Pennington Players have auditions for “Big River,” a musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The production, based on the 2003 Broadway staging by the Roundabout Theater Company and the American Deaf West Theater, will blend American Sign Language with traditional choreography and staging. Roles are open for both deaf and hearing actors and actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Preliminary auditions for hearing actors will be Tuesday, June 25, from 7 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, June 29, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Preliminary auditions for deaf actors will be Thursday, June 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Callbacks for all roles will be on Sunday, June 30. E-mail for appointment.

Hearing actors are asked to prepare one complete song and be prepared to dance and learn sign interpretation. Deaf actors are asked to prepare a two to three minute story and to be prepared to present it in sign language. A brief choreography combination will be taught at the preliminary audition.


Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County offers “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for a game between the Trenton Thunder and New Britain Rock Cats. E-mail or call 609-393-9922.

Good Cause

Love, Annaleigh collects donations of supplies, toys, and money for the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick. Annaleigh, a triplet, born in 2009, died from a prematurity-related illness when she was eight weeks old. Her parents make a large donation on August 22, the anniversary of her death. There is a benefit pancake breakfast on Saturday, July 20, at Applebees on Route 33 in Hamilton. Visit for more information.

Call for Vendors

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 401, in South Brunswick, will hold a flea market on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 148 Major Road, Monmouth Junction. Vendor spaces are $10. Mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters of veterans are invited to join. Call Barbara Buhl, auxiliary president, at 732-821-6673.


PEAC Health & Fitness offers its annual bus trip to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York, on Wednesday, August 28. A motor coach will depart at 8 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. from 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing. $125 includes transportation, continental breakfast, and general admission access. Call 609-883-2000, E-mail, or visit

For Kids

Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey chapter is challenging schools and community groups in five counties to “Show Us Your H2O” by submitting creative entries that answer the question “Where does your water come from?” School groups and tax-exempt community groups from Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Middlesex, or Somerset counties can choose various formats including photo essay, artwork, map, report, or multi-media presentation for consideration. The deadline is Saturday, June 8.

Entries will be judged on originality, content, accuracy, and quality in explaining their water source. Two winners will be announced on June 17; select entries will be showcased on a dedicated web page, and Nature Conservancy will install the rain gardens on each winner’s property. Visit

Free Cuts

Great Clips salons offer free hair cuts for cancer survivors on Tuesday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at East Windsor, Nassau Park, and Hamilton Marketplace to support the efforts of the Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day. For more information call Denise Schiera at 609-553-3196.

“Last year, Great Clips at East Windsor, Nassau Park, and Hamilton Marketplace raised nearly $3,000 for Children’s Miracle Network which directly benefits Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” Schiera said.


OCM Canaan Church of Princeton offer “Kids’ Fun Week” for pre-K to sixth grade on Monday to Friday, August 5 to 9. Activities include music, games, Bible stories, crafts, and science fun from 7 to 9 p.m. The location is 826 Village Road West, West Windsor. Register online at E-mail or call 609-799-4455 for information.

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