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Literacy Volunteers To Host Library Day
Literacy Volunteers of Union County will hold a Literacy Library Day at the Linden Public Library located at 31 East Henry Street on Saturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will be held for all interested, potential or current students and tutors. Tutors will be able to find out what materials are available to use, or how to solve problems that they are having. Potential tutors can learn about the program.
Interested students may call the Literacy Volunteers of America office at (908) 490-0333 to make an appointment. Literacy Volunteers is an adult tutoring organization in Union County.
Storytime on Elm to Present ‘Paws & Claws II’ on Saturday
WESTFIELD — Storytime on Elm, 35 Elm Street in Westfield, has announced that it will hold “Paws & Claws II,” an animal program, this Saturday, November 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Robert Sikora, Supervisor of Educational Programs at Hackensack Meadowlands Environment Center, will describe and show how animal feet serve as tools that help the crea
tures survive in their habitats. Mr. Sikora will bring taxidermied mounts of animals native to New Jersey, including muskrats, raccoons, ducks, and marsh hawks, for children and adults to see and touch.
Participants will also have the opportunity to create their own scenes of wildlife activities using replica animal feet and ink stamps.
“We are excited to have Bob here again. He really makes it fun to explore the ideas of animal diversity, adaptation, and habitat,” said Elaine Zack, owner of Storytime on Elm.
There is a registration fee of $2 which includes a small fee for workshop materials. Enrollment is limited. Those planning to attend are encouraged to sign up early at Storytime on Elm or call (908) 232-1343 to pre-register for the event.
Area Boy Scouts to Kick Off Special Food Drive Saturday
Boy Scouts, Webelos, and Cub Scouts from communities throughout the area of the Watchung Area Council will be collecting food for local food banks in the Council’s annual Good Turn known as “Scouting For Food.”
After several years, this event has become an important part of the supply for many food banks, where the needs increase every year, according to Watchung Area Council spokesman George P. Gross.
On the weekend of November 14, parent-supervised scouts will distribute descriptive requests and/or marked bags (bags are in short supply this year.) to homes in their assigned neighborhoods.
Homeowners are asked to fill a bag with nourishing, nonperishable, notin-glass food products that can be stocked at a food pantry, and to put the bags out for pickup early on the following Saturday, November 21 (unless a different time is called for in a note with the bag).
The scouts will return to the same homes they visited previously to get
the bags and take them to a local food pantry, such as a church or a community facility. The foods will be used to prepare Thanksgiving baskets and to serve needy families throughout the winter.
The Watchung Area Council includes all of Union County, most of Somerset County, and nearby parts of Middlesex and Morris Counties.
FALL FAMILY FESTIVITIES…School One in Scotch Plains recently held its annual Fall Family Festival. Pictured above are students and their families enjoying an evening of activities, including pumpkin painting, face painting, games, storytelling and music.
Habitat for Humanity Sets Information Event
FANWOOD — The Greater Plainfield chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold information sessions at the JFK Library on Hoes Lane in Piscataway on Tuesday, November 17, and at the Fanwood Memorial Library at North Avenue and Tillotson Road in Fanwood on Tuesday, November 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Habitat members will share information on how the organization works, how funds are raised, and the activities of the committees that make up the Plainfield chapter.
A short slide presentation will also be given, showing homes which the Plainfield chapter has built, as well as project volunteers and committee members in action.
For further information, please call (908) 769-5292.
Girl Scout Council Seeks New Leaders
WESTFIELD — The Washington Rock Girl Scout Council (WRGSC) of Westfield is seeking adult volunteers to serve as girl scout leaders in Union County.
Candidates should enjoy sharing life experiences and skills, according to Washington Rock Council spokeswoman Debra LampertRudman.
The role of the leaders will be to influence the development of young girls and help them learn about the world. The council will try to place volunteers in their hometowns.
The WRGSC has planned several activities for the upcoming year, including sporting events and overnight trips, among other events.
The council has been serving communities in Union, Middlesex, and Somerset counties for 42 years.
To learn more about becoming a scout leader, please call WRGSC Membership Specialist Jen Johnson at (908) 232-3236, Extension No. 223,
Caregiver/Alzheimer Support Group to Meet
Nov. 19 at Runnells
The next Caregiver/Alzheimer Support Group of Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County will meet from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, in the Family Conference Room of the facility, located at 40 Watchung Way in Berkeley Heights.
This professional support, education and information group for caregivers and family members, held the third Thursday of each month, is open to the community, free of charge, and is facilitated by Kathleen Balascio, a Runnells licensed social worker.
The support group shares information on the disease, research updates, practical care techniques and a list of community resources. An important part of the meeting is the time devoted to discussing the frustrations individuals feel in caring for those stricken with Alzheimer’s disease.
Runnells sponsors the meetings in conjunction with the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, an organization committed to easing the burden and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, the nation’s fourth leading fatal disease among adults, afflicting some four million Americans.
For further information on this wheelchair accessible program, please call (908) 771-5835.
Women’s Organization Plans Dinner Meeting
WESTFIELD — The Berkeley Heights/Clark/Westfield Business and Professional Women (BCW/ BPW) monthly dinner meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, at the Kenilworth Inn in Kenilworth.
Networking will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m. Non-members are welcome to attend.
The topic will be “Alternative Options for Senior Care,” presented by Tish Isack, Executive Director of SAGE’s Spend-A-Day Center.
BCW/BPW is part of BPW/New Jersey and BPW/USA. The organization promotes professional growth, individual development, personal empowerment and legislative awareness.
Advance registration for the dinner meeting is required. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person. For reservations, please call Janine at (908) 687-5239.
The Chelsea Announces Diabetes Workshop
FANWOOD — The Chelsea at Fanwood, 295 South Avenue in Fanwood, will present a free community workshop entitled “Diabetes – Dispelling the Myths and Saving Lives,” on Wednesday, November 18, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
The workshop, featuring Angela Bacque, Rahway Hospital Pharmacy and Diabetes Coordinator, will answer questions about diabetes. Attendees will learn about correct foot care and circulation, general dietary information and other practical tips.
This workshop is part of The Chelsea’s ongoing Community Education Program. Refreshments will be served. To obtain more information or to make a reservation for this workshop, please call Marjorie Deas, Community Relations Director, at (908) 654-5200.
Local Rotary Club to Present Benefit Art Auction Tomorrow
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD — The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will sponsor an Art Auction tomorrow, Friday, November 13, at the Scotch Hills Country Club, located on Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains.
A preview of the art will begin at 7 p.m., with the auction to start at 8 p.m. The art show and auction, which is expected to include some works by
renowned artists, will be presented by Heisman Fine Arts Gallery, Inc.
A limited edition of prints never seen before from the Bards Foundation will also be available. All art is guaranteed to be below gallery prices, according to spokeswoman Carol Wood. For the collector, investment works will be available.
A $10 admission fee includes soft drinks, beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and door prizes. Checks, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express will be accepted.
The Rotary Club will donate the proceeds from the event to local charities and individuals that are in need of assistance.
Service League Posts Christmas Sale Date
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Service League will hold its annual Christmas sale at the Thrift Shop, 114 Elmer Street in Westfield, on Saturday, December 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The shop will offer special holiday and party clothing and holiday decorations. Also featured during the sale will be a toy section with new items to be sold at Thrift Shop prices on this date, according to spokeswoman Kathy Seeley.
These toys are contributed individually by Service League members. Used items and clothing will also be included in the sale. Proceeds from the sale will benefit local charities.
Mayflower Descendants To Hold Fall Luncheon
WESTFIELD — The Society of Mayflower Descendants, State of New Jersey, will hold its fall luncheon this Saturday, November 14, at the Plainfield Country Club in Plainfield.
The speaker will be Alice Teal of Marmora, who will present a program entitled “Following the Pilgrim Trail,” based on first-hand information and experience from her recent trip to Holland.
Mrs. Teal is a Past Governor of the state society and is the Editor of the national Mayflower Quarterly.
Governor Bogert C. Holly of Dover will conduct the meeting, and Historian Willard Woodward will introduce the new members, including Jennifer Lee of Westfield.
To join the Mayflower Society, please send an inquiry in care of the society to 425 West Oak Avenue, North Wildwood, 08260.