Princeton Senior Resource Center has an introduction to its GrandPals program on Wednesday, September 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. Experienced GrandPals will discuss the current program and the opportunity for expansion to more schools. The program matches older adult volunteers with children in the Princeton Public Schools to promote a love of learning. Volunteers are paired with one to two children for the school year. Most volunteers read once a week in the school library with kindergarten children at Littlebrook or Riverside schools. The pilot project at the Robbins School in Trenton continues and a pilot project with one kindergarten class at Community Park will be added. Volunteers come from Princeton, West Windsor, South Brunswick, Lawrenceville, Ewing, Cranbury, and Skillman.
While the program encourages intergenerational friendships for both children and older adults who may not have a grandparenting relationship nearby, you don’t have to be a grandparent to participate. Anyone 50 years or older who enjoys reading and the company of young minds can volunteer. The program is free. Refreshments will be served. Call Olivian Boon at 609-924-7108 to register.
Sourland Hills Actors Guild has auditions for “Seussical the Musical” on Wednesday and Friday, September 19 and 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Otto Kaufmann Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman. Roles are open for Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, a little boy or girl with a big imagination, and ensemble and character actors from ages 8 to 80. Prepare 16 bars from a Broadway musical and be prepared to dance in a movement audition (not all roles require dancing). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCarter Theater seeks young actors (ages 5 to 13) to audition for its annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” All children are encouraged to audition, regardless of their level of previous acting experience.
Sign-ups for auditions will be held Wednesday, September 19 in Matthews Theater lobby, 91 University Place, Princeton. Children will be screened, measured, and given appointments for the actual auditions. Detailed information on the audition, callback, rehearsal, and performance processes will be available at sign-ups.
All children seeking to audition must be present at sign-ups and accompanied by an adult. No audition will be given without an appointment made at sign-ups. Rehearsals begin on Thursday, November 8. Performances begin Sunday, December 2, and conclude on Saturday, December 29. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Folk Project presents a musical retreat from Friday, October 5, to Sunday, October 7, near Hackettstown. The event includes concerts, more than 40 workshops, multiple jam sessions, and three days of one-on-one music. The mini-festival is for musicians, listeners, singles, couples, and families. Musicians include progressive Celtic fiddler Jeremy Kittel and his band; Toby Walker with blues and ragtime; Grover Kemble with swing, R&B, Latin, and jazz; and Magpie with folk music. Lodging, meals, workshops, and all concerts are included. Visit www.FolkProject.org or call 201-207-8696.
Call for Art
Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission seeks artists for its annual juried art show open to living artists of all ages. Work must be original (not from kits). Artists should present their work at Monroe Library’s conference room on Monday, October 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. The juror is Gail Bracegirdle, a professional artist and teacher who specializes in abstract and realistic watercolor paintings. The show will be on view from Monday, October 22, through Monday, October 29. Visit www.MonroeTownshipCulturalArts.com or call 732-521-4400.
Call for Crafters
West Windsor Farmers Market seeks 10 suitable art and crafters for the market on Saturday, October 20. Hand crafters works include jewelry, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and more. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a one-page description of what you make, how to contact you, and pictures of your work. This offer is only available to vendors who can provide their own tent, table, and chair. The fee to participate is $10.
Allentown seeks crafters and vendors for its annual fall festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit AllentownNJ.com, E-mail email@example.com, or call 609-259-1511.
Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent and child enrollment in its fall hatchery program that begins in September. The program is designed to introduce children to life on the farm, while parents volunteer time helping the farm staff work with school group visits to the farm and other chores related to farming. 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 is for children aged 3 to 5 years and features activities such as feeding farm animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, and taking a hayride ride. The 12-week session is one morning per week on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, beginning September 11, 12, 13, and 14, from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The mandatory parent organizational meeting is Wednesday, September 5, at 1 p.m. Applications will not be accepted by mail or phone. The farm is on Valley Road, just off Route 29, two miles south of Lambertville. Call 609-737-3299 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drama for Kids
Bucks County Playhouse is offering classes for students in grades 4 to 12 on Saturdays, September 22 to November 17. Classes will be held in acting, musical theater voice, dance, playwriting, improvisation, and stage combat. $450 for a nine-week course. An open house will be held on Saturday, September 8, at 4 p.m. Visit bcptheater.org/education, E-mail email@example.com, or call 609-460-4630, ext. 114.
Call for Singers
Trenton Community Singers, under the direction of Richard M. Loatman, is seeking new members — especially tenors and basses. Music selections are mostly classical, but also include an eclectic mix of styles. There are no auditions, dues, or music fees. Visit www.capitalsingers.org, call Suzanne Kazi at 609-799-5939 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Christian Choir is registering singers for the fall season. Children and adult singers will prepare “Hope for a Broken World,” a Christmas musical presented in a series of area benefit concerts. The program includes contemporary seasonal music as well as traditional favorites such as Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Registration is Friday, September 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton Square Presbyterian Church, 3550 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. Visit www.ccchoir.com, E-mail email@example.com, or call 609-587-7076 for information.
Arts Council of Princeton is accepting registration for fall classes and workshops. Programs for adults, teens, and children in the visual, literary and performing arts begin as early as Thursday, September 6. Open house will be Sunday, September 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777 for information.
League of Women Voters wants to help people register to vote before October 16. People who need to register include anyone who will be 18 by election day; anyone new to the county who has lived here at least 30 days prior to election; and anyone who has moved since the last election. Registration forms and applications for a mail-in ballot are available at the clerk’s office in each municipality.
Forms and information will be available every Saturday in September at the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market on Vaughn Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at the Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market in the Village Shopper parking lot at 1340 Route 206 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, September 29; and at the Princeton Farmers’ Market in Hinds Plaza on Thursdays, October 4 and 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prior to the election each registered voter will receive a sample ballot showing the district and polling place. Just show up. No ID is required nor should one be requested. In the event of registration question a provisional ballot should be provided. Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Visit www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html. Call 732-438-0945 for more information.
On the Seas
Kelsey Theater has a nine-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing from Bayonne on Friday, February 1. Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas has ports of call in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Samana, Dominican Republic; and Labadee, a cruise line private island. Call Colleen Robinson at 609-371-3494 for information. A portion of the ticket prices benefit the theater.
Sports for Causes
Lymphoma and Leukemia Society has a marathon in Disney World on Saturday, January 12. Alchemist & Barrister employees are raising money for their team. Kim Coderoni, a bartender, and Amanda Armenante, the general manager, are raising money for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and related cancers with a group called Team in Training. Each member must raise a minimum of $3,400.
Coderoni is running in honor of her husband, a Mercer County Sheriff’s officer, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at 17 years old. After a long battle, he survived, but he has been battling lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis for the last few years. “Thankfully today he is in remission, watching our two daughters (that he was told he would never have) grow up,” she says.
Armenante is running in honor of her grandfather, Frank J. Armenante, one of the most influential people in her life. He was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 78 and died two years later. “His death took a devastating toll on me and my family, but his legacy has forever lived on,” she says. “He was known for his charisma, hard work, and the unconditional love he showed his family.”
Donations may be made at http://pages.teamintraining.org/nj/wdw13/kcoderoni.
New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, is asking for the public’s help to maintain an adequate three-to-five day supply of O-negative blood. Call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.