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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French poet and critic Guillaume Apollinaire, born on this date in 1880, “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”


PAGE TURNERS – The Read-2-Dream Program at the Buffalo City Mission that provides academic support to children at its homeless shelter will benefit from a book fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Boulevard Consumer Square, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

City Mission will receive a percentage of sales during the book fair. In addition, City Mission staff members will be on hand to read aloud and take part in crafts programs for youngsters both days.


MASSIVE MASTERPIECE – Visitors to the Flavor of Hamburg Festival will get a chance to exercise their talents in the second annual Chalk It Up to Van Gogh art project beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the law firm Attea & Attea, 11 Main St. at Buffalo Street.

Under the direction of mural artist Tim Cornelius of Orchard Park, artists will be invited to pick up pieces of chalk and fill in a block in a grid containing about 100 sections. When it’s completed, it will measure 12 by 12 feet or maybe larger and re-create Van Gogh’s 1888 portrait, “Postman Joseph Roulin.”

“It’s for everyone, young and old,” says founder Eric Adams, owner of Picture Your Walls art gallery, 184 Buffalo St., Hamburg. “It’s for the community to join together and help create a single large masterpiece in one day.”

Participation is free. No registration is required. Chalk will be provided. Last year’s piece, Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait with Straw Hat,” measured 15 by 20 feet and combined the work of nearly 100 participants.

The Flavor of Hamburg will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday on the sidewalks of Main and Buffalo streets. In addition to vendors, it will include music on three stages, a bike cruise, art show, free kids space, a classic car cruise and a chili cookoff.


SWING TIME – There will be music under the stars from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday as St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., hosts an outdoor Big Band Concert and Dance featuring the 11-piece Jim Tudini Band featuring Bobby Militello. Donation is $10 at the door. Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase.


DRUMSTICK BEAT – Grace & Truth Church, 271 Bucyrus Drive, off Sweet Home Road, Amherst, will host a Krolick’s chicken dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10. Proceeds will support church missions.


BARGAIN HUNT – St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2131 Woodard Road, Elma, will hold a rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, concluding with a bag sale beginning at noon. Proceeds will help provide handicapped accessibility at the church.


FULL AFTERNOON – A Super Cruise Car Show and Food Truck Rally will be the highlights of the fifth annual summer festival hosted by Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Other attractions include a pizza taste-off contest at 1 p.m., featuring a variety of local pizza makers. A $5 tasting ticket includes samples of more than a dozen pizzas. A Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue will be available from 3 to 6 p.m.

The festival also will have a farmers market, items from Sweet Beginnings Bakery, a beer and wine tent, basket raffles, a meat raffle and a silent auction. The afternoon will conclude at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the award-winning Mount St. Mary Academy Marching Band.


MEOW MIX – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency, will hold a fundraising event, “Celebrating Kitty Cat-Titudes,” from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the St. Mark Lutheran Church School gym, 1135 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. There will be a basket raffle, silent auction, live music, many vendors and face painting, along with desserts and refreshments for sale. Admission is free. To donate or for more info, call 646-5577.


FEAST FEST – Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Oliver Street and Center Avenue, North Tonawanda, has planned a full day of events for its Feast Day Festival on Sunday. It begins with Mass at 10 a.m. in the Grotto. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs.

A 5K run steps off at 11 a.m., followed by music by the Concertina All-Stars at 1 p.m. and a chicken barbecue from 2 to 4 p.m. There also will be chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, a bake sale, a basket raffle, children’s activities and drawing with a $10,000 top prize.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ken Meier, Ashley Hassett, Melissa Geschwind, Dolores Camizzi, Pat McCall, Tom Penziner, Lydia Laboy, Barry Stelmach, Glenn Reed, Bonnie Mulawka, Darrell Day, Sue Brignon, Ric Gattuso, Stacey Hageman, Cary McCabe, Bob Brooks, Mary Ann “Peanuts” Miller, Scott Warner and Jillian Grace Dobrzenski.

AND SATURDAY – Steve Cichon, Kathy Hochul, Samuel Radford Jr., Karen Stanley Fleming, Lydia Dominick, Zoe Zimmer, Alex Godzich, Brooke Benkovich, Leon Lewek, Sarah Bourdette, Ryan Halt, Jessica Safe, Mark Koehler, Tony Rambino, Ron Epstein, Leroy Rockwood, Steve Vulcheff, Joan Zymowski, Dale Ruhl, Bryan Kamuda, Rosemary Janik, Mary Short, Tim Clancy and Colin Clancy.

AND SUNDAY – Emma Kathleen Concannon, Ray McGurn, Alex Rokitka, Monica Zucco, Lynda Ciminese, Isabel Komornicki, Berta Brown, Susan Grelick, Brandon Powell, Jason McCarthy, Suzanne Zajac, Greg Wiltrout, Irma Bolden, Louise Porter, Matt Dominguez, Rick Zelasko, Bob Rader, Hope Cheney, Pat Hughes, Ray Degli, Mike Murphy, Tom Callahan, Barb Was, Chris Muszynski, Zach Williams, Sue Vaccaro, Nate Siffringer, Molly Griffin, William Griffin, Mark Blake and Zenon Katrij.


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