1. Canadian progressive rock trio Rush comes to First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. The band launched a world tour behind the ambitious concept album “Clockwork Angels” a few weeks back and since then, has been announced as one of the nomination finalists for induction into the 2013 class of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Early reviews from the road trip have been glowing and suggest that tonight’s two-set show, which will feature plenty of the “Clockwork Angels” material, is likely to take on epic proportions. The few remaining tickets, available through Tickets.com, are priced $91, $66, and $46.50, plus service fees.
2. The final weekend of the Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence kicks off today, and it features free admission. The festival, which is open from 10 a.m. to dusk, also includes pay-as-you-go attractions, including amusement rides, a corn maze, hay rides, face-painting, a magic show and gem mining. Also for sale at the festival are pumpkins, cider, corn stalks, hay bales and Indian corn.
3. Forest Lawn and Re-Tree WNY are inviting volunteers to assist in planting 250 bare root hardwood trees along the inside perimeter of the cemetery. The first day of the two-day project will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A brief training session will be held before planting begins. Volunteers are being asked to enter the cemetery through either the Delaware Avenue or Main Street gates and assemble at the chapel.
4. Catholic Health hosts an event devoted to women’s health issues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. The first ever Catholic Health WomenCare “Day of Health – Be Strong, Be Happy, Be Healthy” event will feature workshops; speakers, including WGRZ-TV Channel 2 anchorwoman Maryalice Demler; Ginger Zimmerman, a heart transplant survivor; and motivational speaker Liz Diamond. Tickets to the event are $40 and include breakfast, lunch and program materials.
5. The Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting at the new Jamestown Gateway Station, 211-217 W. Second St., Jamestown. The ceremony, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., celebrates the $12 million restoration of the former Erie Railroad Station. Built in 1931 and vacant for many years, the station will once again serve as a hub for travelers using the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System.
6. The City of Lockport will hold its official Halloween party from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of City Hall. The festivities will include trick-or-treating that will be allowed at 30 downtown businesses. Today is also the final day to vote in the best decorated pumpkin contest featuring entries by more than 300 third-graders at Lockport city schools. The decorated pumpkins are on display in city stores, and the prizes – new boys and girls bicycles and bike helmets – were donated by Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour.
7. If you Google the name “Mike Jones,” the musical figure you come up with is a popular hip-hopper. In Buffalo, though, the Mike Jones with the most devoted following is a monster mainstream jazz pianist – and native son – who spends most of his professional life playing for Penn and Teller in Las Vegas but comes home once a year to do jaw-dropping solo piano concerts. He’ll appear this evening beginning at 7 p.m. in Iris Restaurant, 4224 Maple Road, in Maple Ridge Plaza, Amherst.