Auditions

Kelsey Players has auditions for “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Sunday, November 1, from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Monday, November 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The auditions will be in the Communications Building just behind the Kelsey Theater.

Prepare a short monologue or Christmas poem, a short song with sheet music (Christmas carols preferred), and be prepared to dance. Bring a resume, photo, and list of all conflicts.

Casting for ages 7 and older includes roles for Clement Moore’s daughters, adult and children townspeople, narrators, and dancers. Clement Moore, Eliza Moore, Mr. Kringle, and Diana Mouse are precast. E-mail KelseyTwas@gmail.­com.

Good Causes

Hair Cuttery salons will be hosting an opportunity for clients to give back to area service men and women with a simple haircut through its Share-A-Haircut program. For every adult who purchases a haircut on Wednesday, November 11, a haircut certificate will be donated to a veteran in that same community. Visit www.­haircuttery.­com.

For Teens

Cotsen Children’s Library presents First Draft, a free writing resource for writers ages 13 to 17 to receive constructive feedback. Submit your creative writing and personal essays via M-mail, and Princeton University student editors will offer their comments and suggestions. Program runs through April. Visit www.­princeton.­edu/first­draft or E-mail danas@prince­ton.­edu.

For Young Artists

Middlesex County Improvement Authority is looking for the next great young artist to pep up the cover of its 2016 online recycling brochure. The art contest is open to all Middlesex County youth, fifth grade and younger.

“We wanted to do a little something different this year,” said Ed Windas, the MCIA’s Recycling Division manager. “We’d like to see kid’s take on ‘The Importance of Recycling.’ We are intentionally keeping the theme vague so that the children can present their own artistic interpretation.”

The online brochure is a compilation of curbside pick-up schedules, yard-waste program details, as well as the specifics on county-sponsored recycling initiatives. This guide is made available to the 90,000 participating homes and businesses in the county.

A range of art mediums will be accepted. All submissions must be received by the MCIA by Sunday, November 1. Each entry should contain a teacher, parent, or guardian’s name, along with their contact information, as well as the name of the child artist. A selection committee will narrow down the submissions and announce a winner on the MCIA’s website no later than Friday, November 6.

Mail entries to Maria Prato, Middlesex County Improvement Authority, 101 Interchange Plaza, Cranbury 08512; or E-mail to mp@mciauth.­com. Visit www.­mciauth.­com or call 609-655-5141.

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