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The 13th annual Kids Escaping Drugs SkiScape will be held Jan. 2 at HoliMont Ski Resort in Ellicottville. A minimum donation of $60 includes an all-day lift ticket, breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt. The event will feature, skiing, snowboarding, performance by Jay McDonnell and races. For more information or to register, call 827-9462.



Pianist William Paul Freeman will present "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" with guests Jilene VanOpdorp and Joel Decker at 7:30 p.m. Monday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. William, Jilene and Joel are 2010 graduates of Williamsville South High School and are all continuing their music studies in college.



Matt James will bring his Cool Music for Kids to the City of Tonawanda Library, 333 Main St., Tonawanda, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.



Students between eighth and 12th grades who live within 60 miles of Buffalo are invited to submit a one-act play for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship in the Write to Be Heard contest. Visit or e-mail for rules and where to send the play (hard copies only). Contest deadline is Jan. 7.



Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society have teamed up to offer Young Musicians Scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, as well as Silverman String Scholarships for $1,500. The scholarships are available to high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who plan to major in music next fall. Application deadline is Feb. 1. For information, visit, or or call 759-6428 and leave your phone number and e-mail address.



HockeyTowne USA's FanFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Activities include a Kids Zone, music, magic, bubble hockey competition and more. For information, visit

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