Plainsboro Township launched its holiday wishes gift drive and is asking the community to visit a “giving tree” in the library, municipal building, or post office to take a gift wish and purchase a gift of a toy, a piece of clothing, or a game. All gifts must be new and unwrapped and are accepted through Monday, December 6. Bring donations of food and holiday fare to the municipal building. Call 609-799-0909,e ext. 1702 or visit www.plainsboronj.com.
Mercer County Library System is holding free memory screenings at West Windsor Library, on Tuesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Call 609-799-0462 or 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.
High School South Pirate Marching Band is selling Pirate snuggies for $25 each to raise fund for upcoming competitions include the USSBA national championship in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, November 5. E-mail Gina Finnie at email@example.com for information.
Cheng/Ferrara Productions has auditions for “The Wedding Singer” on Sunday, November 7, 6 to 9:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 9, 7 to 10 p.m. at Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Prepare one complete song (uptempo contemporary musical theater preferred), bring sheet music, and be prepared to dance. Must be 16 or older. Seeking 16 to 20 actors including the main roles of Robbie Hart, Julia Sullivan, Holly, Glen Guglia, Linda, George, Sammy, and Rose; as well as the ensemble who each portray a large number of roles and should be strong dancers. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for audition appointment.
Pierrot Productions has auditions for “A Little Night Music” on Sunday, November 7, beginning at 1 and at 7 p.m. Prepare a song from any stage musical. Bring your resume and photography. Readings and movement work will be assigned. All roles are open except for Fredrika Armfeldt (Desiree’s daughter). E-mail email@example.com to schedule an audition appointment.
Yardley Players Theater Company has auditions for “Pinocchio” on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercer County College in the communication building. Pinocchio, ages 9 to 12, male or female; Geppetto and fellow woodcarver, 40 plus males; Blue Fairy, 17 to 25 female ballet dancer; and other parts for puppets ages 10 and up — some for tap dancers, and assorted men ages 40 plus. All performances will be held at Kelsey Theater. Register for appointment with Howard Matter at 215-675-0262 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (include actor’s name, age, time requested, and telephone number).
Enable, a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with disabilities and their families in central New Jersey, has launched its annual holiday gift drive and seek help with gifts, food collections, monetary donations, and wrapping presents. Call 609-987-5003, ext. 124 or E-mail email@example.com. www.enablenj.org.
Whole Earth Center and Princeton Chiropractic Wellness Center is collecting food for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen through Thanksgiving Day. Every patron shopping at Whole Earth Center who donates $5 or more of food will be given a gift package for free wellness services from area wellness providers. Visit Princetonchiropractic.com for more information.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen is collecting items for families’ Thanksgiving including turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and cooking materials. All donations must be received by Friday, November 19. Call Nakieba Jackson at 609-695-5456, ext. 104.
HomeFront is selling holiday cards, 20 for $12, or 40 for $20, to benefit the agency whose services help homeless families get back on their feet. The cards were produced by clients who have been touched by poverty, homelessness, or abuse. They are involved in creating the art for the cards, marketing, and packing. Proceeds benefit the ArtSpace program. Visit www.homefrontnj.org/artspace.cfm, call 609-883-7500.
ArtSpace is in need of art supplies including paint brushes, paint, paper, canvas, bead supplies, or gift certificates to Michael’s or AC Moore. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
YWCA Princeton seeks nominations for women of achievement to honor at its 2011 Tribute to Women honoring women who have made significant contributions to the community or who have paved the way for women today in the areas of career, community service, and philanthropy. Nomination forms are available through Jenn Attridge at 609-497-2100, ext. 233 or online at ywcaprinceton.org/tributetowomen. Deadline is Friday, November 12.
Princeton Community Television and Digital Media Center offers an acting class presented by Judith K. Robinson. The four-week session runs Tuesdays, November 9 to 30, 7 to 9 p.m. The class focuses on learning a process that expands the emotional range and creative potential that is then applied to acting on stage, television and film and in one’s personal expression. Call 609-356-0558 to register. $170.
AndLogic Computers offers free basic and intermediate computer training for unemployed individuals to advance a career, as a second chance to rebuild a life, and for small businesses. 866 Route 33, Suite 6, Hamilton. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Call 609-610-5752. www.andlogiccomputers.net.
Widows and Widowers meet at Concordia Jewish Congregation, in the Concordia Shopping Center, Monroe, on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. to plan for dinners, shows, and outings. Call David Bregman at 609-395-8999 for information.
For Women Only
Princeton House Behavioral Health offers “Emotion Regulation Program for Women” for women who struggle with a mood or post-traumatic stress disorders and have difficulty functioning at their best as a result. The program is offered at 1000 Herrontown Road, Princeton, in three hour sessions three nights a week. Call 609-688-3707 or visit www.princetonhouse.org.
Mercer County began its annual fall leaf pickup program. Residents are reminded to rake leaves from their property into piles between the sidewalk and curb. Crews will not pick up leaves mixed with twigs, branches, stones or brush. Do not park vehicles in front of leaf piles because crews will be unable to reach the piles. Bagged leaves will not be picked up.
Street signs will be posted a day or two in advance of a scheduled pickup on that street to alert residents to pile their leaves and not to park on the street. Visit www.nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/transportation/highways/leafpickup.html for more information.
Mercer County’s Division of Consumer Affairs is warning residents of a scam in which telephone callers claiming to represent the New Jersey Lottery inform people that they have won a large jackpot, which they can claim by depositing a “processing fee.” New Jersey Lottery never requires winners to provide personal information over the phone or to pay a fee to collect winnings. If you have been victim of a hoax, call the Lottery’s security office at 609-599-6100; the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846; or the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs at 609-989-6671.