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"Calloused," an exhibit of artwork by Western New York teens organized through the Future Curators program at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will open next Thursday in the gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. The exhibit will include 53 works selected by the artists' peers from more than 750 submissions from throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. The evening will begin with guided exhibition tours at 5 p.m. A performance by the Kalif Crutcher Jazz Sextet from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts will take place at 7 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden, and a ballet performance by dancers from Lewiston-Porter High School will follow at 8:15 in the auditorium. The exhibit will remain on view through June 17. For more information, visit or call 882-8700.



Bryant & Stratton is offering free Career Readiness Coaching Sessions at its Amherst and Southtowns campuses. The sessions, which cover resumes and cover letters; interviewing skills; networking; applying for jobs online; applying for federal jobs; and cleaning up your Internet presence, are being held on Mondays and Fridays through June 8. For more information or to register, call the Amherst campus (3650 Millersport Highway) at 625-6300 or the Southtowns campus (Sterling Park, 200 Redtail, Orchard Park) at 677-9500.



Hamburg High School's Drama Club will present "Witness for the Prosecution" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium, 4111 Legion Drive, Hamburg. Tickets are $3-$8. Pictured are, from left, Jeremy Jackson, Robyn Baun and Marissa MacTurk.

St. Amelia School will present "Annie Jr." at 4 and 7 p.m. Friday at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $6. For more information, call 836-2230.



Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg, will hold an open house at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Advance registration is requested but not required. For information, call 649-7900 or visit



Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, is accepting applications for New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators scholarships. Four $1,500 scholarships -- two academic and two athletic -- will be awarded to students from around New York State. Eligible applicants can be high school students planning to attend college in the fall, current undergraduate students or graduate students who reside in the 138th Assembly District. Deadline for application is 5 p.m. April 30 at Ceretto's district office, 1700 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. For information or an application, call 282-6062.



High school students enrolled in Erie 1 BOCES fashion design and merchandising program will host the program's third annual fashion show at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. today in the Potter Career and Technical Center, 750 Potter Road, West Seneca. The senior fashion design students have created the clothing to be displayed as well as planned the show. The students collaborated with other classes such as cosmetology, building trades, electrical and custom painting to host the free event.



Sacred Heart Academy will hold its seventh annual Day of SHAring beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. Students, faculty, staff, alumnae, parents and friends will volunteer at more than 50 nonprofit sites throughout the community. For more information, visit or call Ruth Donner at 834-2101, Ext. 312.



For students who have submitted entries to the student quiz/essay or illustration contest associated with the serial story "Freehand" that ran in NeXt, the website that was being used to collect the responses has been shut down. To resend submissions, please visit The contest deadline is May 18.



Last week, youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns were recognized with honorable mention in a national service competition sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples Foundation. The Torch Club, comprised of local youths age 11 to 13, were recognized for their "Torch for Unity" pen pal program in which club members wrote letters to children with disabilities. Staples representatives presented the Torch Club with a $750 check for their accomplishment. The Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns is one of four chapters nationwide to be selected for the award.