1. Nearly 100 restaurants in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties will contribute 25 percent or more of their food sales today to the fight against AIDS in the 10th annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser. Proceeds will go to Evergreen Health Services of Western New York, formerly AIDS Community Services. To find out which restaurants are participating, call 847-0340 or visit www.diningoutforlife.com. Last year, 20,000 diners in 91 local restaurants raised $97,000.
2. The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the kickoff of the capital campaign to complete the Patrick Paladino Memorial Boathouse, the first rowing boathouse to be built on the Buffalo River in 100 years. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at 301 Ohio St. Peg Overdorf, executive director of the Valley Community Association, said, "It's great to have new neighbors on the river for recreational purposes. It's a perfect fit with our two new parks -- Riverfest and Mutuals/Ice Boom Park."
3. The Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. for a new Cosmetology Training Center at 2629 Delaware Ave., across the street from the Delaware Family YMCA. Classes are tentatively scheduled to begin July 9. At first, the program will concentrate on certifying cosmetologists with a yearlong 1,000-hour training program. To be added later -- aesthetician training and barbering.
4. Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder, will celebrate Earth Day today with a series of events in the Wick Center Social Room. It begins at 10 a.m. with "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream," an educational program on environmental degradation, followed at 11:30 by the Massachusetts Avenue Project's Growing Green Program, which will introduce the agency's job-training and urban agriculture efforts and serve samples of its vegetarian chili. That's followed by a pair of films at 1 and 2:30 p.m. -- "No Impact Man," a documentary about a New York City family that tried to live for a year without generating trash, and "Gasland," the acclaimed documentary about the effects of hydraulic fracturing.
5. The Joan A. Male Family Support Center, which helps children and families in need, will present its first Joan A. Male Family Champion Award to Robert M. Bennett, chancellor emeritus of the state Board of Regents, at its volunteer recognition reception at 5 p.m. in its headquarters at 60 Dingens St. The agency also will announce that it will no longer be known as the Joan A. Male Family Support Center. "We chose a name that simply and clearly says what we do," says Executive Director Deborah A. Merrifield, "and tells all families that we embrace them whatever their needs might be."
6. Roswell Park Cancer Institute will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of a new intensive care unit. The relocated unit incorporates several features designed to support optimal care and patient comfort. The ceremony will be held 10:30 a.m. at the hospital, Elm and Carlton streets.
7. One lucky community organization is going to have $100,000 more in its bank account by the end of the night. Members of the Community Foundation's 21st Century Fund will vote to select the winner at their "Final Vote Event" tonight in WNED-TV Studios. A field of 23 Western New York nonprofit organizations has been narrowed to four, each of which will each present a five-minute proposal in competition for the grant. Organizations competing for the big prize are the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Community Action Organization of Erie County, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation and the Westminster Economic Development Initiative.
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