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> MUSIC FESTIVAL

Musicians from 51 school districts from Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Allegany counties will take part in the New York State School Music Association's Junior High Area All-State Music Festival Friday and Saturday in Akron Central School's new fine arts wing, 47 Bloomingdale Ave., Akron. Concerts will be held at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

> MUSICIANS HONORED

Park School eighth-grader Nick Rey of Clarence has been selected as second chair in the first violin section of the Zone 1 Junior High Area All-State String Orchestra. Freshman Robert Parke was awarded second chair in the tenor saxophone section of the Zone 1 Junior High Area All-State Concert Band.

> HOURS EXTENDED

The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will extend its hours for fossil collecting. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Also, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 (as long as it remains snow-free). For information, call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.

> ESSAY CONTEST

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is accepting submissions for its Profile in Courage Essay Contest. First prize is $10,000. Deadline is Jan. 7. For rules and information, visit www.jfklibrary.org.

> PERFORMERS WANTED

The Niagara Holiday Market is holding an open call for performers of all ages for its winter wonderland Nov. 25 through Jan. 1 on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls. The deadline for interested artists is Friday. Contact Erin Reedy at info@niagaramarket.com. Artists will be asked to provide a link to a YouTube video of their performance, which should be no longer than two minutes.

> ON STAGE

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy will present "The Wizard of Oz" at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the Timon Auditorium, 601 McKinley Parkway. Tickets are $7-$10. For information, call 826-3610. Pictured, from left, are Jonathan Nguyen, Matt Leahy, Ashley Tombolesi and Scott Driscoll.

The Williamsville South High School Drama Club will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday in the school auditorium, 5950 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door.

> BENEFIT CONCERT

Victoria Cabri Ruggiero, 16, a junior at Lancaster High School, will host a classical piano concert, "Una Sera Di Gioia II ... Another Joyful Night," to benefit the Response to Love Center at 7 p.m. Friday at Blessed John XXIII Church, 1 Arcade St., West Seneca. A reception will follow. Tickets are $5-$9 and can be purchased at the door.

Victoria is in her final year of study with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She recently was awarded the New York State Music Teachers National Association Composer's Award and the Western New York Piano Teachers Forum Summer Study Scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.