Volunteer Please

New Jersey Clean Communities seeks volunteers for its second annual clean water challenge. It raises environmental awareness through community-based events throughout the state to clean up our waterways. Clean-ups will take place between March 1 and April 30. Groups and individuals may register at njclean.­org. Volunteers will be honored at the annual awards dinner on Friday, May 23, at Lambertville Station in Lambertville.

Poetry Prize

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize has its tenth annual student poetry contest. The awards are: $100 first prize, $50 second prize, $25 third prize in each of four categories: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth, sixth through eighth, and ninth through twelfth grade.

The organization has received more than 10,000 poems from students throughout the United States, awarded nearly $7,000 in prizes to young poets, and donated more than $3,000 to Saint Joseph’s Indian School and to Smile Train.

Enter two poems of any length, on any subject, any style. Poems must be typed or word-processed. The student’s name, address, or school should not appear on the poems. Include a typed cover sheet with student name, address, grade level, school name, and the poem title. Home schoolers are welcome.

Teachers: When submitting a class set of poems, include your full name, name of the school, a list of student names, their poem titles, grade level for each student, contact information for the school, and a self addressed stamped envelope and your E-mail address to receive the results.

Donations payable to Sarah Mook Outreach Fund are requested to benefit Smile Train, an organization providing free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries. Send to Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, 896 Ferncliff Road, Poultney, VT 05764. The deadline is Monday, March 31. E-mail davidmook@aol.­com.

For Teens

At the Well is accepting applications for its Young Women’s Leadership Academy. It will be held at Princeton University, Sunday, July 27, to Friday, August 8. The program is geared towards minority girls entering tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades. Leadership skills, academic achievement, motivation, improved essay writing, and more focused on. Scholarships are available. Application deadline is Monday, March 31. Call 646-592-1488 or visit www.­atthe­well­conferences.­org.

Nominations Invited

Home Instead Senior Care invites nominations to honor a senior’s volunteer efforts. Nominees must complete at least 15 hours of volunteer service per month. The national winner receives a $5,000 donation to a non-profit charity of choice and $500 donations will be payable for the state winners. Deadline is Saturday, March 1. Visit www.­salutetoseniorservice.­com for rules and application.

Dance Lessons

Dancing by the Peddie Lake offers instruction in swing, foxtrop, waltz, and Latin dancing. The four-week class begins Thursday, March 6. Beginner classes at 7:30 p.m. and intermediate classes at 8:30 p.m. $60 per person. Call Candace Woodward-Clough at 732-995-4284 or E-mail candaceclough1987@yahoo.­com.

Chi Running

PEAC offers a Chi Running on Saturday, March 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. The clinic will be led by David Stretanski. A combination of running with the principles and mind-body awareness of Tai Chi, the session includes demonstrations, exercises, and technique drills. A video gait analysis is also included to show individuals their own posture and body in motion. For all levels of runners, teens and adults. $120. Visit www.­chirunning.­com, E-mail csalmon@PEAC­health­fit­ness.­com, or call 609-883-2000. PEAC is located at 1440 Lower Ferry Road in Ewing.

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