Call for Photography

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro invites photographers to participate in a photo contest that showcases the mission, beauty, and technological excellence of the new facility at 1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro. Open to photographers of all levels. Criteria for winning photos includes a creative esthetic quality that goes beyond a basic architectural representation. Awards and cash prizes for the top three exterior and top three interior photos.

Register to gain access for taking photos by Friday, April 20. Dates for interior and exterior photo shoot sessions are Saturday, May 12, noon to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, noon to 7 p.m. Any photos with people must include signed permission from all individuals in the pictures. No one under the age of 18 may be included in a photo.

Entrants may submit up to three photos per category. Deadline for submission is Friday, June 1. Specifications are color, digital photos, JPEG format, minimum of four by six inch, 300 pixels per inch. Include the photographer’s last name as the last word in each photo title. E-mail photo to photocontest@princetonhcs.org . One photo per E-mail, maximum file size of 5 MB. To submit by mail send CD or other data storage device to Pam Hersh, Vice President for Government and Community Affairs, c/o Debbie Nixon, Executive Assistant, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, One Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro 08536.

Winning photos become the property of Princeton HealthCare System. Potential uses of winning photos include permanent art collection at the hospital; hospital promotional and marketing materials, including the hospital website; and publicity in local media.

Winners will be announced in June at a reception at the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. For information or to register, E-mail photocontest@princetonhcs.org or call Pam Hersh, 609-430-7106, or Debbie Nixon, 609-497-4161.

Art and Poetry

Trenton Museum Society and Trenton Artists Workshop Association present opportunities for artists and poets. Both events at Ellarslie Museum are free. Register by E-mail to tawaexhibits@aol.com. Visit www.ellarslie.org for more information and directions.

Workshops for artists will be on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sessions include Using Social Networks to Promote Art, Grant Writing Basics for Artists, Press Release Writing for Artists, Arts Grant Opportunities, and more.

“Capital Voices: Readings and Conversation” is Saturday, May 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Readings by poets and roundtable discussions exploring collaborations between writers and artists featuring Ellen Foos, publisher of Ragged Sky Press.

Lawrenceville Main Street Artists Network calls for poems up to 25 lines evoking imagery or emotion to translate into tangible art. The original poetry will be the inspiration for the artists to create artwork. “Art Inspired by Poetry” will be held Saturday, May 12, at the gallery. Poets will be invited to read their work. Send submissions as E-mail attachments by Saturday, March 31, to info@lmsartistsnetwork.com .

The organization will also have an open critique of two and three dimensional art on Wednesday, March 28, starting at 7:30 p.m. at 2683 Main Street, Lawrenceville. Artists are invited to bring two pieces of their work to the gallery for a roundtable discussion and critique by the other artists attending. The critique process will be led by Rick DeFalco, a digital photographer, and Chris Cooper, an oil painter. Register by E-mail to info@lmsartistsnetwork.com. The group also has openings for artists in all media as full gallery members of the cooperative of local artists. Visit www.lmsartistsnetwork.com or call 609-512-1359.

Volunteer Please

Special Olympics New Jersey is seeking volunteers for its Spring Sports Festival bowling competition on Saturday, March 31 at Curtis Lanes in Ewing. Assignments include lane manager, scoring monitor, and awards. Register at www.sonj.org. The online system allows volunteers to view available positions and sign up for the shift(s) they are interested in. Bowling positions are for volunteers ages 13 and above. For more information call Katy Lido, 609-896-8000, ext. 271.

For Young Women

At the Well presents Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Princeton University. The two week residential program Sunday, August 12, to Friday, August 24, is geared towards minority girls in underserved communities entering the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of high school. It focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, personal growth, essay writing, math, and SAT test prep courses. Scholarships are available. Visit www.atthewellconferences.org .

For Parents

Simplicity Parenting support and enrichment group is for parents seeking a less stressful family life. It is a group program based on the book, “Simplicity Parenting,” by Kim John Payne. Explore how to connect parenting style and skills with family values by simplifying environment, rhythm, scheduling, and filtering out media and consumerism. The seven session group begins Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton. $135 includes materials for class. $80 for a parenting partner. Register with Lorraine Shiarappa, director of Lifespan Religious Education, UU Congregation of Princeton, at 609-924-1604, ext. 14.

Open Mics

Ewing Arts Commission seeks performers who sing, play a musical instrument, or are interested in reciting poetry, storytelling, or performing standup comedy. The new coffeehouse opens Thursday, April 19, at 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, from 7 to 9 p.m. The open mic is for beginners and experienced performers. Visit ewingarts.weebly.com or call Bill Ulrich at 609-954-5235.

Reunion

Hamilton High School Class of 1951 has a reunion on Saturday, March 31, at Mercer Oaks in West Windsor. The luncheon features music by Rick Koreyva. Tickets are $45. Call 609-586-2684 or E-mail jdpeeney@msn.com to register.

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