1. The world is in Buffalo this week, at least that part of it that cares about the World Junior Hockey Championship. Germany takes on Slovakia in the 7 p.m. game on the HSBC Arena ice -- with tickets discounted to $12.50 and $20, thanks to the Tim Hortons Youth Days program (use coupon code TIM to get the discount) -- while just up the road, Norway will face off against the Czech Republic in Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University. Meanwhile, the Peace Bridge will shine red and white tonight in honor of the Canadian team.
2. Speaking of hockey The Buffalo Sabres limp into their first western road swing this year with game at 9 p.m. in Alberta against the similarly struggling Calgary Flames. The Sabres, who will play the rest of the season without injured scoring leader Derek Roy, are mired in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings. It's televised on the MSG Channel.
3. Justice Eugene Fahey will be sworn in at 12:30 p.m. for a 14-year term on the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court. Fahey, who served on the Buffalo Common Council from 1978 to 1984 and again from 1988 to 1995, was appointed to his current post in 2006. The ceremony will be held in the ceremonial courtroom, second floor, Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St.
4. Looking for something for the kids to do on this week off from school? A weeklong winter program of Buffalo Zoo workshops for children ages 5 to 12, featuring animal visits, craftmaking and outdoor play, will be held from today through Friday. Winter Nature Camp, an annual zoo tradition, is $25 per child for a half day or $45 for morning and afternoon sessions. Discounts for members are offered. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. For information, visit www.buffalozoo.org or call 995-6128.
5. The Wizards of Winter describe their 14-member ensemble as "an eclectic group of musicians from the Metro N.Y., N.J., Pa. region with strong classical and progressive rock influences woven throughout their musical careers." Fittingly, they apply all these talents to a show that includes much of Trans Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and classical catalog, with plenty of stage theatrics. Come and see -- and hear -- for yourself in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8. Tickets are $15.
6. Expect to see football fans bundled up and shivering when the New Orleans Saints visit the Atlanta Falcons for tonight's Monday Night Football match. They had snow Sunday in Atlanta -- not enough to postpone the game, though -- and temperatures tonight may be down around the freezing mark. Coverage on ESPN starts at 8:30 p.m. Prior to that, at 5 on ESPN, two of the nation's top running teams -- Georgia Tech and Air Force -- meet in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.
7. Evans Bancorp is hitting the Big Board, starting today. The Hamburg-based parent of Evans Bank is moving its stock from the Nasdaq Global Market to the New York Stock Exchange Amex LLC. Company officials say the move will help attract more attention from investors and make it easier to buy and sell its shares. It will still be traded under its old ticker symbol -- EVBN.
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