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Party Princess: The Princess Diaries Volume VII by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins, $16.99).

Will we ever get sick of Mia Thermopolis and the hilarious conflicts between her double life, as a Manhattan high school student and as a Genovian royal?

Meg Cabot manages yet again to spin a hilarious yarn, in her seventh book about the charming, klutzy princess of Manhattan. This time Mia has managed to bankrupt student government by buying expensive recycling bins. She must come up with a way to raise money in a hurry. Her best friend Lily proposes making money through a school literary magazine with the nasty name "Prince Louie's Pink Butt----" (after Mia's cat). Meanwhile, Mia's scary grandmother has her own nutty money-making scheme in mind.

Here's a sample of Mia's humor: "He's so old, he looks like a cross between Larry King and a raisin."

The book comes out Tuesday.

-- Jean Westmoore



The Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St., will present "The BFG: Big Friendly Giant" featuring puppets in a stage production based on Roald Dahl's novel at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 9. For ages 7 and up. Tickets are $17 to $19 Call 884-4400 or go online to



Comic/illusionist magician Dan Kamin presents "Comedy in Motion" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Kenan Center's Taylor Theater, 433 Locust St., Lockport, (suitable for kids 5 and up), and "Funny Bones," a two-hour performance featuring "the comic body language of Charlie Chaplin" at 2 p.m. Saturday (for kids 10 and older). Tickets are $10, $9 seniors and Kenan members, $7 kids.



Hear about famous shipwrecks in Lake Ontario and learn about the many lighthouses along the Seaway Trail tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office at 3556 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. Admission is $3, members of the Hamburg Natural History Society get in free. For information call 627-4560 or go online to



Native American storyteller Ismael Hope will perform "The Sea Monster and Other Alaskan Stories" at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Mason O. Damon auditorium at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library. It's free.



Two final teams will compete for the title of Endurance champions in an hour-long season 4 finale of Emmy-nominate series "Endurance" at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Discovery Kids Channel.



Bubble fans, get blowing! This week is all about enjoying these enchanting soapy spheres. For bubbles with maximum staying power, try this simple recipe: Stir together six parts water, two parts Joy or Dawn dishwashing liquid (these brands work best) and 3/4 part corn syrup. Then create enormous, glistening bubbles by pouring some solution into a large, flat pan (a large roasting pan works well) and using a plastic hanger as a wand.



What happened to the frog's car when he parked in the handicapped spot?

It got "toad"!

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