1. Parent groups and agencies pressing for better education plan to gather outside Lafayette High School at 11 a.m. to call for a change in suspension practices in the Buffalo city schools. Their goal -- to stop the schools from sending kids home after nonviolent incidents. Among those taking part are Citizen Action of New York, the Alliance for Quality Education, the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, the Youth Planning Council and F.A.T.H.E.R.S. They'll offer examples of more constructive things that can be done with suspended students.
2. The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus makes a couple of its first stops in the Buffalo area today. Packed with electronic gizmos, the bus highlights the many resources that the public-affairs television channel will use to cover the upcoming presidential campaign. It visits the Time Warner Cable Appletree Office, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga, from 9 to 10 a.m., then swings over to the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst, where it will park outside the Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3. What do the results from the recent asbestos testing at the Kensington Heights housing project mean? A panel of experts will discuss them at a follow-up community meeting called by the Environmental Justice Action Group at 6 p.m. in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. Included are experts from the University at Buffalo, the Environmental Protection Agency, which performed the tests, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
4. Tapestry Charter School on Great Arrow Avenue, having completed its $14 million expansion project, now has enough room to accommodate all of its primary and middle school students -- kindergarten through eighth grade. Ready to show off the new facility, school officials will mark the official relocation of those students in a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Cheryl Dobbertin, associate Northeast regional director of Expeditionary Learning Schools, who is expected to note how Tapestry is a standout among Expeditionary Learning Schools.
5. Just released are new CDs by Lil Wayne ("Tha Carter IV"); Ry Cooder ("Pull Up Some Dust & Sit Down"); Juliana Hatfield ("There's Always Another Girl"); Lenny Kravitz ("Black and White America"); the Red Hot Chili Peppers ("I'm With You"); and what may be the last release by Glen Campbell ("Ghost on the Canvas") before he succumbs to Alzheimer's disease.
6. Can this really be the final concert of the season in the Tuesday in the Park series at Artpark in Lewiston? Alas, it is, but it ought to take the summer out with a grand flourish. On the amphitheater stage at 6:30 p.m. will be The Machine, which is considered one of the finest Pink Floyd tribute bands in the land. Gates open at 4.
7. Back for a new semester are the Fall 2011 Buffalo Film Seminars. Led by husband-and-wife University at Buffalo professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, they include an intro by the hosts at 7 p.m., a showing of the film and then an in-depth discussion with students from their film class when the lights come back up in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. Leading off the new lineup is one of the great Hollywood musical spectacles, "Gold Diggers of 1933," directed by Mervyn LeRoy and choreographed in high Art Deco style by Busby Berkeley.