1. England's Bedlington Terriers of the Northern Football League, who have been visiting all week, get down to business today. They take on FC Buffalo in Robert E. Rich All High Stadium in the inaugural contest for the Lord Bedlington Cup. Lord Bedlington, by the way, is local industrialist Robert E. Rich Jr., who has become a Terriers sponsor. British Deputy Consul General Dominic Meiklejohn will be among the spectators when play starts at 6:30 p.m. The BBC is sending a film crew to cover. Time Warner Cable is going to tape the game for later broadcast.
2. The Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of a 19th century topsail schooner, will cast thoughts back to the days of the Erie Canal when it glides up to the Central Wharf in Erie Canal Harbor at about 2 p.m. today. The 157-foot schooner will remain in the harbor through the Fourth of July.
3. Umphrey's McGee, the Chicago-based progressive rock jam band, aims for a transcendent musical experience, but more in the vein of King Crimson than the Grateful Dead. They kick off the Coors Light Wednesdays Series at Artpark in Lewiston and, like Peter Frampton Tuesday night, they're going on without an opener. The first of their two sets begins right around 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $10 in Artpark's lower lot, $8 in the upper lot.
4. Jennifer Buffett, the philanthropic daughter-in-law of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, visits Buffalo for the first time, appearing at 6 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall. She will be discussing her charity work as the keynote speaker for the Western New York Women's Fund's annual "What She's Made Of" celebration. Her message? "Philanthropy has nothing to do with money. The root of the word is love of human beings," she says. "It's really important, to give of our lives."
5. The grand tour comes to an end today for the Jafarjians, the Williamsville family that decided last summer to visit all 37 branch locations in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system within a year. The took pictures and wrote blog entries about each one at operationreadingroadtrip.blogspot.com. They managed to save the best for last -- the Central Library in Lafayette Square. They arrive there at 11:30 a.m.
6. Starry Night in the Garden this evening at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park will feature actual stars of a decade or so ago. Providing the music are grown-up former teen band Hansen, of "MMMBop" fame, and singer and songwriter Michelle Branch, best known for her 2001 hit single "Everywhere." Tickets are $40. The evening also includes beer, wine and treats from local restaurants. VIP tickets are $100.
7. Believe it or not, there hasn't been a USA Track & Field-sanctioned event at the Central Wharf in Erie Canal Harbor. Until this evening, that is. Becoming the first is the Buffalo Broadcasters 5K Celebrity Run, which is likely to have a few broadcasting legends in the field when it starts at 7. Registration is $25. Proceeds help Homeless Veterans of Western New York and the broadcasters' project to digitize and archive the film and video from Buffalo's television news departments. For info, call race director Ron Rice at 689-2107.
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