Dance Vision has auditions for “The Secret Garden” on Saturday, January 21, at Princeton Dance Theater, 116 Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, at 4:15 p.m. Must be 10 or older. Visit www.dancevisionnj.org or call 609-520-1020 for a registration packet and more information.
Omicron Theater Productions has open auditions for comedy plays for the upcoming season. Male and female parts for ages 20s to 50s. Stagehands are also needed. Call 609-443-5598 for information and appointment.
Call for Art
Monmouth Museum seeks entries for “Art of Illusion,” a juried exhibition open to artwork that presents a link between perception, appearance, and reality to create a visual image that is not quite as it first appears. Styles may include photorealism, 3D, hidden elements, and optical illusion. Must be 18 or older. All work must be the artist’s original creations completed within the last five years. All media except film and video. Submit digital images in jpg format on a CD. Limited to two pieces with a $20 fee per entry. Send to Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft 07738. Deadline is Wednesday, February 15.
For Women Farmers
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension presents Annie’s Project, a seven-week program designed to help women farmers succeed, will be presented at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Center in Bridgewater. Classes will be held Monday evenings from January 23 through March 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. $85 includes all the materials for the program and dinner.
The program was based on a real woman farmer, Annette Fleck, who spent her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her farmer husband. The program was created by Fleck’s daughter, Ruth Hambleton, who became a cooperative extension educator in Illinois. Participants develop a business plan, network with other women, and learn about becoming better risk managers in production, marketing, financial, legal, and human resources. Call Jenny Carleo at 609-465-5115 for information.
Copper River Salon in Princeton is getting greener with TerraCycle’s Personal Care and Beauty Brigade, a free recycling fundraiser from upcycling/recycling pioneer TerraCycle and L’Oreal’s Garnier brand. Bring difficult-to-recycle packaging such as hair color tubes (including aluminum tubes), hair care product containers, skin cream tubs, cosmetics packaging, and any other plastics or tubes, regardless of brand, to 6 Moore Street, Princeton. Call 609-921-2176 for information.
Mercer County Wildlife Center, which accepted and treated 2,100 birds, mammals, and reptiles in 2011, is seeking individuals to volunteer time to care for animals brought to the Hopewell facility. The staff and volunteers care for native wildlife that are injured, ill, or displaced, and provide medical treatment and a temporary refuge to prepare the animals for release into an appropriate, wild habitat. The center, staffed 365 days a year by one full-time licensed wildlife rehabilitator and two full-time assistants, receives more than 12,000 phone calls annually.
Volunteer orientation will be held Sunday, February 26, and March 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center on Route 29, approximately three miles south of Lambertville and 12 miles north of Trenton. To work directly with the animals, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have had a current tetanus vaccine, and are required to attend one orientation session. Volunteers who work with animals must make a commitment to a regular, once-a-week, four-hour shift, from April through October, to meet feeding and housing demands of the animals. For information contact Jane Rakos-Yates at 609-883-6606, ext. 103.
New Jersey Blood Services seeks volunteers to assist donors with registration, escorting, and canteen duties. Volunteers should be able to relate to people, perform different jobs as needed, and follow rules. Contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or E-mail email@example.com for information.
Princeton Public Library invites authors from New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Local Author Day on Saturday, March 24. Authors will be chosen for readings from 1 to 4 p.m. with preference being given to those who live within a 20 mile radius of the library. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 15.
Each author will be given space to create a display of their books and other relevant materials as well as the opportunity to sell and sign books. All authors must bring their own supply of books. There is no fee for this event and all authors are allowed to keep the proceeds of their sales for the day. Four featured authors have been selected and given a 12-15 minute time slot for reading. Ten additional authors will be chosen via lottery to do a five to seven minute reading. Call 609-924-9529 for information.
Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent/child enrollment in its spring hatchery program beginning in March. The program is designed to introduce children to life on the farm, while parents volunteer time helping the staff work with school group visits to the farm and other chores related to farming. One parent must work at the farm as a volunteer in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. No experience is necessary.
The program, for ages three to five to feed farm animals, collect eggs, hear stories, and take a hayride, runs one morning per week for 12 weeks, on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, beginning March 13 to 16, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Parents may enroll by attending an organizational meeting on either Wednesday, February 22, or Tuesday, February 28, at 1 p.m. Meetings are for parents only. Applications will not be accepted by mail or phone. For more information call 609-737-3299, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.howellfarm.org.
Mercer County Bar Foundation offers scholarships to individuals pursuing a legal education in accredited law schools. Applicants must have some tie to Mercer County. Deadline is Friday, August 31. Call 609-585-6200 or E-mail Christine Brennan at email@example.com for information and application.
Middlesex County 4-H seeks vendors of crafts and new items for a craft fair on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30 includes an eight foot table and two chairs. Call Mary Lou Conover at 732-251-3528 for information.
Robbinsville High School seeks crafters and artisans for an arts and crafts fair on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The juried show benefit the school’s drama and instrumental music programs. Contact Vira Jaskir at 609-448-8669 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Joshua Harr Shane Foundation is collecting new and used CDs and DVDs, snacks, and toiletries to be sent overseas to soldiers. No chocolate, perishables, or aerosol cans. An ongoing process, the organization ships every month. Send to JHSF, 5 Hidden Springs Lane, East Windsor 08520.
For Young Musicians
Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey has auditions on Tuesday, January 24. Visit www.yocj.org for times and location.