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Villagers Theater, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, has


for Christopher Kyle’s "Plunge," a comedy-drama about a


of college friends, on Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, at

7 p.m. Casting three men and two women, ages 20s to 30s. Show dates

are February 16 to March 3. Call 732-873-2710.

Holiday Giving

Princeton Public Library gathers unwrapped new or nearly

new books for holiday giving to disadvantaged kids. Books may be


to the library’s Children’s Room through December 22. Contact Bonnie

Kunzel at 609-924-9529, ext. 241.

Franklin Township Public Library is collecting new


and paperback books for disadvantaged children in Middlesex County.

Books suitable for children from preschool through adolescence may

be brought to the Franklin Township Public Library through December

15. Call 732-873-8700, extension 112.

Holiday Camps

New Jersey Museum of Agriculture Winter Camp offers three

themed days of games, crafts, cooking, and visiting farm animals at

Cook College farm. December 27 is "Barnyard Beach Bash,"


28 "Let it Snow," and December 29 is the "New Year’s Eve

Party." The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; cost is $35 per

day. For more information, call Audrey Roger, at 732-249-2077.

Jewish Community Center of the Delaware Valley offers

vacation day programs for students in kindergarten through fifth


The days are themed from December 22 to December 29 and include trips

to the movies, Disney on Ice, and clown school. Cost is $35 per day

for members; $45 for non-members; with a five-day bonus plan


For more information, contact Sue Weiner at 609-883-9550.

Participate Please

The Princeton Adult School has opened registration for

the Spring, 2001, semester with offerings of over 100 courses ranging

from the ever-popular movie series, and Indian vegetarian cooking

to classical music, home maintenance, and 12 computer courses.


can register by mail or sign up at in-person registration on Tuesday,

January 16, at Princeton High School. Call 609-683-1101.

Call for Entries

The State Council on the Arts announces guidelines and

applications for 2001-2002 grants for Special Projects, Projects


Artists, and Community Arts Collaboration events. Intent to apply

forms are due by Friday, December 22, and completed applications by

February 23. Call 609-292-6130. Information is available at

New Jersey Historical Commission announces availability

of guidelines and application for the 2001 grants program in general

operating support, special projects, mini-grants, and prizes. Grants

range from $1,000 to $10,000 for non-profit organizations incorporated

in New Jersey or municipal or county government agency. According

to Mary R. Murrin, director of the grant program, "Many of our

grant categories are available to local civic groups, ethnic clubs,

schools, churches, libraries, and other organizations — and even

to individuals." Contact Murrin at 609-688-8168 or download


from the Web at

The New Jersey Historical Society’s "Dining In, Dining

Out" exhibit honors New Jersey diners while featuring a historical

overview of New Jersey’s food from colonial times through the present.

The society has also recreated a New Jersey diner on-site. The exhibit

will run through August, 2001, at the society’s museum at 52 Park

Place, Newark. New Jersey natives can vote for their favorite diner

by calling Kimberly Russell at 212-843-9203 or e-mail

Deadline for entries is December 31.

Volunteer Alert

Counseling and Support Services needs volunteers to greet

donors when they drop off holiday donations at 1860 Brunswick Avenue,

Lawrenceville. Qualifications include social skills and the ability

to carry bags and boxes weeks of December 11 to 15, and December 18

to 22, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call 609-394-0136.

National Audubon Society’s nationwide census of winter

birds is Saturday, December 16, Sundays, December 17, and Sunday,

December 31. Bird watchers will search Bucks County to collect data

on both species and individual wildfowl. Count coordinators collect

data and results are published in American Birds. To assist in the

count call Bob Mercer, 215-785-1177.

Hamilton Township Domestic Violence Victim Response Team

seeks applicants over 18 years of age, with access to transportation

and a valid driver’s license. Background investigation including


and completion of a 40-hour training course beginning in January.

Contact Captain Kevin Pollard at 609-581-4035.

Training program for volunteers for the Lawrence Township

Domestic Violence Victim Response Team begins in spring 2001. For

information call 609-394-0136.

New Jersey State House, the center of New Jersey’s


since 1792, is seeking volunteers to help guide visitors thorough

the historic capitol. Guides lead groups through the newly restored

Rotunda, legislative chambers, Governor’s reception room, and


caucus room. No experience is necessary; volunteers receive complete

training to work on a convenient schedule. Call 609-633-2709.

The Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally-certified,

state-approved procurement organization responsible for the recovery

of organs and tissue for transplant in New Jersey. For information

about becoming an organ donor or to join the New Jersey Organ and

Tissue Donor Registry, call 1-800-SHARE-NJ or visit the web site at

Call for Entries

New Jersey Agricultural Society sponsors an essay contest

for students in grades 6 through 11. Each grade level will have three

prize winners and the first place winner will receive a $150 savings

bond and plaque. Essays should be between 250 to 500 words; may be

written or typed; and will be judged on creativity, originality,


and the correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Call


or visit the website at Deadline for

entries is January 15.

New Jersey Child Assault Prevention is accepting


for an individual or organization that has played a significant role

in the prevention of child abuse on a local or state level. Award

recipients will be honored at the annual awards luncheon on April

20 at the Princeton Marriott. CAP also presents workshops for


parents, and teachers including "No More Bullies, No More


Call 856-582-7000 for application or workshop information. Deadline

for applications is January 19, 2001.

Run With Aimee T-shirt design contest is seeking


About 1,000 participants in the fifth annual Run With Aimee 5K and

One Mile Ramble will receive shirts at the event scheduled for Sunday,

April 1, at Montgomery High School. Entries must be submitted to Run

With Aimee, c/o Schilke Construction, 301 Valley Road, Hillsborough,

08844. Website: Deadline for entries is February


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