1. The Bisons are pulling out all the stops this evening at Coca-Cola Field to assist Buffalo Police Officer Gary Sengbusch, who's still recovering from injuries he suffered when his vehicle was hit by a drunken driver Feb. 25. Proceeds from ticket sales and a number of raffles at the Team Gary Bisons Benefit Bash will help with his rehab. The bash begins at 5 with an open pavilion party behind center field, featuring food and drink specials. Strictly Hip, the Tragically Hip tribute band, will play a concert before the game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs starts at 7:05. And after the game is over -- fireworks!
2. Freshen up your Facebook and Twitter skills. It's International Social Media Day. To celebrate, Social Media Club Buffalo is hosting a gathering, one of 2,000 around the planet, at 6 p.m. in the Eights Bistro, 888 Main St. On the program are entertainment by DJ Lo Pro, a Twitter wall with real-time Twitter updates, drink and food specials, and door prizes for those who R.S.V.P. to the Mashable meetup page at www.meetup.com/Mashable/Buffalo-NY/102912. For info, visit the Social Media Club Buffalo site on Facebook or www.socialmediaclub.org/chapter/Buffalo.
3. It's clear that Erie County legislators won't be able to override County Executive Chris Collins' veto of their redistricting plan when they meet at 2 p.m., but that's not the only issue on their plate today. They could approve spending $1 million in federal stimulus money already green-lighted by the Economic Development Committee to start fixing one of the county's worst highways -- Eden Center-Evans Road. And they could give their blessing to Erie County Medical Center's plan to borrow $98 million through the county's Fiscal Stability Authority for new construction on its Grider Street site, a plan that would save millions in repayment costs.
4. "Atmosphere," the gala this evening at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will celebrate the arrival of not just one new exhibit, but two. The most visible one is artist Nancy Rubins' monumental assemblage of canoes on the museum's front lawn. Inside, there's "Videosphere: A New Generation," made up of numerous film, audio and computer installations, several of them interactive. Those who acquired their $150 tickets before last week's deadline also will enjoy two hours of open bar, champagne and light hors d'oeuvres, and -- weather permitting -- hot-air balloon rides.
5. Tonight is the night that Thursday at the Square, the free weekly Buffalo Place concert series, moves from Lafayette Square in the heart of downtown Buffalo to the Central Wharf at Erie Canal Harbor for the rest of the summer. A favorite of Square-goers, the Canadian rock band Lowest of the Low, will inaugurate the new location. Starting things off at 5 are the Canadian indie rock band Hey Rosetta! and the Do Good Assassins, a band that happens to be led by Lowest of the Low front man Ron Hawkins.
6. Our Canadian neighbors -- who celebrate Canada Day on Friday -- get a head start on the holiday weekend by giving the 25th annual Friendship Festival a soft opening from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Mather Arch just over the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. The midway will be running, with food and vendors. The licensed patio will be serving. And there will be a six-hour battle of the bands. It gets up to full speed Friday, opening at 11 a.m. and closing after dark with fireworks and a concert by the rock band Big Sugar.
7. Blues, rock and reggae will take center stage at Olmsted Parks' free concert series, Summer Breeze by the Lake, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park. Local band 4IN TUNE promises a show filled with selections for all ages. The concert is a lead-in to the Shakespeare in Delaware Park performance of "The Merchant of Venice," which starts at 7:30 on an adjoining stage.
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