HomeFront seeks gently used household goods and gently worn clothing for families working to build a new home. Donations of twin and full size mattresses and box springs with frames in good condition; bunk beds; dressers, small dinette tables and chairs, small sofas and love seats, televisions (tape cord and remote to TV), bedding for twin and full size beds, household items (with multiple parts bagged together), and clothing in bags or on hangers.
They are not accepting oversized furniture, used toys, exercise equipment, computers, printers, scanners, office furniture, musical equipment, and large televisions. All donations must be clean and operable. Call 609-989-9417, ext. 127 or E-mail email@example.com to schedule pick-up, get directions and times about drop-off. Tax deduction to donors.
South Brunswick Library seeks new children’s books, bilingual books, and young adult books for the Libraries of Middlesex annual Books to Keep program. The new books will be distributed to disadvantaged children throughout Middlesex County. Bring to the box in the children’s department. Cash and checks are also welcome. Call 732-329-4000, ext. 7285 for more information.
One Simple Wish is collecting canned gods, boxed items, grocery store gift cards and more to assemble more than 250 Thanksgiving meal packages for foster families in New Jersey. Bring items to the Wish Shop, 183 Scotch Road, Ewing, during business hours before Monday, November 22. Visit www.onesimplewish.org/wishshop or call 609-883-8484.
Rotary Club of Robbinsville-Hamilton Sunrise has its fall bike drive on Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1 Washington Boulevard, Robbinsville. Drop off your used bikes for the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County bike exchange program. For more information visit www.BikeExchangeNJ.org or call Lorna Cruz at 609-273-1058.
Plainsboro Food Pantry seeks donations of sugar, sugar substitutes, cold and hot cereals, beans, pancake mix, maple syrup, canned fruit, canned and boxed meals, canned tomatoes, pasta sauce, boxed potatoes and rice, breadcrumbs, condiments, jellies and jams, and canned and boxed meals. Donations may be delivered to Fox Run Apartments in Plainsboro. Call 609-799-0783 for information.
Lawrenceville Main Street Artist’s Network offers art classes for school-age children Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, November 18, 19, 22, and 23 at the corner of Main Street and Gordon Avenue. Also, Monday to Friday, December 27 to 31. Visit www.lmsartlistnetwork.com to download a brochure and registration form.
Middlesex Master Gardeners offers assistance with backyard environmental issues, plants, bugs, and home conservation issues. Call 732-398-5220 on Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, or leave a message anytime. Location is the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick.
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers has its 29th annual contest for a first young adult novel. The prize is a book contract (on the publisher’s standard form) covering world rights for a hardcover and a paperback edition, including an advance and royalties. The award includes $1,500 in cash and a $7,500 advance against royalties. The contest is open to U.S. writers who have not previously published a young adult novel. Foreign-language manuscripts and translations are not eligible. Manuscripts submitted to a previous Delacorte Press contest are not eligible. Contact Delacorte for a complete list of rules and regulations. Submissions should consist of a book-length manuscript (100 to 224 pages) with a contemporary setting that will be suitable for readers ages 12 to 18. Send manuscripts to Delacorte Press Contest, Random House, Inc., 1745 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, New York 10019. Deadline is Friday, December 31.
“Reflections: Fond Memories of Growing Up in the Village of Lawrenceville,” a new book written by Lawrenceville natives Bob Cleary and Dick Coffee, now both 85, captures their childhood memories from the late 1920s through the ’40s. The two became friends at Lawrenceville Elementary School, both were Merchant Marine Officers during World War II, and were in each other’s weddings. The $17 book includes 79 photos of the village and nearby sites. To order call 609-896-0345 or 843-422-3337 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging in Place offers “Exploring Options: A Multi-Generational, Multi-Cultural Day of Discovery” on Saturday, November 20. at 10 a.m. at South Brunswick Senior Center, Route 522, Monmouth Junction. Area restaurants provide diverse ethnic foods, speakers, panels, exhibits, and activities. Register by Monday, November 15 for your free lunch. Call 732-305-7079 or E-mail email@example.com.