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> ASTRONOMY DAY

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center and Buffalo Astronomical Association will present Girl Scout Astronomy Day from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java. Cost is $10. Preregistration is required; call (585) 457-3228.

> TALKING ABOUT CANCER

Gilda's Club of Western New York will host a free lecture on "How to Talk to Your Kids About Cancer" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at Gilda's Club, 1140 Delaware Ave. Registration is required; call 332-5900.

> LIBRARY EVENTS

Activities this week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include a meeting of the Lego Club for children ages 6 to 12 at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Also, a chess tournament will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Players of all ages and skill levels are invited. Advance registration is encouraged at arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. Please include full name, phone number, grade, school and USCF number (if applicable).

For more information, visit www.buffalolib.org or call 858-8900.

> ESSAY CONTEST

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 kidsessaycontest@holycrossheadstart.org. Please include name, age, school, teacher and school telephone number.

> INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE

The Kenmore East National Honor Society and the Town of Townawanda Senior Citizens Center will host their annual Intergenerational Dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium at Ken East High School, 350 Fries Road, Tonawanda. Tickets, which are $2 and must be presented at the door, can be purchased at the senior center, 291 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda. For more information, call 874-3266.

> ON STAGE

Students from both the Lyndonville and Medina school districts will present "Legally Blonde: The Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Stroyan Auditorium, Lyndonville High School, 25 Housel Ave., Lyndonville. Tickets are $3.50-$10; an order form is available online at www.lyndonvillecsd.org/music, or tickets can be purchased from any cast member. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

The Niagara Proscenium Players of Niagara Falls High School will present "Guys and Dolls" at 7 p.m. today through Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center, 4455 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. Tickets are $1-$5 today, and $6-$8 for other performances. Call 286-7979 to reserve tickets. Pictured, from left, are Tyreese Maye, Kristianne Casale, Adelia Gueli and Kiman Baldon.

> SPRING WORKSHOPS

Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Eggertsville, will hold "Soar Into Spring" workshops for girls in grades four through seven from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Workshops include Kitchen Chemistry, Digital Art, Cheerleading 101 and Catholic High School Entrance Exam Practice. For more information, call 834-2101, Ext. 311, or visit www.sacredheartacademy.org.

Also at Sacred Heart, the "Heartworks" exhibit of student-made artwork is on view from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through April 20.

> BEE SEMIFINALIST

Philip Davis, a sixth-grader at Kenmore Middle School, has been named a semifinalist in the New York National Geographic Bee, which will be held March 30 at the New York State Museum in Albany.

> MOVIES AT SHEA'S

"Dark Girls," a documentary starring Viola Davis, will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. General admission tickets are $20.50 and include screening and question-and-answer session following the film.

Also, Shea's Free Family Film Series will continue with "Despicable Me" (PG) at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1) Sunday. Tickets are available at Wegmans and the Shea's ticket office.

For information, visit www.sheas.org or call 847-1410.

> FUN RUN AND WALK

Barker Central School District will holds its third annual Donate Life 3.5 Mile Fun Run and Walk at 11 a.m. Saturday in the junior high gymnasium, 1628 Quaker Road, Barker. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration forms can be found at www.barkercsd.net.

> WINNER

NeXt Correspondent Hannah Gullo, a junior at Depew High School, won the grand prize in the 2012 poster contest sponsored by the Western New York Foreign Language Educators' Council. She will be honored at an awards ceremony in June. In addition to a $50 prize, Hannah received a framed-copy of her design and had her poster duplicated for distribution to all Language Other Than English teachers in Western New York during National Foreign Language Week. She is currently enrolled in French 4, a college credit course.