‘A Princeton Christmas,” the new CD by eight Princeton area choral groups, profiled in last week’s U.S.1 (“Chew on This: A Christmas CD with a Cause,” December 12) has hit #24 in the Top 100 iTunes Plus Holiday albums, while one of the album’s songs, “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” by the American Boychoir, is well into the top half of the Top 100 iTunes Plus Holiday songs.

The album has received the support and endorsement of First

Niece Lauren Bush, Princeton, Class of 2006. Bush, a hunger-relief advocate, is founder and director of FEED Projects for the benefit of the United Nations World Food Program School Feeding campaign and was selected by WFP in 2004 to serve as honorary spokesperson for its student campaign created to focus campus attention across the U.S. on global hunger.

FEED Projects, LLC, benefits the WFP’s School Feeding operations, which provide children with a nutritious meal a day and provides incentive for them to get an education.

The purchase of “A Princeton Christmas: For the Children of Africa,” will feed one African child for nearly three months.

“I am so proud of the response by the Princeton community with this musical mission, and I am honored to support it,” says Bush in a press statement.

Signature song selections have been donated by the American Boychoir; the Princeton Girlchoir; the Princeton University Chapel Choir; the Westminster Concert Bell Choir and Westminster Choir of the Westminster Choir College of Rider University; the Tartantones of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart; the Princeton Day School Choir Madrigal Singers; and the Princeton High School Choir.

A Princeton Christmas CD, on sale at www.princetonchristmas.org, www.iTunes.com, Amazon MP3 downloads, and the Princeton University Store.

It will also be available at the upper school winter concert with the Madrigal Singers, Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 p.m., Princeton Day School, McAneny Theater, 650 Great Road, 609-924-6700.

For Dancers

Roxey Ballet announces auditions for 2008 Childrens Classic Stories, Sleeping Beauty and Carnival of the Animals, Saturday, January 5. All dancers must arrive 1/2 hour before the scheduled audition to register. Dancers who dance on pointe should prepare to do so. Male dancers are encouraged to audition. This is a children’s production, so children of all ages are encouraged to audition. Auditions will be held at the Canal Studios at 243 North Union Street, Lambertville, and are open to all dancers regardless of studio affiliation. Call 609-397-7616 to schedule an audition time.

Good Causes

Princeton Boy Scout Troop 43 offers its annual Christmas tree and wreath sale on the corner of Chambers Street and Paul Robeson Place in Princeton through Sunday, December 23. Monday to Friday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

McCarter Theater is having a holiday donation drive in conjunction with “A Christmas Carol” through Sunday, December 23. Donations of non-perishable canned food items, cleaning supplies, paper products, and toiletries for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Crisis Ministry of Princeton, Elijah’s Promise, HomeFront, Womanspace, and Mercer Street Friends, should be brought to the lobby. 609-258-2787 or visit www.mccarter.org.

Stony Brook Sew & Vac seeks donations of coats for needy families in the area. Receive a $50 discount in exchange for a “Coats for Kids” donation in December. Mercer Mall, Lawrenceville, 609-987-8684.

Mercer Wildlife Center seeks volunteer support. Orientation and training sessions are Sunday, February 24, and Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Route 29, north of Trenton. Call Nicole Bencivengo at 609-397-8435.

For Kids

Mercer Museum offers a three-day Lego robotics workshop on Wednesday to Friday, December 26 to 28, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For students in grades four to six. Register at 215-345-0210 or visit www.mercermuseum.org. $80.

Paper Mill Playhouse offers auditions for the 2008 Summer Musical Theater Conservatory for ages 10 to 18. Saturdays, January 26 and February 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 973-379-3636, ext. 2133, for appointment beginning Wednesday, January 2, at 10 a.m. www.papermill.org.

VSA Arts of New Jersey offers a music mentor program on Wednesdays, January 23 to April 9, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Mercer Elementary School in Hamilton. The theater mentor program will be held Saturdays, January 19 to April 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Ewing Library. Open to Mercer County residents ages 8 to 21 with a disability. Free with registration. Call 745-745-3885 or visit www.vsanj.org.

Riverside Symphonia announces the Caprio Young Artist competition open to all non-keyboard instrumentalists who will be less than 22 on March 15. Contestants must live or study in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Submit a recorded performance in CD format by Friday, January 4. www.riversidesymphonia.org.

French Classes

Alliance Francaise of Princeton offers a 10-week French class for beginners, intermediate, and children beginning Wednesday, February 6. $275. www.allianceprinceton.com or call 609-356-6625.

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