1. Several hundred people are expected to raise a toast to rye and hops at the 10th annual Buffalo Brew Fest, which is scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the HSBC Arena atrium and plaza. The event, which raises money for the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, will feature more than 100 varieties of beer from around the world. Brewers will be set up across two floors of the arena. Food will be available from a menu specially prepared by Delaware North Cos. and featuring beer-inspired items. Tickets at the door will be $35. The admission price includes a souvenir sampling glass and 20 tickets to taste and enjoy the craft brews featured. Those who attend must be at least 21 years old.
2. Made in America Store owner Mark Andol will appear on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on the Fox Business Channel. The satellite interview is scheduled for about 7:30 and will focus on the store's successful business model. Andol says it is thriving during difficult economic times. The Made in America Store, at 900 Maple St., Elma, opened 15 months ago, selling only 100 percent American-made products. It also has an online store at www.SaveOurCountryFirst.com.
3. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful, will appear at the Tea Party Coalition's rally from 4 to 7 p.m. in East Aurora. Paul has been described as the "intellectual godfather of the tea party philosophy." Paul, who is well known for his libertarian ideas, campaigned for the presidency twice previously, first in 1988 as the nominee of the Libertarian Party and again in 2008 as a candidate for the GOP nomination.
4. Green Party leaders, state party delegates and candidates for elected office will be in Alfred today for the party's 2011 annual national meeting. New York was picked for the three-day gathering, in part, to recognize the Green Party's achievement of major party status in the state, following Howie Hawkins' gubernatorial run last November. The meeting will take place at Green Fest, where participants will begin planning for the 2012 elections, including the presidential race. A featured speaker will be Elizabeth May, Canada's first Green Party member of Parliament, who will address the gathering via Skype.
5. A two-day conference of upstate New York leaders resumes today in downtown Buffalo. "Accelerate Upstate" focuses on setting priorities for projects in the 40,000 square miles that comprise upstate and how those communities, including the ones in Western New York, can achieve economic growth. "For too long, upstate New York has been at the mercy of Albany politics dominated by downstate interests," Erie County Executive Chris Collins said. The conference, organized by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, aims to have an action plan ready within six weeks.
6. The B-52s can be expected to turn the Ulrich City Centre in Lockport into a love shack, baby. The band will bring its brand of 1980s New Wave and post-punk rock to the Molson Canal Concert Series. The B-52s were the biggest band to come out of Athens, Ga., before R.E.M. They were New Wave darlings in the early '80s before reinventing themselves as pop hitmakers almost a decade later. Their 1989 hit "Love Shack" has become a wedding reception staple. The music stars at 7 p.m. with three bands, More Than Me, Jamie Moses and Evil Things. The B-52s hit the stage at about 8:45.
7. Town of Boston residents will celebrate the grand opening of a new town recreation center with a party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road. The "Kids' Day" themed event will feature a bounce house, face-painting and various games. Participants will also be treated to a meal of hot dogs, pizza, chips and snow cones.
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