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Star Spangled Dreams

At 40, Robert D. Battis has his own laser R&D company and he has his own rock band. Lots of people have their own bands, but Battis has bigger plans than most.

Last summer he issued 500 press releases about his first two CDs, and this month booked the band into the legendary Stone Pony as the lead attraction of four local bands on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. Cost: $10. Call 732-502-0600.

Battis, who writes the words to some of the songs, formed both the Bangers All American Rock & Roll Band and the Big Bang Entertainment Company, which licenses the songs to the band and issues the CDs, called "Star Spangled Americans" and "Out of this Universe."

The drummer is one of Battis’s former employees, Scott L. French. When French moved back home to Minneapolis, Battis began to conduct rehearsals in both states. Other band members are Amy Tobin, Mark Kain, Jaime Boxell, and Donald Kirksey. Jessica Convey posed for the CD covers.

Battis’s big plans are based on his patriotic vision. With titles like "America’s Not Foolin’ Around," "Freedom Does Not Come Free," "Star Spangled Freedom" he feels strongly about supporting the military and went to great lengths to get copies of these songs sent to the troops in Iraq.

His father was a building contractor, and he majored in chemistry at Seton Hall, Class of 1982. He worked in the materials division of Rheometrics in Piscataway and spent five years at Lambda Physik before starting his own company in 1991, Quakerbridge Road-based Laser Energetics, to make alexandrite lasers and laser systems.

"Our songs are getting ready to be played in very big circles," says Battis. "We are working with channels around the nation."

The Bangers, Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, 732-502-0600. The Bangers share the spotlight with Multi-Verse, the Gents, and Twelve:01. All ages admitted. $10. Sunday, October 17, 2 p.m.

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Villager Theater has auditions for Kidsville production of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," on Monday, October 18, and Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30. 415 DeMott Lane, Somerset. Actors ages 10 and adults needed. For information E-mail

Ultimate Wedding

KatManDu seeks couples looking to compete against other couples to win an all-inclusive wedding. Visit www. or call 609-393-7300 for information.

Singing Lessons

Millstone Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines offers free voice lessons for women who love to sing. The four-week program begins on Monday, October 18, 7:15 p.m. and include vocal skills, visual performance, and singing a cappella harmony. Pierce Hall, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. Visit or call Anita at 908-874-3079 to register.

Seeking Vietnam Vets

Mercer College seeks Vietnam Vets for a panel discussion in conjunction with a production of "Vietnam: Letters & Remembrances." Contact Nick Anselmo by E-mail at or by phone at 609-586-4800 ext. 3524.

Call for Entries

New Jersey Poetry Society announces several poetry competitions for junior and senior poets. Visit for details.

Call for Art

New Hope Arts seeks sculptors working in all media suitable for outdoor display for the annual outdoor display. Accepted artists receive a $1,000 stipend and art work is insured. Visit or call 215-862-3396 for application.

ArtFirst! seeks art and fine crafts by artists with physical or mental disabilities. Work must be for sale and must have been executed since the onset of disability or injury. Close to $6,000 in prizes will be awarded. For information contact Lois Levy by E-mail at or phone at 609-497-4211.

Participate Please

The Writers Room seeks dramatic pictures or stories to tell about the "great flood of 1955." Writer Mary A. Shafer of Upper Bucks County is producing an oral and pictorial history entitled, "Devastation of the Delaware." Please submit to the Writers Room, 4 West Oakland Avenue, Doylestown, PA 18901. Call 215-348-1663 for information.


Princeton YMCA seeks children ages 5 to 18 for the Piranhas swim team. Call 609-497-9622 for information.

Princeton Indoor Tennis Center has openings in the Senior Men’s Tennis Group at all ages and levels for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday early morning and afternoon groups. $7 each time you play. 92 Washington Road, West Windsor. Call John Konvalinka at 609-924-9742.

Jewish Community Center seeks adults over 32 for a basketball league. Games are place at 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, beginning on Thursday, December 2, at 6 p.m. There is also an open basketball league played on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 10 p.m. Contact Jeff Hirschman at 609-883-9550 for information.

Princeton Center for Yoga and Health offers free Jazzercise on Monday, October 25; Tuesday, October 26; and Friday, October 29. Bring a mat, water, and supportive athletic shoes. Call Ohrel at 609-897-1346.

Garden State Baseball offers winter training sessions beginning December 12 for ages 13 and up. Visit or contact John at 732-382-4610.

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