Call for authors
The Piedmont Laureate program has extended its deadline for applications from authors of short fiction for 2014 until Jan. 9. Authors must be residents of Wake, Alamance, Durham or Orange counties. Guidelines, application form and further information are available at www.piedmontlaureate.com.
National Arts Program
The 11th annual National Arts Program exhibition, featuring artwork by city of Raleigh and Wake County employees and their families, will be on display through Jan. 15 at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-996-3610.
Aviation art contest
The 2014 N.C. Aviation Art Contest is seeking entries. The deadline is Jan. 17. Participants ages 6-17 may enter two-dimensional artwork using permanent media depicting airplanes surveying disaster zones, dropping off relief supplies, flying crash victims and other similar activities. For more information, visit www.NASAO.org.
N.C. Opera will present “La Bohème” at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at 612 Wade Ave., #100, Raleigh. Tickets are $27 to $85 and may be purchased at www.NCOpera.org or by calling 919-792-3850.