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The 10th annual Mark Twain Birthday Party and Symposium will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court. The event features Mike Randall as Twain, food, lectures, readings, a birthday cake and more. Seating is limited for the event. Tickets cost $20 and can be reserved by calling 871-1900 or e-mailing marktwainparty@aol.com.

The Arts Council for Wyoming County will host a Portfolio Day for Wyoming County high school students with artists Christine and Tom Daly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6. Students may stop in the Arts Council building, 31 S. Main St., Perry, to receive help in preparing their portfolios for college admission. For more information, call (585) 237-3517.

Auditions

The Alleyway Theatre will hold open auditions for child actors for its upcoming production of "A Christmas Carol" at 10 a.m. Nov. 6. The theater is seeking a boy between 5 and 7 years old for the role of Tiny Tim and a boy between 11 and 14 years old and no taller than 5 feet, 1 inch. Also, an adult baritone is sought for the role of Tradesman and Christmas Present. Adult actors should call to arrange a private audition. For more information or to register, call 852-2600, Ext. 205.

Quaker Oats is seeking children ages 8 to 12 (not actors) for a TV commercial and will be in the Buffalo-Rochester area Saturday and Sunday. Auditions are by appointment only. For more information, call (888) 709-5263.