1. The sixth annual Buffalo's Smartest Company Trivia Competition tests the arcane knowledge of dozens of five-member teams drawn from offices all over the Buffalo area starting at 6 p.m. in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. The teams, which collect pledges prior to the competition, will compete in a multiple-choice electronic-based trivia game. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. Proceeds benefit Cradle Beach. Defending its 2011 title will be the team from The Buffalo News.
2. In 2010, the Parkside Community Association was awarded $200,000 from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal to rehab its offices at 2318 Main St., as well as two affordable apartments upstairs. Now the work is done. The association will show off the offices and one of the apartments at a ribbon-cutting and open house at 2 p.m. The public is welcome.
3. Yoga instructor Matthew Sanford was paralyzed at age 13 in an auto accident that killed his father and sister. Since then, he has found new ways to connect his mind and body through yoga. He will relate his experiences in a talk, "A Mind Body Approach to Healing and Recovery," at 10 a.m. in Diefendorf Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus. A reception will immediately follow. Both events are free and open to the public. While here, Sanford also will work with UB students and local yoga instructors. For more about him, visit www.matthewsanford.com.
4. New recycling totes start rolling out to homes in Amherst today as a five-week distribution effort begins. Those who requested the 95-gallon totes, which haven't arrived, will get 65-gallon models temporarily. Residents also can use their old blue recycling bins for the next two months. Niagara Falls, meanwhile, holds the first of its twice-monthly electronics recycling collections from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city Public Works Department, 1785 New Road. The program, which will run every second and fourth Thursday, is free, and no appointment is needed. Computers, monitors, TV sets, printers, scanners, VCR/DVD players, stereos, fax machines and photocopiers will be accepted.
5. Get ready for a traffic jam from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today if you're driving toward Buffalo from Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga. On that first stretch of Route 33, the Kensington Expressway, highway maintainance will reduce westbound traffic to one lane between Dick Road and the Thruway interchange. Cars entering the highway from the airport exit road, Dick Road and Union Road will be affected.
6. Poet Gail Fischer, who studied with influential University at Buffalo poets Mac Hammond, John Logan and Irving Feldman in the 1970s, reads and signs copies of her newly published book, ""Red Ball Jets," at 7 p.m. in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Elsewhere, James Boles, president and CEO of People Inc., will talk and sign copies of his book, "When There Were Poorhouses -- Early Care in Rural New York," at 2 p.m. in the History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport.
7. Western New York's Jewish community celebrates the 64th anniversary of Israel's independence today with a rally in front of Buffalo City Hall and a party in Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst. Mayor Byron W. Brown, Deputy Erie County Executive Richard Tobe and Jewish leaders will join in the rally at noon in Niagara Square. The Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence Day) Party will be at 6:30 p.m., featuring live music by the Mickey Lewin Band from Toronto, a kosher dinner buffet and an open bar with Israeli wines and beers. Tickets are $60.
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