A benefit basketball game will be held to support Jacob Murphy, a sophomore at Sweet Home High School who sustained multiple injuries when he was hit by a car while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard. Jacob began his recovery at Women & Children’s Hospital but has recently been transferred to a medical facility in Pittsburgh, where he is receiving therapy. The cost of care as well as trips to Pittsburgh have created a financial burden for his family. The fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday. Rob Ray and other Buffalo Sabres alumni will play against Sweet Home staff members. Admission is $5.
Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, will hold a drop-in open house from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. For more information, call 839-1243, Ext. 107.
ARTS AND WRITING CONTEST
The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is holding is annual Arts and Writing Contest for students in grades seven through 12. Entries in either writing for visual arts should focus on the theme, “Stand Up – Don’t Stand By.” Prizes will be awarded for each category in each grade. Deadline is April 11, 2014. For information on guidelines and contest rules, visit www.holocaustcenterbuff.com.
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., featuring holiday magic with Rob and Carol Allen at 1. For more information, call 693-1885 or visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.
• The Character Council of Western New York and Harvest Time Partners Foundation are offering three $1,000 scholarships to college-bound seniors who exemplify character in his or her daily life. For more information, visit www.charactercouncilwny.org/scholarship. Deadline is Jan. 14.
• Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society will award three Young Musicians Scholarships and up to three Silverman String Scholarships to high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who plan to major in music in the fall of 2014. Applications, including an audition CD or tape, must be postmarked by midnight Jan. 15, 2014. Application forms may be obtained at www.bpo.org, www.ecmea.org or www.ncmea.com. For more information, call 759-6428 and leave your phone number and an email address.
• AAA Members Insurance Agency is offering six scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and community involvement and plan to attend college in New York State. Applications can be downloaded at www.AAA.com/Insurance. The deadline is Dec. 31.