1. Members of Preservation Buffalo Niagara and their guests will kick off Historic Preservation Month inside one of the city's rarely seen industrial wonders -- the Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station at the foot of Porter Avenue, with its five 60-foot-high, triple expansion steam engines. The event from 5 to 7 p.m. is not open to the public, but you can purchase an individual membership for $40 at the door. Architectural historian Martin Wachadlo will give a brief history of the building. Construction began 100 years ago, and it took four years to complete.
2. Everett Fly, renowned landscape architect and an expert on African-American heritage research, will be among the design and planning experts who will lead an intensive workshop and brainstorming session when the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission meets from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Frederick Douglass Center, 234 Jefferson Ave. All with a vision for the street, especially those knowledgeable about Buffalo's African-American history, are welcome. For info, call Chairwoman Karen Stanley Fleming at 885-7738.
3. Catholic Health will introduce a new obstetrical care program with a news conference at noon in the lobby of the Emergency Center at Mercy Hospital. Mercy and Sisters Hospital are becoming demonstration sites for a special program called MORE OB (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently), which stresses patient safety and better practices by obstetrical department caregivers and administrators.
4. Children's author, illustrator, filmmaker and environmental lecturer Lynne Cherry begins a four-day visit to Amherst's Windermere Boulevard and Smallwood Drive elementary schools this week. As part of her program, she'll be screening her short films "Young Voices for the Planet," which depict kids fighting climate change. She'll give a free family presentation at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Smallwood Drive School, 300 Smallwood Drive off Main Street, Snyder.
5. Several high-profile projects come before the Buffalo Planning Board when it meets at 8:15 a.m. in Room 901 of City Hall -- Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.'s walks, bicycle trails, parking and landscaping near the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Fuhrmann Boulevard; a review of Benderson Development's work so far in renovating the former Donovan State Office Building; and a review of the 49-unit second phase of the St. John's Fruitbelt Townhomes. The one that may attract the most attention, however, is a smaller plan for the north end of the Elmwood Village -- a proposal to put a 750-square-foot commercial front on an apartment house at 1049 Elmwood Ave., just south of Bird Avenue, to accommodate a new branch of Louie's Texas Hots.
6. San Francisco-based Beats Antique started out as proteges of record honcho Myles Copeland, who masterminded his brother Stewart's band, the Police, some 30 years ago. He took one of the leading lights of his Bellydance Superstars troupe, Zoe Jakes, and produced an album in 2007 with her and a pair of Afrobeat percussionists and multi-instrumentalists, Tommy Cappel and David Satori, her boyfriend. Just as Jakes mixes funk, Latin and Indian styles with her bellydancing, along with a variety of costumes and masks, Cappel and Satori dip into everything from old-school jazz to electronica. Their first Buffalo appearance comes at 8 p.m. in the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Tickets are $20.
7. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities host their 10th annual Food and Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. in their convent, St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Some come for the tastings, the hors d'oeuvres matched with wines from Georgetown Square Wine and Liquor. But more come for the famous "Nun Sweeter" bake sale, featuring pastries baked by the nuns themselves. There also will be auctions, raffles and music by Thom Diina and Ray Chamberlain. Tickets are $45. For info and reservations, call 632-2155.