The Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra holds auditions in May for its 2016-’17 season. There are openings for all instruments for players of all levels from grade 5 to 12. Rehearsals are held at Montgomery High School. Visit www.gpyo.org or call 609-683-0150 for information or to register for an audition.
Villagers Theater holds its Senior Performing Arts Festival on July 2 and 3. Auditions for singers, dancers, variety acts, etc., ages 55 and up will be held Wednesdays, May 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.; Monday, May 9, from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at 415 Demott Lane, Somerset. Come with a routine and music. For information contact Linda at 732-873-2710. Visit www.villagerstheatre.com.
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center holds its annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo and Safe Kids Day on Saturday, May 7, at its Lawrenceville Road campus. The event for children ages 3 to 12 runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bicycle inspections will be conducted by the Economy Bike Shop and Lawrenceville Police, and children will receive a free bike helmet and have the chance to ride a bicycle safety course organized by the police. The Making Waves Swim School will conduct water safety programs and give away a limited number of personal floatation devices for children under 90 pounds. Other activities include interactive safety games and exhibit, the Trenton Thunder moon bounce, and a visit from Boomer. Pre-registration is required by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 609-896-6500, ext. 2212.
Mercer County Club Sports offers a number of leagues for adults 18 and over of all ability levels. Registration is required. A dodgeball league is offered on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at PEAC Health & Fitness in Ewing and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Cranbury School. The cost is $50 for an eight-week season. Sand volleyball meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. at Mercer County Park for an eight-week season beginning April 23. Cost is $40.
Kickball plays Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Independence Park on the Hopewell/Lawrenceville border. An eight-week season begins May 5, $55. Women’s indoor soccer is Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at PEACH Health & Fitness. An eight-week season is $100. For more information and to register visit www.mercerclubsports.com.
The Machestic Dragons seek volunteers for their ninth annual “Paddle For Pink” Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 18, at Mercer Lake in West Windsor. The day-long event features more than 45 dragon boat teams, each with 20 members, racing on the lake to celebrate breast cancer survivors and support local women, men, and families affected by cancer. Volunteer roles include set-up from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. for tables, tents, and other materials; parking personnel from 6 to 8:30 a.m.; marshals to hand out life vests and paddles and keep teams organized at the docks in three-hour shifts beginning at 7:30 a.m.; dock hands to help team members in and out of boats in three-hour shifts starting at 7:30 a.m.; drummers needed to help pace boats from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; runners to assist with merchandise sales, information booth, and raffle tickets in two-hour shifts starting at 8 a.m.; and break-down starting at 4:30 p.m. To volunteer send your contact information and availability to email@example.com or call Cindy at 215-264-8760. For more information visit www.paddleforpink.org/volunteer-information.
The Harvest Fair Board of Trustees seeks volunteers for the 30th annual Hopewell Harvest Fair, scheduled for Saturday, September 24. The public is invited to a free ice cream social on Thursday, April 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hopewell Boro Train Station to give feedback on the fair, brainstorm ideas for this year’s event, and meet with board members. The planning committee will begin meeting in May and seeks volunteers who want to make a difference in their community. Visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org for information.
Call for Art
Ewing Library seeks interesting collections for display in the library’s display cases and art exhibit areas. For information contact Cheryl Urbano at 609-882-3130.
Artworks, in conjunction with Terracycle, is hosting a juried exhibition, “Trashed,” featuring artists who work in upcycling — creating art from what others would consider trash. The exhibit is open to artists 18 and over and all mediums will be considered. Applications are due Saturday, April 16, and are available online at www.artworkstrenton.org. The application fee is $20. Accepted artists will be notified on Saturday, April 23, and must drop off their work at Artworks on Saturday, May 7, by 4 p.m. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, May 14, and continue through Saturday, June 11. First, second, and third place prizes of $250, $150, and $100 will be awarded.
Monmouth Museum is accepting applications for the 2016-’17 New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, a series of six one-month solo exhibits in the museum’s Nilson gallery showcasing the new work of New Jersey artists who have not previously held a one-person exhibit in the state. The exhibition is open to any artist age 18 or over who is a full-time resident of New Jersey. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10 artworks online and include an artist’s statement of no more than a page on the body of work submitted that explains why and how you create your art.
All mediums are accepted but the art must be wall-mountable. The submission fee is $15. Applications are due Sunday, April 17, and notifications will be given on Friday, May 13. The exhibits will be held between July 15, 2016, and July 2, 2017. For more information contact Catherine Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-747-2266, ext. 6. Visit www.monmouthmuseum.org.
Residents of New Jersey’s 12th congressional district are invited to enter the Congressional Art Competition. Artworks must be two-dimensional, no larger than 28 by 28 by 4 inches, and no heavier than 15 pounds. The first place entry will be hung for one year in the U.S. Capitol; second and third place will be displayed in the district office for a year; and fourth and fifth place will be displayed in the Washington, D.C., office for one year. Artwork must be delivered to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman’s district office at 850 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 201, Ewing, by Friday, April 15. Additional drop-off locations can be found at www.watsoncoleman.house.gov. For more information contact Rachel Gittleman at 609-883-0026.
Call for Musicians
Pianists age 6 to 25 are invited to enter the piano competition at the Princeton Festival. Contestants may enter in six categories: elementary (ages 6 to 9); intermediate (ages 10 to 12); junior (ages 13 to 15); senior (ages 16 to 18); four hands (under 25) and open (under 25); each of which comes with a cash prize ranging from $100 to $1,000. Artists in each category will perform a piece from the list provided on the festival website, www.princetonfestival.org.
The preliminary rounds take place Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The top competitors from each category will advance to a final on Saturday, June 12, at 3 p.m. All events take place at the Clark Music Center at the Lawrenceville School. Applications are due Monday, May 2, and must include the teacher’s contact information, supporting materials including proof of age and artist biography, and payment of $40 via Paypal. Visit www.princetonfestival.org for complete contest rules and application information.