In Town

West Windsor Lions Club invites students in West Windsor and Plainsboro to submit works for the Why I Love America contest. Grades 1 and 2 may submit a picture or drawing, and for grades 3 through 12, an essay of 350 words or less, or a poem of 25 lines or less. Prizes of $100 Savings Bond for each grade level. Entrees with student’s name, address, phone number, school, and grade should be mailed to WW Lions Club, Box 295, West Windsor 08550. Deadline is Saturday, October 16.

Kelsey Players has auditions for “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Friday, October 15, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, October 17, noon to 4 p.m. Prepare a short monologue or Christmas poem. Bring sheet music, resume, and photo. Be prepared to dance. Kelsey Theater, Mercer College, West Windsor. For appointment or questions send E-mail to bessalla@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3581.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services offers several workshops. “Redirecting Children’s Behavior: From Toddlers to Teenagers,” a 10-hour course, begins Friday, October 15, 9 to 11:30 a.m., at Congregation Beth Chaim, West Windsor, $160. “A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?” a three-session exploration of spirituality, begins Wednesday, October 27, in Newtown, PA, free. Call Debra Levenstein at 609-987-8100.

Plainsboro Recreation offers Native American workshop for ages 6 to 12 on Friday, November 5 in two sessions, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants will learn culture through rhythm music and dance, as well as make their own instruments. Register. $5. Call 609-799-0909, ext. 1702 or E-mail recdept@plainsboronj.com.

Plainsboro Recreation also offers activities for special needs children, young adults, and their families. A Halloween Dance Party will be held on Saturday, October 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., for teens and young adults, $5 per person. Bumper Bowling will be held on Sunday, October 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Ewing, for children and their families. $10 per families includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, cupcakes, and a Halloween treat. Call 609-799-0909, ext. 1703 or visit www.plainsboronj.com.

Workshop Available

New Jersey Farm to School Network presents two three-hour training sessions focusing on planning for a school garden, equipment, materials and supplies needed, funding a garden, curriculum ties to the classroom, and nutrition education connections. Registration is open for training at Riverside School, 58 Riverside Drive, Princeton, on Saturday, October 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon; and Metuchen High School, 400 Grove Avenue, Metuchen, on Wednesday, October 13, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Each class is $25. Visit http://njfarm2school.pbworks.com or call 609-577-5113 to register.

For Teachers

Borders Books and Music offers educator appreciation week with a 25 percent discount from Wednesday, October 6 to Sunday, October 10. Saturday, October 9, from 2 to 6 p.m., is a special reception at each Borders store.

Young Audiences New Jersey and Target have teamed up to offer arts education grants of up to $10,000 each to plan arts programming tailored for their school’s unique needs. All public schools in New Jersey are eligible. Deadline for application is Friday, October 15. Visit www.yanj-yaep.org or contact Michele Russo at 866-500-9265.

Del Monte Fresh Produce offers “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms,” an online contest for public school teachers to purchase school supplies and fresh fruit. www.fruits.com.

Voter Registration

State of New Jersey reminds residents that Tuesday, October 12 is the deadline to register for the November 2 election. Visit www.njelections.org for locations and registration forms. An individual must be 18 by November 2 and a resident of the county for 30 days prior to the election.

For Artists

Artists’ Apiary, a program to bring visual, literary, and performing artists together for a Sunday morning series at Camillo’s Cafe, Princeton Shopping Center. Contact Roberta Pughe at rpughe@aol.com to be considered as a featured artist. The cost to attend is $40 and includes a four-course brunch. www.camilloscafe.net.

Trenton City Museum offers art in the park for children ages 6 to 12 at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park. The seven week session begins Thursday, September 30, at 3:45 p.m. Register. $35 includes materials and a snack. Call 609-989-1191 to register.

Travis Gallery offers drawing and oil painting lessons, beginner to advanced levels. Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., through December 15, 6089 Route 202, New Hope, PA. Register by E-mail to travisgallery@comcast.net or call 215-794-3903.

New Hope Arts calls for artists for “Works in Wood Exhibition,” the annual juried show. Deadline is Saturday, October 9. Visit www.newhopearts.org or call 215-862-9606 for an application.

Volunteer Please

Mercer County Legal Services project for the elderly seeks volunteers to work four or more hours each month. Training is Wednesday, October 20; Thursday, October 21, and Wednesday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Library. You must attend all three sessions. Register with Stella at 609-695-6249, ext. 2411.

Computer Learning Center at Ewing, a non-profit dedicated to teaching older adults, seeks volunteer instructors and coaches to help with the more than 20 beginner, intermediate, and special interest computer courses taught in two hour classes over one to six sessions. Visit www.ewingsnet.com or call 609-882-5086 for information.

Please Donate

John Kark Cancer Fight Club has a Halloween toy drive for children with cancer and blood disorders, ages up to 25, who cannot enjoy parties, costumes, and trick-or-treating. Toys must be new, still packaged, and non-violent. Card, board, and handheld games; puzzles; iTunes gift cards; art supplies; dolls; play food; stickers; journals; and bubbles are welcome. Also, rattles, teething rings, mobiles, push toys, and play strollers for the younger set. Donations will be distributed among Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Pediatrics, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey on Saturday, October 30. Drop off donations at Cafe Colore Express, Princeton Corporate Plaza, 7 Deer Park Drive, Suite B, Monmouth Junction. If you can host a donation box at your workplace or business or have questions contact Ashley Kark at ashleyraek@gmail.com. www.johnkarkcancerfightclub.org.

Home Therapy

Toby Israel Consulting offers “Design from Within,” a three-session interactive workshop for homeowners, homebuyers, or anyone in transition or needing help with redecorating. 429 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Wednesdays, October 13, 20, and 27, 1 to 3 p.m. Register at www.designpsychology.net or call 609-683-1317.

For Seniors

Princeton Senior Resource Center offers Project Re-Employment After 50 for individuals ages 50 and up who have never been employed outside the home or who are returning to employment after a hiatus. The four sessions are October 14, 19, 26, and 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. $20. Call 609-924-7108 to register.

Princeton Senior Resource Center offers a six week interactive program that teaches skills needed for the daily management of chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma. The course will be held at Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton on Mondays, beginning October 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Call 609-924-7108 to register. Free.

Broadway Bound

George Street Playhouse offers an evening on Broadway with artistic director David Saint on Tuesday, November 9. Round trip transportation from New Brunswick at 4:30, premium seating for “Memphis,” onstage tour of the Schubert Theater, insider’s dinner with the playwright at the Glass House Tavern follows the show. $265. Register with Justine McCarthy at 732-846-2895, ext. 144 or E-mail jmccarthy@georgestplayhouse.org.

War Memorial

Opportunity

Department of Treasury Division of Purchase and Property is accepting information for management and operation of the Trenton War Memorial facility. Vendors and other interested parties have until Friday, October 22, at 2 p.m. to submit an RFI (Request for Information) by E-mail to linda.spildener@treas.state.nj.us. Responses may be submitted in either Word or Adobe Acrobat formats with PowerPoint presentation and Excel spreadsheets as supplements.

Auditions

Playhouse 22 has auditions for the musical “Curtains” on Sunday and Monday, November 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. Bring a resume and headshot. Be familiar with the musical and be prepared to sing a song in a traditional Broadway style. www.playhouse22.org or E-mail curtains@playhouse22.org.

Faith

Diocese of Trenton offers “Beginning Experience” for divorced or widowed spouses. A weekend event at Stella Maris Retreat Center, Elberon, will be held on Friday to Sunday, October 15 to 17. Contact Marilyn Schipp at 609-406-7400, ext. 5557 or mschip@dioceseoftrenton.org.

Membership Drive

WPRB Princeton Stereo 103.3 FM, the non-profit radio station on Princeton University’s campus, is holding its fourth annual membership drive from October 10 to 17. Call 609-258-1033 to pledge a donation at all hours of the broadcasting day or at www.wprb.com. Premium gifts are available.

Bus Trips

Montgomery Recreation offers a bus trip to see the Radio City Christmas show on Friday, November 5, at 9:30 a.m. (2 p.m. show) $70 includes a second mezzanine seat, soda, popcorn, and transportation. Call 609-466-3023 for information.

Travel Ports & Voyages invites singles, especially baby boomers, on a trip to Atlantic City for playing, shopping, and dining on Saturday, January 29. Call Gail Fishman at 732-521-1221 to register. $30 includes $20 slot pay. Park in the rear of the senior center, 423 Main Street, Sayreville. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.

Animal

Hall of Fame

New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association seeks applications and letters of recommendations to highlight a companion or an individual who has supported the welfare of animals. Deadline is December 1. E-mail Paola Hernan