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Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will hold an astronomy program at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Telescopes will focus on Jupiter, Mars and constellations. Cost is $3, free for members. For more information, call 627-4560 or visit


Young Audiences of Western New York will offer Curators of Culture, a free summer program in the arts for teens, ages 13-17, who live in Erie County. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from July 8 to Aug. 29. It will be held at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, and, on Fridays, at the SUNY Buffalo State Community Academic Center, 214 Grant St. For more information, call 881-0917 or email


The deadline to register for Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School’s Summer Enrichment Camp for boys entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades is Friday. For more information, visit or call 826-3610, Ext. 243.


Cooper Sullivan, a senior at Williamsville North High School, has been selected to participate in the 2014 National Youth Orchestra. Cooper, who plays the bassoon, is the only musician selected from Western New York. After touring with the NYO, he will attend Yale University in the fall.


Gow School senior Kevin McNamara, of South Wales, has been chosen to receive the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship of $1,000. He plans to study computer science at Bethany College in West Virginia.


The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has announced its Summer 2014 – Fizz! Boom! Read! programs, including the Summer Reading Challenge, Battle of the Books, events every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canalside and more. To find out more, call 858-8900 or visit


Openings are available for singers entering grades three through 12 with the ABC Bel Canto Choirs. For an appointment, call Sue Fay Allen at 759-6428 or email or


Alexa Draman, of Williamsville; John Lehsten, of Orchard Park; and Nicholas Pino, of Grand Island, are three of 24 students selected for the 2014-15 Service Scholars Program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. The students will receive payments for half their tuition and room and board each year. The students will be expected to continue their involvement in community service.


Young Audiences of Western New York will present family-friendly programs, including a visit from Gretchen Murray Sepik and Mary Jemison at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Alden Ewell Free Library, 13280 Broadway, Alden, and a folklore workshop with Celes Tisdale at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Arcade Free Library, 365 Main St., Arcade.


The All-American Soap Box Derby of Hamburg will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 97 S. Buffalo St., Hamburg. To find out more information, visit Facebook or


Pole Position Raceway at the Walden Galleria will partner with the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York to raise awareness and funds Saturday with the Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset event that reflects the patience, strength and endurance of caregivers. Individual races will cost $28 and teams of 10 can have a private race for $280. For more information, visit or call (315) 423-RACE (7223).


Just Buffalo Literary Center offers workshops designed for young writers ages 12 to 18. For more information, visit


Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) will host summer enrichment programs for students entering grades eight to 12 who are interested in science, technology and engineering. Application deadline for the free program is Saturday. For more information, call 645-3066, email or visit or

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