#b#Singing Valentines#/b#

Princeton United Methodist Church high school choir offers singing valentines by telephone to raise funds for a choir festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Choose from oldies to Beatles to Elvis. $5 to $10 (depending on location). Checks payable to PUMC Singing Valentines may be sent to PUMC, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton 08542 with the name, number, and best time to call. Deadline is Friday, February 12. Visit www.princetonumc.org or call 609-924-2613 for information.


Pennington Players, Mercer College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. www.penningtonplayers.org. “Ragtime,” a musical by Pennington Players. E-mail auditions@penningtonplayers.org for information. Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VK Theater Productions seeks male and female actors, ages 20s to 60s for a spring production. Rehearsals are on Saturdays. Auditions are on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, February 27, from noon to 3 p.m., at Plainsboro Municipal Building, 641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro. E-mail vktheaterproductions@gmail.com for information and appointment.

Yardley Players seek adult and child actors for “Annie.” Auditions are Saturday, February 13, noon to 5 p.m. Be prepared to sing and dance. Must be 7 or older. Kelsey Theater, West Windsor. Call Marge Swider at 215-968-1904 for audition appointment and information for the role you are auditioning for. (Date change due to snow forecast).

Somerset Valley Players seeks four men and two women, ages 18 to 35, for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Audition is Tuesday and Wednesday, March 2 and 3, 8 to 10 p.m. 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of an upbeat song (not from the show) and dance. Readings will be from the script. Call 908-369-7469 or visit www.svptheatre.org.

#b#Call for Poetry#/b#

Christian Poets Guild seeks poems of 21 lines or less. Open to all ages. Deadline is Sunday, March 7. Visit www.freecontest.com or contact Jack Carroll at jc1@mighty.net for information.

#b#Call for Readers#/b#

Celebrate New Jersey seeks judges for “The New Jersey Scoop: Voice of the 4th Grade,” a selection of 300 articles from the statewide writing contest. Students write about arts and entertainment, business, people in the news, science and environment, sports, and travel in relation to New Jersey. Judges are assigned 25 to 30 articles to review and judge. You must have access to a working computer with E-mail, the ability to open PDF files, and be available March 1 to 15 to complete the judging. E-mail Lisa Miller at lisamiller@celebratenj.org to tell her why you think you would be a good judge.

#b#For Teens#/b#

Princeton Review offers a full-length practice test for the SAT or ACT college entrance exam on national testing day, Saturday, March 20. The free exams take place in Princeton, Montgomery, New Brunswick, and Edison, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will receive a detailed score analysis. Register at www.princetonreview.com or call 800-2review.

#b#For Kids#/b#

Princeton HealthCare offers registration for kindergartners to eighth grade students to participate in Kids Marathon, a 26.2 mile run completed over 10 weeks. Participants may jog, play baseball or soccer, or walk to school. They receive prizes for each five miles. Participants are encouraged to find 10 sponsors to contribute $1 a mile ($26) to benefit the Pediatric Clinic at University Medical Center at Princeton. www.princetonkidsmarathon.org or call 609-497-4069.

#b#Call for Film Makers#/b#

Diocese of Trenton invites filmmakers, high school or older, to enter the Re-Image Film Festival, a day-long celebration of the moving image and how it reflects God’s love in our world. Open to persons of any faith or place of origin. Visit www.reimagefilmfestival.com or call 609-406-7400, ext. 5599. Deadline is Wednesday, March 31.

#b#Call for Art#/b#

Newark Museum seeks art for “Make Me Something Beautiful,” an annual crafts exhibit featuring works completed within the past five years. The event will mark the 100th anniversary of the museum’s first decorative arts exhibition. Deadline is Friday, April 16. Contact Ulysses Dietz at 973-596-6661 or E-mail udietz@newarkmuseum.org. www.newarkmuseum.org

#b#Good Causes#/b#

One Simple Wish is collecting gently worn, dry cleaned prom dresses, formal wear, jewelry, and accessories for teen girls served by Community Partners. A store will be open from March to June for teens during prom season. Proceeds from purchasers by the general public will be used to purchase prom tickets, transportation, and prom-related items. To schedule a drop-off location or arrange a pick up visit www.onesimplewish.org or call 609-883-8484.

YWCAPrinceton Breast Cancer resource Center offers a challenge with “100 Women, 100 Ways, 100 Days” open to women, men, and groups to raise $100 in 100 days. The project runs through May 9. Visit www.ywcaprinceton.org or call 609-497-2100, ext. 346 or 349.

Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers offers “Declaration of Independence: Fifty Years of Art by Faith Ringgold,” the retrospective exhibition catalog from her exhibit last summer, for $40. “Yes I Can” custom poker decks of playing cards are available for $50 or $100 for a signed deck. Send payment to Institute for Women and Art, 191 College Avenue, Second Floor, New Brunswick 08901.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families for the summer for children ages six to 18 from New York City. www.freshairfundhosts.com

#b#Tax Help#/b#

Mercer County Library System offers free income tax counseling through mid-April at branch locations in Lawrence (609-882-6920), Ewing (609-882-3148), Hickory Corner (609-448-1330), and Robbinsville (609-259-2150). Bring your 2008 completed tax forms and the 2009 tax booklet and forms to your appointment. Bring closing papers if you are filing for Homebuyer’s Credit. Visit www.mcl.org for information.

Mercer County offers AARP tax help at Mercer County Connection, 957 Route 33, Hamilton. For taxpayers with low and middle incomes. Mondays and Fridays, to April 12. Call 609-890-9800 for an appointment.


Raritan Valley College offers a trip to see “The Nose” at Lincoln Center, on Saturday, March 13. The bus will leave from the Branchburg campus at 10 a.m. Tickets are $70 and $160 with bus transportation included. Visit www.raritanval.edu or call 908-218-8874.

East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary offers a bus trip to Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday, March 2. $50 includes bus and admission. Call Anita at 609-448-0671.

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