1. The economy is always a good topic, but organizers of the Chautauqua Institution Week Seven lecture series on "The U.S. Economy: Beyond a Quick Fix" had no idea how good a topic it would become. First speaker at 10:45 a.m. today in the amphitheater is John A. Koskinen, non-executive chairman of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., or Freddie Mac.
2. The impact of nuclear power is the focus of a program at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society museum at 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue. Diane D'Arrigo of Nuclear Information and Resource Services will talk about West Valley. Dennis Banks of the American Indian Movement will speak on the genocide of indigenous people, with comments from Masaou Yamamoto of the Japanese Mother Earth Environmental Tour. And at dusk there will be a lantern procession to Lake Muir with drumming and prayers for those who lost their lives due to nuclear war and nuclear development.
3. Chick Corea should called his current tour a Return to Return to Forever. The lineup includes two members from the original group in the 1970s -- bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White -- plus jazz fusion violin whiz Jean-Luc Ponty and guitarist Frank Gambale. That alone would be worth the price of a ticket ($22 to $67) to the show at 7:30 p.m. in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre, but there's more. Opening is Zappa Plays Zappa, with Dweezil Zappa, a fine guitarist himself, playing the music of his father, Frank Zappa.
4. Door-to-door solicitors in the Town of Tonawanda would have to register with the police under a new regulation being considered by the Town Board. It comes up for a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. during the board's meeting in the Municipal Building in Kenmore. Prompted by complaints about a door-to-door canvasser for a nonprofit advocacy group, the measure won't be as restrictive as the law governing peddlers, who must be licensed and pay a $50 fee.
5. You can't get there from here starting today on a couple area highways, at least not in the usual fashion. Route 238 will be closed in Attica for the rest of the month for replacement of a culvert, which means that motorists will be diverted to Routes 78 and 20A. Meanwhile, the ongoing work on the ramps from the westbound Scajaquada Expressway onto the Niagara Thruway means the ramps will be shut down again from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., with the Scajaquada barricaded at Grant Street.
6. There's nothing that takes you on a trip down memory lane than the sight of a vintage automobile. Tonight there are two chances to take that trip. At 6 p.m., Cruise Night at Ida Fritz Park in Lockport features classic British cars. At 6:30 p.m., the Western New York Railway Historical Society is hosting a cruise night for members of the Lake Erie Region of the Antique Auto Clubs of America at the society's Williamsville Lehigh Valley Depot, 86 S. Long St.
7. The Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library Branch at 1324 Jefferson Ave., closed since an SUV rammed into one of its walls on July 10, will reopen at noon today. Refreshments will be provided. The crash disabled the building's ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and library officials decided that it would be just too hot to stay open until they were fixed. Normal hours at the branch are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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