Scholarships Planned

The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ), with a founding donation of $10,000 from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, has launched an effort to recruit 20 corporate partners to fund a $100,000 scholarship program aimed at helping impacted young black male and female students replace lost summer income so that they can continue their education.

“For students from traditionally under served communities, college can be a critical path to economic and social empowerment. While many benefit from financial aid or scholarships that cover much of the cost of college, the reality for most is that those programs typically require a student to contribute something toward the total cost and many count on a summer job or internship to earn that money,” said John E. Harmon, Sr. AACCNJ’s founder, president, and CEO.

AACCNJ has created a scholarship program that will offer grants of up to $2,000 to students from New Jersey who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Interested students can apply at

Harmon has begun an outreach effort to identify 19 additional companies willing to donate to the scholarship fund. Anyone interested in learning more about the Chamber or the scholarship program can contact John Harmon at or by calling the AACCNJ at 609-571-1620.

Learn to Dance

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, located in Princeton Forrestal Village, offers trial classes for students ages 3.5 and up interested in ballet. Hip hop, tap, modern dance, and jazz classes are available for ages 7 and up. Sample classes are limited to 10 students. Classes are offered Saturdays, August 8 and 22 and September 12, with the following schedule:

August 8: Pre-primary students (ages 3.5 to 5) 11:30 a.m. to noon; primary students (ages 5 to 7) 12:30 to 1 p.m.

August 22: Tap 1, 10 to 10:30 a.m.; Hip Hop 1, 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Modern, noon to 12:30 p.m. All programs are for ages 7 and up.

September 12: Pre-primary students, 9:30 to 10 a.m.; Primary students 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Pre-registration is required online at Enrollment is more limited than in previous years. Live classes also offered online.

Learn to Act

Somerset Valley Players, the community theater based in Hillsborough, is offering a five-week series of virtual Theater Skills Forums beginning Tuesday, August 4. The free sessions are designed to give beginners and parents of kids who want to be active in theater a base of knowledge about many aspects of what goes into putting on a show. The forums will be a moderated discussion featuring SVP stage and crew veterans who will share their experiences.

The sessions will be held every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. from August 4 to September 1. Each session will focus on one aspect of theater skills, including auditions, acting basics, acting techniques, offstage support, and what parents of theater kids need to know.

The forums will be available free of charge and live streamed on the Somerset Valley Players Facebook page. No registration required. Donations accepted. For updates on the theater, go to

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