Santa Flies Into Airport

Princeton Airport is the scene for Santa’s landing on Monday, December 24, at 11 a.m. The airport opens its maintenance hangar at 10:30 a.m. for the holiday festivities. There will be music, featuring Pat McKinley, a local folk singer, who will lead the audience in a variety of holiday tunes. Members of the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers will be serving cookies and cocoa. Santa will distribute gifts from the sack on his back to each child and parents will have the opportunity to snap a picture of their children on Santa’s lap. There is no charge for the event.

To participate bring one toy (12 inches or smaller) for each child to the chimneys in the airport lobby. The gift must be wrapped and have the child’s name written clearly. If there is more than one child in the family, tie them all together and drop them into chimney 1. Santa will distribute gifts according to order in which they were received. Deadline is Sunday, December 16.

Please donate a gift of a new toy or book for a needy child. These gifts should be unwrapped. Those presents are placed in the other chimney. The airport will also be collecting checks made out to the “Food Bank Network of Somerset County” and canned and boxed food donations.

The airport is on Route 206 in Montgomery Township. Call 609-921-3100 or visit www.princetonairport.com.

Seeking Dancers

Roxey Ballet has company auditions for dancers with professional experience. Contracts of 19 to 30 weeks are being offered. Send letter of inquiry and resumes to info@roxeyballet.org or 243 North Union Street, Lambertville 08530. Visit www.roxeyballet.org. No phone calls please.

DanceVision has auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Sunday, January 27. Performances are Sunday, May 5 at noon and 4 p.m. Visit www.dancevisionnj.org.

ESL Registration

YWCA Princeton offers English as a Second Language for winter visitors to the U.S. in an intensive two-week, 30-hour course, Wednesday, January 2, to Saturday, January 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $360 plus admission fees. The program is geared toward non-native visitors, and will focus on understanding and speaking American English.

Field trips may include Princeton Public Library, Princeton University Museum, local police departments and rescue squads, the Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, and the New Jersey State Museum. Contact Caroline Tompkins at 609-497-2100, ext. 329 or E-mail ctompkins@ywcaprinceton.org.

Auditions

Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “13,” a musical with seven teenage boys and six teenage girls. Sunday, December 16, and Tuesday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m., at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Performance dates are weekends, Friday, April 12, to Sunday, May 5. Be prepared to sing 32 bars of a pop/rock or contemporary musical theater song (not a song from the show). Bring sheet music clearly marked and in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. All actors must realistically be able to portray a 13-year-old. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.

Donate Please

Century 21 Abrams, Hutchinson & Associates is holding a diaper and pajama drive for young children in HomeFront. Bring the diapers and pajamas to 64 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor. Call Janice Hutchinson or Barbara Weinfield at 609-683-5000.

For the Young

Sylvan Learning Center offers free tutoring to students impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Days of Learning are to help students catch up on school work. The offer is open to any non-Sylvan student who reserves a Saturday afternoon spot at a participating center. Centers participating in the free tutoring efforts include the center at 3635 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, 609-588-9037.

Bucks County Playhouse has announced its Saturday Arts Program, a training ground for passionate young performers in grades four through twelve. The nine-week session runs from Saturdays, January 19 to March 23. The conservatory-style classes on technique and overall artistry focus on acting, musical theater voice, musical theater dance, stage combat, and improvisation. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, at 4 p.m.

The winter session costs $450. Visit www.bcptheater.org/education, call 609-460-4630, ext. 114, or E-mail sap@bcptheater.org. Classes take place at Bucks County Playhouse and the Solebury School.

New Jersey State Bar Foundation offers free mock trial programs for students in grades 3 to 8 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The programs are open to public, private, and home schools as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and other similar organizations. Students will serve as jurors. Judges and attorneys will preside over the trials.

Programs for grades 3 to 6 will be held Tuesday to Friday, May 28 to 31. Seventh and eighth grade sessions will take place Monday to Thursday, May 20 to 23. Register at www.njsbf.org. Contact Sheila Boro at 732-937-7519 or E-mail sboro@njsbf.org.

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