Support for Ewing Residents

The explosion in Ewing injured utility workers and damaged more than 50 homes. Several organizations are collecting items to help the victims rebuild their lives.

Local Chat Box is seeking gift cards for the families. They will need clothing store gift cards, home store gift cards, food store gift cards, and even restaurant gift cards. Suggestions include Target, Kohls, Macys, Children’s Place, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lord & Taylor, Restaurants, ShopRite, and Marrazzo’s.

Drop off locations include Monday Morning Balloon & Flower Co, Forrestal Village, 111 Main Street, Plainsboro; Bounce U, 410 Princeton-Hightstown Road, West Windsor; Music Together, Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton; Kid-Netic, 3 Nami Lane, Hamilton; and Learning Experience, 4447 Route 27, Franklin.

Visit www.­LocalChatBox.­com, E-mail LocalChatBox@yahoo.­com, or call 732-406-3365 for information.

Republican Women of Mercer County is accepting blankets, towels, and toiletries, as well as new clothing. All items should be new with tags on them. Bring to Ewing Township Senior Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 609-883-1776 for information.

Audition

Pierrot Productions has auditions for “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” on Wednesday, March 12; Monday, March 17; and Tuesday, March 18, beginning at 7 p.m. Applicants are asked to come prepared with an upbeat song from any compatible musical theater work, and a 1 to 3 minute comic monologue. E-mail pierrotatkelsey@gmail.­com for information or an audition appointment.

Call for Art

New Jersey Audubon and Plainsboro Preserve seek art for its “Wild New Jersey” art show. The juried competition is open to New Jersey residents ages 18 and older with works of art that feature the flora, fauna, and landscapes of the state.

An individual entry must be completed for each work. Entry may be of any media, including photography, oils, acrylics, watercolor, collage, or other mixed media. The artwork format must be flat, appropriately framed, and ready for hanging. $25 for up to five individual pieces for consideration.

Each artwork must have a label with the name and contact information of the artist securely attached to the back. Registration and submission of the artwork(s) must be done in person and will take place at the Plainsboro Preserve Center, 80 Scotts Corner Road, Plainsboro, on Thursday to Saturday, March 20 to 22, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be cash prizes.

Hunterdon Bucks seeks paintings and photographs of Lambertville for a chance for your work to be on the front cover of the first Lambertville Community Discount Card. First place winner will be on the front cover of the card, second place will receive a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant, and third place will receive $50 in Hunterton Bucks rewards to be used towards any future purchase. Entries must only be submitted by the artist. You are allowed up to one vote on each image per day. Visit hunterdonbucks.­com for information. Voting ends at midnight on Sunday March 30.

For Teens

Princeton Photo Workshop offers Teen Summer Photography workshops for young photographers to have the opportunity to practice the fundamentals of digital photography while exploring their creative expression and enjoyment of photography. Working with their own DSLR cameras, teens receive personalized, field-based, and classroom instruction on how to improve their photography. In the classroom, the instructors and professional photographers explain the use of light, composition, and camera settings. Week two is hands-on work and learning to organize and enhance images using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Visit princetondigital­photoworkshop.­com for information,

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County offers two college scholarship opportunities available to Jewish students who reside in the Princeton, Mercer, Bucks community.

The Jewish Community Foundation is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students who reside in the area. The Melvin Kushner College Scholarship is awarded to a college bound Jewish high school senior who is an area resident. The scholarships are awarded based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. Application deadline is Sunday, June 15. Contact Lara Wellerstein at 609-987-8100 or laraw@jfcsonline.­org.

For Girls Only

Princeton Girlchoir is accepting audition appointments from girls entering grades 3 to 12 next fall. Concerts are planned throughout the East coast and the performing division choirs will embark on a summer concert tour. Choristers in all six ensembles receive a music education.

A strong desire to learn, a musical ear, and an eagerness to share music with others are key to a successful audition. Girls will be asked to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” along with some exercises that demonstrate their vocal range, and to complete a few musical challenges to help the music directors understand their current level of musical ability.

Auditions for new choristers are scheduled for Saturdays, March 15, March 29, and June 14, at Princeton Day School. Visit www.­princetongirlchoir.­org, call 609-688-1888, or E-mail auditions@princeton­girlchoir.­org.

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