MEOW OR RUFF? During the month of August Pomegranate Books (4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington) hosts its annual Cat vs. Dog fundraiser. Cat lovers and dog lovers will compete in a donation battle -- who can donate the most to local animal shelters? The store provides donation jars and at the end of the month, the donations will be counted and the winning group will be announced. Visits from furry friends welcome.
MOVIE STARS WANTED: Volunteers are needed to be extras during the filming of the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Longest Ride. Filming is in Jacksonville, July 29-31, and extras must be over 10 years old and be available for at least 12 hours on the day(s) of filming. The production team, which can handle up to 200 extras a day, is donating $20 per person per day to the American Cancer Society. Call Tiffany at (910) 254-4871, ext. 29135, or use email and leave your name, email address, phone number, age, and day(s) you are available.
POSTER CONTEST: The Carolina Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding a poster contest for the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival. Deadline is Sept. 8. Call (910) 458-8434 or use email.
STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The North Carolina State Hard Court Championships come to the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex @ Empie Park on August 1-3. This year's tournament features some of the best players from across the state, and is open to singles, doubles, or mixed doubles in the following NTRP ratings: 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0. Call (910) 341-4631.
NOMINATE NOW: The Honors Scholars Program and Randall Library at UNCW are soliciting nominations from the Cape Fear Region for the annual Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar. The award recognizes contributions to the Cape Fear area and/or community or communities within the region. The winner is invited to deliver the 2014 Schweitzer lecture to the assembled Honors Scholars Freshman class in November. Final date for nominations is Aug. 4. Call (910) 962-3408 for more details.
GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALING: Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP), a not-for-profit educational organization, trains musicians in the skills needed to professionally bring the gifts of beauty and healing into healthcare institutions with live, therapeutic bedside music. MHTP offers classes at 12 sites in the USA, and classes in Wilmington begin Oct. 4-5. For more information or to inquire about registering, call (910) 465-0942, or use email. Go online to download an application.
MUSICIANS WANTED: Wilmington Symphony Orchestra holds auditions for new members Aug. 19 at UNCW's Cultural Arts Building. Times by appointment. Interested musicians must schedule an audition time by email. Applications and required audition music are available online, or by calling (910) 791-9262.
ILM AWARDS LOOKING FOR NOMINEES: Are you age 13 to 19 and think you have what it takes to own one of these titles? ILM Teen Music Artist of the Year; ILM Teen Visual Artist of the Year; ILM Teen Fashion Designer of the Year; ILM Teen Entrepreneur of the Year; or ILM Outstanding Teen Leader of the Year. Then go online and apply for a chance to become a 2014 ILM Awards Recipient.