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NEWS & NOTES

KENNY AWARDS: The finalists have been announced for this year's Kenny Awards, given annually to the best of area high school musical productions. This year's finalists are Alden Central for "Children of Eden"; Clarence for "Fiddler on the Roof"; Frontier for "Aida"; Holland for "Crazy for You"; Iroquois for "Anything Goes"; Lakeshore for "Oklahoma" and Nardin for "Working." Top prize is a $5,000 grant from the Lipke Foundation to the school's theater department along with a custom-made shadow box filled with show memorabilia. The awards presentation will be held at 4 p.m. May 21 at Shea's. Tickets are $8 and will be available at Shea's box office or by calling 847-1410, Ext. 163.

A REVELATION: The Williamsville South High School Drama Club will present "Scenes and Revelations," a drama set in the Mennonite community of Lancaster, Pa., in 1894, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 5 and 6 in the school at 5950 Main St. Tickets are $5 Thursday, $6 other nights. All tickets will be sold at the door. Original music was composed by student Daniel Lesniak.

MEET THE MAYOR: Four fifth-graders got to have a private lunch with Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello recently as part of their prize for being named "Park Ambassadors" for essays they wrote on "What I like best about Olmsted Parks," a program sponsored by the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. They were: Jacob Vosbinder, from Main Street Elementary, East Aurora; Amanda Karasbewski of Hoover Elementary in Kenmore; Reid Saffron of the Frank A. Sedita Academy in Buffalo and Brittany Murphyof the Dr Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence in Buffalo.
COLLEGE UPDATE: Empire State College will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate programs at 10 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, and at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Niagara Frontier Center, 617 Main St. Call 853-7700 to reserve a space.

AUDITIONS: Colloquial Theater will hold auditions for August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" on Nov. 11 and 12, 7 p.m., at Canisius High School (1180 Delaware Avenue) and Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at the University at Buffalo (Social Room). All students between ages 14 and 21 are invited to audition. Be prepared to read from the script. Dancers are also needed. Contact Victoria Chatfield at 316-5734 or colloquial_theater@hotmail.com for more information.

TAE KWON-DO PARTY: The public is invited to the 10-year anniversary celebration of local martial arts school, Master Gorino's Pil-Sung School of Tae Kwon-Do, Saturday at 3192 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, with an opportunity to watch a beginners' class at 11 a.m., a kick-a-thon at 12:30 p.m. to raise money to support troops in Iraq, a chance to join in a class at 1:15 p.m., a self-defense class at 2 and a chance to watch a demo team at 2:45 p.m.

GUSTO AT GALLERY: This Friday's family events at the Albright Knox Art Gallery include showings of the film "Style Wars," about teenage graffiti artists at work on New York City subways, at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. plus a performance of music and dance by local hip-hop enthusiasts from 8 to 10 p.m. It's free.

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