ART OPPORTUNITIES 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 sr-curator@cacmai

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 protected]. ... Reminisce the CAC's 64-year history in Scrapbook: A CAC History, a retrospective exhibit co-curated by Owen Findsen. Through Apr. 30. ... Offering Art in Architecture school group tours, with hands-on art projects for different age levels. Call 513-345-8420 for information and reservations. ... 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 115 E. Fifth St., Downtown. 513-345-8415.

DAYTON ART INSTITUTE — Is accepting submissions to be considered for an exhibition in the Regional Artists Gallery. Those interested should submit no more than 10 slides, a slide description list, artist's statement, C.V. and SASE. Send entries to: The Dayton Arts Institute, Regional Artists Gallery c/o Shayne McConville, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton OH 45405. 937-223-5277. DAYTON ART INSTITUTE — Explores The Glory of the Silk Road: Art from Ancient China, which will showcase materials discovered along the ancient Silk Road. Among the 176 rare treasures are gold, silver, gilt bronze, jade, clay, silk, paper, sculptures, ceramics, paintings, textiles and manuscripts. Through May 11. $12-$5. ... Kids ages 6-10 get creative with the Creation Station, an exploratory gallery walk and art-making activities. 10:30 a.m.-noon daily. Through March 22. $30; $25 members. ... See works from the special exhibition The Glory of the Silk Road and use the forms as inspiration for your own clay forms in Sculpture Along the Silk Road. Through March 22. $100; $90 members. ... The Digital Millennium series carries on with the Ohio premiere of Canadian filmmaker Michael Snow's narrative digital film Corpus Callosum. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. ... 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; open Thursdays until 9 p.m. 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH. 937-223-5277.

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 protected].

KINCAID REGIONAL THEATRE — Is auditioning now for their upcoming productions of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and the operetta The Mighty Casey. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Sharp Middle School, U.S. 27, Falmouth. For more information, call 513-661-8483.

PLAYERS FROM THE HEART — Auditioning for their upcoming production of a one-act play. 4-7 p.m. Friday. Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, 2601 Melrose Ave., Walnut Hills. For more information, call Juan at 513-221-4541.

SHOWBOAT MAJESTIC — Auditioning for their production of Brigadoon. Seeking 18 men and women from ages 18 and up. Be sure to bring current headshot and resume. 7-10 p.m. Sunday, March 23 and 7-10 p.m. Monday, March 24. Covedale Center for Perfoming Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Price Hill. 513-241-6550. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Covedale. 513-981-7656.

TOURING COMPANY OF LION KING — The Broadway and national touring companies of the award-winning musical, The Lion King, are looking for replacements. Seeking kids, ages 9-12, who are under 58 inches to act, sing and dance. Those auditioning will be taught to sing the last verse of "Just Can't Wait to be King." Sign-in: 9-10 a.m. Saturday. Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, Arts Consortium, 1515 Linn St., West End. 513-981-0668.

RELIGIOUS POETRY CONTEST — Sponsored by the New Jersey Rainbow Poets, this contest invites Cincinnati poets to submit one poem of 21 lines or less to: Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave., PMB 70, Linden, NJ 07036. Or enter online There are 50 prizes up for grabs, totaling nearly $5000. Entry deadline is April 12.

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 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.

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 [email protected].

ALL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN BOOK DRIVE — Help a child learn to love reading. Donate a new or gently used book at any Starbucks Coffee location in Cincinnati. Sponsored by Emmanuel Community Center, the book drive runs from March 19 through April 22.

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.

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 [email protected] or [email protected].

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. 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, prisoners' rights and police abuse. 513-588-4235 or [email protected].

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.

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

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

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 [email protected].

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

ARTS 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.

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 community. If interested, call Sharon Stevenson at 740-494-9849.

AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER — Do your part in fighting against breast cancer by volunteering for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, even if only for five hours per week. For more information, call Rob Raucci at 513-984-0229 or [email protected]. Daily.

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. Daily.

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 Fairmont. 513-244-7675. Daily.

BRIGHTON CENTER — 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 859-491-8308, ext. 2032. ... Volunteers needed to assist with tutoring or mentoring youth, providing activities for seniors, marketing, fundraising, 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 n the day care, 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 drivers for clients. Georgetown. 937-378-6603. Daily.

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

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

CENTER FOR CHEMICAL ADDICTIONS TREATMENT — Needs volunteers to work in the garden. West End. 513-381-6672 or [email protected].

CENTRAL CLINIC — Needs volunteers to work in the consignment shop. Corryville. 513-861-8666 or [email protected]. Daily.

CHILD FOCUS — Needs volunteers to assist with the Head Start preschool program. Clermont County. 513-528-7224 or Daily.

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.

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER — Seeks volunteers to teach English to international adult students. Teaching experience is not necessary. Training is available. 513-354-5714.

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.

OHIO SHORT FILM & VIDEO SHOWCASE — Columbus, Ohio's Wexner Center is now accepting entries for their eighth annual showcase of short films and videos from area artists. Entries must be independently produced, 20 minutes or less in length, made in Ohio within the last 18 months. One entry per person; works submitted to past showcases will not be accepted. Deadline for entries is March 28. For more information or to obtain an entry form for the May 17 showcase, call 614-688-3307.

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