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Seven things you need to know before you start your day

1. The Buffalo State College Community Academic Center continues its contribution to the college’s Year of the City Series this evening with the second installment in its West Side Round Table Series. “Voices of Entrepreneurship,” moderated by Sue McCartney, director of the Small Business Development Center, will feature local business owners talking about their challenges and successes. It starts at 6 in Community Academic Center headquarters, 214 Grant St. at Lafayette Avenue. For information, call 878-3289.

2. There’s snow on the hills in the Southern Tier, providing just the right seasonal setting for hit ’60s singer Brenda Lee, who brings her special holiday concert to the Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca for a five-day stand. She’ll do “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and other favorites at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday and Sunday and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $20.

3. That most mysterious of concepts – time – will be explored at 7 p.m. in the Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., in the second of this season’s Science and Art Cabaret sessions. Part of a series that has been sponsored since 2009 by Hallwalls, the Buffalo Museum of Science and the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, it’s free and open to the public.

4. The Jewish Community Book Fair brings Buffalo-born author and journalist Eyal Press back home to discuss the dissent he celebrates in his acclaimed “Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times.” He speaks at 7:30 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center Benderson Theatre, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Tickets are $12, $6 for students. He will also be in conversation with Buffalo News reporter Mark Sommer at 7 p.m. Friday in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

5. Hurricane Sandy kept Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler from coming to Buffalo earlier this month for two events on behalf of Peaceprints Prison Ministries at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave., but she will make up for it today. Kaeppeler, whose personal concern is “Circles of Support – Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents,” will join 35 children of Peaceprints graduates to make dove holiday ornaments at 4 p.m., then give a motivational talk and vocal performance at a reception from 6 to 8. Tickets for the reception are $35. For reservations, call 856-6131.

6. Sitting still and watching won’t be enough when the Theatre of Youth brings its new interactive play, “The Hidden Sugar Project,” to the George E. Blackman School of Excellence, 2358 Main St., this morning. The performance for first-graders begins at 10 with interactive food identification stations, followed by the play, in which actors show what happens to the body when someone consumes too many sugary drinks. Presented in conjunction with Independent Health, the play will tour elementary schools through December.

7. Stripped down to their musical essentials are the three up-and-coming artists in WYRK’s Winter Taste of Country acoustic concert at 7:30 p.m. in Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Headliner is singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann, who penned three singles for Garth Brooks before scoring country hits on his own with “Lover, Lover” and “What Do You Want.” Opening are the duo Love & Theft, whose “Angel Eyes” went No. 1 this summer, and newcomer Joanna Smith, who recently charted with “We Can’t Be Friends.” Tickets are $20 to $60.