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CREATE A FAIRY HOUSE

Artpark is inviting schools, Scouts, artists and families to create fairy houses to display at its Fairy House Festival in June. Building guidelines, applications and photos of fairy houses can be found at www.artpark.net. Application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, call 754-4375.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site will hold a public speaking contest for high school students in March. The contest commemorates the life and legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. Details and registration forms are available at www.trsite.org. Registration deadline is Feb. 4.

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PAGEANT APPLICATIONS

Applications are being accepted for the 2011 Young Miss Buffalo Pageant, which is open to Western New York girls ages 13 to 17. The deadline is Jan. 31. For applications and more information, call 715-3800 and enter code 56017# or go to www.ymbp.org.

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WANTED: MUSICIANS

The If You Believe campaign is looking for young, unsigned musicians who want to do something positive with their music. Go to submit@ifyoubelievecampaign.com to submit your original music. For more information, visit www.tiffanykirajohnson.com.

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INFORMATION NIGHT

Erie 1 BOCES will present New Visions Information Night for high school juniors interested in a medical or legal career from 6:30 to 8 tonight at the Harkness Career and Technical Center, 99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga. For information, visit www.e1b.org or call 821-7035.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

The Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a nonprofit, U.S. Department of Education accredited college. Pell-eligible applicants and students attending college in Western New York will be given preference. Applications are available online at www.cfgb.org and can be submitted until March 1.

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ESSAY CONTEST

The Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest is open to all students in grades four through 12. Essays (printed or typed) must be between 200 and 500 words on the topic: A Salute to African-American Soldiers in Western New York. The essay must list the area of service the soldier was in, years served, places stationed and any interesting story about the soldier's years of service. Other topics may include an important monument or plaque dedicated to African-American soldiers. Interviews are acceptable and photos welcome. Deadline is Feb. 9. Send entries to Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest, P.O. Box 63, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207 or deliver to Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. Include name, address, phone number, school and grade on essay.

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APPRENTICESHIP

Artpark will offer its Musical Theater Apprenticeship Program for high school students ages 16 and up to participate in Artpark's August production of "Fame -- The Musical." Auditions will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at a location to be determined. Applicants should prepare 32 bars of two songs and be prepared to dance. Bring sheet music, application and photo. For information, visit www.artpark.net or to make an audition appointment, call Susan Stimson at 754-9000, Ext. 142, or e-mail: susan@artpark.net.