Theater Resources Unlimited has a two-day audition event with more than 40 New York area producers, theater companies (including McCarter Theater), writers, and directors. Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Barrow Group Theater, 312 West 36th Street, third floor, New York City. $60. Visit www.truonline.org/2011truaudition2.htm for application.
There is an information and meet the coaches session on Sunday, March 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. to prepare actors for the audition. Actors will meet a dozen audition and vocal coaches followed by a wine and cheese reception. Free with registration to the April event.
Pennington Fit Body Boot Camp launches “Go Pink, Again: Boot Camp for Breast Cancer,” a benefit for the Princeton YWCA’s Breast Cancer Resource Center to support women and families affected by breast cancer. The organization will donate $25 for each participant in its 21-day rapid fat loss camp scheduled through Wednesday, March 30. 55 Route 31 South, Building C, Pennington. Call Chris Amaro at 877-250-9423 for information.
Arts Council of Princeton offers Passport to Discover, a spring break camp from Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. $350. After care is available. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. 609-924-8777.
Cotsen Children’s Library offers a contest for young writers, ages 8 to 16. Write a 350-word story that includes the sentence “After that, things got even stranger.” One winner will be selected from each age category, 8 to 10, 11 to 13, and 14 to 16. Winning stories will be published in the Picture Book Press and authors will receive a $50 shopping spree at Labyrinth Books. One submission per person. No poems, illustrations, or comics. Deadline is Thursday, March 10, at 5 p.m. Submit stories via E-mail to email@example.com. Include your name, age, and mailing address. Winners will be posted online and notified via postal mail beginning Tuesday, March 15.
PNC and the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning invite New Jersey students in grades 2 to 12 to take part in the annual American patriot essay contest by writing a short essay on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” The grand prize winner receives a visit to his or her school by a 75-foot tall hot air balloon in June as well as a VIP package at the festival in July. Teachers who submit a group of 15 essays from their students receive two general admission tickets. Essays, selected on creativity, poignancy, and clarity, should be 100 words or less. Deadline is Sunday, May 1. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with student’s name, home or school address and phone number, grade, age, and the name of their teacher. Visit www.balloonfestival.com for details and other prizes.
Plainsboro Preserve offers field trips and programs for pre-teen to adults. Sourland Salamander Search, Friday, March 25, 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and dress warmly. This trip requires a short walk into the woods at night. Join Melissa Craddock and Sean Grace in a search for the spotted salamander as they emerge from their winter burrows and migrate to their breeding pools. $15. Register. E-mail email@example.com, call 609-897-9400, or visit www.njaudubon.org.
New Jersey Blood Services seeks volunteers to work blood drives. Assist donor with registration, escort donors, help with snacks, and watch for post donation reactions. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-616-8741.
League of Historical Societies of New Jersey offers a bus tour to historic sites in Union County include the Woodruff House, Liberty Hall, Boxwood Hall, and the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth on Saturday, March 12, from Chatham. Contact Linda Barth at email@example.com or call 908-722-7428. $50.
Friends of Hickory Corner Library seek new or gently-used books and media donations for its annual book sale. Donations must be brought into the library at 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor. (Anonymous donations will not be accepted). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Retire Your Flag
American Legion, Post 76 is accepting old American flags that can no longer be displayed. Bring to Aljon’s Pizza, 64 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor, anytime after 10 a.m. Call 609-799-4915 for information.
Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce offers its second annual restaurant week from Sunday to Friday, March 20 to 25. 27 New Hope and Lambertville restaurants offer $19.95 and $29.95 pre-fix dinners. Visit www.newhopechamber.com to view the menus and detailed information about all restaurants. Call 215-862-9990 for more information.