Good Causes in Town

Blue Point Grill invites competitors for Oyster Bowl XII, the annual oyster eating contest to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Prizes include donations from Mrs. G.’s Appliances, Springdale Country Club, and Elements. Register Sunday, February 6, at 11 a.m., 256 Nassau Street, Princeton. www.komencsnj.org

Alchemist & Barrister, 28 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, invites contestants in the annual Longbeard contest. Registration is February 1 to 3 when men are clean shaven and make a donation to charity. (This year’s beneficiary has not been announced yet). Beards will be measured on March 17 at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Prizes will be given for the shortest, grayest, reddest, ugliest, handsomest, and most creative beards. Leading up to the event Celtic cocktails and Irish specialties will be served every Tuesday. Call 609-924-5555 for information and reservations.

Communiversity

Arts Council of Princeton has a call for artists, crafters, vendors and performers for Communiversity 2011, the annual festival of the arts in downtown Princeton on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 5 p.m. All crafts must be handmade. Rain or shine. Deadline is Friday, March 11. (Friday, March 4 for food vendors). Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org for information and application.

Pageant

America’s Miss Pageant is accepting contestants to the New Jersey state pageant on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, at the Hyatt, Carnegie Center, West Windsor. The pageant is open to ages 13 and up in four categories: teen, 13 to 18; miss, ages 19 to 26; Ms., ages 21 plus; and Mrs., 21 and up. Competition includes an onstage interview, fitness wear, red carpet presentation, and evening wear. Contestants provide transportation, hotel accommodations, and competition wardrobe. Entry fee is $400. Register at www.americasmiss.org or call 443-794-3939.

Audition

Omicron Theater Productions has open auditions for male and female actors ages 20s to 50s for comedy plays. Backstage hands also needed. Rehearsals begin in March. Auditions by appointment. Call 609-443-5598.

For Parents

NAMI Mercer offers Family to Family, a free 12-week course for family members and caregivers of adults living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorders. The course presents communication and problem solving techniques, coping mechanisms, and self care skills. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Lawrenceville and Trenton. Register by E-mail at home@namimercer.org or 609-799-8994.

For Teachers

Penn Center for Educational Leadership offers its fifth annual Educators of Color recruitment fair on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3440 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. The consortium, a network of 30 schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware includes the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District. Teachers and administrators of color who are interested in exploring career opportunities are encouraged to attend. Opportunities will be provided to network with staff of color who are working in the consortium districts. Mini sessions will be provided to enhance resumes and navigate the application process in suburban districts. Bring multiple copies of your resume and/or professional portfolio. To register E-mail your name, home address, phone number, and E-mail address to Erika Dawson at edawson@gse.upenn.edu or call 215-573-5511.

Call for Art & Artists

West Windsor Arts Center seeks proposals from performing artists for upcoming programs. Send materials including a list of upcoming and recent performances, a DVD or CD, and references or reviews to WWAC, Box 952, West Windsor, NJ 08550. E-mail info@westwindsorarts.org for more information. Artists are invited to submit works for a juried exhibit to showcase the artwork of students and/or residents of Mercer County opening Wednesday, May 4. Deadline is Friday, April 1. Visit www.westwindsorarts.org for detailed information.

Scholarship

Reid Sound offers $1,000 scholarships for New Jersey high school students to study technical aspects of theater. Visit www.reidsound.com or call 609-259-9495 for application and information. Winner will be notified in early June.

Donate Please

Princeton Presbyterian Church invites the community to donate items to support our troops. Bring chapstick, protein bars, mouthwash, toothbrushes, hard candy, batteries, tissues, foot powder, cookies, microwave foods, coffee, tea, suntan lotion, writing paper, shaving cream, toilet paper, deodorant, and feminine products. All items should be medium or small in size. Bring to 545 Meadow Road, West Windsor. Call 609-987-1166 or visit www.princetonpresbyterian.org for information.

Search Records

Mercer County and Mercer County Community College will hold two one-day classes focused on searching for public records in the county courthouse. The non-credit course will be presented on Saturdays, March 12 and April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, to assist residents in researching deeds, liens, and other property information, current or historical, back to the 1800s. It will be held in the search room at the Old Mercer County Courthouse, 209 South Broad Street, Trenton. Visit www.mccc.edu/ccs or call 609-750-3311 to register. $15.

Theater Program

Paper Mill Playhouse has auditions for young performers ages 10 to 18 for its summer professional training programs. Summer Musical Theater Conservatory is a five-week course in July and Musical Theater Intensive is a three-week program in August. Student tryouts are judged on vocal skill, dance ability, personality, and song interpretation skills. Auditions are Saturdays, February 5 and 12, at Kean University, Wilkins Theater, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. Call 973-379-3636, ext. 2133 to schedule an audition. Visit www.papermill.org for full audition instructions.

Trips

East Brunswick Township offers a trip to see “Memphis” on Broadway on Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. $73 includes admission and a coach bus leaving the East Brunswick Senior Center at 11 a.m. to give you time for lunch, shopping, or walking around. Visit www.eastbrunswick.org or call 732-390-6797 to register. The trip is open to residents and non-residents regardless of the “residents only” note on the application.

Crossing Vineyards Winery offers a “A Wine Lover’s Voyage,” a 12-day cruise to Australia and New Zealand on Celebrity’s Century; Friday, January 6, to Wednesday, January 18, 2012. $2,289 plus airfare. Call Tom Carroll at 215-493-6500, ext. 10, or E-mail cmc@crossingvineyards.com.

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