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Clarence High School Chamber Singers, Chorale and Mixed Chorus will offer a concert of sacred music at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Clarence High School Auditorium, 9625 Main St.

Pop star Lisa Loeb will take a break during her 29 city American tour to show off the Candie's spring footwear collection at Kaufmann's Walden Galleria store.

Loeb will perform an acoustic set from her album "Firecracker" and meet with fans from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday on the lower level of the Galleria store.

Area students with at least two credits of High School English are invited to travel and study in Ireland this summer. The monthlong tour, conducted by the Celtic Learning and Travel Services Ltd. of Toronto, has the approval of the state Department of Education, and participating students will receive an elective credit. Students will stay with an Irish family in Dublin and participate in classroom instruction, educational field trips and a weekend at the Galway Arts Festival.

An informational meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. For information, contact Garry O'Sullivan at the Celtic Learning and Travel Services Ltd., at (888) 868-9153.

Frontier Central High School in Hamburg and Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga were among the winners in the preliminary rounds of the Fed Challenge competition.

The Fed Challenge, sponsored by the Buffalo Branch Federal Reserve Bank of New York, is an academic exercise designed to assist high school students, teachers and the public in becoming more knowledgeable about the Federal Reserve System.

Frontier and Maryvale advanced with Haverling High School of Bath and Webster High School of Webster to the regional finals March 21 in the downtown Buffalo office of the Buffalo Branch. Webster won that competition, and will travel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York City to participated in the Second District finals in April.

Squeaky Wheel is holding its first annual video festival and fund-raiser, and has issued a call for humorous videos in a special youth category open to students under 18 years of age. According to the submission guidelines, original source can be film, video or CD-ROM but must be submitted on VHS video. Tapes must run five minutes or less in length and they must be in to Squeaky Wheel by April 10. Mail or deliver entry fee ($10 Squeaky Wheel members, $14 non-members) and tape to Squeaky Wheel, 175 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14201.

The About Buffalo Video Festival will be held April 30 in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court.

MTV will launch "True Life," the network's weekly documentary series about the lives and concerns of young adults, with "True Life: Fatal Dose," at 10 p.m. tonight. The investigative report on the rise of heroin use among young people is hosted by MTV news reporter Serena Altschul and focuses on the city of Plano, Texas, where at least 14 young people have died of heroin overdoses since 1996.

The second installment, "True Life: No Money Mo' Problems," and hosted by James Van Der Beek of the WB drama "Dawson's Creek," will air at 10 p.m. April 7.
Students in grades nine through 12 are invited to participate in the 17th Annual Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition. The contest is open to students representing congressional districts from around the country, including Congressman Jack Quinn's 30th Congressional District.

Submissions may only be accepted on a school participation basis. Contact your school guidance office or art department for information. Entry deadline is May 4.

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