Learn Italian

Registration for Princeton’s Dorothea’s House Fall 2020 Language Classes is open. Classes will begin the week of September 14 and will run for 12 weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all fall classes will be taught remotely. Instructors will notify students which internet-based tool to use.

Please go to www.dorotheashouse.org and click on Italian Classes to view the class descriptions, fees, and to register. Register by Monday, September 7 to avoid a late fee.

For any questions, contact Linda Bruschi at LindaBruschi@dorotheashouse.org or leave a message for Linda at 609-306-0773 to receive a return call.

Scavenger Hunt

The Garden State Watercolor Society invites the public to participate in a unique, family-friendly scavenger hunt, with its “Beautiful Creatures” exhibit throughout the town of Princeton and Exhibit Scavenger Cards at Greenway Meadows park.

Six special prize cards, depicting forests and meadows preserve locally by D&R Greenway Land Trust, can be found hidden at the land trust’s Johnson Education Center campus on Rosedale Road and in the surrounding Greenway Meadows park. D&R Greenway, a partner with GSWS for this celebration of art and nature, preserves and cares for land where real-life beautiful creatures make their homes in wild habitats.

Forty-three GSWS artists created 90 Beautiful Creatures paintings, limited to secondary colors of green, orange, and purple. These 5×7-inch paintings were to have been displayed in the D&R Greenway galleries in the Johnson Education Center. Instead, the “Beautiful Creatures” — as 90 numbered, laminated art cards — have been placed throughout the town of Princeton and on the grounds surrounding D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, for the public to “seek and find.”

Participants are invited to travel on a “Beautiful Creatures” safari to find these whimsical creations that are sure to bring a smile. All are encouraged to post their “findings” on Instagram, with the hashtag #gswsbc.

The Scavenger Hunt is open and available through Sunday, September 13. D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center is located at One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, in Princeton.

For information about the scavenger hunt including maps, how to win one of six special prizes and how to purchase prints and original artwork visit: www.gswcs.com or www.drgreenway.org.

Call for Volunteers

The Friends of Princeton Open Space seeks volunteers to assist at the Forest Restoration Site in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. Sessions will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays, September 2, 3, 9, and 12, from 8 to 11 a.m. Email info@fopos.org with “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line. Please indicate which date works for you, or if you would like to be added to the volunteer list for future dates.

CONTACT of Mercer County is looking for volunteers to takes its fall 2020 hotline training course. The course is conducted over Zoom and is offered free of charge.

The training course teaches active listening skills, awareness of mental health issues, and community resources. Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be invited to answer CONTACT’S crisis and suicide prevention hotlines. Further training will be offered in Chat and online services.

Hotline training is open to community volunteers who are 18 or older and out of high school. The training course is offered on 10 consecutive Wednesday, September 16 through November 18, or Thursdays, September 19 through November 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. Call 609-737-2000 and leave a call back number or register online at www.contactofmercer.org.

Literacy New Jersey Mercer Programs offer a tutor training workshop via Zoom. Volunteer tutors help adults improve their English literacy skills. Work one-to-one or in small groups to teach adults who are learning to speak, read, and write English.

Prospective volunteers must attend four two-hour sessions on Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Training includes some independent online assignments. Previous teaching experience not necessary. After the training, you’ll be ready to start meeting with a student online once a week. All of our current tutoring is now online.

Call 609-587-6027 or email mercer@literacynj.org to register.

Virtual Sports for Causes

The ninth annual Sourland Spectacular bike ride to benefit the Sourland Conservancy will take place in a virtual format from Saturday, September 5, through Sunday, September 13. The organization is offering three routes, ranging in distance from 26 to 63 miles, that can be completed as a hike, bike ride, or run. All begin and end at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Skillman. For more information or to register visit www.sourlandspectacular.com.

The Sourland Conservancy also relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission of protecting, promoting, and preserving the Sourland Mountain region. To explore volunteer opportunities visit www.tiny.cc/SCVolunteer.

Miles for Isles, the annual road race benefiting the Trenton-based community development organization, has moved to a virtual format. To participate in the “5K My Way,” register online for one or more of four events: a fun run/walk; a 5K run; a 10K run; or a 26.2-mile bike ride. Participants are invited to share their chosen routes on social media. Cost is $20 per event. For more information or to register visit www.isles.org/milesforisles.

Call for Artists

The Arts Council of Princeton invites professional and amateur artists to participate in two days of open air studios scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Participants in “Art and About” can set up their front porch, driveway, or lawn as an open-air studio that is accessible to the public with proper social distancing. Artists can keep 100 percent of proceeds from sales of their work. Register by Saturday, September 5, to be included in promotional materials. Visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.

In collaboration with the Ewing Township Arts Commission, a cannabis dispensary opening in Ewing seeks up to five New Jersey artists to create murals for the exterior walls of its building. Murals will be created on five nine-foot-by-ten-foot panels, and each must be an original work of art with a strong connection to the neighborhood and its community.

Submissions are due by Tuesday, September 15, and artists will be selected in October for November 1 delivery. For details visit bit.ly/callforartistsNJ.

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