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

1. New Yorkers have long enjoyed an extra day to file their federal income tax returns, thanks to the Patriots Day holiday in Massachusetts, where New York's forms were processed. This year, the entire nation got an extra day, courtesy of Emancipation Day, which was observed Monday in the District of Columbia. By federal law, D.C. holidays affect tax deadlines the same way federal holidays do. Then again, there's a way to get another six months. People requesting an extension will have until Oct. 15 to file.

2. The oldest Sister Cities relationship in the U.S., the link between Buffalo and Kanazawa, Japan, will be celebrated this evening by the oldest Noh mask theater company in the world. Toshihiko Yabu, designated a national living treasure in Japan, will perform with his Noh mask company and musicians at 7 p.m. in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst. Accompanying the performance will be an 11-member ensemble of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a traditional Japanese Shakuhachi bamboo flute. Tickets are $25, $15 for students.

3. Rallying parents to improve the Buffalo schools isn't neighborhood activist Samuel A. Herbert's only cause. He's also a prime mover in a group called the Coalition to Save Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The coalition has called Mayor Byron W. Brown, Thomas Herrera Mischler of the Olmsted Park Conservancy and other leaders to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., to find out if the second phase of the long-awaited wading pool revitalization will be completed in time for Juneteenth weekend, and how many people of color have been working on the project.

4. The next stage in creating the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Frederick Douglass Community Center, 234 Jefferson Ave. Huntley Partners/CFA Consulting, which has been hired to guide the revitalization of the area, will hold a public meeting and visioning session to get ideas from the public on how to preserve the area's history, make it a cultural tourism destination and educate visitors about the important role African Americans from Buffalo played in advancing human rights, business and culture.

5. A public information session on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, its causes and prevention through the proper use of detectors, will be held at 6 p.m. in Blasdell Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave. Carbon monoxide detectors will be distributed at the end of the program, which is being conducted by the village in conjunction with the Amanda Hansen Foundation and National Fuel.

6. Fans of the Buffalo Bills can hear from an expert at 7 p.m. in a free event in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Mark Gaughan, veteran Bills reporter for The Buffalo News, will talk about the team's recent player moves and, especially, about next week's National Football League draft. Gaughan will make his predictions for the draft, and there will be a prize contest for those in attendance to guess which college players the Bills will choose.

7. Tom Cruise's latest action adventure, "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," leads the list of recent films finding their way to home video formats today. Also scheduled to arrive is the arty, sexy, NC-17 rated "Shame." Over in the music racks, new CDs are promised from Dar Williams ("In the Time of Gods"), Hank Williams III ("Long Gone Daddy"), Jason Mroz ("Love Is a Four-Letter Word"), Loudon Wainwright III ("Older Than My Old Man Now"), Our Lady Peace ("Curve") and Train ("California 37").


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