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Blue Man Group: Thinking Outside the Box is a free educational program for students in grades nine through 12 to explore performance elements by combining visual, musical and performing arts. The eight-week program will conclude with students presenting their original work at the Shea's Smith Theatre, 660 Main St., on Feb. 5. The students will attend dinner and a performance by Blue Man Group at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., on Feb. 8. Applications are available at under the "Education Program" tab and must be submitted by Dec. 10. For more information, call Jennifer Fitzery at 829-1152 or email



The Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden, will host events throughout the day Saturday as part of Alden's Christmas in the Park. A Christmas rummage sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; caroling from noon to 3 p.m.; a living Nativity at 4 p.m.; and the opening of "It's a Wonderful Life" at 7:30 p.m.



A four-week class on Fashion Sketching and Design for Teens will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, beginning Dec. 14, at Hobby Lobby, 2090 George Urban Blvd., Depew. The cost is $85, which includes all supplies. Preregistration is required; call or text Darellyn McKnight at 986-7099 or email



The Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, will celebrate the first birthdays of Seymour the mastodon and Stanley the Albertosaurus from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit or call 896-5200, Ext. 312.



Students from the Buffalo Urban League have created a video, "Stop Stalking Us," in collaboration with the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Erie Niagara Reality Check Program, to educate young people in Western New York about the impact of tobacco marketing practices. The video was introduced on the Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society this month. To see the video, visit



*Santa Claus will visit the Wendelville Fire Company, 7340 Campbell Blvd., North Tonawanda, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday to celebrate with Make-A-Wish Foundation children and their families before he heads over to the Walden Galleria for a 6 p.m. appearance at Macy's. Children of all ages are invited to join Santa at Macy's for a reading of "The Night Before Christmas." Visitors can also put their letters for Santa in Macy's Believe mailbox. For every letter collected, Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

*Santa also will visit the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, at 11 a.m. Saturday. The day will start with lunch followed by holiday activities from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $10 with lunch; $5 for activities only. Reservations and prepayment are necessary for lunch; call 693-1885.



"The Sound of Music" will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. The event is free. For more information, call 692-2413.



The Lancaster Regional Players will present "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $13-$20; visit Pictured, back row, from left, are Alex Bogart, Allison Gray, Jake Shapiro and Michel Guidi; front row, from left, are Aaron Boos and Annabella Bogart.