Donate Please

HomeFront seeks donations for its Back to School Drive. The goal is that the more than 1,100 area children living at or below the poverty level walk into school in September in new clothes and shoes with a gender appropriate backpack filled with the right school supplies. Residents, businesses, civic and church organizations are asked to help reach the goal.

“We should never forget how important the first day of school is for any child,” says Sheila Addison, director of HomeFront’s Family Preservation Center for homeless woman and children. “That first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the year. If it weren’t for this campaign, most of the parents of these children would not have the resources to afford to send their children to school feeling good about themselves. It’s very hard to make friends, or look teachers in the eye when you know you don’t look like the other kids.”

Cash donations are also used for expenses that occur throughout the school year that are out of reach for most HomeFront families including fees for school trips, class pictures, extra activities, and equipment. Call 609-989-9417, ext. 133, E-mail homefront@homefrontnj.org, or visit www.homefrontnj.org.

Volunteer Please

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers at blood drives. The blood service volunteer is an integral member of the collection team whose task it is assist donors with registration, escorting and canteen duties, and to watch for post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed, and have the willingness to follow the rules. Contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or rzepka@nybloodcenter.org.

Auditions

Playhouse 22 is having open auditions for the Jerry Herman musical, “Mame,” on Thursday and Friday, September 4 and 5, at 7 p.m. Callbacks are Saturday, September 6, at 2 p.m. Performances are weekends, November 7 to November 23. Auditions will be held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Cast requirements include singing and dancing experience. All those auditioning should be prepared to sing up to 32 bars from musical theater in the style of the show that reflect vocal range. (No songs from the show, acapella, or Disney, country, pop, or rock shows, Bring sheet music. Wear comfortable clothes and dance shoes for dance audition. Weekday evening and weekend conflicts for entire rehearsal period will be requested.

E-mail mame@playhouse22.org, call 732-970-6308, or visit www.Playhouse22.org.

Villagers Theater has auditions for “Hair on Sunday and Monday, September 14 and 15, at 7 p.m., at 415 Demott Lane in Somerset. Production is weekends from November 7 to 23.

Needed are free spirited singers and actors ages 18 to 30 years. All ethnicities, and those with unique talents, circus skills, impersonations, comic improv are especially encouraged to audition. Bring sheet music.

Contact Michael Boyd at michaelboyd1118@aol.com or 732-873-2710 for information.

For Train Enthusiasts

Monmouth Museum seeks volunteers to bring back the annual train display to the main gallery for families and kids of all ages to enjoy this upcoming holiday season.

There is a planning meeting on Wednesday, August 27, at 5 p.m. Train layout days are Wednesday to Friday, September 10 to 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The opening reception is Sunday, November 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Contact Catherine Esposito, the volunteer and education administrator, at 732-224-1988 or eduprograms@monmouthmuseum.org.

For Families

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent/child enrollment in its fall Hatchery Program. The program, for children 3 to 5, is designed to introduce children to life on the farm through feeding farm animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, and taking a hayride.

The 12-week program is offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, beginning September 10. One parent must volunteer work at the farm helping the farm staff work in exchange for one child’s participation. No experience necessary. Visit www.howellfarm.org.

Parents may enroll by attending an organizational meeting on Wednesday, August 19, at 1 p.m.; or Tuesday, August 27, at 1 p.m. Meetings are intended for parents only. Applications will not be accepted by mail or phone.

Howell Farm is located on Valley Road, two miles south of Lambertville. Call 609-737-3299, E-mail kbrilla@mercercounty.org, or visit www.howellfarm.org.

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