Call for Art

The South Brunswick Arts Commission invites artists in all media to submit work for a juried exhibit by Friday, September 13, at 4:30 p.m. The theme “Legendary Locations” embraces works related to locations where events occurred, who was there, the architecture, and what happened: recent or past. Works inspired by the Mapleton Preserve in Kingston are especially welcomed. The exhibit opens Friday, October 11, at 540 Route 522, Monmouth Junction. Visit www.sbarts.org.

Main Street Highland Park is seeking artists to showcase and sell their wares at Arts in the Park, an annual arts street fair. The festival is on Sunday September 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. along Raritan Avenue (Route 27) in downtown Highland Park. Raritan Avenue will be closed to traffic for the event.

The outdoor, juried art show and street fair offers cash awards for first, second, and third places in painting, sculpture, photography, fine crafts, recycled or found, graphics/drawing/printmaking, and mixed media.

There will also be an area featuring promotional booths, children’s activities, food, and performances. Also seeking event sponsors, musicians, food and beverage vendors, and organizations. Visit www.shophighlandpark.com or contact James McCrone at jmccrone@mainstreethp.org or 732-828-8444.

For the Birds

Washington Crossing Audubon Society offers its annual Holden Fund Grant competition to assist individuals and organizations in advancing environmental education and conservation through initiatives broadly related to birdlife. This year, a total of up to $15,000 is available from the fund. Individual grants will be capped at $5,000.

Recipients will be announced by February 1. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 1. Visit www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org.

Call for Photos

Hamilton Township seeks photographs for the 2014 Township Calendar Photograph Contest. The theme is “Hamilton Township Families Enjoying our Hometown.” Residents are asked to submit photographs that show how their families and loved ones enjoy the parks, recreational amenities, community events, and other aspects of the town.

Photographs must be accompanied by a signed disclaimer form, giving full permission for the photograph to be used for the calendar. Also, photographs of any person or private object must have the permission of the photographed person or the work’s rightful owner for use in the calendar. A picture of a sculpture requires the permission of its artist. Permission forms will be available at www.HamiltonNJ.com. Send by E-mail to DDeGregory@HamiltonNJ.com by Friday, October 4.

Auditions

Actors’s Net has auditions for “White Christmas” on Sunday, September 8, at Downstage Center Dance Studio, 830 West Trenton Avenue, Morrisville, PA, from 10 a.m. to 1 and 6 to 9 p.m. The roles of Judy Haynes, Martha Watson, General Waverly, and Susan Waverly are already cast. Seeking singers who dance and dancers who sing. Ages 16 and older.

Strong singers, male and female, should prepare 32 bars of a traditional Broadway song. Bring sheet music properly marked with cuts and in the correct key. You may also bring a CD/iPod track without background vocals. Songs from the show are allowed. Some singers will be asked to stay and dance. Bring character shoes and tap shoes if possible.

Strong jazz and tap dancers, male and female, should wear dance clothes and bring character shoes and taps. Some dancers will be asked to stay and sing. Prepare 16 bars in a traditional Broadway style. E-mail questions to Dani Tucci-Juraga at Dani@DownstageDance.com or visit www.actorsnetbucks.org.

The Phenomenal Animals performance troop is looking for teens and adults to participate in its October production of “Blood Rite at the Horror House.” Visit the Odd Act Theater Group studio at 200 Whitehead Road in Hamilton on Monday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.phenomenalanimals.com, E-mail phenomenalanimals@gmail.com, or call 609-577-1384.

Health

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton has initiated a lung cancer screening program for high-risk smokers and former smokers that uses a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan to detect tumors. The scans are $99 and are not covered by insurance.

To qualify, individuals must have a “30-pack year” history of smoking; a “pack year” is the number of cigarette packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked (someone who smokes two packs a day for 15 years would qualify). Individuals must be at least 45 years old and are either currently smoking or have quit within the past 15 years. Call 609-584-5900.

For Singers

Lashir, the Jewish Community Choir of Princeton, is auditioning for the upcoming season. The four-part choir sings in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino, and performs at community and synagogue events. Must have some musical experience and ability. Auditions are Thursdays, October 3, 10, and 17 at 7:15 p.m. at the Jewish Center of Princeton. Contact Robin Wallack at robinwallack@verizon.net or 609-683-8505.

Community Children’s Choir, for ages 6 and up, will hold registration on Friday, September 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square, 3550 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. An initial rehearsal for adult choir singers takes place at 8 p.m. Visit www.ccchoir.com, E-mail ccchoir@optonline.net, or call 609-587-7076.

Westminster Community Chorus is scheduling auditions for its new season. Based at Westminster Conservatory, the chorus includes high-school and adult amateur singers. Conducted by Devin Mariman, the ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, beginning Tuesday, September 10. There are openings for all voice parts in the chorus. Call 609-921-7104.

Trenton Community Singers, under the direction of Richard M. Loatman, is seeking new members. They are particularly looking for tenors and basses. Visit www.capitalsingers.org, call Suzanne Kazi at 609-799-5939, or E-mail newtcs.cst@gmail.com.

For the Young

Acting Naturally offers musical theater workshops for ages 8 to 18 to learn stage presence and build confidence while mastering the art of performing through improvisation, acting, and singing. Saturdays, September 14 to 30, 10 a.m. to noon, $295. The class culminates in a performance open to the public on November 30, at 7 p.m. Rehearsals are at Morrisville United Methodist Church, 501 West Maple Avenue, Morrisville, PA. Training for teens interested in acting and performing is available Mondays, September 9 to October 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. $200. E-mail info@ActingNaturally.com or call 267-798-9165.

For Families

YWCA Princeton offers more than 300 classes and programs, with most classes beginning Thursday, September 5. There are openings in the nursery school, the bilingual nursery school, dance and aquatics for preschoolers, Red Cross classes, swim clinics, and more. Residents of West Windsor and Plainsboro have an additional option of taking swim classes at High School North’s pool (in conjunction with Plainsboro Aquatics Outreach Program). Register at www.ywcaprinceton.org/register or call 609-497-2100.

For Seniors

Princeton Senior Resource Center offers a GrandPals event on Monday, September 23, at 10:30 a.m., at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton. Experienced GrandPals will discuss the current program that encourages intergenerational friendships for both children and older adults who may not have a grandparenting relationship nearby. The program matches older adult volunteers with children in Princeton, Trenton, West Windsor, Cranbury, Ewing, South Brunswick, and Skillman. Call Olivian Boon at 609-924-7108 to register.

For Dancers

Roxey Ballet Company, professional dance company of the Mill Ballet School, has auditions for Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” at the Canal Studios in Lambertville, on Saturday, September 14. Visit www.roxeyballet.org or call 609-397-7616.

Gardens

Rutgers Master Gardener day and evening classes begin in September at the Middlesex County EARTH Center, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Lecture classes meet once per week for three hours through mid April. Outdoor, hands-on garden classes, meet weekly for three hours from mid April through mid September. New students create and care for a large demonstration vegetable and herb gardens.

Orientation is Thursday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m.; or Friday, September 13, at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration for the course is required. The program also requires participants to volunteer a minimum of 60 hours of service towards extension projects, activities, and events. Visit www.mgmcnj.org or call 732-398-5278.

Call for Poems

D&R Greenway Land Trust seeks poems for “A Sense of Place,” a poetry reading and reception on Tuesday, October 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, Princeton.

Poets submitting poems should plan to be present at the reading so that they may read their own work as part of the celebration. Send poems by E-mail to cedelmann@drgreenway.org. Deadline is Friday, September 27. Call 609-924-4646 or E-mail rsvp@drgreenway.org.

For Bikers

West Windsor Police Department and West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance present a new joint program to help deter thefts and return stolen or lost bikes in West Windsor.

Pick up or download a registration form; fill it out and return it to the police department on Clarksville Road or to WWBPA at the West Windsor Farmers Market on Vaughn Drive in West Windsor on Saturdays. A unique numbered self-adhesive identification tag will be issued for each bike. Visit westwindsorpolice.com or wwbpa.org.

For Teens

Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, an arts-in-education organization, is now accepting applications for the Emerging Artists Creativity Hub. The teen arts program is for youth, ages 13 to 17, who are interested and gifted in the arts. In partnership with the College of New Jersey, the 10-week program is held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on college’s Ewing campus.

Students will create individual artworks and collaborate with their fellow students on group projects, and visit cultural institutions. Applications are due on Friday, September 20, and classes begin on Saturday, September 28. Space is limited and scholarships are available. Call 866-500-9265, E-mail Adam Nicolai at anicolai@yanj.org, or visit www.yanj-yaep.org.

Faith

Congregation Beth Chaim presents “Introduction to Judaism,” a course about holidays, history, life cycle, literature, beliefs, and practices. The classes will be taught by Jewish professionals from the Mercer-Lower Bucks area. The course will meet on Tuesdays from October 15 through March 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road, West Windsor. Contact Rabbi Cari Bricklin-Small, 609-799-9401, ext. 102, or E-mail rabbicari@bethchaim.org.

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