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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite line from Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott, born on this date in 1771, “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!”

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BANDERAS AL VIENTO – The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of Western New York Association will set events in motion for its big event at the end of next week with its 14th annual Flag Raising Ceremony at noon Thursday in front of Buffalo City Hall. Flags from Latin American countries also are being placed along Niagara Street (Avenida San Juan) this week.

The parade itself takes place Aug. 20, stepping off at 1 p.m. from in front of City Hall. Grand marshal is Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred “Willie” Rosas, a retired state trooper and New York State’s first Puerto Rican mayor. Concerts and other events will be held throughout the weekend. For more info, call 310-8644 or visit prhdp.org.

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INSIDE OUTLOOK – University at Buffalo athletic director Allen Greene will kick off the Rotary Club of Buffalo’s “Wide World of Sports” luncheon speaker series at noon Thursday in Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace in Erie Basin Marina. The luncheon series is open to the public. Tickets are $25. No reservations are necessary.

Other speakers in the series include NFL agent Shane Costa on Aug. 18, Dr. Scott Darling of the UB Concussion Clinic on Aug. 25 and Canisius College men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon on Sept. 1. For more info, visit the Buffalo Rotary Facebook page.

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RECALIBRATING – Due to the running of the 20th annual Checkers A.C. Mueller Mile, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Main Street in the City of Tonawanda, the food trucks that ordinarily park on Young Street will be moving to Main Street between Niagara and Broad streets for the evening. They will return to Young Street next week. For more info on the race, visit checkersac.org.

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GROWTH INDUSTRY – Local author and gardening expert Jackie Albarella, a regular on WGRZ-TV’s “Weekend Daybreak,” will answer questions and sign copies of her most recent book, “Dirty Tricks in the Garden,” at Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s farmers market, which is open from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday next to West Seneca Town Hall, Union Road and Main Street.

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BIRNAM WOOD – Want to own a piece of Shakespeare in Delaware Park? The railing from the summer theater’s previous stage, which stood from 1993 to 2015, has been chopped up into blocks and turned into collectors’ items. Numbered and signed by founder and artistic director Saul Elkin, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, they are being offered for $75. Only 85 are available. For more info, call 856-4533 or visit shakespeareindelawarepark.org.

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WHISTLE STOP – The Homewood Theater Company is returning to the historic Lehigh Valley Depot, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville, with a new drama, “The Mystery on Telegraph Street,” which was inspired by the nearby Lehigh Valley Railroad section house on Milton Street.

A play in the reader’s theater mode performed by playwright Marty Bauer and his wife, Mary Sue, it opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 19 and 20. The audience will be able to tour the depot after each show. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $4 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds will help maintain the depot.

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STEPPING OUT – The Sensationals, a Buffalo social group dedicated to the preservation and performance of urban line dances from African-American popular culture, will host its ninth annual Lil’ Black Dress event at 7 p.m. Saturday in the McCoy Center, 653 Clinton St. at Adams Street. For more info, call 200-9702 or 553-1233.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Timothy Patrick O’Neill, Margaret Kenny Giancola, Don Van Every, Terry Robinson, Joshua Peoples, Ron Zielin, Claire Hooley, Holly Caci, Sam Rishel, Carol Cislo, Joe Federowicz, Olivia Nicole Harper, Louise Boucher and Mary Kathleen Corbishley-Ried.

AND THURSDAY – Kim Beaty, Lee Coppola, Henry Davis, Sheldon Berlow, Bill Pugh, Jennifer Tudor, Sheila Haggerty, Tim McNally, Jaden Robinson Pratt, Ryan Klein, Laurie Koehler, Jim Schaller, Dan Vaught, Jackie Ziolkowski, Lori Walker, Leon Sobon, Candy Andrews, Michael Hartman and Rob Cook.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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