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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to writer and cartoonist Don Marquis, born on this date in 1878, “Ours is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.”


CHURCH FESTIVALS – St. Andrew Church kicks off its Weekend Extravaganza on Friday in the parish hall at 111 Crocker St., Sloan, with Theme Basket Night. Doors open at 5 p.m., drawings start at 7:15. Admission is $5 and includes a sheet of 25 tickets, beverage and dessert. On Saturday, it’s Bingo at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday begins with a Polka Mass at 11 a.m. with music by Rare Vintage, followed by a spaghetti dinner from noon to 3 p.m., for which you’ll need a ticket in advance. A $2,016 cash drawing will begin at 3 p.m. For info, call 892-0425.

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road at Abbott Road, Lackawanna, hosts its annual SerbFest from noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, with Serbian foods, performances by the St. Stephen Tamburitzans and Dancers and continuous music for dancing by three Serbian orchestras. Admission is $1.


MAIN ATTRACTION – The 47th annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale takes over Main Street in East Aurora from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the downtown merchants, there will be more than 100 vendors, special guests and family activities along the street.

Special guests include East Aurora native Mary Burt singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at 9:45 a.m. with the American Legion Post 362 Color Guard. The award-winning Rince na Tiarna Irish dancers will perform at 10:30.

Other highlights include Chalk Walk Murals, sponsored by the Town of Aurora Recreation Department, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Operation Kids, featuring businesses by entrepreneurs ages 6 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For info, call 652-8444 or visit

Pet Connection Programs Inc. will grill hot dogs and sausages at Main and Elm streets in East Aurora and sell Doggy Bags and Tabby Totes. For more info, call 652-0192 or visit


OPEN INVITATION – The Orchard Park Historical Society will celebrate Orchard Park’s Quaker Days on Saturday at the Jolls House Museum, 4287 S. Buffalo St., with a hot dog roast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering two hot dogs and a can of pop for $5. Museum tours begin at noon.


PULL UP A PLATE – St. George Orthodox Catholic Church, Nottingham Terrace and Amherst Street, holds its annual Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 advance, $10 at the door. For more info, call 432-8280 or 875-4222 or visit


WONDERFUL WHEELS – The annual “Take It to the Streets” Custom Car and Bike Show will bring more than 200 custom vehicles to Buffalo Harbor State Park off Fuhrmann Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There also will be music, giveaways, food trucks, vendors and children’s activities.

Vehicle owners can register on Entry fee is $20. Proceeds benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Jireh D. Williams We Achieve Scholarship, named in memory of a young Buffalo man who died in a high-speed crash in 2013 caused by drunken driving.


MILESTONE MOMENT – Pets Alive WNY, the animal rescue service, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a variety of activities and attractions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at its headquarters at 7007 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton. There will be a large basket raffle, a “bucket of booze” raffle, food from the Stuffed Buffalo barbecue team and Vegan Village, kids games with prizes, vendors and entertainers.


SWEET SERENADES – “Gypsy Magic” is the theme of the fourth of this summer’s Clarence Concerts in the Park at 7 p.m. Sunday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. Soloist is Dennis Kim, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, in a program that includes Strauss’ “Gypsy Baron,” Ravel’s “Tisagne” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” Admission is free. For more info, call 759-6428 or visit


GRATEFUL – Covenant United Methodist Church and New Hope United Methodist Church in West Seneca will hold an Appreciation, Support and Prayer Rally to thank West Seneca police for their service at noon Monday outdoors next to West Seneca Police Headquarters at Union Road and Main Street. All who attend are asked to wear blue. For info, call Pastor Renee Engels at 864-2989.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen Conway, Mike Beebe, James Domagalski, Elaine Richau, Airborne Eddy Dobosiewicz, Allison Powell, Haven Dove Hampton, Steve Fleissig, Paula Szymkowiak, Louann Westfield, Sister Mary Jessica Terek, Sister Michelle Marie Stachowiak, Sister Mary Michelle Mazer, Kelly Zabawa, Corry Cuoco, Diane Skinner, Reese Barbara Vogt, Leanne Morawski, Deborah King Russo, Lynda Michnik, Denise Adrian, Janice Klyczek, Judy Quagliana, Jennie Minor, Annette Henninger, Kim Kamrowski, Jill Skretny-Packard, Terrie Kelly and Valerie Pierro.

AND SATURDAY – Ed Drozen, Sue Joffe, Ivory Payne, Doreen Gates, Paula Betz, Sister Mary Charitine Stankiewicz, Sister Mary Rose Szymanski, Pat Edbauer, Paul McGavis, Russell Messier, Steve Ruszczyk, Maureen Alico, April Majchrowicz, James Creahan, Norbert Czosek, Sebastiana “Ann” Liberante, Sandy Brind’Amour, Scott Diamond, Cheryl Pulinski and Megan Landseadel.

AND SUNDAY – Roger Heck , Kevin Higgins, Mary Travers Murphy, Ray Luedke, Lubitsa Wojno, Mara Huber, Dennis Gutfeld, Sharon Bachman, Nick Macri, Sarah Kester, Janet Taber, Jeffrey David McGavis, James Jazwiecki, Cameron Bartus, Mary Woelfe, Theresa Haendiges, Kimberly Trammell, Edward Siefert, Mary Ann DuBois and Lorainne Dissette.


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