1. A previous generation of outer space enthusiasts had Carl Sagan. Today we have the man who's appearing tonight in the University at Buffalo's Distinguished Speaker Series -- astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City since 1996 and host of PBS' "NOVA scienceNOW," he's a public school kid from the Bronx who went on to earn a degree in physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Columbia University. He's also a best-selling author, with his latest being "Death by Black Hole -- and Other Cosmic Quandaries." He speaks at 8 p.m. in Alumni Arena on the Amherst Campus.
2. Professional geologist Martin Derby does more than talk the talk about saving energy. He walks the walk. He's increased the energy efficiency of his home in the Town of Boston, he's installed solar panels and he's studying what it will take to put in a geothermal heating system. The Hamburg Natural History Society has invited him to talk about his experiences at 7 p.m. in the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, in a program called "How Geoscientists Can Save the World -- One House at a Time." Admission is $3 for nonmembers. No preregistration is needed.
3. Here's a trivia question. Who won the third annual Buffalo's Smartest Company trivia contest last year?
If you said it was the team from the law firm of Cohen & Lombardo, you're right. They beat contenders from 39 other companies. Tonight they come back to defend their title at 6 p.m. in the fourth annual edition in Classics V Banquet Hall, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.
Proceeds benefit Cradle Beach, one of the largest and oldest summer camp programs in the nation that integrates children with and without disabilities.
4. Touching the community is the idea behind two new initiatives Houghton College plans to announce today at a news conference in the sanctuary at Jericho Road Ministries on Buffalo's West Side. One is called WesleyCorps, created in collaboration with WNY AmeriCorps, which will set up a group of Houghton graduates to spend a year doing education and anti-poverty work in Buffalo and Allegany County. The other is City Semester, which Houghton says would "afford students the opportunity to experience urban life as a form of learning." That would start in 2011. The Wendt Foundation is helping out with both programs.
5. Dress for success, bring lots of resumes and get to work at the Western New York Diversity Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Organizers say dozens of local companies will be on hand, ready to hire. The list includes Bank of America, Travelers, Geico, Moog, Multisorb Technologies, Time Warner Cable, Independent Health and Seneca Gaming Corp.
6. They call it Americans Feeding Americans. It's a stop by Feed the Children -- one of only 30 stops across the nation -- to distribute three tractor-trailer loads of prepackaged food and toiletries to 1,200 families in one of the poorest parts of Buffalo. Held in conjunction with the Buffalo Dream Center, the Belle Center and Buffalo AmeriCorps, it takes place between 2 and 5 p.m. on Busti Street between Maryland and Hudson streets. Hundreds of volunteers will help distribute the items. More volunteers will fan out through the neighborhood to clean up trash and debris.
7. The Sabres play their next-to-last home game of the season in HSBC Arena tonight against Florida. The puck drops at 7 (MSG, 550 AM).
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Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber headlines a high-powered trio of performers set to sing on tonight's "American Idol" results show (9-10 p.m., WUTV, Ch. 29). Bieber didn't take the "Idol" route to fame; he made his name on YouTube. Bieber released the video to his new single, "Never Let You Go" on Monday. Also performing tonight are Bieber's mentor, Usher, who will perform "OMG," and rapper P. Diddy, who will do "Hello, Good Morning." One of the remaining 10 singers will be sent home. Join Anne Neville on the PopStand blog during the show to discuss the night's events as they happen.