The 35th annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest is open to students in grades four through 12. Essays, between 200 and 500 words, must be printed or typed on the topic: "A Salute to African-American Businesses in Western New York." Be sure to include information on when the business was established, who founded it, what the business offers and how it helps the community. It can be a past or present business. Send essays to the Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest, P.O. Box 63, Buffalo, N.Y., 14207, or deliver to the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. Include name, address, phone number and grade on your essay. Winners will be awarded cash prizes. Deadline is Feb. 8.



High school students, ages 13-18, are eligible to apply to the G4G Students for the Arts Program. Selected apprentices will work with a mentor for four weeks prior to a March 20 final showcase at Kleinhans Music Hall. For an application or more information, visit or call event coordinator Emily Accetta at 881-6604, Ext. 218. Deadline is Sunday.



Erie 1 BOCES will hold an information night for high school juniors interested in a medical or legal career. The New Visions program links high school seniors with mentors in the workplace, colleges and universities. The info night will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Harkness Career & Technical Center, 99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga. For information, visit or call 821-7035.



The Buffalo Museum of Science has announced the top 10 names for its new Albertosaurus: Daphne, Darwin, Fernando, Florence, Gladys, Marvin, Nigel, Sadie, Samantha and Stanley. Vote for your two favorite names before Monday on the museum's Facebook page, or find a ballot at or at the museum, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. The museum will reveal the name that gets the most votes on or around next Thursday.

Also, Monday at the Science Museum is Independent Health Community Health Day and admission is free. Activities will focus on exercise, healthy eating and food quality from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free diabetes testing and a blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Artpark is holding a T-shirt design contest. It is looking for a design that embodies all that is Artpark. The deadline for entries -- along with a $5 nonrefundable fee per artist -- is March 1. For rules and guidelines, visit under the "Visual Arts" tab. Designs may be submitted in person at the Artpark Box Office, emailed to or mailed to Artpark T-Shirt Design Contest, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston, N.Y., 14092. For more information, call 754-4375.



The Free Family Film Series at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 656 Main St., continues with the 1926 silent film "The Black Pirate" at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1) Sunday. Bruce Woody will perform the score on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Tickets are available at Shea's box office or any Wegmans location.



Young Audiences of Western New York and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will host a free performance by award-winning slam poet Gayle Danley at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Central Library, Lafayette Square. For information, call 881-0917 or visit



Open enrollment for winter/spring sessions of Reclaiming Buffalo, CEPA Gallery and Just Buffalo's free after-school program, has begun. Learn photography with a CEPA Gallery instructor and develop writing skills with a Just Buffalo Literary Center professional writer. Classes will be held in the Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St. The program is open to all students ages 11-16. Space is limited. For information, call 856-2717.