OLAF FUB SEZ: According to folksinger Woody Guthrie, born on this date in 1912, “Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.”
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SHAPING UP – The Matt Urban Hope Center will benefit as CrossFit Nickel City, 247 Virginia St., hosts its second annual In-House Invitational CrossFit Competition from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend and support the competitors. There also will be a basket raffle, snacks and refreshments from Ashker’s Juice Bar. For more information, call Stephanie Mejia at 893-7221, ext. 308, or email email@example.com.
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ALL IN FUN – Harris Hill United Methodist Church, 8495 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence, will host a free community carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with games, prizes, snacks, a bounce house, vendors, face painting, a petting zoo and pony rides. For information, call 632-4688.
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BARBECUE TIME – Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive near Sweet Home Road, Amherst, will offer BW’s barbecue dinners, take-out only, from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Chicken dinners are $10, ribs dinners are $13. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Vets Helping Heroes.
The Faith Community of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs, will hold its annual Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday or until sold out. Dinners are $10 advance, $12 on Sunday. A hot dog meal is $4. There also will be a theme basket raffle and face painting. For pre-sale tickets, call 627-2710.
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WELCOME MAT – Asbury Pointe Retirement Community, 50 Stahl Road off North Forest Road, Getzville, will hold three open house sessions this month – from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, from 4 to 7 p.m. next Thursday and from 1 to 4 p.m. July 29.
Visitors will be able to speak to residents and tour the apartments, which include such amenities as granite countertops and custom cupboards. All are welcome. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 810-7500.
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MAGIC ISLE – Castles, mansions, manor houses, abbeys and their estates will be explored as author and lecturer Bonnie G. Flickinger will lead a five-day course on "British Treasure Houses and Romantic Gardens" beginning Monday at 1 p.m. in the Turner Conference Room at Chautauqua Institution. For more information and registration, call the Chautauqua Institution Ticket Office at 357-6250 or visit chqtickets.com.
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ALL ABLOOM – Nearly 50 properties in South Buffalo and the Old First Ward will be showcased in South Buffalo Alive’s 17th annual Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The tour is free and self-guided.
Visitors who make their first stop at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2002 South Park Ave. next to the Dudley Library, can pick up a tour brochure from volunteers, who will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit the South Buffalo Alive page on Facebook.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Irv Sultz, Bill Slon, Gina Browning, Bob Riley, Nancy Gish, Peter Filim, Julie Deven Moro, Fred Skretny, Ryan Lysenko, Evie Naab, Lucy Missert, John Oliver, Loren Horwitz, Brett Au, Gina Maderi, Douglas Conley, Nyerie Williams, Daniel Christiano, Laura Ruszczyk, Jim Higgins, William F. Streb, Deborah Tross, Lillian Occhino, Father Ronald P. Sajdak, Bob Weekley, Father Ron Bagley, Julie Maddex, Jennifer Haggerty, Natalie Strawn, Patricia Martis, Hayden Gallagher Keen and James Ziolkowski.
AND SATURDAY – Gregory Thomas Shanks, Mark Albrecht, Rachel Stokes, Daryl Rasuli, Joan Graci, James Koehler, Joseph Koehler, Dave Pickens, Annette Ivey-Bauer, Abel Fleckenstein, Gretchen McKenna, Fran Slatter, Sharon Forney, Becky McQuillan, Jennifer Raven, Ryan Castaldo, Sophie Brown, Jessica Morse, Bernard Harkin, Ellie Schultz, Maeve Wiles, Justin Minor, Dana Jacobs, David J. Franco, Dan Molloy, Carmen Gentile, Donna Chapman, Deb Plaza, Jon Capuano and J. T. Taylor.
AND SUNDAY – Renee Klinshaw, Susan Conway Zion, Mary Moser, David Hartzell, Shane Dupree Fry, Karl Frizlen, Allegra Jaros, Katelyn Gallagher, Sister Marilyn Ann Dudek, Gene Karp, Evan Drebot, Dennis Quinn, Peggy Pankow, Rose Marie Hall, Sam Gullo, Rose Flading, Monsignor Kevin T. O’Neill, Bob Bishop, Kathy Kelly Smith, Peggy Grabowski, Connie Schafer Collins, Christine Reaser, Brenden Molloy, Leah Ann Christmas, Colleen Williams and Pat Szymonek.
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