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

1. The Michigan Street African American Heritage Commission will convene at 1 p.m. in the historic Michigan Street Baptist Church, where in addition to holding their regular monthly meeting, commission members and others will get a look at new signage recently unveiled. The signs tell the story of Samuel H. Davis, one of the church's early ministers, an orator, an abolitionist and an educator who taught in an African-American school set up by the Buffalo Board of Education and later established a private school here for black children. He also built the historic church, whose cornerstone was laid in 1845. A century and half later, the church will be a focal point when the National Trust for Historic Preservation holds its conference here next month.

2. Barrage will unleash one on Western New York when the high-octane string group performs its eclectic mix of song and dance at 7 p.m. in Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road. The group features five violinists/vocalists, a drummer, bass player and guitarist. The local appearance is part of the group's educational outreach program and gives string students and the public a chance to interact with the international musicians. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

3. The Erie County Legislature will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. to get citizen input on a measure regarding the regulation of home health care services provided to Erie County residents through contracts awarded by the county. The public hearing will be held in the Legislature chambers on the fourth floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St.

4. Ready to get in shape for the holidays? There's an app for that. The North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks will present its popular Body Conditioning Exercise Class at 5:15 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday, starting today and running through Dec. 14, in Reszel Middle School, 1500 Vanderbilt St. The cost for the 22 classes is $55 for residents and $66 for nonresidents. Participants are asked to bring one-, two- or three-pound hand weights and a floor mat. For information, call Pam Hogan at 695-8520, Ext. 5508.

5. What's better than birthday cake and food, especially if you're turning 100? Both will be served when Meals on Wheels for Western New York, a nonprofit organization providing home-delivered meals to the homebound throughout Erie County, celebrates the milestone birthday of Blasdell resident Charlotte Krempa at 11 a.m.

6. Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul will speak at 5:30 p.m. in a benefit for the YWCA's candidate training school for women. Hochul will be featured at an Institute for Public Leadership reception in Larkin at Exchange, 726 Exchange St. The event will include hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Her talk will conclude with a question-and-answer session and informal discussion. For more information, call 852-6120 or go to

7. The musicians of the Grammy-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are partnering with Buffalo's oldest congregation, First Presbyterian Church, to perform a benefit concert to help preserve the E.B. Green-designed masterpiece located on Symphony Circle. Doors will open at 6 p.m. A silent auction and themed basket raffle will take place before the concert, with wine and hors d'oeuvres available. Guests may also tour the historic sanctuary. The concert begins at 8. Free parking will be available in the lots at the church and Kleinhans Music Hall. A donation of $30 per person for adults or $25 for students with ID and seniors 65 or older is suggested. Tickets may be bought in advance through the Kleinhans box office by calling 885-5000 or at the door tonight.


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