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OLAF FUB SEZ: Words of caution from activist and Gray Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn, born in Buffalo on this date in 1905, “When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say.”

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PASS THE PASTA – It’s spaghetti dinner time again from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinners are $7 and include meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage. For an extra $1.50, choose a homemade dessert.

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BARGAIN TIME – A big annual multi-family garage sale to benefit Buffalo Greyhound Adoption, which finds homes for retired racing dogs, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 244 Towers Blvd. off Losson Road in Cheektowaga.

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FULL TANK – Staffers at three Noco Express locations – 1555 North French Road, Getzville; 2530 Hamburg Turnpike, Lackawanna; and 6125 Main St. at Youngs Road, Amherst – will pump gas and wash windows for customers from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in return for a donation to the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

During the past three years of this “Pump It Up!” campaign, Noco has given nearly $60,000 in customer and employee donations to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s efforts to assist in research into blood cancers and to help those affected by leukemia. For more info, visit lls.org.

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NIGHT AND DAY – The 12th annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens won’t end when the sun goes down Saturday. After more than 50 gardens are open to visitors taking the free, self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 20 of them will be illuminated from 8 to 10 p.m. for the Starry Night Garden Tour.

Maps and merchandise will be available at tour headquarters at St. Marks’s and All Saints Church, 311 Ontario St., and at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East St. Maps also can be found online at brrtourofgardens.com.

In addition, a Black Rock History Tour will be led by North Council Member Joseph Golombek at 11 a.m. from the Buffalo Religious Arts Center. Cost is $8, with proceeds benefiting the garden tour. The center, formerly St. Francis Xavier Church, also will have its own docent-led tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., also for $8.

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FUTURE IS BRIGHT – Buffalo Sabres right wing Justin Bailey, a Williamsville native, will sign autographs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga. Autographs will be free with the purchase of a photo, puck or other hockey item from the store.

Drafted by the Sabres in 2013, Bailey last year played eight games with the team and 70 games with the Rochester Americans. For more info, call 656-0066, email jeff @basesny.com or visit the store’s Facebook page.

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TURN THE DIAL – The Niagara Frontier Wireless Association will hold its annual Antique Radio Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the main parking lot of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Radios from the 1920s to the 1960s will be offered, along with a variety of vintage electronics, tube amps, phonographs and advertising.

Admission to the swap meet is free. Admission to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, which is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military and $4 for youngsters 12 and under. For more info, visit bnhv.org.

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MARCHING ORDERS – The 17-time world champion Blue Devils from Concord, Calif., will lead the lineup of drum corps for the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions, which returns to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Currently reigning, the Blue Devils will face challenges to their world crown from the Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio; the Cadets from Allentown, Pa.; Carolina Crown from Fort Mill, S.C.; the Cavaliers from Rosemont, Ill.; the Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Ill.; and the Boston Crusaders from Boston, Mass.

Advance tickets are $25 to $45, half price for children 12 and younger. Discounts are available for seniors and members of the military. For more info, visit drumsalongthewaterfront.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cecile Calabrese, Marv Levy, Mary Jean Jakubowski, Larry Desautels, Tyrod Taylor, Catherine Cook-Cottone, Emily Gates, Lori Merrell, Mavis Kirkwood, Mary A. Morrow, Nancy Nolf, Breslyn Gonzalez, Colleen Gray, Mark Fleming, Audrey L. Zolnierowicz, Jim Scinta, Josh Gordon, Carmelo Bonilla, Larry Becker, Jody Yohn, Michael J. Sliwinski, Colleen Gray, Joe Raven, Marie Muffaletto, Irene Hartman, Suzi Czech and Dan Kumiega.

AND THURSDAY – Lynn Marinelli, Mark Sommer, Ellen Goldstein, Sally Cunningham, Ed Cardoni, Tracy Coene, Joe Donofrio, Jacob Scott Prell, Judy Brody, JoAnn Michael, Kathy Sfeir, Renee Bielmann, Richie Noblett III, Daniel Kuzniarek, Kristen Lewandowski, Flo O’Shei, Linda Wilk, Michael Sands, Pat Zelasko, Paul Pfitzinger, Colton Blakely, Arthur Duffin and George Cipressi.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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