1. The conditions that have led to several recent suicides at the Erie County Holding Center will be the subject of a discussion from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is scheduled take part in the free program, which is sponsored by 100 Black Men of Greater Buffalo. The group is pushing for educational programs in the jail to keep young black males from being repeat offenders
2. The Buffalo Bisons are celebrating their 25th season on the field this year and will kick it off with the home opener against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at 2:05 p.m. atCoca-Cola Field. The home opener will be followed by additional games the rest of the week that also include special promotions.
3. A panel discussion on human trafficking in Western New York is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court. The panel of speakers includes Kerry Q. Battenfeld, victims services community educator and advocate for the International Institute of Buffalo; Patricia A. Calleri, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Emma L. Buckthal, a staff attorney specializing in immigration with the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. Tara Lyons, program manager for the historical society, will moderate the panel.
4. Blue October, a rock band from Houston, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. The post-grunge and experimental rock band, which formed in 1995, released a plantinum-selling CD, "Foiled," in 2006.
5. The Intercultural and Diversity Center at the University at Buffalo will present an Asian Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union lobby on the North Campus. The event will include informational poster displays, entertainment, cultural cuisine, cultural crafts and other traditions that will be shared with visitors.
6. Former Buffalo resident Joan Murray has gone on to great things as a writer. She's received the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Award and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. She's poet in residence at the New York State Writers Institute, a repeat guest on NPR's "Morning Edition," and is the editor of "The Pushcart Book of Poetry" and the "Poems to Live By" anthologies. She returns to appear at 7:30 p.m. in the Gray Hair Reading Series in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. Donation is $5.
7. OK, this one hurts more than a little bit. After spending months hoping that the Sabres would make the Stanley Cup Playoffs only to see our heroes fall just short, we get to watch the first games tonight. The premier matchup has the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports). The other first-round games have the Detroit Red Wings at the Nashville Predators at 8 p.m. and the Los Angeles Kings in Vancouver to take on the Canucks at 10:30 p.m. (also on NBC Sports).
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