In Town

West Windsor Arts Council offers classes in multimedia drawing, digital photography, jewelry making, drama and acting, break dancing, stand-0up comedy, and Bollywood. 609-716-1931 or Visit for a full schedule.

Plainsboro Department of Recreation has a variety of positions available in summer programs for counselors, instructors, coordinators, directors, and volunteers. Must be 15 or older. The program runs from Monday, June 20 to Friday, August 12. Visit or call 609-799-0909, ext. 1702 for information and application.

Elixir Fund, an organization based in West Windsor, offers “Bridge to Wellness,” a six-week seminar series for patients and caregivers to complementary therapies to reduce stress, manage side effects, and ease the overall cancer journey. The series begins Monday, February 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Four Winds Yoga, Straube Center, Pennington. The series include meditation, massage, yoga, acupuncture, and tai chi. Refreshments, support group, and a time to talk with instructors at each session. Register. $30. or call 800-494-9228.

Good Causes

American Heart Association seeks nominations for its fifth annual New Jersey Go Red For Women “Woman of Distinction” awards to recognize and honor women who speak up on women’s issues, work to improve neighborhoods, serve as role models, and encourage healthy lifestyles among women. Awards will be presented Monday, May 16, at the Palace in Somerset for women in business, industry, healthcare, education, non-profit, community, and civic. Nominations are due by Friday, February 4. Visit or call 609-208-0020 for information.

Bank of America is issuing a call for applications to the student leaders program part of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. New Jersey area high school juniors and seniors with a commitment to community service are invited to apply. Five winners will receive a paid eight-week summer internship at a community based organization and will travel to Washington, D.C. for an all expense paid weeklong leadership summit. Deadline is Wednesday, January 12. Visit

Joshua Harr Shane Foundation offers tickets to Disney on Ice “Princess Classics” at the Sun Bank Center on Wednesday, January 26, at 7 p.m. $15. Register with Judy Shane by E-mail to or call 732-713-1549.

Free Yoga

Princeton Center for Yoga & Health offers free classes for new visitors from Monday to Sunday, January 10 to 16. Locations include 50 Vreeland Drive, Skillman or a second location at Wild Child Yoga, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton. Visit or call 609-924-7294 for more information and the winter class schedule.

Songs for Kids

Sharim v’Sharot Foundation announced its fourth annual Jewish Youth song writing contest for students ages 8 to 18 who live in or attend school in Mercer or Bucks counties. Students will be divided into three categories according to age. Select lyrics to set into songs from a list of texts on Jewish Environmentalism. First prize winners in each age category receives $72 and may have their songs performed at the Princeton Mercer Jewish Choral Festival at Congregation Adath Israel, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville on Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. Visit for applications, rules, and tips on song writing.


North Brunswick Recreation has auditions for “The Pajama Game” on at North Brunswick High School on Saturday, January 8, at 10 a.m. for the general company and those interested in working behind the scenes. E-mail or call 732-247-0922, ext. 475 for information.

Playhouse 22 has auditions for “The Merchant of Venice” on Wednesday and Thursday, January 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Also auditions for “All the King’s Women” on Sunday and Monday, January 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. Call 732-560-3689 or E-mail

Roxey Ballet has auditions for children’s classic stories on Saturday, January 15, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville. Ages 4 to 6, 3 p.m.; ages 7 to 10, 3:30 p.m.; ages 11 to 13, 4 p.m.; ages 14 to 18, 4:30 p.m. $30 audition fee. E-mail or call 609-397-7616.

Voices Chorale has auditions on Monday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. at 225 Hopewell-Pennington Road, Hopewell at the open sing of Handel’s “Messiah.” Contact Sandy Duffy at 609-799-2211 or E-mail to arrange for an audition on an alternative date.

For Teens

Straube Foundation presents the first run of its high school level robotics course aimed at teaching beginners the basics of robotics using LEGO Mindstorm Robots and modern programming methods. Weekly classes begin Sunday, January 23, noon to 4 p.m. and run through February 20. $125. Register at, E-mail or call 609-737-3322.

Hopewell Valley Youth Activity Center offers an SAT Prep course with textbooks, three practice tests, and quizzes for eight three-our sessions beginning Saturday, January 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. Register. $250. E-mail or call 609-737-3322.


NAMI Mercer offers a free seven-week education course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who are living with emotional or behavioral challenges beginning Wednesday, January 19, 7 p.m., at 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville. Register by E-mail to or call 609-8994.

Mercer County offers a program for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Call 609-989-6661 for information about the Skills2Care and Project Lifesaver programs.



IAC Center Groups offers support groups in Pennington including pre-adopt groups; parents through domestic adoption; parents through international adoption, a girl’s group for ages 8 to 10; and a tween group for girls ages 11 to 13. Also workshops for baby care for adoptive parents and how to meet the challenges of adolescence. E-mail or call 609-737-8750. $75 to $100 per session.

Food and

Wine Classes

Stage Left offers a wine course on five consecutive Friday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning on January 7. The five class package is $450; $100 for individual classes. Visit or call 732-828-4444 to register.

Volunteer Please

Mercer County Wildlife Center seeks individuals to volunteer time to care for animals brought tot he Hopewell facility. Volunteer orientation sessions are Saturday, January 30, or Saturday, February 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. Call Jane Rakos-Yates at 609-883-6606, ext. 103.

Diocese of Trenton seeks volunteers to collect, sort and package hygiene and toiletry kits, school supplies, and children’s books, as well as prepare meals and make bag lunches for area social service agencies. For Martian Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 17, at 701 Lawrenceville Road, Trenton, from 8 a.m. to non. Call 609-406-7400, ext. 5518 for information.


The Friendship Circle, a Jewish organization that matches children with special needs with teen volunteers. Programs include Jewish holiday programs, drop-off programs, parent workshops, and nights out. The adult division offers a cooking circle, lunch meetings, and bowling outings. Free. Call 609-683-7240.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers discounted rides from RideProvide for medical visits, grocery shopping, and other transportation. Call 609-987-8100.


VSA New Jersey offers parent and child workshops in the arts for children with autism or autistic behaviors on Saturdays, February 19 to April 23, in New Brunswick, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $30 registration fee. Call 732-745-3885 or E-mail Deadline is Friday, January 28.


Alice Paul Institute seeks nominations for the 2011 Alice Paul Equality Awards to be presented at an April gala. The awards honor individuals from any industry or field who capture the spirit of Alice Stokes Paul who led the final campaign for women’s right to vote. E-mail or call 856-231-1885. Deadline is Tuesday, January 18. .