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Seven things you should know before you start your day

1. A weeklong conference aimed promoting local preservation efforts kicks off 5:30 p.m. in the Allendale Theatre 203 Allen St. "Preservation Plus," hosted by Preservation Buffalo Niagara, seeks to build community pride in the region's historic assets through field trips to historic sites in the region and hands-on workshops. The cost to attend the conference is $95 per person and includes a complimentary ticket to the "Museums by Moonlight"event Thursday.

2. Keris Jan Myrick, president of the National Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will visit Buffalo Psychiatric Center in honor of National Recovery Month. Myrick will give a speech titled "The Power of Our Stories: Recovery and Resiliency in Action" at 1:30 p.m. in the Butler Rehabilitation Center on the main campus of Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Ave.

3. A community forum on campaign finance reform and fair elections in New York State will be held from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the WNED Public Television studios, 140 Lower Terrace St. Rod Watson, a columnist and urban affairs editor for The Buffalo News, will moderate the event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Citizen Action of New York, the United Auto Workers, Democracy Matters, the Western New York Peace Center and

4. Lauded local chef and restaurateur Mike Andrzejewskiwill host an ode to foie gras at 9 tonight in main room of the four-star Sea Bar, 475 Ellicott St. Guests will experience samples of foie gras, the liver of duck or goose fattened through forced feeding, in three variations. The French delicacy will be served hot, cold and in classic French torchon, meaning in a French tea towel. The whole "rassemblement," or gathering, is part of a twice-monthly industry night event featuring leading local chefs and bartenders who show off their talents and offer free samples. ?Bon appetite.

5. Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, inset, will host an interactive assembly focusing on the role of good nutrition and exercise in a healthy lifestyle for students at Frederick Law Olmsted at Kensington School. It's part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 obesity prevention program sponsored by the National Football League and Dairy Association.

6. Erie County Medical Center Corp. and Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation at 1 p.m. will announce their honorees from the fields of law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services and health care who dedicate themselves to saving lives every day. The board chairmen also will announce details of the upcoming Heroes Run & Healthwalk on Wednesday in Delaware Park.

7. Water quality, the health of the sport fishing industry, invasive species and outdoor business and recreation will be among the topics tonight as New York Sea Grant and the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Alliance invite the public to gather in Orleans County to discuss the Lake Ontario watershed. The Niagara County Water Conservation district also hosts "Community Visioning for a Healthy Lake Workshop," which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lyndonville Fire Department, 148 N. Main St.,