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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author, advertising tycoon and Congressman Bruce Fairchild Barton, born on this date in 1886, "Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things."


PEN WOMAN -- Children's author and teacher Marilyn Foote, who lives in Amherst, will sign copies of her book "Puddinhead" from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today in Potter's House, 723 Seventh St., Niagara Falls.


HOT TIME -- St. Christopher's Parish, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, hosts its 23rd annual Summerfest this weekend, with midway rides from Hammerl Amusements, skill games, games of chance, theme baskets, rummage sale items and food ranging from chowder to Chiavetta's chicken. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. today, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Family Entertainment Tent will feature live music from West of the Mark, Gregg Juke & the Mighty No-Stars, the Pyramid Band, Route 66 and the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild. At 2 p.m. Saturday, there's "Dancing With the No-Stars," an amateur dance contest for all ages and skill levels. There's also a 5K race at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and a big raffle at 8 p.m. Sunday, where the winner gets a choice of $16,000 cash or a $20,000 credit certificate toward a new vehicle.


SIDE TRIP -- Visitors to the Taste of Lancaster on Saturday can work up an appetite browsing at the annual Zonta Club of Cheektowaga-Lancaster garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5681 Broadway. Club members have been gathering treasures for weeks. Proceeds will support the club's local service projects.


SCOUTS' HONOR -- Clarence Girl Scout Troop 30642 will do more than make cars shine when it holds a car wash and hot dog sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Valu Home Center, 5433 Transit Road, Clarence. Scouts also will be raising awareness for organ and tissue donation in memory of Erin Bigler, the Clarence High School freshman who lost her life in March when a tree limb fell on top of the car in which she was riding. Donor registration cards will be available. Car washes are $5. Hot dogs are $2. For an extra dollar, you can add a soft drink and a bag of chips. Proceeds will go to Donate Life.


COMMUNITY BARBECUE -- The MOCHA Center will hold its fourth annual Community Barbecue from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Front Park. Co-sponsors are AIDS Community Services' Men's Health Project, the Pride Center of Western New York and Gay/Lesbian Youth Services. For info, call 847-0315, Ext. 443.


DRUMSTICK BEAT -- The Shriners of Western New York will host a chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $8 and include a half chicken, corn, salad and roll, for eating in or taking out. For info, call 674-8666.


ICE TIME -- Family, friends and colleagues will honor Kevin Hoitink and raise funds for the ALS Foundation on Sunday in the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena on Third Street. Kevin and his wife, Cathy, are both employees of the arena. Kevin also works for Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., and is the chief of the Findley Lake Fire Department. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, last Christmas and is determined to live each day to the fullest.

The day will begin at 6 a.m. with a 12-hour hockey-a-thon. Skaters can get a pledge sheet by emailing At noon, there will be a chicken barbecue and a succession of live musical entertainers -- the Bogarts, Thee Audience, Cindy Haight, Days of Old, NOTIXX & Doodle and DJ Ace. At 7 p.m., a celebrity hockey game will feature Stanley Cup-winning player Kevyn Adams, Ironmen coach Dan Daikawa, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace and others facing off against local ice talent.

A silent auction will offer items such as a Ryan Miller Sabres jersey, Easton hockey sticks and books autographed by best-selling author Wendy Corsi Staud. Tickets for the day are $10.


SINGULAR OCCASION -- Singles 40 and over are welcome at the Singles Friendship Club's monthly pot-luck event from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Continental Room at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore. Bring a dish to pass. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

The evening includes door prizes, a split club and a speaker. This month it's one of the leading oncologists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For info and tickets, call Paul Indelicato at 883-2139.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Elsie M. Oliver, Zeddie W. Dennard Jr., Mara Gruber, Cathie Kersten, Diane Polanowski, Mike Kisiel, Dorothy Keenan, Mike Harrington, Kay Hangen, Sister Mary Cynthia Kilian, Bob Trembowicz, Al Zenger, Lou Sarna, Amy Hartz, Paula Litwin, Gerald Scheffler, Phyllis Crupe, Steve Carlo, Jocelyn Baker, Fran Capozzi, Carolyn Peters.

SATURDAY -- Alicia Matuszewski, Martin Farwell, Donna Scanlon, Robin Lenhard, Stacy Janiszeski, Gene Maciejewski, Molly Bleech, Darlene Stasio, Alyssa Zotara, Rita Kirk, Sylvia Klentos, Anne Marie Sadowski, Peter Carey, Jean Rine, James Quigley, Allison Rzeszutek, Theresa Neff, Debbie Jurek, Dr. Joseph Noworyta, Meg Guarino, Denise Kiener, Dennis Pietraszewski, Tony Ando, Justin Baumgardner, David Cielinski, Jeffrey Maciejewski, Marilyn Maciejewski, David Wodowski, Denise Tiranno, Nikki Dearing.

AND SUNDAY -- Norris C. Locke, Debbie Filipink, Norbert Jaros, Sister Mary Blanche Grzybowski, Isabella Ann Juliano, Hailey Buczkowski, Tom Glascott, Debbie Enser, Kathleen Lewis, Pearl Emerling, Brett Zelasko, Dave Weber, Gerry Kokotajlo, Shelby Rose Czech, Kaylee Nicole Haines, Tarayn Regan, Theresa Hietanen, Joanie Warda, Bob Boteler, Jamie Moses, Diane M. Newman.


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