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OOPS, WE GOOFED: The Web site addresses for Compass House's new Safe Place Program for runaway teens were incorrect in last week's NeXt. The correct addresses are www.safeplaceservices.org and www.compasshouse.org.

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BALLET AUDITION: The audition for the summer program of the New York City School of American Ballet has been rescheduled for this Sunday at the American Academy of Ballet, West Klein Road in Dash's Plaza. (The Feb. 12 audition was canceled due to the snowstorm that hit New York City.) Dancers 12 to 14 should come at 11 a.m. to register, those 15 to 18 at 12:30 p.m. Wear dance attire and bring pointe shoes and birth certificate. Call 688-4774 for more information.

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SEND POETRY: NeXt readers 18 and younger are urged to send original poems for consideration for publication in NeXt during National Poetry Month in April. Poems should be 25 lines or less, must be typed and should be mailed to NeXt, Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240. Poems cannot be returned. Include the poet's name, age, phone number and school.

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PROM DRESSES: Becca's Closet will be operating again this year to connect lightly used but still fashionable prom gowns with girls who can't afford to buy a new gown. Donated gowns are being sought again this year in the effort, spearheaded by Randi Godshaw, a senior at Williamsville North, and Katie Johnson, a senior at Williamsville South. The charity was founded by Rebecca Kirtman, who started a dress bank at her Florida high school. Her family kept it going after she was killed in a car accident. To donate dresses, call 688-0508 or visit the project's Web site at www.beccascloset.org. Girls seeking gowns make appointments in advance and information is kept confidential.

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REMEMBERING IMMIGRANTS: North Tonawanda residents from elementary school through college are invited to participate in the North Tonawanda History Museum's first ethnic heritage celebration by researching and writing essays or creating art works, costumes, crafts or musical performances related to North Tonawanda's ethnic heritage. Projects may be individual or group efforts. Prizes will be awarded. Some essays and art work will be used in a souvenir book for a celebration in October 2006. To register, call the museum at 213-0554.

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POSTER DESIGN: High school artists in Erie and Niagara counties are welcome to compete in the Taste of Buffalo Poster Contest. All entries must include an image of a fork and an image of a buffalo and reflect the event's Caribbean island theme. Completed entries should be mailed or hand-delivered to: Taste of Buffalo Poster Art Contest, Buffalo Alliance for Education, 275 Oak St., Suite 220, Buffalo, NY 14203: Attn: Pat Jensen. The deadline is March 17. For rules, visit www.topsmarkets.com. The grand prize winning design will be used on 2006 Taste of Buffalo promotional materials. Both the winner and their school's art department will receive $500 awards. Second prize is a $150 gift certificate for Hyatt's All Things Creative, and third prize is an iPod Shuffle.

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BRICKS FOR BUFFALO: Attention, 6th, 7th and 8th graders: Get your name in stone! Create a legacy for yourself and your school by winning a cobblestone brick engraved with your name, school, grade and year in the Bricks for Buffalo, Plaza Walkway. Write an essay on "Why Western New York Is a Great Place to Live." Up to 20 public and private Erie County middle school students can win this contest sponsored by Bricks for Buffalo. Aplications are available through English and Social Studies teachers, or at the Web site: www.workingfordowntown.org. The deadline is March 31.

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MINI HEROES: Entenmann's bakery is urging adults 18 or older to submit an essay chronicling the charitable efforts of young people 6 to 17 in a new Mini Hero Search. Entry deadline is April 8. Grand prize is $5,000, with half for the young hero and the other half to the charity of the winner's choice. Four first-prize winners will each get $250 cash. Find more information online at entenmanns.gwbakeries.com/

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REMEMBERING IMMIGRANTS: North Tonawanda residents from elementary school through college are invited to participate in the North Tonawanda History Museum's first ethnic heritage celebration by researching and writing essays or creating art works, costumes, crafts or musical performances related to North Tonawanda's ethnic heritage. Projects may be individual or group efforts. Prizes will be awarded. Some essays and art work will be used in a souvenir book for a celebration in October 2006. To register, call the museum at 213-0554.

NeXt Editor: Jean Westmoore (849-4076)

Graphic designer: Christina Visco

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