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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CINCINNATI AREA PUPPETRY GUILD -- Seeks puppeteers of all skill levels to perfrom short adult-themed puppet acts for their upcoming puppetSLAM! Cincinnati in April. The slam is a fund raiser for the guild. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
CINCINNATI OPERA -- Auditioning for their upcoming production of Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins. The opera seeks two male (at least 5 feet 6 inches in height) performers with professional dance experience and excellent acting skills. Those auditioning should bring a current resume and headshot. Audition reservation deadline is March 7. Audition is March 13. Cincinnati Opera studios, 1555 Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine. Call Marcus Kuehle at 513-744-3341 to arrange an audition.
IF THEATRE COLLECTIVE -- Holds auditions for their production of Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson in May. The cast includes five men, three women, ages early 20s to early 60s. Be prepared to read from the script. 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday. Xavier Studio Theater, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy., Evanston. 513-321-0763.
JABBERWOCK '03 TALENT EXPLOSION -- The Zeta Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta hosts auditions for their annual fund raiser. They're looking for dancers, actors, singers, musicians, poets and other performance artists of all ages, shapes and sizes. Winners have a chance at $500 and a chance at impressing industry executives. Audition registration is $5 per person for groups of three or more or college students with valid ID; $10 per individual. 5-8 p.m. Friday. 128 Pearson Hall, Miami University, Oxford. 513-529-3829. ... 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Corryville Recreation Center, 2835 Eden Ave., Corryville. 513-221-0888.
THE QUEST THEATRE -- Seeks actors for their upcoming season. Those auditioning should prepare a two-minute comedic monologue and 16 bars of an up-tempo song. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 6225 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, Ohio. To set up an audition, call 937-436-9990.
SHOWBIZ PLAYERS -- Holds auditions for their upcoming production of the regional premiere of In the Beginning, a musical about the characters excluded from The Bible.
The cast calls for seven men, four women, one boy and a chorus. Auditions are 7:30-9:30 p.m. March 6; 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 9. St. James Hall, Hubble and Cheviot roads, White Oak. Call 513-981-7888 for more information.
SORG OPERA -- Sorg Opera in Middletown holds auditions for their 2003-2004 season. Their repertoire includes A Little Night Music, Tosca and I Pagliacci. Auditions are in the Music Dieterly Vocal Arts Center. Send resume/photo/fee to Nicki Gividen -- auditions coordinator, 65 S. Main St., Middletown, OH 45044. 12:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 audition fee. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, UC Campus, Clifton. 513-425-0180.
TRI-COUNTY PLAYERS -- Holds auditions for their upcoming production of Dangerous Corners. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Grace Episcopal Church, Belmont and Harrison avenues, College Hill. For more information, call 859-524-7564.
CONTESTS & GRANTS
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AWARDS -- UC College of Nursing seeks nominations for the 11th Annual Florence Nightingale Awards for excellence in nursing. Each recipient receives a plaque, six get $1,000 awards and four get $400. Deadline is March 7. For application guidelines or more information, call 513-558-3329.
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.
SMALL ARTS ORGANIZATION GRANT PROGRAM -- City of Cincinnati is offering a grant program for small arts organizations and even a free grant-writing workshop. The grant program runs from Sept. 2, 2003 to Aug. 31, 2004. Organizations must be nonprofit based in the city of Cincinnati. Application deadline is March 15. Call 513-352-4985 for more information.
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.
TEEN WRITING CONTEST -- Writers ages 11-18 are invited to enter the Lane Libraries' Teen Writing Contest. This year's theme is "Yesterday's Tomorrows." Entry deadline in March 19. For guidelines and information, call 513-894-6557 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY PHILANTHROPY PROJECT -- The African History Class at Xavier is coordinating this project to locally raise awareness of African culture. The class seeks educational programs in churches, schools, rec centers and other organizations that teach African culture and/or history. One organization, who submits an educational proposal, will be granted up to $4,000. Proposal deadline is March 10. For more information, call 513-745-3995.:
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 email@example.com.
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.
GLAD HOUSE/UMADAOP OF CINCINNATI -- These organizations are working together to offer support to youth ages 6-17. They're seeking volunteers 18 or older to serve as mentors and offer guidance to these youth as soon as possible. For more information, call Edwina Wooley at 513-636-5459.
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.