American Repertory Ballet is celebrating its 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Opening night is Friday, November 23, at McCarter Theater. A reception follows the 4:30 p.m. performance. All Princeton Ballet School and ARB alumni are invited to join the Alumni Steering Committee. Contact Lisa de Ravel at 609-921-7758, ext. 11, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos from the past to add to the collection on Facebook E-mail Alexis Branagan at email@example.com.
Parkinson Alliance requests participation in “Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s Disease Research,” Sunday through Saturday, April 15 to 21. Restaurants donating a percentage of proceeds include Teresa’s Caffe, Blue Point Grill, Witherspoon Grill, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, elements, Mediterra, Eno Terra, or Gennaro’s. www.parkinsonalliance.org.
Hopewell Harvest Fair invites community members to its first planning meeting on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the train station. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie at 609-915-5789.
NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers to work blood drives. Tasks include assisting donors with registration, escorting, canteen duties, and watching for post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed, and have the willingness to follow the rules. For information contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or E-mail email@example.com.
Call for Vendors
Jamesburg Farmers Market returns for its fourth year, Saturdays, July 7, to October 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on East Railroad Avenue in Veteran’s Park. Vendors of produce, prepared foods, and other food items are sought for the market. A registration packet for vendors is available by calling market coordinator Diane Lemelman at 732-723-1863. The market already has a number of commitments for vendors, including nonprofit organizations. Middlesex County Area Transit buses stop at the park, increasing customer access, and there is ample street parking in the area. The Farmer’s Market is hosted by the Jamesburg Revitalization Coalition. For more information about the JRC and the market, call Elliott Stroul at 732-512-7417.
The PSEG Foundation is granting scholarships to high school seniors with a passion for engineering and an interest in pursuing a career in the energy industry. Six students will be each be awarded $24,000, distributed evenly over four years. The scholars will be matched with a mentor, invited to tour the company’s facilities, join its employees as they volunteer at community events, and be invited to apply for a summer internship following completion of their sophomore year. Applicants should intend to major in chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, or nuclear engineering. They must have attended high school in New Jersey for at least three years and be able to demonstrate an aptitude in math and science in addition to financial need. Visit www.pseg.com, call 609-771-7878, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Friday, May 11.
Yoga Teacher Training
Integral Yoga Institute Princeton offers yoga teacher training in Integral Yoga Hatha I, the basic class utilized by Dr. Dean Ornish in his work in reversing heart disease. Instructors include Jayadeva, founder of the institute and former manager of the New York Integral Yoga Institute; Ron Cohen, certified in both raja and hatha yoga; Ambika Desa, a teacher of hatha yoga and a nurse at the Medical Center of Princeton; and Priya Lynne McKinnon, a certified instructor in yoga and meditation. The training includes meditation, pranayama, asana practice, and instruction. The classes meet weekly on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is also a four-day weekend retreat. Tuition of $3,210 includes all instruction, texts, manuals, the retreat, and supplies. Visit www.iyiprinceton.org, call 723-274-2410, or E-mail email@example.com.
We Care Campaign
The Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County is launching a county-wide movement to promote awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of people with special needs. The international non-profit organization provides social support, educational and vocational programming, and empowerment for children and adults with special needs. The Mercer County chapter is involved in the lives of more than 100 families with children and adults with special needs. The goal is to involve every business, family, and organization in Mercer County in making a practical difference in the lives of individuals with special needs and their families. The first event is Sunday, April 22, from noon to 5 p.m., in Palmer Square, Princeton.
Throughout the next few months, there will be a variety of opportunities educating the Mercer community about people with special needs. Upcoming events include a sprout festival, a dyslexia simulation event, webinars, seminars, disability training events, tables at the malls, and presentations. Funds raised will benefit the continued growth of the programs and activities, specifically its job placement program. The service benefits adults with special needs to receive vocational training, job coaching, and job placement. There are financial incentives for businesses hiring individuals with special needs. Funds will be allocated toward the start of a camp and building campaign to serve as a permanent location for Friendship Circle as well as a home-away-from-home for all individuals with special needs. There are many volunteering opportunities, including brochure distribution and staffing at campaign tables. Call 609-683-7240, or visit www.mercerfriends.com.
Montgomery Travelers Soccer Club has annual tryouts for boys and girls, ages 9 to 13, during the first two weeks in May at the Mill Pond Soccer Complex. Field locations, directions, age requirements, and full instructions are available at www.montgomerysoccer.org.
SoundWaves Teen Music Jam and Open Mic seeks singers, musicians, and bands for Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m., at the Virginia Napurano Cultural Arts Center, 522 Rosemont-Ringoes Road, Sergeantsville. Any style of music is welcome. Piano, drum kit, and amps are provided. MIXX, the teen house band, will provide backup as needed. Walk-ons are welcome, but sign-ups are preferred. For more information or to sign up E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or MIXX SoundWaves House Band on Facebook. Performers are free; all other teens are $5 and adults are $10. Free refreshments will be served.
Highland Studios offers classes for adults and teens in photography, drawing, and painting, beginning Wednesday, April 18. Call Karen McLean at 609-466-3475
Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium features lectures, master classes, technique clinics, and other presentations by Edna Golandsky and the Institute’s faculty. The dates at Princeton University are Saturday, July 7, to Saturday, July 14. $1,675 per resident; $1,275 per commuting participant. Call 877-343-3434 or E-mail email@example.com for information.