In Town

West Windsor Arts Council is seeking submissions from young artists (ages 15 to 33) for an exhibit entitled “WW33” to be held May 4 to June 17. The exhibit will be juried by Aron Johnston Jr., a contemporary studio artist and Fulbright recipient whose work has been exhibited both in the United States and internationally. All entries will be judged from digital images. All works entered must be original and created within 3 years. Deadline is Friday, April 1. Guidelines and application are available at www.westwindsorarts.org. Click on the “Call for Artists” link.

West Windsor Shade Tree Commission invites West Windsor and Plainsboro school students to participate in the Arbor Day Art contest. Prizes for first ($70 to $100), second ($40), and third ($20) places in each of four separate grade categories; elementary K to 3, elementary 4 to 5, middle school 6 to 8, and high school 9 to 12, will be awarded at a public open-air ceremony on Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. in the Ronald R. Rogers Arboretum (corner of Clarksville and Princeton/Hightstown roads).

Original art work, with a theme related to trees, can be a two-dimensional drawing, painting, photograph, or digital image with a maximum size of 12” x 18”. Winning art work will be displayed in the West Windsor town hall. Entry forms are available from art teachers or guidance counselors in each school or from the West Windsor municipal offices and should be submitted together with the student’s art work by Friday, April 15.

Princeton Garden Statesmen offers harmony workshops at Plainsboro Library starting on Tuesday evening, March 15. Workshops will run every Tuesday night for three weeks. There is no cost or obligation. Printed music and CD tracks are provided, and the techniques used enable participants to learn new songs effortlessly whether you are an avid sight reader or a vacationing musician. 609-799-8218.

Mercer County Park Commission is accepting picnic area reservations via the Internet. Residents can go online to make a reservation, pay, and receive a permit for any of the county’s scenic picnicking spots. Visit the Mercer County website at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/park/picnic.html for more information, including pictures and more detailed amenities of each area.

American Legion, Post 76 is accepting old American flags that can no longer be displayed. Bring to Aljon’s Pizza, 64 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor, anytime after 10 a.m. Call 609-799-4915 for information.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, based in Plainsboro, celebrates its annual record-a-thon, a marathon week when studio volunteers and area authors raise funds, awareness of the different ways children read and learn, and recruit new volunteers. Visit www.rfbd.org or call 609-750-1830 for information.

Plainsboro Preserve offers field trips and programs for pre-teen to adults. Sourland Salamander Search, Friday, March 25, 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and dress warmly. This trip requires a short walk into the woods at night. Join Melissa Craddock and Sean Grace in a search for the spotted salamander as they emerge from their winter burrows and migrate to their breeding pools. $15. Register. E-mail plainsboro@njaudubon.org, call 609-897-9400, or visit www.njaudubon.org.

For Kids

Arts Council of Princeton offers Passport to Discover, a spring break camp from Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. $350. After care is available. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. 609-924-8777.

Cotsen Children’s Library offers a contest for young writers, ages 8 to 16. Write a 350-word story that includes the sentence “After that, things got even stranger.” One winner will be selected from each age category, 8 to 10, 11 to 13, and 14 to 16. Winning stories will be published in the Picture Book Press and authors will receive a $50 shopping spree at Labyrinth Books. One submission per person. No poems, illustrations, or comics. Deadline is Thursday, March 10, at 5 p.m. Submit stories via E-mail to danas@princeton.edu. Include your name, age, and mailing address. Winners will be posted online and notified via postal mail beginning Tuesday, March 15.

PNC and the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning invite New Jersey students in grades 2 to 12 to take part in the annual American patriot essay contest by writing a short essay on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” The grand prize winner receives a visit to his or her school by a 75-foot tall hot air balloon in June as well as a VIP package at the festival in July. Teachers who submit a group of 15 essays from their students receive two general admission tickets. Essays, selected on creativity, poignancy, and clarity, should be 100 words or less. Deadline is Sunday, May 1. E-mail to information@balloonfestival.com with student’s name, home or school address and phone number, grade, age, and the name of their teacher. Visit www.balloonfestival.com for details and other prizes.

Volunteer Please

New Jersey Blood Services seeks volunteers to work blood drives. Assist donor with registration, escort donors, help with snacks, and watch for post donation reactions. E-mail rzepka@nybloodcenter.org or call 732-616-8741.

Grants Available

New Jersey State Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities for folk arts apprentice programs. Workshops will be conducted around the state for individuals and teams seeking assistance with the application process. Folk Arts grants support the traditional arts and crafts of New Jersey’s cultural communities. Apprentices may request up to $3,000 to support an intensive regiment of student with a master artists for up to 12 months. A workshop will be held on Friday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to noon, in Trenton. Contact Kim Nguyen at 609-292-6130 or E-mail kim.nguyen@sos.state.nj.us for information. Application deadline is Wednesday, April 6.

Recycled Art

Lawrence Library invites artists to submit one piece of original artwork in any art medium using a minimum of 75 percent recycled content for “transformation,” a recycled art contest. Deadline is Thursday, March 31. Items must be delivered to the library at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. Entries will be judged on Earth Day, Friday, April 22. E-mail lawprogs@mcl.org for an entry form. Contact Karen Serach at 609-989-6923 for other information.

Auditions

Somerset Valley Players seeks four men, ages 28 to 75; four to seven women, ages 20 to 60; and one girl, ages 15 to 18, for “Jewtopia.” Audition is Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Also, auditions for “The Boys Next Door” are Saturday, and Sunday, March 12 and 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. Seven men and two women, ages 25 to 50, are needed. 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469 for information.

Bimah Players seek actors over the age of 10 for “Beastly Friends,” a readers theater dramatization with music from stories by Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, and others. Auditions are Sunday, March 13, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16, 7 to 9 p.m. Monroe Jewish Center, 11 Cornell Avenue, Monroe. E-mail dirbirmahplayers@aol.com or call 609-395-2969 for appointment.

Theater Resources Unlimited has a two-day audition event with more than 40 New York area producers, theater companies (including McCarter Theater), writers, and directors. Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Barrow Group Theater, 312 West 36th Street, third floor, New York City. $60. Visit www.truonline.org/2011truaudition2.htm for application.

There is an information and meet the coaches session on Sunday, March 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. to prepare actors for the audition. Actors will meet a dozen audition and vocal coaches followed by a wine and cheese reception. Free with registration to the April event.

Good Causes

Teal Tea Foundation benefits when you eat at Rosa’s Restaurant, 3442 South Broad Street, Trenton, on Tuesday, March 15. The foundation supports ovarian cancer awareness campaigns. www.tealtea.com for information about the organization and the annual tea on Sunday, May 1.

Pennington Fit Body Boot Camp launches “Go Pink, Again: Boot Camp for Breast Cancer,” a benefit for the Princeton YWCA’s Breast Cancer Resource Center to support women and families affected by breast cancer. The organization will donate $25 for each participant in its 21-day rapid fat loss camp scheduled through Wednesday, March 30. 55 Route 31 South, Building C, Pennington. Call Chris Amaro at 877-250-9423 for information.

Call for Art

Lawrence Library invites artists to submit one piece of original artwork in any art medium using a minimum of 75 percent recycled content for “transformation,” a recycled art contest. Deadline is Thursday, March 31. Items must be delivered to the library at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. Entries will be judged on Earth Day, Friday, April 22. E-mail lawprogs@mcl.org for an entry form. Contact Karen Serach at 609-989-6923 for other information.

Donate Please

Cars4Charities welcomes donations of cars — in any condition. Must have a title free of liens and not be striped of any parts. A tow truck must be able to get to it. You will receive a tax donation of $500 or more. Visit www.cars4charities.org or call 866-448-3487.

Call for Crafters

Middlesex County 4-H seeks crafters for its Spring Fling craft fair on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. $20 for an eight-foot table and two chairs. Call 732-723-9968 to register.