1. A panel discussion, “Are You Your Hair?,” at 7 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center on the Buffalo State College campus, continues the debate over African-American hair that arose from all the chatter over Olympics gymnast Gabby Douglas and her straightened locks this summer. WGRZ-TV newswoman Claudine Ewing will be moderator. Among the panelists will be artist Jacqueline Tarry, who will lead tours of her exhibition, “McCallum Tarry: Intersections,” in the museum beginning at 6.
2. In a perfect world, the National Hockey League’s regular season would be starting tonight, and Buffalo Sabres fans would be looking forward to the home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Instead, the league’s team owners and players are locked in a bitter dispute over money, and the arenas are dark. Should the two sides come to their senses during the next few days, the season might have a chance of beginning before baseball’s World Series is over.
3. “Know the Score,” the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s new educational series for adults, debuts at 7 p.m. with music director JoAnn Falletta giving background on the evening’s centerpiece, Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic “Sheherazade,” which highlights the talents of many of the musicians. Concertgoers then will get to meet them and ask questions at a post-concert party. Tickets are $25.
4. Interest and attendance have increased at the Community Forums on Youth Sex in Buffalo since the Buffalo Public Schools held the first one three weeks ago. Prompted by a study showing 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, the last of the discussions takes place at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Bennett High School, 2885 Main St.
5. Pioneer Amos Ray’s grave marker has finally joined his remains in Forest Lawn. Ray, whose family owned most of the land where Walden Galleria now stands, died in 1863 and originally was buried in the First Settlers/Bennet Family Cemetery at Walden Avenue and Harlem Road. Ray’s son had all the family moved to Forest Lawn in 1928, but the marker, weighing some 900 pounds, was left behind. After Ray’s great-grandson, James G. Ray Jr., and great-great-grandson, James G. Ray III, located it, Forest Lawn and Stone Art Memorial donated labor and materials to move it. It will be unveiled in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
6. Drastic changes are in store for the Town of Alabama if the Genesee Economic Development Center’s plans for a 1,200-acre high-tech manufacturing facility become a reality. The plant, proposed for the northwest corner of the town adjoining the Tonawanda Indian Reservation and state and federal wildlife refuges, is five miles from the Thruway and would require major improvements to the rural township’s highways, and water and sewer systems. The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the project at 7:30 p.m. in the Fire Department’s recreation building on Judge Road.
7. Dr. Michael W. Cropp, president and chief executive officer of Independent Health, will be honored as Buffalo Niagara Executive of the Year at the 63rd annual University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association awards banquet in Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Cropp, who received an executive master of business administration degree from UB in 2003, has headed the health insurance company since 2004.