Western New York Ending Child Abuse & Neglect and The Buffalo News are sponsoring an essay contest for students in Erie County ages 10-18. Students should submit, in 250 words or less, a "Declaration of Children's Rights."

Winners from each category (three age groups) will read their essays at an April rally and winning essays will be printed in NeXt.

Entries should be submitted no later than noon April 1 to Please include name, age, school, teacher and school telephone number.



The Sacred Heart Academy Chamber Singers will perform as part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Community Spotlight program at 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, Symphony Circle. The BPO will perform at 2:30 p.m. in the main hall. To order discounted tickets ($6-$21), call the BPO Box Office at 885-5000 and mention the Community Spotlight series.



Now through Feb. 29, readers can participate in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's Winter Reading 2012 competition. Just read a book, write a short online review at and you will have a chance to win prizes. There are three categories -- youth, teen and adult. For more information, visit the website or call 858-8900.



Buffalo Prep, a University at Buffalo-sponsored program that offers accelerated classes, tutoring and mentoring to minority students from disadvantaged backgrounds, will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Monday at Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence, 225 Lawn Ave. For information, call 829-3605.



The Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program is looking for young volunteers who have made a positive impact in the community. Nominations for kids ages 6-18 will be accepted until March 15 at For more information, visit the website.



Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Amherst, will hold Winterspace 2012 from Feb. 21-24 for girls in fourth through seventh grade. Themes include beauty, sports, do-it-yourself projects and filmmaking. For more information, call 834-2101, Ext. 311, or visit



Shakespeare in Delaware Park will hold open auditions for its upcoming season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Call backs will be held Feb. 19-20. Auditions are by appointment only; call 856-4533. This year's performances are "Richard III" and "A Midsummer Nigh's Dream."



The Presto, Vivace and Bravo choirs of Bel Canto will present their annual "Musical Treats" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. For more information, call 759-6428.



The Williamsville South High School Drama Club will present "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 7 p.m. today and Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the school auditorium, 5950 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $9.



The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is holding its Arts and Writing Contest for students in grades eight to 12. Entries in either visual arts or writing should focus on the theme: "It Could Happen to Me: Learning From the Holocaust." Prizes will be awarded for each category in each grade. Deadline is April 18. For information on guidelines and contest rules, visit



The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, will hold an open house from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and next Thursday. Call the admissions office at 839-1243, Ext. 135, to register. For information about the school, visit