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• Clarence High School will present “Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school, 9625 Main St., Clarence. Tickets are $10. The play is recommended for ages 13 and older. For more information, call 407-9050 or visit Pictured, from left, are Nick Harwas, Josh Wilde and Kasie Buono.

• Sacred Heart Academy will present “I Remember Mama” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 3860 Main St. Tickets are $7-$9. For more information, call 834-2101. Pictured are, from left, Jillian Farrell and Julie Cordani.

• Depew High School will present “Cinderella” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the school, 5201 S. Transit Road, Depew. Tickets are $6-$10. Call 686-5064 for tickets or more information. Pictured, from left, are Emily Bassett, Jessica Karnyski and Adam Bauer.

• St. Mary’s High School will present “Bye, Bye Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, March 20 and 21 at the school, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $5-$8. Call 683-4824 or visit for more information.


St. Mary’s High School, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster, will hold a practice admissions exam at 9 a.m. Saturday for seventh-graders who plan to take the Catholic high school admissions test in November. Cost is $5. To register or for more information, call Steven Grieco at 683-4824, Ext. 237, or email


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


The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program honors young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominations for youths ages 6 to 18 will be accepted until Friday at


Members of Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of Western New York will present a free program, “Celebrating Grand Families – Telling Our Stories,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 132 Jefferson Ave. For more information, call 883-4418 or visit


Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will present “Four Worlds, One Country: A Look into Diverse Treasures of Ecuador by Abigail LaPlaca of the University at Buffalo at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. Cost is $5, free for Penn Dixie members. For more information, call 627-4560 or visit


Spotlight on Youth (SOY) is a coffeehouse/open mic series from 6:15 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday every other month at Just Buffalo Writing Center, 468 Washington St. (corner of Mohawk Street. The evening aims to give young people ages 12 to 21 an opportunity to share and develop their talents. The next session will be on Wednesday. For more information, call 832-5400 or visit


Audubon Society naturalist Tom Kerr will lead a nocturnal search for owls from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Rose Acres Audubon Preserve, 5184 Java Lake Road, Java Center. Cost is $5. Preregistration is required; call (585) 457-3228.


• The winners of the 38th annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest are Dajanyque Peay, grade 12, home schooled; Andrew Amos, grade seven, Cleveland Hill Middle School; and Jakye Amos, grade five, City Honors School.

• The winners of the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo’s annual high school essay contest are Nardin Academy juniors Zoe Pearce (who is also a NeXt correspondent) and Ariana Revelas.


Christina LaRussa, 16, a sophomore at West Seneca East High School, has been crowned 2015 Miss Buffalo’s Outstanding Teen. She will represent the Queen City in the Miss New York State Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program that will be held later this year in Saratoga Springs.

Also, her sister, Rachel, 11, a fifth-grader at West Seneca East Middle School, was named Miss Flower City Preteen and will attend the Miss New York State Pageant in New York City in June.


This week’s activities at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include a screening of “Princess Kaiulani” at 5 p.m. Thursday; a celebration of National Young Audiences Week from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday; and Young Audiences Second Saturday featuring a Story Cloths workshop with Phyllis Thompson from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 858-8900 or visit


The Presto Choir of ABC Bel Canto will perform from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 128 Pearl St. Admission is free. For more information, visit


Wegmans will award scholarships to two area teens to attend a five-day culinary camp. Interested students should write a maximum of 350 words answering “What inspires you to want to learn more about cooking?” Send entries to or mail to Wegmans Menu Cooking School, Attention: Angela Volta, P.O. Box 30844, 1500 Brooks Ave., Rochester, NY 14624. Deadline is March 29. For more information, visit


Students from the Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program will present “Coalesce,” the program’s sixth annual fashion show, at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the the Lord & Taylor court at Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. The students designed, produced and will model their creations.