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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, born on this date in 1921, "The funny thing is that everything is science fiction at one time or another."

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NEW TIME -- Ordinarily, the annual Nancy Price Memorial 5K Race is a springtime event, but for its 17th edition this year, it's moved to August. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Youngstown Fire Hall, 625 Third St., with registration starting at 8:15 a.m. and a party to follow. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Awards will be given to the top overall finishers and the top three finishers in each age category.

Registration is $22 for runners on race day and $16 for walkers. The first 200 to register get a free T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Nancy Price Memorial Scholarship Fund. Price, director of the Youngstown Village Recreation Department for 20 years, died of cancer in 1994.

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WINNING COMBINATION -- The Akron-Newstead Seniors are holding their theme basket raffle and Krolick's chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron. Pre-ordering meals is advised since a limited number will be available at the door. Drawing for the baskets begins at 2. Ticketholders need not be present to win. For info, call 542-6645.

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ENCHANTED EVENING -- St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., hosts a Big Band Dance Under the Stars from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday featuring the Jim Tudini Band with Bobby Militello. Tudini, who has played with the Tommy Dorsey Band and Doc Severinsen, leads an 11-piece contemporary ensemble. Saxophonist Militello regularly tours with Dave Brubeck. Donation is $10.

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GETTING THEIR LICKS -- It's National Ice Cream Month and now dogs can celebrate it, too. Treats Unleashed in Northtown Plaza, 3067 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, is teaming up with holistic pet food maker Nature's Variety to hold a Dog Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Regular ice cream isn't good for dogs -- in fact, chocolate sometimes can be fatal -- but Nature's Variety has come up with a frozen dessert called SweetSpots that fits their dietary needs. They'll be offering it in both flavors -- sweet potato and molasses, and peanut butter and honey.

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BARGAIN TIME -- Union Hook and Ladder and National Hose Company will sponsor an indoor yard sale today through Sunday in Tonawanda Fire Headquaters, 44 William St., City of Tonawanda. For tables and info, call 693-2122.

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GIVING A HOOT -- You don't have to be a relative to attend the 23rd annual Owl Family Picnic from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the George F. Lamm Post Grove, 952 Wehrle Drive between Union and Cayuga roads, Amherst. The Owl Family actually is a collaboration of veterans groups and Am-Pol musicians.

There will be live polka bands, plenty of dancing, food, drink and music, all included in the $20 ticket. Kids under 10 get in free. Parking is free, too, with room for 1,000 cars. Proceeds go to help needy families and children via Mercy Flight, Camp Good Days and Special Times, Former Troopers Helping Hands and Sister Johnice's Response to Love Center at St. Adalbert's.

Bands include the Eddie "O" Orchestra, the Concertina Allstars, Phocus with Scrubby, the New Yorkers with C.J. Luksch and Danny Neaverth with Accordion Bill.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Keira Dickey, Roman Zabinski, Bob Kuminski, Brenden Patrick Farrell, Tim Sheehan, Jennifer Fecio McDougall, Joe Sweeney, Madison M. Rooth, Andy Mantione, Conor Bain, Annette Reynolds, Linda Agone, Shirley Smith, William Sinclair Brown, Sharon Marsowicz, Chris Drago and Robert Joslyn.

SATURDAY -- Bobby Schwedt, Ken Safe, Bill Johnson Sr., Mary Federico, Sister Edwinette Gorski, Tom Bain, Laurie Ruhl, Anne Plazio and Noreen Sobczak.

AND SUNDAY -- Sam Petrie, Sam Zarcone, Bob Kolken, Doug Dombrowski, Athena Gentry, Marietta Wells, Donna Docenko, John Granelli, Sister Judith Marie Kubicki, Bob Moll, Wally Loziel, Betty Schafer, Skarlett Alethia Smith, Linda Bain, Jessica Izzo, Judy Strubel, Megan Ulrich, Gregory Fildes, Bob Melander, Dominic Scapillato, Gregory Paivanas, J. Bruce Sherman, Walter Czerwinski, Madelyn Tabor, Billy Crehan, Jim Kaleta, Luke Brind'Amour and Pat Galuszka.

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