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WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT: YWCA Lower Cape Fear has announced that YWCA USA CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo, is the guest of honor at the 34th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, scheduled for May 7 at the Wilmington Convention Center. The event provides recognition for outstanding contributions and accomplishments of women and young leaders active in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties.  Call (910) 799-6820 for more information.

TAX ASSISTANCE: UNCW offers free tax e-filing assistance to eligible taxpayers through the university’s IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Taxpayers with an income of $66,000 or less are eligible for this assistance. All VITA volunteers are IRS-certified UNCW students majoring in accounting. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (803-G South College Road, Wilmington) will be open on the following Saturdays between 9am and 3pm for taxpayers to receive assistance: Feb. 23; March 2, 23, and 30; and April 13. Taxpayers can also visit 813 Nixon Street on the following Wednesdays between 5 and 8pm: Feb. 27; March 6 and 27; and April 3. More information including a list of items needed upon arrival can be found online, by phone at (910) 962-2776, or via email.

POSTER CONTEST: UNCW's Office of the Arts is in search of a new official poster for the 2019 Lumina Festival, a celebration of the arts that takes place on the UNCW campus during the summer. The festival features events in opera, theatre, dance, film, music, visual art and performance poetry. Submissions should creatively capture the essence of the Lumina Festival, and are open to UNCW students, faculty, and staff, and the greater Wilmington community. The winner receives a $500 prize. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 22, at 11:59pm. Check online for full guidelines and to submit your artwork.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Online registration is open for the Orange Street ArtsFest, scheduled for May 25. 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 is offered until March 1, and artists will be eligible for awards and $550 in prize money. Go online for complete details about booth rental, deadlines and application process please visitor use email.


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