1. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will mark Father Nelson Baker's new status as a "venerable" with two ceremonies this weekend in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. The first comes at 7 this evening, when Bishop Edward U. Kmiec and Monsignor Paul J.E. Burkard, vice postulator of Father Baker's cause for canonization, preside at a solemn vespers prayer service. The major event, the Mass of Thanksgiving at noon Saturday, will be attended by Bishop of Syracuse Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Erie Donald W. Trautman, Bishop John O'Mara of the Diocese of St. Catharines, and priests and deacons from throughout the Buffalo Diocese.
2. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site takes the wraps off the final phase of its new visitor experience with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilcox Mansion, 641 Delaware Ave. The newest additions include an interactive computer kiosk that looks like an old roll-top desk; a family-friendly area with period books, toys and games; and an interactive globe that uses early cartoons to show the extent of TR's worldwide impact.
3. The NHL never played it like this. Two teams will face off at 9 p.m. on the Time Warner Cable Classic Rink in East Aurora, the rink used in the first Ice Bowl in Ralph Wilson Stadium, and keep skating for 25 hours. A total of 40 players will be divided into Team Great Skate and Team Reebok and rotate their time on the ice. Sabres alumni will serve as referees. Organizers of the Hockey-thon, the Aurora Ice Association, hope to raise enough money for a permanent concrete pad for the rink.
4. Sisters Hospital-St. Joseph Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, is hosting a St. Joseph's Table today in the community room for associates and visitors. The meal will begin with a blessing of the bread and the food by the Rev. Lou Klein at 12:30 p.m. Catered by the Golden Parachute Restaurant of Williamsville, it continues through 5:30.
5. Rapper Lil Wayne emerged from his year in prison on a weapons charge by showing his collection of tattoos on the cover of Rolling Stone, putting the finishing touches on a new CD, "Tha Carter IV," due for release this spring. Now he's hitting the road on what he's calling the "I Am Music II" tour, which starts right here at 7 p.m. in HSBC Arena. Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Travis Barker and Mixmaster Mike are sharing the bill. Tickets are $39.75 to $79.75.
6. Forty women and 10 McKinley High School students will be honored for their achievements and service at a National Women's History Month celebration at 7 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The event, titled "Women: Together We Are Strong," is sponsored by the Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry.
7. Movies opening on local screens today include the comedy "Paul," a spoof of extraterrestrial tales featuring a foul-mouthed alien who smokes marijuana and attaches himself to a pair of hapless sci-fi fans. Making guest appearances are an honor roll of oddball comics, from Bill Maher to Jeffrey Tambor to Kristen Wiig from "Saturday Night Live."
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