McCarter Theater seeks children of all ethnicities to sign up to audition on Tuesday, September 22, 3 to 6 p.m., for this year’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Performers aged 5 to 13 are needed for a variety of roles — including Tiny Tim and the Cratchit children. Sign-ups will be held in the Matthews Lobby of McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton.

At the sign-ups, the young performers will be screened, measured, and given appointments for the actual auditions, which will be held on Sunday, October 4. No auditions will be given without an appointment. Rehearsals begin November 12. The production runs December 6 through 27. For more information, call 609-258-6504.

Kelsey Theater has auditions for “Bugsy Malone Jr. on Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, September 12, at noon. Must be 10 to 15 years old to audition. Tomato Patch experience is a plus. Prepare a one-minute comic or semi-comic monologue and 16 bars of a classic musical theater song (bring sheet music). Be prepared to dance. Bring a resume and photo. Contact Amy Bessellieu for appointment at or 609-570-3581. For a January production.

Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “And Then There Were None” on Sunday, September 27, and Wednesday, September 30. Needed are eight men and three women. January production. Also, auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 and 15, for a December production. Needed are 12 men, 10 women, two boys, and two girls. 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Visit or call 908-369-7469.

Arts Grants

Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission offers arts grants to fund projects taking place in 2010. Grant writing workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 p.m., East Jersey Olde Town Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway. Open to any non-profit organization interested in applying for a grant. An arts grants help clinic will be held at 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, on Tuesday, October 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, October 14, at 4:15 p.m. Call 732-745-4489 to register.

Rowing Program

Mercer Masters Rowing Program is for men and women ages 22 and older. All three programs run for eight weeks beginning Monday, September 14. Learn to Row program, $375. The Fitness and Recreation program, $375. The Racer program, $450. E-mail for information.

PHS Reunion,

Class of ‘79

Princeton High School Class of 1979 is holding its 30th reunion on Saturday, November 21, at the Doubletree Hotel, 4355 Route 1 at Ridge Road, South Brunswick. Buffet dinner, cash bar. $61 per person. RSVP to Cynthia Astrom at

For Non-Profits

State Theater in New Brunswick is offering a one-time free use of the theater for one nonprofit organization serving central Jersey. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of community members and notification of the award will be made the first week of October. Applicants must have been in existence for at least three years, be chartered as a nonprofit organization with both the State and Federal governments, and specifically serve the residents of central new Jersey. Trade associations and performing arts organizations are excluded. Social organizations will be given higher priority. The chosen organization will need to secure and submit proof of insurance for any event held in the theater, as well as provide the talent. Deadline for requests is Wednesday, September 30.

For submission guidelines and/ or to submit your request, E-mail Dave Hartkern, director of operations, at or mail the request to 11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information call 732-246-7469, or visit

For Writers

Poets & Writers, a nonprofit organization serving creative writers, presents the 2010 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange in New Jersey. The contest is open to poets and fiction writers who are residents of New Jersey and have never published a book, or have published only one full-length book of fiction or poetry. The winning poet and fiction writer will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in October, 2010 to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers, and to give a public reading. Guidelines and application forms are available at Deadline is Tuesday, December 1.

Build Your

Own Business

Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Engaged Retirement program and Isles offer “Build Your Own Business,” 1 12-week course beginning Tuesday, September 29. Topics include writing a business plan, creating a price structure, and registering your business. Graduates of the course are eligible to apply for small loans to get started. A free information session will be held on Tuesday, September 15 or 22, at 6 p.m., at the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. For more information, or to register, call Joe Shure at 609-558-7956.

Travel and Study

Mercer College offers two “Short-Term Study Tours” in May and June with destinations of Italy and Germany/Switzerland. The tours are incorporated into the curriculum of three credit courses and may be taken on a credit or noncredit basis.

The trip to Italy, Wednesday, May 19, to Thursday, May 27, includes four days in Campania and five days in Rome. $3,100 includes airfare, hotel accommodations, and more. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by Monday, October 5.

The trip to Germany and Switzerland, from Saturday, June 5 to Sunday, June 13, includes three days each in Frankfurt, Zurich, and Geneva. $3350 includes airfare, hotel, some meals, activities, and more. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by Friday, November 6.

Information sessions will be held Thursday, September 10, at noon and 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, at 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, September 29, at noon and 6 p.m. in the Communications Building, West Windsor campus. Call Andrea Lynch at 609-570-3660 or E-mail

A Call to Arms

Washington Crossing Historic Park will host more than two dozen re-enactors who’ll interpret Colonial Life through their clothing, camp set ups, and firing demonstrations. There will be series of presentations about how to become a re-enactor in the Washington Room. Re-enactors are invited to participate by contacting Jennifer Phillips April at 215-493-4076 or E-mail

Seeking Women

The Junior League of Greater Princeton seeks women for its 2009-’10 new member class. Women over the age of 21, committed to voluntarism, regardless of race, religion, or national origin, are welcome as members.

Informational socials for prospective new members are Monday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m. in Robbinsville; Monday, September 21, 7 to 9 p.m., in Newtown, Pennsylvania; Tuesday, September 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Princeton Public Library; and Wednesday, October 7, 7 to 9 p.m., in Pennington. E-mail for more information.

Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual arts center, is seeking two interns. Intern one will curate an exhibition space at a popular coffee shop and eatery in downtown Trenton, using the work of a different artist month. Intern two will write one or more issues of Artworks’ newsletter which comes out three times per year. Each issue includes one major story (about 700 words) and two minor stories (about 450 words each) concerning artworks events and programming. For more information, contact Michael Gumpert by E-mail at

Francois Guillemin, an area artist, is collecting art supplies as a donation to Gatehouse Academy, a long term substance abuse rehabilitation program for young adults to provide a means of communication through creativity. Art paper, pencils/charcoal/conte/pastel, canvas/ canvas boards, acrylic paints, brushes, and watercolors will be accepted at Firedance Studio, 56 Railroad Place, Hopewell, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call 609-577-2315 for more information. No oil paints please.

Donate Please

American Lung Association is accepting donations of motorcycles, boats, and recreational vehicles to benefit asthma and lung disease educational, advocacy, and research programs. Visit or call 800-LUNG-USA.


Dana Christmas Scholarship for Heroism applications are being accepted. In tribute to Dana Christmas who rescued students from a fire in Seton Hall University in 1991, the scholarship recognizes five students for their acts of heroism. Visit for application and nomination forms. Deadline is Thursday, October 15.

Free Classes

Princeton Center for Yoga & Health offers free classes for new visitors from Saturday, September 12, to Friday, September 18. Returning students may sample classes for a drop in rate of $17 or take a free class if bringing a friend new to the center. 50 Vreeland Drive, Skillman, 609-924-PCYH,

Support Group

Samaritan Center for Grief Support offers Sharing in Grief and Hope, a six-session group for anyone who has lost a family member or friend. The group begins on Monday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m., at 2575 Klockner Road, Hamilton. Visit or call 800-596-8550. Free with registration.

For Kids

Waldorf School offers after-school enrichment programs for children in the community. Classes in acting, Chinese, circus, Morris dancing, and outdoor nature will be held at 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Montgomery. Call 609-466-1970 or visit

Good Causes

New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society seeks cyclists and volunteers to join the Movement for the Bike MS Hops to Hops Ride, Sunday, September 27, beginning and ending at the River Horse Brewing Company in Lambertville. Contact Mary Beth Maclearie at 732-660-1005 or visit


Plainsboro Recreation off “Rhythms and Rhymes” for Plainsboro youngsters ages 18 to 36 months with a parent, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. Ages 3 to 5, 10:30 a.m. Singing, music, creative movement, and playing rhythm instruments. Classes for a 12-week sessions begins September 14. Register. $20. Call 609-799-0909, ext. 332 about this program or other pre-k programs.

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