual Founders Award Dinner on Sept. 20 in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. The honorees will be the Rev. Roy T. Herberger, pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church; Sister Bea Manzella, a teacher with the Sisters of St. Joseph; and the Homeless Alliance of Western New York. The evening begins with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6, followed by the dinner at 7. There will be live music, and live and cultural auctions. Emcee will be Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler. For tickets and info, call Sister Janet Di Pasquale at 892-2814.

TRY, founded in 1997, provides a safe environment, education, health care, job training and counseling for at-risk girls between ages 16 and 21.


UNEARTHING SECRETS – “Preserving and Protecting a Mysterious Cache of Soapstone Carvings” will be the topic as Phillips Stevens Jr., associate professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo, speaks to a luncheon of the Western New York Pen Women at noon Sept. 21 in Prosit Restaurant, 5424 Main St., Williamsville.

Lunch, with a choice of three entrees, is $19 including gratuity and speaker’s fee. Reservations are needed by Sept. 19. All are welcome.

Call Barbara Ann Blackburn at 634-2909 or Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292.


CHEER THEM ON – Phi Omega Graduate Chapter of Omega Phi Psi fraternity is sponsoring a round-trip bus excursion to Cleveland for the Buffalo Bills-Cleveland Browns Thursday night game Oct. 3.

The bus will leave at 1 p.m. from a location to be announced and arrive back home at 4 a.m. Friday. Fee for the bus and ticket to the game is $100. For info, call Kyle Mann at 239-9739.


A HELPING HAND – Law enforcement officers and local officials will take their oath to “serve and protect” to a new level Thursday, trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays.

The event, which is part of Applebee’s “Law and Orders” fundraiser, will take place at various Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations throughout Western New York.

The public officials will greet customers, bus tables and serve guests. In return, officers hope to collect tips from diners to benefit Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jimmy Collier, Gary Lee, Pinky Regan, Sister Mary Virginis Kozlowski, Ed Ballow, Dan Cizdziel, Judy Novelli, Charlie Guenther, Cyndy Canady, Ronald Sieracki, Dan Paul, Jean Riley, Tom Herr, Mary Ann Mandiak, Aimee Musilli, Janice Joyce, Jean Campany, Jackie Weber, Bobby Adams Jr., Benjamin Hadsall, Florence Satko, Colleen Curtin Gable, Cris Stella, Keenan Toohey and Sheila Reninger.

AND THURSDAY – Oneal Fields, Elizabeth M. Harris, Janet Meiselman, Keith Halt, Gene Drebot, John Mickler, Sister Mary Catherine Raczkowski, Raymond Hampton, Ray Pilarski, Gloria Marino, Beverly Rabe, Leona Grogg, Abby Rockwood, Emily Thurnherr, Darcee Piniarski, Olivia Bartus, Marie Strozewski and John Connolly.