Youth Service America and the Sodexo Foundation will be awarding $500 grants to raise awareness of childhood hunger and reduce it. The grants will help support highly visible community service or service-learning projects that engage at least 20 young people (ages 5-25). Events must occur during Hunger and Homelessness Week -- Nov. 14-20. Applications are open until Sept. 16 and can be found at



The Young Adult Library Services Association is holding a photo contest to celebrate Teen Read Week Oct. 16-22. The contest is open to teens ages 13-18 with permission from a parent or guardian. Five finalists will win gift bags from Penguin Books, with the winner receiving an e-reader preloaded with teen titles. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. For complete rules and information, visit



The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks have resumed in Lewiston. The walks are held at 7 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29. Meet at the Lewiston International Peace Garden, 476 Center St., rain or shine. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12. For information, visit



Are you in fourth through 12th grade this year? Are you interested in singing and learning how to sing better? The ABC Bel Canto Choir is beginning a new season this month. For more information or to find out how to join, visit or call Sue Fay Allen at 759-6428.



Nominations are being accepted through Monday for the I Love My Librarian Award. Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash reward, a plaque and will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by the New York Times, in December. For more information, visit



The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, will host an afternoon of activities for kids and their grandparents to enjoy from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2.50 students ages 2-12 and free for grandparents. For information, call 693-1885 or visit