The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library, Lafayette Square. USCF competitors should preregister at For more information about library events, call 858-8900 or visit


Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Amherst, will host nearly 100 students from Western New York for a forensics science event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is a component of the Buffalo Independent Secondary School Network’s STEAM Academy, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Each school in the network was invited to bring up to six students to the event. For more information, visit


Nichols School will hold the 13th annual FLICK Fest Student Film and Video Contest at 7 p.m. April 25.

Videos from students in Western New York middle and high schools must be about five minutes in length, but longer pieces will be considered. Students are asked to send their videos on DVD and, if necessary, specify which clip they would like to have screened. All entries must include title, name, address, telephone number, email address, grade and school. Deadline for entry is April 8. Send videos to FLICK FEST, c/o Andrea Mancuso, Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14216. For more information, call Mancuso at 332-6300, Ext. 365, or email


The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is looking for young volunteers who have made a positive impact in the community. Nominations for kids ages 6-18 will be accepted until Friday at


• Students in grades seven through 12 are invited to enter an essay contest inspired by author Julia Alvarez’s “In the Time of the Butterflies.” The winner will meet the author and have his or her essay published in The Buffalo News. Deadline is Friday. For more information and contest rules, visit

• 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


The Niagara Frontier/Buffalo Branch of the English-Speaking Union is holding its 10th annual Shakespeare Competition on Saturday at Buffalo Seminary. The event, part of a national competition, is being organized by teachers Susan Drozd of Buffalo Seminary, Albert Franco of Starpoint High School and Ruth Robson of Huthinson Central Technical High School. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to participate in the national competition on April 22. For more information, email or call (212) 818-1200.


The Theatre of Youth will hold “Acting Out! Theatre Essentials for Teens” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 9. The workshop is open to students in grades seven through 10. For more information, visit or call 884-4400, Ext. 304.


• Bishop Timon Little Theatre will present “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school’s Crowley Family Center for Media and Arts, 601 McKinley Parkway. Tickets are $7-$9. Pictured are, from left, Midge Bishop, Dominic Hannon, Katie Hayes Jon Nguyen.

• The Park Players will present “The Wizard of Oz” at 5:30 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Helen Long Building at Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $5. For information, call 839-1242, Ext. 109. Pictured are, from left, front row, Mike Jeswald, Dejia James and Jesika Mosher; back row, Demitre Green, left, and Nico Neglia.

• Springville-Griffith High School will present “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lyle G. Palmer Auditorium, 290 N. Buffalo St., Springville. Tickets are $7-$9. For information, visit Pictured are Nick Benstead and Chelsea May.

• The Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts will present “Aida” at 7 p.m. next Thursday and March 22 and 2 p.m. March 23 at the school’s Main Stage Theatre, 450 Masten Ave. Tickets are $3-$6. For information, call 816-4220.


Three Depew students were winners in the annual poster contest sponsored by the Western New York Foreign Language Educators’ Council.

Hannah Gullo, right, a senior at Depew High School, was the grand prize winner. Other winners were sophomore Marla Hairston and Sydney Kaczmarek, far left, an eighth-grader at Depew Middle School. Each student will receive a cash prize and be honored at the WNYFLEC STAR Awards ceremony in June. As the grand prize winner, Hannah will also receive a framed copy of her design and have her poster duplicated for distribution to Languages Other Than English (LOTE) classrooms around Western New York. The theme of this year’s contest was “Many Cultures, One World.”