Theater Arts

Pierrot Productions has auditions for “Company” on Sunday, February 5, beginning at 1 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 and 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Performances will be at Kelsey Theater weekends, May 18 to June 3. Applicants are asked to come prepared with an upbeat song from any musical theater work, and a 1 to 3 minute comic monologue. E-mail auditions@pierrotproductions.org for information or an appointment. Female roles being cast are April, Kathy, Marta, Sarah, Susan, Jenny, Amy, and Joanne. Male roles include Harry, Peter, David, Paul, and Larry.

The company is also seeking two stage crew members for “Company” and “Death of a Salesman” (weekends, February 24 to March 4). Crew members will need to be available for rehearsals beginning a week before opening night of each show. It’s an opportunity to be involved with the production of shows on a behind-the-scenes basis, with the added chance to get to know the production organization for possible future onstage or backstage assignments. E-mail pierrotinfo@aol.com for information.

McCarter Theater has auditions for boys and girls, ages 7 to 13, for “Are You There, McPhee?” Both the boy and girl characters speak using adult language and handle mature subject matter. Children will be screened and measured on Monday, February 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. (by appointment only). The first round of callbacks is Wednesday, February 15, 7 to 9 p.m. Contact Chelsea Adams at 609-258-6505 for an appointment.

Good Causes

Crisis Ministry is planning the eighth annual Valentines for Food drive on behalf of people in Mercer County who rely on the nonprofit organization for access to high-quality food. Last year’s program broke records with 11.7 tons of food collected and $19,200 donated. Food and donation drives by school and church groups will take place throughout Mercer County.

McCaffrey’s Supermarkets in Princeton and West Windsor will sell “Valentines for Food” for $3.99 from Monday, February 6, to Thursday, February 16, to benefit Crisis Ministry. McCaffrey’s will match contributions dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. Volunteers are needed to sign up for an hour of handing out Valentines for Food fliers to shoppers in either the Princeton or West Windsor McCaffrey’s. E-mail valentinesforfood2012@gmail.com for information. Virtual Valentines may be purchased on the Crisis Ministry website and greetings will be sent via E-mail or snail mail to the designated recipient.

A non-profit, 501(c) 3 program, the organization partners with the community to serve more than 1,400 households each month. Founded in 1980 by Nassau Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal churches, it also provides a work training program. With partner Capital Health System, bimonthly health screenings hosted by Trenton’s First Presbyterian Church are held. Visit www.thecrisisministry.org or call 609-396-9355 more information.

Breast Cancer Resource Center of the YWCA Princeton challenges women to each raise $100 in 100 days to help the center support local women affected by breast cancer. The 100 Women, 100 Ways, 100 Days Challenge runs from Saturday, February 4, to Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day). The goal is to raise $10,000 to support center’s free programs and services to help women live with, through, and beyond breast cancer. Challenge participants can raise funds with a cocktail party, brunch, wine and cheese event, walk dogs, coordinate a talent show, or host a bake sale. Feel free to pledge to give up Facebook or Twitter for 100 days, stop smoking, or shave your head in exchange for donations from family and friends. It is also feasible to ask 10 people for $10 or write a check yourself. Visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/100women for a registration form and information on the challenge, call 609-497-2100, ext. 346, or E-mail bcrc@ywcaprinceton.org.

Call for Art

Delaware River Mill Society seeks entries to the New Jersey State History Fair art exhibit featuring New Jersey’s Historic Heritage at Prallsville Mills, Stockton, from Saturday, April 14 to Saturday, April 28. Awarded works will be exhibited at the fair on Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville.

All entries must feature a New Jersey historic site or landscape (historic house, structure, lighthouse, battlefield, or village) that provides public access. Historic sites administered by non-profit organizations or local, county, state, and federal governments are eligible. Subjects can be located within a state park or along a federally recognized byways. E-mail DRMS@netcarrier.com, call 609-397-3586; or visit www.drms-stockton.org for information.

Volunteer

D&R Greenway Land Trust is assembling a corps of volunteers to do conservation work on Thursday mornings, at St. Michael’s Farm Preserve. Tasks include physical, social, and trail work; invasive species control, and working at the farm’s native seed project. Orientation is Thursday, March 1, 10 a.m. at the preserve on Princeton Avenue in Hopewell. Call 609-924-4646 or E-mail bflemer@drgreenway.org.

GED Classes

YWCA Princeton offers free GED preparation classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Classes run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. For information contact Paula Rossi at 609-497-2100, ext. 306, or E-mail prossi@ywcaprinceton.org. Students can enroll in the class at any time throughout the year and continue until they pass the GED exam.

Conference

Central New Jersey Chapter of J Street is organizing a delegation to participate in “Making History,” its third national conference in Washington, D.C. from Saturday to Tuesday, March 24 to 27. A pro-Israel pro-peace organization, it is the political voice for American Jews who believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy. Visit www.jstreet.org or E-mail NJCentral@JStreet.org.

Call for Artists

Communiversity Festival of the Arts, the town-gown event in Princeton, has a call for artists, crafters, vendors, performers, and sponsors. The event is Saturday, April 28, from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org to download and print an application. Deadline for potential food vendors is Friday, March 2. Deadline for all other potential participants is Friday, March 9. Deadline for sponsorships ranging from $500 to $10,000, is Monday, March 12. E-mail communiversity@artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777.

Scholarships

New Jersey League of Municipalities offers three $1,000 scholarships through the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders scholarship competition. The statewide contest for high school juniors and seniors centers on the theme “What My Mayor and Government Body Do Best.” Complete the application and essay and return them to your hometown mayor’s office. One semi-finalist will be selected from each community and their essay will be reviewed by the scholarship committee who will choose 15 finalists and three winners. Visit www.njslom.org or call 609-695-3481 for application and directions.

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