Call for Art

MCCC Gallery calls for entries for “Mercer County Artists 2016. Artists aged 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County are invited to submit their art for consideration. Jurying takes place on Saturday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the gallery, Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

Artists may enter up to two original works completed in the past two years in any media except photography. They are asked to drop off their work between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Early drop-off is Thursday, February 11, noon to 3 p.m. Works that are not accepted for the show should be picked up between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded, including the Utrecht Art Supplies Best in Show Prize and the annual West Windsor Arts Council Prize for outstanding work by a West Windsor artist. Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission Purchase Award winners will become part of the County’s permanent art collection.

The juror for the exhibit is Jesse Vincent, education coordinator at Artworks Trenton. Visit www.­mccc.­edu/gallery for information.

Call for Musicians

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a multi-faceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers, presented in collaboration with the Princeton University Department of Music. Four composers will be selected to participate in intense compositional evaluations and consultations July 11 to 16 on the Princeton University campus; the program will culminate in a live concert performance of the participants’ works by the NJSO on Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium.

Emerging composers, university composition students, or composers in the early stages of their professional career are invited to submit completed applications by Friday, March 4. The Institute is tuition-free; housing on the campus of Princeton University and on-campus meals will be provided, if needed. Visit www.­njsymphony.­org/institute, or contact Alexandra Black at ablack@njsymphony.­org or 973-735-1740.

Holocaust Education

Rutgers University presents “Anti-Semitism: History and Myth” on Wednesdays, February 17, March 2 and 30, May 4 and 18; and an intensive summer mini-course covers the history of the Holocaust from June 27 to July 1. Visit BildnerCenter.rutgers.­edu, E-mail jmarcou@rutgers.­edu, or call 848-932-4165n. These courses will be held at the Bildner Center, 12 College Avenue, New Brunswick.

Tax Assistance

Seniors and people of low and moderate income can get free help preparing and electronically filing their federal and New Jersey state tax returns at Princeton Public Library as part of AARP’s Tax-Aide program. Help is available by appointment on Mondays, from February 1 to April 11, 9 a.m. to noon.

This assistance is for individual returns only and only for those who are prepared to have their return electronically filed on the day of their appointment. Previously completed returns will not be reviewed.

The AARP Tax-Aide program does not handle complex returns. For best results, participants should bring a copy of last year’s return, as well as documentation for all current year income and expenses that may be deductible. These should be official documents for income (a W-2, 1099, Social Security Year-End report, or retirement account statement).

Those seeking help should also bring a list of expenses and charitable donations for which they can provide receipts and other back-up documentation. Call 609-9240-9529, ext 1220 to register.

For Young Musicians

VOICES invites applications for its Young Composers Project. Children ages five through 12 are invited to compose a song for a soloist or chorus, either unaccompanied, or with instrumental accompaniment. The music can be written down in any kind of notation, formal or invented. Children are asked to make a simple recording of the piece to send in.

Parents, piano teachers, and music teachers are invited to support, but not edit, the child’s composition. Music teachers or parents can help children submit a recording (CD or DVD) and three written copies of the child’s music (with the child’s name and age, assisting adult’s name, phone number, address, and child’s background in music), together with a $12 processing fee. Send to VOICES Young Composers Project, Box 404, Pennington 08534. Visit www.­VOICESChorale.­org, E-mail drsevans@comcast.­net, or call 609-291-7456 for information. Deadline is Tuesday, March 15.

Folk Arts

New Jersey State Council on the Arts offers grants for traditional folk arts. The grants encourage cultural communities to pass on traditional art forms by providing stipends to master folk artists who help apprentices develop skills. The application process requires that each apprentice apply with a master artist as a team by providing artistic work samples, information about their shared artistic cultural backgrounds, and the planned scope of work. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 6.

Free workshops for individuals and teams seeking assistance with the application process will be conducted around the state. Workshops will be held Thursday, March 10, at 11 a.m. in Trenton; and Sunday, March 13, at 1 p.m. in New Brunswick. Contact Kim Nguyen at 609-292-4495 or for information.

Take a Walk

NAMIWalks NJ presents information meetings for community members, families, businesses, and supporters. Topics including how you can start a team, sponsor the walk, and volunteer to support the walk and its goal of raising awareness and funds for programs providing education, support and advocacy for those affected by mental illness. E-mail walk@naminj.­org or call 732-940-0991.


ActorsNET will hold auditions for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Saturday, February 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Heritage Center Theater, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, PA. Performances are weekends from June 3 to 19. Rehearsals will begin April 11.

Prepare a two minute monologue (not from the play). E-mail actorsnet@aol.­com or call 215-295-3694. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Piano Festival

Golandsky Institute presents its annual Summer Symposium and International Piano Festival, from July 9 to 17, at Princeton University. Each participant will receive four private lessons, four supervised practice times, three technique clinics, six breakout groups, master classes, lectures, and presentations. E-mail symposium@golandskyinstitute.­org or call 877-343-3434 for information.

Blood Needed

American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors. Visit redcrossblood.­org or call 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Take a Hike

Sourland Trail offers a collection of hiking maps to take you to tranquil wooded scenes, fields full of flowers and tall grasses, and boulder fields. The collection of 21 maps includes a map of the entire Sourland region showing the location of each trail. Each map includes parking areas, trail distances, land cover, locator map of the entire region, and more. Visit http://sourland.­org/sourland-trail-maps.

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