SEZ FUB OLAF: According to the English poet Alfred Austin, born on this date in 1835, “Show me your garden and I will tell you who you are.”

CONSCIOUS – Nira Johri and John “JD” Hartman of WNY’s Sustainable Business Roundtable are the speakers for the free IMAGINE online lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Find the Zoom link on

GREAT – More than 150,000 books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games will be on offer as the Buffalo Branch of the American Association of University Women hosts its 66th annual Scholarship Book Sale Wednesday through Sunday at 480 Evans St., Williamsville. Most items are 50 cents to $1.

Opening day admission is $25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and $15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., then drops to $10 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $1 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and free on Sunday, when the hours are 10 a.m. am to 5 p.m. and a bag of books is $5. Proceeds provide scholarships and interest-free loans for college students in Western New York. For more information, visit

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ROCK ON – Local rock and blues band 5s Are Wild plays the Free Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buffalo Riverfest Park, 249 Ohio St. No food or drink outside. The concerts take place every Wednesday until September 7th.

PURPLE PRIDE – Free Purple Heart Combat Wounded signs are available from Tuesday for qualifying businesses to show their affiliation with Purple Heart recipients. For more information, call Russ Ward at 716-587-1120.

GROWING PAINS – “Surprising Ways the Weather Affects Your Gardening” is the next topic in Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Chautauqua County First Fridays online series. The half-hour presentation begins at noon. For more information and to register, call 716-664-9502 or visit

MEETING ALERTS – The Kenmore West High School Class of 1977 will hold its 45th reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. July 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall and Pavilion, 755 Erie Avenue, North Tonawanda. Tickets are $45, advance sales only. For more information, visit

The Kensington High School Class of 1972 will hold their 50th reunion on September 10 at Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Cheektowaga. For more information, email Deb Doster Miller at [email protected]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Alwin “Butch” O’Donnell, Reverend Craig Pridgen, Brian Gavigan, Helen Calloway, Gian Halt, Ginger Bussman, Patricia Woloszyn, Evan Snyder, Al Klenk, Rich Kempf, Ronald Swiatkowski, Lennox May, Erin Wiles, Peggy McKenna, Bud Siegel, Anna Luce and Marlene Zulawski. Anna Luce, Marlene Zulawski and Brigid Lavelle.

AND TUESDAY – Brian Gleason, Daniel R. Connors, Hannah Buehler, Josh Reed, Jan Halt, Nan Morganti, Carolyn Powell, Kay McDaniel, Millie Toy, Shelly Jarmusz, Henry P. Krempa, Larry Zygmunt, Julie Fischer, Ed Pietrzak, Vince Sherber, Marty Forero, Liz Hemedinger, Soleil Marcinelli, Bob Feldman, Ethan Ruszczyk, Taresa Crimi, Kevin J. Fitzgerald II, Howard Kight, Debbie Painter Reich and Angela Mullen.

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