The Arts

Professional Center for the Arts announces auditions for children ages 7 to 17, actors and dancers (all levels) for “One Tough Nut,” a new version of the holiday classic, choreographed by Geoffrey Doig-Marx as “a comic change to all the Nutcrackers you might be forced to sit through this holiday,” Sunday September 10, 11a.m. The story is transferred to Bulgaria, where a young girl named Clara Darling, whose parents vanish while on a smelting trip in deepest Africa, suddenly and sadly becomes a ward of the state and is placed in Frauline Edna and Arlene Schnizelhoff’s Home for Wayward Girls. The occupants of the school shun Clara and make her life a living nightmare until a magical visitor whisks Clara away to the Land of the Sweets.

Performances in early December. Fee per performer is $75 (to cover costume cost).

Also, auditions for the Company, Junior Company, and Team Hip Hop, Wednesday, September 6. Visit www.ProfessionalCenterfortheArts.com or call 609-586-3008.

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio offers fall acting classes for children and adults with professional actor and new faculty member Jody Wood. Perhaps best-known for his role as Detective Wallace Danby on Boston Public, Wood has also appeared in guest spots on numerous other television shows including NYPD Blue, ER, and CSI Miami, as well as in films like LA Confidential, Boogie Nights, and Rules of Engagement. Classes in acting, comedy improvisation, acting for the camera, cold reading/audition technique, and public speaking/ presentation. For information call 609-514-1600.

Also, a 12-week session on West African Dance with Yewande Kelly-Johnson begins on Sunday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. Tuition $216.

Phillips Mill invites artists within a 25-mile radius of New Hope to submit work for a juried acceptance into the 77th annual exhibition. Visit www.phillipsmill.org or call 215-862-0582.

Turtle Shell Productions seeks stories, memoirs, poems, and monologues about Irish and Irish American women that will be compiled and workshopped into a play premiering in March in New York City. Deadline is Friday, September 1. Visit www.turtleshellproductions.com for information. Send by E-mail to irishproject2006@yahoo.com.

The Arts Council of Princeton offers fall semester class registration. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org for a full description of all courses and programs. Call 609-924-8777.

Volunteers Needed

Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County seek volunteer tutors for basic literacy and English as a second language students. Fall training begins Wednesday, September 13, at ETS in Lawrenceville. All classes will be on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 609-587-6027 for information.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation seeks volunteers for the NJ Race for the Cure on Sunday, October 29. Visit www.komencsnj.org or call 609-896-1201.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange seeks Mercer County host families for foreign high school students arriving for the semester or year programs. Call 866-546-1402 for information.

Participate Please

Princeton Public Library offers English Language Conversation program beginning in September. Volunteers are available to work one-on-one or with small groups. Registration not required. Call Mary Lou Hartman at 609-924-9529 ext. 281 for information about being a volunteer.

Princeton Center for Yoga and Health celebrates its 10th anniversary with free classes for new visitors and free chair massage from Tuesday, September 5, through Monday, September 11. Visit www.princetonyoga.com or call 609-924-PCYH for class schedules.

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority invites application for the Dana Christmas Scholarship for Heroism. The scholarship, in recognition of the Christmas’ life saving efforts in the Seton Hall University dormitory fire, rewards up to five deserving recipients each year. Must have been New Jersey resident age21 or younger at the time of the heroic act. Deadline is Friday, October 13. www.hesaa.org or 800-792-8670.

State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury has extended 2005 rebate and senior freeze applications to Tuesday, October 31. Visit www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation or call 888-238-1233 for information.

Bucks County Audubon Society offers training sessions for Audubon Teacher Naturalists beginning Thursday, September 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults interested in working with school children at the center should register by Tuesday, September 12. Free. Visit www.bcas.org or call 215-297-5880.

Isles is accepting applications for fall enrollment in a new Brownfields Job Training Program featuring the skills necessary to enter a career in an environmental industry. Participants will also have the opportunity to enhance their skills in writing, mathematics, computer use, time management, teamwork, and healthy habits. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, live in Trenton, and be able to participate in a 10-week training course. Call Megan Ruf at 609-341-4724.

For Parents

Howell Living History Farm is accepting applications for parent and child enrollment in the fall hatchery program designed to introduce children to life on the farm while parents volunteer time doing chores with the farm staff. Children ages 3 to 5 may participate. Parents must attend an organizational meeting on Thursday, August 17, at 1 p.m. Call Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299 for information.

Beth Chaim Pre-School is accepting registration for fall classes for children ages newborn to 34 months and a caregivers. Classes begin in September. Call 609-799-8811 for registration form and prices.

For Teens

Jewish Family and Children’s Service is accepting applications to the Gesher LeKesher Princeton Mercer Bucks, a Jewish teen peer leadership program open to Jewish teens entering junior or senior years in high school. Call Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100 for information.

Sports

Carnegie Lake Rowing Association invites individuals to the annual Learn-to-Row program. A mandatory weekend session including both land and water introductions to the world of rowing will be held on Saturday, September 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, September 17, noon to 5 p.m. A swim test must also be completed and minimum age is high school freshman. Visit www.clra.com for application and more information. Payment is $300.

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