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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to guitar great Chet Atkins, born on this date in 1924, “Once you become predictable, no one’s interested any more.”


ITALIAN HOSPITALITY – Honorary Italian Vice Consul Lucia Caracci Ederer and her assistant, Elisa Ridolfi Wareham, who opened a new office in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. at Portage Road, Niagara Falls, will host “Magnifica Italia,” a special evening celebrating Italian culture and heritage at 6 p.m. Monday in the center.

The evening will begin with a reception for visitors to meet the vice consul, traditional Italian music by violinist Gregory Docenko and a presentation by Chris Kelly, author of “Italy Invades: How Italians Conquered the World.” It will conclude with a book signing and registration for Italian language classes through the vice consul’s office.

The office in the Niagara center is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as by appointment. Call 856-3626.


THE WRIGHT STUFF – The second installment in a program on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright will given Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

Part II of WNED-TV’s production of “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo” will be screened at noon, followed at 12:30 by guest speaker Mary Roberts, executive director at the Martin House Complex, and David Rotterman, vice president for television production at WNED-TV.

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


PADDLES UP – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper continues its series of river tours by kayak with “Grand Ladies of the Lake” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday from Buffalo’s Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St. Fee is $25. Next tour, “Early Beginnings of Niagara Falls,” is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday from Griffon Park, 9551 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Fee is $10. Kayaks are available for rent. For more info, registration and kayak rental, visit


BERRIES PLUS – More than strawberry shortcake will be available as St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, 12029 Liberia Road, half a mile east of Four Rod Road, East Aurora, hosts a Strawberry Social from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. There also will be hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, ice cream, beverages and entertainment by the Backwoods Cloggers. All are welcome.


THE BUCK STOPS HERE – Actor David Lundy will explain how he does the research for his one-man theatrical presentation, “Becoming Harry Truman,” at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. Admission is free.

BIDWELL’S BACK – The Bobby Militello Quartet will kick off the 19th annual Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert Series on Bidwell Parkway between Elmwood and Potomac avenues from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is free. Lawn chairs are welcome. Food vendors will be on hand. The series continues through Aug. 9. For more info, call 881-0707 or visit


HELP FOR VETS – Veterans and service providers are invited to “Bridging the Gaps: WNY in Support of Veterans,” a seminar hosted by Headway of Western New York, Catholic Charities and People Inc. from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Ramada Amherst/Getzville Hotel and Conference Center, 2402 N. Forest Road, Getzville.

Keynote speaker will be State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda. A panel including Ortt will discuss the needs of veterans and gaps in services that assist them. To register and for more info, call 408-3100 or email


REUNION TIME – St. Aloysius Gonzaga School of Cheektowaga will hold its first All Classes Homecoming Reunion beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, and continuing at 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria, where there will be tours and an ice cream social. The school, which held classes for more than 50 years, closed in 2007.


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