1. The Buffalo Museum of Science is offering free admission and special programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. There's a Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring chair massages, dental screenings by the University at Buffalo Smile Team, ambulance tours and an Upstate New York Transplant Services blood drive. There's a community forum on public service at 11 a.m. And the museum shows its current 3D films, "Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia" and "BUGS! 3D," at alternating hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the films is $3 for one movie and $5 for both.
2. A number of local groups are using MLK Day for public service. WNY AmeriCorps, Hands On Greater Buffalo, the Buffalo Sabres Green Team and National Fuel will install weatherization kits in homes around MLK Park and in the Old First Ward. Buffalo State College volunteers and community youth will create ceramic pieces for a mural in the lobby of the Asarese-Matters Recreation Center on Grant Street. And more than 40 Hiltert College faculty, staff and students will help this morning at the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Buffalo and at the Vive La Casa refugee shelter, where Buffalo AmeriCorps volunteers also will be helping.
3. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will celebrate a Mass marking the Martin Luther King holiday at 10:30 a.m. in SS. Columba & Brigid Church, Eagle and Hickory streets. The Rev. Lawrence Lucas, from Harlem, will be guest homilist. Lucas wrote "Black Priest/White Church: Catholics and Racism."
4. It's the final day for public comment on two community matters. One is the Empire State Development Corp. Draft Generic Impact Statement and General Project Plan for the Richardson Olmsted Complex. To have your say, e-mail email@example.com. It's also the last day the state Banking Department will take comments on M&T Bank's plan to close its branch at 2731 South Park Ave. on March 11. Operations would be moved to the Dorrance Avenue branch.
5. Former Batavia resident and Mideast correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest-held American hostage, marks the 20th anniversary of his release from captivity in Lebanon in a special that airs at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. Anderson, who teaches journalism at the University of Kentucky, goes into details never previously revealed in the special, which also includes interviews with his grown daughter and former wife, who speak for first time.
6. The critics try to dismiss "Harry's Law," the new series debuting today (Ch. 2, 10 p.m.) as "legal folderol, David E. Kelley style." But then they reconsider. That's because of its star -- the formidable Kathy Bates as a lawyer on the comeback after being fired from her firm.
7. Exemplifying the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideal of service every day of the year is Katherine Mang-Haag, who has worked for many years as a leader in programs helping women in the world's poorest nations. She speaks at 7 p.m. to the Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Ave., on "Empowerment Through Micro-Loans for the Women of Haiti and Tanzania." The program is sponsored by the Latin American Solidarity Committee.
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