Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “A Christmas Carol” on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, at 8 p.m. Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Readings will be from the script. Seeking one child ages 10 to 12, and male and female actors from 16 to 60. www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.
Boheme Opera seeks actors for “West Side Story” to be produced in April at Patriots Theater in Trenton. Casting principal roles or Maria, Tony, and Anita, as well as strong singers and dancers for Sharks and Jets roles of 14 men and 10 women. Prepare a song from West Side Story and be prepared to dance. Auditions are October and November. Send headshot and resume to Boheme Opera NJ, Box 4157, Trenton 08610.
Unlimited Potential Theater Company seeks adults from diverse backgrounds, with or without disabilities, to audition for “Between First and Third,” a play by Mary Casella. The ability to speak with an Italian accent is required. Call Valerie Grier at 732-745-5935 for an appointment.
Gallery 125 seeks artists and art for an all media juried show featuring the spirit of Trenton’s Patriots Week. Submit up to five visuals (CD) of works and a check for $10 available for exhibit and sale to TDA, Gallery 125, 125 South Warren Street, Trenton 08608. Participating artists are expected to gallery sit during the exhibit.
Pemberton Library seeks works by the annual Artists Exhibit from October 14 to January 4. Deliver to the library on Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. to noon. Up to four works per artist in all media. $6 for artist. No size restrictions. All original. Must be framed and wired for hanging. Reception is Sunday, October 14. Call Dorothy Amsden at 609-893-5666 for information.
Volunteer Your Home
Junior League of Greater Princeton is searching for a Princeton area home for its 15th Designer Showcase next spring. The ideal house has 25 or more design spaces and generous grounds that will be transformed by interior and landscape designers to become an elegant show place of style and design. Proceeds benefit community projects including math and science literacy of at risk pre-school children and their parents. Call 609-771-0525 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North seeks crafters, food vendors, and businesses for a craft fair on Saturday, October 13. Visit www.ww-p.org for an application.
Historic Fallsington seeks crafters for Saturday, October 13. Call 215-295-6567 to register.
Families Joined by Love has a new political action blog for LGBT families and their allies. The blog will address issues including health care proxies, child custody laws, civil union vs. marriage. and second parent adoption. Visit www.familiesjoinedbylove.com.
Raritan Valley College offers a course for registered nurses interested in becoming certified by the American Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Once a month classes include online, classroom, practicum sessions, and clinical labs, Saturdays, from September 29 to January 5. $2,100 includes all fees and texts. Register at 908-526-1200, ext. 8471.
Scholarships, Grants, Awards
Vegetarian Resource Group is taking applications from senior high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools or communities. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded based on the promotion of vegetarian and vegan diets. www.vrg.org.
Vermont Studio Center, an international creative community, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will offer five six-month residency awards for New Jersey visual artists and writers. Application deadline is Monday, October 1. Download an application at www.vermontstudiocenter.org.
Drexel University offers high school students interested in studying math in college a chance for a $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed each year over a five-year undergraduate degree program. The eight-question test uses algebra. www.drexel.edu. Deadline to take the test is October 23.
March of Dimes annual Pick a Pumpkin runs through November 30 to support programs for mothers and babies. Call 609-655-7400 ext. 1204 for a list of programs in your area. Sovereign Banks sell them for $1, $5, and $10.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills is accepting donations in good saleable condition for a fall rummage sale through Saturday, September 29. They will accept clothing, accessories, electrical, furniture, household and kitchen items, toys, paper shopping and grocery bags. Bring to Far Hills fairground. www.visiting nurse.org.
Princeton University Credit Union is collecting healthy non-perishable food from October 1 to 18 for HomeFront, in celebration of International Credit Union Day (October 18), 104 Carnegie Center, Suite 103 (behind the Hyatt). 609-945-6240.
Senior Net Computer Literacy Center offers six courses including Introduction to Computers, Digital Photography and Scanners, Managing Finances with Quicken, File Management, Downloading Files, and Computer Safety. Courses are held at the Ewing Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Road, Ewing. www.ewingsnet.com or call 609-737-1468.
Mercer County offers assistance to first-time homebuyers. Workshops are October 10 and 29, and November 8, all at 6:30 p.m .Call 609-989-6858 for information and to register.