Honor Yoga Therapeutics offers workshops, classes, and private instruction, to make yoga accessible and available to anyone who wants to benefit from the practice of yoga while recovering from, or living with, any injury or illness. Modifications and options will be created through the use of breath work (pranayama), poses (asana), and meditation. Visit www.honoryoga.com for information.
Sports for Causes
Children’s Home Society of New Jersey has been named one of the charity partners of the Trenton Half Marathon, 10K and 5K on Saturday, November 7. Run in the 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), or 13.1 miles to benefit at-risk babies, children, and families of CHSofNJ. There will be a health and wellness expo, live entertainment, and children’s events. Register. $150. Visit www.crowdrise.com/CHSofNJTrentonHalf, E-mail email@example.com, or call 609-695-6274, ext.168.
Vacation Bible School
Princeton United Methodist Church offers a “Love Your Neighbor” concept for vacation Bible school Tuesday to Thursday, August 11 to 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m. for preschoolers through sixth grade students. The sessions begin with a family meal.
Children will play games and make crafts related to the stories of Sarah and Abraham (hospitality), Ruth and Naomi (loyalty), the Good Samaritan (kindness), and do mission projects and learn about children in Nepal, Liberia, and Fiji. Free. Visit www.princetonumc.org, call 609-924-2613, or E-mail Kaleigh@princetonumc.org for information.
For Jewish Teens
Jewish Community Youth Foundation brings together nearly 200 teens in grades 8 through 12 from the greater Mercer County area. The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service and funded by the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks. The program is designed to have teens learn about, experience, and act upon Jewish values.
Each participant contributes $120, which is then matched by the Shechtel Philanthropic Fund and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks. The contributions are pooled together and each group of participants is responsible for allocating thousands of dollars to worthy causes. The students meet six times between October and March in the Princeton area to discuss Tzedakah, assess the kinds of programs and issues they wish to explore, invite specific agencies to apply for funding, and arrange for site visits to those agencies. At year-end, each group meets to debate and decide how their dollars will be donated.
The curriculum begins with incoming eighth graders who focus on local Jewish agencies that provide assistance to those in need. Each year progresses to a different focus, as ninth graders explore regional and national agencies, tenth graders investigate Jewish arts and culture, eleventh graders focus on outreach and advocacy, and twelfth graders learn about philanthropy in Israel. The teen philanthropists have donated $605,090 to 57 different agencies.
Visit www.jfcsonline.org/jcyf, call Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Call for Volunteers
Good Grief relies upon volunteers in order to provide free programs for grieving families working to rebuild their lives. Facilitators for support groups are needed in both Morristown and Princeton.
Training for the Princeton area will be Friday to Monday, August 7 to 10, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 5 Mapleton Road, Princeton. An orientation session is Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m. E-mail email@example.com for information.
Call for Art
West Windsor Arts Council is seeking artisans who make or sell innovative handcrafted pieces of jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, woodcraft, candles, clothing, or handmade soap for “Off the Wall: An Affordable Art Exhibit and Artisan Market” on Sunday, November 22.
Submit samples by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, September 10, at 6 p.m. Visit westwindsorarts.org for prospectus, or call 609-716-1931 or E-mail email@example.com for information.
Monmouth Museum seeks entries for a juried portrait exhibition opening in September. Portraiture has historically been the method of capturing visual memories of the world’s people. From the best-known portraits like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh’s numerous self-portraits, the political portraits of statesmen and world leaders, to the modern day selfie — capturing the human face and its expression with the intent to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of a person is an enduring part of our culture across the globe. Deadline is Monday, August 24. Visit www.monmouthmuseum.org, call 732-224-1989, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cranbury seeks donations of backpacks and school supplies to be distributed to needy children K-12 for the coming school year. Gifts of backpacks, pens and pencils, binders and notebooks, folders, lunchboxes, and other kinds of school supplies will be accepted through August 4. There is a box for donations at 90 South Main Street, Cranbury. Call 609-655-4731 or visit www.stdavidscranbury.com for information.
Mercer County Community College and Mercer County Technical Schools offer programs in arts and communication for high school seniors. Programs include TV/Radio Production, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Theatre/Dance, Fire Science, Exercise Science, Advertising Design, Communication, Entertainment Tech: Theatre, Entertainment Tech: Musical Production, Fashion/Apparel Design, Fashion Merchandising, Game Design, New Media and Journalism, Photography and Visual Arts.
“If students are considering one of these areas as a possible major in college, they can take an MCCC class to make sure it is a good fit,” says Jody Gaenbeek-Person, coordinator of MCCC’s theater and dance program. “They can experience the rigors of a college level course in their area of interest. And, they can earn college credits that very often are accepted by whichever four-year school they decide to attend. If they decide to come to Mercer, obviously, we accept all of the credits. That’s a huge cost savings.”
The enrollment process begins when students are high school juniors. As they develop their schedules for their senior year, they can apply to participate in the Career Prep program, which typically includes four college classes — two in the fall and two in the spring. As seniors they will complete their required high school classes in the morning and take transportation provided by the county to MCCC for afternoon classes. Visit www.mcts.edu for information and contact the high school’s guidance counselor.