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Home, sweet home

"No Goal" bumper stickers. Bills zubaz pants. Canisius and University at Buffalo hoodies.

Travel anywhere in the United States, and you can easily spot a true Buffalonian by their loyal, if sometimes misguided, commitment to the city.

Buffalo Old Home Week looks to spread that Buffa-love by throwing a centennial celebration and holding a series of city-based activities Sunday through July 8.

Those looking to explore cultural and ethnic diversity will get their chance right off the bat with a kickoff party at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Buffalo Central Terminal. For those interested in historic Buffalo buildings, Old Home Week offers an opportunity to talk about their architecture during various happy hour discussions and neighborhood and downtown tours. The Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St., will host local high school, college and university alumni for a special reunion at 6 p.m. Monday.

Of course, nothing says Buffalo summer like an evening at the ballpark, and the celebration offers families the chance to come together and attend a Bisons game against the Durham Bulls on Thursday, as well as an all-day adventure at Kid's Day, also Thursday, at the Buffalo Zoo. To cap off the weeklong bash, the "Biggest, Best Sunday Brunch in Buffalo" will take place at Shanghai Red's, Two Templeton Terrace, on July 8.

Although many Old Home Week events are free, some require ticket purchase. For a complete list of scheduled events, visit

-- Molly Hirschbeck

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