Erie County residents are being recruited for a Transportation Research Board study on driving behavior. Drivers of all ages who want to participate in the study need to fill out a questionnaire and take a few tests. There is a need for drivers ages 16 to 19 for the study. The information provided will support research on the relationship between driver characteristics and highway safety. Once surveillance equipment is installed in their cars, drivers would then follow regular driving patterns. Drivers are paid $500 per year for their participation, and their privacy will be protected. For information, call (877) 495-1556 and reference the driving study.
The Missoula Children's Theatre will return for the ninth year to the Kenan Center to cast 50 or more young actors in grades K-12 to perform in "The Secret Garden." The group audition will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave., Lockport. Children must be available for all practices and two performances that will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 15. For information, call 433-2617 or visit www.kenancenter.org.
HEALTH LITERACY FAIR
Child Care Resource Network, 1000 Hertel Ave., will sponsor a health literacy fair from 2 to 7 p.m. today. In partnership with Read to Succeed Buffalo, four story times will be held on the hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Other events include free screenings and blood pressure checks, car seat safety checks and more. For more information, call 877-6666, Ext. 3071, or visit www.wnychildren.org/ForCommunity/NewsandEvents.aspx.
TEEN MUSIC CONTEST
The MusiCares and Grammy Foundation Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest invites musicians ages 14 to 18 to compose or create an original song and/or music video that explores, encourages and celebrates a healthy lifestyle or accurately depicts a story about drug abuse. Winners will be revealed the week of Oct. 31. The first-place winner will attend the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Entries, no more than three minutes long, must be postmarked by Monday. Send to: Ms. Erica Krusen, MusiCares and Grammy Foundation Teen Substance Abuse Music Contest, 3030 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif., 90404. For more information, visit http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov.
The 2012 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge will select 15 young explorers for a 10-day expedition in Montana. The contest, open to children ages 9 to 14, requires an essay of no more than 300 words telling how you explore the world and what it is about exploration that inspires and excites you. A photo must be taken by the student of what, where or how you explore the subject of your essay. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 7, 2012. For rules and information, visit kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/contests/explorer-trip-2012/.
HEALTHY LIVING FORUM
The eighth annual World on Your Plate food forum, featuring events focusing on sustainable and healthy living for youths ages 10 to 18, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Charles J. Wick Campus Center, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Admission is free for children with a paying adult. Cost is $25 with preregistration or $30 at the door. For more information or to register, visit www.worldonyourplate.org or contact Jordana Geist at 912-8253 or WOYPinfo@gmail.com.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, will present old-fashioned fair activities for children from noon to 4 p.m. Monday. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2.50 for students ages 2 to 12.
EARTH SCIENCE DAY
The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will hold the 14th annual Western New York Earth Science Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Girl Scouts can register to earn a badge by contacting Ann Gattie at (585) 502-5259. Scouts must attend the 10 a.m. tour to earn their badges. Cub and Webelo Scouts may earn badge requirements, too. Call 627-4560 to schedule a group. For more information, visit www.penndixie.org.
OOPS, WE GOOFED!
In a story about bullying last week, a quote from Donna Speranza should have said, "Girls use relational aggression."