Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has big plans for spring

   For over 20 years the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has been serving the needs of the hungry by providing hot meals, as well as services to improve quality of life and encourage self-sufficiency.
   On April 24, TASK will be holding the first major fund-raising event in its history, "Keeping the Bowl Full: 20 Years of Serving," to commemorate the anniversary and to prepare for the continuation of its work in years to come.
   The event, which is being sponsored and hosted by the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, will begin at 2 p.m. with a public policy forum featuring a presentation by Loretta Schwartz-Nobel, author of the critically acclaimed book "Growing Up Empty."
   This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Michael Aron, senior political correspondent for NJN, and including leaders from the government and nonprofit sectors. The policy forum will be held in Conant Hall on the Rosedale Road campus of ETS. Forum tickets can be purchased for $50 each.
   Following the forum, the anniversary event will move to ETS’s Chauncey Conference Center for an evening of delicacies and diverse entertainment.
   Beginning at 4:30 p.m., this portion of the event will include cocktails, wine, hors d’oeuvres, carving and seafood stations; a silent auction; an art exhibit featuring the work of the A-Team Artists of Trenton, and a variety of musical performances, including Barbara Tent, the Danny Tobias Jazz Band and the Klez Dispensers.
   Tickets for this second portion of the event can be purchased for $150. Tickets for both the afternoon and evening for $200.
   For more information, contact Kerri Nicoll, TASK program assistant, at (609) 695-5456.