Eliza Hopkins, a senior at Buffalo Seminary, placed as a semifinalist for the second year in a row at the 30th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition that was held last month at Lincoln Center in New York City.


St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., will present “The King and I” at 7 tonight. The musical, which will be presented in American Sign Language as well as voice interpreted, is free.


Auditions for ABC Bel Canto Choirs will be held next Thursday and May 16 for choristers entering grades three through 12 at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. Contact Sue Fay Allen at 759-6428 or for times and grade levels.


Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) will host free summer enrichment programs for middle and high school students interested in exploring science, technology and engineering at various locations. For applications and more information, call 645-3066, email or visit or The application deadline is June 3.


CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St., will offer summer photography camps for students ages 8 through 17. For information, call Lauren at 856-2717 or email


Finalists in the Junior Achievement Business Plan Challenge will compete for top honors from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Bryant & Stratton College, 200 Redtail Road, Orchard Park. High school students from Alden, Hutchinson Central Technical, Lancaster, Lockport and the Science Technology Enrichment Program (STEP) at the University at Buffalo will explain their plans for producing, distributing and marketing their products.


The Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, will host award-winning author of “Hana’s Suitcase,” Karen Levine, during its two-day Young Readers Program on Tuesday and Wednesday. A pasta dinner on Tuesday evening will be open to the public. For more information, call 483-6646 or visit


ABC Bel Canto Choirs will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. They will be accompanied by the Weissman String Quartet, Sarah Meredith and David Bond. Also, Buffalo Chips, the men’s a cappella group at the University at Buffalo, will perform and then will be joined by male members of the ABC choirs. For information, call 759-6428 or visit


Marilyn O’Connell of Wild Birds Unlimited will lead a bird walk at 9 a.m. Sunday at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. For information, call 627-4560 or visit


The 13th annual FLICK Fest Student Film and Video Contest was held last week in Nichols School’s Flickinger Performing Arts Center. The incorrect date was given in last week’s NeXt.


Lauren Dierken was the producer of Mount St. Mary Academy’s play “The Extremely Ordinary Times of Cornelia Vanguard.”