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SOMETHING TO READ

Tequila Worm by Viola Canales (Knopf, $15.95).

Life in the barrio in McAllen, Texas, surrounded by friends and family, is the only life Sofia Casas has ever known. She loves sorting pinto beans with her loving father, creating the specially decorated Easter eggs with messages inside, celebrating the Day of the Dead and other traditions.

Sofia is also a very smart girl. When she's offered a scholarship to attend an elite boarding school, she's torn between her ambitions for the future and her close family ties.

Canales won Newbery Honors for this vivid, touching portrait of a close Hispanic family, and a young girl embracing a new future for herself outside that world. Readers will enjoy Sofia's first experience with a snobbish girl at boarding school -- and the compliments she gets for the fashionable dress her best friend made from a bedsheet!

-- Jean Westmoore

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SOMETHING TO DO

The Green Thumb Theatre for Young People presents "Seesaw," a timely show about relationships, bullying and self-image, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday as part of the Kenan Center's Family Performance Series at the Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport Tickets are $10, $7 for children. Best for ages 5 and up. Call 433-2617.

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SOMETHING TO WATCH

A once-struggling U.S. actor adjusts to his new role as a big Japanese anime star in "Kappa Mikey" premiering at 8 p.m. Saturdayon Nicktoons Network.

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SNOW FUN

Try walking in snowshoes to check out the winter scenery at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Depew, this week. Walks will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Snowshoes can be rented for $2 adults, $1 for kids if you don't own any. Registration is required by calling 683-5959. If there is no snow, a walk through the woods will be held anyway. A cross-country ski trou will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Bring your own skis. Pre-registration is required.

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MINI HA-HA

Where's the best place to dance in California?

San Fran-disco.

-- Newsday

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