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Salsa-Dura' at Havana NightsA veritable melting pot of Syracuse, the Havana Nights Latin Dance Party convenes from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday, at Johnston's BallyBay, 550 Richmond Ave., at the corner of Sackett Street, on the city's West End. The dances are hosted by La Familia de la Salsa. Admission costs $5, or you can take a salsa lesson at 8:15 p.m. and pay $10 total; 447-6287.

DJ la Maquina is now featuring plenty of new "Salsa-Dura" from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Nueva York as performed by groups such as Adalberto Alvarez, Sur Caribe, Maykel Blanco, Edwin Bonilla and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

La Familia also hosts dances every first and third Saturdays each month at the Metro Lounge, 505 Westcott St. on the East Side, where admission also costs $5.

For info, visit lafamiliadelasalsa.com, or call 636-7133.

Supper and songs SaturdayA potluck supper will precede an acoustic song circle from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday Nov. 27 at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., at the corner of Westcott St. in the city's East Side. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Westcott Center's recreation program for developmentally disabled adults.

Participants are invited; bring a dish to share and join in the open Song Circle by leading a song, sing-along, playing an instrument, or just sit back and listen; 478-8634.

Sammy Famers in L'pool

Several Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famers will help celebrate the first anniversary of Caf at 407, at Ophelia's Place, next week at 407 Tulip St. in the village of Liverpool.

The six-day concert series sponsored by Dot Foods kicks off at 6 p.m. Monday Nov. 29, with blue-eyed soul singer Joe Whiting. Tuesday, Nov. 30, features jazz vocalist Ronnie Leigh and Wednesday Dec. 1, Mario and Maria DeSantis will entertain.

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