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Art Opportunities
97X COMMUNITY GALLERY AND ARTISAN GROUP -- A virtual art gallery of digital art, photography, sculpture, poetry, food and art has opened its doors on the pages of chris.klinger@ketterngoh.org or write to: Rosewood Gallery, 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering OH 45429. Deadline for submissions is March 1.
Music Opportunities
BASE GALLERY -- Looking for diverse musicians to perform at their Final Friday events. 1227 Main St., Downtown. 513-721-BASE.

CINCINNATI CAMERATA -- The group seeks new voices to fill openings in the bass, tenor and alto sections (proficient site-reading and ability to match timbre imperative). Call Christian Miller to arrange an audition, 859-491-2362.

CINCINNATI METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA -- Currently seeking viola, cello and bass players. Contact Kellie Williams at 859-647-9375.

CINCINNATI OPERA -- Auditions for the 2003 Summer Festival Chorus are Jan. 11 and 12. Two arias must be prepared with one in Italian. Rehearsals begin the week of May 26, 2003. Register in advance. For more information call 513-621-1919.

CIRCLE SINGERS -- The local adult community chorus is expanding and invites area music lovers to join. All voices welcome, particularly tenor and bass. No auditions required. Repertoire includes Broadway, Classical, Spiritual and Folk, patriotic and more. Rehearsals are 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Cottingham Retirement Community, 3995 Cottingham, Sharonville. 513-777-1481 or 513-755-2607.

THE FOREST-AIRES -- Is seeking members. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings. Babysitting available. 1175 Burney Lane, Anderson Twp. For more information contact Kim at 513-474-1711.

KINGSMEN -- One of the area's most colorful male choruses is looking for new members over 21. Rehearsals: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Zion United Church, Montgomery Road, Norwood. 513-825-1103 or 513-891-8381.

MAY FESTIVAL CHORUS -- Auditions to this prestigious chorus will be held throughout January. To schedule an audtition time call 513-744-3229.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COALITION CHORALE -- Seeks singers to participate in the annual commemorative program Jan. 20 at Music Hall. Rehearsals are every other Tuesday through Jan. 14, at the House of Joy, 5918 Hamilton Ave., College Hill. For more information, call Catherine Roma at 1-800-341-9318, ext. 368.

SHAPE NOTE SINGERS -- Beginning and experienced singers welcome to this recreational singing group. Four-part, a cappella, early American traditional singing. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Second Sunday of the month. Walnut Hills Christian Church, 1438 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. 513-861-1137.

SWEET ADELINES -- These women are always welcoming new female singers to perform four-part "barbershop-style" harmony at community events. Rehearsals are 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Valley Temple, 145 Springfield Pike, Wyoming. 513-624-0535.

SYCAMORE SINGERS, INC. -- After nearly 30 years, this chorus enjoys having new members. Rehearsals are 7 p.m. Mondays at Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Rd., Montgomery. For more information call 513-984-0055 or 513-703-6223.

Theater Opportunities
BLUES ALLEY CAT -- This independently-produced musical about Over-the-Rhine is holding auditions for actors, singers and dancers beginning in January 2003. There are parts for children, including a male lead role. Hiring for production crew is also underway. Send resumes and 8.5-by-11 inch photo to Blues Alley Cat, 67 Mulberry St., Cincinnati, OH 42502. 513-521-1164 or go to www.bluesalleycat.com.

CASCADE CABARET 2003 -- Singers and dancers needed for this showcase to be performed Feb. 3 and 4. Headshot and resume required. Audition for dancers 2-4 p.m. Jan. 11 or 1-2 p.m. Jan. 12. Vocalists can audition 5-7 p.m. Jan. 11 or 3-5 p.m. Jan. 12. Auditions will be held at the University of Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky University. Call Beverly Williams for audition time at 513-861-1876.

CINCINNATI BOYSCHOIR -- Holding auditions for boys, grades 3-9, whose voices are unchanged. 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Cincinnati Boychoir Choral Arts Center, 1926 Mills Ave., Norwood. 513-396-7664.

CINCINNATI MUSIC THEATRE -- Is holding another round of auditions for its upcoming production of Mame. CMT is looking to fill two non-dancing/non-singing roles: Mr. & Mrs. Upson, a couple in their fifties. Be prepared to read from the script. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Grace United Methodist Church, 2221 Slane Ave., Norwood. 513-624-8584.

EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION -- Is looking for volunteers to do mailings, data entry, clerical work and other miscellaneous help. 513-977-4763, ext. 236.

EMERALD ENTERTAINMENT -- Auditions are being held Saturday for the two-act production "I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart." African-American and Caucasian males and females needed. Leading and supporting roles open. Production assistants also needed. Call 513-731-5466 for registration.

THE KNOW THEATRE TRIBE -- Volunteers are needed to work in directing, grant writing, publicity, editing, costuming, set designing, set building, lighting and sound designing, graphic designing, stage managing, house managing, stagehands, poster distributors and on the construction/set building crew. Experience is a plus, but not necessary. Stipends available for most positions. Flexible work schedule. Gabriel's Corner, 1425 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-871-1429 or knowtribe@hotmail.com.

LEBANON THEATER COMPANY -- Come out and showcase your auditioning expertise for the production of "All My Sons." Casting includes actors and actresses in their 50s to 8 years old. Auditions are 4-6 p.m., Sunday and 7-9 p.m., Monday. Shoe Factory in Lebanon. For more information call 513-494-1932.

NONAME THEATRE -- Is looking for a few good members and volunteers as well as a stage manager for an upcoming production of one-act plays. 513-662-5654.

PEE-AIR ENTERTAINMENT -- The local independent feature film project, "Expensive Collaborations," seeks financial backing, cast, production crew, co-producers, company sponsorship, artists of all kinds and much more talent. Initial casting seeks two African-American female co-stars, aged 18-30; one Caucasian female co-star, ages 18-20. Call to set up an audition appointment, 513-787-6247.

RENEGADE GARAGE PLAYERS -- Volunteers are needed for this theater group involving people with and without disabilities. 513-328-6300.

RISING PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY -- Seeks ushers, box office attendants, office helpers, rehearsal assistants, set builders, painters, errand-runners, sewers and others to assist in the six show (8 performances each) season. Ushers and others receive free admission to professional productions. All ages encouraged to apply. Located in Middletown, Ohio. 513-705-4131.

TRULY BLESSED ENTERTAINMENT -- Will be holding auditions for their upcoming production of Mama Can't Save You, But the Lord Can, calling for African-American and caucasion teenagers. Auditions will be Jan. 11 at the College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill. To schedule an appointment, call 513-851-0212.

Contests & Grants
AMATEUR POETRY CONTEST -- The Bards of Burbank is offering $1,000 to inspire sincere poets. Open to everyone, the deadline is Jan. 16, 2003. Send one poem 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, PMB250, 2219 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506 or at www.freecontest.com.

FALLEN HEROES SCHOLARSHIP FUND -- This fund helps to provide educational grants to families of firefighters who have died in service. For applications and information, contact 1-877-453-FIRE or www.firehero.org.

PERFECT BAKER RECIPE CONTEST -- What's cookin' in your kitchen? Got a good original recipe, not your aunt's secret Betty Crocker sauce? Send it in - you could win a 7-day trip to New York City. T-Fal's 2003 Perfect Baker Recipe Contest began Oct. 1, and you only have until April 25 to enter. Pick up an application form wherever you find T-Fal's Patisserie Professional Bakewear, or send a SASE to T-Fal Perfect Baker Contest, P.O. Box 396, Pine Brook NJ 07058-0396.

YWCA CAREER WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS/MAMIE EARL SELLS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS -- Time to nominate your female heroes. The Career Women of Achievement Awards nominations must be in by Jan. 22; the Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship nominations are due Jan. 28. Pick up nomination applications at the YWCA, 898 Walnut St., Downtown, call 513-241-7090 or go to www.ywcacincinnati.org.

DUNAMIS OF FAITH WORLD MINISTRIES -- The nonprofit organization is looking for home school supplies (books, houses, computers, checks, money orders, vouchers, etc.) for needy families. Donations can be sent to: Dunamis of Faith World Ministries/The Church in Cincinnati, P.O. Box 46908, Cincinnati OH 45246. For more information, call 513-961-9995.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES CLOTHING DRIVE -- Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and Braxton's Cleaners are partnering in an effort to collect clothing, shoes and linens for local men and women with disabilities. Accepting donations at these locations: 8605 Haines Drive, Florence and 2515 Chelsea Drive, Fort Mitchell. 859-586-9595.

KATEY BRICHTO RELIEF FUND -- A fire destroyed the home of this teacher/writer causing her to lose her dogs and cat, family heirlooms, all her writing and her lesson plans, among other possessions. The Cincinnati Writer's Project is organizing a collection for her. Donations can be made to Katey Brichto at the following address: c/o Kate Brauer, 7419 Briarpatch Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45208. For more information, e-mail.

ABILITIES FIRST -- Seeks volunteers to assist with residential activities and outings, offer one-on-one assistance and friendship to a person with a disability and help in the inclusion preschool/daycare. Also seeks help making curtains and bedspreads for residents' rooms. Middletown. 513-423-9496 or elaine.garver@abilitiesfirst.org or vicki.fleming@abilitiesfirst.org.

ACLU OF OHIO -- Volunteers are needed for the Southwest Chapter of the ACLU of Ohio. Our interests are in the areas of the First Amendment, illegal search, privacy, racial equality, women's rights, employment rights, student rights, gay and lesbian rights, prisoner's rights and police abuse. 513-588-4235 or shannon_aclu@mailcity.com.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY -- Seeks volunteers to fill retail-type positions for the Discovery Shop. ... Also looking for young professionals to start a Young Professionals Committee. 11117 Kenwood Road, Kenwood. 513-891-1600.

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION -- Seeks volunteers for clerical support, data entry and special events support for the area office in West Chester. 513-759-9330.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION -- Seeks volunteer nurses, LPNs, nursing students, paramedics and EMTs to help conduct blood pressure screenings and cardio-vascular and stroke risk assessments. 513-281-4048 or Tharper@heart.org.

ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- Volunteers needed to staff the Information Desk. A twice per month minimum commitment is required, and training is provided. Usher applications are being accepted for the January 2003 orientation. Volunteers receive invitations to select dress rehearsals of performances. Call Meghan Kaskoun, Volunteer Manager, 513-977-4113.

ART CONSORTIUM OF CINCINNATI -- The ACC's Linn Street and Union Terminal Facility need volunteers to assist with special events, act as docents and more. 513-381-0645 or 513-381-0916.

THE ARTERY -- The Artery, a non-profit community art center in Newport, seeks volunteers for special and upcoming projects. Opportunities available in exhibition installation, clerical work, education, fundraising, renovation, etc. If interested, contact Laura Hollis, director, at 859-431-8151 or www.newportartery.org.

ASSE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM -- This program, which provides academic year exchange programs in the U.S. for students around the world, is looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives in one's local community. If interested, call Shannon Stevenson at 740-494-9849.

BAYLEY PLACE NURSING AND RETIREMENT HOME -- Seeks volunteers to transport residents to and from activities, help them with shopping and be their friend. Also seeks help in the gift shop. Delhi. 513-347-5500.

BEECH ACRES -- Seeks childcare providers and group facilitators for parent support groups in Westwood, Lincoln Heights, Downtown, English Woods, West Chester, Blue Ash and Millvale. Training and ongoing support are provided. 513-231-6630.

BOONE COUNTY CASA -- Boone County Court Appointed Special Advocates needs adult volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Training provided. 859-334-3154.

BRANDON BLAIR YOUTH INC. -- Seeking tutors to help at-risk youth. Also needs volunteers to do yard work and work at festivals. South Fairmount. 513-244-7675.

BRIGHTON CENTER, INC. -- The center is seeking volunteers for Local Emergency Assistance Program for needy families. Volunteers can spend as little as two hours weekly or monthly to distribute or shelve clothes, or to bag food commodities. Volunteers are able to work 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Call 859-491-8303, ext. 2032. ... Volunteers needed to assist with tutoring or mentoring youth, providing activities for seniors, marketing, fund-raising, painting and beautification projects, clerical duties, emergency assistance, activities for school-age children and more. Volunteers also needed for landscaping, lawn maintenance, home repairs and building projects. Newport. 859-491-8303, ext. 2026.

BROOKSIDE -- Seeks volunteers to work in the day camp, help with recreational activities, assist with outings, read to residents and entertain residents. Mason. 513-398-1020.

BROWN COUNTY HELPING HANDS -- Help sort clothes and take inventory of the food pantry. Georgetown. 937-378-6942.

BROWN COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL -- Seeks volunteers to serve as drivers for clients. Georgetown. 937-378-6603.

CAMPUS CALIFORNIA TG -- New non-profit organization recruiting volunteers to train for work at development projects in Africa. 530-467-4082 or www.cctg.org

CARACOLE -- Cincinnati's only non-profit agency, providing safe, secure and affordable housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS, seeks volunteer caregivers at residence.

Training is provided. Other volunteer opportunities are available. 513-761-1480.

CARMEL MANOR -- Volunteers needed 5:30-7 p.m. daily to help feed residents their evening meal. Fort Thomas. 859-781-5111 or carmelmanor@fuse.net.

CEDAR VILLAGE -- Seeks volunteers to visit with residents and to transport residents to and from activities, lead residents in activities and entertain residents. Mason. 513-336-3162 or mklein@cedar-village.org.

CENTER FOR CHEMICAL ADDICTIONS TREATMENT -- Needs volunteers to work in the garden. West End. 513-381-6672 or ccatsober@mindspring.com.

CENTRAL CLINIC -- Seeks volunteers to work in the consignment shop. Corryville. 513-861-8666 or justasecond@fuse.net.

CHILD FOCUS, INC. -- Needs volunteers to assist with the Head Start preschool program. Clermont County. 513-528-7224 or www.child-focus.org.

CHILDREN'S THEATER -- Seeks volunteers to work during daytime school performances. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 513-569-8080, ext. 17.

CHURCHES ACTIVE IN NORTHSIDE -- Help collect food, household and hygiene items for Northside residents. 513-591-2246.

CINCINNATI ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND -- Volunteers are needed to read to blind or print-impaired and provide transportation for some clients and staff members. Training and ongoing support is provided. 513-487-4217.

CINCINNATI HABITAT FOR HUMANITY -- Volunteers of the corporate community needed to join local families to build a simple, decent place to live. Corporations can help support by contributing cash gifts, in-kind building materials and services, sponsoring or co-sponsoring a CHFH house, casual marketing and volunteering on the job site. 513-621-4147 or 513-763-3100.

CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY CENTER -- Training will be provided to volunteers interested in becoming astronomy assistants, early childhood teachers, librarians or historical archivists. 513-321-5186.

CIVIC GARDEN CENTER -- The non-profit organization promoting gardening and environmental responsibility seeks volunteers for gardening, horticultural research, reception desk, garden shop sales and hands-on gardening education in elementary schools. 513-221-0981.

CITY OF MONTGOMERY'S SISTER COMMISSION -- The City of Montgomery's Sister Cities Commission provides exchange program with the city of Neuilly-Plaisance, France. 513-891-2424.

CINCINNATI READS -- Reading volunteers are needed for one hour each week to tutor kindergarten through fourth grade students in the Cincinnati Public Schools. Most of the students participating in the program are reading below grade level. Although most of the tutoring opportunities are during the school day, schools try to be flexible around volunteers' schedules. Of the 40+ schools affiliated with Cincinnati Reads, volunteers can choose which school location is most convenient for them. Training is provided. Please call Cincinnati Reads at 513-784-0450.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER -- Recruits new docents. These volunteers guide groups of school children through CAC exhibitions. 513-345-8420.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATER -- Contemporary dance theater needs volunteers for clean up and office staff. Volunteers receive free dance classes in return for their services. Call 513-591-2557.

COUNTY OF HAMILTON PROBATION DEPARTMENT -- Volunteers needed to be a case aide or one-to-one counselor for Hamilton County Adult Probation. Training and supervision provided. 513-852-3795.

DEUPREE COMMUNITY MEALS ON WHEELS -- Help deliver a warm lunch and a smile to elderly adults. 513-561-8150.

DROP-INN CENTER -- Help collect non-perishable goods for the shelter or work in the shelter with the homeless. 513-721-0643 or volunteer@overtherhine.org.

EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ORGANIZATION -- Is seeking volunteers for special projects, mailings, and clerical work. If you have theatre background or just enjoy the theatre atmosphere, call 513-977-4763, ext. 236.

EMANUEL COMMUNITY CENTER -- This non-profit agency seeks support in the following program areas: mentors for school-age children, computer instructors, help in grant-writing to raise project funds, aerobics instructors, library help and coaching sports for boys and girls. 513-242-2563.

EVERY CHILD SUCCEEDS -- Seeks volunteers to assemble parent-aid bags, which include educational and useful items for families and babies. Forest Park. 513-825-3020 or e-mail angie.coyle@chmcc.org.

FAIRMOUNT DAY CARE CENTER -- Provides childcare service including before-and-after-school programs. Seeks help writing, making menus as well as teacher's assistants and tutors to help children with their writing. 513-921-1241.

FEAST OF LOVE -- Seeks volunteers to pick up and deliver furniture from 8 a.m.-noon on at least one Saturday morning a month. Volunteers must supply their own truck or seat-less van. 513-541-5676.

FREESTORE/FOODBANK -- Services include providing emergency food, clothing and shelter to low-income clients. Seeks help sorting food. Downtown. 513-482-7535.

FRIENDSHIP READING CENTER -- Seeks volunteers to build literacy and enhance education for children of Mount Auburn. People from high schools universities, churches and other civic organizations are invited to foster personal growth of a child for at least one day a week as a reading tutor or homework tutor for a term of six weeks. 513-541-5676.

GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER -- Seeking volunteers to train as peer counselors for evening help-line. 513-591-0200.

GREATER CINCINNATI COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS -- Help homeless people circulate the Streetvibes newspaper. 513-421-7803 or streetvibes@juno.com.

GREAT OAKS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT -- Needs tutors to help adult students who are improving their academic skills or learning the English language. 513-612-5830 or e-mail meyerdl@greatoaks.com.

GREENACRES FOUNDATION -- This environment, agriculture and arts education center in Indian Hill needs volunteers to start right away. Volunteers must be available during the normal school day. Those interested in working with children and teaching outdoor education classes are greatly needed. 513-891-4227, ext. 221.

HCR/MANOR CARE -- Spend time with residents with dementia. Colerain. 513-591-0400.

HAMILTON COUNTY COMPEER PROGRAM -- Being a hero is as easy as being a friend. Compeer matches adult volunteers in supportive friendships with adults who suffer loneliness and isolation as a result of the stigma surrounding mental illness. See the power of friendship to help people with mental illness lead happier, more productive lives. This can be accomplished by volunteering for one hour a week, making phone calls, going on activities or using the Internet. 513-287-8540, ext. 14.

HARRISON ELEMENTARY STARS -- In search of adults ages 55 and up to tutor and mentor elementary students at the Harrison Elementary School in Hamilton. Volunteers will receive tuition units, free lunch, tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and the satisfaction of helping today's youth. 513-863-0143.

HARRISON HOUSE -- Seeks volunteers to visit elderly residents, help the residents keep up with current events and serve as an activities assistant. Also seeks help making and putting up decorations for the facility. Westwood. 513-389-4527.

HEALTH ALLIANCE -- Volunteers are needed in various areas at the following hospitals: Christ, University, the St. Luke Hospitals, Jewish and Fort Hamilton. For more information, call 513-585-7200.

HEARTLAND HOSPICE -- HH needs some loving people that will work with terminally ill patients and their family. Volunteers 18 and older are needed for grievance, support and clerical support. Training and visits can be given to fit into your schedule. 513-458-4270 ext. 483.

HOMEWORK CLUB -- Seeks volunteers to serve as math/reading tutors and coaches for youth grades 6-12. 4:30-5:30 Wednesdays. Urban League, 3458 Reading Road, Walnut Hills.

IMAGO EARTH CENTER -- The family-oriented education facility is looking for volunteers to help with teaching, trail maintenance, prop making, carpentry, gardening and special events. 513-921-8455.

INTER-ETHNIC COUNCIL -- The Inter-Ethnic Council of Greater Cincinnati seeks volunteers to assist the promotion of multi-cultural awareness, understanding and respect. 513-352-3498 or www.naicgc.org.

INTER PARISH MINISTRY -- Assists families in becoming self-sufficient. Seeks help sorting and pricing items for the thrift store. Milford. 513-561-3932 or interparishministry@juno.com.

JEWISH VOCATIONAL SERVICE -- Seeks volunteers to work with and serve as companions to senior citizens with developmental disabilities. 513-985-0515.

JORDAN CENTER -- Jordan Center provides free health services for the medically under-served. Nurse and office volunteers are needed. 513-569-6400.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT -- Recruiting business and community volunteers to spend one hour each week for a maximum of eight weeks in area classrooms to help prepare students to be tomorrow's leaders. All lesson plans and training are provided. 513-531-3777 or www.jacincy.org.

JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION -- Seeks volunteers to help with office support and upcoming events. 513-793-3223.

KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF GREATER CINCINNATI -- Work at special events distributing educational materials, helping with blood pressure screenings and assisting with slide presentations. 513-961-8105 or e-mail lhumphrey@kidney.cincinnati.org.

KIDS CAFE -- Needs volunteers to cook, serve and share a meal with hungry children ages 3-14 during Thursday, Saturday and Sunday meals and reading tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also seeks volunteers for "Homework Club" Mondays-Thursdays, (during the school year), who tutor, mentor and love needy children ages 5-14. 513-541-7757, ext. 2.

KENTON COUNTY ADULT LEARNING -- The Kenton County English as a Second Language program is looking for volunteers to assist in the classroom. Needs volunteers to help adults learn to read, write and speak English using a varied curriculum during day and evening sessions. 859-581-7323.

LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH SERVICES -- This social services agency primarily serves abused, neglected and homeless youth and families in crisis. The Youth Crisis Center needs staff assistants at the 24-hour emergency shelter facility. Foster Care needs drivers to transport clients to appointments. The Transitional Living Program needs tutors and mentors to help clients become more self-sufficient. The Family Outreach Program needs childcare workers to help assist social workers and families. The General House Staff needs help cooking, answering phones and supervising youth in the emergency shelter program. Career Connections need drivers to help handicapped and impaired adults get to various appointments. Mentors and tutors are also needed. 513-221-1017, ext. 220.

LIT-ER-ATE CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION -- Seeks volunteers to help further promote and encourage literacy. People with skills in marketing, strong leadership, financial management, grant and proposal writing especially needed. Send a copy of your resume and a handwritten description of what you have to offer to: 136 Sheehan Ave., Room 7, Cincinnati, Ohio 45216.

LITERACY IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY (LINK) -- Seeks volunteers to take a 12 hour tutor training on October 14, 17, 21 and 24. Following the training, tutors will be matched with adults who wish to learn to read. Give someone the gift of literacy. Call Amy at 859-581-7323 to find out more or to register.

LITERACY NETWORK OF GREATER CINCINNATI -- Daytime and evening volunteers are needed to tutor adults with beginning literacy, basic skills or GED preparation in one of over 70 area literacy programs: Children's Basic Reading Classes and the newly established Children's Dyslexia Classes. 2:30-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Training provided. 635 W. Seventh St., Downtown. 513-621-READ.

MAN-TO-MAN/WOMAN-TO-WOMAN OF CINCINNATI, INC. -- Visit with and be a mentor for an inmate. 513-681-4129.

MERCY FRANCISCAN HOSPITAL-MOUNT AIRY -- The hospital's auxiliary gift shop needs people who enjoy working in retail to help with sales, pricing and processing merchandise. ... Surgical waiting desk needs two volunteers every weekday to maintain surgery schedules and serve as a liaison between nurses, doctors and family. Can be very busy 8-hour shifts. ... Volunteer crafters needed to make crafts for sale at various hospital functions. They supply the materials. 513-853-5150.

NATIONAL ABORTION AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ACTION LEAGUE OF OHIO -- This pro-choice group is seeking to fill the position of Choice Action Team Coordinator. Also seeking general volunteers. 1-800-GO-NARAL.

NEW PERCEPTIONS, INC. -- Seeks volunteers to assist adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities with their day-to-day sorting and packaging jobs as well as social and recreational projects. Also seeks help with planning and implementing fundraising and special events. Edgewood. 859-344-9322 ext. 55 or npi@one.net.

NORTH FAIRMOUNT COMMUNITY CENTER -- Needs volunteers for yard work and general maintenance. North Fairmount. 513-921-5842.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY COMMUNITY CENTER -- Needs volunteers to help school-age children with homework and games. Also seeks help working at bongo to raise funds for the senior center. Covington. 859-431-5700.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY -- Seeks volunteers to help with family nurturing, property maintenance, church relations, special events and construction. 513-942-9211.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY SYMPHONY -- Seeks ushers and box office help for the upcoming season. 859-431-6216 or www.kyso.org.

NORWOOD SERVICE LEAGUE -- Needs volunteers to paint classrooms and offices, clean up the yard and clean out the storage area. Norwood. 513-631-4000.

O'BRYONVILLE ANIMAL RESCUE -- This organization seeks adult volunteers to work with rescued cats and kittens. For information, call 513-871-PAWS, or www.theanimalrescue.com.

OVER-THE-RHINE SOUP KITCHEN -- Help feed the hungry by preparing and serving food and setting the table. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Over-the-Rhine. 513-961-1983 or aposervice@juno.com.

PARACHUTE: FOR ABUSED CHILDREN -- The Butler County Court Appointed Special Advocates are currently seeking volunteers for a training program that focuses on child abuse and its causes, as well as many other aspects of the problem. For information about becoming a volunteer, call 513-887-3880 or 513-424-5351, ext. 3880. Or write: Parachute: Butler County Court Appointed Special Advocates, 280 N. Fair Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

PEOPLE WORKING COOPERATIVELY -- Seeking volunteers to perform essential repairs for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. Volunteers gather the third Saturday of every month. Call to register. 513-351-7921.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD -- Looking for help in administrative, special events/fund raising, community outreach and other areas. 513-721-7635, ext. 221.

PRO SENIORS -- Seeks volunteers to make weekly visits to nursing homes, make residents aware of their rights and to cover the Hotline for Older Ohioans. 513-345-4160.

RAYMOND WALTERS COLLEGE-BLUE ASH -- Raymond Walters College needs volunteers for Skills Enhancement Classes teaching ABLE, ESL basic skills and GED preparation. Training available. Call 513-745-5691.

READING VOLUNTEERS -- Needed for one hour a week to tutor kindergarten through fourth grade students in the Cincinnati Public School System. Training is provided and volunteers can serve at a time convenient to them. 513-602-2424.

REDWOOD REHABILITATION CENTER -- Volunteers age 14 and up needed Monday-Friday between 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Redwood is a non-profit agency serving adults and children with disabilities. 859-331-0880.

SANTA MARIA COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC. -- Seeks assistants for the meals-on-wheels program. Also needs tutors and mentors. 513-557-2700.

SAVE THE ANIMALS FOUNDATION -- Volunteers age 18 and up are needed to feed, clean and love cats and dogs at a no-kill shelter. For cats, 513-378-0300; for dogs, 513-588-6609

SCHOOL MENTORS NEEDED -- Local non-profit organization needs volunteers to mentor school kids at local elementary schools. If interested call 513-242-7613, ext. 378 or e-mail Arohdenburg@Staloysiscincinnati.org

SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY -- Needs volunteers who could spend a few hours each month grocery shopping, delivering meals, helping with chores or just visiting. Hours are flexible and one-time projects are available. 859-491-0522.

SERVICES TO AREA YOUTH (STAY) -- Seeks tutors to help prevent high school dropout. Harrison. 513-367-1441 or e-mail stay@fuse.net.

SEVEN HILLS - EAST END -- Needs help preparing and serving food in the soup kitchen as well as picking up food from the FreeStore/Foodbank. 513-321-7520.

SIERRA CLUB -- Every day sierra club volunteers are exploring and protecting the environment in Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio, and they need your help! Their conservation committee meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Avon Woods Nature Center on Paddock Road. To find out how you can help call 513-841-0111.

SMARTMONEY COMMUNITY SERVICES -- This financial resource organization in Over-the-Rhine seeks volunteers in several areas. 1731 Vine St., Downtown. 513-241-7266.

SOPHIA-ONLINE DATABASE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING -- A database for affordable housing in Cincinnati is looking to increase its current 1,500-unit list. Volunteers are needed to work on human service housing database. 513-761-1480.

ST. JOHN -- Provides a variety of emergency services and self-sufficiency programs. Needs help sorting food and clothing. Downtown. 513-241-2186 or e-mail scbrown@health-partners.org.

ST. JOSEPH HOME -- This home, which works with disabled children and adults, needs people to work one-on-one with residents. Be a friend or an assistant on community outings. Must be at least age 15. Training provided. St. Joseph Home, 10722 Wyscarver Road, Sharonville. 513-563-2520, ext. 117.

ST. RITA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF -- Needs tutors and teachers' aides. Must know sign-language. Seeks volunteers to watch children in the day care. Also needs help landscaping the grounds and cleaning inside and outside of the building. 513-771-7600, ext. 325 or e-mail bellegia_h@hccanet.org. Evendale.

ST. PAUL'S CHILD CARE CENTER -- Seeks volunteers to help maintain the facility. Newport. 859-581-3390.

STARFIRE COUNCIL -- Reconnect with the simple pleasures. Go on small outings with adults and teen-agers with disabilities to shows, restaurants, boat trips and more. Starfire Council, 2330 Victory Pkwy., Suite 100 A, East Walnut Hills. 513-281-2100.

SUMMERFAIR INC. -- Summerfair Inc., a non-profit arts organization dedicated to supporting visual and performing artists in greater Cincinnati, is looking for volunteers for their annual SummerFair festival. Send an e-mail to the organization at summerfair@fuse.net. 513-531-0050 or www.summerfair.org.

SUPPORTED LIVING OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY -- Volunteers needed to provide meaningful companionship and to assist adults with mental retardation/developmental disabilities in community activities. 859-261-0909.

TEEN CHALLENGE CINCINNATI -- Seeks volunteers to drive clients to appointments and serve as mentors. Milford. 513-248-0452.

TENDER MERCIES -- Volunteers are needed to serve meals, work in the administrative department, assist staff with maintenance and help with special events for Tender Mercies, an agency that provides housing and individualized supportive services to homeless persons. 513-639-7027.

TERRACE GUILD -- The social service agency seeks volunteers to help answer phones, distribute food, tutor adults and children and to work within the community. 4848 Winneste Ave., Winton Hills. 513-641-0382.

THERAPEUTIC HORSE RIDING AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAM -- Volunteers needed to work with horses and children or adults with disabilities or restrictions. Must be at least 14 years old. No experience necessary. 513-923-4390.

THREE SQUARE MUSIC FOUNDATION -- Currently seeking volunteers for choir direction, computer instruction, dance and drill team instruction, tutoring, mentors, event planning, fund-raising and much more. 7373 Brookcrest, Suite 350, Roselawn. 513-731-3227 or ThreeSquare@yahoo.com.

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF GREATER CINCINNATI -- UCP seeks volunteers to assist in advancing the independence of adults with physical disabilities. They are looking for: musical volunteers, to encourage participants through songs; an exercise instructor for a weekly class promoting participants to move; computer trainers to tutor adults students in the use of Word Perfect, MS Office or Excel. Interested volunteers may contact Eileen and Patti 8:30-4:30p.m. weekdays. Alfred J. Rendigs Center, Victoria Parkway. (513) 221-4606.

UNITED MINISTRIES -- Help pick up, sort and stock food, clothes and shelves to help families in need. Seeks help with building maintenance, yard work and yard sales. Also seeks GED tutors. Erlanger. 859-727-0300 or www.umnky.org.

UNITED WAY -- The United Way Volunteer Resource Center offers volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in donating some time. Opportunities include: Starfire Council, City of Cincinnati Planning Department, Mercy Franciscan at St. John, ProKids, Great Oaks Institute, Great Rivers Girl Scout Council, Council on Child Abuse for Southern Ohio and Toward Independence. 513-721-7900 or e-mail volunteer@uwgc.org.

UPTOWN ARTS -- This after-school arts program in Over-the-Rhine seeks volunteers to work with professional artists in assisting young children as they learn art, music, dance and theater. No experience is necessary. 2:15-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 513-651-1500.

VALLEY INTERFAITH FOOD & CLOTHING CENTER -- Work in the Back-to-School program packaging school supplies, serving as a clothing fitter and distributing goods. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Weekdays. Lockland. 513-821-3233.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DMD -- The Parent Project for Research, an international group of parents and friends of children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, is seeking volunteers for a variety of fund-raising activities. 513-522-6774.

WALNUT HILLS SOUP KITCHEN -- Help feed the hungry by preparing and serving food and setting the table. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Walnut Hills and Over-the Rhine. 513-961-1983 or e-mail aposervice@juno.com.

WASHINGTON UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST -- Cook, serve and share a meal with hungry children Tuesdays and Thursdays. ... Cook, serve and share a meal for 400 people at the Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen on Saturdays. ... Sort and display clothes at the camp freestore. Camp Washington. ... Seeks help with community restoration including painting, electrical work, carpentry and demolition. ...Needs a nurse to work at the Free Medical Clinic. ... 513-541-7757 or e-mail wierville@msn.com. ... Also seeks tutors for the homework club and the community school. 513-385-9077.

WCET 48 ACTION AUCTION -- Needs volunteers now for their 2003 Action Auction April 24-May 3. Serve as your neighborhood's WCET Volunteer Captain by donating items valued at $50 or more. Call 513-345-6530 for more information.

WELCOME HOUSE OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY -- Needs help stocking the food pantry, cooking food, sorting clothes and preparing bags for distribution. Seeks volunteers to assist clients go shopping and do laundry. Needs help managing the on-site store, including stocking, cleaning, organizing and staffing. Also needs help with general maintenance. Covington. 859-431-8717 or e-mail Hofheinz@one.net.

WELLNESS COMMUNITY -- The free support network for people fighting cancer seeks receptionist, library assistant and phone volunteers for their Blue Ash office. 513-791-4060.

WESLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES -- Seeks volunteers to deliver meals to older adults and work in the adult day care program. Westwood, Western Hills, Cheviot. 513-661-2777 or e-mail ssmookler@wesleycs.org.

WOMEN'S CONNECTION -- Receptionist needed to assist staff twice a week. Join The Women's Connection team by greeting participants, answering the telephone and doing some light clerical work. For more information, call Carla at 513-471-4673.

WOODS EDGE POINT -- Seeks volunteers to play games with the residents, visit the residents and accompany the residents on field trips. Bond Hill. 513-242-1360.

WORLD CULTURAL EXCHANGE, INC. -- This nonprofit organization, which promotes world peace through education, art, music and sports, is recruiting volunteers in the following areas: academic tutors and mentors; peace concert musicians, artists, video and audio sound technicians and promoters; community outreach programs, grant writers, accountants, public relations representatives, program coordinators and special events planners. 513-203-2448.

WORLD HERITAGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM -- Seeks local host families for exchange students and representatives to volunteer their time and skills to provide students from several countries with local program support. 765-676-4306 or 800-785-9040.

YOUNG PARENT CAREER CENTER -- Seeks volunteers to do basic math tutoring in a group setting for approximately three to four hours each week. Participants are teenage mothers who are preparing to take the GED exam. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 859-491-8303, ext. 2032.

YWCA BATAVIA -- Help pick up food, sort clothes and make food boxes. Batavia. 513-732-0450.

ARTSPIKE MAGAZINE -- ArtSpike magazine is looking for editors, layout artists, sales personnel and writers interested in the production of a new arts-driven print publication. For more information go to www.artspike.com.

KARMATICA -- Karmatica is a group that studies the power of the mind and intuition. Meetings will be held every other Monday from 7-9 p.m. Reservations are required. P.O. Box 324, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, e-mail karmaticaforu@aol.com or www.karmaticaforu.com.

MT. ADAMS BOOKSTORE &WINE SHOP -- Wine tasting 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 4-7 p.m. Saturdays. ... Live acoustic music, no cover, 8:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. ... Breakfast Buffet: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays and Sundays. ... Weekday light lunches, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1101 Gregory St., Mount Adams. 513-241-9009.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FICTION WRITERS -- The cross-genre group needs entries in their unpublished Romance, Mystery and Science-Fiction categories. RWA membership not required. For more information, visit www.rmfw.org/framesX.htm.

SITWELL'S COFFEE HOUSE -- Is looking for artists, poets and musicians. ... Got an old book or magazine? Sitwell's accepts your literary hand-me-downs. ... C'mon get happy at another Happy Hour. 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. ... Start your day off right with a Belgian Waffle Breakfast every Sunday. ... Weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ... Enjoy drink specials and award-winning sandwiches. ... Non-smoking seating available. ... Hours: 8-2 a.m. daily. 324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton. 513-281-SITS.

TEEN DISCUSSION GROUP -- Will meet to discuss today's issues as well as go on field trips, visit colleges, party and have fun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month. Free. PNC Bank Building, 7162 Reading Road, Suite 606, Roselawn. 513-731-3227.

TRAINED MONKEY PRESS -- Is accepting poetry, prose and unpretentious art for inclusion in TMP Broadsides. Send all inquiries and submissions to: trainedmonkeypress@amish2000.com or P.O. Box 381, Covington, Ky. 41012.

UNDERNEATH CINCINNATI -- This local film and video exhibition is accepting submissions on 8 mm, 16mm and VHS. Initial submissions on VHS only. Send submissions to: Cincinnati CityBeat, c/o Underneath Cincinnati, 811 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.



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