Avondale holding mural contest

The deadline for entrants to the Avondale Point Mural competition, sponsored by West Ashley's Avondale Point Business District, is July 31.

Artwork then must be submitted by Aug. 18 to the Business Services Division of the city of Charleston, 75 Calhoun St., third floor.

The winner of the competition, conducted in association with the Business Services Division and Lowcountry Earth Force, will be announced Sept. 2.

All art students and artists may compete. Entries may be in the form of paintings, digital pictures, graphic designs, graffiti, etc., and must be square in nature. Entries should be no smaller than 8 by 8 inches and no larger than 24 by 24 inches.

Artwork will be displayed in storefronts in Avondale beginning Aug. 20, and community members can vote for their favorite design, which will be painted on the Children Cancer Society Thrift Store.

On Sept. 2, the business district will host an art walk, allowing the community a final chance to vote. The winning design will be announced at the end of the night. For competition guidelines, entry forms and pictures of Avondale in the past and present, contact Alexis Gross at grossa@ci.charleston.sc.us or 724-3796, or see the Avondale Point Business District Facebook page.

Call Barbara W. Vaughn at 724-3746 or e-mail vaughnb @ci.charleston.sc.us.

Talking with God is Manna theme

The Aug. 2 Manna service at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church will focus on prayer and how to talk with God. The service begins at 5:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Colin Kerr of Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston. The participatory worship service, which is free and open to the public, will be in the fellowship hall at the church, 712 Wappoo Road, West Ashley.

Call 766-4262.

Community Jazz Festival planned

The Housing Authority of the Charleston will hold its annual Community Jazz Festival 4-6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Robert Mills Manor in the 20 Franklin St. Courtyard.

The entertainment will include local jazz musician Lonnie Hamilton III along with an ensemble of jazz musicians such as Charlton Singleton, Brian Reed and Quiana Parler.

The theme for the festival will be a "Back to School Jamboree," in collaboration with GLOW.

E-mail Megan LeCount at mlecount@chacity.org.

CSO Gospel Choir returns from tour

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir returned July 20 to Charleston after a weeklong tour of Europe, which featured performances in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Bath Abbey in England and the American Church in Paris.

The choir is made up of volunteers and is directed by Sandra S. Barnhart.

Visit www.csogospel.com.

Choir, ensemble seeking singers

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and its sister group, the CSO Spiritual Ensemble, are seeking new volunteer members. Lower voices (tenor and bass) are especially needed.

The Gospel Choir, directed by Sandra Barnhardt, is a 110-voice volunteer group performing gospels and spirituals. It will hold two voice assessment auditions for interested individuals at 5:30 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 4 at Citadel Square Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting St.

Come prepared to sing a solo of your choosing and vocalize in a choral setting.

The Spiritual Ensemble, directed by Nathan Nelson, is a 35-member vocal group focusing on African-American spirituals. The voice assessment is at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Aug. 8 at Citadel Square Church Fellowship Hall.

Visit www.csogospel.com or www.csospiritual.com.

Trudy's School marks 70th year

Open enrollment will begin in August and classes start Aug. 17 at Trudy's School of Dance, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary in the 2009-10 season.

Events include a 70th birthday celebration at its annual recital at the Gaillard Auditorium in June.

Trudy's, 830 Folly Road, offers classes in dance, yoga, Pilates and fitness to dancers of all levels and ages above 3. Open enrollment will begin Aug. 5 and 6 at 5 p.m. Call 795-8660, or see www.trudysdance.com.

Entries sought for art festival

The Lowcountry Senior Center seeks entries from visual artists, professionals and amateurs ages 50-plus for its sixth annual Lowcountry Senior Art Festival. The festival, Sept. 1-30, is open to S.C. residents and presents framed artwork and sculptures.

All work must be original and ready for hanging or display. There is an entry fee of $10 for artists who are members of the center and $15 for nonmember artists. The entry fee and form allows each artist to submit up to two pieces of art. The fee must be submitted with the completed entry form by noon Aug. 14.

Artists may offer their submissions for sale. The senior center will receive a 15 percent commission. Participants will receive an invitation to the festival's opening reception. Artwork will be judged with prizes awarded. Call Shawnda Poynter at 762-9555.