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OLAF FUB SEZ: In the words of singer and songwriter Sir Paul McCartney, born on this date in 1942, “Take a sad song and make it better.”


HIGH STEPPING – The venue has changed for the seventh annual Stiletto Run – it’s moved from Elmwood Village to Canalside – but the challenge remains the same: run or walk half a kilometer in a shoe with a minimum heel height of three inches.

Presented by room Buffalo, it steps off at 7 p.m. Friday from Prime Street, near Marine Drive, on a route that goes through the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Registration, which is limited to 400 runners and walkers, is $30, $35 on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the first three to finish. Proceeds will benefit ovarian cancer research.

Spectators are invited to cheer the runners on and stay for an expanded Stiletto Run party through 9 p.m. at Canalside that will feature food trucks and other vendors, music and other entertainment, beer, wine and the event’s signature beverage, the Blue Stiletto.


STRIKE UP THE BAND – The award-winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Post 264 always heads outdoors this time of year. Its six-concert summer schedule begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution, which opens for the season this weekend.

First concert in the Buffalo area comes at 7 p.m. June 26 in the Quaker Arts Pavilion, 60 S. Lincoln Ave., Orchard Park. In case of rain, they move into the nearby Orchard Park Middle School. All concerts are free and open to the public.


CELEBRATE SUMMER – Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, marks the arrival of the new season Saturday with its German Sommerfest from noon to 6 p.m.

Highlights include German beer and cuisine by Scharf’s Restaurant and CRaVing Catering, music by the German American Musicians and the Western New York Alphorn Society and a VW Bug car show. Tickets are $6, $5 for Heritage Village members. Kids 12 and under are admitted free accompanied by an adult. For info, call 689-1440 or visit


ON THE PROWL – Owners of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and special-interest vehicles are invited to the annual Cruisin’ for the Cats Car Show sponsored by Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue and Adoption Group from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Bowling Lanes, 331 Old French Road, West Seneca.

Entry fee is $10. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 to register; there will be goodie bags for all; and cash prizes will be awarded to the top vehicles determined by judging. Vendor space also is available.

Admission is free. Country singer Billy D, known for his Johnny Cash songs, starts performing at 1. There also will be a food tent, a cash bar, auctions and raffles, and open bowling. For info, call 646-5577 or visit


THE GREAT INDOORS – Once again Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, and Buffalo’s South Council Member Chris Scanlon are sponsoring a series of free Summer Reading Camp weeks in the store that will feature reading and writing activities, games and more, all in line with Common Core and state educational standards.

The camps will have a morning activity, and after a brown bag lunch, youngsters will regroup for an afternoon writing exercise. At the end of each week, campers will bring home a portfolio of their work.

The first week of camp, July 7 to 11, will be for youngsters ages 7 and 8. Sessions for those 9 to 11 will be held July 14 to 18. Those ages 12 and 13 will attend July 21 to 25. Each camp is limited to the first 20 children to register and will be facilitated by state-certified teachers. For info and to register, call the store at 824-2665.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Elaina Melgar, Judy Alessi, Mary Albrecht, Bob McCarthy, Cheryl Ann Toepfer, Francine DelMonte, Elizabeth Carey, Kathy McCarthy, Rev. Gary Burdick, Caroline Stelmach, Cindy Matchulat, Shannon Bernoski, Katie Weber, Cassandra Seifert, Paul Scibran, Ashley Nichole Botzko, Sister Mary Francesca Buczkowski, Marge Bartus, Broderick Kamuda, Jim Santora, Kathy Galbo and Debbie Andrzejewski.

AND THURSDAY – Mary Pasciak, Sid Panfil, Amber Small, Denise Merrell, Tom Buczkowski, Wayne Smith, Stephanie Klajbor, Bert LaBell, Ryan Bratek, Stephanie Cook, Evan Phillips, Janet Wallace, Jillian Warnes, Sherry Murphy, Betty Pugh, Nick Magretta, Ron Minor, David Pietraszewski, Kyle Mastalinski, John Morrissey, Marcus Beacham, Alex Weinsheimer, Kyle Weinsheimer, Clarence Hoch, Bert LaBell, Patty Rizzo, David Constantine and Ruth Quagliana,


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