1. According to the 2010 Census, 15.7 percent of the people in Erie County are over 65. Another 17 percent or so have a disability. The best ways to provide for them in an era of budget restrictions will be a main concern of the Western New York Summit on Aging and Independence from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Speakers include Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz; Dr. Kenneth Garbarino, medical director of Kaleida Health's Geriatric Center of Western New York at DeGraff Hospital; and Esther Greenhouse, an environmental gerontologist and advocate for aging in place. Registration is $65, $50 for students. For info, visit www.wnyil.org.
2. Outdoor summer plans are afoot for Old Falls Street USA in the heart of Niagara Falls. The plans will be previewed from 3 to 5 p.m. in front of Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. Schedules will be announced for open-air theater and various special events, including the artists signed up for the Hard Rock Rocks Old Falls Street concert series. Organizers say there also will be daily food vending, bike rentals and live music, as well as weekly fitness and children's activities.
3. Finding everyday objects to improve on are the senior engineering students from the West Seneca Central School District in the Project Lead the Way program, who are working under a curriculum from Rochester Institute of Technology. They'll show off their bright ideas in a Tech Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the library media center of West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St. Among their innovations -- an automatic bed maker that uses magnets, a motorized extension cord roller, and a hoodie that transforms into a storage bag when it gets too warm to wear it.
4. The first facility in New York State that will provide hospice services for residents in a long-term care center will officially open with a ceremony at 10 a.m. today. Hospice at Jeanne's House has been created at the McGuire Group's Northgate Health Care Facility, 7264 Nash Road, North Tonawanda. The 22-bed unit is named for Jeanne D'Arc Abou-Antoun, a Northgate certified nursing assistant who died last year.
5. Chef J.J. Richert of Torches Restaurant will have plenty of burners to cook on from 5 to 8 p.m. for an event called COOKS, which benefits Re-Tree WNY. He will have the use of all the kitchens on display in Modern Kitchens of Buffalo, 1680 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. JAGG, a contemporary jazz band, will play as the food and fine wine are served. Tickets are $20 or $35 per pair and are available at the door or by calling 783-9119, Ext. 2202. Proceeds will help plant trees to replace those lost in the surprise snowstorm of October 2006.
6. Roberta Rich, author of the best-selling historical novel "The Midwife of Venice," set in the Jewish ghetto of 16th century Venice, returns to her hometown to read and sign copies in the Rustling the Leaves series at 7 p.m. in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Rich, a Buffalo Seminary graduate, now divides her time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Colima, Mexico.
7. There's no end to the situations that Madea, film director and comedian Tyler Perry's outrageous grandmother character, can barge into. In "Madea Gets a Job," which Perry and his acting troupe bring to First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m., Madea is sentenced to 20 hours of community service and is forced to come out of retirement to work in a nursing home. Tickets are $27.50 to $67.50.
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