Call for Writers and Artists

Mercer County College seeks submissions from area writers and artists for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review, a literary journal published annually by the school. The review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons.

The writers or artists must live, work, or give readings in Mercer County. Fiction pieces must be limited to 4,000 words. Creative non-fiction essays must be limited to 2,500 words. Poetry should be limited to no more than six poems. No submissions should be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere or have been previously published.

Mail hard copy manuscripts of poetry, prose, and legible copies of art (not the only copy) to Kelsey Review, Liberal Arts Division, Mercer County College, Box B, Trenton 08690. A cover letter should include contact information, including E-mail address, and a short biography beginning with full name. A self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope should be enclosed for the editors’ response. All rights are retained by the author or artist. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 15. For information on sponsorship, E-mail or call 609-570-3306.

Call for Art

Morven Museum & Garden calls for entries for its first juried sculpture exhibition, “The Ripple Effect,” to open on September 1, with up to 30 sculpture pieces centering on the re-opening of the pool house, designed in 1939. Artist proposals using the theme of water are due Wednesday, May 11. Visit or call Pam Ruch at 609-924-8144, ext. 104.

Trenton Museum Society calls for entries to the 29th “Ellarslie Open,” a temporary exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on Trenton area artists. Selected works will be part of the Salon at Artworks exhibition. Three-dimensional works must be submitted on Thursday, March 17, from noon to 7 p.m. Two-dimensional works must be submitted on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit website for more information.

Good Causes

Rider University invites community members to join its “Relay for Life 2011” on Saturday, March 26, at 4 p.m. An annual event to benefit American Cancer Society, teams of people take turns walking or running around a track or path with each team having an active representative at all times. “Heroes of Hope” honors survivors with purple shirts. Register with Lindsay Galbraith by E-mail to or visit

Volunteer Please

Art All Night, an annual 24-hour art exhibit in Trenton, seeks 350 volunteers on the weekend of June 18 and 19. Volunteers are need for marketing, building projects, preparations, set-up, break down, and in three-hour shifts during the event. Captains are especially needed for media distribution, parking, trash, and recycling. Visit or E-mail for information.

Mercer County Workforce Investment Board seeks volunteers for its Early Mercer Reads Day, Thursday, April 14, with the primary goal to have children throughout Mercer County reading on a daily basis, to instill in them a lifelong love of books, to increase individual achievement, and improve the overall quality of life within the county. To register or for information visit, call 609-989-6827, or E-mail

Nominations Invited

Kidsbridge seeks nominations for its annual youth and adult humanitarian award competition. Principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and others may nominate a child, a group of children, or a colleague that has demonstrated an extraordinary act of kindheartedness, service to the community, peaceful resolution of conflict, or compassion for the less fortunate. The deadline is Thursday, March 31. The award ceremony will be held in the spring. Download a nomination form at or call 609-581-0239.

Donate Please

Hopeline, a program to provide free cell phones to victims of domestic violence transitioning out of dangerous relationships, has been coordinated by Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo and Daniel Benson. Donations requested include all makes and models of cell phones, smart phones, Blackberries, netbooks, and accessories. Phones will be refurbished, loaded with pre-paid minutes, and distributed to agencies in Mercer and Middlesex counties that support domestic violence victims. Phones that cannot be refurbished by Verizon Wireless or T-Mobile USA will be broken down and properly recycled to keep them from improper disposal. Donations may be brought to 7 Centre Drive, Suite 2, Monroe; 2239 Whitehorse-Mercerville Avenue, Suite E, Hamilton; or 391 A Nottingham Way, Hamilton.

Middlesex County’s 4-H Association requests donations of used clothing, linens, stuffed animals, shoes, and handbags to benefit the group’s programming and scholarship awards. Bring items in plastic bags to Earth Center, 42 Riva Road, South Brunswick, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 732-398-5261 for information.

Grants Available

Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission offers program grants to non-profit organizations that offer arts programming, performances, art classes, or arts services. The application deadline is Saturday, April 23. Visit A grant-writing workshop will be held Wednesday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 640 South Broad Street, Trenton. Register by E-mail to or call 609-278-2712.

Dodgeball Teams

Mercer County Sports and Entertainment Commission offers Mercer Madness Dodgeball on Saturday, April 16, inside the skating rink at Mercer County Park, West Windsor. Sanctioned by the National Dodgeball League, teams may register in open, adult co-ed, and high school. Tournament director is Brett Batky of the New York Epic. “This is a marvelous opportunity for businesses to get their employees out of the stores, offices, or shops to enjoy some exercise and have some fun,” says Patrick Ryan, chairman of the Hopewell Valley Community Bank. Entry fee is $130 for adult teams and $100 for high school teams. Visit or call 609-737-0927.


Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent and child enrollment in its spring hatchery program beginning on Tuesday, March 15. The program for ages 3 to 5 features activities such as feeding farm animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, a hayride, and a horseback ride and takes place one morning for 12 consecutive weeks, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. One parent must work at the farm as a volunteer in exchange for one child’s participation. E-mail or call 609-737-3299.

For Emerging Artists

Center for Spiritual Living seek emerging artists to perform, sell artwork or crafts, or share ideas they are passionate about. Sunday, May 22, 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Road, Princeton. E-mail or call Sue at 609-577-7053. Tables are $10 to $25.

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