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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the Apache warrior and statesman Geronimo, born on this date in 1829, nature is indeed a good mother. “I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.”

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GRILLIN’ IN THE PARK Support Allentown’s historic Days Park and have some chicken barbecue. The block club is sponsoring a cookout with the Elmwood Village Charter School from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12. Buy ahead at brownpapertickets.com. Days Park, between Cottage and Allen streets, is home to one of the oldest block clubs in the city, circa 1987. The public park, founded in 1859, is also one of Buffalo’s first. Check it out.

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RIVER REGATTA AND FEST – Paddle, kayak, canoe and design your way through this weekend’s 15th annual three-day Buffalo River Fest at 249 Ohio St. Boaters of all kinds aim for Saturday’s 11 a.m. regatta. Some will build their own and try for prizes, like “most creative vessel” and make the three-mile journey down the river and Elevator Alley. Spend $20 to $30 to enter. Call 849-4780 and visit rigidizedregatta.com for info. Proceeds benefit the River Fest Park and Valley Community Association. The rest of the time, check out vendors, a photo and memorabilia display, kids fishing contest, softball and live music. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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RE-GIFT YOUR BIKES – All week, Go Bike Buffalo will help coordinate a bicycle donation drive at Larkin Square and in the lobby of the Larkin @ Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St. First Niagara volunteers also will be out collecting bikes during Food Truck Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and the kickoff the Live at Larkin series from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The bicycles will be used by Go Bike to encourage more people to ride and to teach people how to do their own repairs.

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MAGIC & SENIOR APARTMENTS – Tour apartments for independent seniors and enjoy a performance with magic, ventriloquism and hot dogs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at People Inc. Pine Senior Living, 6231 Tonawanda Creek North, Lockport. Call 817-9090 for info.

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BUZZING WITH KIDS – Celebrate National Pollinator Week by taking a child from kindergarten age to fifth grade to learn about bees, butterflies, bats and beetles from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Call 683-5959 for info.

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SUMMER STORYTELLING – Middle school-aged boys will learn how to record, edit and mix sound, how to write stories and take better pictures from a pro as part of the camp from July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7 at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway. Other projects include chess, learning to row and field trips to the grain elevators. $80 for one week, $140 for two. Call 826-3610, Ext. 222 or write summertimon@bishoptimon.com to register.

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READING FUN FOR CAMPERS – Reading, writing and games are part of the free literacy-promoting camp, aligned with public school standards, sponsored at Dog Ears Bookstore, 668 Abbott Road. Activities, designed for kids from 7 to 13 years old, run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during weeks starting June 29; the program ends Aug. 7. Pick out a session at dogearsbookstore.org or call 823-2665.

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REUNION TIME – Williamsville South High School’s Class of 1975 will hold its 40th reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave. More info at susanwolf72@yahoo.com.

Lackawanna High School’s Class of 1950 is holding its “Fantastic 65th” on Aug. 6 at LaGalleria Restaurant. Call Shirley Nigro at 926-9087

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Adison James Kelley Torres, Kayla Carpino, Patty Hastreiter, Spencer Gates, Lee D. Burns, Howard Lippes, Sister Mary Ruth Warejko, Sister Mary Francesca Buczkowski, Sara Frandina, Mark Kreib, Chuck Recktenwalt, Edward T. McGrew Jr., Marge Bartus and Sandy Martineck.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com