The Watershed Institute in Pennington is hosting a virtual book group this fall with the theme “Voices from the Wild.” Meetings will be held via Zoom. Registration is free, but donations are appreciated.
The meeting dates and readings are : selected poems from “Black Nature” edited by Camille Dungy, Wednesday, September 23; “Gathering Moss” by Robin Kimmerer, Wednesday, October 21; and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, Wednesday, November 18. For more information or to register visit www.thewatershed.org.
Call for Creativity
The 2020 Hopewell Harvest Fair has gone virtual. The celebration on Saturday, September 26, will include live music via Facebook, a poetry exhibition, and multiple contents. Online registration for the contests is open through Saturday, September 19. Anyone who lives in Hopewell or has a strong connection to the Hopewell Valley region is encouraged to enter.
Kids Art is open to children in pre-school through grade 12. A maximum of two entries per person is allowed in the categories of portrait, abstract, nature, and technology. First through third place winners will be named in four age groups.
Lego is also open to school-age children, who are invited to share photos or videos of their original Lego creations. Pieces should fit on a platform no larger than 18” x 24”. In each of four age groups prizes will be awarded for Best Construction, Best Creativity, and Best Overall.
Photography is open to all ages. Two entries per category — safe, quarantine, learn, outside, and black — are permitted. Top three prizes will be awarded in each category in a 14 and under age group and 15 and older age group. All submissions will be exhibited online.
Poetry invites people of all ages to submit up to five poems in the categories of justice, connection/isolation, nature, joy, and humor. This is not a competition; all entries will be exhibited.
Submit photos or videos of your furry friend for the Doggie Dress-Up contest. Winners will be named for Quarantine Cutie, Trickster of the Year, and Best Dressed.
For more information on the fair and contest entries visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org.
Call for Volunteers
Share My Meals, a Princeton-based nonprofit that aims to alleviate hunger and food waste, is looking for volunteers to pick up and deliver healthy meals to recipients’ homes.
The Waste Watcher Program is a sustainable meals recovery process, approved by the local health department, that distributes surplus meals from the cafeterias of local corporations, schools, universities, and restaurants to food-insecure members of the community.
During the pandemic, Share My Meals has also purchased meals from local restaurants at the cost of goods to help the food insecure community while allowing these restaurants to stay active and to pay part of their staff members.
To volunteer fill out the form at www.sharemymeals.org/volunteering-with-us.
New Jersey Blood Services, which provides blood for local patients, is looking for a few good volunteers. The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of the team whose tasks include assisting donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should be outgoing to provide friendly customer service and be able to perform tasks as needed. Must have transportation. For additional information call or text Sharon Zetts at 732-850-8906, Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To apply online as a blood drive volunteer, visit www.nybc.org/support-us/volunteer-nybc/volunteer-application.
The D&R Greenway Land Trust is seeking volunteer stewards for 14 trails in the Amwells, Hopewell, Pennington, and Princeton. Stewards can be individuals or household groups who can safely work together.
Tasks include monitoring trail use and condition and removing invasive plants along the trail. For more information or to volunteer email Karen Freundlich at email@example.com.
Musicians in elementary through middle school are invited to audition for the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey. Musicians must be studying privately and also participate in their school band or orchestra, if such a program is offered. Homeschoolers are also welcome to try out. Auditions will take place Tuesday, September 15, via Zoom. Visit www.yocj.org/auditions for full application requirements and to sign up for a time slot.
Virtual Sunday School
Families with children ages two through grade five are invited to enroll in an online Sunday program, “Compassion Camp,” presented by Princeton United Methodist Church. The 10-week program, streamed on Sundays at 11:30 a.m., relates scripture passages to efforts to end racism and cope with COVID uncertainties. Children and families will study scripture passages, use games, collaborate on art projects, and do yoga positions that act out the bible story. Email Evangeline@PrincetonUMC.org or register at www.princetonumc.breezechms.com/form/compassioncamp. Sessions begin Sunday, September 13.
Princeton United Methodist Church is a diverse congregation whose members come from many surrounding communities, backgrounds, and faith histories. Virtual worship services are streamed on Sundays at 10 a.m. on Facebook and at www.princetonumc.org, and also archived. For information go to www.princetonumc.org or call 609-924-2613.