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The 19th annual Walk for Kids presented by the National Honor Society raised $32,398 for Kids Escaping Drugs. More than 700 students participated in the three-mile stroll at Como Lake Park in Lancaster on May 20.

The top fundraising school was Herbert Hoover Middle School in the Ken-Ton School District with $4,619.25. In second place was Clarence High School with $3,673.06.

The Kids Escaping Drugs campaign supports Renaissance Campus, a long-term residential treatment facility for teenagers suffering from drug and alcohol abuse.


Young Audiences of Western New York will offer free family events on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 9 at Canalside, 1 Naval Park Cove. To download a schedule of events, visit


Gretchen Murray Sepik will share folk tales from the Erie Canal era at M&T First Fridays at the Gallery from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. For more information, visit


The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will hold its Children's Day 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Activities will include a visit from Tilly the Trilobite; live birds from the Messinger Woods Wildlife & Education Center; rocket launches by "Rocket Rich" Spencer at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; face painting by the Hamburg YES organization; fossil collecting and contests and more. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under; free for children 2 and under. For directions or information, call 627-4560 or visit


Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) will hold summer enrichment programs for students entering grades eight through 12. The free program is designed for students interested in exploring science, technology and engineering. Applications, which must be accompanied by a current report card, are due Monday. For more information, call 645-3066, visit or email


The Music is Art Battle of the Bands will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Ten Western New York high school bands will compete for a chance to earn a spot on the main stage at the 10th annual Music is Art Festival on Sept. 15, a full day of recording time at the GCR Studio, a digital release of one song on Good Charamel Records, a professional photo shoot and more. The winners will be determined by a combination of votes from the live audience on Saturday and online votes after the taped show airs at 2 p.m. July 28 on CW Channel 23. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 880-3377 or visit


The Theatre of Youth will present "Charlotte's Web" at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. Tickets are $22-$24. For information, call 884-4400, Ext. 304, or visit ?