1. David Bissonette, who has served as emergency coordinator for the Town of Clarence for the past 17 years, will present a lecture on "Emergency Management and Disaster Response in Western New York at 7 p.m. at Medaille College's Amherst Campus, 30 Wilson Road. The presentation is the second of five events sponsored by Medaille College as part of its Homeland Security Lecture Series, which features law enforcement veterans with expertise in emergency preparedness and management. Tonight's free lecture is scheduled for 7.
2. If you haven't dressed for work yet, we caught you just in time. The VA Western New York Healthcare System is encouraging everyone to wear red today to encourage awareness of the issue of women and heart disease. There also will be a program, "From My Head to My Heart: Go Red for Women," at noon in Freedom Hall at the Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Ave., and in the auditorium at the Batavia site, 222 Richmond Ave. In Buffalo, employees and volunteers will model red hats, with a prize for the most creative.
3. For those interested in learning what is beneath their feet, a senior engineering geologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation will offer an illustrated presentation at 7 p.m. Stan Radon's lecture on the "Geology of Western New York" will provide an overview of geologic time, climate and the formation of rocks in the Niagara and Onondaga escarpments. Sponsored by Penn Dixie, it will take place in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Tickets are $4 and free for Penn Dixie members.
4. Anthony Bannon, who this spring will be returning to his old post as director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, will host a discussion on local pioneering radio disc jockey George Lorenz, known in the 1950s and 1960s as "The Hound." The presentation starts at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum. It is free with paid admission to the museum. Bannon has been the director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester since 1996.
5. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes at 12:05 p.m. in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.
6. Could this be the last meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education at which the members of the public speak at great length and in large numbers? Once the board members get to talk tonight they are expected to consider a measure that would cut the number of speakers from the public from the current 30 to 20; and no more than five people could speak on the same topic. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. in Room 801 of City Hall.
7. The Buffalo & Erie County Fund Standing Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. in Marcy Casino at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park. The agenda will include presentations on proposed projects funded by the committee, which receives funds from the New York Power Authority as part of a settlement agreement reached in 2007. The committee also will elect a new chairman at the meeting, which is open to the public.