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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz, born on this date in 1911, “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”

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DEEP THOUGHTS – Nine University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences researchers will tackle the biggest question of all – Where Did We Come From? – in Origins, a daylong symposium on how things began from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday in 120 Clemens Hall on the North Campus in Amherst. It’s free and open to the public.

In a series of 40-minute lectures, David Braun (philosophy), Craig Colder (psychology), Omer Gokcumen (biological sciences), Tracy Gregg (geology), Will Kinney (physics), Charles Mitchell (geology), Salvatore Rappoccio (physics), Paige Sarlin (media study) and Phil Stevens (anthropology) will tackle the origins of the universe, life, consciousness and culture.

“There’s a need for creative spaces that span disciplines, and this is a first attempt at creating that space,” says Kinney, co-founder of Buffalo’s Science and Art Cabaret and one of the planners of Monday’s program. “People tend to get stuck in narrow boxes, but many ideas that are truly transformative come from hearing points of view outside of your own field of thought.”

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TIS THE SEASON – The Variety Club Women of Buffalo will hold their annual Christmas luncheon and meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

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FESTIVE SOUNDS – A Christmas concert will be featured in this month’s program for the In the Light Concert Series at 2 p.m. Sunday in Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St., one block east of the Broadway Market.

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DISHING ON DIVAS – The co-founder of Opera Buffs of Western New York, Stacey Johnson, will give her insights on the opera scene in Buffalo when she speaks at the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in Brioso Restaurant by Butterwood in the new Wyndham Gardens Hotel, 5195 Main St. at South Forest Road, Williamsville.

Lunch is $19. All are welcome. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Linda Olivieri at 893-2479.

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STOCKING STUFFERS – There will be a lot more than breakfast going on at the fourth annual Breakfast with Santa and More from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.

In addition to the full buffet breakfast, there will be an interactive music show with Hamburg’s Music with Mar, two hours of face time with Santa, an abundance of other activities for kids, like cookie decorating and bagging reindeer feed, and nearly a dozen and a half vendors with gift ideas for adults.

Tickets are $17 for adults and teens, $12 for kids aged 3 to 10. Toddlers 2 and under are free. Only 300 tickets are available, so getting a ticket in advance is a good idea. Call 649-4218 or visit www.MichaelsWNY.com.

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TWICE TEMPTED – You have two chances this weekend to pick up something at the Christmas cookie, pie and bread sale in Good Shepherd Catholic Church Parish Hall, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton. It’s open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. In addition to pastries, there will be theme baskets, poinsettias, homemade soups, hot dogs and chili. For info, call 625-8594.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Anna Edwards, Dorothy Rupp, David Fieramusca, Gregory Repman, Dianne Curry, Marth Lasolta, Marian Gray, Sue Koprucki, Dawn E. Sawyer, Michelle Pierce, Brianna Bartus and Robert John Knopf.

AND THURSDAY – Robert A. Niles, Annette Hodgens, Laurie Dusza, Ann Morris, Eleanor Brown, Dan F. Lelito, Will Eberthardt, Dana Hodges, Beverly Wells, Finnin Carney and Shawn Clancy.

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