Young Musicians

Westminster Conservatory’s Honors Music Program is accepting applications for admission for the upcoming school year for gifted instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers, ages 8 to 18. The program includes Saturday classes in chamber music, jazz improvisation, music theory and composition, music history, singer’s diction, and vocal repertoire. Contact Alison Neely at youngartists@rider.­edu or 609-921-7104.

Audition

Maurer Productions OnStage has auditions for “Monty Python’s Spamalot: The Musical” on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 14, from noon to 5 p.m. at Mercer Community College in West Windsor. Auditions are open to actors/singers/dancers, 18 years and older. Many characters play multiple roles. Accents needed include English, French, Scottish, and “Funny.”

The show will require a dance corps that does not necessarily need to sing. If you would like to be considered for the dance corps, sign up for an audition time in the first hour of each audition day. You will be taught a more difficult dance combination and will be given the option of performing a song/monologue or simply vocalizing with the music director. Visit www.­mponstage.­com/registration. E-mail Audition@mponstage.­com or call 609-882-2292.

For Artists

Cranbury Station Galleries offers “Women Watercoloring Workshops by the Sea” on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16; or Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14. $390 includes art materials, breakfast, and light snacks. Private room is an additional $50. Workshop includes studio and on site instructional painting, films, discussions, and more. Day tripper plan is $290. Call 609-921-0434.

Blood Donors Needed

Community Blood Council of New Jersey is part of the Super Community Blood Drive, aimed at motivating people to donate blood for patients who need blood transfusions for traumatic injuries, illnesses, and surgeries. The collaboration between New York and New Jersey to increase the blood supply, is expected to include thousands of drives in the run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey. Donors with all blood types are needed. One pint of blood from a single donor can save up to three lives. Every person who presents to donate blood will receive a red wristband and the opportunity to win tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. For information or to schedule an appointment call 609-883-9750, ext. 145, or visit www.­GiveBloodNJ.­org. Walk-ins are welcomed.

Donate Toys

Century 21 Abrams, Hutchinson & Associates is collecting fun toys that teach for the Cherry Tree Club, an early childhood education program offering homeless and at risk children in Mercer County a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment in which to play, learn, and grow. Donations may include colored chalk, bubbles, Tonka trucks, and other fun toys. Bring toys to Century 21 Abrams, Hutchinson & Associates, 64 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor. Call Janice Hutchinson at 609-683-5000 for information.

Volunteer Please

World Heritage Student Exchange seeks couples, single parents, and families with or without children to host a foreign exchange student. Visit www.­whhosts.­com, E-mail info@world-heritage.­org, or call 800-888-9040.

Food Drive

PEAC Health & Fitness will collect non-perishable food items to support Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton in July. All donations toward the summer hunger relief program will go to the Mercer Emergency and Community Services food pantry, part of Catholic Charities’ hunger and homelessness prevention program. The items they need most are: canned meats and vegetables, soup, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, rice, pasta, pancake mixes and syrup, pudding, jello, and juice boxes.

Visit www.­catholiccharities­trenton.­org. Contact Christine Tentilucci at PEAC Health and Fitness at 609-883-2000 or E-mail ctentilucci@peachealthfitness.­com, or visit www.­peachealthfitness.­com. PEAC is located at 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08618

History

Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and New Brunswick Historical Society have made the New Brunswick Daily Times and the Daily Home News online from 1871 to 1916. The newspapers of these 45 years covering from the post Civil War period through the eve of World War I may be searched or browsed online via OCR indexing from www.­nbfpl.­org. Call the reference librarian at New Brunswick Library at 732-745-5108, ext. 20, or E-mail nbfpl@lmxac.­org

Postal Work Available

Mercer County’s One-Stop Career Center is offering pre-screening, online applications, and testing sessions for several hundred positions with the U.S. Postal Service. Information sessions are held every day at 10 a.m.; no appointment is necessary. The jobs are 30 to 40 hours per week, and include positions for city carrier assistants that pay $15 per hour. Other positions may also be available.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legally authorized to work in the United States; must live within commuting distance of the 086 ZIP code area; be at least 21 years old; and have a valid driver’s license with a two-year safe driving record. Call 609-989-6200. The center is at 26 Yard Avenue, Trenton.

Remember Your Pets

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages New Jerseyans to include their pets as they update their emergency plans. You and your animals need emergency plans for a fire, flood, tornado, or terrorist attack. Knowing what supplies to have available, how to evacuate with your pets, where your pets will stay and how you will meet your pets’ needs throughout the disaster, are all critical questions to address.

Pet owners are urged to keep a pet emergency supply kit, which should include at least a three-day supply of food, drinking water, bowls, current photos of you and your pets together, physical descriptions of each pet, medication, vaccination records, and first aid pet supplies. Also include a leash (even for cats), a pet carrier that can double as a sleeping area, toys, and blankets.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pets’ emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther away, where you will meet your buddy in an emergency.

Pet owners must understand their community’s evacuation plans and ensure they are prepared for any variations and restrictions. If officials call for an evacuation, you should be aware that many evacuation shelters do not accept pets and you must plan where you’ll shelter your pets in advance. Many hotels, motels, campsites, and other facilities around the country now allow pets. For information on pet-friendly accommodations visit ready.gov/caring-animals.

Visit state.nj.us/njoem, Ready.gov, or Listo.gov, or call 800-BE-READY. Text PREPARE to 43362 to receive monthly disaster safety tips on your mobile phone.

Dive In

West Windsor Water Works, a family aquatic center, will be open on weekends through June 16. The facility will be open daily starting from Saturday, June 22, through Monday, September 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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