OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary artist Pablo Picasso, born on this date in 1881, “It takes a long time to become young.”
ONE OF THEIR OWN – The Lancaster Farmers’ Market is hosting a benefit from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday for Geri Hens, one of its vendors, who was seriously injured in a car accident. Hens, the sole proprietor of Hens Bee Farm, has no medical insurance and cannot work. The event will include more than 30 baskets, music by True Blue starting at 10 a.m. and food beginning with breakfast sandwiches and moving on to pulled pork sandwiches and homemade chili. For more information or to make a donation, call Ann Jordan at 481-2961. The market is located at 4913 Transit Road.
BARGAIN HUNT – Lots of items at great prices are promised at the annual Fall Rummage Sale and Bake Sale hosted by the St. John Lutheran Church Women from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church at 6950 Ward Road at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield. On Saturday, you can fill a bag for $2.
The United Methodist Women of Cattaraugus United Methodist Church hold their annual Fall Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church at Washington and South streets in the Village of Cattaraugus. Patti Kreinheder tells us there will be a coffee and pastry table, Granny’s Attic, a Christmas table and homemade baked goods.
HERE’S THE BEEF – You can find meat raffles in the Northtowns and the Southtowns Saturday evening.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the annual meat raffle in Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence, with the first drawing at 6:30. Admission is $5 and includes a roast beef sandwich, door prize entry and beer or pop throughout the evening. All meats are from the Sloan Market.
Meanwhile, the Shriners of Western New York begin drawings for their fall meat raffle at 7 p.m. in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, pop and sandwiches.
NO TRICKS – Salem Lutheran Church offers a safe way for kids to celebrate Halloween with “Trunk and Treating” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday in the church parking lot at 10 McClellan Circle, McKinley Parkway at Whitfield Avenue, South Buffalo.
PARTY TIME – Costumes are optional as the Justinettes of Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga, hold a Halloween Bash with live music from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. There will be beer, wine, pop and snacks.
Costumes are encouraged later Saturday as Old Friends, New Faces hosts a Halloween Party in the Hamlin House, 432 Franklin St., beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include beer and live music by Souled Out, joined by a horn section, and deejay sets from Spooky Business. A cash bar will be available, and Knight’s Sliders will serve food all night. Judging for the costume contest will be at midnight.
THE WRITE STUFF – The Western New York Pen Women will feature Timothy Bohen, author of “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s Old First Ward,” at their next luncheon meeting at noon Nov. 2 in the Eagle House Restaurant, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. All are welcome.
Reservations are $18 and must be made by next Thursday. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 886-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.
REUNION NOTE – Cardinal Dougherty High School graduates from all classes are invited to attend an informal, order-off-the-menu stag supper at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 N. Bailey Ave., Amherst. No reservations are necessary, but they’re appreciated. Call Steve Ash at 694-4492.
WEEKEND MENU – A prime rib dinner is this week’s special from 4 to 8 p.m. today in Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Music by Gregg Sansone will be featured from 7 to 10 p.m. For info, call 683-3635.
A takeout-only Krolick’s chicken barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday as part of the 188th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Erie Canal at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport. Dinners are $9.50 advance, $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the center. Admission to the center will be free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 439-0431.
Advance tickets are required for a pork chop dinner from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Selbert Hall at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St. at Schwartz Road, Elma. Dinners are $11 adults, $6 kids under 12. For tickets, call the parish center at 683-5254, Rich Walter at 655-1642 or Judy Rusnak at 652-1798.
A Krolick’s chicken barbecue hosted by Boy Scout Troop 628 will begin at noon Sunday in Gary Herman Memorial Park, Union Street, Machias. Dinners are $10. Advance tickets are available by calling 392-2981.
Corpus Christi Parish will offer a pork chop dinner prepared by chef John Moroz from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Sears Street hall at 165 Sears St. behind the church. Advance tickets are $10 adults, $8 kids under 12. Tickets at the door are $2 more. For info, call 896-1050.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ann Hahn, Courtney Mackenzie Halligan, Deanna Szymowiak, Warren Gelman, Christa Glennie Seychew, Amy Szefel Starck, Kevin Halt, Priscilla Granville, Mark Lounsbury, Lois Comrie, Bernard Prabucki, Mark Stoddard, Tyler Tinhan, Jeremy Robinson, Marion Becker, Rosemary Wroblewski, Kristen Swart, Courtney Mackenzie Halligan and Bill Dorsheimer.
SATURDAY – Cheryl Rae, Gil Chorbajian, Hazel McGrath Horvatits, Arlene Brown, Jesse Lark, Anna Klapakis, Paul Tokasz, Liam Pytlak, Patricia Merrell, Rocco M. Cellino, Jennifer Carducci, James Prabucki, Sister Mary Lucette Kinecki, Kevin Panek, Christopher Alessi, Gary Plant, Emily Grace Buri, Judy Bondanza and Diane Andriatch.
AND SUNDAY – Jeffery Bowen, Donn Esmonde, Doris Jones, Elizabeth Rachel Casey, Brian Hassett, Beth Knodel, Sophia Lawrence, Nadine Thress, Marge Manhard, Colleen Weishaupt, David Szymonek, Patti Grasha, Mark Pronobis, D. Christopher Burns and Connie Joyce.