The Arts

Somerset Valley Players are accepting plays to be read by the play reading committee. Any director can submit up to three plays, musicals, or children’s shows for the 2007 series. Mail to Play Reading Committee, Box 775, Somerville 08876. Deadline is Sunday, April 30.

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts through Friday, June 30, that enhance self-realization, support peace and social justice, shed new light on cultural differences, or foster new understanding of minority issues. Visit www.playwritingcontest.cjb.net for information.

Health

NAMI Mercer is offering a seven-week education program for families and caretakers of children and adolescents with special emotional or behavioral needs beginning Friday, March 31. “Visions for Tomorrow” is free and will be held in Lawrenceville. Call 609-799-8994 for information.

Watershed Ambassadors of Central New Jersey offer biological stream assessment training at Stony Brook Millstone Watershed in Hopewell on Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register with Allison Jackson at 609-737-3735.

United Way of Greater Mercer County seeks volunteers for a one-day event in which they attempt to count the homeless population in the county. The purpose is to identify a need for HUD funding through the Continuum of Care. During the event volunteers will distribute food and toiletry kits to those they speak to. Training is Wednesday, March 29, noon; Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m.; and Friday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. at 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Lawrenceville. Call Patrick Cacacie at 609-637-4910 for information.

For Parents

PLC Parent Workshop offers six spring workshop sessions beginning Tuesday, April 18. The program, formerly known as Parent Leadership Corps, focuses on giving parents skills to communicate more effectively with their teenagers. The parent facilitators are trained and supervised by the Princeton Center for Leadership Training. The program is free. Contact Norma Stewart-Quinland at 609-936-1835.

Participate Please

Princeton Environmental Commission seeks nominations for a new Sustainable Princeton Leadership Award to honor residents, community groups, businesses, or other institutions that are making Princeton a more sustainable community. Deadline is Friday, March 31. Forms are at www.princetonboro.org or call 609-921-1359.

Volunteers Needed

International Student Exchange Program seeks host families for boys and girls ages 15 to 18 from around the world. They arrive shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. They speak English and will attend high school and be included in normal family activities and lifestyles. Call Sue Nelson at 800-677-2773.

Trips

Canal Tours & More offers a tour of Staten Island on Saturday, April 29. Stops include Sailors’ Snug Harbor, the Alice Austen House, Fort Wadsworth, Historic Richmondtown, and a lunch overlooking New York Harbor and underlooking the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. $65 includes lunch, admissions, deluxe motorcoach, and guides. Visit www.canaltrips.com or call 908-722-7428.

Sports

Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation seek teams for the Sunday’s Slo-Pitch Men’s Double-Header Softball League opening Sunday, March 26. Entrance fee is $230. Call Erin Carroll at 732-745-4222 for information.

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