Call for Art

Lawrence Library is seeking entries for its sixth annual Trashed Art Contest.The purpose of the contest is to encourage people to look at trash differently and repurpose items into something artful. The contest is open to adults and students in grades 7 to 12 who reside in Mercer County. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 1.

Entries must be delivered to the library at 2751 Brunswick Pike. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in both adult and student categories. Visit www.­mcl.­org, E-mail lawprogs@mcl.­org, or call 609-989-6922 to request an entry form.

Artsbridge, a non-profit organization serving the Delaware River Valley region for more than 21 years, invites artists to enter the upcoming members show. Works will be exhibited at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton.

Drop off work at Prallsville Mill on Sunday February 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or Monday, February 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. The opening reception is Saturday, February 7. from 2 to 5 p.m. All work including oil, watercolor, and pastel paintings, mixed media, photography, and sculpture will be for sale. Visit www.­artsbridgeonline.­com.

A Space on Main calls for artists to contribute to “Mind My Art,” an exhibit in collaboration with the New Jersey chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s “Healing through Art” project. The exhibit will run March 6 to 29.

Submit two pieces of work in a medium of choice, along with the title, dimensions, and price of work. The dimensions of the artwork should not exceed 24 by 36 inches. Samples should be submitted by E-mail to lathajohn@aol.­com for consideration before Friday, February 6.

Together with their work, they would also submit a very brief written explanation of their artistic process, describing what was on their mind as they were producing the work, explaining what inspired them, and what this work represents. Selected artwork should be dropped off from Friday, February 27, through Sunday, March 1, between noon and 5 p.m. Works must be wired for hanging. Call Latha John at 609-510-8305.

Tax Assistance

South Brunswick Library offers assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 3 to April 9. All ages and income levels are welcome to attend, although special attention will be given to low to moderate income seniors. Visit www.­sbtnj.­net to schedule an appointment. Call the South Brunswick Senior Center at 732-329-4000, ext. 7670 for information.

Princeton Senior Resource Center offers free tax assistance for low and moderate income people, with special attention to those age 60 plus in the wider Princeton area. Volunteer preparers are particularly familiar with tax regulations and rebate programs that affect seniors. Appointments are available on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, beginning February 6. Call 609-924-7108 to make an appointment.

Princeton Library offers help for seniors and people of low and moderate income to file electronic tax returns on Mondays, from February 2 to April 13. Participants should bring a copy of last year’s return, documentation for all current year income and expenses that may be deductible, a W-2, 1099, Social Security year-end report, or retirement account statement. Call 609-924-9529, ext 220 to schedule an appointment.

For Families

VSA New Jersey offers programs for children with autism ages 3 to 21 and their family members in the visual and performing arts. Saturdays, February 7 to April 11, in New Brunswick, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each 10-week workshop meets for one hour per week. There is a $50 registration fee for families who receive class placement. Visit www.­vsanj.­org, E-mail info@vsanj.­org, or call 732-745-3885 for information. Application deadline is Friday, January 23.

Volunteer Please

Literacy New Jersey offers tutor training courses to help adult learners increase basic literacy skills for native English speakers and ESOL students. Volunteers provide free tutoring services at a variety of public locations including public libraries, workplace sites, churches, and retirement homes.

All volunteer tutors are required to complete a comprehensive, 15-hour training course to learn the fundamentals of reading and writing instruction. The next course runs Tuesdays, January 27 through February 24. Upon completion of the training course, the volunteer tutor is matched with an adult learner who has registered with our program. Call 609-587-6027 to register or for more information.

For Caregivers

Alzheimer’s Association offers support groups for those with a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder. The groups are free and open to the public. Visit www.­alz.­org/nj or call 800-272-3900 for information about groups meeting in the Mercer County area.

For Dancers

Princeton Youth Ballet has auditions for dancers ages 6 to 21 for “The Secret Garden” on Saturday, February 7, at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, 116 Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro. Visit www.­princeton­youth­ballet.­org or E-mail info@prince­tonyouthballet.­org for information.

Musical Notes

Opera Philadelphia offers an operatic composer in residence program. The residency includes a yearly salary of $60,000 and benefits. The composer’s term will begin after June 1. Visit www.­operaphila.­org/composers for information. Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 30.

Jersey Transit a cappella ensemble seeks a low bass to round out its roster of singers. Ideal candidates must read music, learn quickly, and sing comfortably in a range between low C and middle E. Prior a cappella experience highly preferred. To schedule an audition contact the music director, Nicole E. Coelho, at

For Teens

New Jersey Brain Bee seeks high school students to compete in the regional contest. Modeled after a traditional spelling bee, the Brain Bee is a live question and answer competition in which students are quizzed about the human brain and central nervous system. There is no cost to participate. The contest, open to all New Jersey high school students in grades 9 through 12, will be held Saturday, February 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway. Visit rwjms.­rutgers.­edu.

All competition questions are derived from the book Brain Facts, published by the Society for Neuroscience. Download for free from www.­brainfacts.­org. The top three finishers will receive cash prizes and the first place winner will receive an expenses-paid trip for two to compete in the National Brain Bee Competition at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in March. E-mail Dr. Michael Matise at matisemp@­rwjms.rutgers.­edu or Joan Mordes at mordesja@­rwjms.rutgers.­edu, or call 732-235-5390.

Raritan Valley Community College offers two ACT Review preparation courses. The first section will be held Sundays, February 8 to April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. No class will be held February 15 and April 5. The second section will be held Thursdays, February 26 to April 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Both sections will be held at the Branchburg campus.

The ACT course covers English, reading, math, essay writing, and science. The program also covers strategies for students to use. Homework is required. $429. Visit www.­raritanval.­edu/youth, E-mail youth@raritanval.­edu, or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404.

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