In Town

West Windsor Plainsboro Babe Ruth has opened registration for its spring season including tournament play at every level. During the first half of he season all players are encouraged to play all positions and develop baseball skills. Visit or call 609-448-2570 for information.

Free tax assistance will be offered at the West Windsor Senior Center for low and moderate income, older adults in the area. Trained volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will assist in the preparation of the federal and state income tax returns free of charge. These volunteers are trained in cooperation with the IRS and New Jersey State Income Tax Department.

The program will be available at the West Windsor Senior Center, 271 Clarksville Road, West Windsor on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from February 1, through April 12. Individuals are reminded to bring copies of their 2010 federal and state income tax returns as well as the 2010 information necessary to complete the 2010 tax returns (W-2 and 1099 income forms, property tax bills, itemized deductions such as medical bills and charitable contributions, etc.). Call 609-799-9068 for an appointment.

Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, offers books and resources in support of “No Name Calling Campaign” to Sunday, January 23. Students are invited to nominate teachers for “My Favorite Teacher Contest” by Friday, March 18.

Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey is holding open auditions for new students ages 9 to 18 on Tuesday, January 25. All instruments are welcome to audition. Register by E-mail to or visit

Princeton Presbyterian Church offers Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University’s 13-week program focusing on personal economy for $100. Classes being Sunday, January 23, 4 to 6 p.m. 545 Meadow Road, West Windsor, 609-987-1166, E-mail, or visit

Elixir Fund, based in West Windsor, offers Bridge to Wellness, a six-week seminar series for patients and caregivers to help reduce stress, manage side effects, and take a break from cancer. Begins Monday, February 21, at 7 p.m., at Four Winds Yoga, Straube Center, Pennington. Register. $30 for entire series. Call 800-494-9228 or visit

MPOnStage has auditions for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” on Saturday, February 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, February 6, noon to 5 p.m. at Kelsey Theater. E-mail or call 609-882-2292. Visit for information, audition appointment, and to upload your resume and headshot.

For Kids

Historical Society of Princeton offers the History Detectives Book club for ages 9 to 11, four Saturdays at the Updike Farm, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton. $60 for four sessions. Call 609-921-6748, ext. 100; E-mail, or visit

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize seeks entries from students in kindergarten through grade 12. Students may enter up to two poems of any length on any subject. Poems should be typed or word-processed. Student’s name should NOT appear on the poems. Include a separate cover sheet with the poem titles, name, grade, and address. Teachers may submit entries from a class with a list of names, titles, and grade level for each student, as well as contact information for the school. Include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope and/or E-mail address in order to receive the results.

This year’s awards will be $100 first prize, $50 second prize, and $25 third prize in each of four categories: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades, and ninth through twelfth grades. Winning poets will be recognized and their poems published on the Poetry WITS (Writing in the Schools) website. Visit for more information.

An optional donation of $5 to Sarah Mook Outreach Fund benefits Smile Train, a charity to provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries and to provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.

Entries must be postmarked by March 31. Winners will be announced in May. Mail entries to Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, Box 20, Lahaska, PA 18931

For Singers

Hopewell Valley Chorus invites interested singers to an open rehearsal on Monday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Hopewell Valley High School, 259 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington. No auditions. Membership is $35. Call 609-737-7960, E-mail, or visit for information.

Philomusica, an auditioned adult choir, seeks good singers for “Brahms, Shakespeare, and All That Jazz” concerts on May 14 and 15. Auditions during open rehearsals on Mondays, January 17 and 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, Est Brunswick. Call 888-744-5668, E-mail, or visit

For Bird Watchers

Middlesex County Master Gardeners invite bird counters for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, February 19, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Raindate is Sunday, February 20. Register by E-mail to

Donate Please

Mercer Alliance welcomes donations of jeans, sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, sneakers, or work boots. Pants needed for men and women from sizes 28 to 56 and shirts in small to 4x. Other items needed are flashlights and batteries, reading glasses, razors, deodorant, lip balm, tissue packets, and personal first aid kits. To donate items call 609-844-1006.

For Seniors

Princeton Senior Resource Center has registrations for Evergreen Forum, an organization to support lifelong learning with an emphasis on discussion and participation. The spring semester includes choices of 16 courses in music, literature, politics, history, religion, and science, all taught by people in the fields or with a passion for their subjects. Classes begin on Friday, March 4. Most courses are two hours each week for eight weeks and cost $55. Register by Tuesday, February 8. Call 609-924-7108 or visit

Job Search

Mercer County Library System has Job & Career Accelerator, an online job search system, available to Mercer County Library patrons at no charge. Users can create resumes and cover letters, prepare for occupation related exams, and visit more than 5 million job postings. Visit any of the branches or

Art for Good Cause

South Trenton Area Residents’ Society is distributing wooden hearts to decorate for the organization’s annual Hearts and Stars Art Auction. There is no fee for decorating a heart or donating art to the auction. Pickup and drop off locations include Artifacts, Artworks, Covello’s Pizzeria, Framesmith, Taco Bell, Ellarslie, and Waterfront Park. Deadline to return decorated hearts is Wednesday, January 26.

Art Design

Hamilton Jewelers has an open call design contest with the winning design to be crafted by master jewelers and made available for sale in stores. Conceptualize and illustrate a piece of wearable jewelry using originality. E-mail for information and an official entry form.

For Book Clubs

George Street Playhouse offers a book club package for “The Subject was Roses” that includes a talk with a GSP staff member, a ticket to a performance, the acting edition script, a study guide, and a discussion with a member of the staff who will either travel to your book club meeting or host your event at the playhouse. $56.50. Register. Visit or call 732-846-2895.

For Filmmakers

Diocese of Trenton is accepting entries for the second RE:Image Film Festival opening on April 16 in Manasquan. The festival will feature films no longer than 25 minutes, completed after January, 2008, that uphold and defend the dignity of the human person. Films may be musical, documentaries, animation, dramas, or comedy in categories of Youth, Young Adult, and General. Cash prizes. Submit online to or visit Deadline is Monday, January 31, $20 to $35; Late deadline is Friday, February 18, $30 to $50. Entries may also be sent to Diocese of Trenton, Office of Radio and Television, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville 08648. For information call Patrick Dolon at 609-406-7400, ext. 5517 or E-mail

Volunteer Please

Womanspace seeks volunteers for victim response teams to provide support, information, and referral to victims at police stations or hospitals. Volunteers receive more than 80 hours of specialized training to provide appropriate responses at a very critical time. Trained volunteers must be on call for two to four shifts a month. Training begins in March. Applications may be downloaded at and mailed to Womanspace by Tuesday, February 15. Interested persons must submit to a background investigation, including fingerprinting. Bilingual individuals are encouraged to apply. Contact Heidi Mueller at or Alison Daks at or call 609-394-0136.

For Teens

Dale Carnegie Training offers a free two-hour preview session of “Generation.Next,” a leadership and confidence building curriculum for young adults. Sunday, January 23, 2 to 4 p.m., 243 Route 130, Bordentown. The actual program includes eight interactive sessions about real-life situations and role-playing exercises. Register at 609-324-9200 or E-mail


Astrological Society of Princeton offers “Beginning Astrology” beginning on Wednesday, February 9, at 7:15 p.m. at 173 South Harrison Street, Princeton. The eight week class covers the basics of the zodiac including meanings and practical applications of quadrants, houses, planets, signs, and aspects. Bring pads, pencils and your birth information (date, time, and location). Birth chart information will be shared in class for study purposes. There will be homework and quizzes. $75. Call Debe Koestner at 908-672-2158 for information and registration.

Casting Call

The Detail, LLC has a casting call for a new reality series titled “Timeout.” Seeking entertainment professionals who are struggling to balance family time and career. Do you or your spouse work 60 plus hours each week? Do you find it hard to stop working while at home? Are you married and have at least two children over the age of 6 years old? Send an E-mail to or call MysticArt Pictures at 818-563-4131.