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 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 will be announced Sept. 2.

All art students and artists are invited to compete. Artwork will be displayed in various 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 in Avondale Point.

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, contact Alexis Gross at grossa@ci.charleston.sc.us or at 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.

Recycling comes to local airport

The Charleston County Aviation Authority has a new recycling program for Charleston International Airport .

Passengers and other customers in the airport terminal building now can deposit recyclable materials in recycling bins donated by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Visit www.charlestoncounty.org or call 720- 7111.

Talking with God is Manna theme

The Aug. 2 Manna service will focus on prayer and how to talk with God. The service begins at 5:30 p.m.

Special guest 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 St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 712 Wappoo Road, West Ashley.

Call 766-4262.

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.

Community Jazz Festival planned

The Housing Authority of the city of 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. Since resident children will soon be facing a new school year, this festival has been put in place to prepare them by providing resources, distributing information and even giving school supplies.

The Housing Authority will be providing free hot dogs and hamburgers, and other refreshments with help of donations from local businesses.

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

Bi-Lo sponsors hunger relief

Bi-Lo Charities is sponsoring its second annual Summer Hunger Relief Program.

Through Aug. 25, shoppers can purchase Hunger Relief Bags at any Bi-Lo location for $5. Each bag contains three complete family meals and will be sent to the Lowcountry Food Bank. All donated bags will go to families in the Charleston area.

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.

Commemorations are planned, including a 70th birthday celebration at its annual year-end recital at the Gaillard Auditorium next June.

Trudy's, 830 Folly Road on James Island, offers classes in dance, yoga, Pilates and fitness to all levels and ages above 3. Classes include classic tap, jazz and ballet regime. Classes also are offered in hip-hop, rap tap, Broadway jazz, lyrical dance, pointe, creative movement and shag.

Enrollment will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. For schedules, call 795-8660, see www.trudysdance.com or visit the studio.