In Town

Plainsboro Recreation and Community Service is having a back-to-school food drive to benefit the Plainsboro food pantry. Non-perishable food items including cereal, milk, juice, canned fruits and vegetables may be brought to the municipal building or the Plainsboro Post Office through Friday, September 17.

Yardley Players has auditions for “Annie Get Your Gun” on Saturday, and Sunday, August 28 and 29, noon to 4 p.m., at Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Download form at www.yardleyplayers.com. Readings from the script. Be prepared to dance. Call Marge Swider at 215-968-1904 for an appointment.

JW Actors Studio has auditions for spots in the teen acting company on Saturday, August 21, noon to 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 24, 4 to 6 p.m. “Acting for Film, Television, and Commercials” and “Oratory and Public Speaking Presentation” workshops take place on Saturday, August 21, 2 to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, August 24, 7 to 9 p.m. Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Visit www.jwactorsstudio.com or call 609-240-7080. There are also open houses for acting, improvisation, scene study, and monologues at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, 116 Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro. Wednesday and Thursday, August 25 and 26, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, August 28, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. www.jwactorsstudio.com.

American Heart Association seeks volunteers to help with the Greater Mercer Start! Heart Walk on Sunday, September 12, at Mercer County Park marina in West Windsor. Volunteers opportunities include assisting in the kid zone, passing out refreshments, aiding in registrations, or performing. Visit www.mercercountyheartwalk.org or call 609-208-0020.

Outer Circle Ski and Adventure Club is open to adults, 21 and up. For information call Bruce at 609-799-4674.

Auditions

Princeton Pro Musica seeks experienced choral singers, especially those who can service as an events coordinator, graphic designer, publicist, or fundraiser. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. Call for audition at 609-683-5122.

Philomusica, an auditioned adult choir, seeks good singers for “A Festival of Magnificats” in December. Auditions are held during rehearsals on Mondays, August 30, and September 13, 20, and 27, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick. Visit www.philomusica.org or call 888-744-5668 to schedule an appointment.

Bimah Players Community Theater seeks adult and child actors, 10 and up, for “Autumn Tales,” a dramatization of humorous and scary ghost stories by Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Auditions will be from scripts. Sunday, August 22, 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, August 24 and 25, 5 to 8:30 p.m. 11 Cornell Avenue, Monroe. Visit www.bimahplayers.org, E-mail dirbimahplayers@aol.com, or call 609-395-2969.

The Arts

Paper Mill Playhouse has an online video contest entitled “Hairspray’s Dance Invention” where contestants are challenged to come up with a new, original dance move to a music track online. The contest, run through FaceBook, is open through Friday, August 20. The public will vote online and the winner will be announced on the opening night of “Hairspray,” Sunday, September 26. www.papermill.org or call 973-379-3636, ext. 2645.

VSA New Jersey is accepting applications for the 11th Art Par Excellence statewide touring art exhibit featuring original two dimensional artwork for students with disabilities. Deadline is Monday, January 31, 2011. www.vsanj.org or call 732-745-3885.

Voices Chorale has its annual children music competition contest for ages 5 to 12. Children are invited to compose a piece of music with a vocal element. Deadline is Friday, October 8. Visit www.voiceschorale.org or call 609-397-0756.

Lawrence Headquarters of the Mercer County Library System offers free museum passes to eight museums in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. It is free to Mercer County Library System cardholders. Visit www.mcl.org or call 609-989-6915 to reserve up to 90 days in advance.

Volunteer Please

Mercer Alliance seeks volunteers to do free taxes. A two-hour session followed by individual self study are required. Bi-lingual volunteers are also needed for translators. Contact Tarry Truitt at 609-844-1008 or E-mail ttruitt@merceralliance.org.

Classes

Middlesex County Earth Center offers master gardener classes during daytime and evening hours. Orientation is at 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick, on Thursday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m., and Friday, September 17, 9:30 a.m. Register. $350. Cal 732-398-5262.

NAMI Mercer offers Family to Family, a free 12-week education course for adult family members of person living with a mental illness. The course covers the biology of brain disorders and diagnostic criteria for major mental illnesses. Classes will be held at Thursdays, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at 3371 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. Register. 609-799-8994 or E-mail home@namimercer.org.

Health

VSA New Jersey offers parent and child workshops in the arts for children with autism. Classes begin Saturday, September 25, in New Brunswick, for 10 weeks. Application deadline is Wednesday, September 15. www.vsanj.org or call 732-745-3885.

Call for Exhibitors

CHADD Mercer County seeks exhibitors and talent for the ADHD Information and Services Fair on Saturday, September 25, noon to 4 p.m., John Witherspoon Middle School, 217 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Seeking nutritionists, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, social skill providers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, lawyers, advocates, or special needs schools. Contact Laurie Tzodikov at 609-647-7271 or E-mail laurie.tzodikov@verizon.net.