Hurricane Relief

SAND AID New Jersey is a collective of artists and citizens gathered to serve Jersey Shore communities and families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Its goal is to help rebuild the Jersey Shore one beach at a time. The kick off event is with the Plainsboro, West Windsor, and Princeton Junction fire companies to collect donations of funds and essential supplies to aid the citizens of Point Pleasant who were devastated by the storm.

Items needed include T-shirts, underwear, socks, hats, gloves, household cleaning gloves, bleach, C and D cell batteries, and non-perishable food items. The group will have a concert on Sunday, November 11, at 11:11 a.m. in Southfield Shopping Center, Princeton-Hightstown and Southfield roads, West Windsor. Visit www.sandaidnj.net or www.facebook.com/sandaidnj for more information.

Macy’s will match donations dollar-for-dollar of $1 or more at any register. All funds donated will be directed to the American Red Cross.

Monroe Animal Hospital is accepting canned food, non-perishable food items, jackets, etc. 179 Prospect Plains Road, Monroe. Call 609-655-1717.

Enable seeks donations of money or food store cards to maintain the group homes and day programs for aging adults and persons with disabilities. They lost many supplies during the storm. “We will also depend on our friends to support the upcoming Holiday Gift Drive, which will include hurricane restoration needs,” according to a press release. “Weathering this storm has been difficult. It has been especially horrendous for the elderly, for those with limited ability to understand uncertainty and the need for changes to their routines, and for persons with physical challenges. Send donations to Enable, 13B Roszel Road, B110, Princeton 08540 or call 609-987-5003, ext. 120.

The Salvation Army of New Jersey had served more than 32,000 meals, 45,000 snacks, 27,000 bottles of water, and countless cups of coffee to first responders and shelter residents. The organization also provided more than 1,060 changes of clothes to shelter residents across the state. They lost at least one response vehicle due to flooding and seawater.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation to Hurricane Sandy relief, visit www.salvationarmynj.org, or call 908-851-9300. To help support an online food drive visit www.yougivegoods.com. Donations may be sent to Box 3170, Union 07083 with NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief in the memo line. For more information contact Bramwell Applin at bramwellapplin@gmail.com or call 908-403-3625.

Volunteers Needed

American Red Cross is collecting funds and coordinating blood donations. The organization sheltered more than 3,000 people across nine states during the worst of the storm. You can donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

Or consider making a blood donation. The hurricane has caused the cancellation of more than 300 American Red Cross blood drives. Visit www.RedCross.org

Call 1-800-Jersey-7, 211, 609-775-5236, or 908-303-0471, or send an E-mail to rowena.madden@sos.state.nj.us. for information on where to volunteer.

For more information visit www.redcross.org/support/volunteer

Schools are Open

New Jersey Education Association has canceled its annual convention that was scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 8 and 9. Many school will be open.

Holiday Donations

PEAC Health & Fitness is collecting for Toys for Tots from Tuesday, November 19 through Friday, December 14. Bring new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed at Christmas to local, underprivileged children. The collection is in conjunction with Battery G 3rd Battalion 14th Marines based in Fort Dix.

For more information about PEAC’s collection contact Christine Tentilucci at 609-883-2000, E-mail ctentilucci@peachealthfitness.com, or visit www.peachealthfitness.com. PEAC is located at 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing.

Call for Art

Small World Coffee in Princeton is accepting artists’ submissions to its fourth annual Love Show. Submit up to three pieces of artwork for exhibition at Small World Coffee’s Witherspoon Street cafe during the month of February. The show will center around the word ‘love’, and artists are encouraged to create a piece of art that they feel somehow expresses the word or any of its myriad of connotations. This year the proceeds from The Love Show will go to support Hi Tops, Princeton’s youth health center. All art can be submitted through www.smallworldcoffee.com.

Call for Film & Music

Garden State Film Festival has extended its submission deadline to Saturday, December 1. Register and send DVD later.

The worldwide call for entries has been issued to independent filmmakers. Visit www.gsff.org for guidelines. The festival features film competition for independent filmmakers, open talent casting call, panel discussions, school field trip opportunities, and opening and closing ceremonies. A panel of professional judges will select winning entries in a number of categories including best feature length, short, documentary (short and feature length), animation (short and feature length), music video, PSA, commercial, and trailers.

The Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award is open to all present or former New Jersey actors, regardless of age or union affiliation. Eligible candidates must have been born or now reside in New Jersey and have made inroads to the industry through hard work and determination. Submissions should be sent to GSFF C/O Pastorelli Award, 1310 Winding Brook Road, Spring Lake 07762 by December 1, or E-mailed to pastorelli13@aol.com. Include a headshot, resume, references, and DVD.

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