OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Steve Martin, born on this date in 1945, “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
DOG DAYS – Erie County Legislator John J. Mills is hosting the seventh annual Orchard Park Public Library Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the library, 4570 Buffalo St., Orchard Park.
In addition to $1 Sahlen’s hot dogs and $2 Italian sausage sandwiches, which come with a bottle of spring water, the roast will feature a performance by Doug the Bubbleman, who will entertain with bubble magic from 1 to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the library. For info, call Mills’ office at 858-8850.
SPOOKY – The Iron Island Society is offering History and Haunting Tours of its museum at 998 Lovejoy St. at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. The building, constructed in 1883, once was a church and later was a funeral home. Reservations are suggested. Call 892-3084.
PIEROGI PLUS – The largest festival in Buffalo’s Polonia neighborhood – the 34th annual Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival – opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday and continues from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Corpus Christi Church at Clark and Kent streets.
Along with traditional Polish food, beverages and music, the festival features the sixth annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and a Harvest Mass at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with polka music from the New Direction Band. For more info, visit www.corpuschristibuffalo.org.
TAKE THE KEYS – You can win a new car or $20,000 cash in the fourth annual St. Gabriel’s Holy Name car raffle from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Parish Center at St. Gabriel’s Church, 5273 Clinton St., Elma.
The grand prize is a choice of a base model Chevrolet Camaro, Silverado, Equinox or Cruze. Or the cash. Tickets are $50 and a maximum of 2,000 are available. There also will be drawings for 43 other cash prizes during the evening. For tickets, call Bob Tkach at 860-8544 or the church rectory at 668-4017.
PAST LIVES – The stories behind the sculptures, statues, fountains and monuments are told in “Artwork on the Forest Lawn Canvas,” one of the cemetery’s trolley tours this month. The tour, which takes two hours, will be held at 2 p.m. today and again on Aug. 28. Tickets are $15. Reservations are required and a few seats are left on today’s tour. For information and to order tickets, visit www.forest-lawn.com.
On Sunday, all of the cemetery’s usual trolley and walking tours will take the day off, making way for the Historic Civil War Trolley Tour, which will run at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The two-hour tour visits the final resting places of numerous Civil War notables, including African-American and Confederate soldiers. Tickets are $25. Reservations are a must.
PRIMING THE PUMP – The Scajaquada Canoe Club puts many paddles in the water when it comes to special events. The club works with the Grant Amherst Business Association to clean up Scajaquada Creek twice a year. It joins with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper in United Way Day of Caring projects.
It sponsors and crews the eight-man Voyager canoe, built by members of the Buffalo Maritime Center, to represent Buffalo in the 90-mile Adirondack Classic every September. And this summer the club revived the Lantern Paddle on Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, re-creating an event first held in 1906.
To support its activities, the club is holding a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday in the Ukrainian-American Civic Center, 205 Military Road. The Ukrainian Kitchen will be open until 10 p.m. and there will be music from singer-songwriter Lance Drake plus Myron Deputat with the Buffalo Country Band. Donation is $10.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Karen Daley Rossi, Bill Petersen, Lauren Derthick, Grace Derthick, Anita Maureen Goat, Walt Olszewski, Steve Powell, Bart Sobczyk, Grace Reinhardt, Jeff Ernst, Sean Halt, Bonnie Nowicki, Tim Schaller, Lissa Peek, Sharon Ann Green, Curt Martell, Father Edward Czarnecki, Judith Insalaco, Marlene Lindsay, Derek Fries, Kelly Stauffiger, Father Jim Walter, Linda Rine and Tim Bain.
AND THURSDAY – Patrick Coviello, Susanne Sack, Howard Smith, Randy Philipps, Eileen Haggerty, Joe Panek, Jack Cuseck, Jerry Buczkowski. James Koehler, Joseph Koehler, Dale Seivert, Geraldine Sobkowiak, Sue Tiranno, Kathy Granelli, Mary Lickfeld, Kim Lickfeld, Marc Klein, Sid Rosenberg, William Koziak, Helga Pollack, Marilyn Morris, Samantha Budniewski, Pat Gerken, Karl R. Spencer, Anthony Prabucki, Gail Schneider, and Father Jim Cunningham.