The Arts

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Running Around in Circles – for a Cause

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This was prepared for the August 23, 2006 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.


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Professional Center for the Arts announces auditions for children ages 7 to 17, actors and dancers (all levels) for "One Tough Nut," a new version of the holiday classic, choreographed by Geoffrey Doig-Marx as "a comic change to all the Nutcrackers you might be forced to sit through this holiday," Sunday September 10, 11a.m. The story is transferred to Bulgaria, where a young girl named Clara Darling, whose parents vanish while on a smelting trip in deepest Africa, suddenly and sadly becomes a ward of the state and is placed in Frauline Edna and Arlene Schnizelhoff’s Home for Wayward Girls. The occupants of the school shun Clara and make her life a living nightmare until a magical visitor whisks Clara away to the Land of the Sweets.

Performances in early December. Fee per performer is $75 (to cover costume cost).

Also, auditions for the Company, Junior Company, and Team Hip Hop, Wednesday, September 6. Visit or call 609-586-3008.

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio offers fall acting classes for children and adults with professional actor and new faculty member Jody Wood. Perhaps best-known for his role as Detective Wallace Danby on Boston Public, Wood has also appeared in guest spots on numerous other television shows including NYPD Blue, ER, and CSI Miami, as well as in films like LA Confidential, Boogie Nights, and Rules of Engagement. Classes in acting, comedy improvisation, acting for the camera, cold reading/audition technique, and public speaking/ presentation. For information call 609-514-1600.

Also, a 12-week session on West African Dance with Yewande Kelly-Johnson begins on Sunday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. Tuition $216.

Phillips Mill invites artists within a 25-mile radius of New Hope to submit work for a juried acceptance into the 77th annual exhibition. Visit or call 215-862-0582.

Turtle Shell Productions seeks stories, memoirs, poems, and monologues about Irish and Irish American women that will be compiled and workshopped into a play premiering in March in New York City. Deadline is Friday, September 1. Visit for information. Send by E-mail to

The Arts Council of Princeton offers fall semester class registration. Visit for a full description of all courses and programs. Call 609-924-8777.

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Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County seek volunteer tutors for basic literacy and English as a second language students. Fall training begins Wednesday, September 13, at ETS in Lawrenceville. All classes will be on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 609-587-6027 for information.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation seeks volunteers for the NJ Race for the Cure on Sunday, October 29. Visit or call 609-896-1201.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange seeks Mercer County host families for foreign high school students arriving for the semester or year programs. Call 866-546-1402 for information.

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Princeton Public Library offers English Language Conversation program beginning in September. Volunteers are available to work one-on-one or with small groups. Registration not required. Call Mary Lou Hartman at 609-924-9529 ext. 281 for information about being a volunteer.

Princeton Center for Yoga and Health celebrates its 10th anniversary with free classes for new visitors and free chair massage from Tuesday, September 5, through Monday, September 11. Visit or call 609-924-PCYH for class schedules.

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority invites application for the Dana Christmas Scholarship for Heroism. The scholarship, in recognition of the Christmas’ life saving efforts in the Seton Hall University dormitory fire, rewards up to five deserving recipients each year. Must have been New Jersey resident age21 or younger at the time of the heroic act. Deadline is Friday, October 13. or 800-792-8670.

State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury has extended 2005 rebate and senior freeze applications to Tuesday, October 31. Visit or call 888-238-1233 for information.

Top Of PageRunning Around in Circles – for a Cause

It’s eight miles farther than a marathon but Greg Coleman thinks he can do it. On Wednesday, August 30, Coleman, assistant general manager of the Trenton Thunder, will attempt to circle the bases at Mercer County Waterfront Park, home of the Thunder, 500 times. That’s 34 miles – the standard marathon distance is 26 miles 385 yards.

Coleman’s inspiration for taking on the challenge is his three-year-old son, Kevin (they are pictured at right), who was recently diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS). PDD-NOS is a disorder related to autism that affects the development of social interaction and communication.

The event, nicknamed the "Thunder 500," is designed to raise funds for autism research, education, and advocacy. The Thunder, the AA affiliate of the New York Yankees, will accept pledges for each lap around the bases completed by Coleman. Proceeds will benefit the New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC). COSAC is a non-profit agency providing information and advocacy, services, family and professional education and consultation.

Thunder 500, Wednesday, August 30, 7 a.m. Rain date is Thursday, August 31. 609-394-3300.

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