1. Graduates from Buffalo State College, the University at Buffalo, Brockport State College, Daemen College, Medaille College and Niagara University will get together at 6 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo for the biannual Alumni After Hours happy hour and networking session. The gathering, sponsored by the alumni offices at the schools, will bring alumni established in a variety of professions together with younger graduates to share their knowledge and advice. Admission is $25 and includes two tickets for beer or wine, soft drinks, appetizers and desserts. There also will be a cash bar. For info, contact a participating college alumni office or call Summer Handzlik at 880-2315.
2. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at 5:15 p.m. will mark the official opening of the addition to the Family & Children's Service of Niagara's new Niagara Family Center at 1522 Main St., Niagara Falls. An open house also will be held from 5 to 7. The 4,000-square-foot expansion provides space for the agency's collaborative service partners, including the American Red Cross, Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Native American Community Services and Ways to Work Niagara.
3. Students and parents in the Williamsville School District are invited to a presentation titled "Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Drug Abuse in Suburban Teens" at 7 p.m. in the district's central offices, 105 Casey Road, Amherst. Kathy Damon of Horizon Health Services and Janice Burns of PreventionFocus Inc. are the presenters for the free program. It is sponsored by the Williamsville Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association. For information, call Dave Whalen, 565-9338.
4. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo will recognize the best efforts of their members when they hold their 2012 AkidEMY Awards from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Canisius High School. There will be performances, music and artwork from club members, a keynote address from WGRZ-TV news anchor Kevin O'Neil and announcement of the winners of the clubs' annual Rising Star and Youth of the Year awards.
5. Like all good things, the Buffalo Bisons' seemingly endless homestand is coming to an end today with the annual School Kids Day game at 10:35 a.m. in Coca-Cola Field. The contest with the Columbus Clippers rounds out a stretch that began back on May 15. The finale will be telecast live on the MLB Network.
6. Time is running out for scofflaws who have three or more unpaid parking tickets from the Village of Kenmore. Today is the final day that fines can be paid without additional penalty. So far, only a small percentage of the more than $500,000 in outstanding tickets have been cashed out. Starting Friday, when the amnesty period has expired, police will be on the lookout for the vehicles they've ticketed. If spotted inside the village, they will be towed, and the owners not only will have to pay the parking tickets, but also the towing and storage fees.
7. "What should the Belle Center look like to best serve the next generation?" That's the question that will be asked in two sessions today in the community center at 104 Maryland St. Listening to the answers will be workshop facilitators from Cannon Design and its educational design consultancy, The Third Teacher . From 9 a.m. to noon, they'll hear staff and program participants, community members and organizations, business owners and local philanthropic foundations that work with the center. Then, from 3:30 to 5:30, they'll get an earful from youths who use the center, who will break into small groups to reimagine it.