Call for Art

The Arts Council of Princeton invites current members to participate in a members’ show to be on view in the Taplin Gallery from November 21 through December 19. New members may join in order to be eligible to participate.

Artwork will be accepted at the Arts Council, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, on Monday and Tuesday, November 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All artwork must be ready to hang or display. All works in painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture are welcome. 2D works must not exceed 24 inches in any direction. 3D pieces must be under 24 inches in any direction. Each artist may submit ONE piece, no exceptions.

The Arts Council will promote the sale of exhibited works and take a 40 percent commission from the selling price. Artwork being for sale is not required. All unsold work must be picked up on Monday or Tuesday, December 21 or 22, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For a full prospectus visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.

Theater at Home

McCarter Theater offers the holiday magic of its annual “A Christmas Carol” production from the comfort of home. The theater’s “A Christmas Carol @ HOME” boxes contain individually wrapped envelopes with scenes that can be performed in person (or over Zoom), character sketch postcards to paint, color, send, or frame, and “conversation cards” to spark discussion around the story’s timeless themes and connect them with our current moment. Boxes cost $45 each and are available through December 7 while supplies last. Visit www.mccarter.org.

Fundraisers

The Princeton Family YMCA is celebrating the season of Thanksgiving with a unique fundraising effort in lieu of its annual Centennial Awards. The goal is to raise $80,000 to support the Y’s many critical programs during the pandemic.

The fundraiser and installation builds on the Princeton Family YMCA’s first Project Gratitude, which was launched in April, 2020, to show gratitude for essential workers at the start of the COVID-19 crisis by collecting artwork from youth in the community. As the pandemic continues, the second phase of Project Gratitude focuses on raising critical funds to sustain the Princeton Family YMCA through the coming months.

The fundraiser gives donors the opportunity to purchase a sturdy PVC foam core sign in one of four sizes: 9”x9” for $250, 18”x18” for $500, 18”x36” for $1,500, and 36”x26” for $2,500. Each sign can be customized with a design and personalized message to exhibit the donors’ gratitude.

The signs will be installed along Paul Robeson Place on the Princeton Family YMCA’s fence in a mosaic format in time for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, and will be exhibited through February, 2021.

“Our vision is that the signs will create a positive, colorful and unifying ‘Mosaic of Messages’ to inspire the community during this period of uncertainty,” says Princeton Family YMCA Board Member and campaign leader Vicky Corrodi.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Princeton Family YMCA’s continued efforts to assist neighbors with food security, virtual learning, and physical and mental health resources. Since the beginning of the summer, the Y has facilitated the delivery of almost 1,700 door-to-door food deliveries to vulnerable neighbors, provided safe outdoor day camp experiences to 90 youth, with one in three receiving financial assistance, and hosted 30+ virtual learning sessions to support and encourage at-risk middle and high school students.

To learn more about Project Gratitude visit www.princetonymca.org. The campaign runs through Thursday, November 19.

The Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lambertville are working to make the Lambertville businesses district a welcoming and safe destination for visitors and residents alike, especially during the pandemic. Initiatives include a welcome banner for bridge street and Lambertville flags for light posts, which feature the work of local artist Scott MacNeil. To make the town look bright and cheerful for the upcoming holiday season, the town needs help and has established a GoFundMe page. To donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-make-our-small-city-shine.

Call for Donations

Millhill Child & Family Development invites participation in its winter coat drive to help ensure children have coats to keep them warm this winter.

Participants are welcome to donate coats of all sizes, or email adellarena@millhillcenter.org with how many coats they would like to donate to be provided with a list of sizes that we still need. Any winter accessories or additional gently used coats are welcome.

The drop off dates are Wednesday through Friday, November 18 through 20, at Millhill, 101 Oakland Street, Trenton, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Virtual participation is also welcome by donating online. Alternate pick up/drop off times can be arranged by contacting adellarena@millhillcenter.org. For more information visit www.millhillcenter.org.

Call for Volunteers

Friends of Princeton Open Space seeks volunteer land stewards to help with forest restoration efforts.

Volunteers will work with a natural resource manager to identify and remove target invasive species such as Japanese honeysuckle vine and burning bush.

Dates and times for volunteers are Saturday, November 7, 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, November 11, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, November 14, 9 a.m. to noon; and Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Email info@fopos.org with “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line and the date(s) that work for you. If these dates don’t work, email to be added to the volunteer list for future dates.

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