Calling Young Writers

Cotsen Children’s Library is launching the Picture Book Press, a full-color literary quarterly that will feature work from young people including stories, poems, essays, and reviews. It will also feature items from Cotsen’s rare collections. They will accept poems, fiction, and non-fiction from writers ages 5 to 17. Visit

Seeking Craft Vendors

Mercer County Culture & Heritage is seeking craft vendors who create artwork in the tradition of their native country. The Mercer County Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Vendor fee is $75. Bring your own tables and chairs. Electricity available. Rain date is Sunday, October 14. Call 609-278-2712.


West Windsor Library’s Youth Services Department will be holding open auditions for its upcoming Halloween Playfest. The auditions take place on Saturdays, July 28, and August 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays, August 1 and 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Performances on October 19 and 20 will feature two short Halloween plays for actors ages 9 to 11, Performances on October 26 to 28 will feature a longer play for actors ages 11 to 17, There are also some adult roles. Auditions will include readings from the scripts available at the reference desk. Auditions will take place at West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor. Rehearsals begin in early September. Help is also needed with makeup, costumes, and set construction. Call director Michael Kerr at 609-275-8901 or e-mail for a copy of the script.

For Teens

American Red Cross offers a Youth Leadership conference at 707 Alexander Road, West Windsor, Monday to Thursday, August 6 to 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The four-day conference is for students entering grades 9 to 12. Activities include a course for disaster service, exploring humanitarian law, CPR training, lessons in government relations and civic responsibility, and Spark the Wave program on communication, leadership, project planning, and diversity awareness. Register. $100. Call Karen Winlund at 973-538-2160, ext. 206, E-mail, or visit

Volunteers Needed

New Jersey Blood Services, is in need of volunteers to work blood drives. Volunteers assist donors with registration, escorting and canteen duties, and to watch for post donation reactions. Volunteers should be able to relate to the public, perform different jobs as needed, and be willing to follow the rules. Contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or

For Caregivers

Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness offers “Caring for the Caregiver,” a workshop for family caregivers of seniors with long-term illnesses to learn how to care your own life needs while you handle the stresses and transitions of caregiving. The conference is Thursday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 3100 Quakerbridge Road; Mercerville.

Talks include “101 Reasons to Feel Guilty: Caregiver Guilt and What to Do About It” presented by Reverend Sylvia Masi, Care Alternatives Hospice; “Palliative Care: Quality of Life Comfort, Dignity, and Understanding” with Karen Visich, RWJ Hospital; “She’s Not Gone So Why Am I So Sad: Caregiver’s Anticipatory Grief” with Masi; “Moving, Grooving, and Soothing Yourself” with Joan Brame, Empower Fitness. Register at 609-584-5900. Free.

Theater for Adults

Paper Mill Playhouse offers classes and performance opportunities for adults. Adult acting, an eight-week course held on Saturdays from 10 to 11:15 a.m., is for all levels. The adult chorale meets for 10 weeks on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and culminates in a showcase performance as well as touring opportunities. Musical theater scenes and songs class meets for eight Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

A program for seniors includes breakfast and an inside look at Paper Mill through visiting guests, discussions, and a backstage tour. The breakfasts are held on eight Monday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The senior players workshop, a 20-week program, explores all aspects of theater performance and production through a group-selected, one-act play. For more information or to register call Mickey McNany at 973-315-1669 or visit for the registration form.

Battle of the Bands

Millstone Performing Arts Center has a battle of the bands concert on Saturday, August 18, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 5 Dawson Court, Millstone Township. College, high school, and middle school bands, as well as solo artists and duos are encouraged to submit their 5 to 10 minute DVD/CD for consideration by Monday, July 30. Submit to MPAC, along with the non-refundable submission fee of $25, payable to MPAC. Submit your YouTube or other electronic version to Reference your band name on any correspondence.

First place winner receives $400, a performance spot for a MPAC show, and a performance during Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson. The second place winner receives $200 and a performance during Fright Fest. The third place winner will perform during Fright Fest. Steve Trevelise, from Sarcasm Comedy and NJ 101.5 FM, will emcee. Visit to download an application. Contact Barbara Schulze by E-mail at

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