Telescopes will be available to view the skies at 7 p.m. Saturday at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. Cost is $3; children 2 and under and members are free. For information, call 627-4560 or visit


Colvin Cleaners has kicked off its eighth annual Gowns 4 Proms, which provides dresses for young girls to wear to prom. Anyone can bring in a new or lightly used gown to Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; Guest Services Center at the Boulevard Mall, Amherst; Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St.; WIVB/WNLO TV, 2077 Elmwood Ave; and TT New York at the Boulevard Mall. The gowns will be cleaned and sorted by size. Western New York high schools can email the program with a list of students who would benefit from the program. If you or someone you know would like to participate, you can sign up at Dress selection will be held from 2:45 to 8 p.m. April 15, 16 and 19 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. There will be on-site tailors and seamstresses to help out. Volunteers are still needed.


Eliza Hopkins, right, a senior at Buffalo Seminary, won first place at the 10th annual High School Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the Niagara Frontier/Buffalo Branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States. She will advance to the national competition in New York City next month. The first runner-up in the regional competition was Ben Langer of Williamsville East High School, and Elizabeth Koplas of Starpoint High School was second runner-up.


In association with the Theatre of Youth’s production of “The Borrowers,” a book club meeting for children ages 8 and up will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Talking Leaves, 3158 Main St. Reserve a spot at 884-4400, Ext. 304, or email


The Gem Mineral Fossil Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Admission is $5; free for children 12 and under and Scouts and leaders in uniform. For more information, visit


Author Jennifer Phillips Russo of Fredonia is holding an artwork contest for her second book, “The Dragon Birthmark.” All middle and high school students are eligible to sketch characters or scenes to be featured in the book. A description of the characters can be found at as well as rules and guidelines for the contest.


Registration is under way for summer camps for children and teens at Artpark. Informational brochures and registration forms are available at or by calling 754-4375.


The KeyBank Family Film Series continues with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2.


The 100 Club of Buffalo is seeking applicants for its Scholarship for Excellence program. High school seniors and full-time college students who are the children of, or are themselves, active law enforcement, fire or emergency service providers are eligible. Applications are available at Deadline is Friday.


Johanna Fritzinger, a student at Williamsville South High School and piano student of Mary Handley of Amherst, won first place and received the Virtuosi Competition Scholarship at the 2013 Virtuosi Competition in Rochester.


The Buffalo Flute Club will sponsor a concert and Flute Fair this weekend. Paul Edmund-Davies will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Suggested donation is $10-$20. The Flute Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Nardin Academy, 135 Cleveland Ave. Flute vendors will be on site as well as workshops, exhibits and a flute choir reading. For more information, email


Students in the Hamburg/Southtowns community will have their artwork displayed at the ninth annual Festival of Arts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hub, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. The event showcases the work of students in kindergarten through grade 12 from 15 schools. Donations will benefit the Paint Box Project at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


• The Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts will present “Aida” at 7 p.m. today and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the school’s Main Stage Theatre, 450 Masten Ave. Tickets are $3-$6. For information, call 816-4220. Pictured are, top row, from left, Gabby Carr, Kayla Ballard and Raja Ramadan, and bottom row, from left, Elijah Tyner, Lauren Truitt, Daniel Henderson and Alejandro Gomez.

• Sacred Heart Academy will present “A Home for Stray Cats” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 3860 Main St., Amherst. Tickets are $5-$7 presale or $6-$8 at the door. For more information, call 834-2101.