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In Town

Kelsey Theater seeks volunteer ushers for upcoming shows. Positions are filled on a first E-mailed basis. Dress is casual. See the show for free. Contact house manager Marc Flicker at

Sharim v’Sharot, central New Jersey’s Jewish choir, invites Jewish kids and teens, ages 8 to 18, of Mercer and Bucks county to write a Jewish song. The winner song in each age category will be performed at the inaugural Princeton Mercer Jewish Choral Festival, at Congregation Beth Chaim, in West Windsor, on Sunday, March 22. Deadline is Friday, February 20. $5 application fee. Visit

Valentine’s Day

Princeton Garden Statesmen Barbershop Chorus offers its annual Singing Valentine program. Your loved one will be met at the location of your choice by a barbershop quartet dressed in tuxedos who will present a personalized Valentine’s card, a flower, a candy treat, a souvenir photo of the event, and two love songs. $50. Call 609-462-9232 or visit

For Parents

National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free classes for parents or primary caregivers of children ages 2 to 18 with challenging behaviors including mental health issues, ADHD, autism, or Tourette’s. Parent support group with trained volunteer parents. 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville. Fridays, February 13 to March 20, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Register at 609-799-8994.

Eden Family of Services offers a series of autism workshops at 12 Centre Drive, Monroe. $75 per person, per workshop. Visit or call 609-426-8656. Tuesday, March 10, “Assessment, Goal Selection, and Teaching;” Friday, April 3, “Legal and Clinical Considerations for IEP Analysis;” Friday, May 1, “Ethics of Applied Behavior Analysis;” and Wednesday, May 6, “Developing Literacy and Math Skills in Students with Autism.” All talks are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services offers “One Couple, Two Faiths” workshops on four Tuesday evenings beginning February 10, at Har Sinai Temple, 2421 Pennington Road. $36 per couple. February 20, 17, 24, and March 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register with Linda Kanner at 609-987-8100 or E-mail

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent and child enrollment in its spring hatchery program. The 12-week program includes parents volunteering time to help with chores and spring visitation groups in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. Organizational meeting at Tuesday, February 17, or Wednesday, February 25, at 1 p.m. Call Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299.

For Kids.

Voices Chorale invites children ages 5 to 12 to enter the annual music composition contest. They may write it in any kind of formal or invented notation and make a cassette or CD recording. Submit a recording and three written copies of the child’s music with the children’s name and age, assisting adult’s name, phone number, address, and the child’s background in music, with a $5 fee. Voices Composition Contest, Box 404, Pennington 08534. Deadline is Sunday, March 1.

New Jersey Hall of Fame calls for entries from students in grades 4 to 12 in its annual essay contest. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees — living or dead — and submit with an essay no longer than 500 words. Deadline is April 1. Send to NJ Hall of Fame Contest, NJEA, Dawn Hiltner, 180 West State Street, Box 1211, Trenton 08607-1211. Winner receive $500 and are invited to the induction dinner at Sunday, May 3, at NJ PAC in Newark. Visit

For Seniors

Evergreen Forum presents daytime study and discussion courses led by former teachers and professionals. Most classes are held at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. $55 for one course, $35 for additional courses. Visit or call 609-924-7108.

Princeton Senior Resource Center offers free tax assistance for low and moderate income older adults in the area by appointment beginning February 6. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call 609-924-7108.

Donations Needed

The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton seeks heart-healthy food including hot or cold cereals, shelf-stable milk, canned beans, canned spaghetti sauce, canned meats or fish, fruits vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, and honey. No glass containers. Donations may be made at The organization also sells “virtual valentines” at for $10 each. Valentines for food will be through February 14 at McCaffrey’s market.

Good Causes

YWCAs of Trenton and Princeton unite to take a “Stand Against Racism” on Friday, April 3. Organizations, corporations, houses of worship, government agencies, and individuals are invited to participate. Free.

Womanspace is seeking volunteers to join the Domestic violence victim response teams and sexual assault support services advocate teams in Mercer County. Members respond to local police stations or hospitals and meet with victims to provide support, information, and referral. Volunteers receive more than 80 hours of training. The next session begins in March. Deadline is Friday, February 20. E-mail or call 609-394-0136.

Mercer County Wildlife Center seeks individuals to volunteer time to care for animals at the Hopewell facility. Injured, ill, or displaced birds, mammals, and reptiles are provided temporary refuge before being released into an appropriate wild habitat. Oriental sessions are Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit or call Nicole Bencivengo at 609-397-8435.


Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “Godspell” on Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m., and Monday, February 16, at 7 p.m. Five males and five females over age 20 are needed. Prepare 16 bars of an upbeat song and be prepared to dance. Readings from the script. 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Performances are weekends, April 17 to May 9. or call 908-369-7469.


Festival of the Arts seeks artists, crafters, food and merchandise vendors, non-profit organizations, and performers. The annual town-gown event is Saturday, April 25, noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Princeton. Rain or shine. Visit to download an application or call 609-924-8777, ext. 106. Potential food vendors deadline is Friday, March 6. All others, Friday, May 13.

College Information

New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators presents help for families and students in the financial aid process involving college costs. “College Goal Sunday” is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, 1 to 4 p.m., at Mercer County Community College, James Kearny Campus, North Broad and Academy streets, Trenton. Snowdate is Sunday, February 15. Onsite information to fill out the FAFSA form, financial aid professionals, and information about financial aid resources.

For Photographers

Gallery 14, a cooperative photography gallery, is offering an open portfolio review for both prospective guest exhibitors and new members. Drop off portfolio on Saturdays, February 14 or 21, or Sundays, February 15 or 22, from noon to 5 p.m., at 14 Mercer Street, second floor, Hopewell. Pick up on Saturday or Sunday, March 7 or 8, from noon to 5 p.m.

Portfolios of 10 to 15 images should demonstrate the photographer’s ability to produce a body of work representing a single coherent theme or an ongoing photographic project suitable for an exhibit. Visit or call Frank Magalhaes at 609-924-2842 for details.


American Heart Association seeks nominations for the third annual “Women of Distinction” award in business, industry, or healthcare; or education, non-profit, or community. The award will be presented on Monday, May 18, at the Go Red for Women luncheon at the Palace, in Somerset. Nomination forms are available at or call 609-223-3727.

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Girls Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey is selling cookies at cookie booths throughout the area. Visit and click on “find cookies now” to locate the nearest cookie booth.