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West Windsor Arts Council seeks proposals for performances of theater, dance, instrumental and/or vocal music, performance art, puppetry, poetry, spoken word, stand-up, improv, staged readings, or multimedia works for September to December. Include a DVD or CD, references, reviews, a list of performances, information about the performing artist, requirements, and information about the performance. Send to West Windsor Arts Center, Programming Task Force, Box, 952, West Windsor 08550. Send questions to The performance space is 51 by 38 feet and holds 120 seats.

Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra has its third annual Young Artists Concerto competition. Winners will be featured as soloists with the orchestra in the spring. Competition auditions will be held on Saturday, February 27, at the Jacobs Music Center in Lawrenceville. A minimum of three grand prizes and a special award to a soloist living in West Windsor or Plainsboro. Open to all New Jersey residents under 18. All instruments are welcome. Contestants are required to perform one movement of a concerto or a one-movement concerto from memory. Call 732-946-4986 or E-mail Deadline is Monday, February 1.

Pennington Players seeks 37 actors including 35 adults (18 males, 17 female) and two children for “Ragtime.” All ethnic backgrounds invited. Must be 13 for an adult role. Musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel features historical figures. Auditions are Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointment is recommended. E-mail or call 609-737-PLAY. Kelsey Theater, Mercer College, West Windsor.

Jersey Harmony Chorus invites women who love to sing to a three-week series of free vocal lessons on Mondays, January 18 and 25, at 7:15 p.m., Bear Creek Assisted Living, Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. The women will receive instruction in the barbershop a capella singing styles from members of the quartet, Escape. Guests may choose to attend some or all of the lessons and will be invited to attend the regular chorus rehearsal after their private workshop. Register with Carole at 732-469-3983 or E-mail

Jewish Family & Children’s Services offers SIBS (Supporting Brothers & Sisters of Children with Special Needs) on Thursday, February 4 to March 25. For third to eighth grade students who have siblings with special needs. Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, West Windsor. Register. $36. Call Debra Levenstein at 609-987-8100 or E-mail

Mercer County offers a free day of golf to Mercer County golf card holders on Saturday, January 23. Mercer Oaks Golf Club, Princeton Golf Club, and Mountain View Golf, will be open. Call 609-989-7398 or visit

Junior League of Greater Princeton, based in West Windsor, is accepting applications to its community grants program from non-profit organizations with one-time need of goods or services for a specific program or purpose related to the league’s focus on early childhood education and literacy. Visit or call 609-771-0525 for information. Deadline is Monday, February 15.


Bucks County Playhouse will hold auditions for the children’s chorus of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Saturday, February 27. Visit for information.

Yardley Players seeks actors 7 and older to audition for “Annie” on Saturday, February 6, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, February 7, 1 to 4 p.m. Be prepared to sing and dance. Orphans auditioning for tap dancing should bring tap shoes. Call Marge Swider at 215-968-1904 to schedule an appointment.

Lawrence Library seeks actors ages 10 to 70 for its second annual one-act play festival in April. Auditions of cold readings will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, February 8, 9, and 11, 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, February 13, 1 to 4 p.m. Schedule an audition with James Damron at 609-989-6915 or E-mail

For Singers

Singers Club offers singing classes for ages six to adult, all levels. Call 609-588-6868. Auditions for musicians on all instruments and singers for job placement and performance. Send photos, demo, bio and contact information to or send to Box 3291, Hamilton 08619.


Grounds for Sculpture offers free park admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the month of January. 19 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,, 609-586-4305.

Volunteer Please

New Jersey Young Professionals seeks volunteers to play bingo with the resident seniors at Acorn Glen. Volunteers will be paired up with a senior to help them win. Bring a small prize that can be given to a winner. Optional lunch follows. Register at

Donate Please

Vignettes Room Design is collecting holiday and assorted greeting cards for the St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch Recycled Card Program. The children make new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. Drop off on the porch of 132 Carter Road, Lawrenceville. or call 609-924-7025.

For the Young

Garden State Philharmonic offers open auditions for youth orchestra and chorus. Call 732-255-0460 or E-mail for information.

Sharim v-Sharot invites ages 8 to 18 to enter the third annual Jewish Youth Songwriting contest. Visit for rules, application, and lyrics for the proper age group. Deadline is Thursday, February 25. The winning songs will be performed at Rider University on Sunday, May 16.

Zimmerli Museum is accepting applications from high school students who want to become art museum assistants (and fulfill high school community service credit). ZAMbassadors greet visitors, assist families with art programs, work on hands-on projects with children, and assist with Sunday afternoon programs or concerts. Register by E-mail at or visit Deadline is Monday, January 25.

Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Contest seeks poetry from students in kindergarten to twelfth grade. Students may enter up to three poems of any length on any subject. All poems must be typed. Student’s name should not appear on the poems. Include a cover sheet with the poem titles, name, grade, address, and name of the school. $5 donation payable to the Sarah Mook Outreach Fund is appreciated to benefit St. Joseph’s Indian School. Send to Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, Box 20, Lahaska, PA 18931. Deadline is Wednesday, March 31.

Camp Quality offers a weekend camp for teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer at any time in their life and are at any stage of the illness. The camp will be held at YMCA Camp Ralph S. Mason on Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24. or call 908-362-8217. Free.


NAMI Mercer offers “Family-to-Family,” a free, 12-week education course for adult family members of persons living with mental illness. The course covers the biology of brain disorders, schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Classes will be held on Thursdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m at 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville; or Tuesdays, beginning March 2, in Trenton. Register by E-mail or call 609-799-8994.

New Jersey Blood Services needs RH negative blood donors, especially O negative (universal donor type). Call 800-933-2566 or visit To volunteer to help with blood drives call Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or E-mail

Princeton Center for Yoga and Health offers “40 Days to Personal Revolution” with Denise Bonnaig. The six-week program incorporates daily yoga and meditation practice, journaling, and an approach to conscious eating. Group practices are Mondays and Fridays, 5:45 to 7:15 a.m. Students also work with Bonnaig at least three days of the week and at home three days a week. Visit or call 609-924-7294. Register. $450.

PEAC Health & Fitness offers R.A.D. Women, a self-defense course, on Wednesday evenings (6 to 9 p.m.) in February. 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing. Register at 888-897-8979 or $30.

Sweet Songs for Valentines

Jersey Harmony Chorus delivers singing valentines in four-part harmony Friday to Sunday, February 12 to 14. Two love songs will be sung to your special someone at home, work, or restaurant. $50 includes a customized valentine card, silk rose, keepsake photo, and chocolate treat. To order, call Carole at 732-469-3983 or E-mail

Dance Classes

Broadway Ballroom in Larenceville offers classes in ballroom, Latin dance, tap, balance exercise, and yoga for adults and children. Call 609-219-0071.

Actor’s Dance Studio in Ewing offers salsa, tango, and ballroom classes. Call 609-278-0799.

PEAC Health & Fitness Center offers 12-week advanced beginner and beginner salsa and mambo style dance classes. Friday evenings, beginning February 12, 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing. Visit or call 609-883-2000. $105 if registered by Sunday, January 31.

Video Contest

ShopRite invites readers to submit a video that creatively shares a perspective on the issue of hunger through song, dance, poetry, or dramatic reading. Example entries are posted at Submit entry electronically of an original song, poem, performance art, or dramatically read a story that describes the plight of the hungry o offers a solution to hunger on the website. Entrants must live in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware. Deadline is Monday, March 1.



New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Awards seeks nominations to recognize volunteer service in many fields. Visit or call Karen Hatch at 732-333-0462. Deadline is Monday, February 15.

Mercer County seeks to honor volunteers for it annual Cherish the Children banquet. Nominations for volunteers are invited in categories of administrative (board or advisory participant), program (working with agency clients), or organization (a civic, corporate, or other organization that has donated services, organized, or sponsored an event). A professional who works on behalf of children and high school students who have demonstrated community service will also be honored. Call 609-989-6896 or visit Deadline is Tuesday, February 5.

For Seniors

The Evergreen Forum invites seniors to register for spring classes, which begin Friday, March 5. Visit or call the Princeton Senior Resource Center at 609-924-7108.

For Teachers

Alice Paul Institute offers “Developing Future Leaders: Strategies for the Classroom,” a program for teachers that challenges female studies and incorporate women’s history. $50. Deadline is Thursday, February 4. Visit or call 856-231-1885 or E-mail

Battery Disposal

Middlesex County changed guidelines for battery disposal. Alkaline batteries may be disposed in the regular trash. Button cell and rechargeable batteries should be recycled at participating retail locations, county battery drop-off centers, or household waste collection events. Visit or call 877-2-recycle.

For Parents

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent and child enrollment in the spring hatchery program. The 12-week program introduces children to life on the farm while parents volunteer time helping the farm staff work with visitors and farm chores. One parent must join in exchange for one child’s participation. For children, ages 3 to 5. Organization meeting on Wednesday, February 17, or Tuesday, February 23, at 1 p.m. Applications will not be accepted by mail or phone. Call Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299 for information.

Call for Entries

Midtown International Theater Festival seeks script submissions in all genres of stage play, musical, classic, or focused on an ethnic or cultural niche. Visit for application forms. $30 fee and application must be mailed to Midtown International Theater Festival, 347 West 36th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Deadline is Saturday, February 20.

Newark Black Film Festival seeks entries for the Paul Robeson awards. Films submitted must be non-commercial independent films released since January, 2008. $10 entry fee. Visit for entry form and information. Deadline is Friday, February 26.

Good Causes

One Simple Wish requests that each CEO, president, or business owner grant one wish on February 1 and then has until March 31 to get the most wishes granted. Challengers are given a webpage and E-mail to reach out to friends, family, co-workers, and associates to encourage them to participate. Visit or contact Danielle Gletow at 609-883-8484 or E-mail