Call for Volunteers

Friends of Princeton Open Space invites volunteers to assist with spring planting sessions at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton.

Volunteers will work under the guidance of Natural Resources and Stewardship Director Anna Corichi to plant more than 5,000 herbaceous plugs in the Forest Restoration site. Native wildflowers, grasses, and ferns have been selected to provide quality habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife, as well as to withstand tough site pressures, such as those posed by white-tailed deer and invasive species. The plantings will also help to protect local water quality by filtering and slowing runoff before it enters Mountain Brook.

Registration is required to attend. Each available date has a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. Dates are Saturdays and Sundays, April 17 and 18, May 15 and 16, and Saturday, June 5. Visit www.fopos.org.

Call for Photography

Trenton Health Team has announced the start of the #WhyILike­Trenton 2021 photo contest inviting amateur photographers to share original photos showcasing the community via Instagram throughout the month of April.

“Every year, the #WhyILikeTrenton contest attracts great photos, showcases new talent and celebrates Trenton’s resilience and strong sense of community,” said THT Executive Director Gregory Paulson. “We are proud to be part of this City and pleased to highlight local assets and talent.”

To enter the contest, follow THT and tag @trentonhealth when you post original photos taken in Trenton on Instagram with #WhyILikeTrenton. The contest begins Thursday, April 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in early May.

THT will announce four winners, including “most likes,” and first, second, and third place winners selected by a panel of judges including photographer Habiyb Shu’Aib, CEO of Fan Favorite Club and former pro basketball player La’Keisha Sutton, and mural/graffiti artist Leon Rainbow.

“Most likes” and “First prize” winners will receive a $100 gift card to Shop Rite, Walmart, or Amazon per the winner’s choice, and also may select a Trenton-based nonprofit, school, or faith-based organization to receive an additional $100 donation from THT. Prizes also will be awarded for second place ($75) and third place ($50). If the winner is under 18, then a parent/guardian will receive the prize on the winner’s behalf.

Photographers must have permission from anyone featured in a photo, as well as for access to any location. Please visit the THT website for full rules: www.trentonhealthteam.org.

Call for Artists

The Arts Council of Princeton announces that proposals for gallery exhibitions for their 2022 season are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is June 12, 2021.

The Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center serves as a key resource for contemporary art in central New Jersey. Through thought-provoking exhibitions and related public programs, the Arts Council presents artwork with a broad range of aesthetic, social, cultural, and political themes.

ACP says: “On Optimism: While we navigated the disruption of life as we knew it, so many of us turned to art for comfort, expression, documentation, and relief. To celebrate art’s power to lift us out of darkness, the ACP’s gallery committee will place an emphasis on exhibition proposals that reflect a sense of optimism. Artists are encouraged to embrace the theme in any medium, literally or figuratively, through a realistic or abstract lens.”

Interested artists should submit their proposal at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org/artists.

Call for Art

Mercer County Library invites submissions to its TrashedArt 2021 Virtual Contest. The submission deadline for photographs of works is Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m. The contest encourages artists to upcycle materials destined for the landfill into art.

The contest is open to students in grades 7 to 12 and adults living or working in Mercer County. Certificates will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in both the student and adult categories.

Those wishing to participate must submit at least one photo and a completed contest entry form to lawprogs@mcl.org by Friday, April 16. For more information, please visit the Mercer County Library System’s website at www.mcl.org.

Public voting on the contest will take place from Monday through Friday, April 26 through 30. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced at the TrashedArt Contest’s 2021 Virtual Reception on the Mercer County Library System’s Facebook page. To vote for your favorites, visit Mercer County Library’s website to complete the voting survey by Friday, April 30. For more information on the TrashedArt 2021 Virtual Contest, visit www.mcl.org.

For the Faithful

Princeton United Methodist Church invites the public to come in and meander to the center of its prayer labyrinth during the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week — April 1 through 3 — from noon to 6 p.m.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. Long used as a meditation and prayer tool, a labyrinth combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world.

Please enter through the Nassau Street doors. For further information, call 609-924-2613, e-mail office@princetonumc.org, or visit www.princetonumc.org.

For Poetry Lovers

The Princeton Festival will stream online readings by nine poets from the U.S. and around the world during April as a tribute to National Poetry Month. The poems, written on the topic of “Love and Loss,” will be read in their original languages with English subtitles, accompanied by imagery from the poets’ native countries.

Each poet will read one piece, approximately two minutes long. The readings will premiere via the Festival’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/princetonfest) and its Instagram (princetonfest) and YouTube accounts on the dates below.

Wednesday, April 7: Lucilla Trapazzo (Italy/Switzerland); Friday, April 9: Đặng Thân (Vietnam); Monday, April 12: Sabrina De Canio (Italy); Friday, April 16: Peihang “Marshall” Li (China); Monday, April 19: Mariela Cordero (Venezuela); Wednesday, April 21: Mari Kashiwagi (Japan); Friday, April 23: Vladimir Baboshin (Russia); Tuesday, April 27: Iskra Peneva (Serbia); Thursday, April 29: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (USA)

Readings can be accessed through the Festival website, www.princetonfestival.org, and will remain available until June 30. Links to the readings will also be available through the Princeton Public Library website (www.princetonlibrary.org).

For Film Lovers

The Trenton Film Society is offering movie buffs the chance to see the Oscar-nominated short films of 2021, in the categories of live-action, animated, and documentary.

Buy tickets through the Trenton Film Society website at http://trentonfilmsociety.org. Tickets are $12 for each program, or $30 for a discounted bundle of all three. Half the proceeds will go to the distributor, and half to support the Trenton Film Society. When you purchase your tickets you will get a link, good for a month, to stream the films. Once you begin streaming, you will have 72 hours to finish watching.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 2, and are available for purchase until the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, April 25. A ballot for marking your choices for the Oscar can be found on the TFF website. Correct guesses for winners in each category will be entered into a drawing for an all-access pass to the Trenton Film Festival, happening virtually later this spring.

Camp Offerings

Westrick Music Academy offers a one-week Camp Westrick program for grades four to nine in August.

Westrick Music Academy is launching its third year of Camp Westrick, which features voice training and performance with some of the country’s leading children’s choir directors, musical theater class, daily choir rehearsals, development of musicianship, fun games, and more. Experienced instructors and counselors create a fun, safe environment offering opportunities for students to develop musical and vocal technique while creating friendships and learning to work together. The week-long camp culminates in a celebratory performance of music and skills learned during the week for family and friends.

Camp Westrick will run from Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6, from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to rising fourth through ninth grade boys and girls. There are no audition requirements. The camp location will be announced at a later date, with possibilities for fully virtual, fully in-person, or a hybrid of both being considered. Westrick Music Academy is located at 231 Clarksville Road, West Windsor. Visit www.westrickmusic.org.

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