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West Windsor Arts Council seeks proposals for a set of four chandeliers to be hung from the ceiling of the main entry and lobby area. Artists should E-mail for a copy of the application and submission guidelines. Only electronic submissions will be accepted for jury review and selection. All work will have two opportunities to be sold. Completed proposals must be received by Monday, December 20. Each selected series will be on view to the public for close to two months.

The arts council also requests donations to its “60 in 60” campaign for its home stretch to raise $60,000 in 60 days to reach its $300,000 capital campaign goal. There are also opportunities to for unique giving opportunities. Call 609-716-1931 or 609-915-5056 for information.

Playful Theater Productions has auditions for Hello, Dolly!” on Monday and Tuesday, December 13 and 14, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Prepare one complete song from a traditional musical, and bring sheet music, your resume, and a photograph. Be prepared to dance. E-mail for an appointment. Must be 14 or over. All performances at Kelsey Theater, West Windsor.

Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club offers two free tickets to any 2011 show in exchange for a donation to the Toys for Tots program. Bring to the box office in the Hyatt, Carnegie Center, West Windsor on Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., or Saturdays, from 3 to 10 p.m. Deadline is Saturday, December 11. Call 609-987-8018 for information.

Princeton Area Junior Woman’s Club and Princeton Juniorettes’ annual wish tree gift drive in MarketFair continues through Saturday, December 18. Contact Kathy Lane by E-mail to for information.

SERV Behavioral Health System volunteers will gift wrap books and other items at Barnes 7 Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, on Wednesday, December 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. Purchases will be wrapped in Chanukah, Christmas, or other holiday wrap. Donations support consumers with mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities. 609-662-3059 or

Donate Please

Senator-elect Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo are partnering with the State Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association to raise funds to pay for telephone calling cards for the troops to call home. The annual “Calling Cards for the Troops” provides 15-minute international calling cards to service men and women deployed overseas during the December to January holiday season. Area residents can drop off a financial donation or a pre-purchased 15-minute international calling card at either of the Greenstein-DeAngelo district offices: 7 Centre Drive, Suite 2, Monroe Township, or 2239 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite E, Hamilton Township. Cash donations as well as check (made payable to NJFMBA Central District) will be accepted until Friday, December 10. Call 609-631-7501 or 609-395-9911 for more information.

Enable seeks community members to purchase gifts and food for more than 200 people with disabilities and their families who need help this holiday season. Items high on the list include non-perishable food, toiletries, and gift cards to local grocery stores. Contact Kirsten Yard at, call 609-987-5003, or visit for more information.

Sun National Bank Center and Catholic Charities are collecting new, unwrapped toys for area families experiencing severe hardships this holiday season. Donate a toy and receive a $5 discount to Monster Jam or Disney on Ice. Bring to 81 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Suggestions of items include soft blocks, crib toys, dolls, trucks, cars, action figures, soft books, games, building blocks, and sports equipment. Call 609-656-3200 or visit

Volunteers Needed

Salvation Army seeks volunteer bell ringers at one of 21 locations in Mercer County through Saturday, December 25. Call 609-599-9373 for information.


Raritan College invites the community to audition for the rock musical “Rent” on Sunday and Monday, December 12 and 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Welpe Theater, Branchburg campus. Prepare 16 to 32 bars of an up tempo song. An accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to move around at audition. Visit for information.

Grants Available

New Jersey State Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations focusing on the arts. A workshop will be held on Thursday, December 9, in Trenton, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 609-292-6130 or E-mail to register. Deadline for a notice of intent to apply for a grant is Friday, December 17 with applications due by February 23. Visit to download the guidelines and application.


Harvest Moon presents “Comfort Through Right Eating,” a workshop for men and women who overeat or think that they may have food allergies on Thursdays, from 7 to 8 p.m. Call Kristin for location and information at 609-462-4717.


Better Beginnings Child Development Center is accepting nominations for its annual fundraiser, the Shining Star Gala honoring area businesses, organizations, and individuals that have impacted the lives of others through their generosity, volunteerism, and acts of kindness. The gala will be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe. E-mail nominations to or call 609-448-6226. Deadline is Wednesday, December 8.

Major League

Motor Vehicle Commission offers license plates to honor the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Order forms are available at or at the agencies. $60 with an annual renewal fee of $60. Revenue generated will go to the state’s general fund.