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

1. Who are the best salsa dancers in Buffalo? We'll find out at the first Copacabana Salsa Night fundraiser sponsored by Hispanics United of Buffalo at 7 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. First-, second- and third-place winners will be determined by a panel of judges from dancing schools in Buffalo and Rochester headed by salsa instructor Lisa Grisanti, who's also marketing director for Shea's Performing Arts Center. Registration is $50 per couple and must be submitted by noon today. To enter, go to Tickets for the evening also are $50. VIP tickets including food and open bar are $100.

2. The 31st annual Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival expands to a third night this year at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 199 Clark St., a block from the Broadway Market. It opens at 6:30 p.m. with food from The Grill and a special performance by contemporary Polish singer Mona Lisa at 7:15. The programs Saturday and Sunday are much like previous years, with Mass at 11:30 a.m., Polish music and dancing throughout the day and evening, and plenty of Polish food. Highlight Saturday afternoon is the fourth edition of Buffalo's Best Pierogi Contest.

3. The Bisons play their final Friday night home game of the season tonight at Coca-Cola Field, wrapping up a four-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens. It's the final Fridaynightbash, as well, with food and drink specials on the plaza starting at 5 p.m. and music by the Barenaked Ladies tribute band Fully-Clothed Gents. First pitch is at 7:35. And after the game -- fireworks!

4. The free outdoor concert season also is coming to a close. Heavy rockers Grand Funk Railroad, minus original lead singer Mark Farner, wrap up the free Molson Canal Concert Series in Ulrich City Centre, Main Street, Lockport. Music starts at 6 p.m. with Twenty-One and Perpetual Road. Meanwhile, it's also the summer's last Party on the Portico at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court. Featuring the rootsy band Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, it starts at 5:30. Admission is $10, $5 for museum members.

5. The University at Buffalo will dedicate Greiner Hall, a new state-of-the-art residence hall for sophomores, at a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on the North Campus. The building, named in honor of the late UB President William R. Greiner, is located on Lee Road. The university will present Greiner's widow, Carol, with an illustration of Greiner Hall by local artist Michael Gelen.

6. Major musical attractions can be found at three compass points in the area tonight. Fans of the Buffalo music scene will want to check out the reunion of Mr. Big, the hard rock band led by star bass player Billy Sheehan, in the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Doors open at 7. Country singer Martina McBride offers her powerful ballads at 8 p.m. in the Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Meanwhile, in the Chautauqua Institution amphitheater, an 8:15 p.m. concert pairs horn-driven '70s favorites Blood, Sweat and Tears and Cuban jazzman Arturo Sandoval.

7. The season for summer blockbusters is almost over, too, but there are still a few contenders in the pipeline. Opening here today is the remake of "Conan the Barbarian," with Jason Mamoa as the prehistoric warrior, and a remake of "Fright Night," the 1965 horror comedy about a vampire moving in next door. For romance, there's "One Day," with Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturridge and Patricia Clarkson in the tale of a relationship evolving through the decades. And for kids, there's "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World," the fourth installment in the adventure series.


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