The Ahwatukee Lions Club is hosting a Community Open House/Art Walk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St.

This event will showcase the entries from this year's Peace Poster Contest, and one winner from each of the participating schools will be announced to advance to the next level of the competition. Admission is free.

Each year Lions Clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups, encouraging young people ages 11 to 13 to artistically express their visions of peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express that year's theme - an original theme incorporating peace. This year, the theme is "Vision of Peace." The works created are unique and express the young artists' life experiences and culture.

Twenty-three International Merit Award winners and one Grand Prize winner are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Each of the merit award winners receives a cash award of U.S. $500 (or local equivalent). The Grand Prize winner receives a cash award of U.S. $5,000 (or local equivalent) and a trip to an award ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York City. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world.

To view finalist posters or to send a Peace Poster e-card, visit the Lions Clubs International website at www.lionsclubs.org. For more information about the Ahwatukee Lions Club, visit ahwatukeelions.com.

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