Yardley Players Theater Company has auditions for Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” on Sunday, March 20, from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, March 21, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Rehearsals begin in April.

E-mail directorkristydavis@gmail.­com to schedule an appointment. Include your E-mail, name, age, role desired, and preferred audition day. Prepare a song from the show or in the style of the show and be ready to participate in a group dance audition, as well as readings from the script. Download the audition form at yardleyplayers.­com and bring it to auditions with you along with a recent picture and resume.

Pierrot Productions has auditions for “Bonnie & Clyde” on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20, at 1 p.m. at Mercer Community College in West Windsor. Be prepared with a contemporary stage monologue and song in a country or blues style, with sheet music in the proper key. Accompaniment will be provided. E-mail your name, cell phone, and date and time you prefer to pierrotatkelsey@­gmail.­com

For Teens

YWCA Princeton’s All-Girls Competitive Robotics program is expanding to FIRST Tech Challenge level this year. The new FTC team will give middle and high school girls in the greater Princeton community a unique opportunity to develop relevant skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Visit www.­ywca­princeton.­org/­robotics.

India Foundation of Metropolitan Princeton invites students in middle and high schools to join the youth group. Participants earn a certificate for community service for volunteer hours. Open house will be held Saturday, March 19, at West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit www.­ifmpnj.­org, E-mail ifmp@ifmpnj.­org, or call 609-297-7116.

Students in middle and high schools are invited to take part in the 2016 Mercer County Teen Arts Festival, a comprehensive arts education program on Friday, May 13, at Mercer Community College in West Windsor. The event helps students hone skills, gain cultural awareness, and develop personal aesthetic values through participation in performance seminars, classes and workshops in art, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, film, and creative writing.

This year’s Mercer County event is directly tied to the State Teen Arts Festival, which will return in June and be held at Ocean County College. Students who excel in their particular art form at the county level are selected to be showcased at the state festival, where thousands of dollars in scholarships will be awarded. Participation in the Mercer County Teen Arts Festival is required for local students to be a part of the state event.

Joseph Kuzemka, event director of Art All Night Trenton and curator of the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, is this year’s festival coordinator. Participation is free and open to all teenage middle and high school students in Mercer County public, private, parochial, and home-schooling environments. E-mail teenarts@mercer­county.­org or call 609-989-6060.

Volunteer Please

Animal Friends for Education and Welfare (AFEW) seeks volunteers for its foster program. Choices include fostering a dog or cat while they wait to find their forever home or recover from a medical procedure, a litter of kittens giving them a place to grown and socialize, or a dog or cat needing socialization. There is also a Seniors for Seniors program allowing seniors to foster senior pets. Veterinarian care and supplies are provided. E-mail afew_pets@comcast.­net for information.

AFEW is also teaming up with LoLa Restaurant on Tuesdays in April. Eat, present a voucher, and AFEW will receive a percentage of the sale. 1240 Route 130 South, Robbinsville, www.­lola­restaurantnj.­com, 609-208-1959.

Mental Health

Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) seeks volunteers for In Their Shoes, a suicide prevention awareness event at Rider University on Wednesday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1:15. Therapy dogs are also needed. Volunteers and dog teams are also needed for Stomp Out Stigma Day, also at Rider, on Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Both events will be held outside. Visit www.­AttitudesInReverse.­org.

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care presents “Identifying & Managing At-Risk Youth in School and Community Settings,” a seminar for mental health professionals and school staff on Monday, April 25, at Robbinsville High School, 155 Robbinsville Edinburg Road in Robbinsville. AIR will be exhibiting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NAMI NJ seeks poetry for the annual NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest. Families and friends as well as those with the mental health challenges are affected by the consequences of living with a mental illness.

Send your entry about the positive aspects of having or being close to someone with mental health challenges. Guidelines include typewritten and no longer than 40 lines. Provide a cover letter that includes your name, E-mail (if available), mailing address, and phone number. Deadline is Friday, April 1. Mail to NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick 08902; or E-mail to poetry@naminj.­org (no PDF files).


Adath Israel Congregation offers “Introduction to Kabbalah,” the world of Jewish mysticism by exploring texts and traditions, presented by Rabbi Adler. Recommended text is “The Essential Kabbalah” by Daniel Matt. Meetings are Mondays, April 11 and 18, and May 16. 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. Visit www.­adathisraelnj.­org for information.

Call for Volunteers

New Jersey Blood Services, 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. Contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or rzepka@nybloodcenter.­org.

Donate Please

Princeton Theological Seminary invites donations of books for its annual used book sale. Monday to Friday, April 4 to 8, 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. to noon. E-mail for information.

South Brunswick Food Pantry seeks donations of food, money, and gift cards to food, pharmacy, and dry goods stores. The organization provides food and gift cards, emergency assistance, help with utility bills and rental assistance, and more. Contact LouAnne Wolfe at 732-329-4000, ext. 7664 for information.


Mason Gross School’s dance department continues to partner with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Parkinson Disease Center to present a series of movement classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. The spring session runs through June and drop-ins are welcome.

The free classes, featuring live music by Diane Pivarnik, will take place Wednesdays at RWJ Fitness Center in New Brunswick, and Saturdays at the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center on the Douglass Campus. Instructors guide participants through a series of gentle stretches, posture supports, and joint articulations, as well as balance, stability, and locomotion activities that are meant to be both challenging and fun.

Professional dancer David Tamaki, who leads the New Jersey Ballet’s Dancing for Parkinson’s program, will be the primary instructor. Call 732-873-1222 for information about times, parking, elevators, and more.

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