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High school seniors and graduates from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are invited to design a poster expressing the competition's theme "You Can Create Tomorrow."

The contest is beingheld by The Art Institute of Charlotte and Americans for the Arts. Entries will be accepted through Feb. 3. The local winner in the high school senior category will earn a $3,000 scholarship and the local second place winner in the high school senior category will earn a $1,000 scholarship to The Art Institute of Charlotte.

The local first place winner in the graduate category will earn a $1,000 scholarship to The Art Institute of Charlotte. The local first place winners will go on to compete in the National Poster Design Competition. High school seniors will compete for a full-tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school. Graduates will compete for a $10,000 tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school. Details: www.artinstitutes.edu.postercompetition.

Myers Park

Myers Park Presbyterian Church recently received the International Solidarity Award for its outreach efforts in El Salvador. The church has partnered with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador on holistic improvements in the Getsemaní community for five years. Work has included constructing over 60 homes and aiding community health, micro-entrepreneurship and community organization.

The church completed its 24th annual Habitat home in Charlotte's Grier Heights community last month as part of its partnership with the Adopt-A-Home program. Myers Park Presbyterian Church has a long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity and played a key role in founding the organization's Charlotte branch in 1983.

Region

Discovery Place will extend its hours Dec. 26-30 to accommodate holiday crowds anticipated at its exhibition Mummies of the World, the largest collection of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. The exhibition will offer last admission at 5 p.m. Discovery Place will remain open until 6 p.m. on those days.

Mummies of the World is a timed-entry ticketed event. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased by calling 704-372-6261 or online at www.discoveryplace.org.

Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte.

Wingate

Jake Shimabukuro will offer a ukulele performance at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Wingate University's Batte Center.

In the hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new musical force. On his most recent album "Peace Love Ukulele," Jake mixes jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk.

Tickets are $25 and on sale via the Batte Center box office, www.battecenter.org, and the CarolinaTix phone room and website. Details: 704-233-8300.

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