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Local author George Lorenzo, author of a new book, "E-College, Applying for College, Taking Classes and Financing Your Education Online" (Sams Publishing, $17.99), will offer a free seminar on "College Planning Online" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

High school senior girls are invited to attend information sessions about the November Erie County Junior Miss pageant at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday in Business Building B0 7/0 9 at Daemen College. Organizers emphasize that the scholarship competition focuses on achievement and that there is no entry fee. Find details at

"Today's Teen," an eight-week personal development course described as a way "for young women to enhance their inner strength, beauty and social graces," will be offered starting Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon for girls 10 to 12 and 1 to 3 p.m. for girls 13 and up at the Amherst Kumon Center, Suite 104, Dodge Hopkins Professional Building, 1660 Hopkins Road. The fee for 8 weeks is $295. Evening classes are also available. Call 639-7511.

Kathryn Kwiatkowski, 11, an honor pupil at Lancaster's William Street School, was a semifinalist and won a special trophy for her karate skill this month at the Pre-Teen New York Scholarship and Recognition Program in Syracuse.

Kids age 7 to 11 are invited to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on Lance Diamond's new Christmas album by showing up at 6:30 tonight at the Karpeles Museum, 453 Porter Ave. Call radio station B92.9 at 852-9292 for more information.

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