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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and social philosopher Eric Hoffer, born on this date in 1898, “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”


OLDIES AND GOODIES – The Williamsville Train Depot Museum will host its second Cruise Night of the season from 5 to 8 p.m. this Monday outside the depot at 86 S. Long St., Williamsville. Admission is free. Food will be available. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the depot.


SINGING PRAISES – Forest Lawn continues its Monday Music on the Meadow concert series at 7 p.m. this Monday with a performance by the Canal Street String Band, which will pay tribute to the men and women who built Buffalo in song and storytelling.

Tickets are $10. The concert will take place at the gazebo next to the chapel. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Those who arrive after 7 p.m. should come to the Delaware Avenue gate. Tickets are $10 and are available at


OPEN FOR BUSINESS – 7-Eleven will host a free seminar for entrepreneurs interested in convenience store franchise openings in Western New York from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in its Buffalo Market Office, 755 Dick Road at Lydia Lane, Cheektowaga. The company currently has more than 70 locations available in the eight-county area.

Reservations are required, since seating is limited. To register, call Mike Daddario at 417-9537, email or visit


WORD TO THE WISE – Give your brain cells a midsummer stretch by taking the admission test for Mensa, the nondenominational international society of bright people. It begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in the headquarters of the Western New York Library Resources Council, 4950 Genesee St., Suite 170, Cheektowaga. Fee is $40. Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s smarter to make advance contact with Jaclyn McKewan at 472-1422 or email


INSIDE LOOK – How popular are the tours of the restoration work at the Richardson Olmsted Complex? Many of them, like the coming hard hat Construction Tours of the interior of the landmark series of structures, are sold out. But tickets still remain for the Landscape Tours, which include a look inside the former kitchen building, from 2 to 4 p.m. next Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Admission is $20. Preregistration is required. For tickets and more info, visit


REUNION NOTES – The Buffalo Jills Alumni Association will host a 50th anniversary National Football Cheerleaders Reunion Aug. 5 and 6 in the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church St. More than 400 cheerleaders representing more than two dozen football cities will attend.

The weekend will include tours to local landmarks, restaurants and entertainment venues, culminating with a gala dinner in the Adam’s Mark. The Jills Alumni will donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For info, call alumni president Lori Ann Marino at 421-4837 or email

The Buffalo News 2016 retirees’ party will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 in DiTondo’s Restaurant, 370 Seneca St. Cost is $20, advance reservations only, and there will be a cash bar. Deadline for paid reservations is Aug. 9. For info, call Barbara or Roger Durant at 655-0064 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dyllon Gilbert, Kimberly Enders, Doug Marrone, Stephanie Christopher Shapiro, John Koziej, Helen Cappuccino, Sister Mary Sabine Boczar, Elaine Reinhardt, Karen Schaller, Kristy Schaller, Miguel Santos, Jim Zelasko, Janet Kurz, Lois Lizak, Arlene Knetsch, Ina Abbate, Louise Missico and Madison Lempko.


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