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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to sharpshooter Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Moses on this date in 1860, “Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.”


WHERE IT BEGAN – The Valley Community Association will hold the summer’s last historic walking tour of the Old First Ward and the Buffalo River on Thursday. First Ward native and historian Gene Overdorf will lead the tour, which begins at 6 p.m. at Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St., and lasts about two hours. To take the tour, preregister by calling 823-4707, Ext. 2. A $10 donation will be accepted.


HOT WHEELS – It will seem like old times from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday when the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, hosts a classic car show with blues and barbecue. The Bravuras will provide old school blues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the market stage while Betty and Ike’s Steak House will barbecue out in front of the market.

Classic car owners will start rolling up at 10 a.m. to check in. Broadway will be closed between Gibson and Lombard streets for the show. Car owners must preregister at For info, visit the website or call 893-0705.


TEE IT UP – Deadline is Saturday to sign up for the seventh annual Barb Majcher Sajdak Memorial Golf Tournament, which will take place on Sept. 1 at Chestnut Hill Golf Course, 1330 Broadway, Darien Center. Sign-in starts at noon, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.

The $85 fee includes lunch, unlimited range balls prior to tee-off, a steak dinner at 6:30 p.m., free beverage cart on the course and an hour of open bar before dinner. Non-golfers can pay $40 and enjoy the dinner and open bar.

Majcher Sajdak, a nurse for 25 years and an avid golfer, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 at the age of 46 and succumbed to the disease three years later. Proceeds will benefit a Western New York ovarian cancer charity. For tickets, call Bob Sajdak at 725-8105, Ashley Sajdak at 725-8104 or Jen Sajdak at 725-8103.


WEE CELEBRATION – The headline musical attraction Saturday for the Scottish Festival at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly the Amherst Museum at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, is the national touring band the Town Pants, but there’s a whole day of music beginning at 10 a.m. that leads up to their 7 p.m. performance, including sets by Kindred Band at 1 p.m. and, on separate stages at 3 p.m., McCarthyizm and Poor Ould Goat.

There will be no shortage of bagpipes, either. On hand will be the 96th Highlanders, the MacKenzie Highlanders, Celtic Spirit and the Buffalo City Guard Gordon Highlanders. Add to that a day of Highland Games, sheep-herding demonstrations and a chance to taste haggis and meat pies, courtesy of The Scottish Cottage. Tickets are $10. For info, visit or call 689-1440.


PICNIC PLUS – The 76th annual Annunciation-Elma Picnic takes place this weekend on the grounds of Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Friday with a car show, a fish fry and music by Hit ’n Run.

Grounds open at 1 p.m. Saturday, with music beginning at 2, featuring the Lancaster Carnival Kids Steel Band and the Boys of Summer. A pork chop dinner begins at 4.

Sunday begins with a Polka Mass at 11:30 a.m., followed by a chicken dinner at noon, then a Beatles tribute by Back Beat ’64 and polka music from Lenny G and Chicago Push. Throughout the weekend, there will be chowder, raffles, specialty booths, family activities, games of chance and a big food court. For info, call 683-5254 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – John Kuca, Phyllis Wilkinson, Ron Ehmke, Pat Oliver, Todd Enser, Sue Brown, Janet Kuminski, Jack Rishel, Tina Kester, Paul Boglioli, Edwin Martin, Joyce Meegan, Jeny Hibbard, Linda Whalen, Pat Oliver, Sabrina Schlicht, John Kuca, Mike Smerka and Donna Gawlik.


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