Buzzz in Brief

'Honk' if you love musicals

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Kids will present "Honk! Jr." at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Downey High School auditorium, 1000 Coffee Road, Modesto.

Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, "Honk! Jr." is the young performers' version of the contemporary Broadway classic that follows the colorful characters of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling." Follow Ugly, the most different hatchling the duck yard has ever seen, as he ventures away from home in search of friends and his true identity.

Seventy students in grades four through eight from schools throughout the county are participating in this year's production. YES Kids is geared toward younger children and provides them with an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. YES Company alumni serve as mentors/trainers and fellow performers.

Tickets will be sold at the door. General admission is $7, children under 12 are $4. Infants and toddlers under 3 are not admitted. For more information, visit

Salida Rotary award

The Rotary Club of Salida is offering $1,000 to high school seniors who are continuing their education at a four-year university. To qualify, you must be a resident of Salida, or have attended school in the Salida school district. Applications are due April 1. For more information, see your high school counselor.

Heroes wanted

Have plans for summer? Check out a program in which teens spend their summer in Africa working with Protecting Futures and HERO, an awareness-building and fund-raising initiative of the United Nations Association to help keep girls in South Africa in school. The UNA-USA HERO campaign, in partnership with, is looking for 20 teens, ages 16 to 19, from across the U.S. and Canada to be 2008 HERO Youth Ambassadors. Students chosen will travel to Africa to help to build classrooms, construct fences, install kitchens and engage in classroom activities funded in part by Protecting Futures, a program by founding brands Tampax and Always. Teens interested in applying can log onto until March 1.

Fairy-tale tryouts

Patterson Repertory Theatre is seeking youth ages 5 to 19 for "My Emperor's New Clothes," a musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's timeless story, set in the land of Mango-Chutney. Auditions are Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Patterson High School auditorium, 200 N. Seventh St. Those trying out should be prepared to read from the script and to sing a song or two. Rehearsals begin March 3 and performances are Fridays through Sundays, : April 18-27. To learn more, e-mail or call 892-7297, then check for updates.