Volunteer Please

Arts Council of Princeton seeks volunteers for Communiversity Festival of the Arts on Sunday, April 27, 1 to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Volunteers are needed in set up, break down, activities, guest services, greeters, map distribution, information booth, and more.

All volunteers must attend one of the following mandatory orientations for training. They will be held on Friday, April 11, from 4 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, April 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Call 609-924-8777 or visit www.­artscouncil­of­princeton.­org to register.

It’s Prom Time

One Simple Wish will offer free prom gowns to teens in foster care and those in need for the fourth year. All gently worn gowns, including designer gowns from brands like Vera Wang and BCBG, as well as many gowns with tags still attached, are available for everyone else for $10 at the Wish Shop at 228 Scotch Road in Ewing. Costume jewelry, clutches, shoes, and scarves are also available, all for less than $5. The shop is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through June 14.

“We strive to give everyone who comes to our shop a true boutique experience,” says Danielle Gletow, founder and executive director of One Simple Wish. “While we appreciate any donation, we make an effort to stock the shop with the best of the best in style gowns. We rarely see someone leave without finding a dress.”

One Simple Wish is seeking volunteers to staff the shop 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 for information on volunteering or donating goods or services.

Summer is Coming

West Windsor Arts Council offers scholarships to summer programs. Scholarships are open to any child in need who lives in the region and can provide their own transportation to camp. Donors can also choose to fund a share of a camp or class in smaller amounts. A donation of $400 can fully fund a week of camp for a needy child, including all art materials, snacks, and daily lunch.

Bisgaier says, “We are hopeful that we’ll be able to secure funding to provide camps for at least 10 children this year,” says Corinna Bisgaier, director of education. “I hope that once community members see how their dollars can impact children’s lives, they’ll be thrilled to donate to this cause.”

Call 609-716-1931, E-mail corinna@westwindsorarts.­org, or visit www.­WestWindsorArts.­org for more information.

Italian Lessons

Mercer County Italian American Festival Association will be continuing its Italian lessons beginning Wednesday, April 9. The course also includes facets of the Italian heritage. Call 609-631-7544 to register.


Princeton Area Community Foundation is offering scholarships for high school students to participate in the work of their communities through the Rebecca Annitto Service Opportunities for Students Fund. Recognizing that students sometimes must choose between working for pay and an enriching volunteer experience, the fund offers three awards of $2,000 each to allow motivated, service-oriented young people paid work experiences at nonprofits.

Annitto thought it would be great if students could find local volunteer opportunities that matched their interests, abilities, and schedule. She died in a car crash in 2005 at the age of 14.

Submit a resume or overview of your activities and volunteer commitments; a one-page essay describing the opportunity you want to pursue and why it is meaningful to you, including contact information for a staff member at the proposed employer who can verify the details of your project; and a letter of recommendation from a person familiar with your prior volunteer work.

Send to the SOS Fund, Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648. Deadline is Friday, May 2.

Nominations Invited

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are seeking nominations for the American Heartsaver Awards. The awards recognize individuals who make a rescue effort to save the life of someone experiencing a cardiac emergency or people, organizations, and businesses that take extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival.

The awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 4, at the Conference Center at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness in Mercerville. Call 609-223-3734 or visit www.­heart.­org/newjersey for information. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 30.

PlanSmart NJ is accepting nominations for the annual dinner awards to highlight the work of individuals or organizations that have promoted smart growth initiatives. The award categories include regional and community planning, outstanding individual leadership, environmental achievement, resource efficiency achievement, economic development achievement, and regional equity achievement.

The independent, non-profit planning, education, and research organization is committed to improving the quality of community life through the advancement of sound land use planning and regional cooperation. Visit www.­plansmartnj.­org for information. Deadline is Friday, April 11.

Mental Illness

NAMI Mercer is accepting registrations for Family-to-Family, a free, 12-week education course for adult family members of persons living with mental illness. The curriculum covers the biology of brain disorders, recent developments in brain research related to mental illness, and the latest medication and treatment options. Families also learn how to cope with the stress of caregiving and how best to advocate for their loved ones.

Classes begin on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1985 Pennington Road, Ewing. Call 609-799-8994 or E-mail home@namimercer.­org for information or registration.

For Young Musicians

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra has open auditions for the 2014-2015 concert season. The orchestras include Prep Winds/Prep Strings for students with at least one year of instrumental study; and Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra, both full symphonic orchestras. All ensembles are led by artistic director Kawika Kahalehoe or conductor Arvin Gopal.

A choir for high school voices will be performing diverse literature under the direction of conductor Jennifer Sengin. Visit www.­gpyo.­org/auditions to complete the online form and register for an audition. E-mail Mark Morris at mmorris.gpyo@gmail.­com.

Parade Time

Hopewell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Unit will host the annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 25. “This is the oldest Memorial Day parade in the state,” says the press release. “Floats from businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate.” E-mail hopewellparade@gmail.­com or call 609-466-0060 x323 for information. Floats are encouraged.


NAMI New Jersey Expressive Arts Poetry Program is hosting a poetry contest and readers may vote on the top 10 poems. The top three poems will receive cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 respectively.

The theme is mental health. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines. All poems should be original and unpublished. Entries should be typewritten and contain a cover letter with your name and contact information. No name should be in or on the poem itself.

Send to NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick 08902 or E-mail to jacquesearmstrong@hotmail.­com. Deadline is Wednesday, April 30.

Grants for Trenton

Trenton Historical Society is accepting applications for its sixth annual Restore Trenton! Historic Property Rehabilitation Grant Program grant round. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 16, and grants will be awarded in June.

Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 are to promote the preservation and restoration of eligible historic properties within the city of Trenton. The program provides funding for the completion of qualified exterior restoration work. Eligible properties must be 50 years of age or older and in residential use. Preference is given to properties owned by Trenton residents and those within designated historic districts.

Funding is limited to exterior projects including rehabilitation, restoration, and major repairs (but not ongoing maintenance) of architectural details and features. Recipients are subject to compliance with certain preservation and rehabilitation standards, and projects are subject to approval and inspection by THS.

Visit www.­trentonhistory.­org, E-mail society@trentonhistory.­org, or call 609-396-4478.

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