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A cool beauty

To enjoy a day like today to the fullest, you need a convertible. Sunny skies, mild temperatures in the low 70s, no cross winds. Forecasters are promising another one just like it Friday, only a little warmer.

Hot night

Will jackets may be needed to ward off the chill at the weekly Thursday evening concert at Canalside? Depends. The neo-soul headliners, Fitz and the Tantrums, are pretty hot. Buffalo’s Albrights get things started at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Dropping anchor

Providing a backdrop to Canalside festivities this evening will be the U.S. Brig Niagara, a two-masted, square-rigged replica of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship in the War of 1812. It arrives with cannon fire about 3 p.m. and will be open for ticketed tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Snark attack

Talking back at the movie will be part of the show in “Rifftrax Life: Sharknado.” The crew of wisecrackers from TV’s “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” will provide running commentary as they watch that awful film live in Minneapolis and broadcast it to 700 theaters nationwide at 7:30 p.m. Here it can be seen at the Elmwood Regal and Regal Transit. Bonus will be previews of the upcoming “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” which may or may not include footage shot in Buffalo.

Fair shares

How should federal funds be distributed in Buffalo next year via Community Development Block Grants and other programs in the 2014-15 Annual Action Plan? That will be discussed at 11 a.m. in Room 1417, City Hall, in a special meeting of the Buffalo Common Council’s Community Development Committee. The media and the public have been invited.

Greenskeepers

Last week the Town of Amherst declared that it wants to rezone thousands of acres of property to preserve green space. Today Mensch Capital Partners LLC, which owns one of those properties, Westwood Country Club, will announce its plans to redevelop the golf course in a briefing at 10 a.m. in the Amherst Chamber of Commerce offices, 400 Essjay Road.

Setting the table

A kickoff event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Martin Luther King Park to make people aware of the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free lunch Monday to Friday during summer vacation to all children 18 and younger, regardless of family income. More than 100 sites throughout Erie County, most of them in Buffalo and Lackawanna, will be serving lunches through Aug. 15.