Long & Foster Real Estate in West Windsor has launched its annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Toys may be dropped off Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 335 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor. Donations must be made before Monday, December 15.
Once the toys are collected and presented to the Marines, they are distributed through churches and social welfare agencies to the neediest children throughout the community. Call 609-275-5101 or visit www.toysfortots.org.
South Brunswick Department of Social Services welcomes donations of gift cards to local food, pharmacy, and dry goods stores. Money is also invited and families may be adopted. Checks should be payable to South Brunswick Human Intervention Trust Fund, and sent to South Brunswick Township, Box 190, Monmouth Junction 08852. Call 732-329-4000, ext. 7674 for information.
Princeton Racquet Club is collecting unwrapped toys for needy children through Saturday, December 6. Bring to 150 Raymond Road, Princeton. Call 732-329-6200.
Call for Plays
Lawrence Library will host its seventh annual One-Act Play Festival, on Saturday, April 25. Playwrights residing or working in the Delaware Valley are asked to submit their works of a staged reading for the festival. Plays should be 10 minutes in length and a maximum of five characters. The plays chosen by the selection committee will be staged by local actors and directors at library at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville.
Playwrights, amateur or professional, should submit their plays by Monday, December 15. Scripts may be E-mailed as a Word document attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought to the library’s reference desk. Include two title pages: one with the play title only and the other with play title and name, address, phone, and E-mail of author. The playwright’s name should not appear in the script. Call Ann Kerr at 609-989-6922 for information.
Call for Stitchers
Morven Museum & Garden is seeking stitchers to pick up a needle and lend hand in creating the Hugh Mercer panel for the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. The project documents Scottish global connections on a series of embroidered panels. Millions of stitches by hundreds of volunteer hands will have come together worldwide to produce a final tapestry to represent communities from 25 nations.
Busy Hands stitching open houses takes place every Thursday morning in Morven’s galleries. Contact Michelle Sheridan at email@example.com or 609-924-8144, ext. 106.
Benefits for Animals
Animal Friends for Education and Welfare will benefit from holiday portrait sessions by Bundle of Paws Photography on Saturday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Foxmoor Center, 1071 Washington Boulevard, Robbinsville. $45 for a 10-minute session for one dog. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-203-1015 to register.
Sammy’s Hope in North Brunswick will open a new animal welfare and adoption center in Sayreville on January 1. The center will be able to house, support, and care for up to 12 dogs and 24 cats at any one time, and will be open to the public Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations of equipment, supplies, and money are invited. Volunteers are needed. Visit www.sammyshope.org or call 732-518-2313.
Grant for Schools
New Jersey Artists-in-Education offers a residency grant program for New Jersey public, private, charter, or parochial schools serving grades pre K to 12. Grants provide up to $7,000 for residency expenses and support residencies for 20 days or more. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 2. Visit www.njaie.org.
Call for Art
West Windsor Arts Council has a call to artists for its members exhibit, “Inspiration Point,” artwork inspired by sculpture, dance, music, writing, or other art forms will be accepted. Artists may join as a West Windsor Arts Council member at the time of submission. Submissions for jury review must be submitted electronically by Friday, December 12. Kyle Stevenson, a professor of fine arts at Mercer Community College, is the juror. Visit www.westwindsorarts.org, call 609-716-1931, or E-mail email@example.com.
South Brunswick Arts Commission invites artists to submit work for a juried exhibit on the theme “Classic Subjects: Still Life” by Wednesday, December 10. The show depicts an arrangement of inanimate and/or man-made objects either in a realistic or abstract manner. Visit www.sbarts.org or call 732-329-4000, ext. 7635.
Monmouth Museum seeks miniatures for “Big Art in Small Packages,” a juried exhibition of small works (no larger than 12” x 12” when framed) in a variety of media by member artists. Visit monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. Submission deadline is Friday, December 5.
Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County presents a fundraiser with handmade Kosher chocolate gingerbread menorah decorating kits to build and decorate with gingerbread and candy that celebrates Jewish traditions and holidays. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated for every kit purchased through Sunday, November 30. Kits are available for $21.95 to $29.95 plus shipping. E-mail Musky Wilhelm at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gingerbreadmenorahs.com and enter promo code FCGMC14.
Voice for Actors
West Windsor-Plainsboro Community Education offers “Getting Paid to Talk,” a class for people from all walks of life entering voice acting for supplemental or retirement income, or even as a full-time career on Monday, December 8.
Attendees will learn everything from the basics of getting started, working in the studio, effective demo production methods, and industry pros and cons, to where to look for opportunities in and around their community and how to land the job. They will also have the opportunity to record a mock commercial under the direction of a producer. Visit voicecoaches.com for information or call 609-716-5030 to register. Class fee is $35.