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Artpark to hold auditions for apprenticeship program

LEWISTON -- The Musical Theater Apprenticeship Program, started last summer, will be back this year for Artpark's August production of "Fame -- The Musical."

The program provides a chance for up to eight high school music theater students of exceptional talent, ages 16 and up, to participate in the musical. Students will receive a $325 stipend for July 27 through Aug. 18.

Auditions will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

Visit www.artpark.net for information and an application. For more information, call Susan Stimson at 754-9000, Ext. 142 or e-mail susan@artpark.net.

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Blacks in the Courts group plans program to honor King

The Rev. Timothy Brown, of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Niagara Falls, will be the guest speaker Friday at the Western New York Coalition of Blacks in the Courts 21st annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The lunchtime ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. in the second-floor Ceremonial Courtroom at Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin St. It is free and open to the public. Buffalo City Judge James A.W. McLeod, a founding member of the coalition of judges, lawyers and court workers, is the master of ceremonies for the annual event honoring the slain civil rights leader.

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Medical Center seeking volunteers for vans

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is seeking volunteer drivers and assistants for its CARExpress van, a community service that provides low-cost transportation for Niagara Falls-area residents who have appointments at the medical center, 621 10th St., or at the Summit Healthplex, 6932-6934 Williams Road, Wheatfield.

Immediate openings are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and substitute drivers also are needed.

Drivers should have a clean driving record and enjoy interacting with others. Training will be provided. For more information, call Judy Villani at 278-4440 or e-mail her at volunteers@nfmmc.org.

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Music Is Art seeks grant from Pepsi in online contest

Buffalo's Music Is Art organization is seeking a $50,000 grant this month in the Pepsi Refresh contest.

The funds would go toward the HEART Program -- Helping Every Adolescent Rally Together. This partnership with the Mental Health Association of Erie County provides educational programs on mental health at high schools using live music and a three-day curriculum.

Pepsi's contest each month awards grants for $250,000, $50,000, $25,000 and $5,000. The company says it is looking for ideas that can make a positive impact. The online fundraising contest allows the public to vote on the hundreds of proposals the company selects for the competition.

It is among a handful of proposals with local ties. To search for projects and vote, visit www.refresheverything.com.

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