Valentine’s Day

Princeton Garden Statesmen Barbershop Chorus presents singing Valentines Thursday to Saturday, February 13 to 15, at the location of your choice. $75 includes two love songs sung by a quartet dressed in tuxedos, a personalized Valentine’s card with your message, a rose, and a souvenir photo of the event. Visit www.­menwhosing.­org or call 888-636-4449 to register.

Emergency Training

Mercer County and Mercer County Community College present a course on personal emergency preparedness training beginning Wednesday, February 12. Community Emergency Response Team training is designed to teach people how to take care of themselves and their families and assist neighbors in a large-scale disaster or emergency. The course includes nine Wednesday evenings of classroom instruction.

Upon completion of the training, students will receive a CERT bag with basic safety equipment and have the ability to join their municipal-based CERT program. Tuition is provided through the Mercer County Homeland Security Grant. Visit mccc.­edu.

Call for Art

Mercer Community College Gallery seeks entries for “Mercer County Artists 2014.” Open to artists aged 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County. Artists may enter up to two original works completed since March, 2012, in any media except photography. Works need to be dropped off on Saturday, March 1, between 9:30 a.m. and noon at the West Windsor campus. Works that are not accepted should be picked up between 3:30 to 5 p.m.

More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded, including purchase awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Artwork selected for purchase awards will become part of the county’s permanent collection. Visit www.­mccc.­edu/gallery for a full prospectus.

South Brunswick Arts Commission invites artists to submit work in all media for a juried exhibit on the theme “New Jersey’s Natural Wonders” by Friday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. Share your favorite works depicting miles of coastline, rivers, and lakes; marshes and pinelands; and state and national parks. Visit www.­sbarts.­org or call 732-329-4000, ext. 7635.

For Teens

Rochester Institute of Technology invites high school students with deafness or hearing problems to compete in the Spirit Writing Contest. Students may compete in writing, digital arts, film, and animation contests. The deadline to enter either competition is Monday, March 17.

The SpiRIT Writing Contest encourages deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students to use the power of the written word. Winners receive their choice of a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future, a six-day summer career exploration program, or $500. Visit www.­rit.­edu/NTID/WritingContestNR. E-mail WritingContest@ntid.rit.­edu, or call 585-475-7695.

The second national competition is the annual Digital Arts, Film, and Animation Competition for high school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Students in grades 9 to 12 can compete for a $250 cash prize in categories including film, graphic media, interactive media, photo imaging, 3-D animation, and web design. Students may submit up to two entries. Visit www.­rit.­edu/NTID/ArtsNR.

Drama

Actors’ NET of Bucks County seeks theater lovers for its Play Reading Committee. Requirements are love of the theater, and time for reading plays and periodic meetings. Contact Marco Newton at marco714@verizon.­net by Saturday, February 15.

For Singers

Jersey Transit is looking for a soprano 2 voice to add to its ensemble. The ideal candidate can sight-read, learn independently, and have a cappella experience. E-mail info@jerseytransit.­org

For the Young

Attitudes In Reverse seeks entries for its fifth Annual T-Shirt Design Concept contest with a focus on creative ideas for communicating the importance of seeking help for mental health disorders. AIR, a Plainsboro based nonprofit, is dedicated to educating students about mental health, related disorders, and suicide prevention. Its aim is to eliminate stigma, fear, and embarrassment about mental health disorders so that individuals who experience symptoms can recognize them and be comfortable seeking help to prevent the disorders from interfering with their lives.

Entries are due Monday, March 31. Visit www.­attitudesinreverse.­org. All contestants will be recognized during the third annual Miki & Friends Walk & Run for AIR event on Saturday, May 17, at Mercer County Park in West Windsor.

Volunteer Please

American Red Cross seeks volunteers to assist victims of disasters such as house fires and floods, greet blood donors at blood drives, communicate information to members of the Armed Forces and their families, and help individuals and communities learn how to be prepared for disasters.

Contact Joelle Piercy, volunteer manager, at 609-951-2123, joelle.piercy@redcross.­org, or at 707 Alexander Road, West Windsor.

For Families

Howell Farm is accepting applications for parent/child enrollment in its spring hatchery program designed to introduce children to life on the farm, while parents volunteer time helping the farm staff work with spring visitation groups and various other chores. The 12-week program runs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., beginning March 19 to 21. One parent must join the farm’s staff in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. No experience is necessary. Parents with two children must have another adult to cover for the second child.

Children aged 3 to 5 years may participate in the program, which includes activities such as feeding and watering animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, crafts, and a hayride. Parents may enroll by attending an organizational meeting on Wednesday, February 19, or Tuesday, February 25, both at 1 p.m. Meetings are intended for parents only and last about an hour. Reservations are not required.

Applications will not be accepted by mail or over the phone. Contact Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299 or visit www.­howellfarm.­org.

Politics

Mercer County Republication Committee is seeking candidates for the November election for sheriff, full time position for $135,000; and two freeholder seats, part-time for $27,000. Send a letter of intent and a resume to Lisa Richford at lrichford424@yahoo.­com.

For Singles

Professional and Business Singles Network present a cruise to Alaska on the Golden Princess on Friday, May 30, to Saturday, June 7. E-mail PBSNgatherings@aol.­com or visit www.­PBSNinfo.­com.

Donate Please

Goodwill Home Medical Equipment accepts no longer needed home medical equipment such as wheelchairs, canes, shower benches, hospital beds, and more. Items may be dropped off at the GHME store at 18 Arctic Parkway, Ewing, or at any Goodwill Store in the South Jersey and Philadelphia region.

Pick-up for large items (wheelchairs or beds) may be arranged. All donations are transported to the Goodwill Home Medical Store in Ewing for refurbishing. All donors will receive a tax receipt. Visit www.­goodwillhomemedical.­org or call 609-396-1513.

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