In Town

Central New Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America has its second Annual 10 Commandments Hike, on Friday morning, November 23, in West Windsor. Eagle Scouts Adam Schuit, Andrew Ceram‚, Ben Rubin, and Life Scout, Jason Foster have organized the ecumenical event.

The hike begins with an 8 a.m. check-in and 9 a.m. opening ceremony at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Route 571 in West Windsor. The Scouts then hike as one group, for a total of four miles, to the First Presbyterian Church of Dutch Neck, Saint David the King Catholic Church, Windsor Chapel Interdenominational Church, and Congregation Beth Chaim, where the hike concludes with a snack provided by the synagogue. A member of the Islamic Society of Central New Jersey will be participating as a speaker at one of the stops and a member of the clergy will discuss two different commandments at each stop.

A completed registration form and a $7 fee must be received by the Central NJ Council, BSA by Monday, November 12. On the day of the Hike, each Scout will receive a special commemorative patch designed just for this Hike and a first aid kit from Johnson & Johnson. For additional information, registration form, and map of the hike route visit Contact Paul Harmelin by E-mail at or at 609-419-1600 ext. 28.

No walk in registration the day of the hike. Webelo scouts must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance is accepting applications from West Windsor high school students for appointment to its advisory board. There will be two openings in 2008. Student advisors are asked to attend monthly meetings and contribute their time planning and volunteering at events, such as trail-building, the Pedals for Progress bike drive, and membership drives throughout the year. Applications are available at Deadline is Saturday, December 15. Call 609-936-1916 for information.

Brownie Troop 684 is collecting new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, and other cold-weather items. Donations may be dropped off in the lobby at Plainsboro Library through Wednesday, November 14. Do not send red items for boys (due to gang colors). Large-sized women’s coats are needed the most. E-mail for information.

Maurer Productions Onstage has auditions for “Singing’ in the Rain” and “Driving Miss Daisy” on Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, November 11, noon to 6 p.m. at Kelsey Theater. Visit to sign up for an audition slot or call 609-882-2292.

Mercer County College offers “Kelsey Review,” its annual literary showcase, at area libraries for free. The publication features short fiction, poetry, non-fiction essays, and illustrations by 22 contributors who live and/or work in Mercer County. The deadline for submission for the 2008 edition is Thursday, May 1. E-mail for information.

Lightning Lacrosse is accepting spring registration for the new K to second grade program as well as for girls and boys teams grades three to eight. Visit


Villagers Theater has auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” on Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. 415 Demott Lane, Somerset. E-mail for information.

Donate Please

Terracycle offers donations to schools and non-profit organizations in exchange for empty yogurt containers and used drink pouches.

Operation Christmas Child seeks 1,"500 gift-filled shoe boxes to distribute to needy children in more than 120 countries. National collection week is Monday, November 12 to Monday, November 19. Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, candy, and a letter of encouragement. Visit The area collection site is 103 Bergen Avenue, Princeton. 732-840-1118.

Volunteers Needed

Salvation Army seeks volunteers for four-hour shifts in conjunction with the Red Kettle campaign. Donations are used for hot meals, warm clothing, toys, soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency disaster services, youth and senior programs, and emergency assistance for prescriptions and housing. Call 908-851-8207.

For Students

Princeton Symphony Orchestra invites area middle school students to turn music into art at the “Colours of Autumn for String Orchestra” concert by the young Russian composer Victoria Borisova Ollas. Students are invited to attend the performance free of charge and use the music for the design and creation of an original work of art to be done at their school studios or home. Each participant will receive a recording. Students are encouraged to design a piece in the medium of their choice — painting, drawing, or sculpture. Submit by Friday, December 21. Call 609-497-0020.

For Singers

Jersey Harmony seeks women singers in all ranges but are especially looking for women who sing in the lower alto and bass ranges. Rehearsals are Monday evenings in Princeton. Call Carole at 732-469-3983 or E-mail

Donate Please

Jamesburg Police Department is collecting coats for Jersey Cares through December 15. A storage unit is in the police station parking lot and at Monroe Chiropractic Care, 15 Railroad Avenue, Jamesburg. Call 732-521-1333 for information.

Mercer County seeks donations for the holiday food drive for needy veterans. Send checks payable to Mercer County Trust Fund to Mercer County Veteran Services, 2280 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton 08619. Veterans wishing to receive a food voucher need to call Darryl Johnson at 609-882-5744.

HomeFront seeks volunteers to prepare baskets and deliver them to Homefront on Tuesday to Thursday, November 13, 14, or 15, for distribution to needy families in time for Thanksgiving. Include a grocery store gift card for families to purchase a turkey, canned vegetables, fruit, cranberry mix, dry boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, fruit juice, and dessert items. Do not include perishable items. Additional items include tuna, beef stew, canned or evaporated milk, dry soup mix, hot and cold cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, rice, canned beans, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and jelly. Call 609-989-9417 ext. 30.

For Writers

Writers Corner USA offers “Blogging and Grogging” on Wednesdays, November 7, 14, and 21. Paid professional bloggers share their tricks of the blogging trade. Register. $99. E-mail for information.


American Heart Association seeks nominations for the second annual New Jersey Go Red for Women “Woman of Distinction” award. Call 609-223-3727 for nomination packet. The deadline is Friday, January 18.


Hamilton High School West seeks classmates from the classes of 1965 and 1966 for a reunion on October 11, 2008. E-mail or call Donna Carson at 609-396-0758.

Census Reps Needed

U.S. Census Bureau seeks part-time representatives. Call 888-722-8995.