EARTH DAY EVENTS
Volunteers will help clean up the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for its annual Earth Day event. Fossil collecting will also be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.
The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, will host a public screening of "Mother Nature's Child" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The film explores the role of nature in children's physical, mental and emotional health. To view the trailer, visit www.mothernaturesmovie.com.
A cleanup of Tifft Nature Preserve, in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Spring Shoreline Sweep, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call 825-6397 for more information or to reserve a group. Also, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tifft Nature Preserve, earth-friendly activities will include tours and live animals.
CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St., is offering summer photo camps and workshops for students. Visit www.cepagallery.org for information; call 856-2717 to register.
The Lancaster Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts will hold an opening reception for the Academy Senior Student Exhibition from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the former Blockbuster Video, Transit French Plaza, Lancaster. Live music will be performed by the Lancaster High School string quartet. The exhibit will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May 19 (except May 12).
The winners of the 2012 Young Musicians' Scholarships, presented by Friends of the BPO Volunteers, are: $3,000, Leonard Ranallo, senior at Sweet Home High School, classical guitarist; $2,000, Audrey Yu, senior at Williamsville East, oboist; $1,000, Anneliese Feist, senior at Frontier, plays the euphonium. The awards will be presented at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. April 28 in Kleinhans Music Hall.
The Williamsville Art Society is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior from Amherst, Sweet Home or the Williamsville high schools who will be attending college to study art in September. Students may present their portfolios at 10 a.m. April 28 in the Village Executive Offices, 5500 Main St., Williamsville, and they may be picked up at noon. For more information or an application, visit www.williamsvilleartsociety.org.
Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is inviting students to participate in the annual congressional art competition, "An Artistic Discovery." One piece of artwork from each district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the Capitol. The contest is open to high school students, but exceptions will be made for schools that have seventh through 12th grades in one building. Submissions can be delivered to Higgins' Buffalo office at 76 Larkin St., Suite 601, or 2 E. Second St., Suite 300, in Jamestown. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday. For guidelines or additional information, visit www.higgins.house.gov or call 852-3501.
Activities this week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include the Pizza Lover's Book Club for ages 5 to 12 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday; a screening of "Babe: The Gallant Pig" at 1 p.m. Saturday and Miss Nancy's Storytime for ages 2 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Groups of six or more must register. For more information, call 858-8900.
Interviews for Shakespearience, Shakespeare in Delaware Park's high school apprenticeship program, are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon April 28 in the Delaware Park office, 617 Main St. Session I, "Richard III," will be held from June 16 to July 15. Session II, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," will run from July 21 to Aug. 1. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 856-4533.
LIFE IS ART
Fredonia State College Music Industry Club will present its third annual Life Is Art festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Barker Commons in the village of Fredonia. The student-run event will feature music, poetry, comedy, media, dance and more. Proceeds will benefit Music Is Art. For information, call 868-5191, email MICFredonia@gmail.com or check out the festival site on Facebook.
Jazz trumpeter Rick Braun will perform "Sings With Strings" with the Southtowns Youth Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park. Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door. For information, visit www.rickbraun.com or www.thesouthtownsyouthorchestra.com.