1. The 30th class of inductees will be welcomed into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame at 7 tonight in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., and what a varied and wonderful class it is! It includes Buffalo Philharmonic violinist Marylouise Nanna, founder of the Viva Vivaldi Festival; singer and guitarist Bernie Kugel, the godfather of Buffalo’s 1970s punk-rock scene; producers and engineering wizards Marc Hunt and Armand John Petri; and the late soul-funk pioneer Arlester “Dyke” Christian, leader of the legendary Dyke & the Blazers and the man who gave us “Funky Broadway.” Tickets are $20.
2. More than 100 people will take their own lives during the next 12 months in Erie County, according to Community Concern of Western New York, leaving distressed friends and families wondering what they could have done to stop it. Community Concern is co-sponsoring a session with suicide prevention experts in a public forum at 7 p.m. in Newcomb-Long Post 928, American Legion, 7353 Erie Road, Derby. “This is like CPR,” says Community Concern Executive Director Jerry Bartone. “We need to be aware of the signs of suicide and know what to do.” Call 947-5025.
3. Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the benevolent 12th century Italian Catholic friar who is known as the patron saint of animals. The Rev. Joseph F. Moreno, pastor of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., will observe the occasion with a blessing of animals at 6 p.m. in the church parking lot. Parish officials caution, “Please, no animals bigger than Father Joe!” For information, call 892-2471.
4. En route to becoming bigger and better is Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School at 601 McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo. Newly installed Bishop Richard Malone joins school officials and community leaders in a groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. for the school’s new athletic facilities and fitness center. During the program, school trustee James Tilley will announce a campaign to raise funds for more capital improvement projects and for fulfilling the school’s strategic vision.
5. Thanks to a major gift from 1962 graduate Nancy Haberman Gacioch; her husband, William; and their family, Daemen College has converted its old Marian Library into a brand new $5.4 million Center for Visual & Performing Arts, with a variety of flexible studio and performance spaces on the ground floor and a large, open second floor for graphic design and computer labs. The building also uses green technology and geothermal heating to reduce energy costs. It will be dedicated in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
6. Doctors from UB Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will join with team doctors from the Bills, Sabres and Bandits to talk about concussions and other sports injuries with local coaches and athletic directors at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo Museum of Science. Sabres forward Andrew Peters also will add his insights. The discussion is held in conjunction with the museum’s recently opened The Science of Sports exhibit, which runs through Jan. 6. Call 465-7200 or visit www.ubortho.com.
7. Flu season is right around the corner, and the Erie County Health Department wants to make sure that all county employees and all first responders in the county are not sick in bed when we really need them this winter. It’s offering all of them free influenza vaccine from 2 to 6:45 p.m. in the county Fire Training Academy, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga. To get a shot, registration online is required at www.health.state.ny.us/gotoclinic.