Students will perform at a benefit concert to raise money for Dreams from the Heart Camp, for children with heart disease, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. Presale tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults (they can be picked up at the Irishman Pub, 5601 Main St., Williamsville). Tickets at the door will be $7 for students and $15 for adults.


The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is holding its Arts and Writing Contest for students in grades seven to 12. Entries in either visual arts or writing should focus on the theme: “Never Again: Learning From the Holocaust.” Prizes will be awarded for each category in each grade. Deadline is April 19. For information on guidelines and contest rules, visit


Activities at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, this week include: Science Firsthand for ages 3 to 8, 4 to 6 p.m. today; Teen/Young Adult Series: History of African-American Concert Dance, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday; and chess open house with Archangel 8 Chess Academy, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (USCF competitors need to preregister at For more information, call 858-8900 or visit


Independent Health and the Buffalo Museum of Science will team up to offer family-friendly activities that focus on health and wellness from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The event will feature a visit from Marcus Foligno of the Buffalo Sabres from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit


The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda, will present “Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad” at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is free. For more information, call 213-0554 or visit


Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing or a nature walk at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants must bring skis or snowshoes. A nature walk will be held if there isn’t enough snow for skiing or snowshoeing. Cost is $3 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested; call 627-4560.


Toast & Jam, a six-week open-mic series for all performers will begin on Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Brickyard Pub, 432 Center St., Lewiston. For more information, call 754-0166.


At 3:15 p.m. today, Nichols School will join activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action for V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Students, faculty and staff will dance their way to the dining room for a dance party to raise awareness in a nonviolent way. Seniors Emily Collins and Anya Schulman helped plan the event.


Students from the Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville won an award for outstanding achievement in acting at the 2013 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. Produced by iTheatrics and Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars, the festival celebrates young people and musical theater by bringing together 4,000 students and teachers from 23 states. The students from ATA presented selections from “Once on This Island Jr.”


Three piano students of Mary Handley in Amherst performed last week at the Tri-State Certificate of Excellence Recital and Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City:

• Suzie Lee, 10, a fifth-grader at Casey Middle School in Amherst.

• Leela Fernando, 12, a sixth-grader at Casey Middle.

• Jarod Yap, 13, an eighth-grader at Clarence Middle School.