Mercer County offers food assistance through the disaster-related supplemental nutritional assistance program through Monday, September 19. Individuals and families not receiving SNAP benefits and whose storm-related expenses include damages beyond the loss of food due to power outages may be eligible. People in need should register for FEMA assistance at www.recorveryassistance.org and check www.nj211.lorg for information on clean-up kits, home inspections, and renters’ rights. Call 866-234-0964, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Brunswick Library offers three ESL conversation groups. Members must be 18 or older and able to speak some English. The sessions are Tuesday and Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register at www.nbfpl.org or call Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108.
Zimmerli Art Museum offers a trip to New York City to see “Ostalgia” at the New Museum and “Fluxus & the Essential Questions of Life” at the Grey Art Gallery at NYU, on Thursday, September 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $120 includes the bus trip, lunch at the Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, and docent-led tours. Visit www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu or call 732-932-7237, ext. 611.
Montgomery Recreation offers a trip to see “Jersey Boys” in New York City on Wednesday, October 5, for $90 (front mezzanine seats). The bus leaves at 2:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show. A trip to see Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular is Saturday, November 12. Bus leaves at 11 a.m. for a 4 p.m. show. Cost is $85 for center orchestra seats. 609-466-3023.
For The Young
Mrs. G. TV & Appliances seeks artists in grades 6 to 12 to support breast cancer awareness in “Paint Our Fridge Pink,” a refrigerator decorating contest. The top three entries will be invited to paint their design on retired refrigerator and meet graffiti artist Leon Rainbow. The grand prize winner receives $150 savings bond and Mrs. G will give a matching donation for every voter entry up to $500 to Susan G. Komen on Central/South Jersey. Visit www.mrsgs.com or call 609-882-1444 for information and entry form.
Local Talk Community Foundation has its second annual high school public speaking scholarship contest on Saturday, October 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark. All finalists receive a $100 cash card with first place receiving $3,000; second place $2,000; and third place $1,000. Call 973-678-2582 for information.
Central Jersey Field Hockey offers a field hockey program for boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, on Saturday evenings in September and October. Sessions are at Princeton Day School. $125 includes a membership in USA Field Hockey. Visit kidsfieldhockey.com for information and registration.
Har Sinai Temple offers weekly “I’ve Got Rhythm” classes for ages 6 to 14 months beginning Wednesday, October 5. $135 for 11 sessions at 2421 Pennington Road, Hopewell. Winter and spring sessions are also available. Call Magda Reyes at 609-730-8100 for information.
Playhouse Acting Academy in East Brunswick (seven minutes from downtown Cranbury) offers a new class for teens who have already taken “Enter Acting,” on Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Training focuses on the Sanford Meisner technique. Visit www.playhouseactingacademy.org or call Gerry Appel at 732-353-6186.
Monroe Library offers a five-week session of art classes for ages 9 to 12 beginning Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to noon, using a variety of media. $30 includes all materials. Visit www.monroetwplibrary.org or call 732-521-5000.
Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, September 22; Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27; and 7:30 p.m. 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. Seeking an adult ensemble cast with several roles for high school and college age students. Actors with musical ability should be prepared to play piano, violin, or guitar. Also need a run crew, especially props, and load in and out help. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.
Princeton House Behavioral Health has a new program for young adults ages 18 to mid-20s, seeking behavioral health or substance abuse treatment. The focus is on age-appropriate topics and specialized concerns such as school, work, relationship, substance abuse, and more. Visit www.princetohouse.org or call 732-729-3636 to information.
Northwestern University’s department of African American studies invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship. PhD must be completed by September 1, 2012. The fellowship is residential and provides a stipend, benefits, and a visiting appointment in the department of African American studies. Contact Suzette Denose at 847-491-5122 for information.