Write a 600-word essay about traveling in New York State to win a $1,000 scholarship. The contest is open to students ages 13 to 18. For more information and contest rules and guidelines, visit www.myfamilytravels.com/Teen_travel_writing. Deadline for submissions is July 27.
Staples is looking for parents, grandparents and kids to star in a national back-to-school commercial. Enter the contest at www.staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Deadline is June 23.
Tapestry Charter School students in grades five and six have curated an exhibit called “Tapestry’s Making History – One Thread at a Time,” which will be on view at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, through Aug. 24.
Also at Tapestry, fifth- and sixth-grade students studied “Sustainability.” The students focused on the role fresh water has played in civilization. For one portion of their fieldwork, students planted a native garden along the Buffalo River in an effort to reintroduce native plants to the area as part of an Urban Habitat Restoration Project. Project partners include Silo City, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, PUSH Buffalo, University at Buffalo’s Landscape and Urban Design Department, and the Great Lakes Experience.
TEEN TO COMPETE
Nathan Riexinger of Lancaster High School represents one of only 10 teen teams invited to compete at the Junior Achievement’s National Business Plan Challenge next week in Washington, D.C. Riexinger took first place at JA of Western New York’s Business Plan Challenge in May with his plan to revolutionize the bottle/container business. His bottle design, named “Twist Out,” holds substances such as condiments with a twist up function similar to the design of a Chapstick. The idea was inspired by his part-time job in the restaurant industry, where he sees jars and bottles that are thrown out with product left in the container. “Twist Out” was designed to help restaurants save money, ensuring users do not waste products in containers that are almost empty.
Immaculate Conception School of East Aurora’s Rocket Team recently participated in the 12th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge near Washington, D.C. The students were asked to design and build a rocket that could fly to 825 feet and back within 48 to 50 seconds while carrying two raw eggs. Immaculate Conception brought home a $300 award for best outreach team, which was given to the team for its efforts to expand the TARC program in Western New York.
Gay and Lesbian Youth Services will hold a Diversity Prom for LGBTA students ages 14 to 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. June 13 at Asbury Hall/Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Cost is $10. For more information, call 855-0221.
Young Audiences of Western New York will present family-friendly programs in area libraries throughout the next few weeks, including a visit from Gretchen Murray Sepik and Mary Jemison at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wyoming Free Public Library, 114 S. Academy St., Wyoming, and at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Salamanca Public Library, 155 Wildwood Ave., Salamanca.
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, will hold its second annual Video Gaming Tournament from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Youth groups should bring an adult chaperone. Cost is $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Jericho Road Community Health Center’s medical mission in Sierra Leone in West Africa. For more information, call 674-1233 or 479-1420.
• The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild will hold auditions for anyone 16 and older for next season’s productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “The Secret Garden,” “The Sunshine Boys, “My Favorite Year” and “Noises Off” at 10 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Ellicott Street Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road. Children 10 and older will be needed for “The Secret Garden.” For more information or to make an appointment, call 260-2319.
• The Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden, will hold auditions for its August production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” from 7 to 9 .p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 937-7770.
Registration is open for CEPA Gallery’s summer photography camps. For more information, call Lauren at 856-2717 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a thank you for the support the Lancaster Arts Academy has received from the community, seniors in this year’s AP Art class at Lancaster High School will be mailing more than 180 original artworks to randomly selected Lancaster addresses. Each student was given 12 postcards to create artworks on in their choice of media theme. These mini frame-able artworks will be sent out later this month.