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Artpark & Co. will hold open auditions for its upcoming summer production of “Peter Pan” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Niagara University Annex in Niagara Falls. Roles are available for children ages 7 to 17, including dancers and singers. Bring sheet music, a head shot and résumé. Callbacks will be held Feb. 1. For more information, email


Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will present “Cassini’s Tour of Saturn, Dawn’s Approach to Ceres and New Horizon’s Long Trek to Pluto” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. Cost is $5, free for Penn Dixie members. For more information, visit or call 627-4560.


The Holocaust Research Center is holding its annual Arts and Writing Contest for students in grades seven through 12. This year’s theme is “How Propaganda Can Provoke and Prevent Genocide.” The deadline is April 15. For more information, email, call 634-9535 or visit


Alexandra Seefeldt, 15, of Kenmore, won first place in the women’s hard creative weapon division at the 2014 National Black Belt League Super Grands World Games XXV, which were held in December at the Adam’s Mark Hotel downtown. She is a student at Master Khechen’s Martial Arts and Fitness Academy on Kenmore Avenue. Another student of Master Khechen’s, Paul Piazza, 17, of the Town of Tonawanda, won second place in the men’s hard creative forms division. To see videos of their championship performances, go to  and


Be a part of Music is Art’s interactive campaign. Take a photo of yourself with a sign expressing what music means to you. Share the photo on social media (;; with #musicis or email Music is Art will gather the photos to create a music video. To see a video of Robby Takac explaining the campaign, go to Deadline for submission is Jan. 31.


Intro to Snowshoeing: Native American Style will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bond Lake Park, 2571 Lower Mountain Road, Lewiston. Admission is free. For more information, call Carol at 694-3488.


The Hubbard Film Society is East Aurora is looking for a student volunteer to help show its films once a month (usually from 3 to 7 p.m. the second Sunday of each month) at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora. Interested applicants should contact Sue Bradley at


The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will present its 27th annual winter concert, “We Sing, We Dance,” at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. The concert also will feature Lake Effect, an all-male a cappella ensemble. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 662-2923.


Fashion Design and Sketching Workshops for Teens will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at Hobby Lobby, 6743 Transit Road, Lancaster. Cost is $85, which includes both sessions and all supplies. Preregistration is required; call Darellyn McKnight at 986-7099 or email