Dr. Margaret Diamond's semester-long forensics course at the Park School in Snyder recently concluded with a mock crime-scene investigation, complete with a thief, victim, alibis and evidence to be collected and processed.

Eight students went to work on the crime scene, using the knowledge and skills that they learned throughout the semester, including documenting a crime scene, search patterns, evidence collection and individual vs. class evidence. Throughout the semester, students also had the opportunity to study methods of processing the following types of evidence: hair, fingerprint, handwriting, blood spatter, blood type and DNA. Once on the crime-scene, the students formed a CSI unit, each with a unique role in the tasks of securing evidence, testimonies and analyzing and interpreting the data.

The students correctly identified the culprit.

"They nailed it," Diamond said.



Music is Art present the Big Easy Buffalo with Tab Benoit's Swampland Jam featuring Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux and the Brass Monkeez at 7 p.m. Friday in the Tralf, 622 Main St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. For information, call 852-2860.



Rock Zone Music Studio in East Amherst is holding a no-entry-fee Verge Talent Contest for singers and musicians ages 7-18. Winners will receive an "artist boot camp package," which includes a professional recorded song and press kit video. For information, visit or call 400-9998.



Lancaster High School will present "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at 8 p.m. today and Friday, and 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the school, 50 Forton Drive, Lancaster. Tickets are $10 for the matinee and $12 for the evening performances. For information, call 686-3352.



"Elmo's Super Heroes" comes to Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., beginning Wednesday and continuing through Feb. 26. Tickets are $10-$50. For information, call 847-0850 or visit



The Junior League of Buffalo will award $1,000 scholarships to two female high school seniors who are outstanding volunteers in the Western New York community. To download an application package, visit, or call 884-8865 for more information. Deadline is March 7.



Tech Savvy is a program designed to encourage girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math. A workshop for girls in grades six through 10 (SAT prep) and their parents, grandparents, teachers and counselors will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 at the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst (shuttle available from South Campus). Preregistration by next Thursday is required. Cost is $5. To register, visit



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding an Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest to celebrate the nation's rare plant and animal species on May 18. Deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information and contest guidelines, visit



CEPA Gallery will host Reclaiming Buffalo, a photography and writing program for students ages 11-16, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in the Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St. The program is free, but space is limited. Call 856-2717.



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.



Nichols School is holding an open call for work for its 12th annual FLICK Fest Student Film and Video Festival, which will be held April 13 in the Flickinger Performing Art Center at Nichols. Deadline for submissions from middle and high school students is March 9. Mail submissions to FLICK Fest, c/o Andrea Mancuso, Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14216. For information, call Mancuso at 332-6300, Ext. 365, or email



The Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, will offer a SAFE CHILD fingerprinting clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. General museum admission is required. The museum will offer several other events next week while many schools are on winter break. For information, visit



Stan Radon, a senior engineering geologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will give a presentation on the "Geology of Western New York" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Building, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Free for members of the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center; $4 for nonmembers. Call 627-4560 for more information.



Activities this week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include the Pizza Lover's Book Club for agest 5 to 12 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and a screening of "Ruby Bridges" at 1 p.m. For more information, call 858-8900.



The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will hold cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or a 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.


Seven "Three Stooges" films will be featured at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $7-$10. For information, call 692-2413 or visit