Call for History

Mercer County is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year and invites residents, past and present, to bring historical photographs, letters, and other special documents to be scanned at one of the county’s “Participate Please” events being held throughout the year. The first takes place on Tuesday, May 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lawrence Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence. Your material will be scanned on site and originals immediately returned to the owners. Bring a flash drive if you wish to leave with a digital image.

Bring up to three items representing you, your ancestors, or the community, especially photos taken at homes, sites, and events within Mercer County. Contributors will be asked to complete a release form granting the permission to include scanned photos and papers in Mercer County’s collections and Internet archives. You will also complete a form providing information about each item scanned.

A second event is planned at the Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton, on Monday, May 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Scanning may also be done at Mercer County’s McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street, Trenton, by appointment, call 609-989-6597. Visit www.­mercer175.­org for updates.

For Dancers

Just Dance in Kingston Mall, Route 27. Kingston, has auditions for competition jazz, hip hop, and contemporary teams. Wear dance attire and shoes. Some experience necessary. Ages 7 to 12 on Monday, May 13; Ages 13 to 18 on Thursday, May 16. Visit www.­justdancenj.­com or call 609-924-5446 for details.

Volunteer Please

New Jersey Blood Services seeks volunteers to assist at blood drives. Collection teams assist donors with registration, escort them and observe for 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. Contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or rzepka@nybloodcenter.­org

Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County seeks volunteers to teach and tutor civics-focused English as a Second Language, and conduct citizenship interview preparation classes at the Long Branch Library. Contact Joanne Bartosik at 732-777-1940 or E-mail joanneb@jfvs.­org.

Home Run Series

Hopewell Township Parks & Recreation Department offers the Baseball “Home Run” Series that will run throughout the summer of 2013. Trips to see the Yankees, Mets, and Phillies play ball cost $58 per person. Transportation from Hopewell and admission to the ballgame are included.

The first game is Wednesday, June 26, to see the Yankees take on the Texas Rangers. The second Yankee game is Friday, August 30, with the Bronx Bombers taking on the Baltimore Orioles. Other games include a trip to Citi Field in New York City to see the Mets play the Phillies on Friday, July 19; and the fourth game is Friday, August 16, to see the Phillies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Call 609-737-3753.

Road Trip

Patrons of the Arts of Monroe Township present the a trip to Saratoga and Tanglewood, on Thursday to Sunday, July 25 to 28. The getaway includes performance by the Santa Fe Ballet, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s “An Evening of Mozart” conducted by Christoph Eschenbach; and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with “The Verdi Requiem” conducted by Andris Nelsons with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by John Oliver. The art element of the trip includes the Hyde Collection with a special Georgia O’Keefe exhibit; the Clark Art Institute with an exhibit of Winslow Homer; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Mount Estate and Gardens.

Double occupancy is $875; single occupancy is $1190. Price includes all tickets and entrance fees, all performances in orchestra seating, round trip premium motor coach transportation; three hotel nights at Hyatt Place, Crown Plaza, or similar; three breakfasts, three dinners, and restaurant gratuities. Medical cancellation insurance is available. Contact Atlas World Travel at 609-655-1777 or E-mail info@atlaswt.­com.

For Teens

Mercer County Teen Arts Festival will be held Friday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Mercer Community College in West Windsor. The arts education program is open to all Mercer County public, private, parochial, and home-school students in middle and high school, grades 6 through 12, ages 13 to 19.

The festival, under the direction of the Division of Culture & Heritage, spotlights the work of hundreds of teen artists and involves scores of volunteers and more than 40 professionals serving as critics. The festival will move to the gymnasium in the event of rain.

Not a contest, the event is an opportunity for young artists to develop the perceptual, intellectual, and technical skills to create works of art. The focus of the festival is not on competition but participation in performance seminars, classes, and workshops in art, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, film, and creative writing. Visitors can view visual art pieces that are currently on display outside the gallery on the second floor of the communications building.

Princeton Public Library is seeking teen volunteers to help with the library’s summer reading clubs and other activities during the summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be trained to help librarians present sessions using the Nano Science exhibit, and also to help write, stage, and act in a series of plays based on fairy tales for young children. Volunteers will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session where they will learn both how to use the library’s online registration system and customer service skills.

The positions require a commitment of 12 to 18 hours in three-hour shifts over the course of the summer. Applications must be submitted at princetonlibrary.­org/summervolunteers by Saturday, May 25. For more information call 609-924-9529 or visit www.­princetonlibrary.­org

Princeton Splash, a student organization at Princeton University, will host its first event on Saturday, April 27. High school students are invited to Princeton’s campus to take classes taught by Princeton students. More than 70 students will be running self-developed classes including “Crash Course in Neuroscience — Why Study the Brain,” “Introduction to Farsi,” “The Joys and Oddities of Meditation,” “Unlocking the Graphic Novel,” “The Chemistry of Chocolate,” “How Video Game Graphics Work,” and “Modern Cryptography.”

Pre-register at princeton.learningu.­org/learn/index.html by Wednesday, April 24. E-mail princeton@learningu.­org for more information.


South Brunswick Library offers a workshop to learn to play the Native American flute on Sunday, April 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Must be 13 or older. Music background is not necessary. $15 includes your own flute and the ability to play with other flute players and drummers at a novice level. There will be free follow-up sessions where you can learn more. The instrument is not difficult for blind and visually impaired people and one does not need to read music. One can play jazz, blues, hymns, classical, and other kinds of music. For questions or to register, call Pat Kay at 732-274-2963.

Sports for Kids

Hamilton Wildcats has tryouts for U11G Premier Team on Monday, May 6; Thursday, May 9; and Monday, May 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Park in Hamilton. Contact Warren Lewis at wlewis99@gmail.­com.

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