Literacy NJ Mercer County is holding a tutor training workshop to help adults gain reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The five-week training course starts Monday, February 27 and continues Monday evenings through March 27. Registration required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-587-6027.
Umpire training for the upcoming Little League baseball and softball season will be held Tuesday, January 31. Adults and children who are at least 13 years old are invited to attend. Sessions will be held at two locations in West Windsor and Hamilton. Class schedule and registration forms can be found online at www.njdistrict12.org. For information, contact John Shutack at 609-213-6110 or Shutack@optonline.net.
Smart Growth Awards
The deadline to submit a project to New Jersey Future’s 2016 Smart Growth Awards competition is Friday, January 13. Plans or projects in New Jersey that represent high-quality growth, development, or land preservation can be submitted online at www.njfuture.org. Any built project or adopted plan is eligible for consideration, although this year they will be giving additional consideration to projects that include effective use of green infrastructure as a stormwater management tool.
Registration is open for the Nassau Tennis Club’s adult holiday leagues. Doubles, mixed, and men’s leagues will start Thursday, December 29 and Friday, December 30. $16 to $20. Visit www.nassautennis.net to register.
The Lawrence Library knitting circle is asking for donations of new handmade scarves, hats, or mittens. The items can be for children and adults and will be donated to HomeFront. Donated items may be dropped off at the library through Saturday, January 14. For more information, call 609-989-6920.
McCarter Theater has teamed up with Mercer Street Friends Food Bank to raise awareness and donations during their production of “A Christmas Carol,” which runs through Saturday, December 31. Before the show, patrons can fill out a holiday card for children enrolled in the food bank’s Send Hunter Packing program, which provides lunches to children in need. After the show, the theater will be collecting donations for the food bank. For information visit www.mercerstreetfriends.org or www.mccarter.org.
For the Environment
The Rutgers Environmental Steward Training Program is enrolling students for their 2017 program to become a certified Environmental Steward. The classes will be held at the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick on Wednesdays at 6:30 starting January 25. Classes run through June and focus on the science behind environmental issues. Stewards must also complete a 60-hour volunteer internship of their choosing. Visit envirostewards.rutgers.edu.
Princeton Ballet School is holding auditions for its Summer Intensive program, which is held in Princeton from June 26 to July 28, 2017. The auditions will be held on Saturday, January 21 from 12:45 to 5 p.m. Students must be ages 13 and older. There is a $30 audition fee. Visit www.americanrepertoryballet.org.