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Nine area high schools will participate in the Greater Buffalo Junior Robotic Surgeon Challenge on Saturday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Students have spent months learning about robot-assisted surgery gearing up for the finals when two students will perform robot-assisted surgery on a synthetic bladder. Surgeons from Roswell Park will rate the finalists’ performance to decide the winner.


Interviews for Shakespearience (Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s high school apprenticeship program) will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 716 Main St. This season’s productions will be “Henry V” and “Comedy of Errors.” For an appointment or more information, call 856-4533.


Activities for all ages to celebrate superheroes will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library, Lafayette Square. Activities will include best Batman contest, comic books, short films, crafts, games and more. For more information, call 858-8900 or visit


St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in West Seneca is sponsoring a poetry contest for students in grades three through 12. The topic is “What if ... I could change one thing.” Entries of any style or length can be sent to Attention: Pastor Hope, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY 14224 or email Deadline for submissions is May 15. Cash prizes will be awarded during the 10 a.m. worship service on June 8. For more information, call Pastor Hope Harle-Mould at 674-1233.


FMC, which operates Agricultural Solutions in Middleport, is hosting the “2014 Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” for students between the ages of 13 and 21 who are members of a national agriculture-related student organization. Eligible applicants can submit videos of their singing of the national anthem at Deadine for entries is June 10. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and three other finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships. All four finalists will travel to Nashville for a recording session.


Participants in the Junior Achievement Business Plan Challenge will compete for top honors and scholarship money by explaining their plans for producing, distributing and marketing their original products. Students from seven area high schools also will address social and ethical responsibilities and explain their personal management style and past business experience. The challenge takes place at 3 p.m. next Thursday at Bryant & Stratton College, 200 Redtail Drive, Orchard Park.


An evening astronomy program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. Telescopes will be available. Cost is $3. Also, Penn Dixie will host Chris Murawski, of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, who will give a presentation on “What’s In Your Water?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium, Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. Cost is $4. For more information, call 627-4560.


“Home is Where the Heart Is” is the theme of a Facebook photo contest sponsored by Hearts and Hands for anyone 16 and older. Send a photo of what you call home and be sure to include a heart made with your hands to the Hearts and Hands page on Facebook. Deadline is midnight Wednesday. The winner will be posted on May 5 and will receive tickets to the Alden Christian Theatre Society’s production of “Tuesdays With Morrie” and a $50 gift card to Tim Hortons. For more information, call 406-8311.


Registration is underway for Artpark’s annual day camps for children and teens throughout July and August. Themes for the camps include art, theater and music. Visit or call 754-4375 for more information.


Sacred Heart Academy in Amherst will hold its ninth annual Day of Sharing beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. Students will be joined by faculty, staff, alumnae, parents and friends in this event that sends volunteers to more than 50 sites throughout the community.