Dine Out for a Cause

The Parkinson Alliance’s annual Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s Disease Research will begin on Saturday, April 22, and run through Friday, April 28. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds during the fundraiser. This year’s restaurants include Blue Point Grill, Despana, Eno Terra, Gennaro’s, Mediterra, PJ’s Pancake House, Teresa Caffe, The Peacock Inn, Trattoria Procaccini, and Witherspoon Grill. For more information visit www.parkinsonalliance.org.


Villagers Theater is holding auditions for singers, dancers, musicians, and variety acts aged 55 and over for its Senior Performing Arts Festival. Auditions will be held Monday to Wednesday, June 5 to 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the theater, 415 Demott Lane, Somerset. Performances are Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2. For information call 732-873-2710.

Somerset Valley Playhouse is holding auditions for “Disaster!” on Sunday, May 7, at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. and performance dates run September 8 to 24. For information visit www.svptheatre.org.


Hugs for Brady, a nonprofit organization that assists children with cancer, is seeking event volunteers. Events are held at various New Jersey locations throughout the summer and fall. For a full schedule of events and volunteer opportunities, visit www.hugsforbrady.org.

The Millhill Child and Family Development Center, located at 101 Oakland Street, Trenton, is looking for volunteers to spend time with local children. The center serves abused and neglected children in Trenton. For more information visit www.millhillcenter.org.

Send a Care Package Overseas

Move America Forward is raising money to send Easter care packages to military fighting overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. To sponsor a care package visit www.moveamericaforward.org.

Participate in the Princeton Festival

The 2017 Princeton Festival Piano Competition preliminaries will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, with the finals at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, for pianists aged 6 to 25. Three performers in each age category will advance to the final round. The competition will take place at the Lawrenceville School on Route 206 in Lawrenceville. Contestants must submit their application by Monday, May 1. The application fee is $45. For information and to register visit www.princetonfestival.org/event/2017-piano-competition.

“Music that Tells a Story” opera workshop will be held during the Princeton Festival on Wednesday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville; Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Turning Point United Methodist Church, 15 South Broad Street, Trenton; and Wednesday, June 14 from 6:30 from 8:30 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

The workshop concludes with a full professional opera performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and a backstage tour at Matthews Theater at McCarter on Friday, June 16. For more information and to register visit www.princetonfestival.org/event/2017-opera-workshop-music-tells-story.

Students Perform

The American Accordionists’ Association is seeking young jazz musicians to perform at its annual festival, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 14 to 16, at the Westin Princeton in Forrestal Village.

High school and college-age musicians are encouraged to join the Youth Involvement Program, which pairs musicians who play sax, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, bass, and percussion with same-aged peers on accordion. Together, they form a jazz ensemble that performs at the festival’s award ceremony. For information call 203-272-1202 or e-mail marilyn@CTAccordion.com.

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