As part of Red Ribbon Week, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and State Farm are teaming up to offer a booklet to teens called “The 411 on Teen Drinking.” The booklet can be dowloaded at It covers topics such as the effect of alcohol on the teen brain; consequences of teen drinking; the dangers of drunk driving; and how to make good choices.
M.A.D.D. is also sponsoring a national teen video contest. Teens should create a short video that illustrates the power that young people have to take a stand against underage drinking. The contest is open through Dec. 28. The grand prize is an iPad. To enter, visit
Parents also can play a role in Red Ribbon Week events by getting the “Power of Parents” handbook at The handbook provides parents with information for talking to their kids about alcohol.


Forest Lawn and Re-Tree WNY are looking for volunteers to help plant approximately 250 trees from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Forest Lawn, 1411 Delaware Ave. (assemble at the chapel). No experience is necessary; a brief training session will be held both days. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For information or to register, call Lesa Whitlow at 885-1606, Ext. 206.


Scientist and professor Lee Berger will discuss his discovery of 2-million-year-old fossils along with author Marc Aronson (“Skull in the Rock”) from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 3 at WNED-TV Studios, Lower Terrace Boulevard. The program is free; preregistration is required by visiting or by calling (800) 344-9611, Ext. 2023.


Opera Day’s Opera/Informance with the Hillman Opera will showcase cast members singing excerpts from two operas at 2 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., and at 4 p.m. at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls.
Also, OperaLytes will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer” at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. A special performance for schoolchildren will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $12-$20. For information, call 692-2413 or visit or


Darellyn McKnight will present a Fashion Sketching and Design Class for teens from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays from Nov. 16 through Dec. 7 at the Hobby Lobby, 2090 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Cost is $85, which includes all supplies. Preregistration is required; call or text 986-7099 or email


Alleyway Theatre is looking for a young actor to play Tiny Tim in its production of “A Christmas Carol.” No experience necessary, but the young actor should be under 40 inches tall and weigh less than 50 pounds, be motivated and able to speak in front of groups. Rehearsals will begin in November for performances Dec. 6-16. For information, visit To schedule an audition, contact Joyce Stilson at or call 949-8139.


ACTS Rising Stars, the youth group of the Alden Christian Theatre Society, will perform a radio-show style performance of “The Monkey’s Paw” at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in ACTS, 1470 Church St., Alden. Admission is $1.


Color guard member Clarissa Cardarelli and trumpet player Jamison Powell of Orchard Park High School, along with vibraphone player Casey Alterio of Akron High School have been selected as members of the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The students will join an elite group who will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band recognizes the top 125 high school senior marching musicians and color guard members from across the country, showcasing their talents during the largest celebration of high school football in America.
Clarissa Cardarelli Casey Alterio Jamison Powell