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COSTUME CONTEST: Are you making your Halloween costume? NeXt is looking for readers 10 to 18 who have come up with the most creative homemade Halloween costume. E-mail a photo of yourself in your costume with a description of how you put it together to by 8 a.m. Oct. 24. Include your name, age, school and home phone number. Finalists will appear in the Oct. 29 NeXt; online voting will determine the winner. Grand prize is a $25 gift certificate to Pizza Plant and movie passes for four. Runners-up will win movie passes.


NEXT BOOK CLUB: Jeanne DuPrau's novel, "The City of Ember" is our NeXt Book Club pick for fall. Readers 18 and younger are invited to read the book, then write a short review (250 words or less) and e-mail it to or mail it to NeXt Editor Jean Westmoore, Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo NY 14240 by Oct. 10. Reviewers will be eligible for a prize drawing for movie memorabilia including Ember hoodies.


FUTURE CITIES: Seventh- and eighth-graders will tackle the question of the looming water crisis in the 2009 National Engineers Week Future City Competition. Registration deadline is Oct. 31. Student teams create future cities using SimCity 4 Deluxe software and then build scale models. Contact regional coordinator Karen Armstrong at 691-9200 Ext. 245.

NeXt Editor: Jean Westmoore (849-4076)

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