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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, born on this date in 1897, “Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.”


OPEN KILN – Create and contribute a piece of pottery to artist Karen Sirgey’s community art installation on Saturday at Artpark in Lewiston. Attendees will design clay pieces with messages of what they would like to “contribute” to the world. After firing and glazing their art works, Sirgey will incorporate each piece into a permanent large-scale installation that will be on display at Artpark for years to come. Visit for more info.


ANIMAL PLANET – Ten Lives Club holds its seventh annual McKinley Mall Pet Expo from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature pets for adoption as well as pet products and services.

A Hawaiian-themed event benefiting Second Chance Sheltering Network begins at 1 p.m. Sunday in Rust Belt Bar and Grill, 3720 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg. Tickets for “Luau for the Meows” are $20 and include a buffet, pop and one sheet of tickets for their auction.

Susan Sellingsloh will sign copies of “Feral Cat: From Rescue to Love,” a collection of stories about feral cats and their rescuers, at 2 p.m. Sunday in Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave.


RUN TO REMEMBER – The fifth annual Lindsay Matthews 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday from the Orchard Park Soccer Complex, 6909 Milestrip Road. Prizes will be awarded, and a party with food and live music will follow.

Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund in memory of Matthews, who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in Geneseo in November 2008. An All-Western New York soccer player in her senior year at Orchard Park High School, she was 19. For info, call 667-3786 or visit


WEEKEND FUN – The Buffalo Polka Boosters holds its summer picnic from 2 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Fontana’s Picnic Grove, 2299 Clinton St. A $25 ticket includes food, beverages and music from Phocus. Children 10 and under are free. Call 771-1076 for more info.

St. Andrew Church is hosting a Weekend Extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday in the Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Saturday features a meat raffle and Theme Basket Night with doors opening at 5:30 and first drawing at 7. Admission to the 21-and-over event is $5 presale, or $8 at the door. and includes pizza and a beverage. Sunday, there will be a Polka Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a Krolick’s chicken barbecue. For info, call 892-0425.

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road at Abbott Road, Lackawanna, will host SerbFest 2015 from noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Attractions include a lamb and pig roast, right off the spit, along with other dinners; a huge variety of ethnic pastries, continuous music from three Serbian orchestras; and dancing under the tent. Admission is $1 for adults over 18.

Sample the 25th annual Taste of Olean from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday on the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College.

The Sheldon Fire Company annual picnic starts at noon Sunday with a chicken dinner with homemade pie and finishes with a free dance from 7 to 11 p.m., with live music by Ashton Hollow. There’s also a ladies auxiliary theme basket giveaway. It’s held rain or shine on the grounds of St. John Newman Church, Centerline and North Sheldon roads, south of Route 20A near Strykersville.


CLASSIC CARS – Cars from the Antique Automobile Club of America will be on display during a cruise night from 5 to dusk Monday at the Lehigh Valley Historic Site, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville. Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will be available. Tours will be offered of the 1896 railroad station and the 1937 Lehigh Valley caboose. For info, call 837-1791.


HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY THURSDAY to Bob Koshinski, Rick Jeanneret, Elizabeth Young, Jim Hayes, Mark Kelso, Donna Lopez, Anita McCabe, Shaelynn Meyer, Fred Conney, Sister Mary Edmund Gorski, Msgr. Dino Lorezetti, Mickey Amodeo, Tony Rizzo, Judy Burgio, Mary Herr, Franklin McGavis, Justice Myers, Robert Weinstock, Leah Pfitzinger, Jacob Roy, Jay Karb Jr., Kate Scaglione, Barbara Kuehn, Tony Peters, Marian Janiszewski, Julie Smith, Claire Eileen Farry, Peter J. DeMarco Sr., Diane Wilke, Edie Fantaske, Pam Desing, Mary Sikorski, Adam Fries, John Miller and Lilly Price.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nicholas Revier, Jesse Pohle, Betty Leary, Florence Johnson, Bill Kraus, River Hassett, Linda Tornquist, Barb Klaffka, Ray Kaiser, John Lewandowski, Liane Seivert, Dan Miller, Julie Verel, Cody Smith, Michaela Granelli, Carl Berger, Mike Kelly, Barb Sabadasz Robins, Dawn Ruettimann, Bill Kraus, Martin Lewin, Kimberly Gerland, Todd Ehret, Linda Dudek Shriber and Scott Charles Prell Jr.

AND SATURDAY – Dylan Gilbert, Stephanie Christopher Shapiro, Ann Erker, Robert Bart, Karen Schaller, Kristy Schaller, Miguel Santos, Elaine Reinhardt, Sr. Mary Sabine Baczar, Jim Zelasko, Janet Kurz, Lois Lizak, Priscilla Richardson, Tom Wach, Madison Lempko, Dan Murray, Stanley Strobeck, Kathleen Curran and Stefanie Franko.

AND SUNDAY – Shirley Krypel, Sammy DiGesare, Kyle Nadolinski. Norman Nadolinski, Linda Coe, Jessica Giordano, Eliza Delaney Raven, Ella Mye, Gary Fazio, Allie Hess, Jeff Wannemacher, Michael John Spinner, Kristy Rzeszutek and Michael Sadowski.