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Sports, Literary Competitions Open to Seniors

Several opportunities are coming up for writers to enter short stories, poems, essays, and memoirs to compete for awards. The SilverArts competition, part of the Piedmont Senior Games through the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks, and the Second Spring Arts Festival are for seniors only.

The Piedmont Games/SilverArts Kickoff will be held on Friday, January 13, at 10 a.m. at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd.  Senior Games/SilverArts are for seniors age 55 or older. Information will be available about how to enter both the Senior Games, which include a variety of sports from golf and swimming to cheerleading, and SilverArts, which includes art and handcrafted items, and literary submissions such as short stories, poems, essays, and memoirs. The local games are held in the spring and winners then advance to the State Senior Games in the fall. For details about the games and deadlines to enter, visit www.WePlay.ws and click on the link for “Seniors.”

The Second Spring Arts Festival, a non-profit organization promoting creativity, arts and art education among senior adults, features art, handcrafted items and literary submissions for seniors age 60 and older. The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center, 251 N. Spruce St. This year’s theme is “Movement, the Mind and More,” which focuses on the positive effect of movement through dance and music, and showcases art, literary works and entertainment by seniors. The deadline for submissions of visual and literary entries is March 31 and the entry fee is $10 for two pieces or literary submissions. For more details, contact Nancy Hall at secondspringarts@nullgmail.com.

Sharpen those pencils, get out those paint brushes, and fire up the computer. What better time than these long winter days to let your creativity flow! These competitions offer a great opportunity to showcase your artistic and literary talents.

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