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OLAF FUB SEZ: Legendary New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, born on this day in 1903, thought losing had its own rewards. “I love to win; but I love to lose almost as much. I love the thrill of victory, and I also love the challenge of defeat.”

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FREE MOVIE AND MUSIC – At dusk Friday, the Greater Niagara Musicians play before the animated “Box Trolls” movie at Day Road Park at the corner of Day Road and East High Street in Lockport. Popcorn and pop are free.

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LITERACY FOR ALL AGES – The Rural Outreach Center will host a nature-themed literacy camp under a tent for parents and children from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on July 6-9 at 730 Olean Road, East Aurora. Children who don’t read have vocabularies of less than 1,000 words. Read and the number shoots up to 4,000. The Bookworm Bookstore is collecting donations to give to families who come to camp. Call 474-4194.

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ALDEN’S TASTES – Make a date and prepare your taste buds. The 17th annual Taste of Alden runs from 5 to 8 p.m. June 25. On the menu: Barbecue, burgers, cupcakes, crab cakes and soup. Buy tickets ahead and get a coupon for a chance to win a basket raffle worth $1,000. Call 937-6177 or write secretary@aldenny.org for info.

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ART & GHOSTLY HAPPENINGS – The “Beyond the Barrel” exhibit opens Friday, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Along the margins of this announcement was another intriguing opportunity: The center is collecting stories of paranormal experiences at the NACC. “We urge those of you who have a story of ghostly encounters, disembodied voices, strange lights or other unexplained happenings to contact us.” Don’t get spooked. Write kathie@thenacc.ccsend.com.

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ROLLING STONES TICKETS – Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue in Lockport is raffling two tickets to see the legendary rock band at Ralph Wilson Stadium on July 11. For a shot at seats 3 and 4 row 26, in the lower 109 section, pay $50 at diamondsintheruffanimalrescue.rescuegroups.org or write DITR, P.O. Box 332, Lockport NY 14095. Winners, announced at month’s end, also get a $100 gift certificate to Jack Devine’s Pub in Orchard Park. Call 550-1635 for more info.

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ACADEMIC AID FOR HISPANIC WOMEN – The Hispanic Women’s League is encouraging applications for its scholarship for the 2015 fall semester at a local school. Funds help students of Hispanic origin with financial need. Applicants must have a 2.75 average or better, 24 degree credits and a commitment to the Hispanic community. For info, call 885-HELP. Deadline is Sept. 17.

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AUCTION ACTION – Preview furniture, appliances and housewares at 5 p.m. June 25 at Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. Bidding starts at 6 p.m. Call 283-5744 for info.

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REUNION TIME – The Niagara Wheatfield High School Class of 1975 hosts a 40th reunion open to all alumni from other years and staff. A guided tour of the high school starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. At 10 a.m. on Aug. 8, grads can play nine holes for $25 at Gothic Hill Golf Course, Lower Mountain Road. At 5 p.m. there is a $40 dinner at Bond Lake Warming House, Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville. Registration is required by June 27. Call 731-2937 and write NWclass75@gmail.com.

The 1975 Classes of Bishop Turner and Archbishop Carroll high schools host a 40th reunion Aug. 22 at Nickel Creek Cafe, 4717 Clinton St., West Seneca. Check the TurnerCarroll1975Reunion Facebook page or call 553-6877.

The Bishop Fallon Class of 1965 will be celebrating its 50th year with refreshments from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Hall of Honor at the Naval and Military Park at Canalside. Tour the high school building at 10 a.m. Aug. 8. Later, from 4-9 p.m. dine for $35 at DiTondo’s Tavern, 370 Seneca St. Check details at bishopfallon.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Pasciak, Kyle Weinsheimer, Alex Weinsheimer, Sid Panfil, Denise Merrell, Betty Pugh, John Morrissey, Stephanie Klajbor, Sue Argenio, Ruth Quagliana, Marcus Beacham, Ron Minor, David Pietraszewski, Kyle Mastalinski, Ryan Bratek, Stephanie Cook, Evan Phillips, Janet Wallace, Jillian Warnes, Clarence Hoch, Jim Martineck, Bert LaBell, Glenn Morlock and Tom Buczkowski.

AND SATURDAY – Betty Berg, Donna Garrett, Marti Gorman, Erin Cole, Kevin Richert, Barbara Marchelos, Rev. James Giles, Diane Savatteri, Tim Taylor, Shawn Ryan, Angela Baker, Arlene Neeley, Diane Blank, Alicia Salerno, June Urbanski, Becky Palone, Nora Hooley, Emily Muscarella, Karen Metz, Erin Joyce, Ed Rathke, Ruth Chadwick, Ryan Burdick, Sandy Rishel, Dan Bartus Jr., Dave Baker Jr., Andrew Prabucki, Cheryl K. Grasha and Kurt Colwell.

AND SUNDAY – Rob Hartmann, Pat Riley, Diane Gall-Meldrum, Dr. Greg Hudecki, Carima El-Behairy, Sam Magavern, Vivian Jason Toohey, Sister Mary Claire Doyle, Lydia Lickfeld, Dan Snyder, Frank Carroll, Aloysius Zoladz, Carol Fest, Paul Rybczynski, Debra Pfiel, Brad LaGrow, Chad McCabe, Caroline Scott, Elaine Leppien, Jim Singer and Angela Taylor.

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