Donate Please

South Brunswick Public Library invites donations for several charitable organizations during the holiday season.

• Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania: A collection box for new stuffed animals is located in the children’s department of the library. Monetary donations are also welcome. Deadline is Thursday, December 18.

• South Brunswick Food Pantry: Donate unexpired, unopened non-perishable food items to the bin in the library’s entrance lobby.

• South Brunswick Social Services: All donations are welcome, especially gift cards to local food, pharmacy, and dry goods stores, or adopt a family. Make checks payable to South Brunswick Human Intervention Trust Fund, and send to South Brunswick Township, Box 190 Municipal Complex, Monmouth Junction 08852, attention LouAnne Wolf. Call LouAnne at 732-329-4000, ext. 7674.

• Sunshine’s Pets: Donate pet toys, useful pet items, and unexpired, unopened pet foods in the designated box in the library’s entrance lobby.

• Toys for Tots: Donate new, unwrapped children’s toys. Collection boxes are located by the cafe and inside the South Brunswick Municipal Building. Deadline is Monday, December 8.

• Trenton Rescue Mission: Donate new or gently used clothing and coats to the designated collection box located by the Cafe in the Library. Deadline is Tuesday, December 23.

Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has a toy drive from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, at the Imperia Banquet Hall, 1714 Easton Avenue, Somerset. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or two, or make a monetary donation at the event to benefit children who are being cared for at hospital. The event for all ages includes holiday music, snacks, games for children, pictures with Santa, and prizes. E-mail archana@oneeventsmgmt.­com or surbhi@oneevnetsmgmet.­com for more information.

American Legion Post 401 has its annual Toys for Tots drive and will be accepting new, unwrapped toys through Monday, December 15, at 148 Major Road, Monmouth Junction, any time after 2 p.m., seven days a week. For more information or directions call 732-329-9861.

North Brunswick Public Library is collecting for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots gift drive. Bring new, unwrapped toys for children up to 16 years old to benefit children in need for the holidays. The library is at 880 Hermann Road in North Brunswick. Call 732-246-3545 for information.

Stein Assisted Living at 350 Demott Lane, Somerset, is collecting nonperishable food items for the Franklin Township Food Bank. There is a container in the lobby. Deadline is Monday, December 1. Call 732-568-1155 or E-mail info@wilfcampus.­org for information.

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 for information.

Education

Mercer Community College offers accelerated classes during the winter session for new, current, and visiting students. Students may choose classes in biology, English, mathematics, communications, history, psychology, and world languages. Four-week sessions are available at the West Windsor Campus and six-week sessions are with MercerOnline. Visit www.­mccc.­edu. Classes begin Monday, December 15.

High School Drama

Paper Mill Playhouse invites high schools to showcase their musical arts programs on a state level. The program, modeled after the Tony Awards, serves the entire state and has paved the way for many professional actors.

The musicals are adjudicated by a group of 70 evaluators with each school receiving four independent evaluations. The Rising Star Awards gala ceremony will be held Tuesday, June 2. Any accredited New Jersey school that produces a musical between January 15 and April 12, is eligible to participate. Only the first 100 schools to apply will be entered into the program. Visit www.­papermill.­org for an application. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 7, at 5 p.m.

Audition

Yardley Players has auditions for “The Music Man” on Sundays, February 1 and 8, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Mercer College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Audition songs for Harold Hill, “Trouble” or “Marian;” Marcellus, “Shipoopi;” Winthrop, “Gary Indiana” or “Wells Fargo Wagon;” and Marian Paroo, “Goodnight My Someone” or “My White Knight.” Quartet may try “Lida Rose” or any song from the show. Pick-a Little ladies may try “Pick-a Little” or any song from the show. All others may choose any song from this show including “Wells Fargo Wagon” or “76 Trombones”

Visit yardleyplayers.­com for information and an application. Bring a recent photo of yourself and a resume. Wear dance or comfortable shoes for dance audition. Prepare a song from the show. Call Marge Swider at 215-968-1904 for an audition appointment.

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