The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Park School of Buffalo Orchestra, under the direction of Max Zelikman, as part of the Community Spotlight program on Saturday at Kleinhans Music Hall. The Park School Orchestra will perform in the Mary Seaton Room at 7:15 p.m.; the BPO will perform a Mozart's Birthday program at 8 p.m. in the Main Hall. To order discounted tickets, call the BPO Box Office at 885-5000 and mention Community Spotlight to receive $21 adult tickets and $6 student tickets.
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.
The Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga, will hold Winter Wonderland in the Woods from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 683-5959 or visit www.dec.ny.gov and search for "Reinstein Woods."
MUSIC IN ACTION BENEFIT
The Grace Stumberg Band, the Brass Monkeez and the Ruby Spirit will play a special benefit for Music in Action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St. Tickets are $10. The Brass Monkeez will be recorded for their upcoming debut CD, and Ruby Spirit will be presenting a Music in Action workshop and concert at Lewiston-Porter High School earlier that day.
Applications are being accepted for the Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Young Musicians' Scholarships and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society's Silverman Scholarship. The scholarships are available to high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who will be majoring in music in college next fall. For more information or to download an application, go to www.bpo.org, www.ecmea.org or www.ncmea.com. Deadline is Wednesday Questions? Call 759-6428.
The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will hold cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or nature walk at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants must bring skis or snowshoes. If there is no snow, a nature walk will be held. Reservations are requested. Cost is $3 for nonmembers. For information, call 627-4560.
The Buffalo Museum of Science has revealed that Stanley is the official name of its new Albertosaurus. The community was invited to vote for their favorite name and Stanley won with 18 percent of the votes. For more information, visit www.sciencebuff.org.
The Lego Club for children ages 6 to 12 will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library, Lafayette Square. For information, call 858-8900.
Also at the Central Library, a chess tournament will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Players of any age and all skill levels are invited. Expect to play three to five games. Advance registration is encouraged at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY FILM SERIES
The Riviera Theatre and YWCA of the Tonawandas will continue the Family Film Series at 11 a.m. Saturday with "Happy Feet Two" (PG) at the theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2. For information, call 692-2413.