*"Meet Me in St. Louis" will be presented at the Crowley Family Arts Center for Media & the Arts on the third floor of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. A matinee performance will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6-$8. For information, call 826-3610. Pictured are, from left, James Gertz, Nichole Siminski and Dominic Hannon.

*The Park School will present "Beauty and the Beast" at 5:30 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the theater, Helen Long Building, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. Tickets are $8. For information, call 839-1242, Ext. 109. Pictured are, from left, Demitre Greene, Shelby Buyers and Kaduk Sherpa.

*Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave., will present "Guys & Dolls" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $10; $7 for students or seniors. Pictured are, from left, Elena Feliz of Holy Angels Academy, Lucy Bell of Sacred Heart Academy and Andrew Slawson.



The winners of the 34th annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest are:

Grades 10-12: First place, Bianca Marquez, grade 12, McKinley High School; second place, Kenida Ross, grade 11, McKinley High School; third place, Isaiah Brundige, grade 11, McKinley High School; third place, Briana Council, grade 11, McKinley High School.

Grades 7-9: First place, Kara Brown, grade nine, City Honors; second place, Imani McCoullum, grade nine, City Honors; third place, Christana Ellison, grade seven, Highgate Heights; third place, Simon Jackson-Forsberg, grade nine, City Honors.

Grades 4-6: First place, Jaylen Stewart, grade four, Pinnacle Charter School.



The Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo is holding an essay contest that is open to 11th grade students. Deadline for submissions is April 27. For contest rules and prizes, visit or e-mail Chris Sasiadek at



The Strong National Museum of Play is holding a video contest. Entrants may submit a two-minute video showcasing their memories of playing with friends. To enter, visit to upload or record a video entry. Deadline for submissions is March 31.



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



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



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.



Buffalo Prep, a University at Buffalo-sponsored program that offers accelerated classes, tutoring and mentoring to fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders from disadvantaged backgrounds, will hold an information class at 6 p.m. today and next Thursday at UB, South Campus, 18 Acheson Annex. For information, call 829-3605.



Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve will hold "Be a Member for a Day" beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. For information, call 683-5959.