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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American rhythm and blues and gospel singer Mavis Staples, born on this date in 1939, “The best music of my life I heard at my grandmother’s church, this little wooden church up on a hill.”


STAR TREK – View Jupiter, Venus, the Summer Triangle, the Ring Nebula and a variety of constellations through telescopes during an evening astronomy program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie outdoor education center, 4050 North St., Blasdell. Nonmembers are $4. No preregistration required. Call 627-4560 or visit for info.


SUMMER FUN – A weekend summer festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with a Polish folk Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 8791 South Main St., Eden. A pork chop dinner follows immediately. The festival continues at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with a barbecue chicken lunch, a basket auction and music in the church’s banquet hall.

Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst, will host Motion Commotion Fun Fest, a community event for all ages, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Bikes, skates, scooters and skateboards are welcome. The Amherst Police Department will conduct bike and helmet safety checks. There also will be games, face-painting, food and more.


BOOK SALES – Friends of the Arcade Free Library holds its annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library, 365 Main St. The event continues with a bag sale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday.

A book sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, and concludes with a $5 bag day from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday.


WEEKEND MENU Cleveland Drive Presbyterian Church, 735 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, is sponsoring a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $9 and include a beverage and dessert.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg, is sponsoring a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $9 presale, $10 at the door. Call 649-4320 for tickets.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs, hosts its annual Chiavetta’s chicken dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $11 at the door, for a half chicken, roll, salad, pop and a homemade dessert. Hot dog meals for kids are $4. There also will be face-painting for kids and a special appearance by Saxman Slim. For good measure, there’s a huge theme basket raffle and a duck pond raffle. Advance tickets are available in the parish office. For info, call 627-2710.


CHEAP FINDS – The Town of Cowlesville will hold its 31st annual Flea Market and Strawberry Social from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event features vendors, crafters, adoption agencies, food and beverages, with live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be more than 25 yard sales within walking distance from the event site, near the center of the town at Clinton Street and Bullis Road. Also, pet adoptions will be available through Open Arms Rescue of Western New York and Pet Connection.

The second annual “Gigantic Kenmore Garage Sale” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at nearly 100 homes throughout the village. Organizers from the Kenmore Village Improvement Society will set up a video booth on the Village Green for bargain-seekers to show off their favorite purchases. Printed maps will be available at the Village Green in front of the Municipal Building.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 930 Lake St., Angola, holds its rummage and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and a bag sale from 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., holds a garage sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jack Gilbert, Jeff Miers, Bill Rushmore, Gail Johnstone, Jeremiah Hassett, MaryAnn Hassett, Katelyn Hemingway, Dorothy Zmuda, Mark Fitzpatrick, Alex Viterna, Tim Piskorz, Robert Hargro, Cali Schneider, Timothy Morrisette, Brandon Toepfer, Kylie Essman, Adirel Meyer, Sarah Worix, David Krug, Tim Curtin, Milly Lenny, Mike Williams, Joe Cukierski, Tracy Simonick, Joshua Alessi, Ann R. Cleary and John Myree.

AND SATURDAY – Ann Kowal, Jonathon Welch, Greg Lodinsky, Christine Malarkey, Shannon Halt, Leah Krzemien, Helen Seltzer, Ziggy Fuksa, Kevin Enser, Rose McCabe, Sr. Rose Mark Kustko, Kenneth Roetzer, Zoe Stablewski, Giavanne Granelli, Sydney Shoffstall, Jeanette Posson, Conrad Cieslinski, Donna J. Phillips, Ginny Cummings, Bee Wasielewski, Betty Tomaka and Leah Krzemien.

AND SUNDAY – Gerry Dickey Sr., Gregg Borland, Mark Derringer, Julie Ciesinski, Martha Toth, Lorraine Aloisio, Jo Polowy, Tamara Franz, Gail Ryan, Carol Janiszewski, Anna Ihrig, Deb Turner, Joe O’Brien, Kevin Safe and John Wojtowicz.