Auditions

Villagers Theater has auditions for “The Lion in Winter” on Sunday and Tuesday, February 3 and 5, at 7 p.m. Visit www.villagerstheatre.com.

Emmaus Players has auditions for “Two Faces In The Shadows,” a dialogue between Judas and Peter after the crucifixion. Needed are two men between the ages of 20s to 50s. A small stipend for travel will be given. The show will be performed during the week of March 17 and March 24 at churches. Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29 and 30, at 7 p.m., at Kreative Kids Art and Music Academy, 5 Jill Court, Units 14-16, Hillsborough. E-mail pastormarionumc@gmail.com

Donate Please

New Jersey Blood Services is calling upon people to schedule an appointment to donate blood or consider sponsoring a drive. Qualified donors in good health should be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission, weigh 110 pounds, and present photo or signed ID. Donors 75 years and older can donate with a note from their physician. Call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Trenton has opened ReStore, a place to purchase low cost new and pre-owned furniture, appliances, and building materials. Located at 106 Ewing Street, Trenton, the hours are Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ReStore will pick up large items. To arrange for a pick up, to volunteer, or if you have other questions, call 609-218-6863.

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has announced that the beachfront will be open starting Memorial Day weekend. The cost to rebuild will be extensive and the Camp Meeting will be counting on assistance from FEMA and from the community. To make a donation to the designated fund to assist with boardwalk rebuilding efforts make check payable to OGCMA with “Boardwalk & Beach Front” in the memo line. Send to Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove 07756. Call 732-775-0035 or visit www.oceangrove.org.

Volunteer Please

YWCA Princeton ESL Program seeking adult tutors to help English language learners for conversation practice or GED prep study, only one hour a week, flexible schedule and no experience necessary. Upcoming tutor training program series will run Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., February 23, March 2, 9, and 16. Call 609-497-2100, ext. 329, E-mail ctompkins@ywcaprinceton.org or visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/esl.

Fresh Air seeks host families for inner city children this summer. The children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited may continue with the program through age 18 with extended trips. Contact Laurie Bershad at 609-371-2817 or visit www.freshair.org.

Alice Paul Institute needs new volunteers to train as members of its speakers bureau. Volunteers present Alice Paul at historic Paulsdale and at libraries, schools, and historical societies throughout New Jersey. Training includes learning the script for the 35-minute PowerPoint presentation and how to answer questions about Alice Paul. Contact Kris Myers at 856-231-1885 or kmyers@alicepaul.org.

CONTACT of Mercer County, its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and community host Pennington United Methodist Church seek volunteers for local community agencies. There is an open house on Tuesday, January 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 60 South Main Street, Pennington. Prospective volunteers of all ages from Central New Jersey are invited to meet with representatives of local agencies to consider volunteer service at their centers. Bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to benefit food pantries in the Mercer area. Call 609-883-2880, E-mail rsvpmc.contact@verizon.net, or visit www.contactofmercer.org.

Princeton Learning Cooperative is looking for volunteers to work with teen members through a workshop, a class or activity, or tutoring. Adult mentors may work in a variety of academic and non-academic pursuits. Call 609-851-2522, or E-mail info@princetonlearningcooperative.org.

The Arts

VSA New Jersey announces spring program offerings for children with autism ages 3 to 21 and their family members. The Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism offers weekly workshops in the visual and performing arts. The classes are offered on Saturdays, February 16 to April 20, in New Brunswick, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each 10-week workshop meets for one hour per week. $30 registration fee.

VSA/NJ is also accepting applications for the 12th Art Par Excellence statewide touring art exhibit featuring the two dimensional artwork by students through age 21 with disabilities. The artists will be recognized at an opening reception. The application deadline is Thursday, January 31. Call 732-745-3885 or E-mail info@vsanj.org.

For Families

NAMI Mercer is accepting registration for Family-to-Family, a free 12-week education course for adult family members of persons living with mental illness. The course will be offered Wednesdays, beginning February 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Recovery Advocates of America, 2117 Highway 33, in Hamilton. Thursday evening classes begin February 21 at the NAMI Mercer Center, 3371 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. Free. Call 609-799-8994 or E-mail home@namimercer.org.

Tax Help

Princeton Library offers free help in preparing tax forms to seniors and people of low and moderate income. Volunteers will prepare and electronically file federal and New Jersey state tax returns as part of AARP’s Tax-Aide program. The help is available by appointment on Monday mornings, from February 4, to April 15. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and noon. To schedule, call 609-924-9529, ext 220.

Participants should bring a copy of last year’s return, as well as documentation for all income, expenses that may be deductible, and official documents.

For Parents

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent/child enrollment in its spring Hatchery Program, which begins in March. The program introduces children to life on the farm, while parents volunteer on the farm. One parent must work at the farm as a volunteer in exchange for one child’s participation. No experience is necessary.

The program is for children ages 3 to 5. The program runs one morning per week for 12 weeks beginning March 12, 13, 14, and 15, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Parents must attend an organizational meeting Wednesday, February 20, or Tuesday, February 26, at 1 p.m.

The farm is located two miles south of Lambertville. Call 609-737-3299 or E-mail kbrilla@mercercounty.org

For Teens

New Jersey high school students are invited to compete in the 2013 Central New Jersey Regional Brain Bee. Modeled after a traditional spelling bee, students are quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system. There is no cost. The contest will be held Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway. Visit rwjms.umdnj.edu/neuroscience/BrainBee/BrainBee.html. Contact Joan Mordes at mordesja@umdnj.edu or 732-235-5390.

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