To the Editor: Help in Transitions

Your April 15th issue on jobseeking was very useful. We would like to add, however, that the Princeton Senior Resource Center offers programs for older workers who are transitioning to new jobs or to retirement, and for retired people who need to go back to work.

Older workers and retirees are being especially hard hit by the current economy. Already-retired folks are facing reduced income from their IRAs, 401Ks, and life savings. Those still working fear their jobs might not last, and their future financial security is in doubt. There are plenty of financial planners and advisors offering financial advice, but few are addressing the lifestyle issues encountered in retirement, or what is being called by some “The Third Age.” Job loss may seem to be a catastrophe, but may in fact be an opportunity for a whole new life.

Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Engaged Retirement Program has three programs coming up in June:

1.) A four-session workshop to help older workers and retirees position themselves for the major life changes that they face. This program will help attendees explore their options for this stage of life, identify their hopes and dreams, and develop a plan for achieving those dreams. The sessions will be held on Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., starting on June 1. Cost for all four sessions and materials is $85 per person, $150 per couple. These sessions will be held at the Suzanne Patterson Building behind the Princeton Borough Hall. Leader: Carol King, certified retirement coach.

2.) Volunteering: Building a Resume for an Encore Career. This presentation and workshop is designed for people who are planning to transition to an encore career in a non-profit organization that will give back to the community, or to reenter the workforce. Volunteering is a way to acquire new skills, build networks and expand your resume. Thursday, June 4, 7p.m. at the Princeton Public Library. No charge. Presenter: Celia Lidz.

3.) Engaged Retirement: An introduction to the lifestyle issues in retirement, and some of the options available, including working full or part time, or starting your own business. Tuesday, June 16, 6 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center, 30 Darrah Lane East, Lawrenceville. For information or to register, call 609-844-7048. No charge. Presenter; Carol King

For more information, contact the Princeton Senior Resource Center at 609-924-7108.

Carol A. King

Engaged Retirement Coordinator

Princeton Senior Resource Center

Don’t Judge the Play By Its Story Line

Passage has been blessed with terrific reviews for “Instructions for Breathing”! But I fear some theatergoers are concerned it will be “a downer” and are tempted to sit this one out. While it is a story about a couple whose eight-year-old child has mysteriously disappeared, this play is NOT a wallowing in the experience of grief. It is filled with humor and is in the end life affirming. It testifies to the resilience of our human nature, and even takes a peek at (as the character Don says) “where we all stand in the grand scheme.”

Euripides, Shakespeare, and early writers of tragedy wrote of the darker aspects of life and gave their audiences the gift of catharsis! Too many of today’s stories and TV dramas leave audiences rubbernecking at human suffering. Caridad Svich’s play resists that. Like the ancients, she investigates tough questions not through sensationalism but by engaging us in the process of lifting our collective soul. I hope you will see “Instructions for Breathing” and discover the power of live theater at its best.

June Ballinger

Executive Artistic Director

Passage Theatre Company

Note: U.S. 1 critic Jonathan Elliott’s review appears in the April 29 issue and is viewable in the archives section of our website, www.princetoninfo.com.

Bravo for Arts Benefit

On behalf of the staff of the Arts Council of Princeton, I would like to thank each one of the close to 450 guests who attended the Arts Council of Princeton’s spring benefit, Pinot to Picasso: Vintage 2009. The event was a fabulous success raising approximately $54,000 to support the Anne Reeves artist -in-residence program. Congratulations and thank you to our inspired founding director and honorary chair, Anne Reeves.

A resounding applause goes out to the talented Pinot to Picasso event committee, led by chairwoman Dawn McClatchy. Their creative talent and upbeat approach to volunteering is truly inspirational. You are an amazing group. Bravo! Also deserving of applause (and encore) are the 87 artists who contributed original artwork to the Tombola, (a lively Art Draw and the evening’s highlight). The salon style Tombola gallery was a wonderful sight, as were the happy faces of the lucky winners.

Jeniah “Kookie” Johnson

Director of Community Relations

Arts Council of Princeton

And an Encore Bravo

On behalf of the Arts Council of Princeton, I want to thank everyone, including our more than 35,000 visitors, who helped to make Communiversity Festival of the Arts 2009 such a spectacular event on a beautiful day.

When the Arts Council and Princeton University students plan Communiversity each year, we envision a town meets gown event with something for everyone: diverse music and dance, engaging children’s activities, and outstanding artistry, food, and participation from community nonprofit organizations. I would like to thank all of the Arts Council staff and volunteers who gave their time and energy to make the Arts Council’s activity areas a success.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to: Princeton University and the student participants, the University Band, the Princeton Borough Police, Fire Department, and First Aid Squad, Princeton Regional Health Department, Princeton Borough, our event planner, Grayson Bridge Communications Events, and other generous sponsors (the complete list an be found at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org).

Michael LaRiccia

Program/PR Manager

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