For Authors

Princeton Public Library is accepting applications from authors interested in participating in the library’s sixth annual Local Author Day on Saturday, April 12. Workshops for writers begin at 10 a.m.

Open to authors from central New Jersey and Bucks County, with preference given to those who reside within 20 miles of the library. The event is an opportunity for authors to gain exposure while showcasing their work through marketing and networking. Authors supply their own books and keep all proceeds from sales during the fair.

Space is available for 36 authors with priority given to writers of adult fiction or non-fiction. Writers in other genres, or for other age groups, are welcome to apply. Four featured authors will be selected and given a 12 to 15-minute time slot to read from their work during the fair. Ten additional authors will be chosen by lottery to read for 5 to 7 minutes.

E-mail Shelly Hawk at shawk@princetonlibrary.org to receive a link to an online application. Deadline is Monday, February 17.

Volunteer Please

Womanspace seeks volunteers to partner with area police to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteers will receive more than 80 hours of specialized training on topics including the law, sensitivity to the needs of victims and their children, and how to provide appropriate responses at a very critical time.

Trained volunteers must be “on call” two to four shifts per month. Visit www.WOMANSPACE.org. Call 609-394-0136 or E-mail dvvrt@womanspace.org.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families in Mercer and Middlesex counties for its 138th summer. Each summer more than 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural, and small town communities. Call Darlene Plummer at 609-275-0464 or visit www.freshair.org.

New Jersey Blood Services is in need of volunteers at blood drives to assist donors. Call 732-616-8741 or E-mail rzepka@nybloodcenter.org for information.

The Old Barracks Museum seeks volunteers for special events, the store, or more. Upcoming events include “Three Centuries of African American Soldiers” and the French and Indian War weekend. Contact Lauren Ronaghan at lronaghan@barracks.org or call 609-777-3599 for information.

New Food, Good Cause

Outback Steakhouse in Mercer Mall, Lawrenceville opens on Monday, January 20. Fifty percent of the opening day sales (up to $5,000) will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County to support programs that pair children with role models in one-to-one relationships. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Visit www.outback.com.

For Seniors

Princeton Senior Resource Center is accepting applications for Next Step Internships, a program designed to help people 50 plus navigate a mid-life career change into an encore career in a nonprofit organization. Internships are in event management and program management and marketing. Visit www.engagedretirement.org.

Through the program, interns develop specific skills and also general experience in the nonprofit sector. A typical internship involves 90 to 120 hours of work assignments, plus training and supervision. Training includes time with the supervisor and executive director, orientation to nonprofit organizations and to PSRC, attendance at staff meetings, and training sessions on critical aspects of non-profit management. Stipends range between $750 to $1,000.

For the Young

New Jersey Repertory Company is looking for students to tell stories related to Hurricane Sandy and how it has impacted their communities and families. Six high school students will be chosen to participate in a free nine-week playwrighting program on Saturdays in February and March. Participants will work with a professional playwright, director, and actors to help develop their scripts. Each student’s play will be presented to the public in March.

Visit www.njrep.org/youngplaywrights.htm to fill-out an application and submit a writing sample, 500 words maximum, then E-mail the application and writing sample to njrepproject@gmail.com. No previous experience is necessary and writing samples may be prose, poetry, a scene, or monologue. Deadline is Monday, January 20.

First Baptist Church of Eggerts Crossing is hosting an art contest showcasing local artistry to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Open to high school and college students ages 17 to 25. Deadline is Friday, January 24. Entries must be submitted online and paintings mailed to First Baptist Church of Eggerts Crossing, 121 Hillcrest Avenue, Lawrenceville. The Ebay auction begins Sunday, January 26. Entry fee is $10 for each painting. Entries will be voted on by donations submitted through the website for your painting. Visit www.firstbaptisteggertscrossing.org, call 609-882-5136, or E-mail fbcofeggertscrossing@gmail.com.

Theater

Lawrence Library seeks actors for its sixth annual One-Act Play Festival on Saturday April 26. The directors ask that actors fill a variety of roles in the staged readings from the selected works of local playwrights. The audition consists of a cold reading from selected scripts.

Auditions will be held Wednesday and Thursday, February 5 and 6, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.; Monday, February 10, 4 to 8:30 p.m.; and Thursday, February 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Schedule an appointment with James Damron at 609-989-6915 or E-mail jdamron@mcl.org.

Passage Theater seeks information for playwright David Lee White, who will turn your childhood traumas, awkward pick up lines, hobbies, and skills best left unsaid, into entertainment at the theater’s annual benefit in March. E-mail info@passagetheatre.org.

Health

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is raising awareness about the critical role clinical trials play in making scientific progress, especially for a disease like pancreatic cancer that has few effective treatment options. Visit www.pancan.org/clinicaltrials.

As part of its mission to save and transform the lives of individuals with mental disorders, Attitudes in Reverse will hold a butterfly release ceremony during its at the third annual Miki & Friends Walk & Run for AIR event on Saturday, May 17. Butterflies represent transitions in life and have become a meaningful symbol of healing for individuals who have lost loved ones. Butterflies also signify transformation. Just as a butterfly develops and emerges from a cocoon, people transform in many ways.

“We aim to transform young people’s lives from isolation resulting from mental disorders and the fear of having these illnesses become known, to lives of freedom from symptoms of mental disorders as much as possible and, therefore, freedom to pursue other goals and enjoy their lives to the greatest extent possible,” says Tricia Baker, co-founder of the organization. Visit www.attitudesinreverse.org, call 609-945-3200, or E-mail info@attitudesinreverse.org for information.

Seeking Memories

Grounds for Sculpture seeks first hand accounts of stories about when you attended or worked the New Jersey State Fair on the current GFS campus. What did you see? What did you smell? What did you feel? Chosen tellers will be required to attend a storytelling workshop and must agree to be filmed telling the story. Submissions must be long more than four typed pages. Biography and entry form must accompany the story. Submit to rperrone@groundsforsculpture.org by Saturday, February 8.

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