The Holland Community Choir is seeking children ages 5 to 12 for the Christmas event, "The Encounter." Rehearsals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Hope on the Hill Church (10039 Savage Road, Holland). No experience is necessary. For more information, call Brenda Hartley at 913-3351 or Marie Perini at 537-9617.


Open auditions for "The Nutcracker" by the Neglia Ballet Artists with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Neglia Conservatory of Ballet (third floor, 1685 Elmwood Ave.). More than 75 children ages 7 and up are needed for various roles. For more information, call 447-0401 or visit


The Amherst Players will hold auditions for adults and children ages 5 and up for the holiday musical production of "Broadway Santa" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 in Christ United Methodist Church (350 Saratoga Road, Amherst). For more information, call 791-7529 or visit


Zafeneth Theatre will hold auditions for a pro keyboardist by appointment only. To schedule an audition, call (702) 612-2396. Interested musicians must have equipment and be able to read music.


The Community Advent Chorale begins rehearsals for the performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church (Main and Center streets, East Aurora). Experienced singers in all voice parts are welcome to join the chorale. For more information, visit

Call for Work

The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is seeking entries for local and international features, documentaries, shorts, screenplays and music videos for the March 2013 event. For more information or a submission form, visit

Community Event

Submissions are sought for the 2012 Niagara River Region Scarecrow Display. Businesses, organizations and residents are invited to create a scarecrow to display along the main streets in the Niagara River region from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Eligible applicants include businesses, community and civic organizations, not for profit agencies, schools, colleges and universities and residents of participating communities (Lewiston, Sanborn, Ransomville and Youngstown). Judging will take place Oct. 15-19. Sumbit a completed entry form to the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce by next Friday. Call 754-9500 or email

- Evonne Austin