Donate

HomeFront is holding a back to school drive to collect clothing and school supplies for homeless children. Donors can sign up to sponsor one or more children. HomeFront will provide the age, sex, clothing, and shoe sizes of the children you are supporting, along with the school supplies needed. E-mail homefront@homefrontnj.org.

Donors can also make tax-deductible donations to cover such costs as special needs tutors, SAT fees and manuals, clothing for hard-to-fit kids, school pictures, and class trips. Visit www.homefrontnj.org or call 609-989-9417 ext. 133.

Call for Art

D&R Greenway Land Trust seeks entries for its juried exhibit, “Farms, Barns and Bridges.” The submission deadline is Monday, September 19, for works of art with the themes of farms, barns, and/or bridges. Work in any medium and of any size is welcome, including video and sculpture. For more information and to submit an entry, visit http://bit.ly/2aqWjiy. E-mail submissions to farmexhibit@gmail.com. The exhibit will be on view October 24 through December 16.

Artists selected will be notified by September 26. Art must be dropped of in person between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, October 15, to 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.

For Students

Middlesex County students entering grades 4 through 7 are invited to attend Eco-Adventures at the E.A.R.T.H. Center. The one-week program runs Monday through Friday, August 22 to 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick.

Activities will explore topics like ecology, water and resource conservation, climate change and issues such as alternative energy, and earth-friendly gardening.

$110 includes program materials, a peanut-free snack, beverages and a parting gift. Attendees are expected to bring their own lunch. The registration deadline is Monday, August 15. Contact the Middlesex County 4-H office at 732-398-5261.

Audition

Roxey Ballet in Lambertville seeks professional male dancers to join its company on a contract running from September through June. Auditions are by appointment only.

Dancers should be prepared to take class, perform choreography, improvise, and take part in a short interview. Forward a letter of inquiry, headshot, full body photo, and video link. E-mail info@roxeyballet.org. Visit www.roxeyballet.org.

Volunteer

The Pennington First Aid Squad offers an EMT fall class for ages 16 and up. Registration takes place Monday, August 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pennington First Aid Squad building, 110 Broemel Place, Pennington. Classes begin Wednesday, September 7. Tuition is free to all qualified students joining volunteer first aid/EMS squads in New Jersey.

For more information and to register online, go to www.penningtonfirstaid.org or call Dan Boone at 609-510-4324.

The Age-Out Angels Foundation provides free, one-to-one mentoring to youth ages 14 to 24 as they age-out of the foster care system to help them put their lives on a positive track. New Jersey makes many services available, but youth need the caring guidance of an adult to help them access services and stay on track. To learn more about becoming a volunteer youth mentor, call 609-306-0821 or e-mail AgeOut­Angels@verizon.net.

For Gardeners

Mercer County residents, with an interest in horticulture and the desire to share their knowledge in service to others are invited to enroll in the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program for 2017. The 21-week training program, offered through Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, begins Thursday, September 29, and continues into March, 2017.

Trainees receive more than 60 hours of instruction in a wide variety of horticultural subjects. Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mercer County Cooperative Extension office, 930 Spruce Street, Lawrence. Following the classroom instruction, trainees volunteer 60 hours with Mercer County Extension or related programs.

Mercer County residents are given priority. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 6. A $220 tuition fee is due with the application. Applications are available at the Extension office or by calling 609-989-6830. Visit www.mgofmc.org.

Call for Plays

Mercer County Community College will host “Playfest 2017” next spring. The competition is open to all student playwrights and actors from the state’s 19 community colleges. Community college alumni are also invited to participate.

Submission categories include full-length and one-act plays, as well as musicals and plays with musical accompaniment. The winning productions will be presented on stage at MCCC’s Kelsey Theater the week of March 7 to 12, 2017. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded to the colleges of top playwrights; and the winning script will be part of Kelsey’s 2017 summer season.

Entries will be accepted from October 1 through November 15. Submission and production of plays will be coordinated through the playwright’s community college. Each school may select one full-length play and up to two one-acts for submission. Scripts will be judged by a panel of theater professionals, with the winning scripts to be announced in January.

Visit www.mccc.edu/playfest2017 or e-mail playfest2017@mccc.edu.

Call for Vendors

St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown seeks vendors for its Fall Flea Market to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society. All proceeds benefit those in need of shelter, food, and utilities. The market takes place Saturday, September 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1282 Yardville-Allentown Road, Allentown. Space cost is $20 and tables are provided for an additional $5. Call or text Karen at 609-902-1973.

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