Call for Volunteers

Locust Hill Cemetery, dating from 1850, is Trenton’s largest surviving African American burial ground, and is the final resting place of several Civil War veterans. It is the focus of an effort to rehabilitate both the Cemetery and surrounding area leading to the Assunpink Creek and adjoining the old Trenton Railyards. Garbage and brush removal, pruning, and mowing is all needed to begin to recreate a clean, safe natural area within this inner-city neighborhood.

Volunteers are needed for the first of several work days to accomplish these tasks on Saturday, April 17, beginning at 9 a.m. Meet at the house next to the Cemetery, 73 Hart Street, Trenton. All supplies are provided by the city. For more information, call Mike McCormick at 609-208-9991.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve rely on volunteers as an integral part of its day-to-day operations all year long, but supporters can help fill extra needs in the spring. The preserve provides guidance and training.

Volunteer roles are listed below. Contact volunteer@bhwp.org if you have any questions, or if you’re a new volunteer and would like to discuss roles and training. Everyone is welcome and appreciated.

Roles within guest services help visitors get to know, appreciate, and utilize everything the preserve has to offer. Jobs include:

Greeter: Welcome arriving guests before they get to the admissions gate house and assess whether they need to proceed to admissions or they can go through the entrance gate without stopping at admissions. This position will be in place for weekends and holidays.

Admissions Attendant: Greet arriving guests, when a greeter is not in place, and then processes the sale of admissions, provide a map, give information about parking or help those who purchased tickets online proceed into the preserve. Training on our very user-friendly point-of-sale system is provided.

Twinleaf Book & Gift Shop Attendant: Process sales in the shop, answer phone calls and help customers when they need it. The same point-of-sale system is used here as at the gate and training is provided.

Native Plant Nursery Sales Attendant: Process the sale of plants by using a small scanner and our point-of-sale system.

Native Plant Nursery Guide and Helper: Help customers find the plants they want or locate the type of plant that will work for their situation. Assist in getting plants to the checkout area.

Way Finder & Guidance: Help get guests started on the trails and guide them toward what is currently in bloom or of interest. Give guests directions to restrooms, the Twinleaf Book & Gift Shop, nursery sales, etc.

General Help and Traffic Flow: Direct arriving visitors where to park. Help with basic needs like printing maps, membership forms and bloom guides. Help support the sales area by stocking boxes, receipt paper, etc., and help monitor the movement of people through the various selling areas to be sure that COVID-19 restrictions are being followed.

Strikeforce volunteer roles are aimed at helping the preserve contend with the dozens of invasive plant species that are not supposed to be growing on site. The work varies, and volunteers can expect to build expertise in identification and removal techniques. Volunteer options are:

The Tuesday Tackle, first and third Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Join volunteer Sally Mirick in tackling seasonal invasive annual weeds such as garlic mustard, field mustard, hairy bittercress, mile-a-minute vine and Japanese stiltgrass.

Weeding Wednesdays, first and third Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Join volunteer Joyce Koch, who loves to work in the woods on woody invasive shrubs and vines such as multiflora rose, oriental bittersweet and Japanese honeysuckle.

Weed Patrol Saturdays, fourth Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Rick Fonda, BHWP grounds manager, will show you some of the most problematic weedy areas on the preserve and how to deal with them.

Independent Work and Weed Buddies, anytime. We are always looking for volunteers who want to work independently. We’ll show you what invasive plant(s) to target and you decide how long you want to keep at it. Same with Weed Buddies — grab a friend and spend time doing something together that will make a difference.

Call for Poetry

The annual NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest is in full swing. This year, we are asking you to think of a food you love and the memories surrounding it. Weave those thoughts into a poem. Let your creative juices guide you. The contest submission deadline has been extended to Friday, April 30.

The poem must be typewritten. If sent electronically, please do not send PDF files. The poem should be no longer than 40 lines. Fill out a media release form to accompany your entry. Provide a cover letter that includes your name, e-mail, mailing address, and phone number.

Email your entry to poetry@naminj.org. Or, mail your typed entries to: NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902. You do not need to submit your poem again if you have already done so.

The top 10 poems will be announced in early May, and open to public voting. The top three will win a cash prize, and the top poems will also be published on the NAMI NJ website for others to read. Visit www.naminj.org.

Call for Teaching Artists

The Arts Council of Princeton is looking to add artist-instructors to its family. Arts education is at the heart of the Art Council of Princeton’s mission, and we’re seeking new instructors for in-person sessions. Learn more and submit your interest at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org/artists/teaching-artists.

Camp Offerings

The Farm Cooking School in Titusville is offering virtual and in-person kids’ summer camps for 2021.

In-person sessions cost $875 for one week or $1,6000 for both weeks. Beginner camp, for ages 8 to 15, runs Monday through Friday, July 12 to 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Advanced camp, for ages 10 to 15, takes place Monday through Friday, August 9 through 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Virtual camp costs $375 for one week or $675 for both weeks. Beginners camp runs Monday through Friday, July 19 to 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 8 to 15.

Advanced camp runs Monday through Friday, August 16 to 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 10 to 15.

The Farm Cooking School, run by cookbook authors and former Gourmet Magazine Food Editors Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman, has been successfully teaching adults and children how to cook since 2014.

Visit www.thefarmcookingschool.com or contact Shelley Wiseman at 646-236-0605 or thefarmcookingschool@gmail.com.

 

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