Palmer Square is planning several activities and tributes to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Edgar Palmer conceived the idea in 1906 and unveiled his plans in 1929 when he was president of Princeton Municipal Improvement. His vision included buildings for retail, office, and residential use; a hotel; a post office; and a playhouse. The plan is a mini version of Rockefeller Center — designed to turn the commercial traffic in from a major road. Ground was not broken until 1936 due to the Depression.
Events include a kids’ art contest, Facebook trivia, a plaque dedication, and a birthday bash on Sunday, October 7. Visit www.palmersquare.com/75-years to share stories and photos and get event details.
Raritan Valley Community College offers Math Path, a program for students ages 6 to 12 who are interested in improving their math skills this summer. The online learning program offers personalized support through tutoring and advising for students.
In addition to the online component, participants are required to attend weekly tutoring sessions at the Branchburg campus. Students may complete the online component at their own convenience using an Internet connection. The program runs Monday, June 11, to Friday, August 17. $125 includes up to 10 weeks of access to the program. Contact Laura-Sue Thornley, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8507 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellarslie Museum in Trenton offers a summer art and theater camp for ages 6 to 12. Students will explore, build, and expand skills in the areas of visual and performing arts through basic techniques of drawing and painting and theater arts. The students will develop, write, and act out their own theatrical production. They will also design and create scenery, back drops, and props. $300 for two weeks. Call 609-989-1191 or visit www.ellarslie.org.
CaRu Entertainment Dance Camp will be held Monday to Friday, August 13 to 17, for ages 7 to 17, in all dance levels, at is 21 Route 31 North, Pennington. The camp includes hip hop, Broadway, and street jazz. E-mail email@example.com or visit www.CaRuNJ.com for information.
American Red Cross is partnering with Warner Brothers on the release of “Dark Shadows” to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood donations. Blood donors will also have the chance to win merchandise including theater passes. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/darkshadows for details.
Jersey Harmony Chorus invites women who love to sing to visit the chorus any Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. at 112 Main Street in Forrestal Village, Plainsboro. Call Carole at 732-236-6803, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.harmonize.com/jerseyharmony.
Yoga & Meditation
One Yoga & Wellness Center offers a weekend retreat of yoga and meditation. Friday to Sunday, June 22 to 24, in south Jersey. Register. $299 includes meals and supplies.
PinnWorth Production has auditions for “Sunday in the Park with George,” a Sondheim musical, on Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a contemporary musical theater piece and a short (2 to 4 minute) prepared monologue. To audition for the role of Louise, the little girl who must read like an 8 to 10 year old, send a copy of your headshot and resume before requesting an appointment. E-mail email@example.com.
New Jersey Repertory Company, is holding open auditions for girls ages 12 to 14 on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and May 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. for “Release Point,” a world premiere of a play by Gino DiIorio. The theater is located at 179 Broadway, Long Branch. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Suzanne at 732-229-3166, ext 101.
Mercer County local school board candidates have until Tuesday, June 5, at 4 p.m., to file a petition to run for election. Candidates must file their petitions with the Mercer County Clerk’s Election Section located on the second floor of the Old Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton. Some of county’s school board elections will take place Tuesday, November 6. Call 609-989-6494.
Transit of Venus
Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offers workshops on safe viewing of the Transit of Venus. The planet will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun on Tuesday, June 5. Workshops will be held at from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30; Thursday, May 31; Monday, June 4; and Tuesday, June 5. The workshops also will be offered Sunday, June 3, at 1 and 2 p.m. The program will feature a planetarium show explaining what the transit is and what viewers can expect to see. Participants also will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Bring your own binoculars. Staff members will help participants secure the solar eclipse glasses to the front of their binoculars to prepare for safe viewing of the transit.
The $7 cost per person includes the pair of solar eclipse glasses. Weather permitting, the planetarium staff will offer free, safe-viewing opportunities to see the Transit of Venus on Tuesday, June 5, from approximately 6 to 8:30 p.m. Register at 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.
McDonald’s has launched a new outreach initiative known as the McDonald’s Nutrition Network intended to provide funding to local organizations that bring grassroots nutrition programs to the communities they serve. The network will award seed funding to select nonprofits for projects that bring nutrition awareness to the community. Visit www.McDNYMetroNutritionNetwork.com. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 1.