1. The attire will more likely be blue and gold than funereal black when the Buffalo Sabres and their fans say a public goodbye to all-time great Rick Martin. The celebration of the life of the prolific goal scorer, who died March 13, begins at 11 a.m. in HSBC Arena, with gates opening at 10. Seating will be general admission on the press box side of the building, and a stage will be positioned in front of the player benches. There will be free parking in the Sabres' surface lots on Perry Street. It also will be streamed live on Sabres.com. We're sure there won't be a dry eye in the house.
2. Spring and summer gardening ideas will be blooming at "Plantasia 2011," billed as the region's premier garden and landscape show, which kicks off today at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The four-day event in Expo Hall is sponsored by the Western New York State Nursery and Landscapers Association. "Sets the Mood" is the theme of this year's show, which features theme gardens covering 15,000 square feet that include blooming trees, shrubs, flowering plants, water gardens, patios and more. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; and free for children 12 years old and under. Parking at the Fairgrounds will be free.
3. Buffalo News Editorial Cartoonist Adam Zyglis will present and talk about some of his more interesting and controversial political cartoons at 7 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College. A 2004 graduate of Canisius College, Zyglis got his first cartooning job at the college paper, the Griffin. Currently, his cartoons are internationally syndicated and have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today.
4. Tap dancer, choreographer and actor Savion Glover will bring his unique, percussive style of dance to the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo's North Campus for a 7:30 p.m. performance. "Solo in Time" is a continuation of the HooFeRzCLuB tradition of interpreting music through tap dancing's percussiveness -- using tap as sound, and sound as dance, Glover explains. He also will explore the rhythms of flamenco with a live band and fellow "hoofer" Marshall Davis Jr. Tickets are $47.50 for seats on the main floor and $37.50 for the balcony. Admission for students is $31.50 for the main floor and $26.50 for the balcony.
5. William Daroff, vice president for public policy and director of the Washington Advocacy Office of the Jewish Federation of North America, will launch the 11th season of the Jewish Federation's Dosberg Notable Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. in Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst. He will speak about the Jewish community and the U.S. Congress. In November 2008, Daroff was named among the 50 most-influential Jews in America by the Forward newspaper.
6. The annual Books for Kids campaign, which collects books from generous members of the community and gets them in the hands of needy young readers, is kicking off this morning with an event in the Central Library on Lafayette Square. This year's drive will run from April 1 to April 30. It is sponsored by Project FLIGHT, Wegmans, WGRZ-TV Channel 2, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, the High School Coalition and The Buffalo News. This year's goal is to collect 100,000 books.
7. Unity Fellowship Church and Buffalo Community of the Holy Spirit will sponsor a memorial service for slain Ugandan teacher and gay civil rights activist David Kato, who was murdered Jan. 26. The memorial, titled "I am a Samaritan: A Call for Justice," will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Fellowship Christian Center, 1420 Main St. Co-sponsors of the memorial include Outspoken for Equality and the Western New York Chapter of Stonewall Democrats. Prior to his death, a Ugandan magazine had published Kato's name and photograph, identifying him as gay, and called for his execution.
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