Call for Singers

VOICES, a community choruses with more than 50 members, will hold auditions Mondays, January 4 and 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Music Together, 225 Pennington-Hopewell Road, Hopewell. Call Susan Evans at 609-291-7456 or E-mail drsevans@comcast.­net.

Deer Hunters

Mercer County Park Commission will hold its deer management program at Mercer Meadows from through Saturday, February 20. Bow hunting will take place Monday through Saturday (no hunting December 25), and Mercer Meadows will remain open to the public with a few exceptions. Hunting will take place from 30 minutes prior to sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Each entrance to the park will be posted with a bright yellow sign to notify park users of the hunting program. Park users are advised to stay on the finished gravel paths, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and Maidenhead Trail.

The Pole Farm section and the wooded area of Rosedale Park are included in this year’s hunt. There will be no hunting at Curlis Woods or near the dog park, picnic area, or Rosedale Lake. Visit www.­mer­cercountyparks.­org.

Call for Volunteers

Good Grief seeks facilitators to create a safe and caring environment, listen without judgment, and create a compassionate community to make a difference in the lives of grieving children. Training will be held Friday to Monday, February 12 to 15, at 5 Mapleton Road, Plainsboro. Training orientation is Thursday, February 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. E-mail jesse@good-grief.­org.

Addiction Help

Wellspring Center for Prevention offers help with substance use issues via an online referral tool with access to a database of service providers. The self-administered questionnaire guides users to treatment providers in Middlesex County. While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, the tool should provide solid referrals to available treatment.

The tool utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria to provide referrals to programs that are appropriate to the user’s needs. Although not designed to take the place of an assessment by an addictions professional, it will take the guesswork out of where to turn for help. Visit www.­well­spring­pre­vention.­org or call 732-254-3344.

Blood Donors Needed

American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January to not only honor blood and platelet donors, but also to help increase donations during the winter months. Maintaining a sufficient blood supply is difficult at this time of year because of extreme winter weather and seasonal illness.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative, and A negative. To encourage donations, all those who donate January 1 to 3 will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Visit redcrossblood.­org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

For the Young

PEAC Turf hosts Science Sampler Camp operated by Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (Rutgers Cooperative Extension). Monday to Thursday, December 28 to 31, from 9 a.m. to noon for grades 4 to 6. Youth will participate in hands-on science experiments, introductory engineering projects, and LEGO Robotics. Location is 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing. Contact Kara Forsythe at kforsythe@peac­health­fitness.­com or 609-883-2000, or visit www.­peacturf.­com.

VSA New Jersey offers program offerings for children with autism ages 3 to 21 and their family members. Arts for children with autism presents family workshops. Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; and April 2, 9, in New Brunswick, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for one hour per week.

The family arts experience offers unique opportunities to engage children, siblings, and parents in activities that will support communication and interaction. $50 registration fee for families. Visit VSA New Jersey online at www.­vsanj.­org, call 732-745-3885, or E-mail infor@vsanj.­org. Application deadline is Tuesday, January 12.

Donate Please

Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival benefits Fisherman’s Mark with both food drive and cash donations. The Lambertville organization offers food and other necessities along with educational programs to promote health and wellness. E-mail c.gantt@fisher­mans­mark.­org, call 609-397-0194, or visit www.­fishermansmark.­org.

Share Your Talent

Monroe Township School District seeks people with skills, talents, and passion to share through lecture, demonstration, and/or hands-on workshops. Community education classes run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from March 15 to May 26. Classes of particular interest include Canasta, Mah Jongg, quilting, understanding stock markets, square dancing, and sewing. E-mail mnaumik@monroe.k12.nj.us wcerbie@monroe.k12.nj.us a letter of interest.

Health

Hypnosis Counseling Center offers individual sessions focusing on anxiety, confidence, fears and phobias, insomnia, test taking, public speaking, sports improvement, panic attacks, self-esteem, stress management, stop smoking, study habits, weight loss, and other applications; and group counseling for stopping smoking and weight. Location is 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton. Visit www.­hypnosisnj.­com or call 908-303-7767.

Nominations Invited

VSA New Jersey invites nominations for its annual art achievement awards. Students awards are presented to students with special needs, ages 14 to 21, who show outstanding achievement in and commitment to an art form. Educators and administrators of arts programs for students with special needs may receive education in the arts awards.

Award recipients become candidates for NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. Contact VSA New Jersey at 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick 08901, 732-745-3885, or info@vsanj.­org. Application deadline is Friday, January 22.

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