1. The first high-water mark for shipping before Christmas comes today. FedEx says this will be its busiest day for packages, when some 19 million will move through its network. For UPS and the U.S. Postal Service, the biggest days won’t be coming for another week or so. At UPS, the most frantic day is expected to be Dec. 20, while the post office foresees a record number of letters, cards and packages next Monday. If you haven’t got your mailings ready yet, don’t fret. You still have until next week to ship something and have it delivered before Christmas.
2. Make a $1 donation to the SPCA Serving Erie County from now through Saturday at Dunkin’ Donuts in the Buffalo area, and you’ll get a free specialty doughnut as a thank-you present. The doughnut is filled with cream and topped with chocolate frosting and a blue drizzle in honor of the SPCA. The special offer will be announced at a news conference at 10 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts shop at Delaware and Hertel avenues.
3. Buffalo is considering a provision for beekeeping in its new green zoning laws. A priest in the Town of Tonawanda maintains hives in Elma, Orchard Park and Hamburg. And now the Lancaster Village Board will take up the topic of bees tonight at a public hearing during its meeting at 7 in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway. At issue is a request by a resident to set up a honey bee hive in her yard on Broadway near Aurora Street.
4. How much should the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority ask for its prime shoreline property in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor? How about $2? That’s what Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, will propose at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. in his offices in the Larkin Building, 726 Exchange St. Both Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and the City of Buffalo have indicated interest in the 384-plus acres, and the NFTA has given them until next Monday to come up with proposals for the transfer and development of the property.
5. Several of his notable teammates are scheduled to help linebacker Bryan Scott of the Buffalo Bills hold the first fundraiser for his Pick Your Passion Foundation for the Arts from 6 to 10 p.m. in Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St. The guest list includes Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mario Williams and Jairus Byrd. Tickets for the cocktail event, which includes live music, an art display, a silent auction and a cooking competition, are $75 plus fees at www.teambscott.eventbrite.com. Proceeds will go to the foundation’s ARTventure program, which takes youngsters to different art and music venues each month.
6. Jamaican-American singer and rapper Sean Kingston tops the lineup of up-and-coming artists at Kissmas Bash 2012, presented by Top 40 radio station KISS 98.5 FM in the First Niagara Center tonight. Also on the bill are Season 11 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, the Massachusetts pop-rock quartet Boys Like Girls, British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, the electro-pop group Owl City and YouTube stars Austin Mahone and twins Megan and Liz. Doors open at 5. Music starts around 6. Tickets are $15 to $80 and are almost sold out.
7. Today is the final day to drop off unwrapped toys for The News Neediest Fund so they can be delivered before Christmas. Drop-off sites include Wegmans supermarkets in Erie and Niagara counties and Dipson Theatres, as well as the The News lobby at Washington and Scott streets, which will be open until 8 p.m. Late contributions will be accepted until Christmas, however, and cash donations are always welcome by using PayPal or a credit card at buffalonews.com/newsneediest, or by sending a check to The News Neediest Fund c/o The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 2667, Buffalo, NY 14240.