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This Week / Some recommended events for the week of June 26 - July 2

>SUNDAY

Sweet harmony

What: Queen City Chordsmen

Why: The Buffalo Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society performs a benefit concert for local food pantries.

Info: The free concert begins at 7 p.m. in St. Luke Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. Donations of canned goods or cash are appreciated.

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>TUESDAY

Under the stars

What: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Why: The orchestra kicks off its 2011 summer outdoor concert season.

Info: Led by conductor Matthew Kraemer, the free performance begins at 7 p.m. on Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Avenue. For more information, call 885-5000 or visit www.bpo.org.

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>WEDNESDAY

Garden party

What: Starry Night in the Garden

Why: Enjoy the music of Hanson, Michelle Branch and John Vesely and refreshments from local restaurants and wineries at this benefit party for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens at the gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.

Info: The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 general, $100 VIP and are available by calling (888) 223-6000 or online at www.Tickets.com. For more information, visit www.mystar1025.com.

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>THURSDAY

Hello, neighbor

What: Friendship Festival

Why: Celebrate the binational event with fun, food and friendship in Riverside Park on Niagara Street in Buffalo and Mather Arch in Fort Erie, Ont.

Info: Opens Thursday and runs through July 4. The annual festival 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 or www.4thatriverside.com.

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>FRIDAY

Funny guy

What: Cedric the Entertainer

Why: A laugh a minute is the order of the night.

Info: Beginning at 8 p.m. in Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Tickets are $47, $67 and $77 and are available at the box office, by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.Ticketsmaster.com. For more information, call 847-1410 or visit www.sheas.org.