Dancers Needed

DanceVision invites dancers ages 6 and up to audition for “The Secret Garden” on Saturday, January 31, at Forrestal Village, Plainsboro. Auditions begin at 1:15 p.m. Call for schedule. Mandatory parent meeting at 2:15 for dancers who do not have a valid driver’s license. Visit www.dancevisionnj.org or call 609-520-1020.

Theater Discussion

George Street Playhouse offers pre-show discussions in conjunction with “Sight Unseen” on Tuesdays, February 3 and 10, at 7 p.m., 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. Discussions are free. Tickets are $28 to $64. Visit www.gsponline.org or call 732-246-7717.

Valentine’s Day

Princeton Garden Statesmen Barbershop Chorus offers its annual Singing Valentine program. Your loved one will be met at the location of your choice by a barbershop quartet dressed in tuxedos who will present a personalized Valentine’s card, a flower, a candy treat, a souvenir photo of the event, and two love songs. $50. Call 609-462-9232 or visit www.menwhosing.org.

Longbeard Contest

Alchemist & Barrister Restaurant and Pub invites men of all ages to enter the Longbeard contest to vie for the titles of the shortest, the longest, the ugliest, the grayest beard. Apply on February 1 through February 3, clean-shaven, to enter and pledge donations. The party ends on Tuesday, March 17, at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Entrance fees, raffle proceeds, and donations will be presented by William “Billy” Baker, who suffered a 10-foot fall that rendered him paralyzed from the chest down. Call 609-924-5555 or visit www.theaandb.com.

For Parents

New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators offers professional assistance in filling out the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) form and talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources. Sunday, February 8, at Mercer College, from 1 to 4 p.m. (Snowdate is February 15). Visit www.njcollegegoalsunday.org for information.

National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free classes for parents or primary caregivers of children ages 2 to 18 with challenging behaviors including mental health issues, ADHD, autism, or Tourette’s. Parent support group with trained volunteer parents. 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville. Fridays, February 13 to March 20, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Register at 609-799-8994.

Eden Family of Services offers a series of autism workshops at 12 Centre Drive, Monroe. $75 per person, per workshop. Visit www.edentraining.org or call 609-426-8656. Tuesday, March 10, “Assessment, Goal Selection, and Teaching;” Friday, April 3, “Legal and Clinical Considerations for IEP Analysis;” Friday, May 1, “Ethics of Applied Behavior Analysis;” and Wednesday, May 6, “Developing Literacy and Math Skills in Students with Autism.” All talks are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services offers “One Couple, Two Faiths” workshops on four Tuesday evenings beginning February 10, at Har Sinai Temple, 2421 Pennington Road. $36 per couple. February 20, 17, 24, and March 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register with Linda Kanner at 609-987-8100 or E-mail lindak@jfcoline.org.

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent and child enrollment in its spring hatchery program. The 12-week program includes parents volunteering time to help with chores and spring visitation groups in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. Children ages 3 to 5 may participate in activities including feeding and watering animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, crafts, and a hayride. Organizational meeting at Tuesday, February 17, or Wednesday, February 25, at 1 p.m. Call Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299.

For Kids

South Brunswick Public Library seeks readers for Lillie, the therapy dog on Wednesday, February 4. The three-year-old Boston Terrier is looking for children ages five and up. Individual sessions for children with autism spectrum disorder from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Others may participate in a group reading from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Register at 732-329-4000, ext. 7285.

Red Green Blue offers spring break camp for ages 6 to 12. Monday to Friday, April 6 to 10, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Snack provided. $289 for the week. Extended session available, 3:30 to 5 p.m., $59. Visit www.redgreenblueonline.com or call 609-683-5100.

Voices Chorale invites children ages 5 to 12 to enter the annual music composition contest. They may write it in any kind of formal or invented notation and make a cassette or CD recording. Submit a recording and three written copies of the child’s music with the children’s name and age, assisting adult’s name, phone number, address, and the child’s background in music, with a $5 fee. Voices Composition Contest, Box 404, Pennington 08534. Deadline is Sunday, March 1.

New Jersey Hall of Fame calls for entries from students in grades 4 to 12 in its annual essay contest. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees — living or dead — and submit with an essay no longer than 500 words. Deadline is April 1. Send to NJ Hall of Fame Contest, NJEA, Dawn Hiltner, 180 West State Street, Box 1211, Trenton 08607-1211. Winner receive $500 and are invited to the induction dinner at Sunday, May 3, at NJ PAC in Newark. Visit www.njhalloffame.org.

50th Reunion

Hightstown High School seeks members of the Class of 1959 for its 50th reunion on Saturday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m .at the Cranbury Inn. $70 per persona. Call Larry Burd at 732-929-0799 or E-mail mlbeach2@aol.com.

For Seniors

Evergreen Forum presents daytime study and discussion courses led by former teachers and professionals. Most classes are held at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. $55 for one course, $35 for additional courses. Visit www.theevergreenforum.org or call 609-924-7108.

Princeton Senior Resource Center offers free tax assistance for low and moderate income older adults in the area by appointment beginning February 6. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call 609-924-7108.

Volunteer

Kelsey Theater seeks volunteer ushers for upcoming shows. Positions are filled on a first E-mailed basis. Dress is casual. See the show for free. Contact house manager Marc Flicker at flickerm@mccc.edu.

Donations Needed

The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton seeks heart-healthy food including hot or cold cereals, shelf-stable milk, canned beans, canned spaghetti sauce, canned meats or fish, fruits vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, and honey. No glass containers. Donations may be made at www.thecrisiministry.org. The organization also sells “virtual valentines” at www.thecrisisministry.org for $10 each. Valentines for food will be through February 14 at McCaffrey’s market.

Volunteers Needed

Mercer County Wildlife Center seeks individuals to volunteer time to care for animals at the Hopewell facility. Injured, ill, or displaced birds, mammals, and reptiles are provided temporary refuge before being released into an appropriate wild habitat. Oriental sessions are Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit www.mercercounty.org or call Nicole Bencivengo at 609-397-8435.

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