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OLAF FUB SEZ: A summer sentiment from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, born on this date in 1942, "I wish they all could be California girls."

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CITY LIFE -- The seventh annual Citybration, which starts Thursday and celebrates all that's best about Buffalo, turns its focus this year to the waterfront. It opens with an exhibit of 50 winners of a waterfront photo contest at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St., and a Buffalo Shuffle musical showcase at 8 across the street in the Tralf Music Hall.

As the weekend progresses, there are Buffalo River ferry tours, walking tours of the waterfront, hot-air balloon rides from waterfront sites from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a floating cocktail party and boat parade from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, a "We Are Buffalo" festival, including a reunion of all Buffalo Public Schools alumni, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Central Wharf, a 5K race and fun run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday from the Central Wharf and a Cheerios vs. Chicken Wing Challenge from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, also at the Central Wharf.

Other events will be scattered throughout the city, such as the annual Friday night sunset reception atop City Hall, mansion tours and tours of new downtown condos and lofts. Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main St., even will be reopened from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday for a MusicalFare musical. For a full schedule, visit www.citybration.com.

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SUMMER READS -- The Friends of the East Aurora Library are sponsoring a huge used-book sale to benefit the library from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The sale will take place across the street from the library in First Presbyterian Church, Main and Paine streets. Everything except the specials will be half-price Saturday. For info, call the library at 652-4440.

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TWO IN ONE -- The Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster, has combined two of its most popular programs -- historic music performances from its Ice Cream Musical/American Music Festival and the fiber arts showcase and demonstrations from the annual Sheep-to-Shawl event -- to create its first Heritage Arts Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to music performances, crafts, demonstrations, vendors, refreshments, kids' activities and house tours, there will be more historic arts like broom-making and basket-making, and animals for all ages to enjoy. Admission is $5 adults, $2 for young people 10 to 18. Kids under 10 get in free. For info, visit www.hullfamilyhome.org.

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INSIDE STRAIGHT -- Music business movers and shakers share their savvy with high school and college students in a panel discussion and networking session at 3 p.m. next Tuesday hosted by the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and GCR Audio in GCR's studio, 564 Franklin St.

Panelists include After Dark promoter Chris Ring, Town Ballroom owner Artie Kwitchoff, veteran music promoter Bruce Moser and Seamus Gallivan, founder of the Good Neighborhood. Moderator will be Anthony Casuccio, Hall of Fame vice president and a Grammy-nominated engineer.

Seating is limited. Reservations are needed by Monday. To RSVP, email panel@buffalomusic.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Tim Taylor, Judy Haueise, Shawn Ryan, Donna Garrett, Marti Gorman, Erin Cole, Diane Savatteri, Arlene Neely, Alicia Salerno, Becky Paolone, June Urbanski, Nora Claire Hooley, Carol Stedman, Ruth Chadwick, Roberta Koseck, Ryan Burdick, Sandy Rishel, Marcia Reinard, Angela Barker, Michelle Pilley, Dan Bartus Jr., Dave Baker Jr., Michael L. Shea, Kurt Colwell, Linda Ziskowski and Arlene Marsowicz.

AND THURSDAY -- Pat Riley, Diane Gall-Meldrum, Rob Hartmann, Matthew Gerland, Michael Gerland, Gregg Pawlowski, Dr. Greg Hudecki, Susan Lesswing, Teresa Dill, Sister Mary Claire Doyle, Lydia Lickfeld, Carima El-Behairy, Dan Snyder, Chad McCabe, Laurie Bastien, Grace Battaglia, Jeff Tomasik, Jackie Matheny, Mikey Kalenda, Rev. Elijah Lewis, Malika Bozeman, Brad LaGrow, Larry Livingston Jr., Chauncey Northington, Ryan Brooks and Roger Weiss.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com