Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-Williamsville, right, was the judge for the Williamsville Winterfest Snow Sculpture Contest at Glen Park on Sunday. The winning entry, a polar bear named Cindy, was created by, from left, Cassandra Lewandowski, 11;Amber Lynn Hejza, 14; Chelsea Lewandowski, 14; and Jacob Domzalski, 15.



Celebrate winter break with Presidents Day-related crafts, activities and a carousel ride from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For information, call 693-1885, e-mail or visit



The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center will host an Outdoor Adventure Club session, "Winter Survival," for youths ages 12 to 16 at 10 a.m. Thursday at the center, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. For information, call 683-5959.



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. Saturday 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 or to make an audition appointment, call Susan Stimson at 754-9000, Ext. 142, or e-mail:



The Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program honors young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominations for youths ages 6 to 18 will be accepted until March 15 at

The Williamsville Art Society will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a senior from Amherst, Sweet Home or Williamsville East, North or South high schools who is planning to major in art in college in the fall. Applications and a portfolio with five pieces of artwork can be dropped off at 11 a.m. April 2 at the Williamsville Executive Offices, 5500 Main St., Williamsville. For information, visit or call David Dyviniak at 693-4777 or Judie Pufpaff at 689-2485.



Gilda's Club Western New York is holding its fourth annual Teen Writing Contest for students in grades nine through 12. Students should submit an essay or poem (500 words or less) describing their thoughts on cancer, relating to their own cancer or that of a friend, relative or teacher. Mail entries to Gilda's Club, Attn: Kathy Kurtz, 1140 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14209. Deadline is March 15. For information, call 332-5900 or visit



Shea's Performing Arts Center, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Neglia Ballet are offering a special discount rate to schools for "Romeo and Juliet" at 8 p.m. March 11 at Shea's, 646 Main St. Opportunities also are available for Neglia artists to visit schools the week following the performance. For the special group rate, call Mary Oshei at 829-1153 or e-mail or Kate Foster at 829-1154, To schedule an artist visit, contact Heidi Halt at