Auditions

Theater To Go and Pierrot Productions has auditions for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Sunday and Monday, November 16 and 17, 7 to 10 p.m. at Mercer College in West Windsor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play forces the audience and characters alike to determine what is truth, what is a lie, and which lies have become the truth.

Prepare a 1 to 3 minute contemporary dramatic monologue from any stage work and be prepared for readings as assigned by the director. Familiarity with the play is advised. Cast characters include Margaret, Brick, Big Mama, Mae, Cooper, Big Daddy, Reverend Tooker, and Doc Baugh. Lacey and Sookie, male and female servants, should be played by Latino or African American actors. There are parts for two children, ages 9 to 12. Contact Pierrot Productions by E-mail at pierrotatkelsey@gmail.­com.

Maurer Productions OnStage Inc. has auditions for “Lend Me a Tenor” on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, from noon to 5 p.m. at Mercer College in West Windsor. The madcap comedy includes mistaken identities and more.

Characters include four men and four women including Max, Maggie, Tito Merelli, who must speak with an Italian accent, Maria, Julia, Diana, and the Bellhop, who must speak Italian and be able to sing as an opera star. Register for an audition online at www.­mponstage.­com or call 609-882-2292.

Playhouse 22 has auditions for “Doubt: A Parable” on Monday and Tuesday, November 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. Visit www.­playhouse22.­org or call 732-254-3939 for information. The theater is at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Donate Please

Princeton Foot and Ankle Associates is collecting shoes to help Soles4Souls people who need them. Used and new shoes may be dropped off at 11 North Harrison Street, Princeton; or 263 Princeton-Hightstown Road, in West Windsor. Visit www.princetonfootandankle.com or call 609-924-1922 or 609-799-0043 for information.

Princeton Human Services Department seeks donors for its annual holiday gift drive. Children up to age 12 will be filling out a holiday wish list which will include two gifts, $75 or less, that they would like for the holidays. Call 609-688-2055 or send an E-mail to dforero@princetonnj.gov by Friday, November 14.

Friends of Howell Farm is seeking contributions for an auction benefiting the furnishing of the farm’s Henry Phillips House, listed on National and NJ registers of historic places. The auction will be held Saturday, November 22, and donations can be brought to the farm up until Wednesday, November 19.

Items sought for auction include tools, household items, collectibles, books, antique clothing, and hand-made items. Gift baskets, gift certificates, tickets to events, and baked goods are also welcome. All donors will receive a letter acknowledging their contributions, for tax deduction purposes.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase period furnishings for the farmhouse, whose restoration is complete. A furnishing plan for the house was completed through a grant from the Federal “Save America’s Treasures” program.

During the Old Time Auction program on Saturday, November 22, visitors can participate in both a silent auction and a live, old fashioned barn auction. Items made by the farm’s blacksmiths, restoration carpenters, bakers, and sewing guild will be included in the auction. Contact Kim Daly or Danielle Houghton at 609-737-3299 or kdaly@howellfarm.­com.

HomeFront, a local nonprofit committed to helping local homeless and vulnerable families, provides food for 2,000 families for Thanksgiving. Families, groups, houses of worship, and corporations donate baskets, filled with all the trimmings for a traditional home-cooked Thanksgiving meal.

Participants are being urged to add a little extra to each basket — cans of tuna, soup, peanut butter, and other essentials — to help these needy families when the leftovers are done. The filled baskets can be dropped off at HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, in Lawrenceville, from November 12 to 21, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. until noon. Visit www.­homefrontnj.­org or call 609-989-9417.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is seeking volunteers to “adopt” a needy area family for the holiday. The group is specifically looking for gift cards to grocery stores such as Shop Rite or Wegmans for holiday meals. The group will also accept gift cards to stores such as Target and Walmart so that holiday gifts can be purchased for the families. Contact Patricia at patric4neighborshelpingneighbors@comcast.net.

R.E.A.C.H. Ministry of Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick will host its’ 10th annual Thanksgiving food drive on Tuesday, November 20. To assist families in need and lessen their financial burden this holiday season, ALFWC is committed to providing Thanksgiving dinners for 100 families. The dinners will be prepackaged and include a turkey and non-perishable items and be distributed on Tuesday, November 25, at 5 p.m. Call 732-545-2802 or E-mail jhart@alfwc.­org for information.

JM Group and US Foods’s Turkey Drive 2014, benefiting Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, will be accepting donations through November 24. $10 donations can be made at Nassau Seafood and Produce Co., Blue Point Grill, Witherspoon Grill, or online at www.­jmgroupprinceton.­com.

Call for Art

West Windsor Arts Council seeks entries in the annual affordable art exhibit and artisan market on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor.

Artisan Market submissions for jury review must be submitted electronically to wwacexhibits@gmail.com by Saturday, November 1, at 1 p.m. Accepted artisans must pay a $35 fee for artisan tables to the West Windsor Arts Council by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21.

Artisans will be selling their innovative handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, and more in a juried one-day artisan market during the opening of the “Off The Wall” art exhibit. Work must be original artwork handcrafted by the artist. Artisans selling their work from tables will be responsible for collecting sale proceeds and sales tax.

The West Windsor Arts Council retains the right to use artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork.Call 609-716-1931 or E-mail wwacexhibits@gmail.com for information. Monmouth County Park System seeks entries for its “Residents of Deep Cut Gardens” photography exhibit. Professional and amateur photographers 18 years and older are invited to submit images for consideration into the show. The cost to enter is $10 per person; maximum of two entries. Acceptance into the show is not guaranteed. If selected, only one piece will be exhibited in the show. All entries must be submitted on CD with completed entry form and fee. Visit www.­monmouth­countyparks.­com for information. Deadline is Friday, November 21.

An opening reception will be held at the Deep Cut Gardens Horticultural Center, Red Hill Road, Middletown, on Saturday, January 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit www.­monmouthcountyparks.­com or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.

Nominate Please

VSA New Jersey, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities, is accepting applications for the 2015 Arts Achievement Awards and Art Par Excellence statewide touring exhibit.

The student arts excellence awards are presented to students with special needs (mainstreamed, inclusion, self-contained classes, or activities), ages 14 to 21 years old, not to exceed twelfth grade level, who show outstanding achievement in and commitment to an art form; and the education in the arts awards presented to outstanding educators and administrators for establishing high quality arts programs for students with special needs. The awards also recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to arts education for students with special needs. Award recipients become candidates for the distinguished NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. Application deadline is Friday, January 23.

Applications for the Art Par Excellence statewide touring art exhibit featuring the two dimensional artwork by students with special needs through age 21. All schools in the state are invited to submit two works. Selected artists will have their work professionally displayed at locations throughout the state. The artists will be recognized at an opening reception with their families, teachers, and school administrators as invited guests. Application deadline is Monday, February 2. Call 732-745-3885 or E-mail info@vsanj.­org.

Health

Nami New Jersey seeks volunteers for a genetics study related to schizophrenia and related disorders. The study is designed to help determine the specific genetic variables responsible for these conditions and develop ways to detect and treat these illnesses.

They are seeking families with at least three members who have each been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, or bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Family members can come from multiple generations, including siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. They must live in the U.S., be over 18 years old, and be willing to participate in the study.

The study includes a clinical interview and donation of a blood sample. The research assistant meets with the family member in the home or at a nearby place that is safe and convenient to conduct the interview. Once completed, participants receive a check for $130. E-mail GeneticsResearchVA@gmail.­com or call 845-981-9514.

Volunteer Please

Youth Stages seeks volunteers to help with the VSA NJ fall performance of “Peter Pan” with 16 adult actors with varying disabilities. They need volunteers to assist the actors with entrances and exits so they do not miss cues and to help them with minor costume changes. Dates are Thursday, November 6; Monday, November 10; Tuesday, November 11; Wednesday, November 12; and Thursday, November 13. Call Jean Prall Rosolino at 609-430-9000 or E-mail manager@youthstages.­com.

The New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, is seeking volunteers at blood drives. Blood service volunteers assist donors with registration, handle escorting and canteen duties, and watch for post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed, and have the willingness to follow the rules. Contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or rzepka@nybloodcenter.­org.

Haircuts for Veterans

Hair Cuttery salons will present local service men and women with a free haircut through its Share-A-Haircut program. For every adult who purchases a haircut on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, a haircut voucher will be given back to a veteran in need in that same community. Shops are located in West Windsor, Dayton, Hamilton, and North Brunswick. Visit haircuttery.­com.