OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and columnist Arianna Huffington, born Arianna Stassinopoulos on this date in 1950, “When your house is burning down, you don’t worry about the remodeling.”


BIGGER THAN EVER – The annual book sale this week to benefit Brighton Place library in the Town of Tonawanda has outgrown Brighton Place, organizers tell us. Instead, it will be held in Brighton Arena, 215 Brompton Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Sale hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. More than 35,000 books will be offered. For info, call the library at 332-4375.


MIDSUMMER MAGIC – Assemblyman Ray Walter will host a free magic show featuring the cowboy magic act Charlie and Checkers at 6:30 p.m. today at Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream at the Mill, 56 E. Spring St., Williamsville. Parents are invited to bring their children and drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the young patients at Women & Children’s Hospital.


SWEET MUSIC – Jazz comes to Veterans Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Medical Center at 3495 Bailey Ave.

Featured in the free concert will be Just Friends – Dement Ormond, Larry Salter, Charles Reedy, Robert Garrett and Darin Bland – who will be playing soulful smooth jazz. All are welcome. It’s sponsored by the VA’s African American Special Emphasis Program.


GRAB AND GO – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, hosts a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, takeout only. For info and tickets, call 297-6421.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, hosts a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Dinners are $9.50, takeout only, and include potato, vegetable, roll, butter and dessert.

For info, call the church office at 685-5766. Proceeds benefit the church’s development fund.


MORE REUNIONS – All descendants of Martha and John Gernatt are invited to the 60th annual Gernatt reunion Sunday at the Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, Collins. Mass will be offered at noon, followed by lunch, basket raffles, games and reminiscing. Those attending should bring a dish to pass.

It’s not too late to get a ticket for the 50th reunion of Grover Cleveland High School’s Class of 1964 July 27 in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville. The party includes a dinner buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks and music.

Tickets are $50 and are available by calling Marilyn Huber Murak at 725-6291 or Lois Giambrone Caruana at 685-2292. Classmates also are invited to an informal gathering at 7 p.m. July 26 at Templeton Landing at Erie Basin Marina.


TEE IT UP – The third annual Spc. Blake D. Whipple Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 18 at Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Sign-in begins at 10:30 a.m., with golf at noon and a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a silent auction at 6:30.

Tickets are $275 for the tournament, $100 for the dinner only, with proceeds going to organizations that support veterans, active military and their dependents through financial aid, scholarships and awards. Whipple, a 2007 graduate of Williamsville East High School, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Nov. 5, 2010.

For registration and information about becoming a corporate sponsor, visit For donations to the silent auction, call Nan Rung at 639-3947 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Maj. Gregory Thomas Shanks, Donna Eckert, Annette Ivey-Bauer, Rachel Stokes, Daryl Rasuli, Timothy P. Buckley, James Koehler, Joseph Koehler, Gretchen McKenna, Julie Nowak, Fran Slatter, Sharon Forney, Sophie Brown, Ryan Castaldo, Becky McQuillan, Jennifer Raven, Jessica Morse, Justin Minor, J. T. Taylor, Bernard Harkin and Kyle Baumgardner.