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OLAF FUB SEZ: Words of caution from activist and Gray Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn, born in Buffalo on this date in 1905, "When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say."


MOVABLE FEAST -- Buffalo's emerging food truck movement starts making its mark in history this week. The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is hosting two of the trucks -- the Roaming Buffalo and Rolling Joe's Cafe, which offers coffee and sweets -- from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday for a Picnic on the Portico of its museum at Nottingham Court and Elmwood Avenue.

Tables and chairs will be set up on the portico, and attendees are invited to bring their own folding chairs and blankets. There's plenty of free parking. The museum plans to hold portico picnics every Thursday and feature other food trucks.


MORE REUNIONS -- Descendants of immigrants from Valledolmo, a small town in the center of Sicily, are invited to the annual reunion Sunday in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 160 Court St., in downtown Buffalo. An Italian Mass will be offered at 11:15 a.m., followed by dolci.

Monday is the deadline for reservations for the South Buffalo Catholic Schools reunion on Aug. 21 in Kloc's Grove, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca. Tickets are $35 per person, $60 a couple. It begins with Mass at 3 p.m., followed by a picnic with beer and wine. For reservations, call Maureen Burns at 828-8983 or visit Alumni from St. Agatha's, St. Ambrose, St. John the Evangelist, Holy Family, St. Martin's, St. Teresa's and St. Thomas Aquinas schools are invited. A meeting for the reunion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the St. Ambrose Parish Rectory meeting room, 65 Ridgewood Road.


PAGE TURNERS -- It's not too late for residents of North Tonawanda, Pendleton and Wheatfield to get in on the 13th annual Adult Summer Reading Program at the North Tonawanda Library, 505 Meadow Drive. For each book read between now and Aug. 13, readers receive a raffle ticket for a free basket giveaway. For info, call 693-3009.


ROLLING MEMORIAL -- The third annual charity motorcycle run in honor of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Jonathon Cote, the Amherst native who was kidnapped and murdered while working as a private security contractor in Iraq, begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Williamsville North High School.

It ends at Wilson Boat House Restaurant on the shore of Lake Ontario in Wilson, where there will be live music, food, refreshments, auctions and raffles. Proceeds go to a scholarship for a Williamsville North student and to, which raises money for military families. For info, call Christopher Cote at 693-1619 or e-mail


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Emma Grace Connors, Jodi Yohn, Mary A. Morrow, Mark Gruber, Cecile Calabrese, Marv Levy, Nancy Nolf, Sister Mary Antonita Sikorski, Lori Merrell, Emily Gates, John Klemm, Annmarie R. Cellino, Bill Kotarski, John Grek, Mark Fleming, Joe Raven, Barbara Slisz, Michael J. Sliwinski, Jennifer Bair, Robert Joseph Posson, Colleen Gray, Caroline Miller, Mitchell Skrabacz, Andrew J. Brown and Pat Krajna.

AND THURSDAY -- Edward C. Smith, Lynn Marinelli, Mark Sommer, Ellen Goldstein, Sally Cunningham, Ed Cardoni, Jacob Scott Prell, Kristen Lewandowski, Flo O'Shei, Dorothy Korczak, Richie Noblette III, Breslyn Gonzalez, Marge Koziel, JoAnn Michael, Kathy Sfeir, Dawn Wasielewski, Matthew Jandzinski, Barbara Best, Paul Pfitzinger, Howard Purdy, Pat Zelasko and T. Carrie Vincel.