1. Voters are deciding on capital improvement projects in two school districts today. Balloting goes until 9 p.m. in Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road, on a $16.75 million proposal that includes a variety of improvements at all the Williamsville schools, including new drop-off areas at Maple West Elementary, Transit Middle and Williamsville South. Meanwhile, polls are open until 9 p.m. in Pioneer Central High School, 12145 County Line Road, Yorkshire, on a $31 million project that includes a 10-room science addition to the high school and a new third floor for Arcade Elementary School, parts of which date back more than 80 years.
2. The fall semester ends tonight for the Buffalo Film Seminars. Final selection is “A Separation,” a complex and socially revealing drama which won an Oscar earlier this year as Best Foreign Language Film, the first Iranian film to do so. Screening starts at 7 in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main St., after an introduction. A discussion follows.
3. The protest group on the steps of Buffalo City Hall at 10 a.m. will be calling for the city’s Civil Service Commission to send a recommendation to the Common Council to pay the city’s “seasonal” sanitation workers the back wages they are owed from 2003 to 2007. The Living Wage Commission has urged the city to come up with the difference between what the workers were paid back then and the amount they should have been paid.
4. Want to win a pair of tickets to the Buffalo Bills game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams? Just show up at the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and donate to a community blood drive co-sponsored by the Bills and the American Red Cross. A total of 300 tickets will be given away. All donors also will receive a free Buffalo Bills Red Cross T-shirt. There also will be stadium tours, refreshments and appearances by the players and Buffalo Jills cheerleaders. To schedule an appointment, call toll-free 800-RED CROSS.
5. Everything from the Auto Bureau to Erie Community College could be headed for the chopping block if a majority of Erie County legislators vote at their 2:05 p.m. meeting today to cut $8.5 million from County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s $1.38 billion budget in order to avoid a potential property tax increase. Poloncarz is warning that some of the cuts would leave the county vulnerable to unexpected expenses and bring on the intervention of the fiscal control board, which nobody wants.
6. Albright-Knox Art Gallery marks its founding on Dec. 4, 1862, with a special week of celebration, starting today with the unveiling of a new commissioned work, Erie and Heather ChanSchatz’s “Universals Albright-Knox 150 (UN.0201-UN.0350),” which involved the participation of 150 Western New Yorkers. The gallery will have free admission and extended hours today through Friday.
7. Broadway has taken one of the most beloved holiday movies and made it into a musical, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” which opens in a touring production at 7:30 tonight in Shea’s Performing Arts Center for eight performances that continue through Sunday. But it’s not the only Christmas musical choice today. The Latshaw Pops Orchestra offers songs of the season at 2 p.m. in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, and the Buffalo State College Choral Spectacular raises its voices at 7:30 p.m. in Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center.