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ICELAND INSIGHT: Dr. Rick Batt, geology professor at Buffalo State College, will provide an illustrated presentation, "Iceland: Geology and Scenery on a North Atlantic Hotspot," at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road. The presentation is public and no preregistration is required. Children, students, scouts, families and groups are welcome. Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center members are admitted free. The cost for nonmembers is $4. Call 627-4560 for information and directions.

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GENERAL MEETING: The Aero Club of Buffalo will hold its April dinner meeting beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. Thursday in Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Ted Beaudoin, author and biographer, and Ruedi Hafen, owner and chief pilot of Niagara Helicopters Ltd., will be this month's speakers. For any changes or questions regarding your reservations, please call Fran Bainbridge at 833-4978.

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GERMAN ROOTS: Terry Lasher Winslow will discuss "Germans in LaSalle" at 7 p.m. Thursday when she addresses the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York in Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, St. Johnsburg. Lasher, who is a former Niagara County historian and also past president of the society, is currently researching the history of LaSalle, especially the planned developments there. Arranging the artifacts for opening Das Haus Heritage Museum in Bergholz was largely her responsibility. The public is welcome to attend.

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SPEAKER SERIES: Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University will speak on "Institutional Corruption and the Financial Crisis" as part of the Gerald S. Lippes Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Campus of the University at Buffalo, John Lord O'Brian Hall, Room 106. The event is free and open to the public. To attend the lecture, register at http://mgt.buffalo.edu/LippesSpeaker. Questions? Call 645-3204.

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BOOK SIGNING: The African-American Cultural Center will host a book signing/meet the author event with former TV newscaster Harold T. Fisher at 6 p.m. Saturday. Fisher has authored his first book, "Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life," which he calls an urban erotica-romance novel. Fisher is a former news anchor at WGRZ-TV, Channel 2, and is the current host of a news/talk program for a radio station in Washington, D.C. The event in the center, 350 Masten Ave., is free.

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