Organization of Independent Artists hosts patriotic exhibition feat. works by more than 60 artists incorporating xerography, letterpress, mixed media & sculpture; Gallery 402, 19 Hudson St. (betw. Chambers & Reade Sts.), 212-219-9213; 1-5, free [continues Thurs. & Fri., through 7/28].
POETRY COMPETITION 2000
Religious poetry wanted for The Bards of Burbank competition, $1000 awarded to winner. Submit 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, PMB250, 2219 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506 or enter at www.friendlypoets.com by Aug. 4.
Poets Society sponsors contest. Submit 21 lines or less for chance to win $1000 to Free Poetry Contest, PMB126, 1626 N. Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028 or enter at www.famouspoets.com by July 27. e-mail email@example.com for more info.
COW PARADE 2000
Milk & cookie party for Moo-La the cow, outside at NY Mercantile Exchange, 1 N. End Ave., WTC (Battery Park City), 212-964-8465; 5-8.
FREE WILDBIRD GARDEN TREES
Join the National Arbor Day Foundation during the month of July & receive 10 free trees, sent $10 to Wildbird Garden Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410.
SINGLES UPBEAT SOIREE
Introductions, buffet, conversation & drinks; Penthouse at Sutton Pl. Suites, 300 E. 58th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 718-875-3878 res. req.; 9:30, $38 [repeats Sat.].
SUMMER SIZZLER II
Black Velvet Rope Entertainment's Swimsuit Fashion Affair feat. designer Bernard Moore's bath collection w/live r&b performance by Danielle, appetizers & more; Demerera, 215 W. 28th St. (betw. 7th & 8th Aves.), 212-874-7627; 5:30-11, $10.
Handcrafted beaded jewelry, artwork, collectibles & more, prices from $5-$200; Studio Museum of Harlem, 144 W. 125th St. (betw. Lenox Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.), 212-864-4500; 11-5, free.
International Library of Photography hosts amateur photo competition for New Yorkers. Send one color or b&w picture (8" x 10" or smaller) from the following category: people, travel, pets, children, sports, nature, action, humor, portraiture or other by Oct. 28 to the International Library of Photography, #101-9008, 3600 Crondall Ln., Owings Mills, MD 21117 or www.picture.com for your chance to win cash, $68,000 in prizes awarded.
NEW STURGEON MOON DRUMMING CIRCLE
"Swimming in time with the tides" at Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, 279 Sterling Pl. (Vanderbilt Ave.), Bklyn., 718-857-2247; 7:30, $15.
WENDY'S SEARCH FOR SIZZLIN' SOUNDS CONTEST
Hamburger chain seeks original songs about hamburger hankerings & odes to the all beef patty, two contest finalists to appear on CBS' Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, winner receives recording session with Wynn Jackson. Hamburger lovers should submit music & lyrics by Aug. 31 to RollingStone.com, att: Sizzlin' Sounds of Hamburgers' Contest, 640 N. LaSalle St., Suite #560, Chicago, IL 60610 or send an MP3 to www.sizzlinsounds.com
FRIENDLY FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Moderate & advanced French speakers gather to read & chat every Monday night at The Magic Carpet, 54 Carmine St. (betw. Bedford & Bleecker Sts.), 914-776-7723; 7-9, free.