Local opportunities for this week's issue of U.S. 1.


Somerset Valley Players is hosting auditions for its production of “A Wicked Christmas Carol,” inspired by the works of L. Frank Baum and Charles Dickens. The show runs weekends December 2 through 18. Parts are open for 8 to 10 adults and 10 to 15 young actors ages 10 and up. Auditions take place at the theater located at 689 Amwell Road in Hillsborough on Sunday, September 11, at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, September 13, at 7 p.m. Readings will be from the script. Bring a resume and headshot if available. Callbacks are by invitation only on Wednesday, September 14. Visit www.svptheatre.org for more information.

Calls for Volunteers

Literacy New Jersey is offering a tutor training workshop for its Mercer County programs. Volunteer tutors are sought to help adults improve their English literacy skills. Work one-to-one or in small groups to teach adults who are learning to speak, read, and write English.

The Tutor Training Workshop will take place online on Zoom, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon or 6 to 8:15 p.m. on these dates: September 13, 20, 27 and October 6 and 11. Participants are expected to attend all training sessions and complete some independent online assignments. Previous teaching experience is not necessary. The training will provide you with all the essential skills and support to become an effective tutor. After the training, you'll be ready to start meeting with your students online or in-person once a week.

Email mercer@literacynj.org or call 609-587-6027 to learn more.

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center, which provides blood for local patients, is looking for a few good volunteers. The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of our team whose tasks include assisting donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background is necessary.

Volunteers should be outgoing to provide friendly customer service, be able to perform tasks as needed and must provide proof of COVID Vaccination prior to volunteering. Must have transportation. All training is provided including additional precautions for the safety of our team and blood donors. For additional information call or text Sharon Zetts, Manager, NJBS Volunteer Services at 732-850-8906, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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