1. Members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation hold a news conference this evening in Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls to announce details of their 2011 Weekend of Events, which will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services for disabled military men and women. Joining them will be a teammate who plans to go the extra mile -- vertically -- to help severely injured service members. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure has announced that he will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa next month to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
2. One more accomplishment is being added today to the resume of George K. Arthur. A one-man show featuring the photography of the former Buffalo Common Council president opens with a reception at 7 p.m. in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera Gallery, 91 Allen St. "Streetscapes" features 22 color images of graffiti and other spontaneous outdoor art, some of it in memory of people who died. It's on display through Feb. 25.
3. One of Buffalo's last carriage trade retailers closes its doors for the final time this afternoon. Pitt Petri, which has offered upscale crystal, china, gifts and stationery from its location at 378 Delaware Ave. for 87 years, joins the list of other exclusive boutiques -- Peck & Peck, Joseph's, Tegler's, the Jenny Shop and Par Avion -- that have disappeared from the once-prominent retail district.
4. Looking for signs that we're emerging from the depths of winter? Look no farther than Niagara Falls, Ont. The annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights, which has been extended an extra three weeks this year, comes to a conclusion this weekend. Weather permitting, tonight will feature the last of the festival's Fireworks Over the Falls shows. They start at 9.
5. Country singer Carlene Carter has a legendary pedigree -- her grandmother was Maybelle Carter of the fabled Carter Family, and her mom was June Carter. She also has a troubled past that rivals that of her stepfather, Johnny Cash. Having survived divorces, arrests and a serious drug habit, she is enjoying a new lease on life since the release of a comeback album, "Stronger," in 2008. Expect her to have a few stories to tell when she comes to Kleinhans Music Hall for a show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
6. Some say one of the biggest snubs in this week's Academy Award nominations was the absence of Ryan Gosling from the best actor list for his role in "Blue Valentine," the highly acclaimed film about a troubled marriage that opens in local theaters here today. No such problem for co-star Michelle Williams. She is among the finalists for best actress.
7. Big Four men's basketball brings back a flash from its Little Three past tonight as two of those three -- Canisius and Niagara -- meet for the first time this season (7, ESPNU, 550 AM) in the Koessler Athletic Center, the Golden Griffins' home court. The Griffs are 9-10 so far, while the Purple Eagles have a 4-17 record.
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