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CONCERT

The Presto Choir of Bel Canto will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the SHOWCASE! concert at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. A nonperishable canned good is requested for admission.

FINALISTS

Seven area high schools have been chosen as finalists for the 2015 Kenny Awards, which recognize the talent, dedication and efforts of high school students producing and performing in their school musicals. The schools are: Bishop Timon-St. Jude, “Shrek the Musical”; City Honors School, “The Drowsy Chaperone”; East Aurora High School, “Disney’s Beauty & the Beast”; Iroquois High School, “Little Shop of Horrors”; Lewiston Porter High School, “Annie”; Starpoint High School, “Phantom of the Opera”; and Tonawanda High School, “The Addams Family.” The awards, which are presented by Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the Lipke Foundation, will be held May 16, 2015.

PREP COURSE

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will hold its placement exam prep course from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 and 19. Cost is $85 and includes the exam fee. The entrance exam will be held at 8 a.m. Nov. 22 at the school, 601 McKinley Parkway. For more information, call Admissions Coordinator Charlie Comerford at 826-3610 or email comerford@bishoptimon.com.

SPELLING BEE WINNERS

The winners of a spelling bee hosted by Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School are Steven Higgins, Justin Harig, Domenic Gallo and Zachary Boquard, all students at Discovery School.

LIBRARY EVENTS

Activities this week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include a haunted library video followed by a screening of “Beetlejuice” from 5 to 7 p.m. today and an autumn cupcake decorating contest for children ages 6 to 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. To register, call 858-7192.

CONTEST

WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse is holding its annual Drug Free New Year Art and Poetry Competition. Artists and poets from grades kindergarten through 12 are invited to submit their work by Nov. 7. For an entry form and contest details, visit www.wny.united.org.

POETRY

Just Buffalo Literary Center has released Wordplay 2014, its annual anthology of student writing. To access the work by area students, visit www.justbuffalo.org/education/wordplay/. Also, Education Director Noah Falck will present a workshop titled “Ghost Poems” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today. Just Buffalo Writing Center workshops are designed for young writers ages 12 to 18. To register or for more information about upcoming workshops, visit www.justbuffalo.org/writing-center/workshop-registration/.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS

The Alden Christian Theatre Society’s Rising Stars will present three radio shows, “Death Robbery,” “The Dark” and “Three Skeleton Key,” at 8 p.m. today at 1470 Church St., Alden.

Also, ACTS will be open for trick-or-treating followed by “Scaryoke” on Friday evening.