1. The Hassett Family Readings celebrates its 10th year of bringing leading Irish and Irish-American writers to Western New York with the appearance tonight of Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright Seamus Heaney, considered by some to be the greatest poet of our time. He reads from his works at 7 in the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College. It’s free and open to the public.
2. Buffalo News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy will discuss the presidential race and key local elections at 7 p.m. in the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. McCarthy, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, has covered local and national politics for the past 20 years. The event is free and open to the public.
3. A dozen forward-looking Buffalonians, ranging from Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buffalo and WBEN news director and local historian Steve Cichon to David J. Swarts of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and developer Rocco Termini, will sum up their experiences in a program called 6Mbs: 6 Minutes Building Stories, sponsored by the Buffalo Architecture Foundation, at 6:30 p.m. in the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. Admission is free.
4. “The State of Investigative Reporting” is the topic as Investigative Post convenes a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Panelists include Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston, a former New York Times reporter who’s president of Investigative Reporters & Editors; Jeff Woodard, WGRZ-TV news director; Mary B. Pasciak, education reporter for The Buffalo News; Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative; and former News investigative reporter Jim Heaney, now editor and executive director of Investigative Post. It’s free and open to the public.
5. There’s little doubt that Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson would be wearing Buffalo Sabres uniforms if the National Hockey League could figure out a way to end its lockout. Since it hasn’t, they’re skating for the Sabres’ American Hockey League farm team, the Rochester Americans. They’ll take to the ice in First Niagara Center tonight when the Amerks come to the big arena to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m. AHL ticket prices prevail – $15 for the 300 Level to $25 for the premium 100 Preferred and 200 Club Levels.
6. Forest Lawn was hard hit when the October Surprise snowstorm took down hundreds of handsome, mature trees. To recover, the cemetery has commissioned Heritage Landscapes, which specializes in historic landscape preservation, to bring the forest back to Forest Lawn. The firm’s plan will be unveiled at a news conference at 3 p.m. near the statue of Red Jacket. Phase I – the planting of approximately 200 trees by Re-Tree WNY along the cemetery’s fences – will be done later this month.
7. Men, do you know your stats? Your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) stats? You can find out from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium as the Buffalo Bills and Roswell Park Cancer Institute hold a Prostate Cancer Early Diagnosis Clinic. Men 50 and older, or men over 40 with high risk factors, are invited to get free PSA screenings; tour the stadium; meet wide receiver David Nelson, whose father is a prostate cancer survivor; hang out with the Buffalo Jills and Bills alumni; and have a chance to win raffle prizes. Preregistration is encouraged. Call toll-free (877) ASK-RPCI.