ASTRA Awards

The New Jersey Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association is seeking work in print, radio, television, public relations, social media, and more to be considered for the organization’s ASTRA Awards. Any individual or organization engaged in the creation of advertising, communications, and marketing in the New Jersey area is eligible to enter. All work that is nominated must have appeared, aired, or been published for the first time between January 1 and December 31, 2017. All entries must be submitted by Friday, March 16. Visit

Teen Media Contest

The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development is accepting entries for the New Jersey Teen Media Contest. The statewide contest is open to all New Jersey middle and high school-aged students and will accept entries in the hand-painted/hand-drawn and written word categories. Students are asked to illustrate the question “What Does Your Family Tree Look Like?” Visit

Poetry Contests

Submissions to the NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest are being accepted through Sunday, April 1. This year’s theme is “What is your song?” Poem must be typewritten. If sent electronically, do not send PDF files. Poem should be no longer than 40 lines. Fill out a media release form to accompany the entry. Provide a cover letter that includes your name, e-mail, mailing address, and phone number. Mail typed entries to: NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, or e-mail entries with the signed media release form (or a scanned copy) to Visit for information.

The New Brunswick Library will publish its 20th annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology. Submission is open to all poets. A submission form is available at the library’s reference desk and online at Interested persons can contact librarian Jackie Oshman at or call the library at 732-745-5108, Ext. 20. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 16.


Mercer County police departments in partnership with Womanspace is currently accepting applications for volunteers to become members of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Response Teams. The team members will work with the police to provide support, information, and referral at the time of a domestic violence or sexual assault crisis. Training is scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 7, at Rider University. Each volunteer must complete 80 hours of training. Team members will receive extensive specialized training on such topics as the law, sensitivity to the needs of victims and their children, and how to provide swift, safe, and appropriate responses. Visit

The Mercer County Wildlife Center is holding orientations for new volunteers at its facility in Hopewell Township. Volunteer orientation sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 25, at the Wildlife Center. Volunteers must attend one session. To register, contact volunteer coordinator Jane Rakos-Yates at

CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties is seeking volunteers to help fight for the rights of children during their most vulnerable time. An advocate is a trusted adult empowered to ensure each child is well cared for and able to find a safe and permanent home. Visit for a full list of volunteer opportunities.


Somerset Valley Players is holding auditions for its April production of “Calendar Girls” on Monday and Tuesday, February 19 and 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the theater, 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. The director is looking for nine females, ages late 20s to 70s, and four males, ages 20s to 50s. Readings from the script will be provided, and there will be no callbacks. Visit

Actors’ Net of Bucks County is holding multiple auditions for upcoming plays. Auditions for the April production of “A Little Night Music” will be held Saturday, February 10, at 10 a.m. and Monday, February 12, at 7 p.m. Readings from the script. Prepare a cutting of a song from the classic musical theater repertoire and a monologue. Auditions for the July production of “Romeo & Juliet” will be held Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday, February 19, at 7 p.m. All roles are open. Visit for information.

Red Rose Day

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is hosting Red Rose Day on Thursday, March 8. Purchase a $20 rose bouquet to be delivered to a location of your choosing. All proceeds directly support the babies and children served by CHSofNJ. Visit for information.

For Notaries

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello is hosting an educational seminar open to all notary publics, and to those interested in becoming a notary public. The half-day noncredit course will be held Friday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mercer County Connection Satellite Office on Route 33 in Hamilton. $10. Visit

For Seniors

The Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant has begun the search for contestants for the 2018 competition. The pageant seeks women ages 60 and up who exemplify the dignity and maturity of senior Americans. The pageant will be held Wednesday, June 6, at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City. The judging categories are: interview, evening gown, talent, and philosophy of life. Visit for information.


Meals on Wheels of Mercer County will participate in the 16th annual March for Meals — a month-long, community-by-community celebration of Meals on Wheels. Events to support the organization will be held across the county throughout the month. For more information visit for information.

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