OLAF FUB SEZ: According to race car driver Richard Petty, born on this date in 1937, “No one wants to quit when he’s losing, and no one wants to quit when he’s winning.”


WOOLLY BULLY – For the third year, the annual Rock-a-Bully Concert, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave., will bring together good music and a great cause.

Playing will be local favorites Lower Town Trio, 240 North, Kickstart Rumble, the B-Side Bastards, Steve Balesteri and Michael DiSanto. Entertaining between sets will be members of the Buffalo Burlesque Collective.

The cause is Fix-a-Bull, a free spay and neuter program for bully-breed dogs. Tickets are $20 and include food and drink specials. Raffle prizes include airline tickets and a New Era baseball cap collection.

Bully-breed-related merchandise also will be on sale, and bully-breed experts will be on hand to offer tips on care of these wonderful but often misunderstood dogs.

Videos of local bully-breed dogs available for adoption from local shelters will be playing throughout the evening.

Sponsors are the Buffalo Humane Society, Pound Hounds & Friends and the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. For info, call 862-9183 and leave a message or visit


CHOWING DOWN – State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, will serve as official starter for this year’s July 4 Hot Dog Eating Contest sponsored by Old Man River Restaurant and North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels.

The contest actually consists of a pair of competitions, one for vegetarians and one for omnivores. At 2 p.m., before the Sahlen’s franks are gobbled down, there will be a Veggie Bunny Dog contest, with marinated grilled carrots served on hot dog rolls. In each contest, competitors have 10 minutes to polish off as many dogs as they can.

To enter, there’s a $25 fee, which includes a contest T-shirt and, of course, a plate of dogs. The names of the winners will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the restaurant.

Entry forms are available at Old Man River, 375 Niagara St., City of Tonawanda, or at the North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels office, 100 Ridge Road. They’re also available online at Registrations will be accepted until the day of the contest.


ROAD TEST – Shults of Westfield has donated a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu as the hole-in-one prize for the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 21st annual golf tournament July 12 at Chautauqua Golf Club, 4731 West Lake Road, Chautauqua.

Shults also will donate $5 to the WMH Foundation every time someone takes a test drive in one of the new or used cars at the 216 E. Main St. dealership from now through July 12.

There are still a few openings for foursomes and sponsorships at the tournament. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with lunch at 11 and a shotgun start at noon. A cocktail reception begins at 5 p.m., with dinner and prizes at 6. Nonplayers can attend the dinner for a fee. For tickets and golf, call the foundation office at 793-2338.


PLAY DATE – The third stop for Play Streets, the program that combats childhood obesity with outdoor fun and play, will be Buffalo’s Seneca-Babcock neighborhood. Activities will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday on Seneca Street between Peabody and Imson streets. That portion of Seneca will be closed to traffic.

Sponsored by GObike Buffalo and BlueCross BlueShield, Play Streets offers a chance to walk, ride bikes, dance, play sports and games, and have healthy snacks.

There also will be break dancing workshops, fencing workshops, a climbing wall, hula hooping and bike safety checks.

For info, call 218-7161 or visit


VANTAGE POINT – Looking for a place to watch fireworks on the Fourth? St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will hold a food fest and fireworks beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, with activities and food for all, plus a great view of the pyrotechnics.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Manning, James J. Nash, Bob Stotz, Angeline Stiglmeier, Nicholas Burns, David Sobczyk, Jamie Kuminski, Bernie Weber, Amy Granville, Evan Granville, JoAnna Fiorella, Mike Erdey, Maureen Zaranek, Larry Michalski, Sandra Bryant, Michael Musilli, Marie Bisoni, Alice Sieber, Amelia Niedzwiedz, Ann Rusinek, Jodie McCabe and Kristi McCabe.