Students will have the opportunity to meet with author Julia Alvarez at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. At 6 that evening, BABEL Community Night: Celebrating the Dominican Republic will be held at Karpeles Manuscript Library, 453 Porter Ave. And at 8, Alvarez will speak at Kleinhans Music Hall. For more information about these events, call Just Buffalo Literary Center at 832-5400 or email


Tifft Nature Preserve will hold its annual Spring Egg-stravaganza! from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Activities will include egg dyeing (bring six eggs maximum), crafts, nature walks, snacks and more. Cost is $7. For more information, call 825-6397 or visit


The Niagara University Summer Academy will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Monday through Friday from July 22 to Aug. 2. The program offers college classes to students entering 11th and 12th grade and for incoming Niagara University freshman. To download a brochure and application, visit or call 286-8411.


Artpark in Lewiston is looking for fairy houses to be part of its Fairy House Festival on June 9. Prizes will be awarded. Application deadline is April 15. For information, visit


Shakespeare in Delaware Park will hold interviews for its high school apprenticeship program called Shakespearience from 1 to 3 p.m. April 27 at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway. Session I, “Hamlet,” will be held June 15 to July 14, and Session II, “Measure for Measure” will be held July 20 to Aug. 18. Applicants must call for an appointment and prepare a short Shakespeare monologue or sonnet. No walk-ins. For an appointment or more information, call 856-4533.


The education department at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., will offer Exploring the Arts, a free, six-week program for high school students to study various forms of art. The class is limited to 30 students. Applications are due next Thursday. For more information or an application, visit, call Jennifer Fitzery at 829-1152 or email


Young Audiences of Western New York is celebrating Young Audiences Week through Saturday. Families are invited to share memories of childhood art experiences, projects or samples of work done at school at or visit