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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our second president, John Adams, born on this date in 1735, “Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

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LITERARY LICENSE – Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe ... you never know whom you’ll meet at Cocktails in Character, the annual costume party sponsored by Literacy New York Buffalo Niagara. It takes place this evening in the Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St.

It begins at 5:30 with a VIP reception in the Crystal Room, with hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and complimentary copies of “Against the Grain,” autographed on the spot by author Timothy Bohen. The Main Event begins at 6:30 in the Marquis Ballroom, with music by Jack Civiletto and the Pyramid Band, hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, desserts by KupKate’s and a cash bar.

Prizes for costumes will be adjudicated by Buffalo City Judge Susan Egan, South Council Member Christopher Scanlon and Buffalo Citybration Executive Director Marti Gorman.

Tickets are $50 Main Event, $100 VIP. All proceeds benefit literacy programs for adults and children in Erie and Niagara counties. For info, visit www.cocktailsincharacter.com.

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TAKE A CHANCE – The Home School Association at St. Vincent de Paul School holds its annual theme basket auction Friday evening in the school at 6441 Seneca St., Elma. Doors open at 6, draws begin at 7:30. Admission is $5, adults only, and includes a sheet of 25 tickets, coffee and a snack. Raffle prizes include a large-screen TV. For info and donations, call the school at 652-8697 or Laura Pyszczek at 208-7018.

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SUMMONING SPIRITS – Halloween isn’t the only reason to dress up this weekend. Prizes will be given for the best Day of the Dead look at “Kitty’s Paws for a Cause,” the Dia de los Muertos celebration at 10 p.m. Friday in the Underground, 274 Delaware Ave. All proceeds benefit the Second Chance Sheltering Network animal rescue service.

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COMPUTER SAVVY – Orchard Park Community Policing Lt. Patrick Fitzgerald will lead a program on how to protect children from the dangers of the Internet – cyberbullying, cyberstalking, texting addiction and online impersonation – from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St.

All are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary. Light refreshments and child care will be provided.

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PRIZES GALORE – Our Lady of Hope Parish, Lafayette and Grant streets, holds its Fall Festival beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5, which includes coffee, dessert and a sheet of raffle tickets to use on more than 100 theme baskets.

There also are international dishes, barbecue, roast beef and baked goods, plus $2,000 in cash prizes. For info, call 885-2469.

The Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service holds its 15th annual Super Auction with more prizes than ever from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Admission is $5 and includes start-up tickets. Doors open at 1 for early draws and early-bird items.

For info, call 821-5555. Proceeds support the nonprofit agency’s daily broadcasts of readings of newspapers, magazines, books and vital information for blind and print-handicapped people.

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SKY’S THE LIMIT – Bills tickets, Sabres tickets, gift certificates, gas cards, fossil specimens and even a meteorite will be up auction as the Hamburg National History Society holds its 18th annual Penn Dixie fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 in JP’s Pub & Banquet Facility, 1986 Lake View Road, Lake View.

Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door, and include hors d’oeuvres and a door prize ticket. A cash bar will be available. For tickets, info or to donate a gift to be auctioned, call 627-4560.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Greg Kuminski, Darrel Pierce, Dick Brox, Gitti Barrell, Dede Kluckhohn, Jack Janiszewski, Marci Blattenberger, Paul Sasiadek, Ginny Menig, Roxann Hassett, Randall Allen, Dr. Ross Guarino, Jackie Graham, Maria Fenelon, Walter L. Rooth III, Marybeth Nelson, Jody Powley, Matt Brind’Amour, Bonnie Nagy, Karen Kind-Mol, Matt Tomasik, Sister Mary Johnice Rzadikiewicz, Sister Mary Christinette Lojewski, Nickalas McCabe, Aaron Yeates, Phillip Page, Richie Palmer, Gary Todaro, Elliott Powell, David Meyer, Beverly Rogalski, Jamie Zaranek, Betty Kennedy, Karen Pawenski and James T. Niwinski.

AND THURSDAY – Patrick Concannon, Dan Herbeck, Blake Schiferle, Miri Salamone-Burnett, Gene Kowal, Louise Continelli, Gilbert Rooth, Rachel Rooth, Ginger Parker, Shirley Manspeaker, Alison Russo, Margaret Clifford, Colleen Cullen, Dee McCarthy, Jeanne Buczkowski, Jim Vitale, Bridget Sweet, Brendan Sweet, Ella Makowski, Peter Christopher Golinski, Randolph Thomas, Bertha Marcus, Dave Golda and Stan Rajewski.

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