Lancaster High School's Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts will present an exhibition featuring more than 100 artworks by 15 seniors. The exhibit, which will be held at 11 W. Main St., Lancaster, will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Tuesday, next Thursday, May 17, May 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Town of Hamburg Recreation Department presents the Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run, an official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball for youths ages 7 to 14 on Saturday. Signup begins at 9 a.m.; competition starts at 9:30 at the town Recreation Center (Nike Base), 2982 Lakeview Road, Hamburg. Copies of birth certificates are necessary. For information, call 646-5145 or Joe Badaszewski at 823-7388.
Gilda's Club of Western New York received a record amount of entries in its annual Teen Writing Contest. The winners are: first place, Elizabeth Jasen of Amherst, a senior at Sweet Home High School; second place, Lauren Metzger of North Tonawanda, a senior at North Tonawanda High School; and Christina Reville of Hamburg, a sophomore at Frontier High School.
Amherst High School, 4301 Main St., will present "Awkward Breakups, Teenage Rebellion and Toto, Too," three one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school's Masterson Auditorium. The student-directed plays are "It's Not You, It's Me," directed by Katie Merrill and Jessica Schmidt; "I'm a Teenager, Get Me Out of This Family," directed by Rachel Zimmer; and "Romeo, Beatrice and Toto Too," directed by Marissa Tranquilli. Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $6, $5 for students.
Artpark's Theater Camp will return from Aug. 15 to 19 for students ages 9 to 14. Instruction will be given in acting, singing, dancing, storytelling and more. For more information, call 754-4375 or visit www.artpark.net.
Steven Petrotto, a senior at Clarence High School, won first place in the culinary arts category at the SkillsUSA state competition. Brittany Schlater, a senior at Maryvale High School, won first place in the commercial baking category. Both students, who are enrolled in technical programs at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center, will attend the national conference in Kansas City, Mo., next month.
Also, Nick Conkling, a junior at Kenmore East High School, placed second in residential writing; Alex Hokaj, a junior at Amherst High School, placed second in technical drafting; John Taschetta, a senior at Clarence High School, placed third in industrial motor control; Amanda Reece, a senior at Tonawanda High School, placed second in commercial baking; and Eric Gorecki, a senior at Holland High School, placed second in welding.
Four Park School students have been chosen to travel to China this summer to participate in the "Chinese Summer Bridge Camp." The students are: Tyia Acoff of Cheektowaga, senior; Caroline Connors of Amherst, eighth grade; Taylor Gillespie of Buffalo, junior; and Daniel Kugler of East Aurora, junior.
The Future Curators Teen Program at Albright-Knox Art Gallery will present "raw," an exhibit of works by area teens, which opens Friday and remains on view through July 3 at the art gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. The exhibit organizers are: Benjamin Almeter (St. Joseph Collegiate Institute), Jordan Bianchi (Clarence High School), Chelsea Butkowski (Kenmore East High School), Emily Carlson (Nichols School), Kellie Corwin (Nichols School), Amanda Equils (Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School), Kimberly Floyd (East Aurora High School), Leigh Ann Gantz (Kenmore West High School), Alexandra Gerbec (Kenmore East High School), Samantha Kahn (Grand Island High School), Catherine Mucci (City Honors School), Casey Schultz (St. Joseph Collegiate Institute), Matthew Stepien (Williamsville East High School) and Migella Sterlace-Accorsi (East Aurora High School).
At the opening event, a film festival with works by area students will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. and Sunny Side Up will perform at 8 p.m. For information, visit www.albrightknox.org or call 882-8700.
The Presto, Vivace and Bravo choirs of Bel Canto will present their annual Mother's Day Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Randall Baptist Church, 6301 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $5-$10. For information, call 759-6428.
The Resource Training Center will hold a Safety Awareness Day, an interactive event about the dangers of texting and driving, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boulevard Mall (near Sears entrance by food court), Amherst.