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

1. Chuck Rosenburg is wise about owls. A wetlands ecologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, he earned his master's degree from the College of William and Mary with a thesis on barn owl habitat use. He'll use his wisdom and his talent for imitating owl calls to bring the birds out as he leads an Owl Prowl from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. It's free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 687-1225 or email for directions and reservations.

2. Sooner or later the Buffalo Sabres are going to win a game in First Niagara Center. And tonight -- the second of five straight engagements on home ice -- should be the night (7, MSG Channel, 550 AM). Their opponents are the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have the worst record so far in the young NHL season. The hapless Jackets have yet to win a game on the road.

3. Award-winning Israeli author Amos Oz, who kicks off Just Buffalo Literary Center's 2012 Babel series tonight, has just seen the publication of his newest book, "Scenes From Village Life." He can be expected to read selections from that, plus his international best-selling 2003 memoir about coming of age in newly independent Israel, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," and some of his two dozen other works of fiction and nonfiction when he appears at 8 in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $35.

4. The Golden Age Center at the Salvation Army, 960 Main St., is nearly as old as the 2,000-plus senior members it serves with bridge clubs and glee clubs, piano lessons and oil painting lessons, nutrition seminars, hot lunches, exercise classes and computer classes. It celebrates its 60th anniversary with a ceremony and reception at 5 p.m.

5. Willow Lodge, the new 20-bed hospice unit at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., offers ailing veterans and their families all the comforts of home -- an open kitchen and living room, snacks and fruit, coffee and tea, and the capacity to make fresh baked goods 2 4/7 . Created with $3.1 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, it officially opens with ceremonies at 10 a.m. in the hospital's Unit 9A.

6. Having played host to more than 2,000 preservationists last week, Buffalo welcomes another big gathering today. Arriving for the New York State School Board Association's 92nd annual Convention and Education Expo in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center are nearly 3,000 school board members, superintendents and educators from across the state. Between now and Sunday, they'll wrestle with such thorny issues as the state's property tax cap and new teacher evaluation schemes, and discuss their concerns with Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner John King Jr.

7. Acoustic guitar wizard Andy McKay, who describes himself as "just this guy from Topeka, Kan., who kind of blew up on the Internet about a week before Christmas," has been wowing people without the help of amplifiers for a decade. His YouTube videos have attracted more than 150 million viewers. Joined by fellow unplugged virtuosos Stephen Bennett and Antoine Dufour in the latest edition of his Guitar Masters Tour, he promises to rock the house when they come to the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts around 8.


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Participate in a live video chat at 1 p.m. with Bruce Jackson, who will discuss the Great Depression era color photographs exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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