Donate Please

Trenton Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange, an all-volunteer effort that collects, repairs, and sells donated used bikes, celebrates its fourth anniversary. The Bike Exchange shop, located in the Capitol Plaza Shopping Center, on the Trenton/Ewing border. has sold 5,619 donated bikes and raised $252,000 for the Boys & Girls Club to benefit low income families and after school programs. Individuals are needed to donate old bikes, run a bike drive in their neighborhood, workplace, school, place of worship, or scout troop; and volunteer at the Bike Exchange. Visit www.BikeExchangeNJ.org for information.

Friends of the Princeton Public Library seek donations of books for its used bookstore and the annual three-day book sale. Proceeds from the sale of the books provide funds to purchase new books, DVDs, music CDs, audio books, and to offer more than 1,500 programs and events every year. Books in good condition may be dropped off at the library’s delivery entrance, accessible from the Wiggins Street driveway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. For donations of more than six boxes, call 609-924-9529, ext. 280 to make arrangements for a pick-up. Visit www.princetonlibrary.org.

Audition

Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “Our Town” on Sunday and Tuesday, April 1 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Performance dates are weekends, June 8 through June 24. Actors needed are 10 adult males and 10 adults females, ages 30 to 50, and five young males and five young females, ages 15 to 25. Readings will be from the script. Strong New England accent is required. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.

Call for Entries

Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review 2012, a Mercer County literary journal published annually by Mercer County Community College. The review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 15. Responses will be sent no later than August 15. Fiction pieces must be limited to 4,000 words. Creative non-fiction essays must be limited to 2,500 words. Poetry should be limited to no more than six poems. No submissions should be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere or have been previously published.

Send hard copy manuscripts of poetry and prose and/or legible copies of art (not the only copy) to: Kelsey Review, Liberal Arts Division, Mercer County Community College, Box B, Trenton 08690. A cover letter should include contact information, including E-mail address, and a short biography beginning with full name. A self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope should be enclosed for the editors’ response. If the work is accepted, Kelsey Review will request an electronic version for scanning. All rights are retained by the author or artist. For more information E-mail kelsey.review@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3306.

Call for Art

Lawrence Arts Council seeks art in all media for a members-only exhibit opening Sunday, May 6, at Lawrence Library. New members are welcome. Send details of your work by Friday, April 13, to be included in a booklet. All work should be delivered to the library on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limit of two pieces per artist. All paintings must be framed and wired for hanging. Sculptures must have stands for each piece. Entries should include three entry labels. E-mail lawrenceartscouncil@yahoo.com for membership form and entry application.

For the Young

Mercer County seeks fourth grade students to participate in “My County,” the sixth annual school poster contest to recognize Mercer County government. The contest seeks posters that depict all that is special and unique to Mercer County including landmarks, attractions, and area history. The top three winners will be invited for a photo session with the county clerk, surrogate, and sheriff. Winning posters will be displayed in a public place such as the Mercer County Library headquarters in Lawrence Township. All posters become the property of Mercer County.

Posters must be submitted on a standard 22 x 28 inch poster board. The name “Mercer County” must be in four inch letters formed in black marker at the top of the poster. The student’s name, teacher’s name, and name of their school must be printed neatly on the back lower right corner. Deliver to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, Room 100, 209 South Broad Street, Trenton. Deadline is Friday, April 27. Call Walker Worthy Jr. at 609-989-6061.

Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Contest invites students to submit up to two poems of any length, on any subject, in any style. Poems should be typed. The student’s name, address, grade, school, and the title of the poem should be on a separate cover sheet. This year’s awards range from $25 to $100 in each of four categories: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through twelfth grade. Send to Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, Box 20, Lahaska, PA 18931. Deadline is Saturday, March 31.

Princeton Day School presents New York Yankees Baseball camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 13, from Monday to Friday, August 13 to 17. Professional instruction for all skill levels, a full Yankees uniform, and a VIP tour of Yankee Stadium with transportation on a Major League style charter bus. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended day available. $549. Visit www.yankees.com/camps, E-mail info@yankeessummercamps.com or call 212-381-7786.

Rutgers Gardens offers a series of garden workshops for ages 6 to 12 and a parent or guardian beginning Saturday, March 31. $80 for four sessions. Visit www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/childrensprograms.htm.

Old Barracks Museum offers programs from July 9 to July 20, Monday to Friday, to recreate camp life in the 18th century. For ages 9 to 12. $220 per week. Visit www.barracks.org or call 609-396-1776 for applications.

Mill Hill Ballet offers musical theater camp Monday to Friday, July 9 to July 22, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for ages 7 to 18. $725 to $800 for the two week program. Visit www.millballetschool.com or call 609-397-7244.

Good Cause

The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, an international non-profit organization located in Yardville, is selling spring flower bulbs to fund the foundation’s attendance at the AARP annual conference in New Orleans. Visit www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=10449 to order spring flower bulbs. Contact Tracey Iraca at 800-MDS-0839, E-mail tiraca@mds-foundation.org, or visit www.mds-foundation.org.

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