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Lazy Days? No Way!

These Dog Days of August promise to usher in a busy

fall season. And area arts and community organizations have already

prepared a cornucopia of arts and volunteer activities designed as

an antidote to doing nothing.


Auditions for the Puttin’ on the Ritz production of "Man

of La Mancha" will be Sunday, August 15, at the Ritz Theater,

915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Director Bruce Curless seeks singers

and actors, ages 16 or older. Call 856-858-5230 before August 14,

1 to 6 p.m., to schedule an audition time.

Plays-in-the-Park has auditions for an adult cast of nine

for its children’s musical version of "Cinderella" on Saturday,

August 28, at 3 p.m., at the Capestro Theater, Roosevelt Park, Route

1 South, Edison. Call 732-548-2884.

Omicron Theater Productions has openings for male and

female actors, 20s to 50s, speaking and non-speaking parts, and for

backstage help. Auditions by appointment through August 28. Call 609-443-5598.

Workshops & Classes

"The Play’s The Thing," a class in musical theater at

The Westminster Conservatory of Music, seeks teen actors, singers,

and playwrights for a musical production of "King Lear." The

two-semester class involves students in every aspect of writing and

producing a musical. Auditions take place the week of August 23 and

September 13. Call 609-921-7104.

Pennington Dance is accepting registrations for its ballet

and pointe, jazz, tap, and pre-school dance classes to students ages

3-1/2 through adult. The term runs from September through early June,

2000. Call Nancy Warner, director, at 609-737-7596.

Princeton Ballet School is enrolling students for the

1999-2000 school year. Directed by Mary Pat Robertson, the school

has a faculty of 28 and is the official school of American Repertory

Ballet. Classes are offered in Princeton, New Brunswick, and Cranbury.

For schedule of classes for ages 4 through adult, call 609-921-7758.

Seeking Singers

Princeton Pro Musica is auditioning new singers for its

120-voice chorus through mid-September. For an audition appointment,

call 609-683-5122.

Voices seeks singers with music reading skills for its

1999-2000 season. Auditions take place through August 15. To schedule

an audition, call 609-637-9383, extension 6.

The Millstone Valley Chorus, Sweet Adelines International,

invites women who love to sing to attend its rehearsals at 7:45 p.m.

every Monday at the Forrestal Village Food Court. Call 609-275-2897.

Dancers Desired

Bucks County Ballet Theater has auditions Saturday, September

8, for male and female dancers age 8 through 12; and for dancers 13

and up, for its production of "Nutcracker." For an appointment,

call 215-946-9223 or 888-488-4880.

The Suburban Dance Force will audition student dancers

(ages 8 through college) for its December "Nutcracker." Auditions

are Wednesday, September 1, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, September 4, 9 a.m.,

at 25 Lexington Avenue, Ewing. Call 609-530-0979.

Calls for Entries

The Second Annual Works in Wood Exhibition is calling

for entries for the juried show opening Saturday, October 16, at the

David Rago Auction Center, Lambertville. The show is open to all artists

who use wood as their primary medium. For application, send a SASE

to Wood, 4 Runnemede, New Hope, PA 18938. Deadline is September 1.

Works in Wood organizers are also seeking volunteers to

assist with exhibit installation, catalog materials, press and marketing,

gallery sitting, and reception. Interested volunteers call 215-862-3396.

The Garden State Watercolor Society is calling for entries

for its 30th annual juried exhibition which will be held at the New

Jersey State Museum, Trenton, from October 30 through January 2, 2000.

Entry fee is $25. For guidelines call 609-695-8645.

FZQ is inviting submissions from area poets for its Fall

1999 issue. E-mail submissions can be sent to

with the word "submission" in the subject line. No hard copy.

Area author Denise Turney will feature Dan Poynter, author

of "The Self-Publishing Manual," in her August issue of "The

Book Lover’s Haven." Any writer with questions for or requests

for advice from Poynter can direct them to Turney at

by August 20.

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA)

provides emerging visual artists time, space, and money to work through

its fellowships in the visual arts residency program in Miami Beach,

Florida. Fellows receive studio space, housing, monthly stipend, and

funds for supplies. The residencies run in four-month cycles, are

renewable for three years, and conclude with an exhibition with its

program partner, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. Artists

age 18 to 40 or artists who have been practicing professionally at

least one year but not more than five, and are U.S. citizens or permanent

residents, are eligible. Residencies are awarded solely on the artistic

merit of work submitted. For guidelines call 800-970-ARTS or visit Next residency deadline is December


For Families

Grounds for Sculpture is offering free children’s watercolor

classes, sculpture projects, and drama workshops on Saturday, August

28. Classes offered include watercolor for children age 9 and up;

drama for ages 6 to 8; drama for ages 9 and up; and a sculpture project

for ages 10 and up. Preregister by August 18, 609-586-0616.

The Friends of the International Center of Princeton University

is seeking host families interested in extending hospitality to a

foreign graduate student or visiting scholar. This will provide an

opportunity for Princeton area families to contribute to international

understanding, to learn about other cultures, and to enjoy international

friendships. Call 609-258-1170.

Howell Farm is accepting applications for fall parent

and child programs designed to introduce children, ages 3 to 9, to

life on the farm, while parents volunteer working with visitors. The

programs are a Hatchery Program for ages 3 to 5, one morning per week

for 13 weeks, and the Saturday-only Farmhands Program for ages 6 to

9. Sessions begin September 11. Call 609-737-3299.

You Can Help

Easter Seals New Jersey will hold its 21st Softball Spectacular

at five locations this year, including Mercer County Park. This event

gives teams and companies an easy way to help the community and persons

with disabilities while having a good time. Entrance fee is $200.

To sign up or for more information, call 732-257-6662.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New Jersey Chapter,

will hold Memory Walk, its annual fundraiser, in Veteran’s Park, Hamilton,

on Sunday, September 26, at 9 a.m. Individual walkers, along with

corporate, family, and organization teams are being recruited, proceeds

will benefit those affected by Alzheimer’s. Corporate sponsors are

also sought. Call 800-883-1180.

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is raffling

a 2000 BMW Z3 Roadster to fund research for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative

colitis. $100 tickets may be purchased from CCFA-NJ at 732-656-1244.

The winning ticket will be drawn on September 26.

The Trenton Public Library’s Trentonia Section on area

history and genealogy is trying to complete its collection of the

Trenton Central High School Yearbooks, the Bobashela. If you can supply

any missing years, 1918 to 1989, call director Robert E. Coumbe, 609-392-7188.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free

white flowering dogwood trees to members who join during August. The

6 to 12-inch trees, guaranteed to grow, will be shipped with planting

instructions at planting time. Send $10 membership contribution to

Ten Dogwoods, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska

City, NE 68410, by August 31.

The Community Blood Council of New Jersey that supplies

blood to hospitals and trauma centers is in urgent need of all blood

types. Companies are being asked to host an emergency blood drive

or to donate at the Blood Center, 1410 Parkside Avenue, Trenton, or

Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Hamilton. Call 609-883-9750.


Seniors in Motion of Princeton is making available scooters,

and motorized or manual wheelchairs to senior citizens and the permanently

disabled with mobility impairments, usually at no cost to those who

qualify. Equipment is delivered to the individual’s home and a full

demonstration is provided by the manager. Call 800-594-1225.

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