OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare John W. Gardner, born on this date in 1912, “History never looks like history when you are living through it.”
SANTA’S HELPERS – Thinking ahead to Christmas is the Cattaraugus County Santa Sheriff’s Program, now in its 10th year. The program, which started with five families in 2004, hopes to raise enough money in the coming weeks to provide a happy holiday to 40 families.
Donations can be made to the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, c/o Deputy Brian Keis, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Court St., Little Valley, NY 14755, or by calling Keis at 938-9191, Ext. 2899.
WHAT’S COOKING? – Hoping to win a $30,000 cafeteria makeover and $15,000 cash for Fletcher Elementary School in the City of Tonawanda are Mandy Ireland and her family, who submitted a video of themselves cooking a rice recipe, “Chicken and Veggie Surprise,” for the Uncle Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest.
The first step in becoming finalists in the contest begins Wednesday, when voting starts at www.unclebens.com. Voters can search for the name of the recipe, watch the video if they wish and cast one ballot every 24 hours through Oct. 27.
In addition to getting prizes for their school, two members of the winning family get to appear on “The Rachael Ray Show.” In the meantime, the Irelands have presented the recipe to their school cafeteria manager, who is sending it in for approval as a menu item in all the City of Tonawanda schools.
VINTAGE NIGHT – The sixth annual Tour de Vine, which benefits Computers For Children, brings culinary treats from local restaurants and a variety of wines from Western New York and around the world to Statler City on Niagara Square from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The evening also will feature the Signature Technology Auction and the music of Gary Quatrini. Tickets are $40, $75 per couple, and are available at the door or in advance by calling 823-7248, Ext. 568, or visiting www.computersforchildren.com.
THINKING GREEN – Java Village First Congregational Church, Holland Road and Route 78, Java, hosts its annual salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $8, $4 for kids ages 5 to 15. Homemade baked goods and Grandma’s Attic items also will be for sale.
COME TOGETHER – Women in the Southtowns who are interested in community service and friendship are invited to join the West Seneca Women’s Club, which meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. For info, call Karen Greco at 821-0787 or email email@example.com.
TIME OF NEED – Baby Kaitlyn Bunn had trouble breathing a few days after she was born in November. Now on a feeding tube and oxygen 24 hours a day, she has been extensively tested but not diagnosed.
To help her parents, Julie and Ken Bunn, pay for her medical expenses, family and friends are holding a benefit Friday evening in St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Doors open at 5:30. Drawings for auctions and raffles begin at 7:15.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, donations and other information, call Michele Kramarsyck at 254-4904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also are available at St. Andrew’s Rectory. To learn more about Kaitlyn, visit her Facebook page or see her medical journal at www.caringbridge.org.
GRAND TOUR – One ticket gets you into eight of the city’s museums during the Museums by Moonlight tour from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $35 from www.PreservationNiagara.org. Info also is available by calling 852-3300.
Participating are the Darwin Martin House, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Buffalo History Museum, the Forest Avenue Resource Center, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Richardson-Olmsted Complex, the Buffalo State Art Conservation Lab and Burchfield Penney Art Center. Ticketholders also can enjoy specials at several Elmwood Avenue restaurants and taverns.
HEAD LOCKS – Buffalo Championship Wrestling Live! returns Saturday night to Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.
Doors open at 6:30, and matches, including a special women’s match, begin at 7:05.
Advance tickets are $10, $5 for kids 12 and under. VIP reserved tickets in the first row are $12. Tickets are available at the post. For info, call post commander Nelson Oldfield at 634-6394.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Denise Braunscheidel, Stan Lipsey, Kathy Fenn, Melanie Pritchard, Bill Kennelly, Chloe Stehlar, Kim Thompson, Sharon Larsen Burke, Amy Goldstein, Larry Czwojdak, Peggy Petrucci, Jeremy Essman, Derek Hall, Donna Lisowski, Charlotte Lily Rouchka, Debbie St. John, Rick Ogorek, Diane Gartz, Rebecah Buri, Dawn Springer and Colleen Lewis.