Arts Council of Princeton invites students through grade 12 to submit original poetry, short prose, or artwork to "Under Age: An Anthology of Poetry, Prose, and Artwork." Poetry and prose in both English and Spanish acceptable. Deadline is Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m., at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Princeton Shopping Center. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777 for submission guidelines.
Edison Valley Playhouse presents acting and directing classes on Saturdays, beginning February 23. The directing class is $215. The acting class is $195. E-mail Rob Pherson at email@example.com or call 732-668-6698. Both classes culminate in performance before an invited audience.
Community Conservatory seeks aspiring school age acting students and filmmakers. Brian Kelly and Paul Gold are blending two classes to create a hands-on experience. 4459 West Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA. Visit www.communityconservatory.org or call 215-340-7979 for information.
Clued In Press is accepting entries for its mystery short story contest, "Dressing for Success Can Be Murder." Must be original, unpublished, and less than 2,000 words. Submit in standard manuscript format and include a title sheet with name, address, E-mail, and phone number. Send four copies of each story with a check of $10 to Adele Polomski, 40 Brook Drive, Milltown 08850. For complete guidelines E-mail Daria Ludas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery 125 seeks submissions in all media for spring exhibit opening Friday, April 11. Send digital files of artwork on CD to Gallery 125, 125 South Warren Street, Trenton 08608. Include $20 check for up to five submissions payable to TDA Gallery 125. Include name, address, phone number, E-mail, and a brief biography. Accepted work must be for sale, properly framed, and wired for hanging. Visit www.gallery125.com or call 609-989-9119.
Arts Council of Princeton seeks artists, crafters, vendors, and performers for Community, Festival of the Arts. Saturday, April 26, from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Princeton. Rain or shine. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777. Deadline is Friday, March 14.
The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton request donations to "Valentines for Food" drive through Thursday, February 14. A purchase of a Valentine for Food at McCaffrey’s will be matched by the store. Checks may be sent to 123 East Hanover Street, Trenton 08608 or donate at www.thecrisisministry.org . Bring non-perishable foods to collection points including Nassau Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Kingston Presbyterian Church. Also, West Windsor-Plainsboro Community and Grover middle schools, and Village and Town Center elementary schools.
New Jersey Ride Against AIDS, a three-day, 250-mile bicycle ride covering the length of New Jersey, will be held Friday to Sunday, September 26 to 28. The organization is recruiting riders, volunteers, and sponsors. Visit www.njrideagainstaids.org or call Pat Sherman at 732-988-6593.
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George Street Playhouse offers a theater and book package for book clubs in conjunction with "Oscar and the Pink Lady." Patrons receive a ticket to the show, a copy of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s novella, and the opportunity to have a member of the staff speak at their book club. $50. Call 732-846-2895, ext. 134, or E-mail email@example.com .
One Yoga & Wellness Center offers a yoga retreat from Friday to Sunday, March 14 to 16. Kateri Environmental Center in Wickatunk. Register. $325. www.oneyogacenter.net or call 609-918-0963.
Democracy House, Middlesex College’s service-learning program, offers students to assist in preparation of tax returns. Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m., by appointment, at the New Brunswick Center, 140 New Street. Call 732-745-8866.
Emanuel Community Development Corporation, 908-938-2481, and Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, 732-545-9002, also offer free tax preparation services.
New Hope Arts seeks volunteers for benefits, exhibitions, distribution of posters, computer input, and general activities. The group also requests professional services, donations of materials such as paint, office equipments, and pro bono legal and financial advice. Call 215-862-5463 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Temple Micah offers a guided tour of two synagogues, Congregation Ohab Zedek and Congregation Shearith Israel, and a tour of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Sunday, March 30. $65; $25 for children. Send checks payable to Temple Micah to Bruce Kirschner, 180 Old Cranbury Road, Cranbury 08512. Call 609-448-0033 or E-mail email@example.com .
USA Gymnastics is selling tickets to the 2008 Olympic Team Trials in gymnastics, scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, June 19 to 22, at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. All-session tickets prices range from $100 to $500. Visit www.comcasttix.com or call 800-298-4200.
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Bucks County Visitors Bureau offers a guide featuring entertainments, shopping, dining, lodging, and services. Free. Visit www.buckscounty.travel or call 800-836-BUCKS.