For Caregivers

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County has announced the launch of a new caregiver support group for those under the age of 75 who are taking care of a spouse. The non-sectarian group will provide tips, techniques, and resources to help caregivers. The group is open to the community and will be facilitated by Chaplain Beverly Rubman. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

The group begins on Tuesday, February 10, and will be held every other Tuesday from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., at the Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton. To register contact Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126

For the Young

Sarah Mook Poetry Prize has its 11th 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 Tuesday, March 31. E-mail davidmook@aol.com.

Attitudes In Reverse seeks submissions for its sixth annual T-Shirt Design Concept contest with students’ creative ideas for communicating the importance of seeking help for mental health disorders. AIR was established by Tricia, Kurt, and Katelyn Baker of Plainsboro in 2010, soon after their son/brother Kenny completed suicide following a long battle against severe depression and anxiety. Their mission is to save lives by educating students about mental health, related disorders, and suicide prevention.

“Students are the best resources for learning how to best communicate to them and their peers, and this contest is an excellent way to foster this essential communication,” says Shauna Moses, a member of AIR’s Board of Directors.

“Even before the winning design concepts are selected, the contest helps build awareness by engaging students in developing creative ways to communicate our message,” says Moses. “We strongly encourage health and art instructors, as well as other teachers and schools’ administrative staff, to invite students to participate in this contest.”

Prizes are an iPad for first place; iPod for second place; and iPod shuffle for third place. The deadline is Friday, March 6. Visit www.attitudesinreverse for information and registration information.

Audition

Pennington Players has auditions for “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a comedy by Steve Martin that imagines what might have happened if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Parisienne bar in 1904. Both are on the verge of their greatest achievements as they discuss the nature of talent and genius. Auditions are Thursday, January 29, 7 to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 1, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Visit www.penningtonplayers.org for audition forms, monologues. and information. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be seen on a time-available basis. Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications building adjacent to Kelsey Theater. E-mail auditions@penningtonplayers.org for more information.

Call for Art

Monmouth County Park System seeks art in all mediums for its inaugural Spring Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3. Submit images for consideration into the show. The cost to enter is $15 per person. Entries may be submitted online or by mail along with a CD of your work, entry form, and fee. Rules and entry form are available at www.monmouthcountyparks.com. Entry deadline is February 16.

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