Personal Best, a modeling and talent school in Buffalo, is searching for students ages 11 to 19 to participate in the Western New York Young Performers Showcase, which will be held Feb. 2 in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The competition is open to individual dancers, singers, actors, musicians and other performers. More than $2,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded, with part of the proceeds to be donated to Women & Children’s Hospital. For more information, call Susan Makai at 831-3870.
The following piano students of Mary Handley, of Amherst, received awards at the Burlington Rotary Music Festival Competition:
• Jarod Yap, 13, a freshman at Clarence High School, won four gold medals and was awarded a $250 scholarship as the Most Promising Senior Pianist.
• Johanna Fritzinger, a student at Williamsville South High School, won three gold medals and received a $200 scholarship.
• Jimmy Featherstone, 15, a student at Williamsville South High School, won three gold medals and received a $200 scholarship.
• Michael McClure, 12, a student at Elmwood Franklin School, won three gold medals and received a $200 scholarship.
Niagara University in Lewiston will hold a holiday-themed open house beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. Prospective students can attend a holiday dinner along with an informational presentation on academics, financial aid and the application process. Other events include a Christmas tree lighting at 4:45 p.m., men’s basketball game against Siena College at 7 p.m. and a performance of “The Philadelphia Story” at 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.niagara.edu/Christmas. For more information, call 286-8710.
LUNCH WITH SANTA
Join Santa for lunch at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. More holiday-themed events will continue from noon to 3 p.m., with holiday tales from around the world with the Wondermakers at 1. For more information, call 693-1885 or visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.
The Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden, will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The show continues through Dec. 15. Tickets are $9-$11; call 937-7770. Pictured are Brendan Guidie, Emma Bielawa, Dylan Colosanti, Tommy Hahn and Hali Wagner.