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Intern for Film

Princeton Alum Bill Oliver ’90 seeks an intern to assist the director and producer on an independent feature film based on an award-winning Off-Broadway play that will be shot this summer near New York City. They are currently in the development phase and looking for someone to start as soon as possible and stay through filming. High school or college students interested in film may apply. Hours are flexible and part-time in New York. E-mail swoliver@hotmail.com for information.

For Young Writers

Cotsen Children’s Museum is accepting entries in the “350 for 50” annual writing competition for ages 8 to 16. Write a 350-word story that includes the sentence “The noise was unmistakable.” Winning stories will be published online, in the Picture Book Press, and the authors will receive a $50 shopping spree at Labyrinth Books. No poems, illustrations, or comics. One winner will be selected from age categories of 8 to 10, 11 to 13, and 14 to 16. Stories including your name, age, and mailing address must be submitted via E-mail to danas@princeton.edu. Deadline is Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m.

PNC Bank and the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning invite New Jersey students in grades 2 through 12 to write a short essay on “What the American Flag Means to Me” for the American Patriot essay contest. This year’s grand prize winner will receive a visit to his or her school by a gigantic, 75-foot-tall hot air balloon in June and a special VIP package at this year’s festival including a hot air balloon ride for two, four Blue Sky Club VIP tickets, and the opportunity to meet one of this year’s concert headliners. Second and third place prizes consisting of festival admission and merchandise will be also awarded.

The winning student’s classmates will receive an admission ticket to the festival and the winning student’s teacher and school principal will each receive two Blue Sky Club VIP tickets. Every teacher who submits a group of 15 essays or more will receive two free general admission tickets to the festival.

The essays should be 100 words or fewer. Deadline is Tuesday, May 1. Send to Essay Judges, Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, 363 Route 46 West, Suite 200, Fairfield 07004. Entries may also be submitted at www.balloonfestival.com or by E-mail to information@balloonfestival.com.

Call for Poets

D&R Greenway invites poets to submit entries for a juried poetry reading based on the theme of “Babbling Brooks and Silent Springs” to be held at Johnson Education Center on Thursday, April 12. Submissions must be received by Thursday, March 22. Visit www.drgreenway.org, call 609-924-4646, or E-mail info@drgreenway.org.

Volunteer Please

CASA for Children of Mercer County seeks volunteers to advocate for children. Court Appointed Special Advocates is seeking volunteers who have a few hours a month to help make a difference in the life of a foster child. The non-profit organization is committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

Volunteers should be at least 21 years of age, able to communicate effectively, and pass background checks, as well as sex offender and child abuse registry checks, and available to complete about 30 hours of training. Register to attend an information session at 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, on March 8 or 20, and April 3. Visit www.casamercer.org, call 609-434-0050, or E-mail lklionsky@casamercer.org.

Nominations Invited

Kidsbridge seeks nominations for the youth and adult humanitarian awards to recognize extraordinary acts of kindness, citizenship, or community service. Principals, guidance counselors, teachers and, others are invited to 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.

Awards will be made to individuals, to small groups of students, and a teacher, a guidance counselor, or a principal who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in character education or leading community service. Download a nomination form at www.kidsbridgemuseum.org or call 609-581-0239 for information. Deadline is Tuesday, March 20.

Restaurant Week

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce has announced its third annual New Hope & Lambertville Restaurant Week. From Sunday, March 18 through Friday, March 23, 28 restaurants offer either a fine dining $29.95 pre-fixe dinner or a $19.95 pre-fixe dinner. Visit www.VisitNewHope.com and www.Lambertville.org to view the menus and information on all of the restaurants.

Donate Please

New Hope for Our Canal, a new group formed to bring water back to the New Hope Canal by raising funds to operate the pump that provides water for the canal from Centre Bridge to New Hope. The group is requesting donations and is planning a variety of fund raising events in the coming months. Checks payable to Friends of the Delaware Canal, may be sent to New Hope for our Canal, Friends of the Delaware Canal, at 145 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938. For information visit newhopeforourcanal.org, E-mail newhopeforourcanal@gmail.com, or call 215-821-6850.

Dress for Success Mercer County is participating in Send One Suit weekend from March 1 to 4 by asking women to donate one new or nearly new interview suit to help another woman enter the workforce and take charge of her life. Dressbarn will accept donations during the four-day event. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty for information.

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