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Where We Live: Aurora/East Aurora

Aurora/East Aurora

Three rocket building teams with Immaculate Conception School will join 100 teams from across the U.S. Saturday for a national finals contest to shoot model rockets about 800 feet in the air and return a raw egg “astronaut” to the ground unharmed.

The “fly-off” at The Plains, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., is one of the world’s largest, according to a Team America Rocketry Challenge announcement.

Teams include varsity athletes, marching band members and three affiliated with Immaculate Conception: School teams “Rock It” and “Matrix” and “YES - Youth for the Exploration of Space,” a girls team mentored by the alumni association.

Finalists are competing for scholarships and prizes worth about $60,000 and a trip to the Paris International Air Show in June. The winning team will represent the U.S. in the International Rocketry Challenge and compete against the United Kingdom and France.

The competition is modeled on the aerospace industry’s design process with variations this year that include a rocket that divides during flight and safely returns the motor and egg to the ground in separate sections, said the TARC press release.

The contest is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry and other partners.

This week:

• The Roycroft Film Society will show the documentary the “Sinking of the Lusitania - Terror at Sea” at 3 p.m. Sunday (today) at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave. It is part of the centennial commemorations of the torpedoed ship that led to the death of Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard and his wife Alice.

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main St.

• The Aurora Historical Society will host a gathering of new and current docents at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Site at 6 p.m. Monday, 24 Shearer Ave.; and at the Elbert Hubbard Museum, 363 Oakwood Ave. at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The meetings are part of an effort to recruit more tour guides for the summer season, which starts June 3. Volunteer training is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• The School Board holds a public hearing for the budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday at East Aurora Middle School library, 430 Main St.

• The town Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.

• The Roycroft Concert Series will feature the music of Joseph Haydn, 8 p.m. Friday at the Power House, 39 South Grove St. Tickets are $35 and be purchased at