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INTO THE WOODS: From left, Eva Tashjian, Emily Hogenmiller and Dennis Lawton star in the Springville Griffith Institute production of "Into the Woods" at 7:30 Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the school. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and senior citizens. Seating is reserved. Call 592-3287.

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HURRICANE OF FASHION: Williamsville North senior Caitlin Palumbo has organized a benefit fashion show for this Friday to benefit Eleanor McMain High School in New Orleans which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Caitlin organized the benefit for her Senior Inquiry Project and has been in close contact with Brigit Frick, the principal at Eleanor McMain. A short video about the school will air before the fashion show. Modeling the clothes from stores on Elmwood, including Sunday, Damsel in a Dress, Half and Half, BeYouTiful, and Sweet and Dirty will be 25 girls and 13 boys from area high schools. Kiss 98.5 is providing the music.

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CHILDREN OF EDEN: Orchard Park High School, 4040 S. Baker Road, will present the musical "Children of Eden" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday with a matinee Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the school auditorum. Tickets are $8. Seating is reserved. Call 209-6222.

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NICHOLS FILM FEST: The Nichols School annual high school film festival is seeking short films of 10 minutes or less from Western New York high school students (mini DV, DVD or VHS). Include a sheet of paper with name, address, phone number, age, grade and the name of your school to and mail to: Flick Fest, c/o Andrea Mancuso, Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14216. Deadline is March 29. There is no fee. Call 875-8212, Ext. 252, or e-mail amancuso@nicholsschool.org.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Holley High School presents "Beauty and the Beast" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $7 at the door, $6 pre-sale. Call 638-6335.

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SCHOOL ART SHOW: Art work by students in the Williamsville Central Schools will be displayed at the Amherst Museum starting with a parents reception from 7 to 9 p.m. March 21 and 22. The show continues through April 20.

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DARIEN AUDITION: Six Flags Darien Lake will be recruiting people 14 and older to audition for its summer season theater shows from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the McKinley Mall in Hamburg and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Walden Galleria. The actual auditions will be held at 10 a.m. April 1 at the Clark Academy of Performing Arts, 3068 Main St., Buffalo, and at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at Images in Dance, 59 Main St., Batavia.

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ESSAY WINNERS: First place winners in the Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest were Amherst senior Breauna Crumpler, St. Monica eighth-grader Marina Akaic and Houghton Academy sixth-grader Alexandrea Ozoria. Other winners were: Grades 10 to 12, second, Amherst sophomore Cierra Belton, third, Hutch-Tech junior Cha Vu; Grades 7 to 9, second, City Honors freshman Queenosob Hashi, third, Highgate Heights eighth grade Alise Dixon; grades 4 to 6, second, Juanee'Tah Perry, International School 45 fifth-grader, third, Jamilia Williams, Hamlin Park School 74 sixth grader. Essay theme was "A Salute to African American Youth in Western New York" and essays will be printed in Historically Speaking, the newsletter of the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier.

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COLLEGE NIGHT: College exploration night including campus tours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bryant & Stratton's three campuses: at 465 Main St., Fourth Floor; the Audubon Business Centre,40 Hazelwood Drive in Amherst; and Sterling Park, 200 Redtail, Orchard Park.

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FED COMPETITION: Teams from schools throughout Western New York will compete next Wednesday in the annual "Fed Challenge" competition at the Buffalo Branch Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Teams must recommend and defend a specific course of action for the direction of U.S. Monetary policy before a panel of judges. The winner will compete in district finals in New York City in April; the district winner will compete in national finals in Washington, D.C.

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