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CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St., will offer summer photography camps for kids. For more information, visit


Just Buffalo Literary Center will open its Writing Center with a celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. today at 468 Washington St. The Writing Center “is a gathering place designed to aid young and emerging writers in the cultivation of their writing skills,” according to a press release. Writing workshops will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 832-5400 or email


Penn Dixie Paleontological Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will hold several events this weekend. At 7 p.m. Friday, Paleo Joe will discuss his Top 10 Dinosaurs at the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. Cost is $5. On Saturday, telescopes will be available to view sunspots. Cost is $6-$7. No preregistration required. Also, the 10th annual “Dig With the Experts” will begin at 9 a.m. Registration for this event is $25-$30. Telescopes also will be available in the evening for an astronomy program. Cost is $3. For more information, call 627-4560 or visit


Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) will host summer enrichment programs for middle and high school students interested in science, technology and engineering. The program is free. Application deadline is June 4. For more information, visit or; email; call 645-3066 or 645-3951 or write to BEAM, 416 Bonner Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260.


Young Voices of New York, a website produced by New York News Publishers Association for writers younger than 14 years old, is accepting applications for reporters. Visit


The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will present its 26th annual spring concert, “I Shall Keep Singing,” at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.


• The ABC Bel Canto Choirs will hold auditions for students in grades two through 11 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. For more information, visit

• The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will hold auditions for students in grades three through 12 from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday and June 3 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 6595 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park. Auditions also will take place from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and June 4 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Email for an appointment.


The Buffalo History Museum will present M&T Third Fridays with Pan-Am Family Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Resource Center, 459 Forest Ave. Actors, tours, hands-on activities and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for all ages to learn about the historic Pan-American Exposition. The event is free. For more info, call 873-9644, Ext. 0, or visit


The 21st annual Walk for Kids will take place Sunday at Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle. Registration begins at noon, followed by a 3-mile walk around the campus from 1 to 2 p.m. Eighteen schools will participate to raise money to benefit Renaissance Campus, Western New York’s only residential treatment facility for teens addicted to drugs and alcohol. To participate, a minimum of $25 in pledges is required. For information, call Kids Escaping Drugs at 827-9462, Ext. 314 or email


The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, needs volunteers to operate its four restored kiddie rides this summer. The rides will open Memorial Day weekend and will remain open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through Labor Day, and weekends only after Labor Day. Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age, although some responsible 16- and 17-year-olds may qualify. For more information, call 693-1885.


Sixteen teams competed for top honors in the Junior Achievement Business Plan Challenge, which was held May 1 at Bryant & Stratton College in Orchard Park. Students from Alden, Kenmore West, Lancaster, Lockport, Pembroke, Warsaw and West Seneca East worked with teachers, mentors and JA volunteers from the local business community to create business plans for their unique product ideas. The winners are:

First place, Nathan Riexinger, of Lancaster High School ($2,000 scholarship provided by Delta Airlines); second place, Danielle Arnold and Megan Krebs, Pembroke High School ($500 scholarship provided by John Hettrick Jr. of WSF Industries); and third place, Grace Herman, Lockport High School ($500 provided by JA of Western New York Board of Directors).


Two Mount Mercy Academy music ensembles were chosen to perform in April on the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. A performance by the Magic Belles handbell choir, pictured at right, under the direction of Fred Kirisits, included “Under the Sea” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and a medley from Disney’s “The Lion King.” The Pure Magic show choir, also led by Kirisits, performed selections such as Sara Bareilles’ “King of Anything.”

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