Plainsboro Public Library invites entries to Wordtastic, a story slam. Take 10 pre-selected words, spin them into a 50-word (or less) story, and enter it. Finalists will be asked to perform their stories on Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m.
The words are candle, small, adobe, persnickety, money, charisma, chicken, fountain, gospel, and beautiful. E-mail story to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail or bring to the library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro 08536. Include name, age, and phone number on each entry.
GroWW offers West Windsor Library Reader’s Cafe on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Open mic for children 3 to 8 with parent, grandparent, or older sibling. Ppresent or act a poem and/or a story. Maximum time is five minutes per child. Stories and poems should reflect nature or caring for the environment. Call 609-799-0462 for information. West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor.
Mercer County Parks offers access to summer activities. The Marina on Lake Mercer, West Windsor, rents pedal boats, rowboats, and kayak for $15 per hour. Pontoon boat rides are 50-minute tours of the lake for $6. The docks on the Delaware, behind Waterfront Park, are available to boat owners. Rosedale Park in Pennington offers a 38-acre lake stocked with trout and a boat launch for row boats, canoes, and boats with electric motors. Call 609-448-4004 for information on the marina, 609-989-4947 about the docks on the Delaware.
Princeton Adult School offers summer ESL classes. Register online at www.ssreq.com/princeton or call 609-683-1101.
Straube Foundation, based in Pennington, offers free SAT II biology evaluation tests to help students prepare for the actual test. Tutoring classes are also available. E-mail email@example.com or call 609-737-3322 for information.
Princeton Center for Yoga and Health offers free yoga classes for fathers on Sunday, June 19, at 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman. The center is also donating proceeds from June classes to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s “Happy Tails Yoga: A Cause for Paws” program. Visit www.princetonyoga.com or call 609-924-7294 for information.
Call for Art
Gallery 14 invites artists working in all photographic media to submit works for a juried photographic exhibition opening Friday, July 15 at the Hopewell gallery. Submit up to five jpeg images and a text document with your name, home address, phone, E-mail, and a brief bio, on one CD. The list and titles of the photograph files must correspond exactly in number and name. Mail to Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell 08525 with an entry fee of $25, or bring to the gallery on Saturdays or Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
Photographs selected for the exhibit must be brought to the gallery ready for hanging on Thursday or Friday, July 9 and 10, from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery receives a 30 percent commission if your work sells while on display. Visit www.photogallery14.com, call Ed Greenblat at 609-915-9995, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Princeton Senior Resource Center offers Engaged Retirement Workshop, a two-session retirement planning course to help people who are approaching retirement make the most of the next stage of life. The program helps retirees deal with the lifestyle and emotional issues associated with the major change in their life including loss of identity. Sessions are Saturdays, June 18 and 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $85, $150 for a couple. Suzanne Patterson Building, Princeton. Call 609-924-7108 to register.
McCarter Theater still has space available for its summer theater programs for grades K to eight. Visit www.mccarter.org and click on education, then theater class, then summer classes. Call 609-258-8289 for information.
Zonta Club of Trenton Mercer offers a scholarship for women 25 years or older who are residents of Mercer County and attending a school in New Jersey. They must be matriculated in a baccalaureate or associate program, or a nursing program with one year completed, or a graduate program. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, July 30. Send to Scholarship Committee, Zonta Club Trenton Mercer, Box 5488, Trenton 08638.
Actors Dance Studio is holding auditions for Lee Blessing’s “Independence,” a play to be rehearsed and performed in the Trenton area with performances on August 20. A role is available for an actress in her mid-30s who can play a character native to small-town Iowa. Actors case will have the first right of refusal for an Actors’ Equity showcase of the production in New York City in 2012. Call 609-213-4578 to schedule an audition.
Omicron Theater Productions is casting male and female actors, ages 20s to 50s, for comedies this summer. Backstage hands are also needed. Call 609-443-5598 for appointment or information.
Call for Art
New Brunswick Public Library has a summer photography contest with the theme, “New Brunswick, Unique” with a focus on places, events, and sights you see. Three programs presented by professional photographers will be held in July and August. Visit www.nbfpl.org, call 732-745-5108, ext. 20, or E-mail email@example.com for information. Opening reception is Friday, August 26.
Artworks seeks 350 volunteers for Art All Night, a 24-hour exhibit on the weekend of June 18 and 19. Visit www.artworkstrenton.org or call 609-394-9436.
New Jersey Audubon offers “Amwell Valley Grassland Birds,” an exploration of the valley, Saturday, June 11, 8 to 11 a.m.; and “Explore Baldpate Mountain,” a moderate hike, Saturday, June 18, 8 to 11 a.m. Register at 609-897-9400. $15 each.
NJ Unemployed offers $8 tickets for Tuesday, June 14, to see a Trenton Thunder vs. Harrisburg Senators. $1 hot dogs and kids eat free. Call 609-394-3300 for information.
Camp Gan Israel of Greater Mercer County opens Monday, June 27, for aged 3 to 12, within a Jewish framework. Visit princetonchabad.org or call 609-683-7240.
Har Sinai Temple in Pennington offers a pre-school summercamp for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years-old. Cal Magda Reyes at 609-730-8100 for information.
Hopewell Basketball offers a skills camp in July; a shoot it better camp on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26; and a summer camp for boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, Monday to Friday, June 27 to July 1; and a junior camp from Monday to Thursday, July 18 to 21. Visit www.hopewellbasketball.com or call 609-540-3949.
Country School Association of America has its annual conference Sunday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 15, at Rider University in Lawrenceville. The conference includes more than 20 presentations, meals, a field trip to Pleasant Valley School in Howell Farm, and an optional bus tour workshop. Visit www.countryschoolassociation.org or call 803-323-2158.
For Active Military
Blue Star Museums offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Area participants include Roebling Museum, 100 Second Avenue, Roebling, www.roeblingmuseum.org, 609-499-7200; and James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA, www.michenermuseum.org, 215-340-9800.