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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer, dancer and entertainer Josephine Baker, born on this date in 1906, “We can make all our dreams come true, but first we have to decide to awaken from them.”


DRUMSTICK BEAT – The annual East Aurora Kiwanis Club Chicken Barbecue started out as a family picnic 60 years ago and has grown into one of the area’s largest cookouts.

Helping serve more than 4,000 dinners between 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday in East Aurora’s Hamlin Park will be the cooks from BW’s Smokin’ Barrels. Once again, the award-winning East Aurora High School Jazz Band will play.

Tickets are $10 at the park at South Grove Street and Prospect Avenue or $9 in advance from Kiwanis members, at various locations in East Aurora or online at


BARGAIN TIME – First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a Joyful June Sale in its thrift shop, mini boutique and plant place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature a summer buffet with cake and beverages for $6. For info, call 692-1319.


TUNING UP – Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St., kicks off its Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series this week with a performance from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. by West of the Mark, three-time winner of the Artvoice Top Country Act Award.

Admission is free. Lawn chairs are welcome. No coolers are allowed. Refreshments will be sold. Due to construction on Ohio Street, detour to the park via Moore Street, Chicago Street and Michigan Avenue. Coming attractions: Crash Cadillac, June 11; Heard of Buffalo, June 18; and the Boneshakers Blues Band, June 25.


LAST DANCE – USA Dance will hold its final dance of the spring Friday evening in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. Joevene Viola will give an American tango lesson at 7:30, followed by a general dance from 8:30 to 11. Admission is $10, $8 for students, $6 for members. Light refreshments will be served. Dances will resume in September. For info, visit


CHECKMATES – Students from kindergarten through 12th grade will compete in the 2014 Juneteenth annual Scholastic Chess Championship at 10 a.m. June 14 in the community room on the upper level of Main Place Mall in downtown Buffalo.

Players will be divided into four grade sections and will play five games, with a new game every 70 minutes. U.S. Chess Federation rules apply. Trophies will be awarded to the top five winners and the top female player.

Entry fee is $10, $5 for USCF members. Deadline for entries is June 12. Checks can be mailed to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60-F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221, with the word FREEDOM in the memo line.

Entries also can be submitted online by emailing

The tournament is sponsored by the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., Willie Hutch Jones Sports Clinics and the Archangel 8 Chess Academy.


ON THE WING – Four guided bird walks will be featured in the annual Bird Fest on Friday and Saturday sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown.

They include Pennsylvania’s Akeley Swamp State Game Lands at 6:30 a.m. Friday; the Jamestown Airport, Clay Pond Wildlife Management Area and other local grasslands at 12:30 p.m. Friday; Allegany State Park at 6:30 a.m. Saturday; and SUNY Fredonia. Lodge area at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Keynote speaker at the banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Jamestown Community College Hamilton Collegiate Center, 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, will be Joel Greenburg, a Chicago-area naturalist whose latest book is “A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.”

Individual tours are $45, as is the banquet. A full weekend package is $200. For tickets and info, call 665-2473 or visit


WEDGE SHOT – The second annual Tee Off Against Cancer to benefit the Roswell Park Comprehensive Hematology and Oncology Center will be held June 29 at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, 4560 Creek Road, Lewiston.

Registration is at 6 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 and lunch at noon. Entry fee is $150 per golfer or $550 a foursome.

For registration and sponsorships, call Emilie Rosenbluth at 830-3102 or Jackie Halas at (914) 420-3666, or email


SWEET AND CLEAN – Don’t let your pup be a dirty dog. Take him or her Sunday to the fourth annual Dog ’n’ Suds Day at Canine and Company, 5952 Transit Road, Depew, just south of French Road. There also will be a basket raffle, music, food, and rescue dogs for adoption.

For bath appointments, call 681-0063. Proceeds benefit New York State Citizens Against Puppy Mills.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sean Lauber, Erin Lauber, Katherine Lauber, Dr. Claire Barbara Petersen, Danny Smith, Don Pfohl, Dan Sack, Stephen Banko IV, Danielle Lysenko, Theresa McCarthy, Tyler Graham, Jack Lickfeld, Sister Mary Bernadette Kapfer, Sister Mary Hope Zalewski, Sister Mary Poncilia Rogawski, Roberta Severo, Jim Henry, Louis Brown, Christopher Burdick and Scott Lisinski.


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