Donate Please

The NJ Sharing Network is an organization that works to connect organ donors with recipients. Mollie Rubinstein, team captain of Linda’s Home Team, seeks funding for her team in conjunction with the upcoming annual 5K run. Rubinstein founded the team in conjunction with her younger sister’s kidney transplant in 2011. Her new kidney came from the NJ Sharing Network.

The walk and run begin on Sunday, June 8, at 10 a.m., at NJ Sharing Network Headquarters, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence. The family oriented day includes music, awards, prizes, and activities. E-email 5K@NJ­Shar­ing­Network.­org, call 908-514-1761, or visit 5k.nj­sharingnetwork.­org.

Nominations Invited

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association seek nominations for the American Heartsaver awards to 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 Friday, June 4, at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness’s conference center, in Mercerville. Call 609-223-3734 or visit www.­heart.­org/newjersey for information. Nominations are by Wednesday, April 30.

Good Causes

Bag of Bones Barkery allows customers to round up their transactions to the nearest dollar to benefit local animal rescue organizations. April and May donations benefit The Shelter Animal Project and Pet Rescue of Mercer, respectively. The store is located at 364 Route 33, Hamilton. Call 609-528-0101, E-mail info@bagofbonesbarkery.­com, or visit www.­bagofbonesbarkery.­com for information.

Imagine a Better World’s new label, Stone Soup Records, is releasing “American Made,” a new 20 song CD to benefit groups that do important work to support our troops. (It will sell for $19.99). “I am very fortunate to have been around the Beatles and with Stone Soup we all contribute what we can for the benefit of everyone involved,” says Lon Van Eaton, a writer, producer, and recording artist. “It’s an on-going way of giving back.”

His album, “Brother,” was produced by George Harrison. “When I first met George it was the day before the Concert for Bangladesh, say Van Eaton. “I was honored and inspired to follow in his footsteps and founded Imagine a Better World Productions in 1985.” Van Eaton is also looking for original songs and investors in the project. E-mail lonvaneaton@gmail.­com for information.

Trenton Election

Mercer County, anticipating a high turnout for the Trenton Municipal Election, will be offering extended hours for those that wish to vote-by-mail prior to Election Day on Tuesday, May 13. The County Clerk’s office will be open on Sunday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, May 7, until 8 p.m.; and Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Board of Elections will be open an hour longer for those wishing to return their completed ballots on these dates.

The Mercer County Clerk’s Election Office is located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton. Vote-By-Mail ballots must be received by the clerk’s election office no later than Tuesday, May 6. Voters may visit the office and vote in person through Monday, May 12, at 3 p.m. Visit www.­NJElections.­org to download an application or for more information.

Web Chat

Princeton HealthCare System offers a webinar about bariatric surgery on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. Lisa Dobruskin, M.D., a board certified surgeon specializing in weight-loss procedures, will discuss the benefits including diabetes, high blood pressure, infertility, and sleep apnea, and respond to questions from online audience members. Visit www.­ustream.tv/princetonhealth to participate in the free event. Register by phone at 888-897-8979 or visit www.­princetonhcs.­org/calendar.

For Young Singers

Princeton Festival offers a youth chorus workshop on Thursday, June 19, to Saturday, June 28. The 10 day choral training program for students in grades 6 to 12 is directed by Steven M. Fisher of the Keystone State Boychoir. Audition date is Saturday, May 3. Visit princetonfestival.­org/youthchorus or E-mail youthchorus@princetonfestival.­org for information.

Volunteer Please

CONTACT of Mercer County provides compassionate, confidential, telephone listening, and referral services to people in crisis. The next crisis hotline volunteer training begins Tuesday, May 20, and running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Wednesday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 South Main Street, Pennington.

Classes are open to anyone age 18 or older who is motivated to help others. References are required before actual volunteer work begins. The course is free with the understanding that the trainee must volunteer 100 hours within one year of completing the course. Deposit for crisis line training is $150, reimbursable after 100 hours of service within the first year. For those who wish to take the training for personal growth, without the obligation to volunteer, the fee for the course is $150. Visit www.­contactofmercer.­org for information.

Summer Programs

South Brunswick Community Education offers summer program for residents of surrounding areas. Day camps offer 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. care with activities, entertainment, and trips from Monday, June 30, to Friday, August 15. There are enrichment camps with engineering, woodworking, cooking, reading, writing, math, cheerleading, drawing, music, dance, theater, and more. Sports camps include wrestling, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, tennis, softball, cross country, and field hockey. Visit www.­sbschools.­org for information or to register online.

Hope Loves Company Camp, a sleepover retreat for children and young adults who have parents battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), is scheduled for Friday to Sunday, June 6 to 8, at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp in Stillwater. The program is free for children and grandchildren of ALS patients in the tri-state area and beyond.

Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, president and founder of Hope Loves Company, began planning the camp in 2011 after realizing the lack of resources available for children of ALS patients. Her own three children — now all young adults — lost a parent to ALS before turning 12, so she knows from personal experience how ALS affects a family, especially children. Visit www.­hopelovescompany.­com or E-mail hopelovescompany@gmail.­com for information and registration.

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