Auditions

Lawrence Library seeks actors to fill a variety of roles in the fifth annual One-Act Play Festival on Saturday, April 27. The staged readings are from selected works of local playwrights. The audition consists of a cold reading from selected scripts. Auditions will be held at the library on Wednesday and Thursday, February 6 and 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.; and Monday, February 11, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Call James Damron at 609-989-6915 or E-mail jdamron@mcl.org. The auditions will be held at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville.

Edison Valley Playhouse has auditions for the comedy, “Greater Tuna,” on Monday, February 11, Oak Tree Road, Edison, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Two adult men, ages 18 plus, are needed. They must be able to play at least 8 to 10 characters, both male and female. Performance dates are June 7, 8, 14, and 15. E-mail productions624@yahoo.com.

Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville has auditions for two upcoming musical productions on Sunday, February 17, at the Downtown Performing Arts Center, 54 Mt. Airy Village Road, Lambertville. Bring a headshot and resume (if available) and prepare an uptempo contemporary Broadway song. Bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning may be asked to stay for dance auditions.

Auditions for “A Year With Frog and Toad” will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for young performers ages 7 to 13. Casting will be completed within one week of the audition date with rehearsals taking place from March 2 through April 6. Performances will take place in April with exact dates and venue to be announced.

Auditions for “Footloose” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. for teen performers between 13 and 18. Callbacks, if necessary, will take place on Monday, February 18, with rehearsals held on weekends from April 6 through May 11. Performances will take place in May with exact dates and venue to be announced. Visit www.downtownpac.com or call 609-397-3337.

Volunteer Please

CONTACT offers crisis hotline training on Tuesdays, February 5 to April 23. The free training courses are for prospective volunteers. A one-hour, no-obligation, orientation session will be held February 5, at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 South Main Street, Pennington. Visit www.contactofmercer.org or call 609-883-2880.

Musical Notes

VOICES’ Young Composers Project is a contest for children ages 5 to 12, with the support of a parent or music teacher. The process includes a master class with other young composers and their families, socializing with other families with similar educational and music focuses, individual music notation sessions, and discussion with and written encouragement from an established composer.

To begin the process children are invited to compose a piece of music with a vocal element. Music can be written down in any kind of notation, formal or invented. Parents, piano teachers, and music teachers are invited to support, but not edit, the child’s composition.

Submit a recording and three written copies of the child’s music by March 1. Entries should include the child’s name and age, assisting adult’s name, phone number, address, and child’s background in music. Also include a $12 processing fee to VOICES Composition Contest, Box 404, Pennington 08534.

E-mail submissions of scanned music and MP3 files are also accepted. Call 215-598-0783 or E-mail VOICESchoralevp@aol.com Visit www.VOICESChorale.org.

Princeton Adult School gives people who once played a musical instrument a way to rediscover the pleasures of making music with “Introduction to the Recorder.” The first class is on Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m. Loaner instruments are available. Visit www.princetonadultschool.org.

Princeton Recorder Society meets monthly to play under the direction of leading recorder professionals from the mid-Atlantic region. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m., at Kingston Presbyterian Church in Kingston.

Call for Art

Monmouth Museum seeks entries for “From Plate to Paper: The Art of Printmaking.” Open to all artists in the U.S., 18 and older, with art created in the last five years. Send monotype, monoprint, lithograph, silk screen, woodcut block, linocut, etching, engraving, drypoint, limited edition signed, numbered giclees, offset reproductions, handmade books, and three dimensional work that includes any printmaking media. $20 per piece, maximum of two. Submit digital photos in jpg format, an artist statement, and a printed list of the images on the CD. Deadline is Wednesday, February 6. Call 732-747-2266 or E-mail cclark@monmouthmuseum.org.

Tax Assistance

Princeton Senior Resource Center presents free tax assistance for low and moderate income people, with special attention to those age 60 plus in the greater Princeton area who are filing uncomplicated personal returns. Trained volunteers from AARP will be available to prepare New Jersey state and federal returns. Returns may be filed electronically. Volunteer preparers are particularly familiar with tax regulations and rebate programs that affect seniors.

Assistance is available by appointment on Fridays 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, starting February 8. Call 609-924-7108 to make an appointment.

Participants must bring copies of their 2011 Federal and New Jersey tax returns, as well as all necessary 2012 tax information, including W-2 and 1099 income forms, unemployment statements, SSA-1099 Social Security forms, forms indicating federal tax paid, property tax bill, dependent care provider information, and receipts for itemized deductions such as medical bills and charitable contributions.

For Princeton Residents

A contest to rename Princeton’s municipal buildings is being sponsored by Princeton and Princeton Public Library. The contest is to rename the buildings known as Princeton Borough Hall (1 Monument Drive) and Princeton Township Hall (400 Witherspoon Street) now that the communities have been unified.

Open to Princeton residents at least 18 years old, the deadline to submit to the library is Friday, February 15, at 5 p.m. Library employees, employees and elected officials of the municipality of Princeton, the competition judges and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

Contestants may submit one name for each building accompanied by a typewritten essay of not more than 250 words in support of the recommendation. Entry forms are available at the library’s welcome and information desks and at princetonlibrary.org. They are also available at the Office of the Clerk at 400 Witherspoon Street.

The entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will recommend up to three names for each building to the municipality.

Each contestant whose name is chosen will receive a $250 gift certificate to McCaffrey’s, season tickets to Princeton University football or basketball for next season, a free family membership to the Princeton Community Pool, and free borrowing privileges for CDs/DVDs at Princeton Public Library.

Winning entrants will be notified and the building names will be announced during the week of March 1.

For Jewish Leaders

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer offers comprehensive fundraising training to local Jewish organizations, day schools, and synagogues through “Life and Legacy,” a pilot program from Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The launch is Tuesday, February 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. Register prior to Monday, February 18. Participants learn how to craft a legacy plan and detail a case statement, identify donors, and set goals. Call 609-219-0555 or E-mail J.meyers@jcfgreatermercer.org.

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