Audition

Somerset Valley Players seeks actors for “Play It Again, Sam.” Auditions are Sunday and Tuesday, December 9 and 11, at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, from 7 to 10 p.m. Three adult males and eight adult females are needed. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469 for more information.

Call for Plays

Lawrence Library seeks works for a 10 minute staged reading in April for its annual One-Act Play Festival. The plays selected will be staged at the library.

Playwrights, amateur or professional, should submit their plays by Saturday, December 15. Scripts may be E-mailed as a Word document attachment to akerr@mcl.org or may be brought to the library’s reference desk. Include two title pages: one with the play title only and the other with play title and name, address, phone, and E-mail of author. The playwright’s name should not appear in the script. For more information call Ann Kerr at 609-989-6922.

Literati

Mercer Community College has released its 2012 Kelsey Review, a magazine of fiction, poetry, and art. Free copies are available at public libraries or online at www.mccc.edu/kelseyreview. This edition features 26 works of fiction created by 16 writers who live, work, or study in Mercer County. E-mail Kelsey.review@mccc.edu or visit www.mccc.edu.

For Teens

Princeton Photography Club and D&R Greenway Land Trust seek photographic entries for “Plantscapes,” a high school student photographic juried show. High School students may submit up to three jpeg images. There is no entry fee. Awards range from $50 to $500.

Use the open space around you, whether park or preserve, to photograph a natural landscape. Images can be digitally manipulated or unaltered, but works must be nature-themed and have a strong plant-based component. To find open spaces and trails to photograph visit www.njtrails.org.

E-mail images to tiffanyso@drgreenway.org. Each image should be accompanied with your name (last name_first name), E-mail address, high school, title, size of matted image, medium, sale price, and insurance value. Visit www.drgreenway.org. Submission deadline is Monday, February 25.

Paper Mill Playhouse awards Rising Star Awards for excellence in high school musical theater in New Jersey. The musicals are adjudicated in the spring by a group of 70 evaluators with each school receiving four independent evaluations. The gala will be Tuesday, June 4.

Any New Jersey school that produces a musical between January 17 and April 14 is eligible. Only the first 100 schools to apply will be entered into the program. Applications are available at www.papermill.org. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 9. More than $50,000 will be awarded in scholarships to students planning to study theater in college as well as scholarships to attend Paper Mill Playhouse’s summer musical theater conservatory.

Princeton History

Princeton Tour Company offers one hour trolley rides every Saturday from November 24 through December 29. Tours run hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. Register at www.princetontourcompany.com or 609-902-3637.

Dance for Parkinson

DanceVision and Parkinson Alliance offer Princeton Dance for Parkinson program for people with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers, friends, and family members. The series is held at on Wednesdays from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at PDT Studio, Forrestal village, 116 Rockingham Row, Plainsboro. Classes are free, but donations are invited. No dance experience is necessary. Visit www.dancevisionnj.org, E-mail info@dancevisionnj.org, or call 609-520-1020.

Affordable Housing

Mercer County Housing and Community Development Office offers applications for affordable housing at the Mercer County Veterans residence at 2280 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton (on the grounds of the former Mercer County Geriatric Center).

Maximum income permitted is $33,500 for a single person. Applicants must be income-eligible, have a discharge other than dishonorable from the military, and complete a self-sufficiency questionnaire. Applications are reviewed as received, and placement is contingent on availability.

Applications may be obtained by phone or visiting Mercer County Housing Office, 640 South Broad Street, Room 109, Trenton 08650 (609-989-6858); or Mercer County Veteran Services, 2280 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton 08619, (609-989-6120).

Share Your 9/11 Story

Voices of September 11 seeks people to help preserve history and educate future generations with reflections on the September 11 attacks. They are looking for people who were in Lower Manhattan or at the Pentagon; people who worked for a company that lost employees; and people who worked in the rescue and recovery efforts. Your story will become part of the permanent collection in the organization’s living memorial archive.

The meeting to record your story will take place in New Brunswick. Bring photographs, written materials, or other 9/11 materials that will be scanned to include with your recording. Founded in 2002, the organization also provides long-term support services to members of the 9/11 community, advocates for reforms to make our country safer, and provides ongoing assistance to those impacted by mass trauma.

Contact Suzanne Levy at slevy@voicesofsept11.org or 732-543-2300.

Event Coordinator

Needed

Arts Council of Princeton, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, seeks an event coordinator to organize Communiversity Festival of the Arts, its largest public annual event, scheduled for Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. The town-gown collaborative event attracts more than 35,000 visitors each year and includes more than 250 artists, performers, community groups, and vendors.

The contract position will be responsible for all aspects of event coordination from planning and preparation to site management through post-event reporting. The contract period will begin Saturday, December 1, and ends Thursday, May 30. Responsibilities include administration, booth coordination, license and permit management, entertainment coordination, marketing, PR, and executive reporting.

Interested candidates should E-mail resume, letter of interest, three references, and salary requirements to jsullivancrowley@artscouncilofprinceton.org with “Event Coordinator Search” in the subject line or mail to Event Coordinator Search, Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540.

Donate Please

Mercer County Veteran Services is conducting its annual donation drive to help veterans and their families enjoy the comforts of a hot meal on each holiday.

Rather than collecting donations of food, monetary donations go toward the purchase of Shop-Rite gift cards for veterans to purchase holiday meals. Checks payable to Mercer County Trust Fund may be sent to Mercer County Division of Veteran Services, 2280 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton 08619. Call 609-989-6120.

Beth Chaim Pre-School is asking for donations of new gloves, mittens, and socks for men, women, and children in need in our community. Collected items will be distributed to local agencies. Bring to Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, West Windsor, from Monday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 12. Call 609-799-9401.

Smokeout

New Jersey Department of Health offers help for smokers to quit smoking. Smoking cessation phone counseling services are available through NJ Quitline at 1-866-NJ-STOPS. Smokers can get the help they need free of charge by calling specially trained Quit Coaches.

The confidential service offers counseling in English and Spanish, as well as a translation service in 120 languages. The hotline is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.

Volunteer Please

Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is seeking volunteers during the upcoming tax season, to staff free tax preparation sites throughout Mercer County. To be a volunteer tax preparer, you must participate in a training program. Training classes will be held Fridays and Saturdays through December 8, at the new United Way conference room, 3150 Brunswick Pike, Suite 230, Lawrenceville. Classes include practical knowledge in tax law, and TaxWise software use, as well as hands-on practice completing tax returns. You will be required to pass a test on IRS Link & Learn to be certified to volunteer. Register with Michelle at 609-844-1008.

Grief Awareness

Good Grief will open its first satellite location in Princeton on February 6 to serve grieving children from 35 towns in central New Jersey. Visit www.good-grief.org.

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