Many sites throughout Mercer County offer free income tax preparation assistance to help residents prepare and file their 2014 taxes. The deadline for filing 2014 tax returns for both state and federal taxes is Wednesday, April 15.
AARP Foundation provides Tax-Aides to assist people with low to moderate incomes at Mercer County Connection, libraries, and other sites. Visit www.aarp.org for information. Most request registration.
East Windsor Senior Center, 40 Lanning Boulevard, East Windsor; Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 609-371-7192.
Ewing Library, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing; Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 609-882-3130.
Hamilton Senior Center, 409 Cypress Lane, Hamilton; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 609-890-3686.
Lawrence Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence; Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. Call 609-882-9246.
Lawrence Senior Center, 30 East Darrah Lane, Lawrence; Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 609-844-7048.
Mercer County Connection, 957 Route 33, Hamilton; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 609-890-9800.
Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. English/Spanish bilingual assistance. Walk-ins welcome.
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton; Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 609-924-9529.
Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 609-924-7108.
Robbinsville Library, 42 Allentown Robbinsville Road, Robbinsville; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 609-259-2150.
RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 609-584-5900.
West Windsor Senior Center, 271 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction; Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. English, Chinese, and Mandarin bilingual assistance. Call 609-799-9068.
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sites in Mercer County offers free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. Visit www.irs.gov/Individuals for information.
Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society has auditions for “The Mikado” on Sunday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. The auditions will be held in the choir room of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 84 East Oakland Avenue, Doylestown, PA. All roles are open, and the group also seeks ensemble singers and backstage help. All positions are volunteer. Performances of The Mikado will be in June. Contact Lee Milhous at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition and for more information about audition requirements.
Fresh Air Fund seeks volunteer host families for the summer. An independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. The children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with the program through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Visit www.freshair.org or call 908-420-6194 for information.
Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University is hosting a food drive to benefit Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. Bring your canned and boxed goods to Cotsen (in Firestone Library). The food drive runs through Thursday, February 12.
Suggested donation items (no glass) include canned vegetables, chunk light tuna, beans, soup: fruit and pudding cups, cereal, peanut butter, pasta, juice boxes, coffee, tea, boxed macaroni and cheese, and granola bars. Call 609-258-2697 for information.
NAMI offers several classes this spring. Family to Family is a 12 week class for family members of adults with mental illness. The first class is Thursday, February 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. NAMI Basics is a six week class for parents or primary caregivers of children or adolescents with challenging behaviors. Classes begin in early March. WRAP, a wellness recovery wellness plan for people recovering from mental illness, is an eight session workshop beginning on Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. All classes are at 3371 Brunswick Pike, Suite 124, Lawrenceville. Visit www.namimercer.org or call 609-799-8994.
For the Young
Old Barracks Museum invites New Jersey’s fourth and fifth grade students to participate in George Washington’s Birthday Essay Contest. Two winners from each grade will be invited to meet the Father of Our Country, share his birthday cake, and enjoy a complimentary tour of the museum with their immediate families. Entries must be received by Friday, February 6. The winning essays will be chosen based on content, style, originality, and grammar. Winners will be notified by phone and/or mail by Wednesday, February 11. Visit www.barracks.org or call 609-396-1776 for information.
Terhune Orchards offers two day camps for ages 7 to 12 to experience life on the farm. Future Farmers Gardening camp has one week sessions beginning July 6 and 27, and August 3. Summer Camp on the Farm begins July 13 and 20. Camp sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each weekday. Visit terhuneorchards.com or call 609-924-2310 for information.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a scholarship challenge for advanced middle school students. Every eligible seventh grade student who successfully completes one of the five selected edX courses will secure a semi-finalist position in the Young Scholars Program.
The program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing middle school students with financial need, includes individualized academic advising, financial support, and a pathway to the foundation’s $40,000 per year college scholarship. Visit www.jkcf.org/edx for the list of online courses and for more information.
Mercer Council has recently received a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to offer two research-based prevention education programs to Mercer County schools and youth groups. They include Botvin’s Life Skills Training Program and Protecting You/Protecting Me. Call 609-396-5874, ext. 204 for more information about bringing the programs to your school or youth group.