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OLAF FUB SEZ: Summer beach reads beckon. According to “Metamorphosis” author Franz Kafka, born on this date in 1883, “A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.”

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FARMERS MARKET DEAL – Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Buffalo’s Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is open through November, but this Saturday comes with a rare bargain. People with low incomes can double their purchasing power with Supplemental Nutrition Program benefits. For up to $20, each SNAP dollar buys $2 worth of fruits and vegetables. Check elmwoodmarket.org.

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ALIGNING THE STARS – Celebrate the Fourth in true celestial style at the Beaver Meadow Observatory at the Buffalo Audubon Society in North Java. When the sky is dark Saturday, study the heavens. One of the largest telescopes in Western New York will be open to the public on the first Saturday evening of the month from April to October. Rain or shine. Check buffaloastronomy.com.

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MUSICAL TREK – The symphonic suite from “Star Trek” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” are among the numbers to be played by the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band’s summer performance series that starts at noon July 4 at Buffalo Canalside. Visit bncb.org or write info@bncb.org

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TOUR SILOS, MANSIONS & MORE – Starting this week, Explore Buffalo’s July schedule of daily walking tours comes in speciality themes. There’s “Masters of American Architecture,” “Five Presidents in Buffalo,” Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boathouse and Silo City and the mansions of Lincoln Parkway. Almost every cool architectural aspect is covered by foot, bus and bike. Check out the options at explorebuffalo.org or call 245-3032.

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OLD CAR CLUB – Tri-Five Car Club hosts its 40th and last car show Sunday to raise money for the Association for Research of Childhood Cancer, the “Great Pumpkin Farm,” 11199 Main St., Clarence. Live music, food and the “most beautiful classic cars” around. Call 634-1149 for info.

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LIVING HISTORY – The circa-1759 French and Indian War Encampment at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown starts with pomp and a grand parade at 10 a.m. Friday and continues on through Sunday at 2 p.m. with the British making their final assault. The 36th annual gathering is one of the largest re-enactments of that period anywhere, say organizers. The war would later egg on colonists to fight for independence. Celebrate the holiday with some new knowledge. Find the complete schedule at oldfortniagara.org.

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CHAUTAUQUA GOSPEL – The Rev. Dr. William Jackson will reflect on how mercy, grace and hope are revealed in gospel music, 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution, just outside Mayville.

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REUNION TIME – The 16th annual all-class reunion for Bishop Ryan High School starts with mass at 6 p.m. July 24 in the chapel at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs. Classes of 1955 and 1965 will be honored. Registration required. Contact Paul Andruczyk at 662-3459 or ryanalumni@roadrunner.com.

Graduates of Riverside High School should bring memorabilia to the Alumni Association Picnic at 1 p.m., July 21 at Banchetti’s Picnic Grove, North French Road. Reservations by July 14. Call Ruth Hawthorne at 692-2627.

West Seneca Central High School Class of 1962 meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at Jack Devine’s Restaurant, 4170 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. Call 675-5463.

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