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— Corporate dinner tables seating eight are available for $1,100 for VIP seating, $800 for ringside tables, and individual dinner tickets can be purchased for $75. The dinner, being dubbed “Fight for a Future,” will kick off the newly formed Ray Rinaldi Foundation,which will work directly with city leaders, other foundations, corporations and the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association to help eradicate inner city problems.

DeFrancisco and Rinaldi conducted a press conference and “contract signing” on March 8 at the West Area Athletic and Education Center, 307 S. Geddes St. Both main eventers said they hope other influential Syracuse politicians will help them put on a great night of fun, either by being corner men or by stepping into the ring with a “rival” of their own.

For additional information, or to find out how you can become a part of “Fight for the Future” contact Barb Karas at 471-8662.

Woody kept it simple

Woody Guthrie kept things simple.

Most of his best songs, he once pointed out, were written with just two chords. He’d only throw in a third chord, he said, if he was trying to impress a girl.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Liverpool Public Library, Oregon folksinger Adam Miller will present a program focusing on the work of American progressive songwriter Woody Guthrie. Admission is free.

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a natural-born storyteller.

An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist, and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over 5,000 songs. Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.

Miller will be the final performer in the library’s Seventh Annual Folk Music Series. This year’s theme is Protest Songs — Music with Meaning, and Miller will recall songrwiter Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), who wrote more than 1,000 American folksongs including “This Land is Your Land,” the best known English-language folksong on the planet.

Sadness in the kitchen

It wasn’t your usual carefree breakfast scene Sunday morning at the GardenView Diner on Old Liverpool Road. Sadness hung in the air like a dark cloud.

Staff and customers had just learned of the sudden death of head cook Rob Cooper, who apparently suffered a heart attack while driving. Rob was just 46 years old.

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