1. The big news about Artpark over the winter was that it plans to charge patrons for its popular Tuesday in the Park concerts. Charging for the concerts -- which will range from $5 to $25 -- is seen as a way to control crowds. Today we'll find out exactly what Artpark is planning for the summer when it announces its 2012 season at a 10:30 a.m. news conference at the Barton Hill Hotel in Lewiston.
2. Canalside had something of a three-month coming-out party last summer, as the "lighter, quicker, cheaper" approach to waterfront development met with positive reviews. Now the weather is turning nice again, and people could well be wondering what's next. There's a chance to say what you think this evening at "Greening Canalside: A Public Brainstorming Session," which will be held from 5:30 to 7 in front of the museum at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park. Featured speakers will include Sam Hoyt, senior vice president for regional economic development with Empire State Development; Justin Booth, executive director of GO Bike Buffalo; Creighton Randall, executive director of Buffalo Car Share; architect Kevin Connors; and Lynda Schneekloth, chairwoman of the Sierra Club Niagara Group.
3. Today is the day boaters in the Southtowns have been waiting for. Sturgeon Point Marina, 618 Sturgeon Point Road, Evans, will be opening for the season. Cost is $7 to launch or $125 for a season pass, $95 for senior citizens. The marina has 24-hour security and launching, overnight dockage, gasoline from dawn to dusk, bait and ice, restroom facilities and a hot dog stand.
4. If it seems like you've been hearing about how the Common Council is going to fill the vacant South District seat for weeks, it might be because it has been going on since Michael P. Kearns won a March 20 special election for the Assembly. The Council will try again to make progress on the vacancy when it conducts a second set of public interviews at 10:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The five candidates to be interviewed are Frank Badaszewski, James J. Creahan, Kevin M. Lafferty, Christopher P. Scanlon and Thomas J. Sullivan.
5. Tops Markets and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Buffalo will present a $17,500 gift in support of the Roswell Park Nutrition Program at 10 a.m. in the main lobby at the hospital, Elm and Carlton streets. The money will go toward Roswell Park's newly expanded patient nutrition program. The funds were raised through the sale of 2-liter bottles of Coca-Cola products in Western New York over the winter.
6. Grand Island today will cut the ribbon on Fisherman's Landing, a new public access point on the site of a former abandoned wastewater treatment facility. The beautification project was funded by the town, Niagara River Greenway and New York State. The ceremony will take place at noon Tuesday at the park, 1501 East River Road, near the South Grand Island Bridge.
7. Tonight marks a major milestone in the history of Buffalo's Trocaire College. The South Buffalo institution, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, will award its first baccalaureate degrees and graduate the first students in its dietetic technology program. Commencement ceremonies for 283 graduates receiving certificate, associate and bachelor's degrees will be held at 7 in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. Dr. Paul B. Hurley Jr., retiring president of the college, will be the speaker.
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