OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author J.K. Rowling, born on this date in 1965, “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”


THE IRISH SAGA – Buffalo City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and his wife, Kate, will be among the guest readers in “The Beachers: A Memory Play Celebrating the Irish Journey to Buffalo,” a drama written by Mary Kate O’Connell of O’Connell & Company that will open at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Waterfront Memories and More Museum in Mutual Waterfront Park, 41 Hamburg St.

Also taking part will be Peg Overdorf, executive director of the Valley Community Association, and her husband, Gene; Tim Bohen, author of “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward,” and his wife, Kim Blessing Bohen; and musicians Tim and Diana Straube.

Additional performances will be given Aug. 11 and 18. Tickets are $15 and include an after-show reception. For reservations and information, call 840-9580.


THE WRITE STUFF – New this year at the Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival will be an Authors’ Aisle, which will feature five Buffalo-area writers for book-signings in the Ilio DiPaolo Heritage Tent at Hertel and Homer avenues from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

They include Mary Jane Giordano, author of “The St. Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook”; Michael Vogel, author of “America’s Crossroads”; Sal Arena, author of “K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple with Sal,” a Sicilian-influenced cookbook; Angelo F. Coniglio, author of “The Lady of the Wheel”; and former University at Buffalo professor Anthony Graziano, author of “La Bell’America,” which tells his family’s immigration story.

In addition to signing their books, Giordano will give cooking demonstrations, and Coniglio will help the festival staff answer questions on Italian genealogy.


SADDLE UP – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will benefit from the annual Horse Around Buffalo, an evening that includes a dinner catered by Lebros and silent and live auctions at 5930 Newhouse Road, Clarence. Emcee will be anchorwoman Melissa Holmes from WGRZ-TV.

It starts with a polo match and silent auction at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 in air-conditioned tents and the live auction. Tickets are $150 or $1,250 for a table of 10. For info, call 842-6333 or visit


TAKING IT OUTSIDE – A car raffle, live music and an outdoor kitchen are among the attractions as Resurrection Parish, 130 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, holds its annual Outdoor Festival this weekend on the parish grounds.

BW’s will serve a fish fry Friday and rib dinners Saturday. Chiavetta’s will arrive Sunday with barbecued chicken dinners. Hit ’N run will provide the music Friday and Saturday, while the Concertina All-Stars will take the stage Sunday. For info, call 683-3712.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Roger Heck, Mary Travers Murphy, Ray Luedke, Lubitsa Wojno, Dr. Donald Trump, Norma Philipps, Sarah Kester, Janet Taber, Ron Smith, Carol Migdalski, Peter Baumgardner, Ben Jay, Cameron Bartus, Don Sproney Sr., Sara Falkenhagen and Ron Smith.

AND THURSDAY – Tiffany R. Crews, Betty A. Lewis, Mark Butler, Cleveland Fleming, Ward D. Plummer, Frank A. Sedita III, Sue Cummings. Jeanette Shields, Stella Barnashuk, Frances Klys, Janette Lent, Denton Jajkowski, Liz Jaworski. William F. Delaney, Selina Volpatti, Caitlin Colello and Kenny Liszewski.