Awards open to people with disabilities

VSA New Jersey (VSA/NJ), a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities, is accepting applications for the 2016 Arts Achievement Awards through Jan. 22.

The annual VSA/NJ Arts Achievement Awards include the Student Arts Excellence Awards, presented to students with special needs (mainstreamed, inclusion, self-contained classes or activities), 14 – 21 years old, not to exceed the 12th grade level, who show outstanding achievement in and commitment to an art form.

The Education in the Arts Awards are presented to outstanding educators and administrators for establishing high quality arts programs for students with special needs. The awards also recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to arts education for students with special needs.

Award recipients become candidates for the distinguished NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education.

For applications, contact VSA New Jersey at 703 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick, 08901; call 732-745-3885 or 732-745-3913 (TTY); or email info@vsanj.org.

Auditions set for ‘The Music Man’

The North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services has announced the Broadway classic “The Music Man” as this year’s 46th annual community theatre musical.

Director Michael Hritz is seeking principals as well as a diverse adult ensemble. No experience is necessary.

Vocal and dialogue auditions for children’s roles only including Winthrop, Amaryllis, Zaneeta, and Tommy will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in the auditorium and music room at North Brunswick Township High School, 98 Raider Road.

Auditions at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 will be for adult principal and featured roles only, including Harold Hill, Marian Paroo, Mrs. Paroo, Mayor Shinn, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Marcellus and the four members of the barbershop quartet.

Those auditioning should be ready to read from the script and must prepare at least 16 measures of a song from any Broadway show, though songs from “The Music Man” are preferred.

There will be a meeting of the entire company and all others interested in joining the cast or working behind the scenes at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Production dates at the school are March 3, 4 and 5.

For more information, email mhritz@northbrunswicknj.gov or call 732- 247-0922, ext. 475.

Project Grad to host prom fashion show

South Brunswick High School Project Graduation will host its annual Prom Preview Fashion Show 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the school, 750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction.

More than 40 seniors and juniors will walk the runway in the latest prom fashions from David’s Bridal and Chaz MaTazz Formalwear in Princeton.

In addition, there will be tricky tray prizes that include tickets to both the junior and senior proms.

Tickets are $10 at the door, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dana Miller at danamarkm@comcast.net.

Citizenship Award open to high schoolers

The Jersey Blue Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is holding its fourth annual Middlesex County Good Citizenship Award contest.

All Middlesex County high school sophomores and juniors who are in good academic standing with a C average and above and who exemplify the characteristics of a good citizen of the United States can apply.

Contestants are required to submit an application, including a student fact sheet that outlines the student’s accomplishments in leadership positions, organizations, awards and community service; a written essay; one recommendation from his or her school’s faculty member and one from a close adult associate other than family such as a coach, an employer, a member of the clergy, a scout or 4-H leader.

The topic for the essay is: “What is the importance of patriotism in today’s world?” The essay should include specific examples of the student’s patriotism as it relates to his or her community service. It should be two to three pages in length.

One winner will be selected to receive a check for $250, a medal and certificate on March 6 at the Jersey Blue Chapter Annual Meeting and Awards ceremony.

To request the complete guidelines, forms, and where to submit award entries, contact Mary Kwietniak, at 732-846-0633.

Coloring for Adults begins Dec. 29

The South Brunswick Senior Center is starting a new monthly activity, Coloring for Adults, 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Dec. 29 at the center, in the municipal complex, Route 522 West, Monmouth Junction.

Coloring can be beneficial for adults, namely for its de-stressing power. The practice generates wellness, quietness and stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.

This event is for South Brunswick residents, age 55 and older. To register, call 732-329-4000, ext. 7670.