Common calendar, Packet papers, December 18

Ongoing

Mercer County Community College’s youth program, Camp College, is accepting students for Winter Session and Spring 2021.

Virtual classes for students ages 6-14 focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) with staggered start dates from December through May. Each course is taught live through Zoom and provides a project-based learning experience that combines peer learning with creativity.

Offerings range from science and planetary science study, to writing and book publishing, to coding, animation techniques and virtual reality design. A new e-Sports games-play skill builder was added this session. Two new courses will be introduced this session, including Young Authors where students write and publish books, and YouTube FX Masters where students create Hollywood-style special effects and graphics.

Other courses include NASA – STEM Explorers, where kids explore the atmosphere and beyond, train like real astronauts and solve real-world engineering problems; Super Slimy Smokey Science, which delves into a variety of scientific fields using objects such as Silly Putty and Slime, and investigates the field of optical illusions; Code Your Own Adventure, which blends classic storytelling with animation techniques and coding; Minecraft Modders, which teaches scripting and logic statements to create mods; Roblox Makers, which focuses on how to build 3D models and animations; and Virtual Reality: The Future Is Now, which focuses on the foundations of VR design through the creation of virtual worlds, the exploration of simulated environments and the crafting of 3D experiences.

New classes will continue to be added throughout the winter and spring.

Classes start at $149.

For more information,  email campcollege@mccc.edu, visit mccc.edu/campcollege or call Continuing Studies Registration at 609-570-3311.

 

 

Mercer County Community College is accepting registration for Winter Session and Spring 2021 classes. Students may register by visiting mccc.edu.

Classes will be offered in three ways: remote, online and hybrid.

Winter classes kick off on Dec. 17 and include nearly 40 courses from across the college curriculum. Regular Spring 2021 classes begin Jan. 19 for the 14-week term; Feb. 16 for the 10-week term; and on March 9 for the 7-week term.

New for 2021, MCCC will also offer a series of virtual micro-credential classes that compress learning into small, bite-sized bits for professionals, adult learners and high school graduates who want a fast-track to a promotion, a new job or a new profession.

MCCC academic advisers are available and ready to assist students by email at registration@mccc.edu and through enrollment services during virtual office hours at MCCC Virtual One Stop. All students and prospective students are welcome to visit with the OneStop Center from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for assistance with course registration, admission applications, financial aid, tuition payments or payment plans and any other issues.

In addition, student information sessions will be held Dec. 17 and again on Jan. 4 and 7 for general admissions.

On Dec. 21 a special session will be held for high school students interested in the MCCC Dual Enrollment/Jump Start program.

For questions about enrollment and registration, visit the MCCC OneStop FAQS page at www.mccc.edu/onestopfaq.shtml or email registration@mccc.edu.

 

 

While decorating for the holidays is a tradition, too often strings of burnt out or damaged holiday lights end up being tossed out with household garbage.

There is a greener way to properly dispose of these decorations. Instead of discarding non-working lights in the trash, the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders want residents to give them a second life by bringing them to the county’s Resource Recovery Complex, where a permanent electronics disposal center is staffed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 7-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

The Resource Recovery Center is located at 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road on the Florence-Mansfield border.

Holiday lights are most often made of plastic, glass and copper and all three materials can be easily recycled. Also, some light strands may contain lead or mercury, so tossing them in the garbage can be hazardous.

Unwanted lights should be placed in cardboard boxes or clear bags when delivering them to the Recovery Complex.

Lights should not be discarded in curbside recycling containers.

For more information about proper disposal of electronics, call 609-499-1001 or email recycle@co.burlington.nj.us.

 

 

Thursdays, through December 31

A support group for public health employees will be held at 4 p.m. Thursdays in December.

The open discussion will focus on the importance of nurturing emotional and mental health during COVID-19 and beyond.

The groups will share about how the pandemic has impacted emotional health for public health employees, and discuss wellness strategies to manage stress and promote healing.

Log into Zoom using Meeting ID 911 7223 6441 with passcode 934178.

This program is presented by New Jersey Hope and Healing.

For more information, visit www.mhanj.org

 

 

 

 

Fri., December 18

The First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury will hold Journey to Bethlehem: A Live Drive-Through Nativity from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 18. Rain dates Dec. 20-22.

For more information, visit http://cranburypres.org/journey-to-bethlehem-drive-through-nativity-december-18/

 

A Holiday Tour with Annis virtual program will be presented by Morven Museum & Garden of Princeton at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Imagine what it may have been like for Morven’s first resident, Annis Boudinot Stockton, to plan for and celebrate Christmas at Morven. Find out in a live question-and-answer session following a private tour of Morven’s 2020 Festival of Trees throughout the museum’s galleries.

Annis, portrayed by historical reenactor Alisa Dupuy, will share holiday poems and tales – including downloadable copies of authentic Stockton family recipes – during this special virtual program.  

The holiday decor contest winner will be announced during the event.

The cost is $10; of free for Friends of Morven.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-tour-with-annis-boudinot-stockton-virtual-event-with-live-qa-tickets-130443470933

 

 

The Lewis Center for the Arts will premiere “All Her Power: The 50th Anniversary of Undergraduate Coeducation Theater Project” at 7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Three generations of Princeton women have come together to celebrate the milestone of the first undergraduate co-ed class’ arrival at Princeton in 1969. Current students were paired with professional artist alumnae to research and create new, short performances about women who graduated from Princeton in the first few years of co-education.

A live conversation with project leaders and some of the early women graduates follows the premiere screening.

The film will be available on demand beginning Dec. 19.

Free and open to the public. No registration required. Join the livestream at allherpower.princeton.edu

 

The West Windsor Arts Council will celebrate the season from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 18 with a virtual end of the year party.

There will be art projects, cookie baking and shared memories.

For the itinerary of events and the link to register, visit https://westwindsorarts.org/event/holiday-hoopla/

 

 

Sat., December 19

Hopewell United Methodist Church (HUMC) presents “Songs of the Season,” a virtual concert and fundraiser to benefit the church, at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

The concert will feature HUMC Music Director Mary McIntyre; along with Harris Goodman, Robert Ey, Fiona Tyndall, Lou Steele, Bob Belloff; Scott and Sharon Kelly of The Wizards of Winter; Paul Bejgrowicz of The Shenanigans; and the HUMC Praise Band.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $25 each and all funds go directly to support Hopewell UMC’s missions and programs.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-of-the-season-virtual-christmas-concert-tickets-128663478929

The link will be sent on Dec. 18. With a ticket, the concert will be viewable anytime after the premiere as well.

For any questions, email connect@hopewellmethodist.org or call 609-466-0471.

For more information on HUMC, visit www.hopewellmethodist.org.

 

Carolers from Music Mountain Theatre will be performing at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Lambertville City Square, corner of South Union Street and Bridge Street, next to the Christmas tree.

Magic the Polar Bear will hand out candy canes starting at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 by the Lambertville Station before heading to Bridge Street and North Union.

There is a hunt for Magic the Polar Bear in 13 participating businesses.

Visit www.sojourner.biz/events for more information.

 

 

 

Through Sat., December 19

West Windsor Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 and the Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company will hold Operation Santa 2020 Dec. 17-19.

For detailed information, visit www.westwindsorfire.com or www.pjfd.com for a list of dates and developments.

Rain date is Dec. 20.

Note: Do not call the West Windsor Police Department regarding Santa’s travel plans, as the Communications Center will not be forwarded the travel itinerary.

 

 

 

Through Sun., December 20

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present “Holiday POPS!” virtually at varying times through Dec. 20.

Includes selections from The Nutcracker Suite, Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and a carol sing-along.

To register for tickets, visit princetonsymphonyorchestra.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F4P00000OWQ1LUAX

Sun., December 20

A Carillon Concert at the Princeton Graduate Tower will be performed live and streamed on the Princeton Carillon Facebook page.

The program will include bell infused versions of “Carol of the Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Silver Bells” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High” as well as creative interpretations of “Jolly Old St Nicholas” and “Pachelbel’s Canon in D”.

Sunday concerts start at 1 p.m. and are free to the public. Princeton’s Graduate College has many areas where guests can socially distance and the concerts will continue rain or shine through the winter holidays.

The Sunday concerts are performed by Lisa Lonie, Princeton’s fourth university carillonneur.

Visit gradschool.princeton.edu for more information.

Mon., December 21

Temple B’nai Abraham in Bordentown City will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 2:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Lodge, 103 Dunns Mill Road, Fieldsboro.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Temple B’Nai Abraham.

 

 

 

Tues., December 22

Vivia Font, on and off longtime Princeton resident and lecturer at Princeton University, will be featured in the Manhattan set romantic family comedy “Love, Repeat” to be released on Dec. 22 on Apple TV.

The movie revolves around a New Yorker, played by Bill Connington, who sets out to win the heart of his ex-wife again before she marries another man. Directed by Shelagh Carter from Connington’s script, “Love, Repeat.”

Font graduated from Stuart Country Day School and participated in McCarter Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare Program as a student and teacher for several years.

She appeared this season as a park ranger in the NY Lottery commercial “Special Delivery” in Spanish and in English.

 

 

Thurs., December 24 & Fri., December 25

The Catholic community of Hopewell Valley includes St. Alphonsus Church, Hopewell; St. James Church, Pennington; and St. George Church, Titusville.

To accommodate parishioners and visitors, there will be 19 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses among the three churches.

St. Alphonsus Church – Christmas Eve: 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.; Christmas Day: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

St. James Church – Christmas Eve: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Christmas Day: 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

St. George Church – Christmas Eve: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m.; Christmas Day: 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

For those who choose to celebrate Christmas Mass at home, the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Masses on Christmas Eve and the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day will be live-streamed on The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley’s YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/39UUv14.

Visit thecatholiccommunityofhopewellvalley.org for more information.

 

Thurs., December 24 – Fri., January 1

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey has announced Christmas and New Year holiday closures.

On Dec. 24 and 25, all library branches will be closed.

On Dec. 31, the Bridgewater and Warren Township branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but all other branches will be closed.

On Jan. 1, all branches will be closed.

While branches are closed, explore the virtual collection resources and more at sclsnj.org/besafeathome.

 

Fri., December 25

The public Delaware River crossing reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania on Christmas Day will not be held this year due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions.

To keep the annual tradition alive, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park will premiere a short movie at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, that captures scenes from the crossing reenactment. Many of these scenes are up close and personal perspectives.

The movie will premiere on the park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/washingtoncrossingpark and YouTube channel bit.ly/washingtoncrossingYT

The crossing reenactment traditionally draws hundreds of reenactors and thousands of spectators to the park each December. The event reenacts George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing.

For updated on events in the park, visit WashingtonCrossingPark.org.

 

Through December 31

Sewing for a Cause is raising money for the New Jersey foster care children.
Gaylien Thompson, a Sayreville resident, sells hand-sown items on Etsy.com through her shop SewingbyGaylien, such as home decor, children’s quilts, doll dresses, a doll quilt, and Christmas items.
She will donate $2 for every order she receives through December. Her goal is to raise $150.

 

For more information, email quilt23lady@gmail.com.  

 

Thursdays, through January

Burlington County Health Department will offer seasonal flu vaccines to county residents every Thursday through January at clinics throughout the county.

Adult drive-thru clinics will be held for adults and teenagers 13 years or older. Children’s clinics will be for children age 6 months to 12 years old.

Signed consent forms will be required and residents are encouraged to print out and bring the completed form with them to the clinics. The form is available online at www.co.burlington.nj.us/355/Flu-Information.

 

The Health Department accepts Medicare Part “B” to cover the cost for the seasonal flu vaccines. A donation of $15 for seasonal flu vaccine is recommended by those not covered by Medicare if residents can afford it.

For more information on the flu, contact the Burlington County Health Department at 609-265-5533 or at www.co.burlington.nj.us/health.

Additional information can be accessed online at www.cdc.gov/flu or www.flu.gov.

The Burlington County Health Department’s Raphael Meadow Health Center is located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton within the county complex.

 

Through Fri., January 1

Roxey Ballet, Lambertville’s renowned professional dance company, will present its annual American holiday classic and new made for television “Nutcracker” 2020, available for streaming from any device Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

This new production, directed by Mark Roxey, features more than 200 handmade costumes designed by Alicia Worden and Ana Vichnevetsky, including new personalized costume masks for each role, with production and lighting designs by Jeffrey Goldstein.

Complemented by an international cast of professional performers from around the world, Roxey Ballet also draws on the local talent pool from neighboring communities, including Lambertville, New Hope, Doylestown, Newtown, Stockton, Hopewell, Lawrenceville, Pennington, Ewing and Princeton.

Subscribers to the new Nutcracker Channel also receive live streamed rehearsals, cast and crew interviews, The Sugar Plum Fairy Adventure Series, a Senior Living Dance Class, and an additional production of The Year of the Women Choreography Lab featuring five New Jersey-based choreographers creating socially conscious works showcasing women’s issues: disability rights, women’s health initiatives, bullying and the cultural condition.

To purchase a Nutcracker Channel ticket, visit www.roxeyballet.org/virtual-performances

 

 

Mon., January 4 to Fri., January 8

Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, invites dancers ages 13 and up to jump-start the new year with a comprehensive virtual Winter Intensive Jan. 4-8.

The Winter Intensive faculty features Riccardo De Nigris, Christina Johnson, Sarah Lane, Caridad Martinez, Jorge Navarro, Yulia Rakova, Nadia Thompson and Tania Vergara.

Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe, character, variations, contemporary and flamenco, and meet from 4-7:30 p.m., and Friday from 4-6 p.m.

To register, visit arballet.org.

For more information, contact Aydmara Cabrera at acbrera@arballet.org or 609-921-7758, ext. 12.

 

 

Thurs., January 7

 

The Princeton University Art Museum will present an artist talk with Duane Michals at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

Known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and the essential use of text in his images, Michals’s work appears in the virtual exhibition “The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder.”

In this live event, rescheduled from an earlier date, Michals will lead a candid discussion touching on topics such as metaphysics, personal identity, the nature of memory, photography, and filmmaking, in conversation with Museum Director James Steward.

Details and free registration are available at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-01/new-date-artist-talk-duane-michals

Fri., January 8 & Sun., January 10

Wendy Hollender will offer a virtual Botanical Illustration Workshop featuring Morven’s paperwhites on Kraft paper from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 8 and 2-4 p.m. Jan. 10.

Inspired by flowers from Morven Museum & Garden’s bulb sale, or other white flowers, students will participate in this live two-day Zoom workshop and draw with Hollender on brown Kraft paper.

Curbside pickup of paperwhite bulbs to work with from home will be scheduled for pick up in December to allow time to bloom indoors before the workshop (bulbs, soil and full instruction provided upon pickup.

Complete art supply list provided upon registration.

The cost with paperwhites is $120; or $100 for Friends of Morven. Without, the cost is $100; or $80 for Friends of Morven.

Full details, links for pre-class videos, and bulb pick up instructions follow registration.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wendy-hollender-virtual-workshop-with-morvens-paperwhites-on-kraft-paper-tickets-130446580233

For questions, email dlampertrudman@morven.org

 

 

Through January 10

Morven Museum & Garden’s Festival of Trees is a juried collection of trees and mantles decorated by area garden clubs and non-profit partners displayed in the museum’s galleries throughout the mansion-turned-museum.

The trees will be on display through Jan. 10.

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival of Trees is included with museum admission of $10; $8.00 for seniors; free for Friends of Morven and children 6 years old and under.

For more information and associated Festival of Trees programming, both virtual and in-person, visit morven.org/

Through January 15

Submissions are being accepted for the 2021 Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF), a signature Princeton Public Library event featuring films and filmmaker presentations which explore sustainability and environmental issues.

The festival will be presented in two main sessions in 2021 with special screenings taking place throughout the year.

 

Entries received by Jan. 15 will be considered for both the all-virtual session in April, and the festival’s second session in October. The October session will also be presented in a virtual format but will feature some live events if restrictions on public gatherings are lifted. The submission deadline for the October session is July 15.

 

An entry form and additional information about PEFF is available at princetonlibrary.org/peff. There is no fee to submit a film for consideration.

 

The Princeton Environmental Film Festival is under the direction of Susan Conlon and Kim Dorman, whose focus is to present films with local, regional and international relevance. Screenings are free and made possible through funding from the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, The Whole Earth Center of Princeton and others.

 

Tues., January 19

Author and garden designer Page Dickey will share experiences, advice and guidance for garden design; and discuss her latest book “Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again” at 2 p.m. Jan. 19.
The book will be available soon in Morven Museum & Garden’s online museum shop.
The cost is $15 general, or $10 for Friends of Morven.

 Thurs., January 21

“Revolutionary Princeton 1774-83: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War” will be presented virtually via GoToMeeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 21.

The story of Princeton between 1774 and 1783 is a microcosm of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans during the Revolution, struggles intensified by Princeton’s geographic location within the state which saw more military activity than most and on a road constantly used to move troops and their supplies. This case study of a small New Jersey town located at the crossroads of the Revolution reveals the very human consequences, costs, and benefits of the war experienced by “ordinary” people.

The talk is based on Larry Kidder’s research for his recent book of the same title.

Co-sponsored by Hopewell Valley Historical Society, The Hopewell Museum and the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library.

Visit HopewellValleyHistory.org to register.

 

 

Through January 31

Raritan Valley Road Runners, one of the largest running clubs in New Jersey, is accepting applications for a new scholarship program designed to help student runners in cross country or track and field who attend high school or community college in Middlesex and Somerset counties.

A one-time award of $1,000 will be made to each of two outstanding athletes enrolling in post-secondary education.

The scholarships are not based entirely on speed or competitions won, but rather on strong academics, sportsmanship, citizenship and financial need.

The scholarships are funded by individual donations, funds from club-sponsored races and business contributions.

Eligible applicants will be graduating from high school in Middlesex or Somerset counties in 2021 or currently attending community college in these counties. They will need to prove acceptance to a full-time (12 credits or more) associate or bachelor’s degree program. They will have a weighted GPA of 2.75 or higher as demonstrated by an unofficial transcript. And they will need to demonstrate passionate participation as a runner in a cross country or track and field in their junior and senior years of high school or while at community college. Participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement will also be considered.

For more information, application materials, or to donate to the scholarship fund, email scholarship@rvrr.org.

The deadline to apply is January 31. Scholarships will be awarded in April.

Through February 1

High school students are invited to enter their substance use prevention messages through their original music as part of the music and song writing competition, “Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey,” sponsored by New Jersey Broadcasters and 959.9-FM WRAT.

The competition is designed to challenge New Jersey high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful peer-to-peer substance use, misuse and prevention messages. Entries are accepted through Feb. 1.

All music genres are welcomed from students interested in sharing their talent and inspiring messages about shouting down drugs and raising up their voices to inspire their peers.

The winner of the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition, as decided by judges and announced at the end of the Prevention Concert, will receive a $5,000 music contract. The second- and third-place performers will receive $3,000 and $2,000 music contracts, respectively, with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

For rules and information on how to enter, contact Diane Higgins at 973-275-7985.

 

 

Opening Feb. 19

“In Nature’s Realm: The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh” will open on Feb. 19 at the Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

From the untouched land surrounding Barnegat Bay and the diverse wildlife that called it home, to the picturesque steeples and meadows around New Brunswick, Hardenbergh’s work provides a special glimpse into the Garden State on the brink of rapid development. 

For more information, visit www.morven.org/upcoming-exhibitions

 

Continuing events

 

Cranbury residents age 55 and older can exercise via Zoom.

Classes meet on both Mondays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. with instructors Helen and Robin. Zoom opens at about 9:45 a.m. so that members can talk with the instructor and other participants before class.

On the Township of Cranbury website there is a tutorial on how to use Zoom, prepared by the Cranbury Library.

To join, contact Connie Bauder, who will forward three registration forms to complete and return before being sent the invitation to join class.

There is no charge to participate.

Request and send completed registration forms to Bauder at fiddleheadfarms@comcast.net

The Township of Hillsborough is working with Town Planner to produce a 250th anniversary edition of the color printed 2021 calendar, which will be mailed out to every residence in Hillsborough.

This year, the twist is historic pictures to commemorate Hillsborough’s 250-year history. Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration can email their high resolution image to pborek@hillsborough-nj.org. There is no guarantee any photo will be used.

A photo release will need to accompany the picture. The photo release form is found at www.hillsborough-nj.org

The printing of the calendar is funded through the various advertisements contained within the calendar. Contact Jim O’Dowd at 973-650-2736 or jimodowd@townplanner.com for more information regarding advertising.

 

Westrick Music Academy (WMA), home of Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir, is currently enrolling students of all ages in a variety of music education classes, exploring new and engaging ways to build and strengthen musicianship skills.
Young singers in grades 1-2 looking to develop their singing voice and music skills are invited to join Poco Voce. This non-performing music class explores the young singer’s voice. During each lesson, children will focus on tone development and fundamental musical skills, through fun and engaging games and activities.
For musicians in grades 3-12, there are a variety of classes for all levels. Improve piano skills, explore how four chords make up the majority of popular music, or add color to a vocal performance with improv – all from the comfort and safety of your home.
In a group setting, students enjoy social interaction and regular informal performance opportunities as their skills grow. Or take an individual voice lesson to grow singing and performance skills.
Adults will also find opportunities for musical growth with WMA, exploring the piano as more than a solo art form.
For more information on WMA’s music education programs, to register for a class, or to learn more about WMA’s flagship choir programs, visit WestrickMusic.org/education.

 

 

Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey seeks compassionate volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families.

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. They read to the patient, reminisce about their lives, play cards, help with letter writing and provide respite for caregivers.

Visits can be virtual, and are either during the day or early evening.

Volunteers may also assist with administrative work within the hospice office.

Patient care volunteers complete an application and attend a virtual volunteer training program that covers the role of a hospice volunteer. Day and evening virtual training programs are offered.

To sign up for the next virtual training class, contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email deborah@dovehs.com.

Hillsborough Parks & Recreation is offering an Independent Study Center designed for families looking for an appropriate setting for their children where they can work independently on their remote learning assignments and participate independently in their remote classrooms, while being supervised by a combination of recreation staff, college students and substitute teachers.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete their work, though if students seek assistance, staff will give a helping hand.
Toward the middle part of the afternoon when students begin completing their work, such activities will be provided for the students like board games, movies, internet time and outdoor activities, weather-permitting.
Students in grades 2-8 can join from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the municipal complex, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

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.

 

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes communication, public speaking and leadership.
The Toastmasters Club in Hillsborough holds virtual meetings on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning at 7:15 p.m.
For more information on Toastmasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org/

 

 

Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study Meeting. CoDA is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Meetings are held every Friday evenings. The 24 Club, The 1860 House, 2nd floor, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman. For more information, email fridayeveningcoda@gmail.com.

VFW Meetings: Monthly meetings of the Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post 8371 are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Somerset County Hillsborough Senior Center, 339 S. Branch Road. The post’s mission is Veterans and Military Support, Youth Scholarship Activities and Community Service. All veterans with foreign service are welcome as members to assist the post in achieving its mission. For information regarding membership, post activities or the youth scholarship programs, contact Commander Tom Cellilli via phone or text at 908-255-3669.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group: Following the guidelines of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is “a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system.” The group meets the first Monday and second Wednesday of each month at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater. All are welcome.

Free weekly support groups: Carrier Clinic hosts free weekly support groups on the campus throughout the year. These support programs include:

Weekend Codependency Program, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bright Futures for Kids, Sundays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parents Support Group, Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mood Disorder Support Group, Thursdays, 7:30-9:15 p.m.

For more information about these or other services and programs available at Carrier Clinic, visit CarrierClinic.org or call 908-281-1513. For more information, visit CarrierClinic.org/WhatToDo.

Midweek meals: The Wednesday midweek meals held in Asbury Hall, at the United Methodist Church of Bound Brook, have started back up. All seniors are invited for a full course meal for $4. Bring friends and family to enjoy a meal and fellowship.

Pop Warner: Calling all 5-7 year olds. Hillsborough Dukes Pop Warner is offering free Flag Football registration to first time players, including instructional and safe environment with fun training activities to teach core skills. Every child plays every game and the Dukes are the only organization that requires coaches to be USA Football Heads Up Certified. There are no tryouts or team drafting. Visit register.hillsboroughdukes.com to register. For more information, contact football@hillsboroughdukes.com.

Coping with addiction: Parents of Addicted Children helps parents understand and cope with drug problems they are facing, and will face, with their children. Meets first and third Monday of month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Neshanic Reformed Church, 715 Amwell Road.

Alzheimer’s support group: The Alzheimer’s Association has a support group in Hillsborough. Family members and caregivers come together to share information and support in a safe, confidential atmosphere. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Brookdale Hillsborough, 600 Auten Road. Call 908-431-1300.

Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Fellowship Bible Church building, 109 New Amwell Road. The group says it meets to “laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood.” Sponsored by Crossroads Community Church, it hears speakers, has a craft or project and lots of conversation and refreshment. Child care is provided. For information, see www.crossroadsnj.org/MOPS. Registration fee is required.

Divorce support group: A nondenominational support group to help separated and divorced people to a new beginning. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Route 206 at Homestead Road. Call 908-295-6740.

Swim lessons at HRC: The Swim Academy at HRC, located at 30 Brower Lane, Hillsborough, is offering swim lessons for all ages and levels. Call HRC Fitness at 908-359-3600 to register or visit www.hrcfitness.com for class schedules.

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