1. The sixth annual Buffalo International Film Festival opens at 7 tonight with a screening of the first three episodes of Mark Cousins' "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" in the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The film is a 15-part history of motion pictures as they developed around the world from 1895 to the present day. The remaining 12 episodes will be screened in October, November and December.
2. Former Buffalo Sabres Coach Ted Nolan will be the celebrity master of ceremonies for the third annual Native American Community Services Gala in Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St. The event, sponsored by KeyBank, will open with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by a dinner at 6:30 and a Bundled Arrows Award presentation and dancing. Tickets are $60.
3. A board meeting of the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority - more commonly known as the county control board - will be held at noon in the Central Library auditorium at 1 Lafayette Square. The meeting is open to the public.
4. The University at Buffalo's Gender Institute will hold an event today for local gardeners. The Buffalo Garden Symposium is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Harriman Hall ballroom on the university's South Campus in anticipation of "Engendering Gardens," a weeklong program Oct. 15 to 19 The free symposium will include refreshments and lunch.
5. The life's work and accomplishments of University at Buffalo scholar Bruce Jackson will be honored at an event hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research from 1 to 5 p.m. in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus. It will begin with a preview of images from Jackson's forthcoming book, "Inside the Wire: Photographs From Texas and Arkansas Prisons," accompanied by Jackson's Grammy-nominated soundtrack, "Wake Up Dead Man," recorded in 1964 and 1966. A reception from 5 to 6 will follow in the Center for the Arts Atrium. The free event is open to UB faculty, students, staff and the community. Jackson is a professor in the department of English.
6. The official investiture ceremony for Virginia S. Horvath, the first female president at Fredonia State College, will take place at 2 p.m. on the campus. Joining Horvath to celebrate her installation as the 13th president of the college will be State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. The event also will include student performances featuring the Fredonia Wind Ensemble and the Fredonia Chamber Choir.
7. If you're not convinced that summer is over, the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence is kicking off its annual Fall Festival at 10 a.m. today. The festival will continue through the final weekend of October. In coming weeks, events on the schedule will include a barbecue cookoff, a world pumpkin weigh-off, a giant pumpkin drop, hayrides, a corn maze and haunted house, among several other events. The Great Pumpkin Farm is located at 1119 Main St., Clarence.