1. You can do a drive-through at the coffee shop, the hamburger stand and the bank. Why not at the ice cream shop? That’s the reasoning behind the proposal that comes up for a public hearing at a meeting of the West Seneca Planning Board at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. Kone King, 865 Center Road, which is open from March through September, wants to install a drive-up window. Planning Board Chairman Robert Niederpruem is concerned that it will add to traffic congestion on an already busy street, but he wants to hear what neighbors have to say.
2. “The Sounds of the Season” are back in the Central Bus Terminal at 181 Ellicott St. in downtown Buffalo. Musical ensembles from seven local schools are offering holiday songs in half-hour to 45-minute programs this week and next. Performing at 11 a.m. are students from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Scheduled Friday are students from Akron High School at 8:30 a.m. and from Holy Angels Academy at 11 a.m.
3. If you want to attend President Obama’s inauguration next month, today’s the last day to ask for a ticket from Sen. Charles E. Schumer. Fill in an application on his website, www.schumer.senate.gov, and you won’t have long to wait to find out if you’ll get one. The senator will distribute his tickets via a random drawing Friday. By the way, the inauguration is Jan. 21 this time, because the traditional Jan. 20 inauguration date falls on a Sunday.
4. Everybody’s favorite ogre is back. The touring version of the Broadway hit “Shrek the Musical,” which enjoyed a well-received run in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in February 2011, is returning for two nights of singing, dancing and parodies of other Broadway shows in the Mainstage Theatre of the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst. Showtime tonight and Friday is 7:30. Tickets are $47 to $62, with student seats in the balcony for $27.
5. A new holiday musical production, “America’s Got Christmas,” opens for the first of seven performances at 7 tonight in The Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville. Featuring Michael O’Brien, former frontman for the award-winning Christian group Newsong, it includes a live orchestra, an 85-voice choir and a breathtaking array of visual effects. Tonight’s performance will accommodate up to 400 special-needs families through arrangements with special-needs organizations E1M and Hunter’s Hope. Jill Kelly from Hunter’s Hope will offer a short message. Tickets are $10. Call 634-4676.
6. Helping to brighten the holiday season tonight for residents of Hospice at Jeanne’s House-Northgate Health Care Facility, 7264 Nash Road, North Tonawanda, will be more than 35 Boy Scouts from Troop193, who will lead a tree-lighting and caroling ceremony at 6:45 p.m. More than 50 family members of the residents also will take part. The tree will be decorated with ornaments bearing the names of the residents and will be given to the guests as mementoes. A cookie and cocoa bar reception will follow.
7. One of the area’s long-standing holiday traditions is returning as Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz welcomes Santaland back to Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. Poloncarz will be joined by Parks Commissioner Troy Schinzel and others – most notably Santa himself – at 10 a.m. to kick off the annual attraction. It will be up and running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with hayrides, wood cutting, arts and crafts and other activities. Now, if we could only have some snow.