New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest seeks socially conscious scripts from around the world through Sunday, July 15. The top three scripts are awarded a reading in a New York theater. Specific guidelines at

George Washington Contest

Washington Crossing Historic Park seeks an individual to portray General George Washington as a volunteer at park events including Washington’s birthday weekend, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and the December crossing reenactment. An alternate will also be chosen. Submit a one-page letter to the park at Box 103, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. Selected candidates will be invited to the final judging on Sunday, September 16 at the park.

Photo Contests

Gallery 125 seeks submissions for juried photography exhibit opening September 14. Submit digital files on CD, labeled with the title, media, framed dimensions, and year created, with a $10 check payable to TDA. Include artist’s name, brief biography, address, phone number, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Images must be jpg files at 300 dpi. Participating artists are expected to gallery sit. Accepted works must be for sale, properly framed, and wired for hanging. Deadline Tuesday, July 17.

Terhune Orchards seeks photos taken through the years at the orchards for its first photo contest. Deadline is Saturday, October 6. Opening reception for the exhibit is Friday, October 12. 609-924-2310.

Essay Contest

Barnes and Noble, MarketFair seeks entries for the Harry Potter Essay Contest telling how you would end Harry Patter’s Book 7 if you were the author. The most unusual, the funniest, and the one closest to the actual ending will receive prizes after July 21. E-mail entries to Deadline Sunday, July 15.

Master Gardens

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County is accepting applications for a 21-week master gardener training program beginning in September. Classes meet Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lawrence. $150 tuition includes training manual, class supplies, and name badges. or call 609-989-6830. Deadline is Wednesday, September 5.

A Piece of History

Har Sinai Temple offers a limited edition art poster featuring the stained glass windows at the Bellevue Avenue building that opened in 1929. Call 609-730-8100 for information. $100.

Open Captioned Theater

New Jersey Theater Alliance offers a group of performances in professional theaters throughout the state. Open captioning is text displayed on a screen. To receive a free copy of the series calendar E-mail

For Kids

One Yoga & Wellness Center offers a six week summer yoga program for kids featuring 45 minute classes on Thursday mornings beginning July 12. $72. Register.

Raritan Valley College offers a 10-session course “Through the Lens & Curtain” for students ages 8 to 12 to study film and theater by connecting the two art forms. $315 for each two-week session. 908-526-1200, ext. 8404.

Bible Camp

Five area Presbyterian Church congregations offer “Life Off: Soaring to New Heights with God” this summer. Prices and dates vary. Contact church directly for more information. Ewing Presbyterian Church, 609-530-0611; Westminster Presbyterian Church, 609-695-8025; Covenant Presbyterian Church, 609-989-3232; and Christ Presbyterian Church, 609-586-0928.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church offer a joint Bible study from Monday to Friday, July 30 to August 3. From age 4 to those who finished eighth grade. $13. High school students and adults are needed as aides. 732-297-4607.

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