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OLAF FUB SEZ: Words to live by from astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr., the third person to walk on the moon, born on this date in 1930, “If you can’t be good, be colorful.”


SWING TIME – The Buffalo Dolls will perform classic wartime songs and hits from the 1940s to the 1960s when they appear in the First Wednesday Speaker Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue. The group also will talk about how they prepare their songs.

Doors open at 5:30. Admission is free. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. Call 821-9361 or visit


BARGAIN HUNT – The First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will hold its 43rd anniversary Joyful June Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Thrift Shop, Mini Boutique and Plant Place will be open. A summer buffet luncheon for $7 will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local charities.


LEGGING IT – Great Lakes Surgical Associates will give a free presentation on varicose veins, leg health and how treatments have recently changed at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Wellness Programs at the Schofield Adult Wellness Center in the Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. The public is welcome. For info and to register, call 995-3851 or visit


NEW SEASON – Returning Wednesday for a second year is the farmers market at the Chautauqua Mall, 318 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood. It will be open outside the main mall entrance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 26.

Vendor spaces are still available. For general info, visit For vendor info, call Cynde Breneman at 763-9355 or email


HOT OFF THE GRILL – The 60th anniversary East Aurora Kiwanis chicken barbecue will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Hamlin Park, Prospect Avenue and South Grove Street.

East Aurora High School’s award-winning Jazz Ensemble will perform at 4, followed by the group Busted Stuff at 5:30. Tickets are $9 advance at or $10 in the park.


HOLY GUACAMOLE – Participants are invited to dress as their favorite superheroes as Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie County host the Buffalo Superhero 5K Race and Wellness Walk at 6:30 p.m. Friday from St. George’s Church, in the corner of Delaware Park at Nottingham Terrace and Amherst Street. A family-friendly party will follow.

Through Wednesday, entry is $25 for runners and $20 for those who prefer to take the 1.8-mile wellness walk, and includes food, beer and a race T-shirt.

Proceeds benefit the efforts by Compeer and the association to promote good mental health. For info and registration, visit


TIPPING THE HAT – HART Interfaith, which helps the elderly and infirm remain independent in their homes, will honor three organizations and two individuals at its annual awards celebration June 10 in the Niagara Falls Country Club, 505 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston.

Fashion Outlets and the Town of Niagara will be honored for their funding support. Niagara Hospice will receive the Commitment Award. Ruth Sirianni and Margaret Drosky will be honored for their service to HART.

A basket and gift certificate preview will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. For info and tickets, call 754-8313.


SET SAIL – Don’t wait too long to reserve your spot on the 24th Penn Dixie Nature Cruise aboard the Miss Buffalo on June 14.

The three-hour cruise, boarding at 8:30 a.m. and departing at 9 from Erie Basin Marina, will feature tour guides discussing what’s behind all the sights – how the Great Lakes and Niagara River were formed, aquatic biology, birds and historic points of interest.

Registration is limited. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for children 12 and under. Penn Dixie members pay $3 less. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


ARTISTS, CRAFTERS WANTED – Artists and crafters are sought for the annual Summerfest at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Cheektowaga, which will be held June 28. For more information, call the parish rectory at 833-1715.


REUNION TIME – A reunion of all students who attended St. Casimir’s School will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 27 in Father Justin Knights of Columbus hall, 2375 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga.

Tickets are $30 and include food and four hours of open bar.

Spouses are welcome. Space is limited. For info and reservations, call Conrad “Red” Polniak at 826-6654 or email or email Donna Walentynowicz at

The Western New York Chapter of the Public Employees Association will hold its 18th annual picnic at noon July 22 in Kotecki’s Grandview Grove, 4685 Seneca St., West Seneca. Reservations are due by July 12. For info, call 536-9867 or 675-5618.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Claire Barbara Petersen, Kathryn Lauber, Sean Lauber, Erin Lauber, AnnMarie Stanton, Bill Finkelstein, Gerry Hooley, Brendon Webster, Ginny Williams, Jordon Ciotuszynski, Michael Falk, Feather Dominque Morrow, Marge Farrell, Mike Buczkowski, John McFall, Sister Mary Virginita Tarnacki, Shami Abraham, Drea Hacker, Jessica Zoladz, Carol Witman, Paul Simini, Millie Blaisdell, Ellen Rohauer, Becky Lengel, Edward Miller II, Arlene Weiss, Linda Rozyczko, Sean P. Quinn and John Connelly.