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Family activities and a drawing for a Mini Cooper are planned as part of “Mini Fest” from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive.

The free event will feature music, dance, art exhibits, a road rally, and a drawing for a two-year lease of the car. A replica of a Mini Cooper has been hugging the Central Terminal since April.

Towne Mini donated the lease as a fundraising tool for the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. A drawing will be held at 7:45 p.m., and tickets are $10.

“Hard hat tours” of the terminal will also be available for $10.

Also this week:

• The Planning Board will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in Room 901 in City Hall and will consider plans for a restaurant at 365 Connecticut St. Bistro Europa, which operates in a small space in the Elmwood Village, is moving to the West Side.

The board could also hear plans for Uniland Development’s mixed-use project at Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street, which is also on the agenda. The board delayed action on the project two weeks ago.

• The Council’s Civil Service Committee will meet at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers and will discuss the promotion of 43 firefighters.

• The Council’s Finance Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers and will discuss an audit of the Erie Basin Marina and a lease agreement between the city and the Stop the Violence Coalition for space at 1532 Genesee St.

• The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will meet at noon Tuesday in the Erie County Industrial Development Agency offices at 143 Genesee St.

• The Council’s Community Development Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers and will discuss a proposal to build a stadium and entertainment complex on the Outer Harbor.

• The Council’s Legislation Committee will host a public hearing for a landmark application for St. Ann’s church at 651 Broadway when it meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

• The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, the city’s control board, will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the first-floor conference room of the Market Arcade complex at 617 Main St.

Beforehand, the board’s Governance Committee will meet at 12 p.m., and the Audit, Finance and Budget Committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the same location.

An audit of the control board will be presented by outside auditor Lumsden and McCormick.

• The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.

• Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith and the Western New York Law Center will host a public hearing on vacant, flipped and bank-owned properties at 2 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

People who would like to speak at the hearing are urged to call Smith’s office at (716) 851-5145.