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

1. One of five people who last Thursday made the case to fill the vacant East District seat on the Buffalo Board of Education will likely be appointed to the post when the board meets at 5 p.m. in Room 801 at City Hall. The person selected will fill the remaining 2 1/2 years of Vivian Evans' term on the board. Evans, who was re-elected last May, officially resigned Jan. 5 following a dispute over her residency. The candidates are: Chris W. Brown Jr., a counselor and associate minister; Theresa A. Harris-Tigg, a Buffalo State College professor; Frank Leli, a retired plant worker who is now a substitute teacher; Anthony Mastrangelo, a 2003 McKinley High School graduate who works at WKSE Radio; and Rosalyn L. Taylor, who retired as an assistant superintendent in 2006.

2. The League of Women Voters is kicking off a two-year national study on the role the federal government ought to play in education with a speakers' forum at 7 p.m. in the WNED studios. "Race to the Top: Hope or Flop?" will feature Paul Theobald, interim dean of Buffalo State College's school of education, as keynote speaker. Panelists will include Donald Ogilvie, Erie 1 BOCES superintendent; Claity Massey, director of the King Center Charter School; Samuel Radford III, vice president of Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council; and Mike Preskop, regional staff director of New York State United Teachers.

3. The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York will present its 2011 Community Leader Awards during its annual luncheon at noon in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. More than 30 awards will be presented, covering a wide spectrum of community activities. Adults and young people will be honored and a special award will go to to the Anne Frank Project, which grew out of the Buffalo State College theater department's 2006 production of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

4. These are tough times for nonprofit organizations seeking to raise money, as the United Way and Catholic Charities drives have found in recent years. That's why the Buffalo City Mission is so pleased that it managed to exceed the $1.8 million goal for its 2010 "One Mission One Hope" drive. City Mission officials will discuss the drive's success at a morning news conference.

5. A wordless ceremony, but not necessarily a quiet one, will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the auditorium of Hoover Elementary School, 199 Thorncliff Road, Town of Tonawanda. Autistic Services will be presenting the drumming performance of "No Words Spoken" at the school in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

6. Oracle Charter School and Squeaky Wheel media arts center will collaborate on a multimedia installation with a presentation called "8:8:8 in II Movements." The title is a play on the school's address at 888 Delaware Ave. and the fact the show will take place in two movements. Clever, eh? The presentation starts at 7 p.m., with the first movement being a montage of canvas, digital video and surround sound. That will be highlighted by a digital quilted wall that will focus on the challenges 21st century Buffalo students perceive through their "third eyes." The second movement will include solutions that they have proposed to the problems that are addressed in the first movement.

7. If you graduated from a local college, you are invited. Graduates of Buffalo State College, the University at Buffalo, Fredonia State College, Niagara University, Brockport State College, Daemen College, D'Youville College and Medaille College are invited to attend the Western New York College and University Young Professional Networking Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl St. The cost is $5 per person. For reservations, call the Buffalo State Alumni Affairs Office at 878-6001.

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