Somerset Valley Players is holding virtual Zoom auditions for its holiday comedy, “Dad’s Christmas Miracle” by Pat Cook. The production will be a virtual reading of the play.

Auditions will be held by appointment only on Saturday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Director Emily Windus is looking for one adult male (age 40s-50s), three adult females (Ages 30+), four boys (three ages 12 and one age 17), and two girls (age 14).

Auditioners must sign up for an appointment. Direct questions to by October 2. For complete information including character breakdowns, sides, and required forms, go to the auditions page at the theater’s website,

“Dad’s Christmas Miracle” will be streamed virtually on Friday, December 4, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 12, at 4 p.m.; Saturday, December 19, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 27, at 4 p.m.

Help for Families

New Jersey families are now able to apply for childcare tuition assistance. To be eligible families must have a child between the ages of 5 and 13 whose school has a full or part-time remote learning schedule. Household income cannot exceed $75,000 per year.

Assistance up to $634 per month for a licensed childcare provider or $526 per month for a registered family care provider will be paid directly to the provider. Families are responsible for any additional tuition owed. The program runs through December 30, 2020. To apply, visit The website also has resources to assist in identifying a childcare provider.

For Children

Hamilton Free Public Library is offering virtual programming through the READsquared platform. In order to make families feel more connected to the library the Dessert Day activity on Thursday, October 15, includes recipes from Miss Gina for making dirt cake and trail mix.

Thursday, October 22, marks the anniversary of the return of Apollo 7 to Earth after orbiting in space for 10-plus days. The library will offer curbside pick up of a craft pack from NASA in commemoration of these events. Register at A staff member will call to schedule curbside pickup.

The library will also offer Halloween crafts and goodies for curbside pick up during the last week of October. Interested families will similarly be asked to register and then called to schedule a curbside pick-up time. Check out all events at

Call for Artists

The Arts Council of Princeton invites artists to participate in its Sauce for the Goose Outdoor Art Market, which has been adapted to comply with social distancing standards. Artists will be responsible for creating and removing their displays. Works offered for sale must be handmade.

The application fee is $20, and accepted artists must pay a $145 space fee. The market takes place Saturday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping Center. The application deadline is Thursday, October 15. For more information visit

For Singers

Voices Chorale NJ is offering a fall program of online education for singers who would like an opportunity to hone musical and singing skills. Classes will meet on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m., through December 14.

The series will be curated by David A. McConnell, the artistic director of VCNJ. Guest artists and educators will join some sessions. Topics will include vocal development, ear training, sight singing, study of choral literature, and more.

All members of the singing community are welcome to participate. The cost for the program is $115. Interested singers should email

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