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

1. Earth Day and Easter combine today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., in an environmentally friendly celebration of spring and animals that hatch from eggs. The $7 admission covers egg-dying featuring natural egg dyes made from nuts, berries and vegetables. Participants can bring in up to six hard-boiled eggs. Other activities include recycled spring crafts, signs-of-spring nature walks, live animals and insects that hatch from eggs. Every child will receive a Picture Me Green! book featuring tips on what they can do to help the environment.

2. Earth Day will seem like a day in the park at Special Events Field on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., UB True Blue, the student school spirit group, will organize games. Picnicking will be encouraged. Engineers for a Sustainable World will roll out their solar-powered smoothie cart and sell drinks. To encourage recycling, ESW also will build its annual Mount Trashmore mountain to show just how much trash UB produces in just six hours.

3. The Unfinished Business boxing card at the Hamburg Fairgrounds tonight will feature primarily Western New York professionals. Buffalo southpaw Guillermo Sanchez (12-2-1) will face Eddie Ramirez (6-6-1) in the main event for the WBC Youth Lightweight title. Nick Casal of Niagara Falls is slated to face Martin Tucker, while former state Golden Gloves champions Lionell Thompson and Excell Holmes, both of Buffalo, also are on the card. Tickets start at $25, with ringside seats at $65. Bell for the first round rings at 6:30.

4. British guitar wizard Jeff Beck is a restless soul. A couple of months ago he was on the road with a rockabilly show. Now he's settled in with a different band -- Jason Robello on keyboards, Rhonda Smith on bass and drummer Narada Michael Walden -- and is doing a much different set that's heavy on instrumental flash. Highlights on his early sold-out dates have been a scorching tribute to Les Paul in "How High the Moon" and his oddly arranged version of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life." He plays a sold-out show tonight in the Mainstage Theatre in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst.

5. Good Friday services in churches everywhere take on a special gravity as Christians contemplate the death of Jesus by crucifixion. In St. Joseph Cathedral, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will lead a service at noon that is not the usual Mass, but rather a solemn celebration of the Lord's Passion, which involves special rituals. It's followed at 3 by the traditional Good Friday procession visiting the Stations of the Cross and at 7 by a choral concert of sacred music.

6. Animals aren't cuddly in the movies opening today. Reese Witherspoon mingles with ponderous circus creatures in "Water for Elephants," opposite rising star Robert Pattinson. "African Cats" is a Disney documentary about what two animal families do for survival on the Dark Continent. Samuel L. Jackson is narrator. The creatures are two-legged in the comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," with Perry back as matriarch Mabel "Madea" Simmons.

7. While the Sabres are tending to business on the ice down in Philadelphia tonight, the Buffalo Bisons will be hosting their second Fridaynightbash of the season in Coca-Cola Field. The party on the patio starts at 5, and the team takes the field against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at 6:05. After the game -- fireworks!

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The News' entertainment writers Colin Dabkowski, Jeff Miers and Mary Kunz Goldman bring you up to speed on what is going on in Western New York this weekend in the latest episode of GustoTV and bring your music questions to a live chat with Miers at noon on buffalonews.com.

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