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POSTER CONTEST: The UNCW Office of the Arts is looking for an official poster to creatively capture the essence of the annual Lumina Festival of the Arts. The festival, held each summer at UNCW, features events in opera, theater, film, music, dance, visual arts, and performance poetry, and is a celebration of the arts and culture in the Cape Fear area. The winner receives a $500 prize. The deadline for submissions is March 23 at 11:59pm. Visit online for guidelines and registration.

FREE TAX PREPARATION HELP: UNCW offers free tax e-filing assistance to eligible taxpayers through the university’s IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (803-G South College Road, Wilmington) will be open on the following days for taxpayers to receive assistance: Saturdays (9am-3pm): Feb. 29; March 21, and April 4 and 11; and Wednesdays (5-8pm): Feb. 19; March 4 and 18; and April 8. More information, including a list of items needed upon arrival, can be found on UNCW’s VITA webpage or by email, or by calling (910) 962-2776.

NOMINATE A WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT: Nominations are now open for the Annual Women of Achievement Awards, which recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements of women in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties. The 35th Annual Women of Achievement Awards is scheduled for June 4 at the Wilmington Convention Center. Nominations can be made online. Use email for more information.

ATTENTION TYPE 1 DIABETICS: TypeOneNation Summit, a free, all-day educational and networking opportunity for Type 1 Diabetics and their families, is scheduled for March 7 at the UNCW Fisher Student Center. The summit brings together T1D experts to share their knowledge on the latest treatments, breakthroughs in research, and the psycho-social aspects of living with T1D. This event is designed for all ages at all stages and offers something for everyone: parents, children, teens, adults, grandparents, caregivers, school nurses, healthcare providers, and more. Check online for more details and to register.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Thalian Association Community Theatre is seeking artists for the 25th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest, scheduled for May 23-24 in downtown Wilmington.Applicants must submit a color photo of original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work or mixed media. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. An early bird entry fee of $135 will be offered until Feb. 25, and artists will be eligible for awards and $550 in prize money. Go online for complete details about booth rental, deadlines and the application process, or use email