Marianne Hites and Judy Seiler of Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center will present "Are You Ready for Wildlife Baby Season?" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium, Gateway Executive Office building, 3556 Lake Shore, Blasdell. Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center members free; nonmembers $4. Call 627-4560 for more information.



Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Eggertsville, will present the S.H.I.N.E. (She Has Inner Natural Excellence) workshop for mothers and their daughters in grades four through seven from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Preregistration is required for the free event; call 834-2101, Ext. 311, or visit



Just Buffalo Literary Center will continue its Babel Series with author Zadie Smith at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kleinhans Music Hall, Symphony Circle. Tickets are $35; $10 for students with student I.D. For information, visit



*St. Mary's High School Performing Arts Department will present "Aida" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday at the school, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $6-$8 or $20 for a weekend pass to attend all three performances. For information, call 683-4824 or visit Pictured, from left, are Hayley Lampart, Korry Wirth, Cody Klink and Alexis Parry.

*Springville-Griffith Institute will present "Footloose" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lyle G. Palmer Auditorium, Springville. Tickets are $6-$8. For information, visit Pictured are Kiersten Roetzer, left, and Topher McCauley.



The Kenan Center will present the 27th Storrs All High Photo Show, featuring the work of high school students from across central and Western New York. The show opens with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The exhibit continues through April 6. Look for the winning photos in next week's NeXt. For more information, call 433-2617 or visit



Western New York Ending Child Abuse & Neglect and The Buffalo News are sponsoring an essay contest for students in Erie County ages 10-18. Students should submit, in 250 words or less, a "Declaration of Children's Rights."

Winners from each category (three age groups) will read their essays at an April rally and winning essays will be printed in NeXt.

Entries should be submitted no later than noon April 1 to Please include name, age, school, teacher and school telephone number.



Activities this week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include: the Pizza Lovers' Book Club for children ages 5 to 12 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and "Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Ring of Knowledge on the library's main floor. For more information, visit or call 858-8900.



Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., will present "Lily's Crossing" as part of its On School Time Series at 10:30 a.m. next Thursday. Tickets are $7. For information, call 847-1410 or visit



The following piano students of Mary Handley of Amherst were awarded prizes at the recent Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival:

Johanna Fritzinger of Williamsville South High School took first place and the Gold Award for her performance in the Impressionistic Period Class.

Connie Yap, a fourth-grader at Sheridan Hill Elementary School, won first place and the Gold Award in the Grade 8 Sonata Class.

And, Jarod Yap, a seventh-grader at Clarence Middle School, received second place and the Silver Award in the Open Chopin Etudes Class.



The Marie Jackson Women's Golf Tournament Committee will be awarding four $1,500 scholarships to area students. To be eligible, students must be a South Buffalo resident, in eighth grade at a South Buffalo Catholic school or Discovery School and plan on attending a Catholic high school. Applicants should submit a 150-word, typewritten essay describing "How You Plan to Live Your Life to the Fullest." Essays must be postmarked by May 1 and sent to Laurie Roof, 417 Abbott Road, Buffalo, N.Y. 14220.