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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former President George W. Bush, born on this date in 1946, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you need to concentrate on.”

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PASTA PATROL – It’s spaghetti dinner time again, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion’s Stephen Sikora Post 1322, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinners are $7 and include meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage. For an extra $1.50, choose a homemade dessert.

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ANNUAL CELEBRATION – The Carmelite Nuns of Buffalo will offer the annual Solemn Public Novena in honor of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel. Services will begin Friday and continue at 7 p.m. every evening through the feast day, July 16, in the Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel Road.

Services will begin with the Rosary, followed by Holy Mass, and will be conducted by Rev. Joseph Gabriel Cusimano of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, N.M. All are welcome. Suitable dress is requested.

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FUN FOR EVERYONE – Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls, will host a Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission and refreshments are free.

For youngsters, there will be carnival games, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo, courtesy of Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, as well as a demonstration by the Niagara County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. Adult activities include a basket auction, flea market, crafts and music by Sam Alcorn. The SPCA of Niagara will bring pets that are up for adoption.

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PEEK INTO THE PAST – Youngsters aged 8 to 14 will learn about Civil War-era military life at the School of the Civil War Soldier Camp. The camp will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Civil War re-enactors will show students uniforms and equipment, and join them in Civil War soldiers’ free-time activities, such as playing games, singing songs, marching, drilling and skirmishing.

Participants should wear blue jeans, a button-down shirt and shoes with ties. No shorts, T-shirts or sandals are allowed. Non-firing wooden muskets and battle flags will be provided. Parents are welcome to watch. Fee is $25 per recruit. For info and to register, call 689-1440 or visit bnhv.org/events.

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BOOKS PLUS – Steamroller printing once again will be a feature of the fifth annual Buffalo BookFest, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. The steamroller will make prints from giant carved woodcut blocks created by artists. The artists will be on hand, and the prints will be available for purchase.

There also will be book arts demonstrations, including printmaking for kids, as well as an artist market and vendor fair, with nearly three dozen vendors of handmade items. There will be free live music next door at Casa Di Pizza. For info, call 348-1430 or visit wnybookarts.org.

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STITCH IN TIME – The Buffalo Western New York Chapter of the American Sewing Guild will hold a sewing and crafting sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hamburg Village Community Center, 107 Prospect Ave., Hamburg. Items for sale will include fashion fabric, quilting fabric, yarns, notions and books.

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ENTER LAUGHING – Local comedy troupe WNY Improv will teach some of its performance tricks at the Comedy Improv Workshop. The workshop will take place at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. The class is limited to 25 people. For more info and to register, call 332-4375.

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STORY TIME – The Kenilworth Library, 318 Montrose Ave., Tonawanda, will begin a series of free summer programs for youngsters at 3 p.m. next Tuesday with “SPCA Preschool Story Time.” In this activity, a representative of the SPCA Serving Erie County will lead an animal-themed program with stories, songs and crafts about animals. No live animals will be present. A parent or guardian must be on hand. Registration is necessary. Call 834-7657 to sign up.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sandy Luedke, Joseph Czerniak, Pat Reese, Janie Caulder, Tara Schafer, Barbara Holdridge, Gerald Sobkowiak, Jim Evers, Erie T. Vallone, Tom Occhino, Brian Czech, Kathy Mazurek, Cecil C. Brown, Norman Kingsley and Jessica Lee Kelly.

AND THURSDAY – Jane Margaret Shanks, Lorna Brewer, Carolyn Raeke, Jennifer Guercio, Mary Ann Kresse, Jennifer Lata Rung, Peyton Thomas Buczkowski, Patty Rogalski, Vertia Winn, Judy Quinn, Matthew Park, Andrea Genevieve Michnik, Craig Matthew Falzone, Mark Czajka, John Shields, Paul Milcarek and Mike Schieber.

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