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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, born on this date in 1834, “Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50.”


MUSIC IN THE AIR – The Williamsville Community Band will kick off this summer’s “7 Tuesdays in Island Park” free concert series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the park behind Amherst Town Hall on Main Street in Williamsville. Anderson’s Food Truck will be on hand with food and ice cream. Sponsored by the Williamsville Arts & Culture Committee, the concerts will continue through Aug. 30.

Come 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Stefan Sanders, will return to Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Clarence, for an evening of music from Broadway, television and the movies, including themes from “Downton Abbey” and “West Side Story.” Admission is free.

The Clarence Concerts in the Park series continues at 7 p.m. Sunday with “Opera on Broadway,” featuring soloists from Chautauqua Institution in selections from “Rigoletto,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” For more info, call 759-6428 or visit


TRUCKIN’ – The Rust Belt, Lloyd and Main Street Ice Cream of Hamburg will be a few of the food trucks taking part as Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group holds its first Food Truck Wednesday this week from 4 to 7 p.m. at the cat shelter at 3741 Lake Shore Road (Route 5), Blasdell.

There will be live music beginning at 5:30 p.m. from Natalie and Graham Howes from Sugar Spoon, Alison Pipitone and Tom Stahl. There also will be preview admission, for $2, at the Ten Lives Club Garage Sale, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. For more info, call 646-5577 or visit


STILL ON TOP – Congratulations to the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, which won top honors in the American Legion Band category at the legion’s annual state convention parade on Friday in Binghamton.


DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-thru only, and include homemade coleslaw, roasted potatoes, roll and a brownie. To reserve, call 297-6421.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, will host a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-thru only, and include potato, vegetable, roll and dessert. For info, call 685-5766 or 704-5458.


DAY IN THE COUNTRY – Mercy Flight will benefit from Lake Fest 2016, a 21-and-older event from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Woods at Bear Creek, 3510 Bear Creek Road, Franklinville.

A $60 ticket includes beer, wine, pop, sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers and more. Providing live music will be Black Diamond, the Usual Suspects and Tommy Z. There also will be silent and live auctions, psychic readings, zip-lining and a champagne and cigar tent. For tickets, call Samantha Ryan at 626-4100 or visit


WINNERS WANTED – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at Whitfield Avenue and McKinley Parkway, is holding a vendor show and game night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Those making a $10 donation at the door will receive Bingo cards to play 10 games, with prizes offered for each game. There also will be pizza and beverages available.


MORE STORIES – There’s now a second day of story time at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. In addition to the sessions sponsored by EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, the Niagara University Family Literacy Center is hosting free readings every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at the big yellow Adirondack chair, featuring teachers, librarians and local authors. Youngsters also will have a chance to choose a book to take home. For more info, email Donna Kester Phillips at


TIME TRAVEL – Youngsters will get to experience life as children lived it in the 19th century at a pair of day camps next week. History Camp for those ages 9 to 12 at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, Genesee Street and Pavement Road, Lancaster, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Cost is $140. For info, call 681-5494.

Meanwhile, Pioneer Day Camp for those ages 7 to 14 will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Cost is $100. Child care also will be available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. For info, call 689-1440 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rosemarie Argenio, Barb Sullivan, Addison Zimmer, Jeanne Ptak, Carol Nastaga, Pam Palermo, Sister Joseph Marie Marczak, Mathew Bielanin, Delaney Kukelka, David Charles, Lori Griffin, Joey Sacco, Dave Gonzalez, Chelsea Raab, Rich Brill, Mary Bartholomay Bostwick, Francine Benzel, Linda Ann Moore, Lisa Yonkosky, Jan Sandberg, Tiffany Christmas, Carol Nastaga and Carol Carter.


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