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

1. Liza Minnelli does not give up. She's 65. She's had two hip replacements and a knee replacement. Yet the reviews from her shows earlier this year all agree that she's still a ball of energy, she's still in good voice and she still delivers everything the fans want, from "Liza With a Z" to "New York New York." She appears at 8 p.m. in the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Ticketmaster says it's sold out.

2. Also sold out is "An Evening with Spike Lee: America Through My Lens" at 8 p.m., originally scheduled for 7 p.m., in Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center at Buffalo State College. The acclaimed film director, whose most recent films document the devastation and recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, promises to talk about his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, author and educator. Before his talk, he'll visit with students from Buffalo State's television and film arts program.

3. Lackawanna High School has produced some towering sports legends, but it's taken athletic director Matt McKenna to give all those Steelers greats their proper place of honor. Today the first of them will be inducted into the Lackawanna City Schools Athletic Wall of Fame, and it's an all-star lineup: pro footballers Ron Jaworski (1969), Ray Braxton ('88) and Mike Mamula ('91); women's pro golf coach Cindy Pietrusik ('77); the late Canisius College basketball star Jeff Taggart ('85); and the late Gordy Bukaty ('57), who played, coached and was athletic director at the school. The ceremony at 5 p.m. in the high school gym is open to the public.

4. While fans wait for the Sabres to earn the right to have their name inscribed on the Stanley Cup, they can get a look at hockey's most coveted trophy and have their picture taken with it from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Buffalo Zoo. The cup, currently held by the Boston Bruins, is coming to the zoo under arrangement with the team's owner, Delaware North Chairman and CEO Jeremy Jacobs.

5. Hundreds of anglers from across the Northeast are converging on Buffalo today and Saturday and hoping that the weather will let them earn a chance at the National Championship and the Bassmaster Classic next February in Shreveport, La. The public can watch the fishermen bring their catches in for weighing at 3 p.m. both days at the Small Boat Harbor on Fuhrmann Boulevard.

6. The Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg is going to the dogs -- and cats -- this weekend. The Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Pet Expo will offer more than 85 pet-related vendors, as well as three days of pet activities ranging from obedience trials to talent contests. Tickets are $6 for preview night from 6 to 9 p.m. today and $8 for the general program from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Kids 12 and under get in free. The canine fashion show featuring the Queen City Roller Girls takes place at 7 tonight. For info and to enter a dog in the talent contest at 2 p.m. Saturday, visit

7. Returning to the Buffalo Museum of Science for a reunion this weekend are the Museum Kids, youngsters who attended classes there between 1920 and 1971. They include such notables as Buffalo attorney Robert J. Kresse, former National Fuel President Philip Ackerman, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Carl L. Bucki and nature writer Gerry Rising. The reunion is a prelude to the science museum's black-tie 150th Anniversary Gala on Saturday night.


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