The North Port Art Center Youth Department hosted an Illustration Contest along with the Hands and Hearts for Performing Arts, Inc., to design the advertisement poster and commemorative T-shirt for “The Nutcracker” ballet set for December in Port Charlotte.

The awards were presented Nov. 1 at the North Port Art Center.

Both first place winners were awarded three tickets to “The Nutcracker” and a scholarship for an art class at the North Port Art Center.

The second place for the Commemorative T-Shirt Art was created by Christiana Scarsella, 10.

Performances of “The Nutcracker” at The William H. Wakeman III Cultural Center Theatre, at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

Tickets are $20, $15 and $10 and are now available online at


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