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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was singer and songwriter Curtis Mayfield, born on this date in 1942, who wrote: “People get ready, there’s a train comin’/ You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board.”


BIG TENT – Buy a coffee this Wednesday at a Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop and help send 18,000 low-income youngsters to camp. All proceeds from coffee sales will go to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, which operates seven year-round camps across North America.

To help out even more, customers can round up their coffee purchase to the nearest dollar or make a donation to Last year, Tim Hortons Camp Day raised $12.2 million.


SEASON OPENER – The Bleeding Hearts will kick off the Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. this Wednesday in Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Admission and parking are free. No coolers will be allowed. Food and refreshments will be available. Concerts will continue through Sept. 2. For a full schedule, visit


ON THE ROPES – Author Rich Blake will sign copies of his book, “Slats: The Legend and Life of Jimmy Slattery” at 6 p.m. Thursday in Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. The book follows the rise and fall of the celebrated Buffalo boxer during the Prohibition Era. For info, call 823-2665 or visit


HIT THE HIGHWAY – Motorcyclists will converge Saturday at the Celoron Rib Fest in Lucille Ball Memorial Park, 21 Boulevard Ave. on Chautauqua Lake, Celoron, for the second annual Ride to Find ’Em Poker Run.

Registration will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fee is $15 for riders, $5 for drivers. All proceeds go to Missing Persons Awareness through the CUE Center for Missing Persons. Advance registration is available at the CUE booth at the festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


PARTY TIME – The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America will host a Euro Block Party with several local bands from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Ukrainian-American Civic Center, 205 Military Road. Admission is $15. Proceeds will support observers for the upcoming election in Ukraine. For info, call Luba Terech at 359-3075.


SO BAD IT’S GOOD – Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group will benefit from the eighth annual Ugly Dress Party at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Coyote Cafe, 36 Main St., Hamburg.

Those who attend vote to choose the ugliest dress that evening. There is no prize for the winner, but she gets to pick the charity for next year’s event. There also will be raffles, drawings, complimentary snacks and a cash bar.

After the voting, the contestants will head out for a pub crawl in their dresses, carrying donation jars. For info on the event, call 868-2602. For info on Ten Lives Club or to adopt a cat, call 646-5577 or visit


SETTING SAIL – The National Association of Women Business Owners Buffalo Niagara will hold its next meeting June 10 aboard the Moondance Cat catamaran cruising Lake Erie.

It will begin with networking at 5:30 p.m., when the boat leaves Erie Basin Marina, followed by a buffet with a cash bar. Then the chapter’s new officers and directors will be inducted. Tickets are $40, $35 for association members. Register at


IN THE SPOTLIGHT – Colorful oil paintings by Sharon Cichocki and watercolors, acrylics and mixed media works by Pam Cichocki are featured this month in the Kenmore Art Society exhibit in the Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, continues through June 27.


COLLEGE CASH – The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women Inc., is accepting applications for a scholarship it will award to adult women returning to college, trade school or continuing education. Applicants must have resided on Grand Island for at least two years.

Applications are available in the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce office, 2257 Grand Island Blvd., or by calling Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or emailing


MORE REUNIONS – The Class of 1975 from Cheektowaga’s John F. Kennedy High School will hold its 40th reunion beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Bradford Ale House, soon to become Route 78 Street Bar, 6036 Transit Road, Depew.

Spouses and friends are welcome. For info and to say you’re coming, call Kathy Safe Buran at 867-4096 (email or Christine Szwajda Fogle at 895-2538. To contribute to a JFK memory book being compiled by Ed Bernal, email him at

The Niagara Wheatfield High School Class of 1975 will celebrate its 40th reunion with a tour of the school at 7 p.m. Aug. 7, a golf outing at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 and a dinner at 5 p.m. Aug. 8. All alumni from previous years and staff are welcome.

Preregistration and payment are required for golf and the dinner. Deadline is June 27. For info, call 731-2937, email or see the class page on Facebook.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dan Sack, Stephen Banko IV, Danielle Fitzpatrick, Don Pfohl, Colleen E. Bellezza, Tyler Graham, Sister Mary Bernadette Kapfer, Sister Mary Hope Zalewski, Sister Mary Poncila Rogawski, Jack Lickfeld, Scott Lisinski, Ava Murphy, Amalia Castelli, Theresa McCarthy, Raymond Simon, Jeremy Garlapo, Joanne Diabo, Warren Emblidge, Lori Rishel, Jim Henry, Louis Brown, Christopher Burdick, Kevin Trask and Matt Skelly.

AND THURSDAY – Charles Haupt, Cliff Stoll, Janet Dimet, Ginny Beardsell, Molly Platt, Laurie Hebeler, Dick Sutton, Rev. James M. Augustyn, Davey Herlan, Leona Mae Smith, Thomas O’Malley, Carl Gier and Lindsay Guzzetta.