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EVENTS WORTH NOTING IN THE COMING WEEK

Wednesday: Kweisi Mfume, president of the NAACP, and J.C. Watts, co-chairman of the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa, team up to help commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the UB Distinguished Speakers Series at 8 p.m. in Alumni Arena.

Thursday: Landscape designers pull out the stops for "Rhapsody in Bloom," the 2004 Plantasia flower and landscape show sponsored by the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association, today through Sunday in the International Agri-Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds. Gardens done in lyrical themes, featuring spring trees and flowers and shrubs in full bloom, spread over the center's 15,000 square feet. Awards will be given in several categories. Call 741-8047.

Friday: Twenty-two young women compete for the state Junior Miss title in the annual pageant at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College. Tickets are $15 for the preliminary round, $20 for Saturday's final round, or $25 for both. Call 878-3005.

Saturday: New York Jets running back Curtis Martin gives the keynote addresses during the third annual Victory Beyond Competition Experience sponsored by Athletes in Action, starting at 9 a.m. in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. CBS sports analyst and former quarterback Boomer Esiason also speaks. Tickets are $30. Call 559-1800.

Members of the American Long Rifle Association set up camp at Old Fort Niagara today and next Sunday. Watch as the historical re-enactors demonstrate such 18th century skills as candlemaking, cooking over a wood fire, weaving, rope-making and sport shooting. Tours of the historic fort are offered both days. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12.

Griddles heat up for the Amherst Museum's first Maple Festival and pancake brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. After brunch, check out maple sugaring demonstrations by Nature Ed-Ventures, sample maple treats or create crafts with a maple theme. Tickets including brunch are $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12. Call 689-1440.

Penguin Days, the Aquarium of Niagara's most popular event, returns from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. See the aquarium's Peruvian and Humboldt penguins, interact with staffers outside the regular exhibit area, and hear penguin expert Tom Keating of Decatur, Ga., discuss his work with the animals. Call 285-3575, Ext. 206.

About 300 birdhouses created by area children and adults, and others signed by local celebrities, go on the block during the seventh annual Birdhouse Competition and Auction from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Erie Community College South Campus. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Call 270-5116.

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