ALS Awareness

Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, founder and CEO of Hope Loves Company, is the author of her first children’s book, “The Stars That Shine,” designed to help children who are coping with a parent battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Hope Loves Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting children and young adults who have family members living with ALS.

The book will be introduced to readers at the first Hope Loves Company Kids’ Camp in May. Children and young adults who have parents battling ALS are invited, at no charge, to attend the camp. It will be held Friday to Sunday, May 3 to 5, at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps in Stillwater Township.

The camp offers hikes, games, zip line, rock climbing, and more. Counselors will also be available for children who want to seek support. Even more important, children attending will all have something in common and can build new friendships and feel less alone in their challenges. E-mail hopelovescompany@gmail.­com.

Food Tasting

Hamilton Township’s Economic Development Advisory Commission seeks food tasters for the annual “Taste of Hamilton,” in which area restaurants present samples of their foods. The event will be held at Seward Johnson Center for Arts at Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, on Monday, May 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Restaurants may register to attend with a $100 deposit — reimbursed following their participation at the event. Register at www.­HTEDAC.eventbrite.­com or call Kevin Collins at 609-203-2970.

Date Night

George Street Playhouse offers a date night package of two premium seats to “Venus in Fur,” two glasses of wine and a box of Thomas Sweet chocolates. $100 to $149. Call 732-246-7717.

Create Art

Art All Night-Trenton, Artworks, I Am Trenton Community Foundation, and Jerry’s Artarama present “The Big Draw,” the fifth annual art making day on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Create art at three locations in Trenton, all stocked with free art materials to create a piece for Art All Night. Each venue will host workshops and activities that encourage children and families to experiment, play, communicate, and collaborate through drawing. Locations include Artworks, 19 Everett Alley; NJ Gallery, 219 219 Hanover Street; and Ellarslie City Museum, Cadwalader Park. Visit www.­artworkstrenton.­org.

For Veterans

Mercer County offers free ID cards to veterans during the weeks of Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. The requirements include Mercer County residency for at least six months, a valid birth certificate with a raised seal or a naturalization certificate, a valid NJ motor vehicle license, voter registration card, or lease agreement. To have military veteran status designated on the ID card, veterans must also produce or register their DD-214 honorable discharge papers with the county clerk’s office. Call 609-278-7108.

Are You Ready?

National Hurricane Preparedness Week begins Sunday, May 26, and residents are advised to plan and prepare for potential tropical storms this summer and fall. The hurricane season usually runs from June 1 through November 30, though the peak time for hurricane and tropical storm activity in New Jersey is mid-August through the end of October.

Prepare by putting together a kit of emergency supplies that includes a three-day supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat food; a three-day supply of water (a total of 3 gallons per family member); a battery-operated radio and extra batteries; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a first aid kit. Make a plan for what you and your family will do during an emergency. Register for the emergency notification system at https://mercercounty.onthealert.­com. Visit www.­ready.nj.gov/plan/hurricane-before.html.

Good Cause

Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County are accepting honors of your mother or father, people who gifted you with the legacy of literacy. Your donation will provide the gift of reading to adults in our community. A card acknowledging your gift will be sent and your donation will be listed on Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit www.­mercerliteracy.­org, call 609-587-6027, or E-mail Victorialvmercer@verizon.­net. The deadline for Mother’s Day cards is Monday, May 6. The deadline for Father’s Day cards is Monday, June 10.

Volunteer Please

Roebling Museum is looking for volunteers to assist with archiving the museum’s collection, staffing the museum galleries and special events, and working at the visitor services desk. Training about procedures, museum interpretation techniques, and the history of Roebling will be provided. Volunteers receive six museum passes to the site each year and are invited to exhibition openings.

The museum, located on Second Avenue in Roebling, is dedicated to telling the story of John A. Roebling’s Sons Co., the historic village of Roebling, and the family’s innovations and technological achievements. Contact Erica Harvey at 609-499-7200 or E-mail erica.harvey@roeblingmuseum.­org, or apply at www.­roeblingmuseum.­org/support/volunteer.

Washington Crossing Audubon Society presents an educational program series targeted for the adult beginning birder. Visit nearby birding hotspots, get advice from experienced local birders, and improve your birding skills.

The birding programs will be Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m., at Baldpate Mountain; Sunday, June 2, at 8 a.m., also at Baldpate Mountain; and Sunday, June 9, at 8 a.m., at the Pole Farm. Send at E-mail to fieldtrips@washingtoncrossing­audubon.­org with the number of participants for registration and payment instructions. No prior birding experience necessary, and binoculars and field guides will be provided. Register by Wednesday, May 22. $15 fee includes a one-year membership to the Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

For Nurses Only

RWJ Hamilton invites all nurses, currently working, retired or students, to attend a free showing of the new documentary “Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now!” The showing will be held on Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness.

The film is told through the eyes and voices of nurses. From the bedside to the board room, this film explores the complex, exciting and challenging world of being a nurse, the many different roles that nurses play and the realities of nursing. Register at 609-584-5900.

Musical Notes

Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale has auditions for boys and girls in grades 3 to 9. The concert choir travels to Denver, Colorado, in June. Visit www.­hvychorale.­org or call 609-651-5474 for information.

Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra offers a summer program for pianists and string players in middle and high schools. The classes will be held at the Lawrenceville School from Wednesday, June 26, to Saturday, July 6. E-mail bravura.summer@gmail.­com or call 609-806-3919.

Mrs. New Jersey

America

Applications are invited for the Mrs. New Jersey Competition being held June 22 and 23 in Atlantic City. The competition includes an interview, evening gown, and swimsuit. There is no talent category. Contestants must be a New Jersey resident for at least three months, be at least 18, be married, and be a U.S. citizen. Visit mrsnewjerseyamerica.­com.

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