Call for Art

There is still time to take part in Artworks’ Red Dot 10×10 Fundraising Exhibition. Each year Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual arts center, invites both professional and amateur artists to contribute a piece of original artwork to the fundraising event.

Artists are welcome to use oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pastels and watercolors to create their work, which must be submitted on a 10” x 10” canvas. The finished work will be auctioned off for $100 on Saturday, December 7, at a reception at Artworks. Proceeds will be split between Artworks and the contributing artists.

Artworks will provide free canvases, which artists must pick-up by Saturday, November 16, at Artworks, located at 19 Everett Alley in Trenton. Artists may also purchase their own 10” x 10” canvas. To be included in the show all artists must register their work by midnight on Saturday, November 23. Visit www.artworkstrenton.com.

Grants Available

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has launched a new grant program to help support New Jersey artists.

The Project Serving Artists Grant will support projects that offer technical support or services to New Jersey artists whose work has or will benefit New Jersey residents.

Applicants can request up to 50 percent of the projected costs. Notices of intent to apply for the grants are due Thursday, December 12, and applications must be received by February 13, 2020. For more information visit nj.gov/state/njsca/dos_njsca_grants.html.

Call for Volunteers

The Mercer County Park Commission Stewardship Department is seeking volunteers to help remove invasive plants at Rosedale Park.

The plant removal, scheduled to begin this spring, is part of a riparian restoration project that will benefit Rosedale Lake and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed.

The Park Commission will provide gloves and tools. Volunteers are advised to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes.

Volunteers are needed from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, November 15 and 22, at Rosedale Park, 424 Federal City Road. For more information call 609-303-0706 or email arivera@mercercounty.org.

LifeTies, a Mercer County based non-profit organization whose programs are designed to help youth overcome the effects of abuse, neglect, or homelessness, is seeking volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering for one of their programs can learn more at information sessions taking place 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, November 19 and 26, 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, at LifeTies Inc., 1901 North Olden Avenue, Suite 44, Ewing. For more information visit www.lifeties.org/volunteer.

Call for Donations

Montgomery Evangelical Free Church in Belle Mead and First Assembly of God Church in Pennington will be drop-off sites for Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child is a Samaritan’s Purse volunteer program that assembles and delivers gift-filled shoe boxes to children abroad. The non-profit organization has been delivering the boxes since 1993.

Items such as toys, craft supplies, clothes, accessories and personal care items for ages 2 to 14 can be dropped off between 6 and 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday, November 18 to 22, between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, and between 7 and 9 a.m. on Monday, November 25 at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, 246 Bellemead-Griggstown Road in Belle Mead.

Drop-offs at First Assembly of God Church, 87 Route 31 South in Pennington take place between 9 and 11 a.m. on Monday, November 18; between 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, November 19 to 21; between 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday, November 22, between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, November 23, between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, November 25.

For more information visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Passport Processing

The Mercer County Clerk’s Office will hold a passport processing day on Thursday, December 5. Those wishing to apply for a passport can do so from 3 to 7 p.m. at the East Windsor Municipal Building, located at 16 Lanning Boulevard.

Applicants will need valid identification and passport photos and must be prepared to pay a processing fee. Appointments are strongly suggested. To make an appointment call 609-989-6473. For more information visit www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk/office-services/passports.

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