In Town

West Windsor Community Garden is accepting applications for 2010 garden plots to grow your own vegetables. $35 to $50 per year plus $25 security deposit. For West Windsor residents only. E-mail westwindsorcommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Millstone River School students are collecting white socks through Saturday, December 19, for Air Force medical personnel stationed in Afghanistan. The students are also collecting money to use to send the socks overseas. Organizers are Mary Alden and Barbara Asburn. Collection is at 75 Grovers Mill Road, Plainsboro. Checks should be payable to Millstone River Human Relations Committee. For information call 609-716-5500.

Barnes & Noble holiday book drive benefits the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. The MarketFair store donated more than 5,000 books to Mercer Street Friends in 2008. E-mail crm2646@bn.com for information. The kick-off event is a storytime by Chanda Bell, the creator of “Elf on the Shelf” on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. Princeton Ballet School presents scenes from “The Nutcracker.”

Donate Please

PEAC Health & Fitness is collecting blankets in support of HomeFront. New blankets of all shapes, colors, and sizes will be collected at 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, through Monday, November 30. www.peachealthfitness.com or 609-883-2000.

Mercer County is accepting monetary donations that go toward the purchase of food vouchers for veterans to use to purchase holiday meals. Checks should be payable to Mercer County Trust Fund and sent to Mercer County Division of Veteran Services, 2280 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton 08619. Call 609-989-6120 for information. The county’s goal is $6,000 to allow hundreds of veterans and their families purchase items for a holiday meal.

HomeFront seeks businesses, schools, churches, and individuals to donate Thanksgiving food baskets. Please include canned vegetables, fruit, and cranberry sauce; dry boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing mixes; fruit juice; dessert items; and a grocery store gift card for a turkey. Additional items for the week after Thanksgiving include soups, tuna, beef stew, canned or evaporated milk, cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, rice, canned or dried beans, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and jelly. Register for the amount of bags or boxes you are preparing with Stephanie at 609-989-9417 or E-mail stephanieb@homefrontnj.org.

Call for Entries

Small World Coffee invites artists to submit a piece of original artwork for “Love,” exhibitions at both cafes in February. All artwork must be suitable for a family environment, must be easily hung on a wall, prepared for hanging, and not to exceed 30 inches. Submit up to three images per artist with a $5 fee payable to Small World Coffee sent to 14 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540. Images may be digitally submitted at www.smallworldcoffee.com. Deadline is Monday, December 21. 609-924-4377.

South Brunswick Public Library seeks entries for a poster contest for the teen summer reading program. The winning poster will appear on posters. Visit www.sbpl.info/teens for information.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association seeks creative artists with a love of the environment for its Stream Clean-Up Logo contest. The winning logo will be printed on the front of shirts used in clean-up promotional material prior to the spring event. Send submissions to watershedwatch@thewatershed.org with the subject line “2010 Stream Clean-Up Logo Contest Entry.” Deadline is Monday, November 16. Submission should also include a short description of why clean water is important to you, a pdf version of your logo, and your names, address, and contact information. Visit www.thewatershed.org or call 609-737-3735, ext. 30 for more information.

Drama for Kids

George Street Playhouse offers holiday drama workshops for 8 to 10 year-olds. Monday, December 28, comedy workshop; Tuesday, December 29, create a play; and Wednesday, December 30, theater mania. Each class is $50. Call 732-846-2895, ext. 115 for information.

Endangered Sites

Preservation New Jersey seeks nominations of endangered historic sites in the State. www.pnj10most.org or call 609-392-6409. Deadline is Monday, November 30.

Audition

Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “Cinderella” on Sunday, December 6; and Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m., 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Needed are one or two adult males, four adult females, one or two boys, ages 13 to 18; nine girls, ages 7 to 18; and an ensemble of age 10 to adult. Readings will be from the script. Be prepared to dance. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.

Good Causes

HomeFront offers holiday cards to fund programs for families living in the Family Preservation Center, a shelter in Ewing. The card designs wee created in therapeutic art sessions supervised by Ruthann Traylor, director of ArtSpace. The cards, eight to a box, are $12 or two boxes for $20. Visit www.homefrontnj.org or call 609-883-7500.

For the Young

New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation and Asian Studies Department of Seton Hall University co-host the fourth Chinese Cultural Project contest. Students are invited to submit a research-type team project based on history and facts which can be presented in any format of recital, debate, video, slides, drama, skit, or poster. Project may be in English, Chinese, or a combination. Submit application by Monday, November 30. Final project must be submitted by Saturday, January 30. Presentation is Saturday, March 27. Visit www.njccsf-info.org.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center has auditions for young tri-state performers for the Young Artist Talent Search on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14. Visit www.njpac.org or call 973-353-8009. The final deadline for an application is Friday, February 12.