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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to punk-rock musician and political activist Jello Biafra, born Eric Reed Boucher on this date in 1958, “For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.”


TELLING TALES – For previous Buffalo Old First Ward reunions, organizers have collected nicknames, family names and special places. For this year’s reunion Sept. 13, they’re looking for colorful stories and favorite memories of the neighborhood.

Deadline for submitting stories is July 1. Mail them to Mike Catanzaro, 270 Buffalo Road #68, East Aurora, NY 14052; or email them to


BON APPETIT – Everything from roast beef and seafood to smoothies and gelato will be offered by upwards of 20 vendors at the 16th annual Taste of Alden from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Alden Town Park on Main Street.

Sponsored by the Alden Chamber of Commerce, it’s the opening event in this weekend’s Alden Hook and Ladder Fire Company Heritage and Reunion Carnival.

Today is the last day to get a presale bonus food ticket book for $10. They are available at various Alden merchants, Alden Village Hall and the Alden Chamber of Commerce office. For info, call 937-6177 or visit


TIME OF NEED – Mike Fridmann, of Lancaster, who is self-employed, is still recovering from the serious injuries he suffered last September when his motorcycle collided with a car turning onto Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park.

To help with his medical treatments and other expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Braun’s Concert Cove, 11891 Main St., Akron.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event and $10 for kids 16 and under, and include food, beer, pop and live bands. For tickets, info and donations, call 681-2891 or 208-5546.


EXPRESS YOURSELF – Veterans, survivors of traumatic brain injury and their families are invited to join in Making Your Mark, a community art project, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Headway of Western New York, 2635 Delaware Ave., just south of Kenmore Avenue.

Everyone will have a chance to make a mark in any fashion on a communal canvas, which then will be cut up and mounted on canvas frames to be displayed at public events throughout the summer.

For info, call artist and brain injury survivor Susan Marie Borden at 982-5947 or email


’TIS THE SEASON – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will host its annual Strawberry Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages and, of course, strawberry shortcake. For info, call 825-8746.


DRUMSTICK BEAT – Dinners will be takeout only as St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, holds a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10. To reserve tickets, call 297-6421.

Also takeout only is the BW’s chicken barbecue starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Dinners are $9.50. Proceeds benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For tickets, call 685-5766 or 704-5458.

Takeouts are available as the Days Park Block Club holds a chicken barbecue from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Days Park Allentown neighborhood, but tables also will be available for eating in the park. There will be children’s activities.

Tickets are $10 advance, $12 Thursday. A vegetarian dinner option is available by presale only. Tickets are available at Elmwood Village Charter School, 40 Days Park, or online by searching for Days Park at For more info, see the Days Park page on Facebook.


TEE IT UP – The Hospice Foundation will benefit as No Frills Buffalo publishing company holds its annual “Come Get Some” golf outing July 11 at Chestnut Hill Country Club in Darien Center. Registration and lunch begin at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30.

Cost is $80 per golfer, which includes lunch, a steak dinner, beverages and scramble-format golf. Tickets for dinner only are $40. Sponsorships also are available. For info, visit or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Karyn Patricia Shanks, Heather Hartmann, Mary Lou Rath, Susan Peterson, Bonnie Orffeo, Doug Dean, Dakota Wysocki, Tina Powell, Adam Powell, Brian Milligan, Michael Glaeser, Marge Terranova, Louis Giampaola, Shelly Guzzetta, Patti Warnes, Raegon Kelly Rooth, Elizabeth Bastible, Bill Lehr, Jerry Waszak, Tom Partridge, John Baker, Dick Curran and Fred Woods.


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