Call for Art

Voices for the Marsh, a juried photography exhibit, invites photographers with photographs taken at the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh. Youth and adult entries will be judged separately. Entries submitted on a CD are due Thursday, January 5. Visit www.marsh-friends.org for details.

Art Way Gallery has a call for entries for a photographic juried show. Submit 5 to 10 images per series, $25. Deadline is Friday, January 6. Submit a CD to: Art Way Gallery, Sheila Geisler, One Hunters Run, Princeton 08540-8646. Contact Geisler at 732-422-3676 or geisler@rci.rutgers.edu for information. www.artwaygallery.org

An Insiders Look

George Street Playhouse offers a backstage tour and wine tasting on Thursday, December 8, at 7 p.m. Get an insider’s look at the magic behind “The Nutcracker and I,” a new holiday musical comedy, on a backstage tour and demonstration of how “Snow Globe City” comes to life, and get an up-close look at the designs and costumes for the Sugar Rush Fairy, the Nutcracker, the Toy Police, and others. Before and after your backstage tour, sample dozens of wines and liquors from around the globe as well as gourmet food provided by area restaurants. Tickets are $75. Visit www.gsponline.org or call 732-246-7717. While the show is appropriate for ages 10 and up, this event is exclusively for patrons 21 and up.

Audition

Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “Sly Fox” on Saturdays, December 3 and 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Needed are 10 adult males, ages 25 to 70; and four adult females, ages 20 to 50. Readings will be from the script. Two and three-minute monologues are also welcome. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.

Donate Please

Paper Mill Playhouse and is collecting new and gently-used winter coats for Jersey Cares for men, women, children, and infants. Coats can be dropped off in the baskets inside the theater’s lobby at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn. Call 973-376-4343 or visit www.papermill.org for a complete schedule of events, including show times of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” concerts, and holiday lights.

Call for Talent

West Windsor Arts Center has a call for singers, comics, poets, and more for its new open mic, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, on Friday, December 9, 7 p.m. Register at openmicsignup.weebly.com. Space permitting, a sign up list will also be available at the door. Each performer is permitted to perform three pieces with a limit of 10 minutes per performer or group. For more information, E-mail info@westwindsorarts.org or call 609-716-1931.

Students & Arts

The State Theater launched “Students Meet The Arts” for students to attend many classical music and dance programs, including both live performances and HD broadcasts, for only $8 per ticket. Events include Hamburg Symphony on Wednesday, January 18, at 8 p.m.; St. Petersburg State Orchestra, Sunday, February 12, at 3 p.m.; Dresden Philharmonic on Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.; Moscow Festival Ballet on Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m.; “Don Giovanni,” La Scala on Thursday, December 8, at 7 p.m.; “Cendrillon,” Royal Opera on Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m.; “La Boheme,” Liceu on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.; “Rigoletto,” the Royal Opera, on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.; “Swan Lake,” Bolshoi Ballet, Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m.; “Coppelia,” Bolshoi Ballet, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.; and “Romeo and Juliet,” Royal Ballet, on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. For tickets or information, call 732-246-7469, or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org.

Winter Session

Enrollment is open for Mercer County Community College’s winter session, which provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits online or on-campus during winter break. The courses are open to students from other colleges, and to high school students. Online courses begin Monday, December 19 and run for six weeks. On-site classes begin Thursday, January 3 and run for three weeks at both the West Windsor and James Kerney Campuses. The classes meet three to four days per week, and are offered both days and evenings. Courses include business, chemistry, economics, literature, history, mathematics, fitness, culinary arts, photography, and more. Visit www.mccc.edu for information.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course

Raritan Valley Community College is now offering “Basic Training for Wildlife Rehabilitation,” from Monday to Friday, January 9 to 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approved by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, this course is part of an alternative route program to meet New Jersey State licensing requirements for wildlife rehabilitators. Call 908-253-6688 for information.

Trip

Metuchen Arts Council offers a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens for the annual Holiday Train Tour on Thursday, December 15. The world of garden-gauge trains and trolleys winds its way through replicas of over 140 New York landmarks. Lunch and shopping at Arthur Avenue, known as “Little Italy” in the Bronx, follows. The bus leaves from the Metuchen First Aid Squad parking lot, 1 Safety Place, Metuchen, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, December 15 and returns at 5 p.m. Admission and transportation is $36. For reservations and information contact Nancy Goldberg at 732-632-8502 or ngoldberg@metuchen.com.

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