The South Brunswick Library at 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, is offering free preparation of federal and state income tax returns on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 6 to April 12. Registration required. www.southbrunswicknj.gov.
Princeton Senior Resource Center offers free tax assistance for low and moderate income adults over age 60 in the wider Princeton area. IRS-Trained volunteers from AARP will be available to prepare New Jersey State and Federal returns. Assistance is available by appointment at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street. Call 609-924-7108.
Participants must bring copies of their 2016 Federal and New Jersey tax returns, as well as all necessary 2017 tax information, including W-2 and 1099 income forms, property tax bill, and receipts for itemized deductions such as medical bills and charitable contributions.
The Mercer County Park Commission will begin accepting reservations for the five county-owned picnic areas on February 20 at noon for the 2018 season. These include the West and East Picnic Areas in Mercer County Park, Rosedale Picnic Area in Mercer Meadows, Princeton Country Club Picnic Area in West Windsor, and Valley Road Picnic Area in Hopewell Township. Visit www.mercercountyparks.org/facilities/picnic-areas for information.
Princeton Learning Cooperative is seeking volunteers. Generally a one-hour a week commitment, volunteers tutor one-on-one, lead small-group classes, or offer a one-time workshop in a wide range of topics. Visit www.princetonlearningcooperative.org for information. Visit www.oratorsinc.org to register.
The New Jersey Orators, an organization that teachers the art of public speaking to children ages 7 to 18, is hosting a workshop for elementary and middle school students at the New Brunswick Library, 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. The “Speak Up, Speak Out!” workshop will be held Thursdays, February 8, March 1, and March 29. Visit www.oratorsinc.org to register.
The Lawrence Library is hosting PlayFest, its annual one-act play festival, on Saturday, April 28. The festival directors are seeking actors to fill a variety of roles in the staged readings from the selected works of local playwrights. The audition consists of a cold reading from selected scripts and will be held at the library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence, on Wednesday, February 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, March 5, 6 to 8 p.m. To schedule an audition, contact James Damron at 609-989-6915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
M&M Stage Productions is holding auditions for the July production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on Friday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. The audition will consist of singing, reading from the script, and dancing. Bring the audition form, updated picture, and resume. Visit mandmstage.com or e-mail email@example.com.
The Bucks County Playhouse Youth Company is holding auditions for students ages 13 to 18 to join their tuition-free summer intensive program. The program is for students to receive theatrical instruction from working Broadway artists. The auditions will be held at Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge Street, Lambertville. Registration required. Visit www.bcptheater.org for information.
The Princeton Festival has announced plans to cast a preschool-aged boy (age 3 to 5) to play the role of Trouble (Cio-Cio-San’s son) in their upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Madama Butterfly.” The opera will be presented on June 16, 24, and July 1 at McCarter Theater. Parents are asked to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org containing their contact information along with child’s name, height, and a full-length photo.
Mental Illness Course
“Family-to-Family,” a free, 12-session family education course provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will be offered in Middlesex beginning Tuesday, March 13. The course is provided to support families, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illness. The Middlesex course will be held Tuesday evenings. Call Marilyn at 908-806-3475.
T-Shirt Design Contest
Students are invited to create T-shirt design concepts that communicate Attitudes In Reverse’s message about focusing on mental health along with all other aspects of our health to live as healthfully, happily, and successfully as possible. Deadline is Friday, March 30. Visit www.attitudesinreverse.org.