1. It's hard to say who will have more fun -- the dogs or their owners -- at the seventh annual Wine and Wags Social from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the grounds of the SPCA Serving Erie County, 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda. The owners will get to sample wines chosen by the Premier Group, and if they opt for the VIP Tent, they'll taste treats from Sorrento Cheese and Yancey's Fancy, along with desserts from Salvatore's Italian Gardens and Sweet Jenny's. The dogs, meanwhile, will get nibbles, goodie bags and competition in contests hosted by Nicholas Picholas from Kiss 98.5. Tickets are $50 at the gate, $55 for the VIP Tent.
2. One of the few school districts to see its budget go down to defeat last month was Niagara Wheatfield. Voters wouldn't accept a $61.7 million spending plan with a tax increase of 9.9 percent, exceeding the state property tax cap. The School Board has whittled that figure down by tapping into staffing money and finding other cuts. With a second budget vote scheduled June 19, it will present its revised proposal in a public hearing as part of the Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m.
3. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's associate principal double bassist won't need to wear his concert tuxedo tonight. Brett Shurtliffe is letting his musical instincts run free a few blocks south of Kleinhans Music Hall in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Winner of the International Society of Bassists solo competition in 2005, he takes the stage at about 9 with violinist Amy Licata for a set that will include everything from jazz to rock to bluegrass. And for good measure, he will throw in some classical numbers.
4. The 2011-2012 National Hockey League season may come to an end tonight. The Los Angeles Kings, behind their stellar goaltender, Jonathan Quick, have taken a 3-0 lead over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals, thanks to a particularly dominating shutout in Game 3 Monday night. They could finish the sweep on home ice in the Staples Center (8, Ch. 5, NBC Sports Network).
5. It's Camp Day today at Tim Hortons locations all across the United States and Canada. Every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar and loonie spent on coffee today will go to send 14,000 economically disadvantaged kids ages 9 to 18 to one of six camps across North America. Children are selected by operators of individual Tim Hortons Cafes and Bake Shops. Donations also can be made online at www.sendakidtocamp.com.
6. More than 90 students from 14 schools are featured in the eighth annual edition of Speak Your Mind & Shape Your World, a literary and visual arts magazine for Buffalo high school students. It will be unveiled in a program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the campus of the magazine's sponsor, Medaille College at 18 Agassiz Circle. The celebration will include a student poetry reading and art show, a performance by the East High School Vocal Ensemble and refreshments.
7. The semifinals begin tonight in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Half of the eight guitarists will perform for judges at 7:30 in the WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, while the other half will play Thursday evening. Tickets are $12 for each night, and the concerts will be broadcast live on WNED-TV and the WNED radio stations at 94.5 FM and 970 AM. Three winners will be chosen for the finals Saturday night -- a full performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall under the baton of Falletta.