Clothing Drive

Rescue Mission of Trenton will be collecting gently used and usable clothing, shoes, belts, ties, hats, scarves, handbags, wallets, bakpacks, linens, blankets, and more. Clothing should be placed in closed plastic bags; tie shoes together. All men’s clothing, especially work clothing is urgently needed. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, Lambertville.

Seeking Runners

Friendship Circle seeks runners for Team Friendship’s participation in Lifetime Marathon in Miami to benefit the special needs community. Participants who join commit to raise money to benefit children with special needs. Each participant is flown to Miami for the weekend and Team Friendship arranges all of their accommodations for an all-expenses-paid weekend retreat in Miami. Visit teamfriendship.­org for information.

2015 Calendars

James McPhillips is selling a calendar of paintings from Princeton and the surrounding area. Visit Lulu.­com and search for “Princeton Calendar 2015.”

Unused Prescription Meds

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, September 27. Mercer County residents can safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medicines by bringing them to the parking lot in front of the Mercer County Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street, in Trenton, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 609-989-6111 for information.

For Youth

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County presents 4-H programs for youth in kindergarten through new high school graduates. E-mail bejgrowicz@njaes.rutgers.­edu or visit http://nj4h.rutgers.­edu for more information about the Mercer County 4-H Program.

Ice Skating Begins

Mercer County’s Public Ice Skating Center opens Saturday, November 8. Located at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, it is open to the public seven days a week during the operating season, which runs from November 8 to the middle of March. The center has a full snack bar, a fireplace, lounge area, dining tables, vending machines, skate rentals, a skate sharpening service, and lockers. Public skating sessions, birthday parties, ice time for hockey, group rates, and private party rentals are available.

Registration for group skating lessons will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the center. Ticket prices are $8; skate rental is $3. Visit www.­mercercountyparks.­org or call 609-371-1669 for information.

French-English Book Club

The Alliance Francaise and the Association Francophone will be starting a French/English book club as a way for members of the two organizations to learn more about their respective cultures.

The club will meet every month or every two months depending on participants’ interest. It will feature a discussion in French on a French-language book one month and a discussion in English on an English-language book the following month. The books will be short in length and will be easily obtainable through various book vendors, such as Amazon. Membership in one of the organizations is required.

The first meeting will be held in Princeton on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a discussion in French on the novel, “Un Aller Simple” by Didier van Cauwelaert. E-mail Andrea Stine at andreastine@mac.­com for information or registration.

One Act Plays

Lawrence Library seeks plays for staged readings of one-act plays in April. Playwrights who are high school age or older and reside or work in the Delaware Valley are asked to submit their works of a staged reading, approximately 10-minutes in length for up to five actors. Deadline is Sunday, December 21. E-mail as a Word document to akerr@mcl.­org or bring to the library.

Include two title pages, one with the play title only and the other with play title and name, address, phone, and E-mail of author. The playwright’s name should not appear in the script. Call Ann Kerr 609-989-6922 for information.

For Teens

Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Emerging Artists Creativity Hub, a teen arts program for artists, ages 13 to 17. The 10-week program is held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at College of New Jersey in Ewing. Applications are due Friday, October 3, and classes begin on Saturday, October 11. Call 866-500-9265, E-mail Adam Nicolai at anicolai@yanj.­org, or visit www.­yanj-yaep.­org.

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