Call for Musicians

The Princeton Festival has announced that its 14th annual competition for young pianists will be conducted entirely online, closing on September 23 with a virtual concert by finalists and the announcement of the winners. Those wishing to enter must submit a video of themselves playing a designated piece by Monday, September 7.

Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of conservatory faculty and concert soloists. Entrants will compete in four categories divided by age from 6 to 18 years old, plus two categories (Piano Four-Hands and Open Class) for competitors 25 and under. Winners receive certificates and cash prizes. Artists may enter more than one category.

“This new virtual format makes it possible to accept entries from across the country and around the world,” said Richard Tang Yuk, the Festival’s executive and artistic director. “We’re excited at the prospect of welcoming a more diverse group of applicants to our competition than ever before, and having the opportunity to showcase their talent to a wider audience.”

More details, including the list of required repertoire and instructions on how to apply, are online at www.princetonfestival.org/2020-piano-competition-rules-repertoire.

Westrick Music Academy offers an online summer camp Monday through Friday, August 10 through 14, from 9 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Activities include singing, musical theater, vocal and piano instruction, and games. Families are invited to attend the virtual final performance. For more information or to register visit www.westrickmusic.org/camp/

Learn Italian

Registration for Princeton’s Dorothea’s House Fall 2020 Language Classes is open. Classes will begin the week of September 14 and will run for 12 weeks. All fall classes will be taught remotely. Instructors will notify students which internet-based tool to use.

Visit www.dorotheashouse.org and click on Italian Classes to view the class descriptions, fees, and to register. Register by Monday, September 7, to avoid a late fee. For any questions, email Linda Bruschi at lindabruschi@dorotheashouse.org or leave a message at 609-306-0773.

Art Workshops

Morven Museum & Gardens offers several art workshops for adults. Painting the Garden: Alla Prima Workshop takes place Monday through Wednesday, July 20 through 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $150; $125 for Friends of Morven or Arts Council of Princeton members.

Explore the gardens and grounds and paint en plein air with Arts Council of Princeton’s Debra Pisacreta. This three-day outdoor workshop is designed for an intermediate-level student looking to build painting skills. Students will set up easels around the grounds following social distancing and masking rules. Materials list and details are listed on the registration page.

Wendy Hollender Virtual Botanical Illustration Workshop Featuring Morven’s Flowers takes place Friday, July 31, from noon to 3 p.m. and Sunday, August 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: $100; $80 for Friends of Morven. Inspired by flowers grown in Morven’s historic gardens, students will participate in this two-day Zoom workshop and draw with Wendy. Flowers from Morven will be available for curbside pick-up the day before the workshop.

For more information or to register visit www.morven.org.

For Teenagers

Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, in partnership with Columbia Business School, offers “Entrepreneurial Design Thinking” through its virtual entrepreneur program Monday through Friday, July 27 through 31, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

This online experience for high school students provides an intensive, hands-on course focusing on modern design thinking to generate innovative solutions to social problems.

To register or for more information visit www.bgcmercer.org/teens or contact Alycia Bertles or abertles@bgcmercer.org.

Art Auction

While the traditional Lambertville Shad Fest, usually scheduled for the last weekend in April, was canceled this year due to COVID-19, the Jim Hamilton Shad Fest Poster Auction is live through Tuesday, July 28.

The fundraising auction is the centerpiece of the event when local artists create and donate original art work posters for scholarships for local students. The River Towns Chamber of Commerce and local businesses have organized a virtual event this year.

The Shad Stroll will provide an opportunity to see the posters displayed in windows throughout Lambertville and New Hope including New Hope Arts. Viewers can stroll around town and bid on the artworks via iGavel online auctions. Register today at www.igavelauctions.com.

Support Groups

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) is expanding mental health services to meet the changing needs of the Mercer County community. New virtual support groups have been formed to support various populations. All meet once or twice per week, depending on demand, and are free of charge. There is no commitment to attend multiple sessions, but registration is required.

The Youth Mindfulness Group is designed for youth 6 to 10 years old. Participants will be guided through age-appropriate mindfulness discussions and techniques. Check online for upcoming dates.

The Pandemic Parenting Group offers parents a chance to share their struggles, challenges, and successes during the pandemic. The next session, takes place Wednesday, July 15, at 3 p.m.

The Social Support Group is targeted for older adults/seniors who are feeling the emotional and psychological impacts of isolation during COVID-19 restrictions. There is no formal structure; participants are invited to speak, listen, and learn. A JFCS counselor will help facilitate and manage discussions within group. The group meets every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

For more information or to register visit www.jfcs­online.com.

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