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This Week / Some recommended events for the week of June 27 - July 3

>SUNDAY

The band plays on

What: U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus

Why: Get that patriotic feeling!

Info: This free concert begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. Call 357-6250 or visit www.ciweb.org for more information.

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Party for a cause

What: Weekend of Wishes

Why: A benefit for the Make A Wish Foundation.

Info: From noon to 7 p.m. in Mia's Restaurant, 4905 S. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. The event includes music by the Balesteri Band, the Fly Roosters, Black Widow and Caitlin Koch, children's entertainment (with magicians and clowns), food and prizes. Tickets are $12 ($10 presale). For information and tickets, call 863-0369.

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>TUESDAY

Prayers for healing

What: Medicine Buddha Healing

Why: Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform a healing ceremony. Participants may submit names of family and friends for healing prayers.

Info: Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Unity Church of Practical Christianity 1243 Delaware Ave. Tickets are $20. For information, call 882-0391 or visit www.unitybuffalo.org.

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>WEDNESDAY

One farmer's story

What: Food Matters: A Four Film Series: "The Real Dirt on Farmer John"

Why: Learn about the struggles of today's farmers through the story of John Peterson.

Info: At 7 p.m. in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave. www.hallwalls.org. Admission is $8, $6 for students, seniors and Hallwalls members.

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>THURSDAY

Cross the border

What: Friendship Festival

Why: Why can't we be friends?

Info: Beginning today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and continuing through July 5 in Riverside Park in Buffalo and Mather Arch in Fort Erie, Ont. The celebration includes live music, midways, food and drink, children's activities, contests and fireworks. For more information, call (888) 333-1987 or visit www.friendshipfestival.com.

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