Plant a Tree
The Sourland Conservancy’s Ash Crisis Team is offering $10 tree kits to help mitigate the effects of the invasive emerald ash borer beetle. The New Jersey Forest Service estimates that the invasive emerald ash borer is on track to kill more than one million trees in the 90-square-mile Sourland Mountain region within the next few years.
“The Ash Crisis Team developed this idea as a way to raise awareness of the over one million trees being killed by the emerald ash borer in this area,” said Marylou Ferrara, a Sourland Conservancy trustee. “Due to COVID-19 we can’t hold large plantings on public lands, so we’re offering native tree kits to region residents.”
Each tree kit includes one native sapling, 5’ x 6’ length of heavy-duty metal fencing, and a metal stake. Currently, the selection includes tulip poplar, magnolia, redbud, persimmon, red oak, and shadbush. These trees have co-evolved with the native animals — some rare and endangered. The fencing is crucial for keeping deer from eating the trees.
Pickups are planned for Saturdays, May 30 and June 13. All orders must be made in advance online on at www.sourland.org/act-ash-crisis-team.
Run for a Cause
YMCAs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have partnered to host a virtual 5K and family one-mile fun run/walk over Memorial Day weekend. The virtual race can be completed at a time and on a course of your choosing. Entry is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA Stay With Us Campaign. Registration will be accepted through Monday, May 25, and links to an online portal to enter your time will be e-mailed beginning Friday, May 22. Times must be entered by Friday, May 29. Sign up and designate your local YMCA as your team at https://my.raceresult.com/152547.
For Theater Lovers
Bristol Riverside Theater in Bristol, Pennsylvania, is offering an “intermission series” of online courses on various aspects of theater. “The Art of Storytelling,” taught by co-producing director Amy Kaissar, runs Mondays, June 1, 8 and 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost: $45. “American Theatre from Ben Franklin to Oscar Hammerstein,” taught by co-producing director Ken Kaissar, runs Tuesdays, June 2, 9, and 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost: $45. “Dressing Them Up with Linda Bee,” taught by costume designer Linda B. Stockton, runs Thursdays, June 4 and 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost: $30. Registration is required; space in some classes is limited. Visit www.brtstage.org.
Clean Up Time
Friends of Princeton Open Space is partnering with The Watershed Institute, Sustainable Princeton, Princeton Environmental Commission, Friends of Herrontown Woods, and the Friends of Rogers Refuge on a Princeton clean-up during the month of May.
The next time you go outside or take your dog for a walk, grab gloves and a bag, and pick up trash. You can pick up litter during a walk around the neighborhood, in your backyard, in the street, in a nearby park, or anywhere else you see trash on the ground.
Help keep track of what you find by uploading a list www.thewatershed.org/stream-cleanups, and consider including a photo and the place you cleaned up. If you post on social media, add the hashtags #njearthdaycleanup #princetonnjcleanup.
Earn a Degree
Mercer County Community College is offering two virtual open houses for prospective students. Learn about degree and certificate programs as well as financial aid, transfer and dual admissions agreements, and more. An open house for health professions programs takes place Wednesday, May 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. An open house for business and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs takes place Thursday, May 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.mccc.edu/openhouse to sign up for the Zoom events.
Princeton Photo Workshop is offering remote instruction. Class topics include “Shooting Video with Your Camera,” “Mastering Composition: Beyond the Rule of Thirds,” “Portrait Photography from Start to Finish,” and more. Visit www.princetonphotoworkshop.com/remote for complete course listings and information on dates, pricing, and registration.
Share Your Story
The Voices of Princeton project seeks residents willing to share their perspectives and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic in an oral history interview. Visit www.voicesofprinceton.org for information on how to become involved as an interview facilitator or as the subject on an interview.
Kidsbridge Tolerance Center in Ewing has launched Kidsbridge@Home, a series of free activities that are character-building, anxiety-reducing, and fun.
Accessible through the Kidsbridge website (www.kidsbridgecenter.org/kidsbridge-at-home), Twitter (@Kidsbridge), Instagram, and Facebook (facebook.com/kidsbridge), Kidsbridge@Home offers original, evidence-based learning activities five days a week designed for ages 5 to 12. The program also offers links to additional resources that have been vetted by Kidsbridge experts.
Each Kidsbridge@Home activity is 10 to 45 minutes long and features developmentally appropriate skill-building “how to’s” that focus on: social-emotional development: feelings, mindfulness, personal strengths, resilience, and empathy; problem-solving: bullying prevention, ally actions, how to be an UPstander; and celebration of differences: diversity, media literacy, stereotypes.