1. The recent Buffalo Public Schools 2011 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey revealed that Buffalo students have sex at a rate 20 percent higher than the state average and that 16 percent of middle school students have had sex, half of them with three or more partners. The implications for community health, academic performance and graduation rates will be the topic of four Community Forums on Youth Sex in Buffalo. The first one, with a panel that includes Erie County's health commissioner, Dr. Gale Burstein, and Buffalo Board of Education member Barbara Seals Nevergold, takes place at 6:30 p.m. in South Park High School auditorium.
2. Readers of the New York Times op-ed pages know David Brooks as the house conservative commentator. He fills a similar role on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," providing counterpoint to liberal columnist E.J. Dionne. Tonight at 8, he comes to the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst to kick off the 26th annual Distinguished Speakers Series. Tickets are $28 to $42.
3. The Buffalo Zoo holds a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. for its new $3 million entry plaza near the former children's zoo. The zoo plans to move its main access point from its current location on Parkside Avenue to a 75-year-old building adjacent to the parking lot. After it opens next spring, the area around the current entrance will become part of the new Arctic Edge exhibit, which will help the zoo keep its polar bears.
4. The award season is upon us. The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society bestows its Red Jacket Award on philanthropists Clement and Karen Arrison and Thomas R. Beecher at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the museum at 25 Nottingham Court. Earlier, Business First honors 25 Women of Influence at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. Honorees range from D'Youville College President Sister Denise A. Roche (lifetime achievement) to Mary Jean Jakubowski, director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (nonprofit leadership) and Darleen Pickering Hummert, artistic director of Theatre for Change (creativity).
5. Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret leads the list of half a dozen notables to be honored in the 16th annual Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the WNED-TV studios, 140 Lower Terrace. Others in the class of 2012 include Lee Coppola, former Buffalo News and TV news investigative reporter and dean of St. Bonaventure University's journalism program; VH1 network president Tom Calderone, a Buffalo State College graduate; CNN's Southeast Region bureau chief Mary Lynn Ryan, a South Buffalo native; former TV photographer Bill Cantwell and traffic reporter Mike Roszman, who died in a helicopter crash in 1993.
6. Newly installed Bishop Richard J. Malone will be principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Red Mass at 12:05 p.m. in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. Sponsored by the St. Thomas More Guild, an organization for Catholic lawyers in the Diocese of Buffalo, it's a special Mass for those involved in the legal and judicial systems. State Supreme Court Justice John M. Curran will deliver closing remarks. The Red Mass dates back to the 13th century, when it officially opened the session of the court for most European countries. Judges and justices are invited to wear their judicial robes and take part in the opening procession with the bishop. All are welcome.
7. First Niagara Center will fill with fire-breathing monsters at 7 tonight as the "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" arrives for a four-night run. Based on the hit 2010 film from DreamWorks Animation, it features 23 animatronic dragons from 12 species, but it's more than just a creature show. It's the tale of a boy and his pet and their adventures, with a cast of 25 actors, and it's designed to fill the arena, from the stage to the topmost seats. Tickets are $19.50 to $69.50.