1. The Buffalo Sabres are commemorating their legendary forward line, the French Connection, with a bronze statue that will serve as a focal point in Sabres Alumni Plaza in front of First Niagara Center. It will be unveiled in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Center Gilbert Perreault, right winger Rene Robert and the family of left winger Rick Martin, who died last year, will be on hand, along with more than 30 Sabres alumni and owners Terry and Kim Pegula.
2. Over the summer, Medaille College had all its incoming freshmen read “Buffalo Unbound,” Buffalo-born author Laura Pedersen’s 2010 collection of humorous essays about the revival of her hometown. They get to follow it up by talking with her face to face at 6 p.m. when she visits the college’s Sullivan Center on Agassiz Circle.
3. Wendy Long, the Republican candidate opposing incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, is the special guest at the $250-a-plate Erie County Republican Committee Capitol Affair this evening in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The county GOP also will present Buffalo developer Mark E. Hamister the third annual Jack Kemp Leadership Award.
4. New York State’s Mobile Re-employment Response Team sets up shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium on Erie Community College’s City Campus to help the area’s jobless find work. People who have received 27 weeks or more of unemployment benefits will get help in writing resumes, interviewing, following job leads and finding training opportunities. It’s tied in with a state program to distribute $6 million in federal grants to companies that hire the long-term unemployed.
5. The educational expert who developed curriculum mapping, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, will be the keynote speaker at a development conference for more than 1,000 Catholic school principals and teachers from Buffalo and Rochester this morning in Samuel’s Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence. The mapping process uses a computer database to continually monitor and improve teaching and testing.
6. The Tralf Music Hall celebrates the 30th anniversary of its grand opening in Theater Place, 622 Main St., this weekend by reaffirming its role as the city’s primary musical showcase. Festivities begin with a return visit from the band that rose from the club’s old basement quarters at Main Street and Fillmore Avenue and went on to international stardom. Memories will run deep when the members of Spyro Gyra step through the curtain and take the stage at about 8 p.m. Tickets are $33.
7. Another musical homecoming will take place this evening in Kleinhans Music Hall as Buffalo native Cory Wells returns with Three Dog Night in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s BPO Rocks series. Getting a symphonic supercharge at 8 p.m. will be hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World” and “One.” Tickets are $31 to $61.