Hopewell Valley Central High School Key Club members talked last month to Ewing Kiwanis about their volunteer efforts in support of the community for the past year. Pictured above are Key Club adviser Ryan Tobin; Joe Murphy, Ewing Kiwanis Hopewell Key Club coordinator; Michelle Glauberzon, club secretary; Nancy McKeon, club president; and Sylvia Mulraney and Don Cox, Ewing Kiwanis Members.

Tech-free ‘Night off’ set for Thursday, March 2

Hopewell Valley’s Night Off, scheduled this year for Thursday, March 2, is a community-wide initiative coordinated by the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance and designed in response to the increasing demands of work and school on personal and family time.

With the support of local school officials, sports leaders, parents, community and religious leaders, all sports practices, classes and homework will be canceled on this special evening. Hopewell Valley residents are invited to make it a tech-free night.

The municipal alliance has made a list of ideas for those who can’t imagine a night without sports practice, homework or phones: have a formal family dinner, write a story, color together, read under a blanket, have a game night, bake together, cook together or just talk.

‘Night of Hope’ to help support ALS programs

Hope Loves Company, the Titusville-based nonprofit with the mission of providing educational and emotional support to children and young adults who had or have a loved one battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is planning A Night of Hope for Saturday, March 11 starting at 6 p.m. at Union Fire and Rescue, 1396 River Road, Titusville.

There will be food provided by local restaurants, games of chance, food provided by a number of local restaurants, and music by Friends Classic Rock. Event organizers say proceeds will benefit Hope Loves Company programs.

Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 the night of). Registration is via EventBrite.

CHS set for production of ‘Damn Yankees’

Have you ever felt like you would give anything for your team to win the big game? Then Hopewell Valley Central High School’s production of Damn Yankees is just the ticket. The golden age musical revolves around a middle-aged fan of the hapless Washington Senators who sells his soul to the devil in order to transform into star slugger Joe Hardy in his quest to help the Senators to defeat the powerhouse New York Yankees.

Featured in the cast are students Ally Batot, Malcolm Bornmann, Madeline Carleton, TaylorRae Carter, Emmie Collins, Kolter Erikson, Tim Granzow, Owen Harrison, Sam Hastings, Caroline Herbert, Bryan Hill, Donovan Kazakoff, Julia Kizar, Koko Konstanza, Audrey Kristensen, Camille Ladendorf, Johanna Lange, Racheal Lee, Yash Malushte, Thomas McLaughlin, Maeve Merzena, Yezad Nakra, Brian Pitts, Isaac Pokryska, Alyssa Roman, Julia Rutman, Koji Sakano, Samkit Siyal, Morgan Schragger, Genevieve Shaftel, Julia Toto, Jimmy Waltman, Ian Willick and Laura Zoog.

Damn Yankees is set for a two-weekend run. Shows are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4 and Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, with all shows starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Hopewell Valley Central High School, 259 Pennington Titusville Road.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time online at showtix4u.com (searching the title of the show).

HoVal Chorus hosting dinner theater March 25

Soulmates, a premiere facilitated by Actors Equity members Sarah Gafgen and Carl Smith, is set to be hosted by the Hopewell Valley Chorus on Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. All guests may expect to be suspects as world class detectives arrive to solve the murder. Winner takes home the prize.

A full dinner will be served. Suggested contribution: $60/person. Location: to be announced. For information, call or text (201) 303-1507.

Flea market to benefit Hopewell-Keroka Alliance

The Hopewell-Keroka Alliance’s (HKA) eighth annual flea market is set to be held in the cafeteria of Hopewell Valley Central High School on Sunday, March 26, from noon to 3 p.m.

As in past years, HKA volunteers will accept deliveries of donated new or gently used household items, books, toys or clothing at the high school on Saturday, March 25, from noon to 3 p.m. Please no holiday decorations, electronics, televisions or large furniture. Also planned for sale during the large flea market will be sandwich wedges, soft pretzels, home-baked goods and hot and cold beverages.

HKA is a nonprofit, all-volunteer, charitable organization whose goals are to build an ongoing humanitarian and cultural bridge between the Hopewell Valley and Keroka communities and to improve health, education and infrastructure for residents of multiple small Kenyan villages over time.

County clerk urges citizens to get passports

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello is encouraging all U.S. citizens to get their passports. Anyone born in the United States—no matter the parents’ nationality status—are U.S. citizens and eligible to receive a passport.

The clerk’s office processes passports in its Trenton Office at 240 W. State St., on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with late hours on Wednesdays until 6:45. The Hamilton location on Paxson Avenue is open Mondays through Saturdays for passports. The Hamilton office offers late hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7:30, with Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictures will be taken onsite.

The passport fee, which must be in the form of a check or money order, costs $110 for adults (ages 16 and older) and $80 for children. There is also a $25 processing fee for Mercer County. Photos require a separate fee.