In Town

West Windsor Township Shade Tree Committee is sponsoring an art contest for students from kindergarten through eigth grade. Applications may be picked up at the community development office for those not participating through their school’s art department. Contest winners will be announced and cash prizes will be awarded at the annual Arbor Day program on Saturday, April 26.

Greater Princeton Student Chapter of People to People International is collecting winter clothing for poor children in Mongolia in an effort to reduce the infant mortality rate. Students from High Schools North and South, Anant Gharpure, Sharang Phadke, Nikhil Mashettiwar, Vincent Mendola, and Nikhil Sheth, seek jackets, sweats, coats, hats, and mittens for newborn to five years. Boxes are located in both West Windsor and Plainsboro libraries through Monday, March 31. Call Anant Gharpure at 609-750-1705 or E-mail

Chinese Language Summer Camp will be held Monday, July 21, through Friday, August 1, at Princeton High School, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students from Princeton and West Windsor-Plainsboro school districts entering grades 8 to 12 are eligible. Register at

Post Prom Benefits

High School South events include a jewelry sale on Thursday, March 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at 4 Manassas Court, West Windsor. My Sister’s Closet, a prom dress and accessory sale, on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at South, Clarksville Road, West Windsor. Clothing Drive, on Saturday, April 12, at South, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 609-716-5050.

High School North PTSA has a clothing drive to benefit Post Prom on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring usable and wearable clothes, shoes, sneakers, boots, hats, belts, handbags, stuffed toys, and curtains. Place all items in plastic bags and drop off at High School North, 90 Grovers Mill Road, Plainsboro, at the loading dock. Call Pam Pisano at 609-799-3158.


Roxey Ballet professional dance auditions are Sunday, March 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th Street, New York City. $25. Seeking classical dancers with a strong modern and contemporary base. 609-397-7616.


Trenton Film Society seeks entrants to the Local Filmmaker Showcase from Friday to Sunday, May 4. Submit short films by Friday, March 14, in miniDVD or NTSC DVD. Films may be narrative or documentary shorts, animation, or experimental on any subject matter. Request a submission form by E-mailing No submission fee.


Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition seeks artworks for the show open from Sundays, June 1 to 22, in Bucks County, PA. Entries not accepted for the June show will e included in the Salon des Refuses from Friday, March 21, to Saturday, March 29. Deadline for shipped photographs is Friday, March 7. Hand-delivered material will be accepted Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15. www.phillipsmill.or. 215-862-9568.

International Sculpture Center announced its 14th outstanding student achievement in contemporary sculpture award competition. The winners participate in an exhibition in Hamilton and Washington, D.C. Visit for details.

Sunflower Glass Studio offers three-day stained glass workshops beginning Fridays, March 7, April 11, and May 16. 609-397-1535.


Women’s College Club of Princeton offers a bus trip to New Jersey Performing Arts Center to see “My Fair Lady” on Thursday, March 20. Lunch included. $75. Call 609-921-8575.

For Kids

Princeton Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading offers early registration on Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Princeton Charter School. Visit for information, requirements, and registration forms. To volunteer or to coach football or cheerleading calling Patrick Deely at 609-240-5092.

Princeton Festival invites young performers ages 9 to 24 to a piano competition. Preliminaries are Saturday, June 14; finals are Thursday, June 26, both at Taplin Auditorium.

Princeton Festival has auditions for the children’s chorus of “La Boheme” on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, for ages 7 to 14. Make an appointment by E-mail to with preferred date. One of the girls will be chosen to play the lead role in “Mirette.”

For Photographers

Vagabond Vistas Photography offers a guided seven-day photography expedition through the Sacred Valley of Peru including the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Saturdays, August 2 to 9. $2,"600 (land only). Register with Mili Sangama at 1-800-884-7474.

For Families

PEAC Health and Fitness offers a family outing with the Trenton Devils at Sovereign Bank Arena on Sunday, March 9. Lower bowl seat, a food voucher, and a Devils shirt. $11. 609-883-2000.

The Arts

Mercer College seeks area writers and artists for possible inclusion in “Kelsey Review,” an annual literary journal. Short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings, and cartoons are accepted. Deadline is Thursday, May 1. Send to Kelsey Review, Liberal Arts Division, Mercer College, Box B, Trenton 08690. Cover letter should include contact information, including E-mail address and short biography. If work is accepted an electronic version will be requested. 609-570-3594.

Training Programs

American Lung Association offers a facilitator training program to lead the Freedom from Smoking cessation approach using alternative behaviors, positive thinking, and group support. $200. 1600 Route 22 Eat, Union. Register with Amanda Medina at 908-687-9340, ext. 307.

NJ Bankers offers a half day security seminar on robbery training, ID theft, and scams. Tuesday, April 1, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Cranford, Sewell, or Wildwood. Register at or call 609-520-1221, ext. 503. $200.

Contact of Mercer County offers a free training course for prospective hotline volunteers. Must be 18 or older and willing to volunteer at the conclusion of the 10-week course. Classes begin Tuesday, March 18, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1985 Pennington Road, Ewing. or call 609-883-2880.

One Yoga & Wellness Center offers hatha yoga teaching training beginning May, 2008. A meeting about the program will be held Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m., 405 Route 130, East Windsor. or call 609-918-0963.

Traffic Reports

Keep Middlesex Moving offers traffic reports for Middlesex roads including Routes 1, 9, 18, or 287; NJ Turnpike, and Garden State Parkway. Register to receive major traffic alerts via text message, E-mail, or fax at or call 732-745-4318.

Volunteers Needed

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) seeks volunteers to speak up in court on behalf of abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes. CASA works to move children into safe and permanent homes. Spring training of 30 hours begins in April. A one-hour informational session will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m., at 180 Ewingville Road, Ewing. Register at or call 609-434-0050.

Free Classes

Princeton Center for Yoga & Health offers more than 40 classes for free to first-time visitors through Sunday, March 10. Most drop-in rates for returning students are $17 or free if you bring a friend. Classes include gentle, power, vinyasa, hot yoga, pre-natal, toddler and kids yoga; belly dance, pilates, and meditation. 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman. Visit or call 609-924-7294 for a schedule.

Save the Dates

PSEG Global Green Expo is selling tickets to the three-day eco-friendly event focusing on practical options for the public and business to learn about the environment. The event will be held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, on Friday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Speakers include actors and activists, Ted Danson and Ed Begley Jr.; Deirdre Imus, author of “Green This! Volume I: Greening the Cleaning;” Jeff Corwin, host of Animal Planet’s “The Jeff Corwin Experience” and “Corwin’s Quest;” and Emme, a supermodel, author, and television personality.

Advance tickets are available at or 888-443-9763. $13 for one day, $23 for two days, and $28 for three days. A portion of the proceeds benefit the purchase and planting of trees in the park and to fund an environmental literacy program for New Jersey students.

My Daughter’s Keeper is involved with the 2008 National Mother & Daughter Holistic Health Retreat with a focus on “Dealing with the M.E.S.S.: Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Strains to Strengthen Relationships and Families.” Friday to Sunday, August 8 to 10, Crown Plaza, Philadelphia. Call 732-565-9313 for information.

For Gardeners

Princeton Pettoranello Foundation seeks volunteers to assist with gardening activities. Call Ellie Pinelli at 609-921-7911.