Call for Volunteers

United Way of Greater Mercer County is seeking volunteers to be a part of its free tax preparation program. The program serves working families and individuals who make less than $65,000 a year in Mercer County.

No prior tax experience is required. Free IRS training begins in December (virtual and in-person option). Tax returns may be prepared virtually. College students can earn course credits and tax professionals can earn Continuing Education Credits.

An information session takes place Tuesday, November 17, at 1 or 6 p.m. To register, email Carrie Pabreza at carrie.pabreza@uwgmc.org or call 609-896-1912.

Call for Plays

Acting Naturally is seeking One Act Play submissions for A Night of One Acts! Playwrights, ages teen through adult are encouraged to submit a maximum of two plays. Plays should be no longer than 20 minutes with four characters maximum and simple set requirements. Please include your name, email, phone number and title of play on the cover page. Email your PDF play to wendy@actingnaturally.com. The deadline for submissions is December 12.

Those interested in Directing a One Act should email wendy@actingnaturally.com with availability for Zoom-based and in-person rehearsal availability on weekday evenings and weekends. Shows will be recorded and made available to audiences through online viewing.

Adult actors interested in auditions for the One Acts should email wendy@actingnaturally.com. Character breakdowns and sides will be available prior to auditions. Auditions are scheduled for January 4 through 7, 2021, either virtually or in person.

Performances take place March 11 through 13, 2021.

Theater at Home

State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick presents Sugar Skull! “A Virtual Día de Muertos Adventure” through Sunday, November 15. A minimum donation of $15 gives patrons access to this virtual show. Proceeds raised support State Theatre’s Family programs. To donate and watch Sugar Skull, go to www.stnj.org.

“Sugar Skull! A Virtual Día de Muertos Adventure” is a theatrical performance for children and families that elaborates on traditional Mexican stories, music and celebrations pertaining to the Day of the Dead.

Call for Students

Business-minded high school students can win a full, four-year tuition scholarship to Rider University in the 2021 Norm Brodsky Business Concept Competition.

The annual competition challenges high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores to develop an innovative business idea and present it in front of a panel of judges. Seniors will compete for the grand prize of a full, four-year tuition scholarship, while juniors and sophomores will compete for cash prizes and the chance to automatically be entered into the senior competition when eligible.

Entrants must submit a 400-word description of their product or service at www.rider.edu/BrodskyCompetition by Sunday, November 15. High school seniors must also apply to Rider to be eligible for the scholarship. The top five finalists from each group will present their ideas in front of a panel of judges virtually, and the winner will be announced on January 30, 2021.

Book for a Cause

Christine’s Hope for Kids, the Ewing-based nonprofit that aims to help area children in need, has launched a children’s book, “Always Better Together,” written by Linda Martin, a board member and owner of Flutter Boutique in Hopewell. The 40-page hardcover book is a story about friendship and is available for $24.95. For more information or to order the book, visit www.christineshope.org.

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