Kelsey Theater had auditions for “Rent” on Saturday, December 19, 11 a.m .to 5 p.m. in Communications Building, Room 122. Callbacks will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. the same day. Requirements include an introductory acting class at any college or plan to take Acting I at Mercer College in the spring (if you are cast). For ages from 18 to 29. Prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue, and 32 bars of a contemporary pop, rock, or rock-oriented musical theater song. Bring sheet music or an instrumental CD. Do not sing a song from “Rent.” Call Jody Person at 609-570-3524 for more information.

Art Happenings

Play On, also known as AFFAFFA (All for Fun and Fun for All), seeks like-minded spirits in the Princeton area to join a core group of people interested in creative exploration, improvisation, performance arts, theater experimentation, self-discovery, or collective imagination. Visit or call 609-924-5584. For all ages.

Good Causes

New Jersey Blood Services all blood donors but especially seeks people with O and B negative blood. O negative blood is the universal donor because their blood can be transfused into anyone. To donate visit or call 800-933-2566.

Tabby’s Place offers an online gift catalog to benefit special needs cats through a virtual adoption or a virtual gift basket of cat food, medications, and snuggly blankets. Donors receive a personalized E-card and a glossy photograph of a cat receiving care. The organization is a cage-free, no-kill sanctuary for cats rescued from desperate situations. Visit or call 908-237-5300 for information and to view the online gift catalog.

New Balance is collecting gently-worn footwear and monetary donations to benefit Soles4-Souls, a Nashville-based charity assisting persons in need of shoes, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or living in extreme poverty. In exchange for a pair of shoes receive $10 off shoe purchase of $65 or more. 439 Nassau Park Boulevard, West Windsor, 609-720-0103.

Central Jersey Council of Boy Scouts have launched “Operation Popcorn” with a goal of sending 10,000 bags of popcorn to U.S. military troops serving around the world. Donations invited. Call 609-419-1600 ext 42 or E-mail for information.

For Young Musicians

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Greater Newark Youth Orchestras seeks string, wind, and brass musicians. Auditions are open to New Jersey middle and high school students. Applications are due by Thursday, December 24. For application call Kate White at 973-624-3713, ext. 255 or E-mail

For Children with Autism

VSA Arts of New Jersey offers spring workshops for children with autism. Parent/child workshops is offered on Saturdays, February 6 to April 10, in New Brunswick. $30. Call 732-745-3885 or E-mail for information and applications. Registration deadline is Monday, January 11.

For High School Students

New Jersey Governor’s School is accepting applications from high schools for the School in the Sciences, Drew University; School on the Environment, Richard Stockton College; and School of Engineering and Technology, at Rutgers. Visit for information.

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