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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Hamburg Congressman Jack Kemp, born on this date in 1935, “Winning is like shaving – You do it every day, or you wind up looking like a bum.”


HITTING THE BOOKS – Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown will be a guest reader at the next EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Storytime at Canalside 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The mayor will read the book “Clifford Gets a Job” to the youngsters. Volunteers from Home Depot on Elmwood Avenue will show children how to plant a flower to take home.

The EPIC Storytime Summer Series is designed to promote reading and a healthy lifestyle for children up to age 8. Programs will be held every Wednesday morning through Aug. 31.


CLASSIC SOUNDS – The Lewiston Council on the Arts will turn back the clock musically this weekend for the 12th annual Summer of ’69, featuring Lewiston rock musicians from the 1960s and their friends.

It will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Stone House, 755 Center St., with a Summer of ’69 pre-party and fundraiser. The minimum donation for the fundraiser is $5.

But admission is free for the main event, a concert at 6 p.m. Friday at the Hennepin Park Gazebo, Fourth and Center streets, featuring the County Orphanage, the Invaders and the Lewiston All Stars. Students from Lewiston Music will open the show with a classic rock tribute to the ’60s.

Grammy Award-winner Gary Baker, former bass player with the Invaders and the County Orphanage, will be a special guest, performing some of the hit songs he played with the Backstreet Boys, Alabama, Lone Star and All-4-One.

For the finale at 6 p.m. Saturday, the bands will move to the Stone Jug, 358 Main St., Youngstown. Once again, admission is free.


PULL UP A PLATE – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will host a free community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. On the menu are hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad, fresh baked desserts and beverages. Free-will offerings are welcome. For more info, call 864-2989.


OPEN AIR – Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston, will hold its second annual Music Fest at 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring local performers outdoors under a tent. Admission is free. Hot dogs and chips will be available for purchase. A bonfire will follow. For more info, call 941-3529.


BARGAIN HUNT – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 930 Lake St., Angola, will have a yard and rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Friday and a bag sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.


SECRET IDENTITIES – Youngsters are invited to dress as their favorite fictional characters for Mubu’s Summer Costume Party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville. Admission is free. There will be crafts, snacks, prizes for creative costumes and chances for photos with members of the Superhero Alliance of WNY.

There will also be readings from the Mubu the Morph books, a series created by two Clarence residents, writer Stephen Nowatniak and illustrator Jeffrey Scott Perdziak. Preregistration is encouraged. For more info or to sign up, call 629-3626.


TRIBUTE ON WHEELS – It will be the kind of day the late Robert O. Steinjan Sr. of Niagara Falls would like – a classic car show with more than 200 vehicles from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Hoover’s Dairy, 6035 Ward Road, Sanborn. Proceeds will benefit the new cardiac and stroke care unit at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

“He was always into classic cars, NASCAR, drag cars, anything motorized, really,” said his son, William, who organized the event. His dad died in July 2015 at the age of 76 and had been treated at Memorial after suffering both a stroke and a heart attack.

“They did what they could for him to extend his time with us,” William said. “The staff there took great care of him. So if we as a family can do something to give back to the people who helped us out in our last times with him and do something in his name, why not?”

Car registration is $10 and will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. All owners will receive gift bags. In addition to the classic cars, there will be stock cars on display from Ransomville Speedway, face painting for kids, music, food, raffles and animals from the Wild Kritters of Niagara County sanctuary.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cathy Tokasz, Ed Vidler, Jeff Hodge, David Drebot, Michael Starzynski, Ron Morello, Brittany McCabe, Sister Mary Nicolette Wichrowski, Sister Aileen Marie Wroblewski, Arlene Szalay, Shawntae N. Warren, Cherie Lunger, Lori Hannah, Denis Camp, Diane Matuzewski, William F. Streb, Deborah Tross, Father Ronald Sajdak, Josh Taylor and Jordan McGuire.

AND THURSDAY – Irv Sultz, Bill Slon, Gina Browning, Bob Riley, Nancy Gish, Peter Filim, Ryan Lysenko, Kyra Meyer, Brett Au, Gina Maduri, John Oliver, Jim Higgins, Gene Wallace, Marcia Siebert, Daniel Christiano, Laura Ruszczyk, Nyerere Williams, Lillian Occhino, Dana Kacmarek, Father Ron Bagley, Julie Maddex, Hayden Gallagher Keen, Jennifer Haggerty, Natalie Strawn, Loren Horwitz, Bob Weekley, Maureen Kirkpatrick, Edward Simonick, Cory Welfare, Bonnie Nowicki and Tim Schaller.