Burlington, Mercer, and Somerset counties
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 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 of NJBS Volunteer Services at 732-850-8906 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
Spring is here! April is National Volunteer Month, and the American Red Cross is celebrating the millions of people who volunteer to give blood, platelets and plasma throughout the year. This month, the Red Cross and Peanuts are joining forces as a reminder that it’s cool to be kind and help save lives.
Don’t wait until there’s a crisis to give – donors of all blood types, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care all season long. Book a time to give by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
American Red Cross Llura Gund Blood Donation Center – Central New Jersey
707 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 12:30-7:15 p.m.
Thursday: 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults has in-person lunches at nine of its locations.
The Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides a daily nutritionally balanced meal Monday through Friday, except for county and/or municipal holidays.
All meals meet the required one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) daily referenced intake of nutrients for an individual 60 years or older.
Meals are available to Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age), any county resident with a disability whose primary caregiver is a program participant, anyone volunteering in the program, and the personal care aides of program participants when they accompany a participant to the site where the meals are provided.
In-person services will be hosted at: Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center and Sam Naples Community Center in Trenton, Lawrence Township Senior Center, Princeton Café for Older Adults, John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center in Hamilton, Hamilton Senior Center, Hopewell Valley Senior Center, Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, and Robbinsville Senior Center.
Most meal services begin at 11:30 a.m., although times may vary by location, so call 609-989-6650 or inquire at a local site.
No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided.
Reservations are required; call 609-989-6650 to reserve a spot.
Monthly menus can be found on the Nutrition Program for Older Adults web page.
If transportation is a barrier to participating in the congregate meals, Mercer County TRADE may be able to help; call 609-530-1971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants.
There may be home-delivered options.
For more information, call 609-989-6650 or email email@example.com.
Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey
The season of Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ) will culminate in June with celebratory 5K runs in Somerset and Monmouth counties. The 5K events are presented by the Waldele Family Foundation. Headquartered in Sterling, the Waldele Family Foundation has generously committed to supporting GOTRCNJ for 18 years.
The 5K races will take place on Sunday, June 4 at Fair Haven Fields in Fair Haven, and Sunday June 11 in Downtown Somerville. Race registration and volunteer opportunities can be found at www.gotrcnj.org/5k-fairhaven and www.gotrcnj.org/5k-somerville.
The races are open to the public and all ages are welcome.
Take-Home rapid COVID-19 test kits
Take-home rapid COVID-19 test kits are available at all Mercer County Library System branches. Mercer County residents may request up to three kits at a time. The kits are Lucira brand over-the-counter rapid molecular nasal swab test comparable to a PCR test.
Through Sept. 4
The New Jersey State Museum will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2023 program began on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, and will end on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. While admission to the New Jersey State Museum is always free, there is a fee for Planetarium programs. That fee is waived under the Blue Star program.
The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military — Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and participating museums across America. A list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
The New Jersey State Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. General admission is free. For additional information visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov.
Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, the New Jersey State Museum encompasses three buildings including a state-of-the-art Planetarium and holds over two million artifacts in its collections in Archaeology/Ethnography, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History.
The New Jersey State Museum is a center for the exploration of science, history and the arts. We preserve and share stories that inspire curiosity and creativity for the enrichment of our communities.
Sunday, June 4
HomeFront is thrilled to announce their first ever Taste of Hope fundraising event at the historic Trenton Farmers Market on Sunday, June 4 from 4-8 p.m. (after Market hours). The Taste of Hope is a celebration of all things local, and an opportunity to come together and enjoy a delectable meal provided by several restaurants that call the Farmers Market their home. All proceeds from the evening directly benefit HomeFront’s important work helping local families break the cycle of poverty.
Tickets are $100 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, local wine, and a four-course meal. To join HomeFront’s Taste of Hope, please visit their website www.HomeFrontNJ.org or call (609) 989-9417 ext. 107. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve your seats soon.
Friday to Sunday, June 9-11
The American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will close its season at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, June 9-11, with PREMIERE3 featuring the company premiere and revival of Arthur Mitchell’s invigorating Holberg Suite set to the music of Edvard Grieg, as well as highly anticipated world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Ethan Stiefel.
For more information, contact Dan Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-921-7758.
The Bordentown Township Police Department offers Straight to Treatment on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Insurance is not necessary to receive assistance. Neither is residency in Burlington County. No appointment is needed.
For more information visit www.straighttotreatment.com or email email@example.com.
Monday, May 29
Bordentown City to hold its ninth annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. at Bordentown Cemetery, 210 Crosswicks St.
Saturday, June 3
The nonprofit organization Friends for the Abbott Marshlands (FFAM) announces two concurrent events to celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.
10 a.m. to noon – fairly easy two-mile hike to the bluff above Crosswicks Creek. This hike is for adults or families with supervised children. RSVP (required) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Park and meet at Stanton Avenue (off Route 206 South) trail head. See map at https://tinyurl.com/yc7v7rzz.
Optional: bring water bottle, camera and binoculars for the view; wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Can be windy at this location.
9:30 a.m. to noon – Enhancing the Trail Experience at Northern Community Park. This is a trail maintenance/stewardship project. A variety of trail enhancements will be the group’s focus, from brushing back vegetation with loppers and hand clippers to clearing a new segment of the trail. Bring water, work gloves and loppers or hand clippers if you have
your own. (They will have gloves and tools, but can use additional if volunteers can bring them.)
Please RSVP to Deb at email@example.com. Meet at Northern Community Park on Groveville Road, Bordentown between Routes 206 and 130. For map, see https://tinyurl.com/32ywnhyz.
May at Gourgaud Gallery
The Gourgaud Gallery will host a photography exhibit by the Cranbury digital Camera Club (CdCC) during the month of May.
The show will be on exhibit through Thursday, May 31.
The gallery is located in Town Hall in Cranbury 23 A North Main Street and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Gallery in Town Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
As part of a non-profit Cranbury Arts Council, The Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs that supports arts in the community. Checks made out to the artist, or cash are accepted as payment. For more information visit https://www.cranburytownship.org/about/pages/gourgaud-gallery and visit https://www.cranburyartscouncil.org.
Child Passenger Safety Car Seat Inspections
To promote child passenger safety, Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Members of Council and the Police Department will be hosting free Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspections for East Windsor Township residents, underwritten by a New JerseyHighway Traffic Safety Division grant. Participants will have their child car seats inspected to ensure proper installation and will receive educational materials on how to properly and safely restrain children passengers.
The program will be held on several dates at the following locations:
Thursday, June 8 – 3-7 p.m. – at the East Windsor Township police/court building, 80 One Mile Road.
Monday, July 10 – 3-7 p.m. – at the East Windsor Township police/court building, 80 One Mile Road.
Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 6-9 p.m. – at the East Windsor PAL complex, 30 Airport Road (National Night Out).
Friday, Sept. 22 – 3-7 p.m. – at the East Windsor Township police/court building, 80 One Mile Road.
Wednesday, July 12
Mayor Janice S. Mironov announced East Windsor Township is participating in the “Trex Plastic Film Challenge,” enabling township residents to recycle plastic film products.
Residents are encouraged to collect and recycle plastic bags and film, which can now be dropped off at the Public Works Facility on Ward Street and Etra Road and during East Windsor Township recycling. The next event will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12.
Saturday, May 27
For the past 17 years, the Hillsborough community has come together to honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans during the annual Salute to Veterans Breakfast, Memorial Day Parade, and Garden of Honor Commemoration Program.
Salute to Military Service breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. May 27. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and, as in years past, will be led by Hillsborough Township’s Military Service Personnel. The Garden of Honor ceremony will immediately follow the parade. The breakfast will take place rain or shine. However, the parade and Garden of Honor Ceremonies will not take place in the event of inclement weather.
Monday, June 19
The Vince Lipani Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough, beginning with an 11 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shot gun start, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner.
Proceeds from the golf outing will be used by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation to support the Club’s charitable work, including an annual scholarship, named in Mr. Lipani’s honor.
Registration and additional information can be obtained at www.birdease.com/LipaniMemorialGolf23. For other questions, please contact Tod Mershon at 908-295-1368 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sourland Conservancy – all year round – is thankful for every single member, volunteer, partner, and supporter for everything they do to save the Sourland Region’s important history and ecology.
Sourland Conservancy is at 83 Princeton Avenue, Suite 1A, Hopewell.
If you have planted any native plants and trees at your home or business, please email the Conservancy to let them know. They would like to highlight the efforts of private citizens in planting native to help connect green spaces and provide habitat for native and migratory species. For more information, visit their website www.sourland.org or email email@example.com.
Diabetes Education at Capital Health
Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, One Capital Way, Pennington, will hold four evening sessions from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The dates are June 6, 13, 20, 27; Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; and Nov. 7, 14, 21, and 28.
For more information call 609-537-7081.
Saturdays at Howell Living History Farm
The farm is located at 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township and is a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information on the events listed call 609-737-3299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 27 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Haying: Straw Star.
June 3 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Old Time Baseball Game.
June 10 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Dairying Butter Mold.
June 17 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – People of Pleasant Valley Tours and Juneteenth Program.
June 24 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Wheat Harvest and Wheat Weaving.
Hopewell Valley Arts Council happenings
Sundays at Washington Crossing Park
Beginning Sunday, May 28, the Historic Education Committee of the Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) will lead tours of the State Park on various Sundays from 1-2:30 p.m.
Tickets are free. As space is limited, all tickets must be reserved at Eventbrite. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-washington-crossing-state-park-historic-walking-tours-tickets-634898156477)
Tours begin at the Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum with a tour overview and a screening of the film, Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty. Tour guides and state park historians will introduce participants to the Museum’s world-class Swan Historical Foundation Collection of Revolutionary War artifacts. They will also discuss Lloyd Garrison’s painting of Washington’s Crossing, and how it compares to other depictions of the 1776 Crossing.
Next, visitors will walk down Sullivan Drive to the entrance to Continental Lane, where you will engage in a discussion on the reasons why Gen. George Washington chose this spot for his history-changing campaign. From there, participants will walk to the park’s Stone Barn where they will examine a map of the Battle of Trenton and a large diorama of Washington’s Crossing, the March to Trenton, and the Battle of Trenton.
Finally, visitors will walk to the nearby Landing Overlook, where they will discuss the significance of the nearby 1740s Johnson Ferry House, and the importance of ferryboat operations to the Crossing and Landing.
Tours are free but donations to the Washington Crossing Park Association are gratefully accepted. Tours are contingent on the weather. For updates: call the Visitors Center at (609) 737-0623. You may also visit https://www.wcpa-nj.com/historic-tours for more information.
NOTE: There are no park entrance fees until July 1st. After that, a $5 per car (cash only) entry fee applies on weekends until Labor Day.
Contact Information: WCPA, Executive Director Annette Earling, email@example.com.
Through Sunday, June 4
Law enforcement officers from The Hopewell Township Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning May 22 and running through June 4, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.
Sundays through June 18
Hopewell Parks and Recreation will hold a Track and Field program that will focus on running, jumping and throwing. The program runs on Sundays through June 18 at Woolsey Park. There are three categories: Squirts for ages 3-5 from 3-3:50 p.m., senior squirts for ages 5-7 from 2-2:50 p.m. and foundations for ages 7-9 from 1-1:50 p.m.
For more information visit www.hopewelltwp.org/recreation or call 609-737-3753.
Join Lawrence Township Recreation Department‘s Senior Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 30, 30 E. Darrah Lane. Get ready for art displays, exercise class demonstrations, healthy living demos, nutritious food sampling, healthy snacks, giveaways and door prizes.
Thursday, June 15
Celebrate Juneteenth at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System, at 5 p.m., June 15. Edward Bullock will present on the importance of the Trenton Literacy Movement. The Trenton Literacy Movement’s mission is “to enable students in Trenton public elementary schools to read at grade level by third grade.”
Bullock, children’s book author and president of the Trenton Literacy Movement, will give details on the movement’s goals, accomplishments and opportunities. The event will also tie-in to the Juneteenth holiday and its relationship to the literacy movement. All are welcome to join.
Advanced registration is appreciated for all events. The Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System is located at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. For more information about the library’s programs call (609) 883-8294, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mcl.org.
Saturday, June 17
The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), Central New Jersey’s only African American history museum sharing the history of Black Americans since the trans-Atlantic Slave trade, will hold its second annual Juneteenth celebration “Freedom Forward” on Saturday, June 17, from noon to 4 p.m. (rain or shine).
Our Juneteenth celebration, “Freedom Forward,” is a family-friendly event that aims to educate, celebrate, and promote unity and cohesion within our culturally diverse community. The event will feature music by the Jon Ware Quintet featuring Gina Ware, a youth rock band from the Allegra School of Music and Arts, opera singer, Dr. Sonya Headlam, an original play written by Ryan Kilpatrick and performed by youth actors from the Allegra School of Music and Arts, original poetry by Olivia Altiidor, a youth poet from Hillsborough High School, a stone mosaic workshop from Emmy award-winning educator and artist, Dr. Ronah Harris and a family tree heritage workshop led by the Morven Museum.
The event will feature classic African American barbecue from The Big Easy of Trenton and vegan food options from Mukolee Food Truck. The day will also feature a Juneteenth museum exhibit and activities in our Heritage Garden and tours of the grounds. This family-friendly event will have fun games and activities for all to enjoy. The event will take place at SSAAM, 189 Hollow Road, Skillman.
For more information visit https://www.ssaamuseum.org/juneteenth. Adult general admission is $25 by online pre-sale only and $30 at the venue; tickets for children 14 and under are $15 presale and $20 at the venue.
Thursday, May 25
A Call to Community Service at Princeton University with Jahmal Lake, Founder of Our Kids Read, will be held on May 25.
It will feature 40 Trenton fourth-grade students on campus as they get to observe an interview with Men’s Basketball coach Mitch Henderson and 6-year-old author and influencer Cassidy Brianna.
Happenings at McCarter Theater
McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Place, Princeton. For more information about events listed visit www.mccarter.org.
McCarter Theater Summer Camp will offer students from ages 5 to 15, the chance to immerse themselves in a creative process. Online registration began Feb. 17.
Camp runs Monday through Friday in five sessions. Session 1 runs from June 19-23, Session 2 runs from June 26 to July 7, Session 3 runs from July 10-21, Session 4 runs from July 24 to Aug. 4, and Session 4 runs from Aug. 7-11. For more information visit Summer Camp 2023 | McCarter Theatre Center
June at Morven
A lot of exciting programming happening at Morven Museum & Garden.. The museum is at 55 Stockton St. Princeton and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens are open daily until dusk.
June 22 – 6:30 p.m. – Serving Herself: The Life and Times of Althea Gibson with Dr. Ashley Brown.
Tune in virtually to learn about the life and legacy of tennis legend Althea Gibson with historian Dr. Ashley Brown, author of the new book, Serving Herself: The Life and Times of Althea Gibson. This is a virtual-only event offered via Zoom webinar.
June 24 – 2 p.m. – Family Trees Tour of Marquand Park.
Exploring the close family ties that bind Morven and Marquand Park and Arboretum, the Family Trees tour will take attendees through the park’s beautiful collection of native and exotic trees – perfect for history and nature lovers alike.
June with FOPOS
Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) has a number of events lined up. For more information visit www.fopos.org.
Saturday, June 3 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Join FOPOS for a weekend Land Steward Session at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton. Morning session is from 9-11 a.m. and afternoon session is from 1-3 p.m.
Friday, June 9 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Men of Color Come Together in Nature.
Sunday, June 11 – 8-10 a.m. – Late spring guided bird walk with Winnie Hughes Spar.
Saturday, June 24 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Weekend land steward session.
Princeton Public Library
Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon St.
May 30 – 6-8:30 p.m. – Film and Q&A: “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” with filmmaker Christine Choy.
June 10 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Princeton Public Library is celebrating Worldwide Knit in Public Day on the green at the Princeton Shopping Center. The library has teamed up with the Princeton Makes Artists Cooperative to present this year’s event at the shopping center, 301 Harrison St.
Opens Thursday, June 15
June 15 to Aug. 1 – Albert Einstein: Champion of Racial Justice Exhibit.
A collaboration between The Princeton Einstein Museum of Science (PEMS) and the Witherspoon Jackson Historical and Cultural Society (WJHCS), the exhibit details the esteemed scientist’s relationships with residents of Princeton’s traditionally African American neighborhood, as well as with many of the most prominent Black leaders of the mid 20th century.
An opening reception will be held from 6-7 p.m. June 15 in the Reading Room where the exhibit of 11 panels with text and images will be displayed. Historian Shirley Satterfield, lifelong resident of the Witherspoon.
Kelsey Theatre at Mercer presents:
OTHER DESERT CITIES
Fridays, May 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturdays, May 27 and June 3 at 8 p.m.
Sundays, May 28 and June 4 at 2 p.m.
ROMEO & JULIET
Friday, June 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
THE LION, THE WITCH, & THE WARDROBE
Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Friday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 9 at 2 p.m.
BYE BY BIRDIE
Fridays, July 28 and Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.
Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.
Sundays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.
Il TABARRO/SUOR ANGELICA
Friday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.
Sunday Aug. 20 at 2 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre is located at the Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.
West Windsor Arts
West Windsor Arts Council, located at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, is hosting a number of events.
Registration for Summer Arts Camps – June 26-Sept. 1
For more information, call (609) 716-1931 or visit westwindsorarts.org.
Hopewell Township officials remind residents about annual pet licenses, which are required by the state for all dogs and cats. A proof of rabies vaccination is required for the license to be issued.
The township’s pet licensing fees are $22.20 for spayed or neutered dog, and $21 for spayed/neutered cats. If an animal is not spayed or neutered, the fee is $3 more. Pet owners received a notice back in October, with a deadline for payment at the end of January.
The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will perform safety seat inspections every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.
No appointment required.
The service is offered free of charge to improve child safety.
A typical inspection takes about 20 minutes.
Inspections are performed at the Burlington County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. Residents can call 609-265-3788 when they arrive and ask for the on-duty child safety seat technician.
Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers who are willing to make a difference with individuals who are experiencing the challenge of end-of-life.
Dove Hospice Services is looking for individuals who can dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide companionship-friendly visits, life review, play cards, sewing, knitting or craft projects, music enrichment, pet therapy and office or administrative assistance, according to a press release.
Dove Hospice Services is expanding its “We Honor Veterans” program and is seeking motivated veterans who are interested in providing compassion, support and outreach to fellow veterans and their families.
Visits can be made to individuals living in facilities or private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For additional information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW), which is dedicated to foster children in the region, is seeking applications from individuals in the community to serve on the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees.
Individuals who are interested in applying to become a member of the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees should send their resumes and credentials to CASA SHaW at email@example.com.
CASA SHaW is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home.
For more information, visit www.casaofnj.org.
Hillsborough Township’s Senior Chapters A and B each provide an experience for seniors looking to get out, mingle and experience new things. Trips, theaters, entertainment, card games, speakers, hobbies, talent shows, restaurants, history, and health screenings are some of the activities.
The first and second Thursdays of each month are designated for regular meetings at the municipal building for Chapter A and Chapter B, respectively.
Any Hillsborough senior age 60 or over who is interested in learning more can contact the Social Services Department at 908-369-3880.
The Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.
Stamps are used by veterans as a hobby and as therapy at VA medical centers nationwide.
The stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.
Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.
Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe Township 08831.
Volunteers are needed to help end domestic violence in Burlington County.
The Domestic Violence Response Team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, domestic violence services and police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for survivors.
Must be 18 years of age or older, a resident or employee of Burlington County, have a valid New Jersey driver’s license and access to transportation, and no criminal history.
For more information, call 856-904-4344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.
Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.
For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.
The U.S. State Department is experiencing longer than usual delays in the processing times of passports.
For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. The current wait times for passport services is 10 weeks for expedited services and up to 14 weeks from the time of submission for a regular application. This delay is likely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/passports or call the clerk’s passport office at 609-989-6473; for Spanish, call 609-989-6131 or 609-989-6122.
Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Mercer County Connection, call 609-890-9800.
All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. Delays in appointment availability may be experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Mercer County’s Swift911 system notifies the public in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information via phone, text or email.
All calls will have the caller ID of “Mercer County Alert.”
Personal information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.
To sign up, visit www.mercercounty.org/departments/emergency-management-public-safety/mercer-county-emergency-notification-system
For assistance with registration, email OEM@mercercounty.org
Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at www.cancellations.com/ and www.fox29.com/closings
Central Jersey Chapter 148 of the Korean War Veterans extend an invitation to any veterans, regardless of the branch of service, who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location, including Europe; or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.
Other veterans may join as associate members.
The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, from May to December, at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, in the court room.
Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 to the chapter per year.
Korean War Veterans National LIFE membership is available for those 80 and older, and is $75.
The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including fundraising to help veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, the Lyons campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.
For more information, contact Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or KWVANJ@yahoo.com
The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.
Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.
Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at http://co.burlington.nj.us/611/Marriage-Services.
There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.
For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.
Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.
Bentley creates access to healthy foods, facilitating healthy diets and nutrition for these families. The crucial monies that families save are applied toward their mortgages, rent, monthly bills and expenses, debt, medical bills and more as these families work toward financial stability and security.
Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.
Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.
For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit www.bentleycommunityservices.org
Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.
The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.
Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.
The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.
To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email email@example.com
The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.
Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.
At this time, no shoes, equipment, toys, etc. can be collected.
NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.
To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentations are available in English and Spanish.
Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.
The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.
Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email email@example.com
The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.
The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.
To sign up as a donor, visit www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.
Send items to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.