Valentines for Food

The Crisis Ministry’s seventh annual “Valentines for Food” Drive helps fill the non-profit’s shelves with high-quality foods for neighbors in need across greater Mercer County. There are several ways to support Valentines for Food 2011:

Purchase "Valentines for Food" for $3.99 each at McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Princeton from February 6 to 14. McCaffrey’s is matching purchases dollar for dollar up to $5,000.

Purchase “Virtual Valentines” starting at $10 at www.thecrisisministry.org. The Crisis Ministry will act as Cupid, sending special greetings by E-mail or regular mail to designated loved ones.

Area congregations holding special collections on Sunday, February 13 are: Trinity Church Princeton, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Trinity Church Rocky Hill, Christ Congregation, St. David’s Episcopal Church Cranbury, and Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church, West Windsor. For more information call 609-396-9355

Call for Art

The Gallery at Mercer County Community College invites individuals 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County, to submit their artwork to be considered for “Mercer County Artists 2011,” a juried exhibition. Artists may enter up to two original works in any media except photography. (The county hosts a separate Mercer County photography exhibit). Jurying takes place on Saturday, February 26. Artwork should be dropped off between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Work not accepted for the exhibit must be picked up that afternoon between 3:30 and 5 p.m. The Gallery is located on the second floor of the communications building, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Visit www.mccc.edu/gallery for information.

Purchase and merit prizes will be awarded during the show’s opening reception on Wednesday, March 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show will be on display through Thursday, April 7. Artwork that receives Purchase Awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission will become part of the county’s permanent art collection.

Trip

St. Paul’s Church offers a bus trip to see “Cats” at the New Candlelight Theater in Ardentown, Delaware, on Sunday, March 6. The bus leaves 380 Witherspoon Street, Princeton at 11 a.m. $65 includes bus, theater ticket, and buffet lunch. Call Rosemary at 609-921-6320 or E-mail stpaulschurchofprinceton@cybernetics.com.

Arts Benefit

Young Audiences presents Dazzle, a benefit to support arts education in New Jersey. “Wild West Extravaganza” will be held on Saturday, March 5, at the Princeton Elks Lodge in Skillman, from 8 to 11 p.m. Visit www.dazzlenj.org or call 866-500-9265 for information.

Politics

Republican Women of Mercer County seeks applications for the Kabis Memorial Internship program for young women. Three positions to work in the National Federation of Republican Women for six weeks in Washington, D.C. Deadline is Tuesday, February 15. Visit www.rwomc.org for application and information.

Tutors

American Youth Literacy Foundation provides free tutoring in reading skills and literacy development for students in grades 1 to 5. West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. Call 609-799-0462 for information. www.youthlit.org.

Volunteer Awards

New Jersey Jefferson Awards is accepting nominees to recognize outstanding volunteer service in emergency services, health care, arts and education, environmental stewardship, corporate or executive leadership, lifetime service, youth in service, service to youth, good neighbor, founders and innovators, ambassador, faith-based service, volunteer leadership, community pillar, against all odds, volunteer program or group, youth volunteer program or group. Deadline is Monday, February 28. Visit www.njgovernorsawards.com for nomination form.

Love Your Pet

Animal Alliance Planned Pethood offers a low-cast spay, neuter, and wellness clinic throughout February in conjunction with International Spay Day. Cat spays, $50; cat neuters, $30; pitbulls, $65 for either spay or neuter. Visit www.animalalliancenj.org or call 609-818-1952 for information.

Grants Available

New Jersey State Council on the Arts offers grant opportunities for folk arts apprentice programs. Workshops will be conducted around the state for individuals and teams seeking assistance with the application process. Folk Arts grants support the traditional arts and crafts of New Jersey’s cultural communities. Apprentices may request up to $3,000 to support an intensive regimen of students with a master artist for up to 12 months. A workshop will be held on Friday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to noon, in Trenton. Contact Kim Nguyen at 609-292-6130 or E-mail kim.nguyen@sos.state.nj.us for information. Application deadline is Wednesday, April 6.

For South Asian Dancers

Kalamandir Dance Company seeks individuals and groups who perform classical and contemporary South Asian dance, explore contemporary themes with classical South Asian dance, or whose style is influenced by elements of South Asian dance or culture, for a festival in New Brunswick on Saturday, August 6. E-mail kalamandirdanceco@gmail.com for an application and a link to YouTube, Facebook, or MediaFire.

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