Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “Cinderella” on Sunday, December 6; and Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m., 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Needed are one or two adult males, four adult females, one or two boys, ages 13 to 18; nine girls, ages 7 to 18; and an ensemble of age 10 to adult. Readings will be from the script. Be prepared to dance. Visit or call 908-369-7469.

Good Causes

HomeFront offers holiday cards to fund programs for families living in the Family Preservation Center, a shelter in Ewing. The card designs wee created in therapeutic art sessions supervised by Ruthann Traylor, director of ArtSpace. The cards, eight to a box, are $12 or two boxes for $20. Visit or call 609-883-7500.

Donate Please

HomeFront seeks businesses, schools, churches, and individuals to donate Thanksgiving food baskets. Please include canned vegetables, fruit, and cranberry sauce; dry boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing mixes; fruit juice; dessert items; and a grocery store gift card for a turkey. Additional items for the week after Thanksgiving include soups, tuna, beef stew, canned or evaporated milk, cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, rice, canned or dried beans, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and jelly. Register for the amount of bags or boxes you are preparing with Stephanie at 609-989-9417 or E-mail

Barnes & Noble holiday book drive benefits the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. The store donated more than 5,000 books to Mercer Street Friends in 2008. E-mail for information. The kick-off event is a storytime by Chanda Bell, the creator of “Elf on the Shelf” on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. Princeton Ballet School presents scenes from “The Nutcracker.”

For the Young

New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation and Asian Studies Department of Seton Hall University co-host the fourth Chinese Cultural Project contest. Students are invited to submit a research-type team project based on history and facts which can be presented in any format of recital, debate, video, slides, drama, skit, or poster. Project may be in English, Chinese, or a combination. Submit application by Monday, November 30. Final project must be submitted by Saturday, January 30. Presentation is Saturday, March 27. Visit

New Jersey Performing Arts Center has auditions for young tri-state performers for the Young Artist Talent Search on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14. Visit or call 973-353-8009. The final deadline for an application is Friday, February 12.

Vendors Needed

Cha Cha Gifts and Wellness Center seeks vendors for an upcoming holiday expo. Spiritual artists, holistic healers, practitioners, and psychics invited. $50 to $75. Visit or call 732-249-1821.

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