This week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square: The Young Audience Second Saturday Series continues with Jazz It Up!, featuring Reynold Scott, 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday; Literacy NY Buffalo Niagara ScrabbleFest Tournament finals, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
The winners of the 37th annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest are:
Grades 10-12: First place, Deja Burgin, grade 10, Sacred Heart Academy; second place, Imani McCullum, grade 12, South Park High School; third place, Gifty Bondah, grade 12, Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.
Grades 7-9: First place, Nia Hawkins, grade nine, Middle Early College; second place, Jensen A. Daniels, grade nine, Sacred Heart Academy; third place, Maliha Methila, grade 8, Lorraine Elementary.
Grades 4-6: First Place, Jakye Amos, grade four, Bennett Park Montessori; second place, Andrew Amos, grade six, Cleveland Hill Middle School; third place, Hannah Weeks, grade four, Lorraine Elementary.
Sustainable Earth Solutions will hold the 8th annual Young Adult Environmental Leadership Program on Friday and Saturday. Teams of students from Western New York will work together to complete an environmental or social justice project. Facilitators from SUNY Buffalo State’s International Center for Studies in Creativity guide the students through the process of creative thinking and strategic planning. The teams are encouraged after the summit to carry out their plan, and can earn $700 in seed money to help keep it moving forward. For more information, visit www.sustainableearthsolutions.com.
“Topdog/Underdog,” a staged reading of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer prize-winning play, will be presented by Ujima Company, featuring Amilcar Hill and Preach Freedom, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in TheatreLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave. Admission is $10. For more information, call 883-0380 or visit www.justbuffalo.org.
Disney Theatrical Productions will hold an open call audition for male dancers between 16 and 22 years old at 4 p.m. Friday at Adam’s Mark Buffalo, 120 Church St. Call Greg Hanoian at (212) 827-5413 to schedule an interview. All dancers should bring sneakers, tap shoes, kneepads and a photo and resume.
The SHINE (She Has Inner Natural Excellence) Workshop for mothers and daughters will be held from 8:30 to noon Saturday at Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St. The event will feature programs on communication, movement, mindfulness and goal setting. Cost is $20. Registration required; call 834-2101, Ext. 311.
Nichols School will hold its 14th annual FLICK Fest at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center, 1250 Amherst St. All area students in grades five through 12 can submit a video for the contest. Submissions must be received by March 21. For more information, call 332-6300, Ext. 365, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buffalo Master Chorale will present the All-American Mosaic Festival Concert of American Music, featuring guest ensemble Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Vocal Symphony, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bethel AME Church, 1525 Michigan Ave. (at East Ferry Street). Cost is $5-15. For more information, visit www.buffalomasterchorale.org.
The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is accepting nominations for students ages 6 to 18 who have made a positive impact on their communities through their philanthropic and volunteer efforts. Nominations will be accepted through March 14. Visit www.kohlskids.com.
ARTS AND WRITING CONTEST
The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is holding its annual Arts and Writing Contest for students in grades seven through 12. Entries in either writing or 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. For information on guidelines and contest rules, visit www.holocaustcenterbuff.com.
• Eden Junior Senior High School, 3150 Schoolview Road, Eden, will present “The Wedding Singer” at 7 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6.50-$8.50. A chicken and ribs dinner will be held before the show today (call 992-3936) and a spaghetti dinner will be held prior to the show on Saturday (992-3637). For more information, visit www.edencsd.org. Pictured are, from left, Jon Bley, Kassaundra Funch, Andrew Pszonak and Katie Schnaufer.
• Niagara Catholic Junior Senior High School will present “Annie” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 283-8771, Ext. 300 or 260.
• The Alden Christian Theatre Society will present “Road from Jerusalem” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Performances will continue through March 16. Reserve tickets, which are $7, by calling 937-7770.