Tonawanda News — We missed Dr. Jazz & the Jazzbugs this week, to our disappointment, but hope to resume with Sol y Sambra at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday and Skiffle Minstrels Aug. 13. Concerts are on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, Delaware Road, Kenmore. I recommend taking chairs or a blanket ... and getting there early if you want a spot near the sidewalk that tends to be the dance floor.
• Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. After catching a chance-heard radio commercial, we decided to take the kids to this corner of Niagara Falls for one event in particular: A Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert of the works of the esteemed John Williams on July 20. It was the first time we’d visited the area since the winter market there in 2011, an unfortunately destined event that apparently only the Keppeler clan loved. (My 5-year-old brightened when he saw the area: “Mommy, this is where I went ice-skating!)
I’m going to admit I had no idea what else was happening there ... but there are concerts (Fridays and Sundays mostly), Encounter Niagara re-enactors, larger-than-life “Backyard Board Games,” free outdoor movies on Thursday nights (tonight is “The Muppets”) and other things. Among them: The free Touch-A-Truck family event Aug. 10.
• Art NT -- Summer Art Walk. I shouldn’t call this a favorite yet, but it’s coming up, it’s free and it’s sort of neat. Four galleries in North Tonawanda — Project 308, Carnegie Art Center, Partners in Art Gallery and River Art Gallery — will be hosting concurrent art exhibit openings this Saturday evening. Visit all four and get a “passport” punched for a free (there’s that word again) treat at Webster’s Bistro & Bar.
• NT Art Festival (and art festivals in general). Perhaps I shouldn’t call them “free” — heaven knows I rarely make it out of the Allentown or Lewiston incarnation without spending money — but admission and some activities are free, and that’s good enough for now. The Lewiston Art Festival is coming up Aug. 10 and 11, followed by the new North Tonawanda Art Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 on Oliver Street between Schenck and Robinson streets.