For the Young

American Red Cross will be holding Youth Leadership conference Monday to Thursday, August 3 to 6, at 707 Alexander Road in West Windsor. The four-day conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to students entering grades 9 to 12. Student attendees will receive a certificate for 24 hours of community service.

“In addition to learning the life-saving skills of CPR, the conferences offer students the opportunity to develop skills in effective leadership, communication, project planning, and diversity awareness through a variety of activities during the week,” said Michelle Esposito, director of volunteer services with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region.

Participants will receive Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED training and certification. Exploring Humanitarian Law engages students with hands-on activities and thought-provoking discussions as they explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity in wartime. The Be Red Cross Ready course teaches students how to help their communities prepare for and respond to emergencies, Exploring Cultural Diversity, lessons in Government Relations and Civic Responsibility and information about how to start a Red Cross Club, are also included.

The cost of $150 includes lunch and snacks. Visit redcross.­org/­NorthJerseyRegion to register.


Somerset Valley Playhouse at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, has auditions for “Breaking Legs” on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. The director is seeking five men in the 40s or 50s, and one woman in her late 20s for the madcap comedy. Visit www.­svptheatre.­org or call 908-369-7469 for information.

Donate Please

Good Grief opened in Princeton to support the grieving kids and families of Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The programs have grown to support more than 100 children and teens each month, as well as a three-month wait list for programs.

The organization, seeking to have a permanent home at 5 Mapleton Road, Plainsboro, is requesting monetary donations to purchase the home and continue expanding. Donations of skills, talent, or furniture are also invited. E-mail mapleton@good-grief.­org for information.

Call for Art

Historic Hopewell Train Station seeks art for “Yart Sale” during the town wide yard sales on Saturday, June 13, 8 a.m. to late afternoon. Vendor spaces are available indoors for artworks in any medium as well as art materials. $25. Rain or shine. E-mail debbiereichard@yahoo.­com to register.

TV Classes

Princeton TV offers upcoming classes to be held at 1 Monument Drive, Princeton. Contact Sharyn Murray at 609-252-1963 for information and registration.

Editing Basics, Thursdays, May 28 to July 16, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Taught by film maker and editor Andrea Odezynska, this class covers navigating Final Cut Pro X. You will learn basic editing skills, and have the opportunity to put together your own short clips, as well as polish your editing technique.

Video Camera Basics, Tuesday, June 2, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Taught by Sharyn Alice Murray, this class covers the basics of operating PCTV’s video equipment. How to set up, create shots, and position the camera. Completion of this course is mandatory for anyone looking to borrow PCTV cameras.

Lighting Basics, Tuesday, June 9, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Taught by David Kelly Crow, the class will cover the basics of lighting for field and in studio production. Including what light size, type, and positioning to use for all your projects. For beginners, or those needing to brush up on their lighting knowledge. This class is mandatory before taking out any PCTV lighting equipment.

For the Young

Middlesex County 4-H offers a day camp for boys and girls who have completed grades 3 through 6. Monday to Friday, July 20 to 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 645 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.

Daily activities include rocketry, theater, archery, scrapbooking, dance, cheerleading, wilderness survival, and biking. Friday night includes an optional sleepover with campfire and dinner. $170 includes program materials, lunch, T-shirt, and field trip. Extended days are available. Call 732-398-5261 for information and registration.

For High Schoolers

Raritan Valley Community College offers a summer health care career program for high school students interested in learning more about nursing or other healthcare careers. Summer H.E.A.T (Healthcare Exploration and Training), will be held Monday to Friday, July 6 to 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The first day at the Branchburg campus includes orientation and a lab day. The next four days are based at Hunterdon Medical Center where students will shadow staff members in nursing, laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, dietary, and respirator therapy. $200 includes lunches and hospital uniforms. E-mail Alison Campoli at acampoli@raritanval.­edu for information.


NJ Federation of Republican Women, through its affiliation with the National Federation of Republican Women, seek nominees for scholarships benefiting young Republican women. The deadline is Monday, June 1.

College sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as students enrolled in masters programs, are eligible to apply. Three scholarships will also be awarded to undergraduate students majoring in political science, government, or economics.

Applications must include the completed form, three letters of recommendation, an official copy of the applicant’s college transcript, two one-page typed essays, and an optional photograph. Send to NJ Federation of Republican Women, Box 901, Pennington 08534. E-mail info@njfrw.­org for information.

Clothing Drive

Hair Plus in West Windsor seeks donations of women’s business and business-casual clothes to benefit the Mercer County chapter of Dress for Success. Bring clean clothing on hangers or folded in shopping bags to 195 Princeton-Hightstown Road (Southfield Shopping Center) during business hours through Tuesday, June 9. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

Clothing is needed for all sizes for spring, summer, and all-weather including suits, blazers, dress pants and slacks, skirts, business appropriate shoes, blouses, sweater sets and tops, handbags, jewelry, scarves, and accessories. Clothing will not be accepted in garbage bags. Donations of heavy wool suits or coats will be accepted at this time by the charity.

“We chose Dress for Success for our spring charitable drive this year for a few reasons,” said Debbie Meredith, co-owner of Hair Plus. “First, the organization is helping women to improve their lives by providing clothing and career counseling to those in need. Many women being helped are single, working mothers or women in their 50s who were down-sized in their careers. Second, we have clients who volunteer with the Dress for Success organization, so we chose the organization to show our support and admiration for their efforts. Third, we all need a little push to clean out our closets, so why not support a good cause and receive a charitable donation in exchange for a little work?” Call 609-240-3498 for information.

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