Students between eighth and 12th grades who live within 60 miles of Buffalo are invited to submit a one-act play for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship in the Write to Be Heard contest. Visit or e-mail for rules and where to send the play (hard copies only).



Nichols School will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center, 1250 Amherst St. Tickets are $5. Pictured are Josh Finkelstein, left, and Joel Almand.



The YWCA of the Tonawandas and Riviera Theatre Family Film Series continues at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with "Despicable Me" (PG) at the theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $2. For information, call 692-2413.



Bryant & Stratton College has opened a new campus at 3650 Millersport Highway, Amherst. An open house will be held Wednesday. For more information, call 625-6300.



The Maria Love Charity Ball will be held in the grand ballroom of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 for students in grades five through eight. The dance for high school students will be held from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Formal dress is required. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance. For information, call 635-3333 or visit



The theme for this year's International Education Week (Nov. 15-19) at the University at Buffalo is Human Rights in Perspective, A Tribute to Alison Des Forges. Events include several lectures and films. For information, call 645-2258 or visit



Olive Garden will give away a trip to New York City and a $2,500 savings bond for the winning essay to "Describe how furthering your education beyond high school will help make your dreams come true." Entries, which must be received by Jan. 21, are available at or at area Olive Garden restaurants.