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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:00 am

Teen dance to support sick youths

Registration is open through March 25 for Beads of Courage’s annual Courage in Motion Dance-a-thon. The 10-hour fundraiser will be held April 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bear Down Gym on the University of Arizona campus.

Beads of Courage seeks 12- to 18-year-olds who want to have fun and make a difference in the lives of children coping with cancer and other serious illness. Lizzie Bell, one of just 700 people in the world with Diamond Blackfan anemia, will serve as the first dance grand marshal. In her honor, a marrow donor registry drive will also be held at the event.

The Courage in Motion Dance-a-thon is open to teenagers who raise $60 or more in donations for Beads of Courage. It will feature themed music hours ranging from disco to country and western to hip hop.

Teenagers can register online, download fundraising forms and find more information at courageinmotion.org. All donations are tax-deductible. Registration and donations must be submitted by March 25.

Sponsorships for the event are also available. For more information, call Pam Carnes at 904-2285.

Entries accepted for CD8 artwork competition

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office is inviting high school students in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District to submit their artwork as part of a national competition sponsored by Congress.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students and was created to recognize the creative talents of young Americans. This year marks the competition’s 26th anniversary.

Winners in numerous categories will receive cash awards. The grand prize winner will receive airline tickets so the student and a family member can fly to Washington, D.C., for a ceremony in June.

The grand prize winner’s art will be displayed for one year at the Capitol in Washington, where it will be seen by members of Congress and tens of thousands of visitors. It will hang alongside the grand prize winners from other congressional districts across the nation.

Artwork must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 8 to Giffords’ Tucson office, 1661 N. Swan Road, Suite 112. Students also entering the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild’s scholarship competition will be permitted to submit their work by 10 a.m. on Monday, April 11.

For more information on the competition, contact Pam Simon by calling 881-3588 or e-mailing Pam.Simon@mail.house.gov.

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