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

1. The center of the universe for the game of sled hockey this weekend will be Amherst, where the top two teams in the world will face off in a trio of exhibition games in the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. Team USA, which took the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver and includes three players from Western New York, opposes Team Canada, which won gold at the 2006 games in Torino. Before the first game at 6 p.m. today, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the structural modifications to the rink that have made it fully sled-accessible. Tickets are $5.

2. Amherst Republicans stage a mock political "caucus" from 7 to 8:30 tonight in the Main Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst, with various local GOP luminaries acting as stand-ins for the major presidential candidates. Russ Gugino will represent Newt Gingrich, Emilio Colaiacovo will speak for Mitt Romney, County Legislator Kevin Hardwick will argue for Rick Santorum, and a yet-to-be-named person will do the same for Ron Paul. A panel will pose questions on various topics. The session will be moderated by Larry Hunter of WBEN Radio. Reservations are available on Facebook at Amherst GOP Presidential Caucus.

3. Just Buffalo Literary Center bestows its latest Literary Legacy Awards upon a writer and two literary supporters in an awards dinner this evening in Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. The writer is poet Sherry Robbins, who has led thousands of creative writing workshops since she began to work with Just Buffalo in 1982. She was named New York State Teaching Artist of the Year in 2005. The philanthropists are Corinne and Victor Rice, longtime supporters of Just Buffalo's popular Babel reading series, as well as many other local cultural and educational endeavors.

4. The recent controversy involving the Susan G. Komen Foundation has made "Pink Ribbons Inc.," a 2011 Canadian documentary about "corporate breast cancer culture," one of the highlights of the six-week International Women's Film Festival on Thursday nights in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St. "Pink Ribbons," which screens at 7, will be followed by a panel discussion with breast cancer researchers, survivors and patient advocates. Tickets are $5.

5. Crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada changed forever after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Supervisory U.S. Border Patrol Agent Christopher Griffiths will speak about changes in the organization over the last decade, national strategy after 9/1 1, and how it's been implemented at 2 p.m. in the History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Questions will be answered and refreshments served after the program. For information, call 434-7433.

6. Composers Stephen Gorbos, Elizabeth Lim, David Marenberg and Daniel Schlosberg may be young, but they are hardly unknowns. Gorbos has won awards and teaches at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Lim, a doctoral candidate at Juilliard, is an award-winning concert and film composer. Marenberg, who turns 25 next month, composes for films, games and ballet, as well as concerts. Schlosberg, a piano whiz, teaches at Notre Dame. At 7 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will play new works by each of them in a special program co-sponsored by EarShot (the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network), then they will get critiqued by a panel of mentor composers, sort of like a classical version of "American Idol." It's free and open to the public.

7. If you thought $90 to $180 was a lot to pay for a ticket to hear actor Sylvester Stallone this weekend, how about $146 to $259 to catch the country music group Rascal Flatts tonight? On the other hand, when are you going to experience the superstar outfit as up close and personal as you will in the Avalon Theatre in Niagara Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont.? The fans clearly think it's worth it. Showtime is 8:30, and it's sold out.


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