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HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE

Forest Lawn will present "It WAS a Wonderful Life" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning Friday through Jan. 5 in the historic chapel, 1411 Delaware Ave. Cost is $25. For more information, call 885-1600 or visit www.forest-lawn.com.

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ESSAY CONTEST

Western New York Heritage Press is hosting a student essay contest for students in grades four and up. The essays should focus on some aspect of the art, architecture or history of Western New York. Essays will be judged on content, style and originality. The winning essays will be published in Western New York Heritage magazine. For rules and an entry form, visit www.wnyheritagepress.org or www.ecasb.org or call 893-4011. Deadline is Jan. 31.

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CONCERT

The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will present the first concert of its 25th anniversary season, "Celebration In Song," at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, is kicking off its holiday season with several activities this weekend:

On Friday, there will be crafts for kids from noon to 4 p.m., with a holiday tour at 1 p.m. Have lunch with Santa at 11 a.m. Saturday (preregistration and payment are required) or ride the carousel with Santa from noon to 3 p.m.; and, another holiday tour will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, along with the Victorian ornament workshop (for ages 16 and up) from 2:30 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 639-1885 or visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.

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ON STAGE

Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, will host the stage adaptation of "The Blue Rose" by Gerda Weissmann Klein at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A special performance has been scheduled for 700 schoolchildren at 10 a.m. Monday. Each performance will conclude with a brief question-and-answer session with Klein, a Holocaust survivor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door, by mail or at either Jewish Community Center: JCC Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville, or JCC Holland Family Building, 787 Delaware Ave. For more information, visit www.bluerosefoundation.org or email bluerosefoundation@gmail.com.