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SCHOLARSHIPS

*The Hispanic Women's League is offering scholarships to Hispanic high school seniors who demonstrate academic achievement and community participation. For more information or to download an application, visit www.hispanicwomensleague.org or call Alicia Granto-Estenoz at 885-HELP or Eleanor Paterson at 851-1049. Deadline is April 13.

*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 next Thursday at kohlskids.com.

*The Distinguished Young Women of New York Scholarship Program is offering $350 to an outstanding middle/high schooler. Buffalo's Most Entertaining competition will be held March 31 at Maryvale High School, 1050 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. Groups should consist of seven members or less. They can be male, female or both. Solo acts are also encouraged to apply. Western New York music, dance or acting talents are asked to submit a one- to two-minute performance sample via YouTube or CD/DVD to Susan Makai at Personal Best, 3653 Harlem Road, Buffalo, N.Y. 14215, no later than Saturday. For more information, call 831-3870 or email smpersonalbest@yahoo.com.

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NATURE NUTS

Nature Nuts: Winter Scene Investigation, for children ages 6 to 8, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Cost is $4-$6. Preregistration is required; call 896-5200, Ext. 338.

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ON STAGE

Clarence High School will present "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday at the school, 9625 Main St., Clarence. Tickets are $8. Call 407-9062 or visit www.clarenceschools.org. Pictured are: from left, Allison Tuthill, Alexis Meyers, Abigail Gjurich and Collin Diver.

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PERFORMANCE

The Yellow Jackets, an a cappella group from the University of Rochester, will perform at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Iroquois High School, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma. Also performing will be the Iroquois High School Concert Choir, Swing Choir and All Hands Jazz Trio. Tickets are $20. For information, call 655-2407.

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CELEBRATE GIRL SCOUTS

The Girl Scouts of Orchard Park will celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The event will feature Girl Scout memorabilia, lunch and a fashion show of vintage Girl Scout attire. For information, call Ann Crinzi at 662-7578.

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENT

A celebration of St. Patrick's Day will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. The event will include a performance by the McCarthy School of Irish Dance. Cost is $5. For information, call 693-1885 or visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.

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VOLUNTEER TRAINING

The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center will hold its volunteer training program from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Executive Offices, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Call 627-4560 for information or to register.

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ARTS AND WRITING CONTEST

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 www.holocaustcenterbuff.com.

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ESSAY CONTEST

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 kidsessaycontest@holycrossheadstart.org. Please include name, age, school, teacher and school telephone number.

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LIBRARY EVENTS

Activities this week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include a Pinkalicious Party for children ages 3 to 8 at 1 p.m. Saturday; and "Phineas and Ferb" will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Ring of Knowledge on the library's main floor. For more information, visit www.buffalolib.org or call 858-8900.

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VIDEO FESTIVAL

The deadline for submissions to the Nichols School 12th annual FLICK Fest Student Film and Video Festival is Friday. The festival will be held April 13 in the Flickinger Performing Art Center at Nichols, 1250 Amherst St. For more information, call Andrea Mancuso at 332-6300, Ext. 365, or email amancuso@nicholsschool.org.

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WINTER JAM

The Guitar Factory Winter Jam, an all-ages show where students and teachers will be performing to raise money for Rock Ed, a music program at West Seneca West Middle School that allows seventh- and eighth-graders to play in a real rock band around the community, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Rhino's Union Pub, 2339 Union Road, West Seneca. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the Guitar Factory at the Southgate Plaza in West Seneca or at the door.

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ESSAY WINNERS

The winners of the 35th annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest received certificates and cash prizes at an awards program held last month. The theme of this year's program was "A Salute to African American Businesses in Western New York."

The winners are:

*Grades 10-12: first place -- Taylor Ingram, senior, Hutchinson-Central Technical High School; second place -- Isaiah Brundidge, senior, McKinley High School.

*Grades 7-9: first place -- Lilliane Niyonizigiye, grade seven, Lafayette High School; second place -- Zyiara Lipscomb, grade seven, Highgate Heights School; third place -- Christana Ellison, grade eight, Highgate Heights School.

*Grades 4-6: first place -- Frank E. Williams III, grade five, Westminster Charter School; second place -- Andrew Amos, grade four, Cleveland-Hill Elementary School; and third place -- Janiya M. Croxie, grade four, Makowski Early Childhood Center.