OLAF FUB SEZ: According to department store pioneer John Wanamaker, born on this date in 1838, “People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.”
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WALK RIGHT IN – Today is the eighth annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua, which offers a free afternoon gate pass for residents of the Greater Buffalo region from noon to 8 p.m. The theme is “A Crisis of Faith? – An Opportunity for Reflection,” which will consider the future of faith and religion.
Afternoon programs in the Hall of Philosophy begin with Buffalo Day founder Dennis Galucki moderating a discussion on “The Buffalo-Chautauqua Ideal: Believing in a 21st Century Ideal.” At 1:45 p.m., Ed Evans, author of “Buffalo’s E. B. Green at Chautauqua,” will lead a walking tour. For more info, visit ImagineLifelongLearning.com.
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ALL ABOARD! – Historian Marty Biniasz will discuss “The Buffalo Central Terminal – Past, Present and Future” at the next meeting of the West Seneca Historical Society and Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St. His presentation will follow a general meeting at 7. All are welcome. Donation is $5 for non-members.
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SPARE CHANGE – Can you spare a dime, or maybe a bunch of quarters, for the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service? That’s what the nonprofit station that broadcasts especially to Western New York’s blind and print-handicapped people is asking in its summer “Radio Reading Makes Cents” Coin Drive.
President Bob Sikorski invites individuals, groups and companies to collect spare change for the service, where volunteers read daily newspapers, including The Buffalo News, as well as magazines and books for those without sight. The award-winning service also provides the sight-impaired special “reading radios” to listen to the broadcasts.
Sikorski says donations may be dropped off at the station, 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, between William and Clinton streets. Donations also can be mailed to Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, Box 575, Buffalo, NY 14225. For more info and for pickups of large quantities of coins, call 821-5555.
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ON THEIR TOES – The Greater Niagara Ballet Company will present its 50th anniversary show, “Reverence to 50 Years of Elegance,” at 6 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road. Tickets are $12 adults, $8 children and seniors.
A cocktail reception will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Niagara Falls Country Club, 505 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston. Tickets are $20 and there will be a cash bar. For more info, visit GreaterNiagaraBalletCompany.org.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jonathon Welch, Greg Lodinsky, Christine Malarkey, Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer, Leah Krzemien, Kevin Enser, Rose McCabe, Patrick O’Malley, Shannon Halt, Zoe Stablewski, Susan Higgins, Giavanne Granelli, Ginny Cummings, Madison A. Baginski, Christine Kowalewski, Patrick O’Malley, Conrad Cieslinski, Ann Kowal, David Knab, Jeff “Klapper” Klapp, Leila Kuhns and Paul Jasinski.
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