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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet and critic John Ciardi, born on this date in 1916, “Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.”


WATER WISDOM – Buffalo City Swim Racers, which wants every child to learn water skills that could save their lives, will host their third annual Water Safety Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at City Honors School, 186 E. North St. Registration begins 10:30 a.m.

Free and open to the public, it will include education for families on water safety and an introduction to the lifesaving technique cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).


RELISHING A MEMORY – For the third year, Joseph Pillittere Jr. of Lewiston will be giving away 500 free hot dogs and beverages Sunday in memory of his mother, Joan, who died in 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Hot dogs were her favorite food.

The “Raise a Hot Dog to Joan” giveaway will begin 11 a.m. and continue until the hot dogs are gone at the Silo Restaurant, 115 N. Water St., Lewiston. Pillittere also has arranged to give everyone who attends a chance to win one of four butterfly bracelets or a diamond butterfly necklace from Firth Jewelers in Niagara Falls in memory of his mother, who was a past president of the Escarpment Belles and a member of the Lewiston Council of the Arts.

“I just want to bring people out to celebrate the life of a great mother,” he says. “It’s also an opportunity to create smiles and spread kindness. I hope to see a great turnout.”


CLASSIC CHASSIS – The Williamsville Train Depot Museum will host a Cruise Night from 5 p.m. to dusk Monday outside the depot at 86 S. Long St., Williamsville. Admission is free. Food will be available.


PENNY LANE – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption group, will hold its “Race for Change” fundraiser from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in its adoption center at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. The first 50 people who donate $25 or more in cash or change will receive a canvas tote bag and can fill it with either cat or dog treats. Desserts will be available for anyone who contributes their pocket change. Donations also can be made at


KEEPSAKE CAP – One of the four signed and numbered 2015 NHL Draft hats autographed by Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel will be raffled on Monday by Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga. Anyone who visits the store before Monday and spends at least $10 on any Upper Deck item will be entered into the drawing. For more info, call 656-0066 or visit the store’s Facebook page.


PEN IN HAND – Author Mark Hannon, whose new crime novel, “Every Man for Himself,” is set among the racketeers in Buffalo in the 1950s, will hold a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit the store’s Facebook page.


GREATEST STORIES – Children from all congregations are welcome at “Parables in Paradise,” the Vacation Bible School program which begins Monday and continues through July 11 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. Registration is free. Call Roger Griffiths at 913-9365 or email


STRETCH YOUR LEGS – The final session in the spring series of A Walk in the Park, free guided walks for all ages in Erie County parks facilitated in part by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, will be held Saturday in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

The walks, a long one and a short one, will start at 9:45 a.m. at the park casino. Registration begins 9 a.m. For more info, call 851-4052 or email


WEEKEND EATS – Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew, will host a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10. A macaroni and cheese meal for kids is $3. Providing music in the beer and wine tent from 5 to 9 p.m. will be Cock Robin.

First Lutheran Church, 66 Arthur Ave., Blasdell, will sponsor a Weidner’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $11 for adults and $6 for children under 12. For tickets, call Ray Holley at 825-8123, Cloyd Dunkle at 510-4327 or the church at 825-3192.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport, will serve a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue beginning 11 a.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 10. They include a beverage and dessert.

St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 12 Embry Place, off Walden Avenue near Central Avenue, Lancaster, will hold a BW’s chicken and rib barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 for chicken and $12 for ribs and include dessert and a beverage.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Erica Sikorski, Lourdes Iglesias, Meg Klamp, Michael Faust, Marcia A. Giambrone, Marilyn Toohey, Emilie McGee, Robert Hassett, Andrew Simonson, Esther Herle, John Ludwig, Eleanor Kraft, Carol Wright, Gabriel Ferratella, Peg McCarthy, Kyle Pawlowski, Marc McCabe, Cynthia L. Donovan, Lois Eschrich, Tom Bartus, Deanna Sciole, Jim Koch and Jennifer Pirritano.

AND SATURDAY – Kate Heinrich, Sheila A. DiTullio, Lorna Hill, Autumn Lewandowski, Duane Diggs, Stephen Muscarella, Christine Mathieu, Juli Drake, Barbara A. Thomas, Sandy Bohen, Kellen Safe, Jerry Caci, Rita Ganim, Carole Bieler, Dorie Kaminski, Jerry Bartkowiak, Peter Gondek, Walt Sojda, Mark Nowicki, Damen Deno, Edward Kuczmarski Jr., John “McFly” Kenneally, Katie Jordan, Janet Gorfien, Kathleen Yetter, Joe Pietrocarlo, Howie Widman, Mary Becker and Ryan Goeckel.

AND SUNDAY – Monica Neuwirt, Ashley Martinez, Bob Bennett, Mary Ann Colarusso, Ted May, Selena Aschieri, Joe Czajka, Nina Barone, Louanne Schweitzer, Dorothy Hayden, Valarie LaVenture, Bill Quinn, Carolyne O’Sullivan, Demi Falade, Will Molloy, Sister Mary Therese Chmura, Madison Grace Schaller, Cassie Kubiak, Sally Lennertz, Matthew Swanekamp, Patty Wolfsohn, Casey O’Hare, Linda Goodine, Donna Cook and Peggy Parlato.