Audition

Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 and 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Performances are weekends, December 5 to 21. Ages 6 to 60. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.

For Singers

Philomusica Choir seeks singers with good reading skills for its 40th season featuring Renaissance to 20th century works. Audition by appointment on Mondays, September 8, 15, and 22. Rehearsals are Monday evenings in East Brunswick. www.philomusica.org or call 888-744-5668.

Dance Corner has auditions for a musical performance workshop on Sunday, September 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. 10 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro Plaza. Bring musical selection and be prepared to sing without an accompanist. Call 609-700-9684 to schedule an audition on a different time or date.

For Dancers

Princeton Ballet School offers an open house from Monday, September 15 to Sunday, September 28. Register for four free passes to try beginner level classes. www.arballet.org or call 609-921-7758.

Bach Ballet Academy is accepting registration for the 40 week program beginning Wednesday, September 3. Studio is on Mount Hope Street, Lambertville. 609-773-0088.

Health

Princeton HomeCare Services Hospice Program is offering an eight-week volunteer training course in East Windsor starting on Tuesday, September 23. The Hospice Program is seeking compassionate and caring people to visit hospice patients who have chosen to die at home with peace and dignity and are being cared for by their families and the Hospice Program team.

The training course is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 23 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Subsequent training sessions will be held on October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4, 11, and 18. Sessions will be held at the University Medical Center at Princeton Breast Health Center, 300B Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor Medical Commons 2, East Windsor.

The Hospice Program serves patients in Mercer and parts of Middlesex, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties. Volunteers can choose the geographic areas where they prefer to visit patients. For information and registration call Maureen Marchetta at 609-497-4959.

Partners in Caring, a collaborative to provide support services for individuals 60 and above and individuals with disabilities. The goal is to age in their homes and communities and to live as safely and independently as possible. For information call Davida Nugiel at 609-987-8100 or E-mail davidan@jfcsonline.org.

For Scouts

Horse Park of New Jersey offers opportunities for Girl and Boy scouts to earn badges during the Equine Expo on Saturday, September 20 in Allentown. Girl Scouts will be offered materials, lectures, and events to complete most requirements for the Horse Fan and Horseback Rider badges. Boy Scouts will complete most of the requirements for the Animal Science and Horsemanship badges. Free. Call 609-984-4389 or E-mail debra.moscatiello@ag.state.nj.us.

Trips

Heritage Trail Association offers a bus tour of Buck Gardens in Far Hills and Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville. Tours, beginning at the Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, are Saturday, September 13, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Register. $25. www.heritagetrail.org or call Sidna Mitchell at 609-409-7837.

Art

Gallery 125 calls for entries of all media (except video and performance art) for “Conflict,” its juried theme show opening November 14. CD images must be jpg files four by six inches at 300 dpi. Include artist’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and brief biography. Accepted work must be hand delivered. Send to Gallery 125, 125 South Warren street, Trenton 08608. E-mail gallery125@trenton-downtown.com. Accepted artists will be posted on website on October 9. No phone calls.

Artists’ Gallery offers art lessons at 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville. Sketchbook journaling, Monday, September 25, and Thursday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Digital photography, Wednesday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Self portraits in glass, Thursday, November 13, 9 a.m. to noon. Watercolor workshop, Thursday, November 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Introduction to Acrylic Painting, Monday, October 6, 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Watercolor animal art, Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m. www.lambertvillearts.com or call 609-397-4588.

ESL Programs

First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro offers classes in beginning and intermediate English as a second language, and American pronunciation for advanced speakers on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 949-212-0520 or E-mail tnknolan@yahoo.com.

Good Causes

HiTops seeks donations, volunteers, and participants in New Jersey Ride Against AIDS. The 250- mile ride begins on Friday, September 26, in High Point State Park. www.njrideagainstaids.org or call 609-683-5155.

Middlesex Chamber announces “Hops to Hops,” an annual bike ride benefiting National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The tour takes place on Tuesday, September 9, begins and ends at River Horse Brewery in Lambertville. 732-660-1005.

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