Volunteer Please

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are seeking volunteers to help with the Greater Mercer Heart Walk scheduled for Sunday, September 7, at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Opportunities available include helping with registration, passing out water, serving as a performer, or sharing information throughout the day. Visit www.­Mercer­County­Heart­Walk.­org or call 609-208-0020 for information.

New Brunswick Free Public Library and Conversation Tree are recruiting volunteers to facilitate the English Conversation Cafe, a literacy conversation group for people who want to learn to speak English. Prepare to facilitate intercultural conversations through a nine-week professional development series. E-mail Jessica.­hunsdon@­gse.­rutgers.­edu.

Musical Notes

Sharim v’Sharot will hold auditions on Mondays and Wednesdays in August by appointment in September. The a capella group performs Jewish music in a variety of styles and languages throughout central New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 2, and continue on Tuesdays through May in Lawrenceville. Visit www.­SharimVSharot.­com or call 609-22-CHOIR.

The New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir invites singers and would-be singers of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels to join. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday evening, September 2, at 7 p.m. at Carversville Christian Church in Carversville. No audition. Two concerts per season plus a community outreach program. Visit www.­nhslchoir.­org, E-mail rbrtawk@­comcast.­net, or call 650-219-2748 for information.

For Teens

Acting Naturally will hold open auditions for its teen youth company for actors 13 to 18. Actors will perform in one act Halloween plays, a holiday musical, and a spring show. Rehearsals are Saturdays from September to May in Morrisville, PA. Actors with experience are taught advanced acting, singing, and dancing techniques. A nine month commitment is required. $700.

E-mail Wendy@­ActingNaturally.­com or call 267-798-9165 for an audition time on Saturday, August 23. Visit www.­actingnaturally.­com for information. Bring a headshot and resume and prepare a musical theater song and a one minute monologue.

Lifeguarding

Liberty Lake offers a Red Cross lifeguarding course to participants 15 or older. Candidates must pass a pre-requisite swimming evaluation including swimming 300 yards continuously, swimming 20 yards with a surface dive 7 feet, and bring a 10 pound brick to the surface, and be able to tread water for two minutes with hands tucked in armpits.

Participants receive a certification for lifeguarding, first aid, and professional level CPR and AED. Cost is $250 with $100 deposit required. Monday to Friday, August 25 to 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Samm Meddaugh at samm@­liberty­lake­day­camp.­com or 609-499-7820.

Fitness & Health

WomenRyse offers coaches training in a two day running and yoga weekend on Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. Women who enjoy running and have practiced yoga for at least two years may turn a fitness routine into a business. $395. Call 609-924-7294.

Mental Health

CONTACT of Mercer County offers a free training course for potential volunteers for the crisis hotline. Orientation sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 South Main Street, Pennington. The course runs Tuesdays, September 9, to Tuesday, November 16.

The course teaches compassionate listening skills, telephone crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and more. Representatives from community programs and agencies present. Visit www.­contactof­mercer.­org or call 609-883-2880.

Attitudes in Reverse seeks volunteers and therapy dogs to help with International Suicide Prevention Awareness Week from September 7 to 13. Assistance is needed on Tuesday, September 9, at Ocean County Community College for an “In Their Shoes” exhibit; Wednesday, September 10, at Rider University; and Friday, September 12, at the Department of Children and Families’ Child Welfare Training Academy in New Brunswick. E-mail tricia@­attitudesinreverse.­org.

Call for Art

Artworks seeks art with a dark Halloween or horror theme for “The Art of Darkness,” an exhibit opening on Saturday, October 11, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be on view through November 1. The Monsters Ball on Saturday, October 25, has a theme of “Dark Fairytales.”

$10 submission fee for up to three entries. Cash prizes. All forms of art and craft will be considered. Paintings, mixed media, prints, and photography must be wired for hanging. Up to three entries per artist. Unframed works must be properly gallery wrapped with no rough canvas or staples showing. All work must be properly/protected and labeled with artist’s name, address, phone number, E-mail, title, price, and media.

Visit artworkstrenton.org, fill out application form, pay submission fee through Paypal, and send an E-mail to gallery@­artworkstrenton.­org with list of artwork and images attached. Subject line should read ART OF DARKNESS in caps. Image files should be JPG files from 72 to 300 dpi, no more than 10 inches in height or width. Deadline is Sunday, September 21.

Health

Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey will be hosting free Cancer Transitions series for any adult who has completed active treatment for any type of cancer. The goal of the program is to empower cancer survivors to take an active role in their recovery and bridge the gap between treatment and life following cancer.

Speakers include an oncology nurse, a clinical social worker, a registered dietitian, and a fitness expert who will offer exercises tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation, and stress management as well as tips for nutritious eating. The series includes Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know, Nutrition and Eating Adjustments after Treatment, Emotional Health and Well-Being: From Patient to Survivor, the Benefits of Exercise for Wellness, and Stress Management and Survivorship.

Locations include Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick on Thursday evenings from October 2 to November 6; and University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on Wednesday evenings from October 1 to November 5. Visit www.­cancersupportcnj.­org, E-mail klarsen@­cancersupportcnj.­org, or call 908-658-5400, ext. 104.

For Veterans

American Legion posts throughout Middlesex County are holding an early bird membership drive through Labor Day. Eligible veterans who join now will get the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 included in their membership fee.

The benefits to eligible veterans, reservists, and active duty personnel may include assistance with entitlement issues, participation in post-sponsored events, and involvement in community activities such as Boys State, American Legion baseball, Boy Scouts, programs for hospitalized veterans, Memorial and Veterans day services, and more. Members also receive discounts on hotels, car rentals, glasses, computers, insurance and prescription plans, and more. E-mail Gary Cooper at alpost401@­hotmail.­com.

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