Ebu-Arts Museum Sponsors Fine Art Contest

The Straube Center in Pennington has opened a new Ebu-Arts Museum within the halls of its complex and is celebrating its grand opening with a contest featuring a $10,000 grand prize.

Ebu-Arts, a new genre comprising visual arts that themselves are composed of visual arts, is the brainchild of Straube Center owner and developer Win Straube –– Ebu-Arts is Straube spelled backwards. At right is Straube’s own contribution –– a poster showcasing the stamps from all over the world he has collected during his travels.

According to his website, www.ebu-arts.com, “The concept of each lovingly rendered stamp contributing to one larger entity appealed greatly to Straube, yielding the inspiration to open the door and welcome all manner of artful materials that would, together, lead to similar entities.

“There’s a larger theme at work here, a theme that reflects the very human virtues of individuals lending themselves to something greater, while that something greater remains dependent upon the individuals’ unique assets.”

The contest seeks submissions in two or three dimensions that feature the beauty of a pre-existing handiwork. Submissions are due by Monday, September 10. Final contestants will be notified on November 5, and the winner will be announced November 20. At least 50 qualifying submissions by at least 50 artists must be received for the $10,000 grand prize to be awarded. All contestants’ work will be on display at the museum from December 7 through January 11, 2013. Visit www.ebu-arts.org, E-mail info@ebu-arts.org, or call 609-737-3322.


American Heart Association seeks nominations for its annual Mercer Lifestyle Change awards. Have you or someone you know recently made a heart-healthy lifestyle change? Selected winners will be recognized at the 21st American Heart Association Greater Mercer Heart Walk on Sunday, September 9, at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. To request a nomination form E-mail melissa.kidd@heart.org, call 609-223-3710, or download the form from www.mercercountyheartwalk.org. Deadline is Wednesday, August 15.

For Men Only

Men Mentoring Men offers “Wisdom Thinking: Becoming A Wiser Man,” a weekend retreat dedicated to re-defining the concept of masculinity, on Friday to Sunday, August 17 to 19, at Loyola House of Retreats in Morristown. Dr. Ed Adams of Lambertville will facilitate. Through the use of individual and group exercises, participants take part in an intensive workshop designed for any man who wants to live a more fulfilling, socially connected, and self-directed life. $350 includes two nights of lodging, meals, and all workshop activities. Visit www.menmentoringmen.org.

For Girls Only

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart offers “Young Women in Leadership” workshop from Tuesday to Thursday, August 14 to 16, for girls entering grades 7 to 9. The three-day workshop gives girls the opportunity, through problem-based learning activities, to explore and practice leadership skills including classes “Being a Good Leader,” Building and Collaborating as a Team,” “Recognizing & Developing Personal Strengths,” and “Delivering an Effective Presentation.” Workshop hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents are invited to student presentations on closing day at 2 p.m. $75 includes lunch. 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton. Call 609-921-2330, ext. 235 or visit www.stuartschool.org


Womanspace seeks volunteers to join its Domestic Violence Victim Response Team (DVVRT) and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) Advocate Team. Team members respond to local police stations or hospitals and meet with victims-providing them with support, information, and referrals. Interested persons must be 18 years of age or older, as well as a resident of or employee in the Mercer County area with a valid driver’s license, available transportation, and the ability to attend trainings and meetings. Volunteers may not have either a criminal history or prior history as a defendant in a domestic violence or sexual assault-related matter.

Volunteers will receive more than 80 hours of extensive, specialized training on topics including the law, sensitivity to the needs of victims and their children, and how to provide appropriate responses at a very critical time.

Interested persons must submit to a background investigation, including fingerprinting. Bilingual individuals (especially those fluent in Spanish, Polish, and American Sign Language) are encouraged to apply. Volunteers are also required to be fluent in English. Trained volunteers must be on call (available to respond to call-outs at police departments or hospitals) two to four shifts per month.

The next training will begin Tuesday, September 11. Download an application at www.womanspace.org. For more information about volunteering contact Heidi Mueller by E-mail at dvvrt@womanspace.org and Alison Daks at sass@womanspace.org, or call 609-394-0136. Deadline is Friday, August 24.

Plainsboro’s Domestic Violence Response Team needs new members. Volunteers will receive 40 hours of free training in order to assist victims of domestic violence as well as give support and information to empower the victims to make knowledgeable decisions based on the options available. To volunteer call Lynn Kelly at 732-249-4900, ext. 403. Training is in the fall.

For teens

Young Audiences New Jersey is accepting applications for the Emerging Artists Creativity Hub, a 10-week arts intensive program for teenagers, ages 13 to 17, who exhibit a dedicated interest and talent in the arts. In partnership with College of New Jersey, workshops will be held on Saturdays in the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building on the college’s Ewing campus.

The program offers visual and performing artists from diverse economic and social backgrounds an arts education experience. Young artists study and work with multiple art forms and professional teaching artists from Young Audiences’ roster.

Students will create individual artworks and collaborate on group projects, visit cultural institutions like the American Museum of Natural History and Grounds for Sculpture. The program culminates in an Emerging Artists Showcase that is free and open to the public. Space is limited and scholarships are available.

Applications are due Friday, September 14, with auditions to be held on Saturday, September 22. Interested applicants may call 866-500-9265 or E-mail anicolai@yanj.org. Visit www.yanj.org.

Arts for Autism

VSA New Jersey offers parent and child workshops in the arts for children with autism on Saturdays, September 29 to December 1, in New Brunswick from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each 10-week workshop meets for one hour per week.

Through participation in weekly workshops in the visual and performing arts, young people will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts while developing skills essential for academic and personal growth. The family arts experience offers opportunities to engage in activities that will support communication and interaction.

The $30 registration fee for families may be waived upon request. Call 732-745-3885, E-mail info@vsanj.org, or visit www.vsanj.org. Application deadline is Thursday, September 13.

For Families

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent/child enrollment in its fall hatchery program, which begins in September. The program includes feeding farm animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, and hayrides for children ages 3 to 5. One parent must work at the farm as a volunteer in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. No experience is necessary.

The program runs one morning per week for 12 weeks, on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, September 11, 12, 13, or 14, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Parents may enroll by attending an organizational meeting on either Wednesday, August 22 or 29, at 1 p.m. Meetings are for parents only. Applications will not be accepted by mail or phone. Visit www.howellfarm.org, E-mail kbrilla@mercercounty.org, or call 609-737-3299.

Arts Education

West Windsor Arts Council seeks an arts education associate to administer, lead, and organize a variety of activities at its arts center and other community locations. A part-time position with most work hours taking place on evenings and weekends and during camps coinciding with school breaks, the number of hours will vary week to week, with about 10 hours average per week.

Experience and/or degree in arts education, teaching, or arts administration is required. The candidate should have interpersonal and communication skills, enjoy working with children, and have a willingness to learn and grow. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, iMovie, and Photoshop are highly desirable.

The associate will organize and administer the annual Autumn Arts Afternoon event, scheduled to take place on October 6, at Nassau Park Pavilion; organize and staff activities at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market, and other events around the community. He or she will manage staffing and activities for children’s birthday parties and open studio events, and serve as an assistant coordinator for camps. There are additional needs in the office and in arts center activities with opportunities for growth for the right candidate.

Pay scale is $12 to 15 per hour depending on experience and skills. Submit cover letter and resume by Friday, August 10, to Corinna Bisgaier, West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor 08550, or E-mail ArtsWorkshops2010@gmail.com.

For Dancers

Princeton Dance & Theater Studio has auditions for “The Snow Queen” on Saturday September 8, at 116 Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro. Ballet attire is required. Dancers ages six and up should be prepared to learn choreography. The schedule is from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. based on age.

Parents must attend a mandatory information meeting in Studio 2 during each audition group. A completed registration form, along with payment, is due at the time of the audition. Performances are Saturday, December 15; and two on Sunday, December 16, at College of New Jersey’s Kendall Theater. Visit www.dancevisionnj.org.

Pennington Dance is accepting registrations online for its season, which begins Monday, September 10. Classes include full-year programs in ballet and pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, pre-school dance, and Pilates mat work. Workshops include Musical Theater Production, original Broadway Repertoire, and Contemporary Dance. Private pilates apparatus classes are scheduled by appointment.

Open houses will be held Saturdays, August 18, August 25, and September 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Cyrus Lodge studio, 131 Burd Street, Pennington. Meet the staff, see the studio space, and watch a DVD of last June’s performance. To register call Nancy Warner at 609-737-7596 or visit www.penningtondance.com.


The Bimah Players seek actors to portray multiple roles, singers, and musicians for “SURPRISE! SURPRISE!” an original play with music based on stories with a twist by O. Henry, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Guy De Maupassant and other classic authors.

Auditions are Sunday, August 26, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday, August 27, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Performances are Sundays, November 4 and 11, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. Monroe Township Jewish Center, 11 Cornell Avenue, Monroe. E-mail dirbimahplayers@aol.com or call 609-395-2969.

Playhouse 22 presents an audition schedule for the upcoming season. All auditions are at the theater at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. “Crazy for You,” Monday and Tuesday, August 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. “The Uninvited,” Wednesday and Thursday, January 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. “Twist of Faith,” Tuesday, January 15, and Thursday, January 17, at 7 p.m. “Sunday in the Park with George,” Sunday, January 27, at 1 p.m., and Tuesday, January 29, at 7 p.m. “The Grapes of Wrath,” Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.playhouse22.org or call 732-254-3939 for information.

For Singers

Jersey Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites women who love to sing to visit the chorus on Mondays at 7:15 p.m. at 112 Main Street, Forrestal Village, in Plainsboro. Visit www.harmonize.com/jerseyharmony, call 732-236-6803 or E-mail carole.auletta@verizon.net.


Heart Works offers two workshops in watercolor at Rose Hill, 1150 Washington Boulevard, Robbinsville. “Intro to Watercolor 4 Relaxation,” a focus on the basics of watercolor technique with a holistic approach explores still life, abstracts, and landscape compositions. It will be held on Sundays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27. “Watercolor Open Session,” a one night sampler session, will be held on Tuesday, September 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit www.heartworkstlc.com for information.

Phillips’ Mill is accepting entries for its 83rd annual juried art exhibition from artists living within a 25 mile radius of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Eligible work must be by a living artist and completed within the last five years. Art work must not have been previously exhibited at the show.

Interested artists must deliver art work Friday, September 7, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public from Saturday, September 22, to Saturday, October 27, on River Road, Route 32. Visit www.phillipsmill.org or call 215-862-0582.

Donate Please

HomeFront’s annual Back to School campaign has begun the organization is turning to the community to help send homeless and formerly homeless children back to school with backpacks filled with new clothes and school supplies for more than 1,100 area children. Seeking backpacks, school supplies, and an outfit for the first day of school, as well as monetary donations to support other school activities throughout the year. Call 609-989-9417, ext. 133, E-mail homefront@homefrontnj.org, or visit www.homefrontnj.org.


East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company offers a bus trip to Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, August 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Must be 21. $30 includes $25 free slot play. Call 609-448-0671.

For Kids

ScienceSeeds offers two workshops for ages 6 to 11. Both take place at West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $85. “Engineering Fun” will be held on Tuesday, September 4. Design and build crash test cars, helicopters, and zip line racers while learning about stored energy, trajectory, and friction. “Hydraulic Butterfly” will be held Wednesday, September 5. Use hydraulics and the concepts of force and pressure, talk about butterflies, and build a simple flapping butterfly to take home. Register at www.scienceseeds.com.

Mental Health

Nami New Jersey’s SAMHAJ seeks volunteers for a study on gender and sexual violence among Asian Indians. For men and women, 18 or older, of Asian Indian descent, fluent in English, and currently living in the United States. Your participation in this study will involve the completion of several questionnaires related to background information, your perspectives about living in the United States, and about men, women, and sexual violence. E-mail tummalan@bc.edu or call 617-552-4491.

NAMI offers fall classes for NAMI Family to Family, NAMI Basics, and WRAP. For more information visit www.namimercer.org or call 609-799-8994.

Donate Please

The Little Gym West Windsor is launching a new initiative to collect used or outgrown shoes. “Big Hearts, Little Shoes” benefits Soles4Souls, an international charity that collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. Donation of outgrown shoes may be made after Tuesday, September 4, in drop boxes located in the lobby at 217 Clarksville Road, West Windsor. Call 609-799-7776, E-mail tlgWestWindsorNJ@thelittlegym.com, or visit www.TLGWestWindsorNJ.com.

Theater Internships

State Theater in New Brunswick offers several internships. While internships are unpaid, students may arrange to receive college credit. Address applications to the appropriate person at State Theater, 11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick 08901.

The marketing intern will work closely with staff to implement marketing, promotions, public relations, and audience development initiatives. Tasks include writing, editing, and proofing press releases, website copy, brochures, and program copy; flyer distribution; working with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube; and other projects. The internship requires a minimum of 15 hours each week between Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Send your resume and cover letter to Kelly Blithe, director of public Relations.

The theater is seeking innovative graphic design interns to design and produce marketing materials. The internship requires a minimum of 15 hours anytime between Monday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Responsibilities include design of promotional materials such as posters, flyers, advertisements; design web graphics for the website and internet advertising; and assist the art director with the creative workload. Requirements include experience using QuarkXPress and Photoshop, knowledge of Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, and HTML a plus, and familiarity with a Mac. Send your resume, cover letter, and samples of your work to Tracy Furr, art director.

The theater also seeks an energetic and self-motivated college student with strong writing and interpersonal skills for a fall internship (two to three days per week) with the development department. Responsibilities and duties include assistance in writing letters of inquiry, gift acknowledgements, and proposals; researching individual, corporate, and foundation prospects and donors; coordinating projects; and maintaining and updating contact lists. Candidates must possess strong writing skills. knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Internet is required. Send your resume and cover letter to Leah Anglum, development associate for donor relations.

The education internships may focus on theater education management and/or assisting with the programs for schools. Specific responsibilities may include administrative support for special events, workshops, and school shows; contribution to the development of the curriculum both in-house and in the schools; and opportunities to research possible grant/funding opportunities for theater education work. Requirements include a strong commitment to theater and education; working with others including staff, artists, volunteers, donors, and the general public on the phone and in person; familiarity with word processing, databases, and spreadsheets; and a consistent schedule for a minimum of one month. Send your resume and cover letter to Jennifer Cunha, education associate.

The programming/production intern will work with both the Director of Programming and the Director of Production. Internship will include working with artist contracts, online research, database entry, artist hospitality, and other projects as needed. The internship requires a minimum of eight hours each week between Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., plus some nights and weekends based on the theater’s show schedule. Send your resume and cover letter to Larry Dember, director of production.

The operations intern assists the director of operations with day-to-day operations. The internship requires 12 to 15 hours from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Responsibilities include assisting the Director of Operations with correspondences between the theater and outside constituents, update historical data, and special projects. Requirements include excellent verbal and written communication skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office. Send your resume and cover letter to Dave Hartkern, director of operations.

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