12th December 1997 at 00:00
THE LEISURE ZONE The National Drugs Helpline, backed by the National Youth Agency, is inviting young people in age groups 11-13 and 14-16 to write a poem or short story, or produce a piece of artwork, about their favourite spare-time activities, by January 5. The best 12 entries will be displayed in a London exhibition. Top prizes include: Casio (QV300) digital camera and Olympus colour printer, or the latest Texas laptop. Details: Health Education Authority, PO Box 105, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9BR.

SAINSBURY'S CHOIR OFTHE YEAR SAINSBURY'S YOUTH ORCHESTRA SERIES The Youth Choir of the Year (worth Pounds 2,000) is one of three categories in this competition. The overall winner will receive a further Pounds 1,000 and a Pounds 1,000 commission for a new piece of choral music. Closing date: January 9.

Youth orchestras across the UK are invited to apply by December 17 for sponsorship of Pounds 2,750 and the chance to have their concert professionally recorded and broadcast on Classic FM (together with a further concert award of Pounds 3,000). Details: 0171 221 7883.

ADULT LEARNING AWARDS The National Organisation for Adult Learning (NIACE) is looking for people who have shown special effort or overcome obstacles to return to learning, either as individuals or as part of a community group. Award-winners will be presented with learning vouchers worth from Pounds 100 to Pounds 500 and a certificate during Adult Learners' Week, May 16-22. Closing date for nominations: January 16. Details: NIACE, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE.

GREENFINGERS CHALLENGE The Royal Horticultural Society and Tidy Britain Group are challenging groups of young people aged up to 18 to develop existing or new sites. Each group will be sent a Klick camera and photograph album to help record their progress (processing and printing is free), and the album should be submitted by June 1. Closing date for entry forms: January 31. National winners will receive Pounds 500 and have their entry exhibited at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, two national runners-up will receive Pounds 300 and area winners will receive Pounds 200. Details: 01942 824620.

YOUNG CONSERVATIONIST AWARDS Northern Electric and the conservation charity Tusk Force are encouraging teams of young people in the region, aged five to 16, to complete five challenges by April 24. The challenges include: becoming energy detectives, organising an environmental project and fundraising. Each team will receive certificates, badges and the chance to win an adventure holiday. Winners will go through to a national final to competefor the "Wild at Heart" conservation trophy. Details: 0181 743 8855.

ROLEX AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE December 31 is the deadlinefor entering original and innovative projects for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. Categories include: science and medicine; technology and innovation; environment; and cultural heritage. Winners will receive $50,000 (Pounds 29,000) and a gold Rolex chronometer; runners-up $10,000 (Pounds 5,800) and a steel and gold chronometer. Previous winners have included Johan Reinhard, who discovered the 500-year-old body of an Inca girl in the Peruvian Andes, and a German ophthalmologist, who invented a measuring device to help to prevent blindness in glaucoma sufferers. Entries to: The Secretariat, The Rolex Awards for Enterprise, PO Box 1311, 1211 Geneva 26, Switzerland.

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