For the Love of Books
Rutgers University, Division of Continuing Studies offers summer reading skills programs in Ewing, Princeton, and Mercerville. Eight different reading skills programs for four year-olds through adults begin the weeks of June 22 and July 28. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level.
Reading programs for younger students build comprehension and students learn phonics and fluency skills. Programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension and study skills, vocabulary, and speed reading. Call 888-201-2448, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; or Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free Prom Gowns
One Simple Wish offers free prom gowns to teens in foster care and those in need. There are also gowns in the Wish Shop, at 228 Scotch Road, Ewing, for $10, some are designer gowns from brands like Vera Wang and BCBG, and many gowns still have tags attached. The shop also has costume jewelry, clutches, shoes, and scarves for under $5.
The organization is actively seeking volunteers to staff the store, as well as hair stylists, make-up artists, crafters, food vendors, and others who wish to donate their services to the teen clientele.
Donations of gently worn prom dresses and costume jewelry are now being accepted. Visit www.onesimplewish.org/prom
For the Young
American Boychoir School has open auditions for boys on Wednesday, April 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. at 75 Mapleton Road, Building 5, Plainsboro. Call 609-924-5858, ext. 633.
Hamilton Hotshots, a U12 girls travel team, has tryouts on Thursday, May 2; Monday, May 6; and Thursday, May 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the HTRSA Complex, 1242 Yardville-Allentown Road, Hamilton. Open to girls born on or after August 1, 2001 and on or before July 31, 2002. Interested players should try to attend at least two out of three sessions and bring a copy of their birth certificate Register at tryouts.hamiltonsoccerclub.com, or contact Jim Sarno at email@example.com or 732.261.8396.
Paper Mill Playhouse offers a no-audition summer theater camp for ages 6 to 11. The non-competitive, summer musical theater workshop focuses on having fun while honing acting, singing, and dancing skills. The classes will run from Tuesday to Thursday, July 2 to 25. The morning session is for ages 6 to 8, and the afternoon session is for ages 9 to 11. Classes will be held at the Millburn Library. Tuition is $625. Visit www.papermill.org, call Mickey McNany at 973-315-1669 or E-mail MMcNany@papermill.org.
CaRu Entertainment is auditioning dancers, ages 7 to 18, for the Trenton Thunder dance team on Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m., at 21 Route 31 North, Suite B3, Pennington. All levels. Dance team members will perform at four Trenton Thunder games during July and August. Visit carunj.com, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Cassie Russo at 908-442-2017
The Heritage Trail Association invites you to join Linda and Bob Barth, canal enthusiasts, on a bus tour of the Delaware and Raritan Canal. You will visit locks, bridges, and other structures along the canal and learn how the canal was built by local workers and immigrants. The tour visits picturesque villages along the canal, and you will learn about the industries that developed along its route. $20. Choose 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Register at www.heritagetrail.org or call 732-356-8856.
University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro is accepting applications from adults and college students who would like to volunteer as greeters from 6 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. Volunteer greeters welcome patients and visitors and escort them to destinations within the hospital, such as an inpatient or outpatient service area.
Submit an application with a letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member or friend; commit to at least eight weeks of an introductory period; complete an interview with volunteer services staff; and attend mandatory orientation. Volunteers must also have a tuberculosis screening test. Training will be provided. Volunteer applications are available at www.princetonhcs.org/volunteers or call 609-853-6010.
Mercer County Park Commission is seeking enthusiastic, outdoor-loving individuals, age 16 or older, to volunteer for summer camps, Baldpate Nature Camp and Aquatic Adventure Camp. Volunteers will assist in leading the campers through daily explorations, hikes, experiments, and games, in addition to other camp-related duties.
The camps hosted at Baldpate Mountain (July 8 to 12) explore the landscape surrounding the camp lodge, following trails through the fields and forest as staff and campers perform daily activities. The Aquatic Adventure Camp (July 22 to 26) uses kayaks and a pontoon boat to explore Mercer Lake, and is designed to balance activities and games with environmental science. Contact Jenn Rogers at email@example.com.
Hightstown Farmers’ Market by the Lake seeks volunteers to help manage the market. The responsibilities include coordinating vendors, booking live music, supervising the market, and other administrative responsibilities. Contact Tom Muza at 609-903-1597 or Chris Moraitis at 609-306-0084.
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey is seeking volunteers to assist with ushering, concessions, and its gift shop for the upcoming season beginning May 29. Volunteers receive ticket vouchers redeemable for admission to productions throughout the season. A volunteer open house will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison. Visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org, call 973-408-3694 or E-mail jmccrostie@ShakespeareNJ.org.
Community Justice Center seeks candidates for summer internship. A legal services non-profit with offices in Trenton is seeking a law or college student for unpaid service. The Community Justice Center is eligible for and will participate with any law school or college stipend/grant/credit program. Start and end dates are flexible.
The internship will include direct interaction with prospective and current clients including coordinating referrals, conducting intake, and participation in community events and outreach. The intern will also have the opportunity to observe court hearings.
Requirements include experience and/or interest in disability and civil rights work, experience and/or demonstrated interest in working directly with clients, experience and/or familiarity with “invisible” medical conditions, geographic familiarity with central New Jersey, and a commitment to community lawyering principles.
Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line Summer 2013 Internship. Indicate where you learned of this position, how it would benefit your personal and professional growth, and possible stipend/grant/credit options and their deadlines.
NJ Sharing Network, dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of organ and tissue donation, invites new participants. Visit www.njsharingnetwork.org or call 800-742-7365.
The Trenton Community Music School has moved into a second location and is offering classes on Saturdays. The new branch is at Ewing Presbyterian Church at 100 Scotch Road. Lessons are offered in guitar, piano, bass, clarinet, saxophone, and voice at both locations. Visit www.tcmusicschool.com.
Salvation Army seeks donations of new seasonal items for residents who are still rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Sandy. Specific items needed for all ages and sizes include seasonal clothing, sneakers, sandals, undergarments, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and swimwear. Call 888-247-0100.
Calvary Baptist Church will accept donations for its upcoming rummage sale from Monday to Friday, May 13 to 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Desirable are clean clothing in good condition, bedding, books, jewelry, toys, household items, small appliances, and tools. Do not bring anything with Freon, computer software and hardware, magazines, text books, encyclopedias typewriters, stoves, or mattresses. The rummage sale will be held Thursday to Saturday, May 30 to June 1, at 3 East Broad Street, Hopewell. Call 609-466-1880.
Call for Vendors
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South has a spring flea market on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 346 Clarksville Road, West Windsor. Rain or shine. Spaces are $15. Vendors may sell used, gently used, and new merchandise. E-mail email@example.com.
North Brunswick Woman’s Club seeks vendors for a flea market on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the North Brunswick Municipal Building, 710 Hermann Road. Rain date is Saturday, June 22. $15 for one space; $25 for two spaces. Tables will not be provided. Call 732-297-4838 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association seeks vendors and exhibitors for its 13th Annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Hopewell. Local crafts and products, art, music, photography, sculpture, will be featured. E-mail SMoran@thewatershed.org.
Weekend on a Farm
Fulper Family Farmstead is offering a weekend getaway on the farm for adults on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2. The farm is located at 281 Rocktown Lambertville Road, Lambertville. Visit www.fulperfarms.com or call 609-651-5991.
Community Justice Center seeks a disability rights advocate beginning Monday, July 1. The position will include direct interaction with prospective and current clients. After training, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to represent clients in administrative hearings.
Requirements include experience and/or demonstrated interest in disability and civil rights work; excellent writing, analytic, and public speaking skills; comfortable working directly with clients; experience and/or familiarity with “invisible” medical conditions; geographic familiarity with central New Jersey; and a commitment to community lawyering principles.
Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject line Disability Rights Advocate Position. Include where you learned of this position, how it would benefit your personal and professional growth, and salary and/or scheduling requirements.