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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British novelist Samuel Butler, born on this date in 1835, “Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.”

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FESTIVE OCCASION – A band will help celebrate the holidays from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville. Playing will be the local group Universal Mind, an ensemble of differently-abled musicians who perform classic rock and their own songs all over the state. Light refreshments and museum tours available. For info or to RSVP, call 629-3626.

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PASTA PATROL – It’s spaghetti dinner time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For $6, you get spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage; for an extra $1.50, a choice of homemade desserts.

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SOUTHBOUND – Looking for Santa? You’ll find him in South Buffalo from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the annual Santa Celebration in Dog Ears Bookstore and Café, 688 Abbott Road. There also will be crafts, music, special guests and a baked goods sale. For info, call 823-2665 or visit www.dogearsbookstore.org.

Saturday morning will take him to the Southtowns for the free community Breakfast With Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. in Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston. No reservations needed. Free-will offerings will be welcome. Digital framed photos with Santa will be available for $4. The church also hosts a craft sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call 941-3529.

The jolly old elf returns to South Buffalo for the St. Nicholas Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday in Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle, McKinley Parkway at Whitfield Avenue. Families will build traditional gingerbread houses, and youngsters will visit with St. Nick, receive gifts and have their picture taken. Admission is $6 per family. Reservations are requested. Call 824-2787.

Then Santa will climb aboard a fire truck to ride to the annual Christmas in the Park celebration in Cazenovia Park, sponsored by South Buffalo Alive and the South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday with a tree-lighting, the family-friendly event includes carriage rides, caroling by an outdoor fire and hot chocolate.

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PLEASURE PLUS – Titled “A Christmas Pie,” the holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 317 Leroy Ave., promises to be a treat in more ways than one. The Freudig Singers of WNY, under the direction of Roland Martin, will be joined by guest double-bassist Sydney King for a program of favorite carols. Then, after the concert, there’s a pie reception. Suggested donation is $10. For info, call 833-0301 or visit www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

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STOCKING STUFFERS – Toys, children’s clothing, knitted items, jewelry and Christmas decorations are among the things you’ll find at the annual St. Nick’s Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3 Doat St. at Genesee Street. Proceeds benefit the church’s Van Ministry.

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CUPS AND SAUCERS – The Variety Club Women will host their second annual Holiday Tea, “Sugar & Spice,” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Variety Club Banquet Center, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. There will be raffles, a basket auction, a heart tree and Tea Shoppe. Donation is $15. For tickets, call 826-0975. All proceeds benefit the annual Variety Kids Telethon.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – R. Leland Van Horn, Taster “T.C.” Crews, Mary Terrana, Marge Haggerty, Maria Halt, Jack Carone, Sister Mary Anita Benecki, Clare Safe, Amanda Stelmach, Marilyn Coulombe, Arline Yaw, Paul Sawicz, Kelly Griffin, Vincent Hornberger Sr., Robert Hooper Sr., Francis Scheda, Janet Jarmuz, Judy Augustyniak and Nina Rae O’Neill.

AND THURSDAY – Kelly Page, John Rzeznik, Thomas J. Meegan, Monsignor David Slubecky, Linda Oesterle, Larry Cofferen, Florence Donato, Mary Lou Hayden, William Jaczewski, Gray Pascucci, Linda Sachs, Lindsay Tomaka, Gary M. Sawyer, John Schembri, Russ Carver and Joelle Potts.

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