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

1. Few singers can put more warmth and charm into old standards than Jane Monheit. She'll do plenty of them when she appears in the "Legends of Jazz" series this evening in Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, East Amherst. There's a preconcert dinner at 5, followed by the concert at 7:30. Monheit will perform with the Williamsville East Jazz Orchestra and Combos. Tickets are $14 for the concert alone, $25 for dinner and concert. For information, call 626-8425.

2. After several weeks of previews, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., begins kicking into full gear for its 51st summer season tonight. Noel Coward's comedy "Present Laughter" officially opens at 8 in the Festival Theatre, beginning a succession of opening nights this week. "A Man and Some Women," by long-neglected early 20th century playwright Githa Sowerby, debuts Thursday in the Court House Theatre, and George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance" is launched Friday in the Royal George Theatre, where Terrence Ratigan's "French Without Tears" premieres Saturday. For information and tickets, call toll-free (800) 511-7429 or visit www.shawfest.com.

3. Plans to turn the former Fairfield Library at 1659 Amherst St. into apartments will come before the city's Zoning Board of Appeals at 2 p.m. David E. Pawlik, a partner in Creative Structures Services of Buffalo, is requesting several variances: on the requirement for the number of parking spaces, for changing the use of the property and for yard space requirements. The conversion of the property, which he calls Fairfield Commons, would cost an estimated $800,000.

4. Thirsting for a Slurpee? The 7-Eleven convenience store chain, which recently bought out Wilson Farms, has declared today SlurpFREE Day. A 7.11-ounce cup of the iconic slushed ice drink is being offered without cost from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or as long as supplies last.

5. Buffalo's international refugees are in the spotlight in a program at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court. It starts with the locally produced 30-minute documentary film "My City Limits," which follows the struggles of immigrants here, and continues with a discussion by immigrants themselves, educators who help them learn English and American culture, and agencies that assist them with all the details of starting a new life. It's free and open to the public.

6. Veterans and their families can get help in a variety of ways as the VA Health Care System of Western New York, the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition, the Goodwill of WNY Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program sponsor the annual Veterans Stand-down from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive. In addition to information about benefits veterans are entitled to, including health care, disability assistance and pensions, employers also will be on hand with job opportunities. To round it all off, there's a free lunch and giveaways. Stand-downs originally were started to help homeless veterans and have been expanded to reach all veterans in need.

7. St. Michael Catholic Church, 651 Washington St., will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the fire that destroyed its original building with a special Mass at 5:15 p.m., followed by a reception featuring photographs of the old church; the fire, which was caused by a lightning strike; and the rebuilt structure. Eyewitnesses also will record their memories for the parish archives. While the church was being rebuilt, at a cost of $2 million, services were held across the street in the Town Casino.