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OLAF FUB SEZ: Rapper Ice Cube, born O’Shea Jackson on this date in 1969, says his controversial music is about telling the stories of others. “If it was all about me, I’d do a whole lot of pop records, make a whole lot of money, just rake in the dough. But it’s never been all about me. It’s all about being a voice for the voiceless. People who can’t speak for themselves, who don’t have a mic, don’t have a say.”

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Monday through Thursday

Uneven tables strung together through mismatched chairs.

Quiet music, quiet chatter, quiet lives, so loud in the air.

And hours like minutes passed for days to the stares.

Cold drinks go down easy when they’re warmed unaware.

And we met, and we walked, and we joked of our lives.

Passing by us were the remnants of old meals, forks and knives.

While we sipped and we smirked and fell into our hives.

As a man begging for change stood outside missing strides.

Such a moment, such a day, such a wondrous event.

As a star faded down, and daylight was spent.

And a chorus of cars lit up streets as they went,

To places, with people, and things, with intent.

And noises came through weak windows and walls.

Muffled sounds of a lover forgetting it all.

Nighttime grows late and it’s almost last call.

So we shuffle out of wooden seats to a world so damn small.

– Vincent Hiscock

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5 & 10 GUESSWORK – Vidler’s, East Aurora’s iconic Main Street dry goods store, celebrates 85 years of business with festivities Saturday. Until then, one of the third-generation proprietors composed a trivia challenge: Family legend says the orginal Vidler was inspired to open in 1930 because his mother-in-law needed what? Write don@vidlers5and10.com and find the rest of the quiz at the Vidler’s Facebook page.

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FREE SMILE CARE – Westermeier Martin Dental Care will host its annual “Dentistry from the Heart” day of free tooth care to young and old in need from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at its offices at 950 Main St. in East Aurora.

Last year, the dental practice treated 105 people with X-rays, fillings, cleanings and extractions. In the last decade, more than 800 received $250,000 in donated service from Westermeier, now in its third generation of ownership.

Instead of payment, please bring a can of food for the local food pantry. For information, call 655-5000.

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HEAR TEST – An audiologist will talk about hearing loss and how to make it better with new technology at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda. Register at 995-3851 or visit schofieldcare.org.

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CHICKEN TAKEOUT OPTIONS – For $10, take a dinner home and benefit Roswell Park Cancer Instiute from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Mother of the Rosary Catholic Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.

Or, try the $10 chicken meal at St. James United Methodist Church from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. Call 297-6421.

OR, EAT THERE From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse hosts a fundraising BBQ and silent auction at 41 Virginia Place, Buffalo, for Homespace Corporation and the care of young women in foster care who are pregnant, parenting or at risk. Tickets are $30.

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RAFFLE ON – Benefit the library and try for 50 gift baskets full of wine, chocolate and gardening gear with a raffle that starts Monday and continues through June 24 at the East Aurora Library, 550 Main St. Winners drawn June 27 at the Used Book Sale at the First Presbyterian Church.

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Jill Spisiak Jedlicka from the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will speak in the Imagine Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the library opens at noon with a Great Courses video on “The Pursuit of Happiness,” Tocqueville and democracy.

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Isabel Robitaille, Mercedes Reinbolt, Rick Miller, Stan Kozlowski, Deena McNeil, Shea Durand, Dylan Sasiadek, Jordan Healy, Patricia Panek, Deanna “Dee Dee” Wach, Sara Meehan, Jill Tokasz Cerrato, Pam Zinner, Jackson Sabo, Jay Denecke, Ginny Taber, Louis Ruszczyk, MaryRose Ciskal, Dolores Madigan, Lucas Pawlak, Brek Cockrell and Evetta Cannon.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com