Donate Please

Lawrence Library seeks donations of handmade scarves, hats, or mittens for HomeFront. The items may be in sizes from children to adults. Donated items may be dropped off at the library’s reference desk at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. Call 609-989-6920 or visit mcl.org for more information.

Hurricane Relief

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers homeowners financial assistance for damage caused by hurricane Sandy. Visit www.disasterassistance.gov for information.

Small Business Administration offers small business loans to assist in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Visit www.sba.gov.

Plainsboro Fire Company is accepting non-perishable food and clothing to benefit first responders and civilians in the metropolitan area who have lost their homes and possessions in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Clothing must be in the original packaging or new. The shelters are currently not accepting any used clothing. Visit www.plainsborofire.com.

Mercer County Library System has a food drive throughout November to help replenish local food banks depleted in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The collected nonperishable food items will be distributed to the Crisis Ministry, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank of Trenton, Homefront of Lawrence, the Robbinsville Food Pantry, and “Rise – A Community Service Partnership” in Hightstown. Donations may be made at any of the nine branches.

Needed items include canned fish and chicken, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned vegetables and potatoes, cans of fruit, non-sugary hot or cold cereals, pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese, dried beans and rice. Household goods are not being accepted. Additional information regarding collection and a list of items that are most needed may be found at www.mcl.org

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, is seeking individuals or groups to donate blood or organize blood drives to help replenish supplies distributed by Hurricane Sandy. For information call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.

Holiday Donations

The Whole Earth Center in Princeton and Princeton Chiropractic Wellness Center are collecting non-perishable food through December 8. Whole Earth Center patrons who donates five dollars or more worth of food will receive a gift package for free wellness services from area wellness providers worth $500. For more information go to Princetonchiropractic.com.

Crisis Ministry of Mercer County invites area congregations, schools, businesses, and clubs to join its annual pre-Thanksgiving “CAN-U-Copia” food and volunteer drive. The annual effort helps stock the nonprofit organization’s three food pantries and raises awareness and funds to support hunger prevention initiatives. The drive continues until Thanksgiving. Contact Sarah Unger by E-mail to sarahu@thecrisisministry.org for information.

Audition

Playful Theater Productions is holding auditions for “Legally Blonde” set for performances at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theater, April 19 through 28. Auditions dates are Sunday, December 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Thursday, December 6, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Callbacks are Saturday, December 8, starting at 10 a.m. All roles are open. For further information, audition preparation and appointment, E-mail suzanne_mclean@hotmail.com or call 215-579-5677.

For Kids

The Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra will schedule auditions for certain open seats through out the year. GPYO’s Symphonic Division is open to musicians from 8th grade through college age. Each musician who auditions for the GPYO is expected to demonstrate the highest musical and technical standards. For more information or to apply go to www.gpyo.org or call 609-683-0150.

Scholarship

The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment is accepting applications to Friday, November 23, for its fall 2012 Just in Time Scholarship awards. The award helps recipients to remain in school and to complete their training. Scholarships are awarded based on need and in consultation with their school of enrollment to verify good academic standing. Recipients must demonstrate a commitment to improving themselves and the lives of their families and must be currently enrolled in an accredited program of health care training. Past awards have supported baby clothing, car repairs, tuition assistance, books and audio books, to name a few examples. Applications may be downloaded from www.wonderfulworkingwomen.org or call Rochelle Richardson, at 609-388-1867 to receive an application or for additional information.

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