Pennington Players will hold auditions for “James and the Giant Peach” on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, at Kelsey Theater. Register at www.penningtonplayers.org.
Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “Happily Ever Once Upon” on Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m.; and Monday, October 16, 7 p.m. Male and female, ages 16 to 60. Amwell Road, Hillsborough. www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.
Villagers Theater has auditions for “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 and 19, 7 p.m., at Villagers Theater, 415 Demott Lane, Somerset. www.villagerstheatre.com.
Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission presents “Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting, a three-part series beginning Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. to noon, at Plainsboro Public Library. All arts materials provided. Register at 732-745-4489. $20.
Montgomery Center for the Arts offers “Jazz Piano Trio Workshops” features jazz tunes, improvisation, solos, and how to work in a standard jazz trio setting. Teachers are Tara Buzash, Michael Taylor, and Joseph Falcey. Each one-hour workshop, $75. Sundays, October 22, November 12, and December 10, 4 or 5 p.m. Contact Buzash at 609-722-2062.
Actor’s Dance Studio offers classes for salsa, tango, ballroom, and acting. Register at 609-278-0799.
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is accepting registration from high school seniors for its Arts Recognition and Talent Search program. Nine art disciplines include dance, film and video, classical, pop and jazz music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. www.nfaa.artsawards.org or call 800-970-2787.
Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UMDNJ seeks 200 young people for a sexually transmitted disease prevention training program. Participants should have a strong interest in learning safer sex messages to share with friends, family, and peers. Call 973-972-5000 for information.
Call for Art
Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf seeks artwork and an essay from students with hearing loss in grades 9 to 12. Requirements at www.rit.edu/NTID/arts. Deadline is Friday, December 1.
HomeFront seeks formal dresses, especially in sizes 14 to 24, for more than 100 formerly homeless parents as they celebrate their successful return to independence. Bring to 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville. www.homefrontnj.org or call 609-989-9417.
55-Plus offers Fall Fling, a trip to the Bronx featuring guided tours of the Yankees Stadium and the Cloisters Museum, and lunch at Giovanni’s Restaurant on the Grand Concourse. Thursday, November 9. The chartered bus leaves from the Jewish Center in Princeton at 8:30 a.m. $85. Register at 609-924-2008.
Quaker Bridge Mall will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for every Simon Pink Ribbon Giftcard (a prepaid Visa product). www.komen.org.
Preservation New Jersey seeks nominations for an endangered historic resource for the 2007 list of “10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in New Jersey.” Deadline Thursday, November 30. www.pnj10most.org or call 609-392-6409.
NJShares is accepting applications from Trenton-are residents struggling to pay their energy bills in the wake of an unexpected financial crisis. Apply at PSE&G, 15 West State Street, Trenton. www.pseg.com/billpaymentassistance or call 856-630-9741.
VSA Arts joined with Target for its 2007 Partners in the Arts Festival to be held May, 2007, at Middlesex County College in Edison. The state-wide event features individuals and groups with performances, exhibits, and art workshops. The organization offers opportunities for children and adults with, and without disabilities, to participate in arts events. www.vsanj.org.