Health Training

American Red Cross of Central New Jersey offers free CPR and first aid training on Saturday, March 19, as part of Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday to honor Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and all those involved in the Tucson tragedy. Classes will be held at the Red Cross Training Center, 707 Alexander Road, Suite 302, West Windsor at 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Training will last one hour, and will include instruction in hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding, and managing shock. Registration at www.njredcross.org.

“The tragedy in Tucson is a reminder of how important it is for everyone to know first aid and CPR,” said Kathleen Pearson, regional deputy director, American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. “As this tragic event unfolded, several bystanders knew these vital skills, which helped save the lives of many victims, including Congresswoman Giffords. This inspired us to offer this training right here in our community.”

Although most emergencies are not as large as the one in Tucson, it is important for the public to be prepared for ones that can happen at home, the office, or at school. Recent research shows that if more people learned hands-only CPR, we could increase the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside a hospital by putting more victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance.

Nominations Invited

2011 NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Awards has been extended to Thursday, March 31. Selected volunteers will be honored at a gala event at Newark Museum on Wednesday, June 8. Nominations may be made for volunteers in emergency services, health care, environmental stewardship, good neighbor, against all odds, corporate leadership, lifetime service, and more. Visit www.njgovernorsawards.com for a full description of awards categories and an online nomination form.

Walk for Success

Dress for Success Mercer County is accepting registration for its 5K Power Walk. $25. Merrill Lynch, 1300 Merrill Lynch Drive, Pennington. Saturday May 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www.dfspowerwalk.org/mercercounty or call 609-587-8298.

New Camps

Lawrence Community Center offers Camp Mercer for ages 6 to 12, from Monday to Friday, June 27 to August 19, at 295 Eggerts Crossing Road. Extended hours are available. $135 to $150 per week. Educational programs, physical education, field trips, and traditional summer camp activities. www.lawrencecomctr.com or call 609-883-3379.

Princeton Day School has two new programs this summer. The Summer Arts Institute, an arts program for grades 9 to 12, features architecture, acting, theater design, ceramics, and more. The All-Girls Chess and the Talented and Gifted Chess camps will be taught by Martha Fierro, an international master. www.pds.org or call 609-924-6700 for information.

Camp DeWitt, a day camp affiliated with Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, is in Hillsborough. Open to all girls in first through ninth grade, the camp runs for seven one-week sessions from Monday to Friday, June 27 to August 12. Visit www.gshnj.org or call 908-947-1707.

Drama for All

Playhouse Acting Academy presents classes for the acting adult beginning Wednesday, March 30; acting for ages 5 to 9, 8 to 12, and 12 to 17 beginning on Saturday, April 2. All students will be invited to a Q&A with Paul Russell, a New York City casting director and author of “Acting: Make It Your Business: How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor.” E-mail njactingacademy@gmail.com or call 732-353-6186 for information.

Politics

Princeton Borough and Township Republican Committees invite any Republicans interested in running as municipal candidates in the Tuesday, June 7, primary election to contact them. The deadline for filing is Monday, April 11. Township candidates should contact Esther Mills at 609-306-5280. Borough candidates should contact Dudley Sipprelle at 609-497-0740.

Princeton Community Democratic Organization asks that Democrats announce their interest in seeking PCDO endorsement by Sunday, March 20. The endorsement meeting will be held Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Suzanne Patterson Center. Membership dues of $15 are due. Visit www.princetondems.org, call 609-924-6253, or “like” PCDO on Facebook.

Volunteers Needed

Har Sinai Temple seeks volunteers to prepare and serve a “Lord’s Table” meal at Trenton’s Church of the Sacred Heart, 343 South Broad Street, Trenton, on Sunday, March 27. The interfaith community outreach meal for close to 200 needy adults and children requires three shifts of volunteers.

The first shift is needed from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to assemble the meals at Titusville’s Union Fire and Rescue Squad on River Road. Two additional sets will be needed to serve from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and to clean up from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Donations are also requested, $3 a meal, $18 for six meals, $36 for 12 meals, and $72 for 24 meals. Call 609-730-8100 for information.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey launches its Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in April. The organization raises awareness about supporting families and preventing child abuse and neglect by engaging individuals, local businesses, and community groups in campaign-related projects and educational events. Pinwheels are the national symbol for happy, healthy, and carefree childhoods.

Visit www.preventchildabusenj.org to see pinwheels, lapel pins, bumper stickers, and wristbands. Materials available to organizations and individuals include tip sheets with advice for school teachers, government officials, and child advocates to engage the members of their community; and coloring pages, promise cards, and activity calendars to give parents and children an excuse to interact and celebrate healthy families. Call 800-Children for more information.

Japanese Etiquette

YWCA Princeton offers Japanese Culture and Business Etiquette including practical survival Japanese phrases and authentic Japanese cuisine presented by Michiko Yamashina, a certified teacher of customer service and business manners.

She taught business etiquette, academic Japanese writing, and intercultural communications at several colleges in Tokyo, and was a human resource officer for Japan Airlines Infotech, where she trained new employees in business etiquette. Fridays, March 25, April 1, 8, and 15. Register. $60. Visit www.ywcaprinceton.com or call 609-497-2100.

Donate Please

Monroe Library seeks donations of books, DVDs, and CDs. Up to two bags of donations per visit. No video tapes, encyclopedias, or textbooks. Children’s books, newer fiction, and timely non-fiction are especially welcome. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, April 16. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe. 732-521-5000.

Seeking Vendors

White Lotus Home seeks vendors to showcase their art, green products, and services for earth weekend festivities and the 30th anniversary of its business on Friday to Sunday, April 8 to 10. Tables are $50. E-mail marlon@whitelotus.net or call 743-843-4990.

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