97X COMMUNITY GALLERY AND ARTISAN GROUP -- A virtual gallery of digital art, photography, sculpture, poetry, food and art has opened its doors on the pages of email@example.com.
BEECHMONT PLAYERS, INC. -- Is holding auditions for their upcoming production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. They're looking for two women and five men. Performances run from May 9-17. 3 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Monday. Faith United Church of Christ, 6886 Salem Road, Mount Washington. 513-688-0779.
BLUES ALLEY CAT -- This independently-produced "popera" about Over-the-Rhine is currently holding auditions for actors, singers and dancers. There are parts for children too -- including a male lead role. Hiring for production crew is also underway. Send resumes and headshots to: Blues Alley Cat, 67 Mulberry St., Cincinnati OH 45202. 513-521-1164.
THE QUEST THEATRE -- Seeks a pianist for their inaugural season. Those auditioning should prepare one up-beat showtune, one Classical piece and one improvised composition. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 6225 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, Ohio. To set up an audition, call 937-436-9990.
CONTESTS & GRANTS
CITY OF CINCINNATI ARTIST GRANT PROGRAM -- Pick up your application now to apply for the Individual Artist Grant that runs from Sept. 1, 2003 through Feb. 28, 2005. You could receive anywhere between $5,000-$7,500. Applications are available at the following locations: Department of Community Development and Planning, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Arts Consortium, Enjoy the Arts, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, University of Cincinnati School of Art, Urban Appalachian Council, Weston Art Gallery and Westwood Town Hall.
Electronic versions are also available. Application deadline is Feb. 15. 513-352-4985.
RIVERBANK POETRY PROJECT'S SIXTH ANNUAL STUDENT POETRY COMPETITION -- Butler County students between the ages of 8-21 are invited to enter this competition promoting young peoples' interest in poetry and writing. All participants will receive a certificate while three winners will be identified in each of four categories. Winners will read their entries at the Riverbank Poetry Project session on May 13. Forms available at www.riverbankpoetry.com. Deadline is March 20. 513-863-8873.
T-FAL PERFECT BAKER RECIPE CONTEST -- Open to non-professional baking enthusiasts, 18 years or older, the contest calls for people to submit three original baking recipes in one of three categories: Cakes, Muffins/Quick Breads or Cookies. Thirty finalists will be selected, 10 in each baking category. Grand prize includes a trip for two to New York City. Entry forms are available via a self-addressed stamped envelope to T-Fal Perfect Baker Contest, Po. Box 396, Pine Brook, New Jersey 07058-0396. Deadline is April 25.
TALL STACKS MUSIC, ARTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL POSTER COMPETITION -- Local artists are encouraged to submit entries for this poster contest, where the winner's design becomes the commemorative poster for the Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival. The winner also gets $1,000. Submission deadline is March 7 at 5 p.m. 513-721-0104.
GOODWILL -- Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries has partnered with Braxton's Cleaners (located in Burlington, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Richwood) to create drop-off centers for clothing, shoes and linens. 859-586-9595.
ACLU OF OHIO -- Volunteers are needed for the Southwest Chapter of the ACLU of Ohio. Their interests are in areas of the First Amendment, lllegal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTION AUCTION -- WCET48 is looking immediately for volunteers to fill a variety of positions for the station's annual fundraiser. The event airs April 24 through May 3, but much behind-the-scenes work needs to be done prior. 513-345-6530.
RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM -- Adults 55 and over are encouraged to use their life and job skills to help children and other adults in the areas of education, literacy, health, nutrition and public safety. Locations found throughout Greater Cincinnati. Training is provided. Hours are varied. 513-354-5704.
CINCINNATI RECREATION COMMISSION -- CRC's Aquatic Division is looking for 370 responsible people for lifeguarding and managerial positions at their 41 summer pool facilities. Lifeguard training provided for anyone 15 or older. For an application, call 513-357-POOL.