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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to philosopher and social critic Eric Hoffer, born on this date in 1902, “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”


EASTERN DELIGHTS – One of the area’s biggest church-sponsored ethnic festivals opens late this afternoon. It’s the 16th annual Western New York Lebanese Festival at St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.

It has amusement rides for youngsters, games, raffles, live music and dancing. There’s plenty of Lebanese food as well – grape leaves, tabbouleh, hummus, shish kabob, falafel, spinach wraps, lubneh (yogurt cheese), baqlewa (baklava) and mamoul (cookies filled with pistachios, walnuts or dates). Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. today, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For info, call 634-0669.


MAIN ATTRACTIONS – Renew your acquaintance with a classic Main Street at the 45th annual East Aurora Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the downtown merchants, there will be more than 100 vendors, special guests and family activities along the street.

Special guests include Buffalo Sabres national anthem singer Doug Allen, who will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at 9:45 a.m. with the American Legion Post 362 Color Guard. The award-winning Rince na Tiarna Irish dancers will perform at 10:30.

Other highlights include Chalk Walk Murals, sponsored by the Town of Aurora Recreation Department, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Operation Kids, featuring youth businesses by entrepreneurs ages 6 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, call 652-8444 or visit


BARGAIN HUNT – The Sisters of St. Francis in Williamsville will benefit from proceeds of a garage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Angels Convent, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Refreshments will be available. For more info or to donate garage sale items, call 632-2155, Ext. 687.


DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES – St. Andrew Church is hosting a Weekend Extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday in the Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Saturday features a Theme Basket Night with doors opening at 5 and first drawing at 7:15. Admission is $3 and includes a sheet of 25 tickets, dessert and a beverage.

Sunday, there will be a Polka Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a Krolick’s chicken barbecue at noon and a cash drawing at 3 p.m. For info, call 892-0425.


DRUMSTICK PATROL – Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive near Sweet Home Road, Amherst, will offer BW’s barbecue dinners for takeout only from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Chicken dinners are $10. Ribs dinners are $12. Save $1 by getting presale tickets by calling the church office at 836-4868.

The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association will hold a chicken barbecue from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo Bar and Grill, 307 Louisiana St. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. There also will be raffles and a cash bar. For info, email Proceeds will help purchase a new boat trailer.


GOLDEN OLDIES – Cars from the Antique Automobile Club of America will be on display as the Williamsville Depot holds its second cruise night of the summer from 5 to dusk Monday at the Lehigh Valley Historic Site, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville.

Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will be available. Tours will be offered of the 1896 railroad station and the 1937 Lehigh Valley caboose. For info, call 837-1791.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stephanie Christopher Shapiro, Miguel Santos, Doug Marrone, Sister Mary Sabine Boczar, Karen Schaller, Kristy Schaller, John Koziej, Jim Zelasko, Janet Kurz, Lois Lizak, Elaine Reinhardt, Priscilla Richardson, Debra Brucato, Madison Lempko, Stefanie Franko, Todd Ehret and Stanley Strobeck.

SATURDAY – Amie Zimmer, Shirley Krypel, Linda Coe, Ella Mye, Jessica Giordano, Eliza Delaney Raven, Sammy DiGesare, Gary Fazio, Matthew Rutski, Eleanor Corbett, John Michael Spinner, Allie Hess, Jeff Wannemacher, Marc DiLoreto, Kimberly Monaco Bump and David M. Strobele Sr.

AND SUNDAY – Annette Watts, Jeff Rapp, Robert F. Moss, Pawan Matta, Bonnie Flickinger, Alma Cosgrove, Teena Wise, Tom Safe, Donald Yager, Alex Scott Prell, Narda Cornwall, Gabriel Berger, Samantha Toepfer Penziner, Carolyn Clancy Higgins, Lisa Grisanti, Marie Rakoczy, Nancy Tobias Mourad, Lorraine Cieslak, Mary Ann Trembicki and Paul Kamrowski Jr.


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