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

1. One of the things that's held up construction of a new Peace Bridge is the thought that something better should be built. But is there a design that will balance health impacts, historic preservation and economic development? The Partnership for the Public Good monthly forum will tackle the issue at 4 p.m. in 237 Main St., Suite 1200. Panelists include Bruce Fisher from Buffalo State College's Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Erin Heaney of the Clean Air Coalition and Tania Werbizky of the Preservation League of New York State. It's free and open to the public. For info, call 852-04191, Ext. 110.

2. News anchor and political commentator Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" five nights a week on MSNBC, gives the keynote address to the 2011 Daemen College Academy Festival at 7:30 p.m. His talk, "A Political Insider's View From Washington," will be held in the Wick Center. Matthews has been on the inside for quite a while. Before he spent 13 years as Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner, he was a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. His talk is free and open to the public.

3. Specialty meat lovers get a treat at 5:30 p.m. when chef Bruce Wieszala from Bistro Europa presides at a Whole Hog Butchering and Charcuterie Workshop in Artisan Kitchen & Baths, 200 Amherst St. Wieszala, a cured meat enthusiast who fine-tuned his technique in Italy with his fellow Bistro Europa chef Steve Gedra, will be using a Lockport-raised heritage breed pig for the class. Wieszala will demonstrate Italian, French and American butchery methods to acquire the most desirable cuts. He also will apply charcuterie preservation techniques to create sausage, capicola, bacon and other delicacies. Tickets are $55. For info, visit

4. Arizona logger Travis Walton was returning from a national forest with a work crew in 1975 when they saw a hovering luminous object and stopped. When Walton got out and ran toward the object, his mates said he got zapped by a light beam. After a five-day search for him, he reappeared at a rural gas station with vague memories of being with terrifying eyes. A 1993 movie, "Fire in the Sky," is loosely based on his experiences. Walton talks about the incident and its aftermath at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium in the Arts and Media Building at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

5. Buffalo News Kids Day is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, in fact. To warm up for the big day when special $1 editions of the paper will be sold to benefit Women & Children's Hospital, Mayor Byron W. Brown and County Executive Chris Collins will make a special joint proclamation at 11 a.m. from the front steps of City Hall. Joining them will be Variety Kids Telethon celebrity child Gracie Joyce and telethon producer Steve Podosek. Kids Day has raised more than $3.8 million since it started in 1983.

6. Winners of the Buffalo State College Music Department's first Young Artist Competition will be showcasing their talents at 7:30 p.m. in Rockwell Hall. Aaron Masters will perform the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 4, Dan Darnley will play Creston's Concerto for Marimba and soprano Tieisha Thomas will sing selections by Mozart and Gershwin. The Buffalo State Chorale and Chamber Choir will join Assistant Professor Bryan Boyce on the piano and the Philharmonia in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Paul Ferington, conducts.

7. This year's big Oscar winner, "The King's Speech," with Colin Firth as British King George VI, Geoffrey Rush as the therapist treating his stuttering and Helena Bonham Carter as the young Queen Mum, is released on DVD today. Meanwhile, over in the music racks, you'll find new CDs by Gorillaz ("The Fall"), Dengue Fever ("Cannibal Courtship"), Duff McKagan from Guns 'N Roses ("The Taking") and the seventh soundtrack album by the cast of the TV series Glee ("Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers").


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