1. The NHL season may be on hold, but not for those participating in the NHL Sled Hockey Classic, which kicks off today in the Northtown Center at Amherst, 615 Amherst Manor Drive. The tournament, which takes place from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., will feature 14 sled hockey teams. It is a fast-paced, hard-hitting sport played by disabled athletes who use a pair of short hockey sticks to handle pucks and propel themselves on special hockey sleds instead of skates. The tournament resumes Saturday and Sunday.
2. Compass House will commemorate four decades of service with its Ruby Gala at 6 p.m. in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. DJ Anthony of KISS 98.5 FM Radio will host the event, which will include a sit-down dinner and silent and basket auctions. Compass House, 370 Linwood Ave., offers shelter, counseling, referrals and advocacy for at-risk youth.
3. A play drawn from Mitch Albom’s book “Tuesdays with Morrie” opens a two-weekend run at 7:30 p.m. in the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild’s Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. The book recounted Albom’s visits with his former college professor and the lessons about life and death that he learned as his mentor’s health declined. It stars Doug Smith and M. Joseph Fratello. For tickets, call 284-6358 or visit www.niagaratheatre.com.
4. The seventh annual University at Buffalo Scholarship Gala, which is aimed at attracting the best and brightest students to UB, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Edward Wright Practice Facility on the UB North Campus in Amherst. Dr. Michael Cropp, president and chief executive officer of Independent Health, and his wife, Lois, will join Mark Hamister, chief executive officer of the Hamister Group, and his wife, Sharon, as the co-chairmen of this year’s event. The gala will include dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and student performances. Tickets are $200 person and $1,500 per table. For tickets and information, visit online at www.giving.buffalo.edu/ubgala.
5. Bills fans will have an opportunity to bowl with fullback Corey McIntyre and some of his teammates as McIntyre launches his new foundation and Team 38 mentoring program from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Lancaster Lanes, 4913 Transit Road. McIntyre created Team 38 as a vehicle to help young men in high school learn valuable lessons outside the classroom, while also providing them an opportunity to earn scholarship money for each year they participate in the program. Every month, participating students will meet with McIntyre for a mentoring session that will have a different assignment and focus, from etiquette training to job training sessions. Tickets to attend the charity launch are $38 each.
6. More than 40 local artists are scheduled to take part in the Buffalo History Museum’s 14th annual Paint the Town Art Auction from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the history museum on Nottingham Terrace at Elmwood Avenue. The fundraiser will feature both live and silent auctions, as well as a wide range of artworks. Tickets are $50 for Buffalo History Museum members and $70 for nonmembers.
7. Veterans Affairs Western New York Health Care System will hold a traditional Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. in Room 301 of Freedom Hall at its Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Ave. Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen, an Air Force veteran, will deliver the keynote address. A special exhibit, featuring more than 20 pieces of visual art by Lake Shore High School students, will be on display for the event.