Good Causes

American Heart Association seeks nominations for its fifth annual New Jersey Go Red For Women “Woman of Distinction” awards to recognize and honor women who speak up on women’s issues, work to improve neighborhoods, serve as role models, and encourage healthy lifestyles among women. Awards will be presented Monday, May 16, at the Palace in Somerset for women in business, industry, healthcare, education, non-profit, community, and civic fields. Nominations are due by Friday, February 4. Visit goredforwomen.org or call 609-208-0020 for information.

New Jersey Blood Services is holding a special blood drive for individuals with type O blood on Wednesday and Thursday, December 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 167 New Street, New Brunswick. Type O donors are asked to bring a friend with any blood type to donate. O negative blood, found in just 6 percent of the population, can be transfused into virtually everyone. Type O positive can be given by 85 percent of the population. Visit www.nybloodcenter.org or call 800-933-2566 for information.

Bank of America is issuing a call for applications to the student leaders program part of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. New Jersey area high school juniors and seniors with a commitment to community service are invited to apply. Five winners will receive a paid eight-week summer internship at a community based organization and will travel to Washington, D.C. for an all-expenses-paid weeklong leadership summit. Visit www.bankofamerica.com Deadline is Wednesday, January 12.

Joshua Harr Shane Foundation offers tickets to Disney on Ice “Princess Classics” at the Sun Bank Center on Wednesday, January 26, at 7 p.m. $15. Register with Judy Shane by E-mail to jhshane4@yahoo.com or call 732-713-1549.

Free Yoga

Princeton Center for Yoga & Health offers free classes for new visitors from Monday to Sunday, January 10 to 16. Locations include 50 Vreeland Drive, Skillman or a second location at Wild Child Yoga, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton. Visit www.princetonyoga.com or call 609-924-7294 for more information and the winter class schedule.

Songs for Kids

Sharim v’Sharot Foundation announced its fourth annual Jewish Youth song writing contest for students ages 8 to 18 who live in or attend school in Mercer or Bucks counties. Students will be divided into three categories according to age. Select lyrics to set into songs from a list of texts on Jewish Environmentalism. First prize winners in each age category receives $72 and may have their songs performed at the Princeton Mercer Jewish Choral Festival at Congregation Adath Israel, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville on Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. Visit www.sharimvsharot.org for applications, rules, and tips on song writing.

Summer Fun

Plainsboro Department of Recreation has a variety of positions available in summer programs for counselors, instructors, coordinators, directors, and volunteers. Must be 15 or older. The program runs from Monday, June 20 to Friday, August 12. Visit www.plainsboronj.com or call 609-799-0909, ext. 1702 for information and application.

The Computer Learning Center offers “Facebook: Connect, Share and Network. Oh My!” on Tuesday, January 4, at 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing. Anna Van Scoyoc, a reference librarian with the Hopewell Library will help computer users both new and already on Facebook to explore its various features including creating an account, adding friends, account and privacy settings, and initiate searches. Free. Visit www.ewingsnet.com or call 609-882-5086 for more information. Free.

Wine Course

Stage Left offers a wine course on five consecutive Friday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning on January 7. The five class package is $450; $100 for individual classes. Visit www.stageleft.com or call 732-828-4444 to register.

Grant a Holiday Wish

One Simple Wish, the New Jersey nonprofit that grants simple wishes to foster children, at-risk youth, and impoverished families, is asking the community to help them grant more holiday wishes for those in need this season. One Simple Wish currently has over 100 wishes still “in the wind” on their website at www.onesimplewish.org. Wishes range in value form $10 to $100 and include simple items like soccer balls, boots, baby dolls, toy fire trucks, and winter coats.

Granting a wish is simple; go to the website and search the database of wishes by the value of the wish, the age of the recipient, and other factors. Once you find a wish you’d like to grant, you can choose to send the item to One Simple Wish or pay online or by check and let One Simple Wish shop and deliver hte gift.

Volunteers are also needed on Wednesday and Thursday, December 22 and 23, to wrap and deliver gifts throughout Mercer County. Visit www.meetup.com/oswvolunteers or call 609-883-8484.

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