Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society have teamed up to offer Young Musicians Scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, as well as Silverman String Scholarships for $1,500. The scholarships are available to high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who plan to major in music next fall. Application deadline is Feb. 1. For information, visit www.bpo.org, www.ecmea.org or www.ncmea.com or call 759-6428 and leave phone number and e-mail address.
Matt James will bring his Cool Music for Kids to Pottery Barn Kids at the Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, at 10 and 11 a.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Herschell Carrousel Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda.
The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda, will host a German Christmas at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring carols, customs and cookies. Also, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the museum will be open for the Downtown Winter Walk. Holly Berry will provide face painting, tattoos and balloons. For information, visit www.nthistorymuseum.org or call 213-0554.
The Bel Canto Choirs and soloists from the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity will present their annual musicale at 3 p.m. Sunday in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.
The annual Christmas Walk will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Village of Lewiston. Santa is expected to arrive by helicopter at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Academy Park. The weekend event also features, free carriage rides, a petting zoo and entertainment.
The Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden, will present "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with additional performances next weekend. Tickets are $9-$11. Call 937-7770. Pictured are Therese Hahn, foreground, a student at Nativity of Mary School; Wyatt Watson, left, a freshman at Lancaster High School; and Shelby Strausbaugh and Teresa Colosanti, students at Alden Middle School, along with James Rust, right.
Three piano students of Mary Handley of Amherst were awarded scholarships at the final concert of the Burlington Music Festival on Saturday: Victoria Ruggiero, a sophomore at Lancaster High School, won $250 for the most outstanding performance of a major Chopin work; Griffin Kramer, a senior at Amherst High School, won $150 for outstanding senior pianist, and Johanna Fritzinger, a freshman at Williamsville South, won $100 for outstanding intermediate pianist.
Stephen Petrotto, a senior at Clarence High School who attends the Culinary Skills program at Erie 1 BOCES, has been named a finalist in the Culinary Institute of America's Top Turkey Scholarship Recipe Competition. Stephen's recipe, Croquette Turkey Dinner, can be viewed at www.youtube.com/ciaadmissions. The video with the greatest number of "Likes" by Monday will win a $5,000 scholarship. Jordan Warner, a senior from Cheektowaga High School, filmed the video. The winner will be announced Dec. 14.