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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to pioneering art historian Bernard Berenson, born on this date in 1865, "Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago."

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HARES AND HOUNDS Vegetarians won't be left out when Old Man River Restaurant and North Tonawanda Meals of Wheels sponsor a July 4 Hot Dog Eating Contest. At 3 p.m., before the Sahlen's franks are gobbled down, there will be a Veggie Bunny Dog contest, with marinated and grilled carrots served on hot dog rolls. In each contest, competitors have 10 minutes to polish off as many dogs as they can.

To enter, there's a $20 fee, which includes a contest T-shirt and, of course, a plate of dogs. The names of the winners will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the restaurant.

Entry forms are available at Old Man River, 375 Niagara St., City of Tonawanda, or at the North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels office, 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda. They're also available online at www.oldmanriverwny.com. If you're thinking of entering, don't delay. Deadline for registrations is Wednesday.

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YEAR OF THE CAT – The Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group is putting together its 2013 calendar and they're looking for sponsors who want to help cats and put their names in front of cat lovers.

For $50, your business card will be printed on one of the various months. Deadline for sponsorships is July 20. Send your business card and a $50 check made out to Ten Lives Club to Ten Lives Club 2013 Calendar, c/o Kris Jablonski, 88 Knollwood Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. For info, call the club at 646-5577.

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EMBASSY ROW – You don't have to be Irish to lend a hand at the 31st annual Buffalo Irish Festival when it moves to its new venue at Canalside on Buffalo's Waterfront, just Irish at heart. Organizers are looking for volunteers to serve as Ambassadors during the festival Aug. 24 to 26.
Ambassadors will serve as guides, offer directions to the many entertainment offerings and generally answer questions and provide information.

All Ambassadors will get free admission to the festival and a special "Irish Ambassador" T-shirt. A variety of shifts are available. For info or to volunteer, email BufIrish@aol.com.

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FOLKS NEXT DOOR – Also looking for volunteers is the Canopy of Neighbors, a non-for-profit organization that helps older people in Buffalo's Elmwood Village and Delaware districts who want to keep living in their homes as long as possible.

Volunteers provide rides to appointments or social activities, go for walks or just drop in to talk over a cup of coffee. Volunteers should have their own cars and live neaby. Hours are flexible and only a couple of hours a week are requested. For info and to volunteer, call 332-6143 or email canopyvolunteers@yahoo.com.

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BULLY GOOD TIME – The second annual Rock-a-Bully Concert from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave., combines good music and a great cause.

Playing will be local favorites Lower Town Trio, 240 North, Whiskey Reverb, the Clockers, the Evil Things and the Heavenly Chillbillies, with Chase the Demo Music as emcee. Entertaining between sets will be the Boom Boom Betties, members of the Buffalo Burlesque Collective.

The cause is Fix-a-Bull, a free spay and neuter program for bully-breed dogs. Tickets are $20 and include food and drink specials. Raffle prizes include airline tickets and a New Era baseball cap collection. Bully-breed related merchandise also will be on sale, and bully-breed experts will be on hand to offer tips on care of these wonderful, but often misunderstood dogs.

Sponsors are the Animal Alliance of Western New York, the Buffalo Humane Society, Pound Hounds & Friends, the Animal Alliance of WNY and the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. For info, call 862-9183 and leave a message or visit www.Rock-a-Bully.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Monica Neuwirt, Mary Ann Colarusso, Ted May, Sister Mary Therese Chmura, Sally Lennertz, Louanne Schweitzer, Kelsey Scanlon, Richard Mitchell, Kathy Cieslak, Rita Ganim, Karen Thuman, Joe Shivens, Charlie Rusek, Elaine Rokitka, Bill Smith, Valerie LaVenture, Joe Czajka, R. James McCarthy, Matthew Swanekamp, Josie Parlato, Jackie Tricole, Todd Robinson, May Bertini, Lola Prisaznuk, Ray Specht, Susette Sciandra, Jessica Pozantiges, Elizabeth Pavlakis, Heather Mardino, Bill Quinn, Carolyne O'Sullivan, Kristina Tutuska and Dianne Michlinski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com