In Town

West Windsor Arts Center seeks proposals from performing artists for upcoming programs. Send materials including a list of upcoming and recent performances, a DVD or CD, and references or reviews to WWAC, Box 952, West Windsor, NJ 08550. E-mail for more information. Artists are invited to submit works for a juried exhibit to showcase the artwork of students and/or residents of Mercer County opening Wednesday, May 4. Deadline is Friday, April 1. Visit for detailed information.

MP OnStage 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. Kelsey Theater, Mercer College, West Windsor. The show includes 20 roles. Visit or call 609-882-2292 for information and appointment. Resume and headshot may be uploaded to the website. Bring a list of conflicts to the audition.

America’s Miss Pageant is accepting contestants to the New Jersey state pageant on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, at the Hyatt, Carnegie Center, West Windsor. The pageant is open to ages 13 and up in four categories: teen, 13 to 18; miss, ages 19 to 26; Ms., ages 21 plus; and Mrs., 21 and up. Competition includes an onstage interview, fitness wear, red carpet presentation, and evening wear. Contestants provide transportation, hotel accommodations, and competition wardrobe. Entry fee is $400. Register at or call 443-794-3939.

Penn Center for Educational Leadership offers its fifth annual Educators of Color recruitment fair on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3440 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. The consortium, a network of 30 schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware includes the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District. Teachers and administrators of color who are interested in exploring career opportunities are encouraged to attend. Opportunities will be provided to network with staff of color who are working in the consortium districts. Mini sessions will be provided to enhance resumes and navigate the application process in suburban districts. Bring multiple copies of your resume and/or professional portfolio. To register E-mail your name, home address, phone number, and E-mail address to Erika Dawson at or call 215-573-5511.

Princeton Presbyterian Church invites the community to donate items to support our troops. Bring chapstick, protein bars, mouthwash, toothbrushes, hard candy, batteries, tissues, foot powder, cookies, microwave foods, coffee, tea, suntan lotion, writing paper, shaving cream, toilet paper, deodorant, and feminine products. All items should be medium or small in size. Bring to 545 Meadow Road, West Windsor. Call 609-987-1166 or visit for information.

Mercer County Symphonic Band, an all volunteer concert band, has immediate openings for musicians who play clarinet, bassoon, percussion, and other instruments. No audition required. The band rehearses every Monday from September to June at Mercer Community College, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information contact Louis Woodruff at 215-321-1422 or E-mail


Lawrence Library has auditions for its third annual One-Act Play Festival on Monday, February 7, Tuesday, February 8, Thursday, February 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, February 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. A variety of roles in the staged readings from the selected works of area playwrights are for ages 20 to 60. Two stage managers are also needed for the Saturday, April 16 event. Contact James Damron by E-mail or call 609-989-6915.

Omicron Theater Productions has open auditions for male and female actors ages 20s to 50s for comedy plays. Backstage hands also needed. Rehearsals begin in March. Auditions by appointment. Call 609-443-5598.

Paper Mill Playhouse has auditions for young performers ages 10 to 18 for its summer professional training programs. Summer Musical Theater Conservatory is a five-week course in July and Musical Theater Intensive is a three-week program in August. Student tryouts are judged on vocal skill, dance ability, personality, and song interpretation skills. Auditions are Saturdays, February 5 and 12, at Kean University, Wilkins Theater, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. Call 973-379-3636, ext. 2133 to schedule an audition. Visit for full audition instructions.

Parent & Child

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent and child enrollment in its spring hatchery program. The program, for ages 3 to 5, begins in March. One parent must work as a volunteer in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. No experience needed. Parents must attend an organizational meeting on either Wednesday, February 23, or Tuesday, March 1, at 1 p.m. Visit, call 609-737-3299, or E-mail for information. Applications will not be accepted by mail or phone.

Good Causes

Contact of Mercer offers training for persons interested in improving listening skills and learning about community resources. The free course prepares attendees to volunteer for Contact’s hotline as well as help friends and family who are depressed, lonely, addicted, in personal difficulty, or suicidal. Classes meet on Tuesdays, February 8 to 26, at Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 South Main Street, Pennington. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Register at 609-883-2880, E-mail, or visit

Cranbury Lions Club offers a Valentine’s Day rose sale in conjunction with the Cutting Garden, 70 North Main Street, Cranbury. $50 includes a bouquet of 12 long stem red roses tied with a big red bow. Visit for information.

For Parents

CHADD offers parent to parent family training on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) beginning Tuesday, March 15, 7 to 8:50 p.m. Montgomery Upper Middle School, 375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman. Register. $150. or E-mail

NAMI Mercer offers Family to Family, a free 12-week course for family members and caregivers of adults living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorders. The course presents communication and problem solving techniques, coping mechanisms, and self care skills. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Lawrenceville and Trenton. Register by E-mail at or 609-799-8994.

Good Causes

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Blue Point Grill invites competitors for Oyster Bowl XII, the annual oyster eating contest to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Prizes include donations from Mrs. G.’s Appliances, Springdale Country Club, and Elements. Register. Sunday, February 6, at 11 a.m., 256 Nassau Street, Princeton.


Arts Council of Princeton has a call for artists, crafters, vendors and performers for Communiversity 2011, the annual festival of the arts in downtown Princeton on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 5 p.m. All crafts must be handmade. Rain or shine. Deadline is Friday, March 11. (Friday, March 4 for food vendors). Visit for information and application.


Reid Sound offers $1,000 scholarships for New Jersey high school students to study technical aspects of theater. Visit or call 609-259-9495 for application and information. Winner will be notified in early June.

Poetry Class

Lawrence Library offers an eight-week course in writing poetry led by poet Jean Hollander. The class will be held on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning February 12. Visit or call 609-989-6920 to register.

Blood Donors


University Medical Center at Princeton seeks blood donors at 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton (Medical Arts building). Donors receive coupons for Thomas Sweet Ice Cream. Call 609-497-4366 for information.

New Jersey Blood Services seeks blood donors to volunteer since many major blood drives have been canceled due to the recent snow storms. Visit or call 800-933-2566 for information on how to donate or organize a blood drive. @head 14:Search Records

Mercer County and Mercer County Community College will hold two one-day classes focused on searching for public records in the county courthouse. The non-credit course will be presented on Saturdays, March 12 and April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, to assist residents in researching deeds, liens, and other property information, current or historical, back to the 1800s. It will be held in the search room at the Old Mercer County Courthouse, 209 South Broad Street, Trenton. Visit or call 609-750-3311 to register. $15.


Jewish Community Center offers a guided tour of the Marc Chagall exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sunday, April 3, 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. $49 includes ticket, bus, and snacks. (Lunch is on your own). Register with Jerry Schwartz at 609-219-9550 or E-mail

Pearl S. Buck International offers a 14-day trip through Vietnam from Saturdays, October 22, to November 5. Visit for information.

East Brunswick Township offers a trip to see “Memphis” on Broadway on Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. $73 includes admission and a coach bus leaving the East Brunswick Senior Center at 11 a.m. to give you time for lunch, shopping, or walking around. Visit or call 732-390-6797 to register. The trip is open to residents and non-residents regardless of the “residents only” note on the application.

Crossing Vineyards Winery offers a “A Wine Lover’s Voyage,” a 12-day cruise to Australia and New Zealand on Celebrity’s Century; Friday, January 6, to Wednesday, January 18, 2012. $2,289 plus airfare. Call Tom Carroll at 215-493-6500, ext. 10, or E-mail