1. Wilson Field Days kicks off with a Family and Kids Night from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company grounds on Young Street in the lakeside village in Niagara County. The evening features a $13 ticket for unlimited carnival rides, a live animal demonstration by Mark Carra of FasciNature, music by the L.T.O. Band with guest singer Olivia Good, and a basket auction. No beer tent or Monte Carlo games tonight, though. Look for those Friday and Saturday.
2. An iftar dinner, marking the breaking of the daily fast for the month of Ramadan, will be held for the first time in Buffalo City Hall this evening. The Turkish Cultural Center and Mayor Byron W. Brown will host the 7 p.m. event, which will be attended by leaders of different local ethnic and faith communities. It will include a performance by whirling dervishes before the meal begins shortly after 8. Ramadan continues through Monday.
3. Some say this will be the season that the Bills finally win one of the games they play in the Rogers Centre in Toronto, primarily because they'll be facing their least challenging opponent -- the Washington Redskins, who are in a rebuilding mode. Tickets for the Oct. 30 game go on sale at 10 a.m. today via Ticketmaster, the Rogers Centre box office and the Bills in Toronto website, www.billsintoronto.com.
4. Locally based CUBRC (Calspan-University at Buffalo Research Center) will talk about its new study into highway safety and demonstrate its research car to the media today. The Naturalistic Driving Study, made in conjunction with the National Academies of Science, used cameras and sensors to measure what drivers do behind the wheel to get a better idea of how to improve road design, cars and driver training programs. Erie County is one of only six places across the nation where the study is being conducted.
5. Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn, star of "Milk," "Mystic River" and "Dead Man Walking," takes the stage for a candid interview and question and answer session about his life and career at 8:30 tonight and Friday in the Avalon Theatre in Niagara Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont. Tickets start at $90. Ticketholders can pre-record questions for Penn in a video booth in the theater from noon to 7 p.m.
6. Expect to see more pictures of the renovations at the Statler Towers and hear more tributes to developer Mark Croce after the media, community leaders and folks associated with this weekend's Buffalo Irish Festival get together for a preview party and tours of the place this evening. The public gets its chance to see the grand old hotel coming back to life, starting Friday, when the three-day Irish Festival opens.
7. The proposal to help fund the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system with a special library district and tax isn't going down well with leaders in the county's smaller communities. The Holland Town Board passed a resolution opposing it last week and plans to continue its opposition at today's meeting of the Erie County Association of Towns and Villages. "This is a radical departure from how we do business now," Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk says. "We don't want the Erie County Legislature to rush into this. We're just saying let's slow down and study this more carefully."