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Kavinoky Theatre and the Food Bank of Western New York present Tickets for Turkeys. Through Dec. 12 the theater will be accepting donations of nonperishable foods in the theater's lobby during performances of "I Hate Hamlet." In addition, for each frozen turkey donated, the theater will give a gift certificate good for two tickets to any performance this season. Also, $15 donations to feed a family of four for a week are being accepted. Nonperishable items will be accepted in the Kavinoky Theatre, D'Youville College, 320 Porter Ave. Frozen turkeys can be brought to the theater Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or call 829-8141 to schedule a drop-off at another time. To contact the Food Bank of Western New York, call 852-1305 or visit www.foodbankwny.org.

The Aquarium of Niagara has received a $5,000 grant from Target stores to support projects that promote education, the arts and family violence prevention. The grant will be used, in part, to sponsor the aquarium's annual Storytelling Saturdays, which run Feb. 5 through Feb. 26, 2005.

The Jewish Community Center of Buffalo is sponsoring a trip Dec. 12 to see a matinee performance of the Jewish Repertory Theatre's production of "The Price." Trip cost of $48 includes van transportation to the Irish Classical Theatre, show ticket and lunch in the Bijou Grille. Paid reservations are essential by Dec. 1. For additional information and reservations, call 688-4114, Ext. 366.

Auditions
Alleyway Theatre will hold auditions for roles in the upcoming production of the comedy "Big Happy." Two females and one male are sought. Age range for all three roles is 20 to 35. Interested parties may call 852-2600, Ext. 205, for more information or to make an audition appointment.

Area artists
The Blues Society of Western New York held its "Memphis Bound" band competition finals Nov. 6 in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. Winners of the competition were Flyin' Blind from Lockport in the band division and John Martz from Amherst in the solo/duo division. The winners will represent the Society Feb. 3-5, 2005, in Memphis, Tenn., during the International Blues Challenge. For more information about the society and its competition, visit www.wnyblues.com and www.blues.org.

The Western New York Artists Group named Edward G. Bisone as a lifetime member. An incredible craftsman, Bisone has been an unwavering and committed volunteer for the group as well as a participating artist. Bisone was honored at the opening reception of the group's 13th annual Regional Artists Exhibition held Nov. 5 in Art Dialogue Gallery, 1 Linwood Ave.

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