Audition

Opera New Jersey seeks singers and supers for “Tosca” for the singing role of the Shepherd and non-singing supernumeraries for the February production. These are unpaid positions.

One position is for a male or female soprano between the ages of 12 and 18 to sing the role of the Shepherd. The role consists of a solo in Italian in the third act, which is sung offstage. The singer should have a secure singing voice but sound like a young person. Non-singing male supernumeraries of all ages are needed for a variety of roles. No experience is necessary. Auditions for the role of the Shepherd are at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, on Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Singers should have a memorized solo, in Italian. A pianist will be provided.

Contact 609-799-7700 or E-mail auditions@OperaNJ.org for an assigned audition time. Gentlemen interested in being a supernumerary may come from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to fill out an application, have a photo taken, and to be measured for a costume.

Donate Please

Kelsey Theater is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marines Toys for Tots campaign through Friday, December 16. Collection boxes are located in the lobby.

One Simple Wish, the nonprofit that grants simple wishes to foster children and vulnerable families seeks donations and volunteers. There are still more than 300 wishes ranging from $10 to $100 listed online. Volunteers are also needed throughout December. Visit www.meetup.com for information on donations and volunteering.

Princeton Academy of Martial Arts is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Toys until Friday, December 16. Donors receive a free private martial arts lesson. 14 Farber Road, West Windsor. Call 609-452-2208 or E-mail info@pamausa.com for information.

Volunteers Needed

Jewish Community Center seeks host families for teens from Israel in conjunction with the Project Gesher-Israel, a program in which 23 10th grade students from New Jersey have interacted via Skype with 20 10th graders from Israel since March, 2010. The Israeli teens will visit New Jersey from December 27 to 29. Hosts are needed for two nights, as well as hosts for evening and early mornings. The group will be taking day trips during their visits. Contact Jerry Schwartz by E-mail at jschwartz@jcctoday.org or call 609-219-9550.

Greenwood House seeks volunteers for its community hospice program. Seeking people to be a companion to a hospice patient by reading, conversing, running errands, feeding, or providing music or other sensory stimulation; to provide support and respite to family members; to provide administrative support in the office; or care for patient’s pets. Training is offered. Contact Susan Hollander Whitman at 609-883-6026 or swhitman@greenwoodhouse.org.

NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers to work blood drives. The blood service volunteer is an integral member of the collection team whose task it is to assist donors with registration, escorting and canteen duties, and to watch for post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed, and be willing to follow the rules. For more information contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or rzepka@nybloodcenter.org.

Benefit Gala

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mercer County (NAMI Mercer) will honor Kay and Janet Lasley at the 10th annual Night Out with NAMI benefit on Saturday, January 21. The event will include the matinee performance of “The Convert” at McCarter Theater, followed by an after-party in the Berlind rehearsal hall. Tickets are $99. Visit www.namimercer.org or call 609-799-8994. Donate $500 and receive two tickets.

Directors Needed

Playhouse 22 is accepting show submissions from directors for the 2012-2013 season. Submissions should include a copy of the show script; cover letter with contact information; brief summary of show that is no more than one page long; theatrical resume, including letters of recommendation; potential staffing needs and dates available, and any expected major scheduling conflicts related to directing a show from September, 2012, through summer, 2013. Shows should be chosen for larger and more diverse audiences. Playhouse 22 will be considering a potential black box series of smaller and experimental shows. The deadline is Sunday, January 15. Information may be mailed to Playhouse 22, Play Selection Committee, Box 181, East Brunswick 08816; or E-mail submissions@playhouse22.org. Call 732-254-3939 for more information.

Parade Invitation

The Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival seeks floats and marchers for the parade on Saturday, January 28. Any local group or business is welcome to join the parade. No charge. Prizes for the float competition. Visit www.winterfestival.net/parade.html for the registration form or contact Barbara Fordyce at 609-397-8937.

Call for Art

Monmouth Museum calls for entries for its 33rd annual juried art exhibition for all media except film and video. Entry of up to two pieces is through digital submission only. $20 submission fee. Visit www.monmouthmuseum.org or contact Catherine Clark at 732-747-2266 for information. Deadline is Friday, December 9.

Cooking Classes

Rat’s Restaurant, located in Grounds For Sculpture, offers cooking classes with Chef Cash and his culinary team. “Four courses” begins Monday, January 9; and Tuesday, January 10. Advanced Culinary class begins Monday, February 6; and Tuesday, February 7. Each class meets for four consecutive weeks at 6 p.m. Tuition is $325. Call 609-584-7800 to register.

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