Auditions

Maurer Onstage has auditions for Avenue Q on Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 2, from noon to 5 p.m. Audition information and forms are at www.mponstage.com. E-mail auditions@mponstage.com or call 609-882-2292. Performances are weekends at Kelsey Theater, March 1 to 10. Actors auditioning for puppet characters must audition with a puppet. Prepare an up tempo musical theater song in your natural singing voice. You may be asked to sing a portion using a character voice. Bring a copy of sheet music. Be prepared to dance.

Available roles include Brian, Christmas Eve, Gary Coleman (played by a female), Kate Monster, Lucy T. Slut, Mrs. T, Nicky, Princeton, Rod, Bad Idea Bears (two male or female), and Trekkie Monster. There are also parts for ensemble and puppet support. The show is not for children. Auditioners must be 18 and up.

Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville has auditions for “Legally Blonde the Musical Jr.” on Sunday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 54 Mt. Airy Village Road, Lambertville. Only boys and girls ages 12 to 16 will be cast. Prepare 32 bars of an up tempo, contemporary Broadway songs. Bring sheet music. Actors may be asked to remain for a dance audition. Visit www.downtownpac.com.

Main Street Theater Company has auditions for “On Borrowed Time” on Sunday and Monday, December 9 and 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. 3018 Bordentown Avenue, Parlin. Visit smstc.org or call 732-553-1153.

Inauguration

Congressman Rush Holt offers advice for those interested in attending the event on Monday, January 21, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. “Begin your travel plans now, as hotels, airlines, and Amtrak all sell out quickly,” he says in a statement. “You do not need a ticket to attend.”

Certain areas around the Capitol will be open to ticket holders only. Holt has received a small allotment of tickets to these areas, and to ensure their fair distribution, his office will conduct a random lottery. All requests from the 12th Congressional District will go through the lottery.

If you are interested in entering the ticket lottery, E-mail your name, address, telephone number, and E-mail address to Andrew Black at andrew.black@mail.house.gov. Each lottery entry is limited to two tickets, and all requests must be submitted by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18.

Donate Please

Monroe Library is accepting donations of new hardcover and paperback books for “Books to Keep,” a distribution program for disadvantaged children. Through Saturday, December 15. Call 732-521-5000.

PRISM Physical Therapy is accepting donations for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen through Wednesday, December 19. Items requested are men’s white crew socks, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and reading glasses (various strengths). Bring to PRISM PT, 1245 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton, Monday to Friday. Call 609-581-7550.

Leigh Visual Imaging is collecting jackets, coats, sweaters, pants, socks, underwear, shoes, boots, sneakers, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets to help men, women, and children in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Donations accepted through Thursday, December 5, at 45 Everett Drive, Suite 100, West Windsor. Call Janice at 609-799-8880.

Organic Land Care

Rutgers Cooperative Extension presents a new program of seminars for the landscaping industry titled the “Organic Land Care” certification course, on Thursdays and Fridays, January 10, 11, 17, and 18, at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The four-day program is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects, and master hardeners. Participants will earn NJ DEP pesticide recertification credits and the NJDEP Natural Turf & Landscape Management certificate. Topics to be presented include landscape alternatives to lawns, interpreting soil sample results, and marketing your organic company.

Other presentations will focus on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted run-off from managed landscapes. This program is not intended for recreation and sports turf fields. Certification is attained by passing an optional exam at the end of the program. Participants who pass the exam will be considered a certified organic land care provider and be listed on the Rutgers website.

Register. $475 to $500 includes breakfast and lunch. Deadline is Monday, January 7. Call 732-398-5275.

Nominations Invited

Military Spouse magazine opened nominations for the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award. An installation level winner will be recognized at teach U.S. military installation that submits nominations. A nominee must be the spouse of a current member of the armed forces. Visit militaryspouse.com by Friday, January 4.

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