The 20th annual Books for Kids campaign will be held from Saturday through March 31. New books to be distributed to children in need can be donated at the following locations:

• Wegmans – all locations in Erie and Niagara counties.

• Buffalo & Erie County Public libraries – all locations.

• The Buffalo News, Washington and Scott streets.

• Barnes & Noble – all Western New York locations.

• Hunt Real Estate – 4363 Main St. Amherst.

• Junior League Headquarters – 45 Elmwood Ave.


Students from seven area high schools will use their musical and artistic skills to send an anti-bullying message during the BAND Against Bullying contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. The students’ performances will help to raise awareness of bullying issues and to raise support for anti-bullying education. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit


The Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, will hold a Mini Maker Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will celebrate the creativity, invention and do-it-yourself spirit, and feature a group of students from Pembroke Junior/Senior High School who will demonstrate how they build terrariums out of reused materials. The Elmwood Franklin Maker Club, consisting of students ages 8 to 14, also will be in attendance. For information, visit


The ABC Bel Canto Choirs will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. The University at Buffalo’s all-male a cappella ensemble, the Buffalo Chips, also will perform. Free-will offerings will be accepted. For more information, call 759-6428.


Music is Art will hold an instrument drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. New and used instruments as well as cash donations will be accepted at Performing Arts, 5334 Transit Road, Depew, and Boulevard Music Lessons, 1090 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. For more information, visit


Stoogefest 22a, featuring seven Three Stooges films, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $10, $7 for children 12 and under. For information, call 692-2413 or visit


Amy Betros, pictured in last week’s NeXt, is the co-founder of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.