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The Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport, will open the Storrs All-High Photo Show, featuring the work of high school students from across Western New York, with a free public reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The exhibit will continue through April 27. The winning photos will be featured in next week’s NeXt.


• The Vivace Choir of Bel Canto, joined by the Chautauqua Children’s Chorus and the Hochstein Youth Singers, will perform as part of the New York American Choral Directors Association Children’s Chorus Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence. Call 759-6428 for more information.

• The U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Iroquois Middle School, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma. For more information, call 863-7409.


Groups and individuals are invited to participate in the Garlic Mustard Challenge, a friendly competition to help remove a harmful plant from Western New York. Volunteers can sign up to remove garlic mustard at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga or Kenneglenn Preserve in Wales. A kickoff event will be held at 11 a.m. April 12 at Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Winners will be announced June 14 at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center. For more information or to register, call 683-5959.


The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is holding its annual Arts and Writing Contest for students in grades seven through 12. Entries in either writing or visual arts should focus on the theme, “Stand Up – Don’t Stand By.” Prizes will be awarded for each category in each grade. Deadline is April 11. For information on guidelines and contest rules, visit


The Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo Literary Center will present the Lewiston Arts Cafe, a music and poetry gathering, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St., Lewiston. Featured will be Perry Nicholas with music provided by Maria Sebastian and John Brady. For more information, visit or


The winners of the Young Musicians Scholarships awarded by the Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are: $3,000, Duo Xu, piano, Williamsville East High School; $2,000, Teagan Faran, violin, Williamsville East; and $1,000, Alexander Cousins, cello, Grand Island High School. The awards will be presented during the BPO’s performance May 10 at Kleinhans Music Hall.


“Illuminate,” a fashion show featuring clothing designed and sewn by Erie 1 BOCES students, will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. today in the Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. Between the two shows, families are encouraged to visit a career expo, which will explain the career and technical course options available through BOCES. For more information, visit or call 821-7462.


The Family Film Series continues at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, with “Walking With Dinosaurs” at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $2. For more information, call 692-2413 or visit


Meghan Francis, a sophomore at Park School, earned two awards at the recent Western New York History Day contest that was held at Canisius College. Her essay on women’s suffrage took first place in the paper contest as well as best entry overall. Nigel Jacobs, also a sophomore at Park School, won third place with his essay on wartime censorship. Meghan will represent Western New York later this month in the state competition in Cooperstown.


The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Ave.


Abraham Verghese will visit as part of the Babel author series presented by Just Buffalo Literary Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. For more information, visit


Penn Dixie and Williamsville North Space Planetarium are teaming up to present an astronomy-planetarium night at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road, Amherst. For more information, call 627-4560.


Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Amherst, is open to the public during school hours for an exhibit of artwork that was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi’s poem “The Canticle of the Sun.” The exhibit runs until April 23.


• Sacred Heart Academy will present “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 3860 Main St., Amherst. Tickets are $5-$7 advance and $6-$8 at the door. For more information, call 834-2101.

• Hamburg High School’s Drama Club will present “The Importance of Being Earnest” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium, 4111 Legion Drive, Hamburg. Tickets are $4-$8 and can be purchased at the high school service desk from 3 to 6 p.m. today and Friday, at the door or online at; click the Webstore icon. Pictured are, from left, Jordan Brown, Brandon Mecklenburg, T.J. Barnes and Corrinne Greene.

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