1. An estimated 150,000 items -- books, CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles and, for the first time in several years, vinyl records -- will be for sale in the 58th annual American Association of University Women Book Sale, which opens today in the Office Depot Plaza, 2309 Eggert Road at Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 until 1 p.m. today and $5 afterward. Admission fee is $1 Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free Sunday. Proceeds are used to provide scholarships for high school and college students, interest-free college loans and grants for community projects.
2. They call it "The World's Smartest Toy for Kids." You can check it out yourself from 2 to 4 p.m. when Michael McGinnis, the inventor of the top-selling 3-D marble maze game Perplexus, visits the Treehouse Toy Store, 793 Elmwood Ave. Perplexus (formerly known as Superplexus) is a 3-D ball-in-a-maze puzzle or labyrinth game enclosed in a transparent plastic sphere. Playing it involves twisting and turning the sphere to maneuver a small steel ball through an intricate maze composed of 100 steps along narrow plastic tracks. It gets more complicated, so you might want to check it out in person.
3. Playwright William Mastrosimone wrote his provocative one-act "Bang Bang You're Dead" after a series of horrific shooting massacres by high school students in the late 1990s. Downloadable for free and designed to be played by high school students on a simple stage, it finds a home in the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., in a Subversive Theatre Collective production starring students from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. It opens tonight at 8 and continues through June 9. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. For information, call 408-0499.
4. Ordinarily, if you want to catch Heybale, which some people think is the world's greatest country band, you'd have to go to places like the Continental Club and the Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas, its hometown. But every once in a while, the band leaves the Lone Star State, primarily to play for the owner of the Hill Country Barbecue restaurant in New York City. And when it does, Kenneth Biringer, who books the acts for the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., snags them for a date in Buffalo. Heybale appears at 7:30 p.m. in the Sportsmen's Tavern. Tickets are $25.
5. Seven male teachers at Casey Middle School will be sporting a whole new look this morning -- Mohawk haircuts. They're calling it "Mohawks for Mitchell," in honor of fifth-grader Mitchell Simon, who recently had a liver transplant. The school met its goal of raising $1,000 last week and will be celebrating with the tonsorial extravaganza at 9 a.m. at the school, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.
6. BlueCross BlueShield employees recently finished a "Lose to Win" competition in which more than 700 employees on 60 teams competed in losing weight. The result was a collective 3,308 pounds shed. And the payoff will come today when employees of the health insurer present a check for $3,308 and 1,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Western New York. The presentation will be at 10:30 a.m. at BlueCross headquarters, 257 W. Genesee St.
7. Prominent educator Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and recently ranked by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, is keynote speaker for a program titled "Innovation in Education: The Cornerstone of Tomorrow's Leaders" at 8:30 a.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Hrabowski, who was on the list of choices to become President Obama's secretary of education, will talk about the importance of science and math in achieving a successful future. The program is sponsored by the law firm Phillips Lytle LLP.