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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is accepting donations of gently used, clean, warm-weather clothing that will be donated to the American Red Cross for use in Haiti. Donations accepted at 50 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 609-799-8181 for information.
West Windsor and Plainsboro singers in the Princeton United Methodist Church high school choir offer singing valentines by telephone to raise funds for a choir festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Participants include Mikaela Langdon and Caroline Lee of Plainsboro and Megan Heim, Matthew Meers, Brendan Nuse, and Jon Victor of West Windsor. Choose from oldies to Beatles to Elvis. $5 to $10 (depending on location). Checks payable to PUMC Singing Valentines may be sent to PUMC, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton 08542 with the name, number, and best time to call. Deadline is Friday, February 12. Visit www.princetonumc.org or call 609-924-2613 for information.
West Windsor Arts Council offers classes for children and adults at the West Windsor Senior Center. Classes include sculpture, drawing, video, jewelry, swing and Latin dance, acting, painting, and memoir writing. To register or for more information visit www.westwindsorarts.org.
VK Theater Productions seeks male and female actors, ages 20s to 60s, for a spring production. Rehearsals are on Saturdays. Auditions are on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, February 27, from noon to 3 p.m., at Plainsboro Municipal Building, 641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro. E-mail email@example.com for information and appointment.
Mercer College Gallery seeks works by artists 18 and older who live, work, or study in Mercer County. Artists may enter one or two pieces in any media except photography. Artwork should be delivered to the Gallery on Saturday, February 13, between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Work not selected must be picked up that afternoon between 3:45 and 5 p.m. C.J. Mugavero, owner of The Artful Deposit Gallery is the juror. Visit www.mccc.edu/gallery for details or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yardley Players seek adult and child actors for “Annie.” Auditions are Saturday, February 6, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, February 7, 1 to 4 p.m. Be prepared to sing and dance. Must be 7 or older. Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Call Marge Swider at 215-968-1904 for auditon appointment and information for the role you are auditioning for.
Crisis Ministry seek donors for “Valentine’s for Food” to fill the shelves of the food pantry with high-quality foods. Purchase ‘Valentines for Food” for $3.99 at McCaffrey’s from Saturday, February 6 to Sunday, February 14 or purchase virtual Valentines for $10, $25, or $50 at www.thecrisisministry.org. Schools in Princeton, Plainsboro, and West Windsor, as well as many congregations, are holding food drives. Donations may be made to the Crisis Ministry. www.thecrisisministry.org.
Paper Mill Playhouse holds an open audition for “Peter Pan” on Monday, February 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m in the theater lobby, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. Actors must be 16 to audition for the Darling children or the Lost Boys. The role of Michael Darling may be played by a male actor, at least eight years-old. All must be able to sing and dance well. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a musical theater song. Bring your own sheet music. For information visit www.papermill.org. No calls.
New Jersey Hall of Fame calls for entries to its fourth annual essay contest open to students in grades 4 to 12. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees, living or dead, to the Hall of Fame. May include famous people as well as ordinary citizens. Research or interview the person. Essay must be 500 words or less. Deadline is Thursday, April 1. Send to NJ Hall of Fame Essay Contest, NJEA, Attn: Dawn Hiltner, Box 1211, Trenton 08607-1211. Winners and their guests will be invited to the induction ceremony on Sunday, May 1, in Newark. Visit www.njhalloffame.org.
Voices Chorale invites children ages 5 to 12 to enter the annual music composition contest with a piece of music with a vocal element. They may write it down in any kind of notation and make a cassette or CD recording. Parents, piano teachers, and music teachers are invited to support but not edit the music. Submit a recording and three written copies of the music with the child’s name and age, assisting adult’s name, phone number, address, and the child’s background in music, with a $5 fee to Voices Composition Contest, Box 404, Pennington 08534. Deadline is Monday, March 1. Visit www.voiceschorale.org or call 609-397-0756 for information.
Red Green Blue offers a spring art camp, Monday, March 29, to Friday, April 2, 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at 4 Hulfish Street, Princeton. $299. Extended sessions available. Call 609-683-5100.
Go Red For Women
American Heart Association encourages women, men, and businesses to wear red or have signs glow red to bring attention to leading causes of death for women: heart disease and stroke. Friday, February 5. The organization is also accepting nominations for Women of Distinction to honor New Jersey women who have raised awareness about issues affecting women. Deadline is Monday, March 1. Visit www.goredforwomen.org for more information.
Raritan Valley College offers a trip to see “The Nose” at Lincoln Center, on Saturday, March 13. The bus will leave from the Branchburg campus at 10 a.m. Tickets are $70 and $160 with bus transportation included. Visit www.raritanval.edu or call 908-218-8874.
East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary offers a bus trip to Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday, March 2. $50 includes bus and admission. Call Anita at 609-448-0671.
Historical Society of Princeton offers two out-of-town trips. www.princetonhistory.org. Thursday, February 11: “Glory and News in Washington, D.C.” includes visits to the U.S. Treasury building, Newseum, and museums of your choice on the National Mall, refreshments and dinner on the bus, $105. Saturday, March 20: “Four Great Interiors in the City” includes a visit to one modern artistic private interior and three historical public interiors in New York City (French Consulate, Apryl Miller’s apartment, Seventh Regiment Armory, and the Polish Consulate), $135.
Arts Council of Princeton offers a day trip to visit contemporary artists in their studios to discuss their latest works. The tour is led by Eva Mantell. Saturday, February 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777.
Dancing by the Peddie Lake offers instruction in swing, foxtrot, waltz, and Latin dancing, at 112 Etra Road, Hightstown. Four-week session begins Friday, February 5. Beginners at 7:30 p.m., intermediates at 8:30 p.m. $56. Register with Candace Woodward-Clough at 609-443-8990.
Actor’s Dance Studio in Ewing offers Argentine tango classes for beginner’s starting Wednesday, February 24, at 4 p.m. Call 609-213-4578.
Call for Art
Artworks invites artists to create an art heart for STARS (South Trenton Area Residents’ Society) by decorating a wooden heart for the group’s inaugural Hearts and Stars silent auction, an event that supports the efforts to create a community garden in the neighborhood. The auction is at Artworks on Saturday, February 27, 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be a curated show, “Depictions of Trenton” featuring paintings, photographs, sculpture, poetry, and found objects with Trenton in the subject matter. E-mail email@example.com for information or visit www.trentonstarts.org.
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports seeks donations of old tents and new tarps to benefit Convoy of Hope’s efforts to shelter the people of Haiti. Receive a coupon for 20 percent off a new tent. Visit www.brms.com or call 866-905-2767.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society seeks participants for the 22nd annual walk on Sunday, April 18, at 10 a.m., at a variety of walk sites throughout the state (including Hamilton, North Brunswick, Freehold, and Somerville). Register at www.walknjm.nationalmssociety.org.
Mercer County Library System offers free income tax counseling through mid-April at branch locations in Lawrence (609-882-6920), Ewing (609-882-3148), Hickory Corner (609-448-1330), and Robbinsville (609-259-2150). Bring your 2008 completed tax forms and the 2009 tax booklet and forms to your appointment. Bring closing papers if you are filing for Homebuyer’s Credit. Visit www.mcl.org for information.
Mercer County offers AARP tax help at Mercer County Connection, 957 Route 33, Hamilton. For taxpayers with low and middle incomes, with special consideration for those 60 and older. Mondays and Fridays, to April 12. Call 609-890-9800 for an appointment.
Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers offers “Declaration of Independence: Fifty Years of Art by Faith Ringgold,” the retrospective exhibition catalog from her exhibit last summer, for $40. “Yes I Can” custom poker decks of playing cards are available for $50 or $100 for a signed deck. Send payment to Institute for Women and Art, 191 College Avenue, Second Floor, New Brunswick 08901.
YWCA Princeton seeks current and alumni members of the Newcomers Club to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a cocktail party at Elements Restaurant on Thursday, March 18, 5 to 7 p.m. The club formed in 1959 as a way for new residents to settle into the community. It evolved into a social club that provides members a way to discover new interests and make lasting friendships. Longtime residents who have had a lifestyle change or who want to learn more about the area are also welcome. Contact Dale Spruill-Redding at 609-497-2100, ext. 330 for an invitation. Contact Susan Grossman at 609-936-3886 for information about the club.
Princeton Garden Statesmen offer singing Valentine’s presented by a barbershop quartet at the location of your choice. The quartet, dressed in tuxedos, present a personalized card, a flower, candy, a souvenir photo, two love songs, and two tickets to the group’s show in June. $50. Call 609-462-9232 or visit www.princetongardenstatesmen.com.
Princeton Public Library seeks writers from the area to participate in Independent Author Afternoon, on Saturday, March 6, from noon to 4 p.m. The event features readers, talks, and the exchange of information about how to self-publish. Contact Janie Hermann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communiversity seeks artists, crafters, vendors, and performers fro the annual outdoor event in Princeton on Saturday, April 24, noon to 5 p.m. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org for the application and information.
CGI Racing invites musical groups, choirs, bands, or other entertainers to perform on Sunday, April 18, at the Unite Half Marathon, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Contact Suzanne Negro at 856-308-7522 or E-mail email@example.com.
Princeton Senior Resource Center offers “Engaged Retirement Workshop,” a multi-session retirement planning course, on Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning February 13. $95; $160 for a couple. Call 609-924-7108 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.