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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author William Faulkner, born on this date in 1897, “If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.”

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EERIE ADDRESS – Get in a Halloween mood at St. Andrew’s Church’s fourth annual STARCC Raving Mad House, which opens this weekend in St. Andrew’s Building No. 1, Crocker and Gierlach streets, Sloan, and continues every weekend through Oct. 27. Among the attractions is a 20-foot vortex tunnel.

Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 adults, $3 kids 12 and under. Bring a nonperishable food item and get $1 off. For info, call 892-0425 or visit www.starccravingmadhouse.com.

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FINISH LINE – Why has a Mini Cooper been hanging from the wall of the Central Terminal all summer long? To build up anticipation for “MINI-Fest,” a free family-oriented event from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The schedule includes music, dance, art exhibits, a road rally, ghost historians, children’s activities and, to cap it off at 7:45, a drawing to see who wins a two-year lease on a Mini Cooper from Towne Automotive. Last-minute raffle tickets will be available for $10. Proceeds will help restore the historic train station. For info, visit www.buffalocentralterminal.org.

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STEPPING OUT – The Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band will play as the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, holds a Fall Dance from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, beginning with dance instruction. Admission is $10. Beer, pop and mixed drinks will be available for purchase. Food also will be available, or dancers can bring their own snacks. For info, call 517-6537.

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FULLY BOOKED – A pair of authors who write for young readers will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, later this week.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Cathrina Constantine will appear to sign copies of her debut novel for young adults, “Wickedly They Come.” From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, the guest will be Keith White Jr., who will sign copies of the five books in his “Color-With-Me” series for children.

In between their visits, poet and Erie Community College assistant English professor Perry S. Nicholas will be featured in the Fourth Friday Poetry Series at 7 p.m. Friday. Special musical guests will be Maria Sebastian and John Brady. Refreshments will be served, and a $3 donation is requested.

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FILL THE FREEZER – The Sports Boosters of Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School will hold a meat raffle Friday evening in St. Andrew’s Church, 34 Francis Ave., Sloan. Doors open at 5:30, with drawings beginning at 7. Tickets are $5 presale, $8 at the door, and include two slices of pizza, plus pop, wine or beer. To order tickets, call the school office at 895-6280.

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BARGAIN HUNT – The Women’s Fellowship of Kenmore United Church of Christ, 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore, will hold its Fall Rummage Sale in the church hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, followed by a $1 bag sale from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

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PASS TO THE PAST – Download a special ticket and get free admission for two people Saturday at the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! program.

Tickets can be found at www.Smithsonian.com/museumday. One ticket is allowed per household and email address.

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TIME OF NEED – Friends and family of Lynn Ritson-Goodwill, of Grand Island, are hosting a benefit spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road, to help pay her medical bills in her battle against lung cancer.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 kids 5 to 12, and include dinner, beer and pop, and five raffle tickets. For tickets, info and donations, call Karen Messing at 990-2996.

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PICKING UP THE TAB – Cheese ravioli is featured in the monthly community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. There also will be homemade meatballs, green salad, bread, coffee, tea and dessert. All are welcome. Dinner is free, but free-will donations are appreciated.

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HOOFING IT – Wheels With Wings Foundation holds its second annual Natalie’s Walk on Saturday morning at Canalside on Buffalo’s waterfront. Check-in will begin at 9 for a 5K walk along the waterfront and historic downtown streets. A one-mile fun walk also will be offered for small children and people in wheelchairs.

A post-walk picnic will be sponsored by Seabar and will feature special guests, activities and live entertainment. Proceeds will assist people with spinal cord injuries in Western New York. Participants and teams can register or donate by visiting www.natalieswalk.org or by calling 668-4724.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Meredith Patricia VanHorn, Herman Trotter, Luke Moretti, Amy Stypa, Susan Trabert, Mike Curry, Cheryl Kelly, Donna Jaczewski, Jan Jones, Arminta Gustafson, Donna Burger, Brian Pettitt, Autumn Fries, Danielle Chmurzinski, Don “Arnie” Costello, Larry Lucas, Lilly Cowell and Anthony Sole Jr.

AND THURSDAY – Susan O’Neill Lauber, Jack Hassett, Warren Colville, Michelle M.F. Schwach, Millie Harlukiewicz, Sister Mary Melanie Jaworski, Mary Beth Seivert, Geri Maraschiello, Russell Boorom, Marilyn Kuczkowski, Will Moran, Marie Huller, Kristy Grossman, Lydia Herren, Betty Hermann, Sally Schutt, Arlene Giolando, David Lawrence Rooth, Kathleen M. Cotter, Jim Easton, Richard Zakalik, Elizabeth Richards Sheehan, Carol Berry, Jack Miller and Oscar Thomas Ehmann.

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