Make a Snowflake

National PTAs are making snowflakes to send to the students of Sandy Hook Elementary so they can create a “Winter Wonderland” when they go to their host school after the holidays. Send snowflakes by Saturday, January 12 to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514

Snowshoe Walks

Mercer County Park Commission offers deep snow nature walks for people with snowshoes. The walks will be at the Pole Farm, Rosedale Park, and Curlis Woods. E-mail Jenn Rogers at jrogers@mercercounty.org for more information.

Good Cause

Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival will benefit Fisherman’s Mark through a food drive and cash donations. The social service organization based in Lambertville provides a full range of services, including a food pantry that emphasizes nutrition, for families in six local counties. Visitors may bring non-perishable food to the main events or donate at www.fishermansmark.org. Contact Tracey Costanzo at tlcostanzo@yahoo.com or call 609-397-0657 for information about organizing a food drive or volunteering to help.

Organic Land Care

Rutgers Cooperative Extension presents Organic Land Care Certification Course, a new program of seminars for the landscaping industry, on January 10, 11, 17, and 18 at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register. $500 includes breakfast and lunch. Call 732-398-5275. The deadline for registration is Monday, January 7.

The four day organic land care certification program is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects, and master gardeners. Program participants will also earn NJ DEP pesticide recertification credits and the NJDEP Natural Turf & Landscape Management certificate. Some of the topics include, Landscape Alternatives to Lawns, Interpreting Soil Sample Results, and Marketing Your Organic Company. Other presentations will focus on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted run-off from managed landscapes. This program is not intended for recreation and sports turf fields. Certification is attained by passing an optional exam at the end of the program. Participants that pass the exam will be considered a certified organic land care provider and be listed on the Rutgers website as such.

Auditions

Mercer College’s Theater and Dance and Entertainment Technology programs have auditions for high school seniors and college students from any college on Saturday, January 26, from 1 to 6 p.m. There are two dance auditions scheduled on the same day from 3 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 7 p.m. 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

For “Cabaret” prepare one song (16 bars), one monologue (tww minutes in length), and warm up prior to the dance audition. Wear appropriate clothes to move in. For “The Colored Museum” prepare one monologue, two minutes in length. For more information contact Jody Person at personj@mccc.edu.

Paper Mill Playhouse has auditions for its 2013 Summer Professional Training Programs for young performers ages 10 to 18. Audition dates are Saturdays, January 26 and February 2, at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. An appointment is required. To schedule an audition appointment send E-mail to summer@papermill.org. Include the student’s full name, age as of July 1, 2013, E-mail address, phone number, and preferred audition date.

Students participate in classes in singing, acting, auditioning, dance, and a series of guest artist workshops led by professional actors, directors, and casting agents. The training programs include the five-week Summer Musical Theater Conservatory held in July, or the three-week August Musical Theater Intensive. During auditions students are judged for vocal skill, dance ability, personality, and song interpretation skills (acting through your song). Students will be placed in a program based on their auditions. Visit www.papermill.org for more information.

Volunteer Please

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers at blood drives. The blood service volunteer assists donors with registration, escorts, and observes post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed, and have the willingness to follow the rules. For information contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or E-mail rzepka@nybloodcenter.org.

NJSACC Afterschool Ambassadors seeks volunteers to serve as representatives of NJSACC in 21 counties and connect with afterschool professionals. It is a two-year commitment. An ambassador should be familiar with afterschool programs in the local community, committed to networking and advocacy for afterschool programs, involved and informed in current trends in out of school time, and very computer and Internet knowledgeable and functional.

Responsibilities include attendance in training and participation in webinars, phone conference, and web forums, meeting with local an county officials to build support, and help to organize special events. Requirements to be considered for the program include a completed application, a minimum of three years of professional experience in the afterschool field, and two E-mails of reference. E-mail sarahbcruz@njsacc.org for more information and an application.

Caregiving Services

Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Hamilton, provides free caregiving services to homebound elderly and people with disabilities throughout Mercer County. Free services include transportation to doctor’s offices, shopping, light housekeeping and maintenance, visits in person or by telephone, and occasional meal preparation. Services enable care receivers to avoid institutionalization and stay in their homes — independently, safely, and with dignity. To volunteer, donate, or request services and information visit www.icgmc.org or call 609-393-9922.

Photo Contest

Festival of Ballooning seeks creative photos for its 2013 poster depicting interesting angles, unique points of view, and “cool” compositions. The grand prize is a hot air balloon ride for two. E-mail photos to photocontestballoonfest2013@gmail.com by Saturday, January 5. Visit www.balloonfestival.com for more information.

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