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Seven by Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. The Army Corps of Engineers is looking for suggestions on what to do about preventing the spread of nuisance species, like Asian carp, between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. To get ideas, the corps is hosting a public scoping session from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Buffalo Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza. The meeting will feature identical three-hour presentations on the study, at 2:15 and 5:45, both followed by comment periods. Similar sessions will be held around the entire Great Lakes and Mississippi River. The public scoping comment period concludes March 31.

2. The Sabres, having finally reached the .500 mark after their horrible start to the season, return to HSBC Arena from their western road trip to face the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m., Versus, 550 AM). Also returning is commentator Rick Jeanerette, who yielded the microphone to his son Mark for the road trip.

3. Dipson Theatres wants to fix the old Flix Superplex Movie Theatre on Transit Road, Lancaster, which Dipson acquired a year ago. A public hearing on the renovation plans, which include digital projection and sound equipment that will allow the 10-screen theater to show 3-D films and "other content such as sporting events, concerts, opera and other special events," will be held at 8:30 p.m. in Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. Dipson wants sales tax breaks on the $1.35 million project.

4. Julie O'Neill, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, will give a talk titled "Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century" at 12:15 p.m. in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor near Fables Cafe at the Central Library on Lafayette Square. It is sponsored by the library and the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature, and Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

5. Historical artifacts will provide the inspiration as the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum launches a series of monthly crafting evenings from 6 to 8:30. A skilled crafter will lead the workshop sessions, in which everyone will produce something they can take home. Fee is $25; $20 for museum members. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call 873-9644, Ext. 301. Future sessions will be held Feb. 8, March 8, April 12 and May 17.

6. Grand Island girls basketball coach Jenepher Banker will be honored for reaching 200 career victories last week at her team's home game at 6:30 p.m. against North Tonawanda. The Vikings are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A. Cleveland Hill will dedicate its pool as the Donald L. Puff Natatorium when it faces Maryvale in a meet at 4:30.

7. In the midst of one of the coldest weeks of a long, gray winter, we all could use a little lightening up. Filling the bill is "Comedy Nite" at 7:30 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. There's a different lineup every Tuesday night, so you never know exactly what you'll be getting. Kristen Becker is the host.

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