Craft and cookie classes to prepare for holidays

Millstone Township Community Education is offering the following special classes create treats for the palate as well as the eye. All classes will be held at the Millstone Elementary School unless otherwise noted. Preregistration is required for all courses.

“Holiday Cookie Workshop” will be held Dec. 2, 8-10 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge. Participants should bring two dozen baked cookie-cutter cookies in their favorite holiday shapes, along with a serving tray. Colleen Mantell, a certified Wilton instructor and owner of Crazy Cakes, will show students how to decorate like a professional using gels and other techniques. The fee is $10, with an additional $15 supply cost.

“Fresh Holiday Mantel Swag,” a class on how to create a 36-inch swag for indoor or outdoor display, will be offered Dec. 9, 7-9:30 p.m. in the art room. Participants will use ribbon, pine cones, berries, ball and German statice, but must bring their own hammer, glue gun and glue sticks. The fee is $27.50.

“Holiday Appetizers and Party Decorating” will be offered Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m., at the Clarksburg Inn banquet room, Route 524/Stagecoach Road, Millstone. Chef Beth Noonan will prepare three appetizers, and there will be a party table set with decorating ideas. The fee is $25.

A “Hydrangea Holiday Tree” is a 20-inch-tall centerpiece constructed from a eucalyptus base loaded with hydrangeas and baby’s breath. Students must bring pruners, glue gun and glue sticks to the class, which will be held Dec. 16, 7-9:30 p.m. in the school’s art room. The fee is $22.

“Gingerbread House,” for all ages, includes an 8-inch gingerbread house, icing and decorating candies. The class will be held Dec. 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the art room. The fee is $15, with an additional $10 materials fee.

“Live Holiday Flower Arrangement” will be taught by Debbie Personette, owner of Bloomers & Things, Allentown, Dec. 22 from 7-9 p.m. in the art room. The fee is $8 plus an additional $25 materials fee.

To register or for more information, call Millstone Community Education, (732) 446-6802, ext. 17, or e-mail

Local residents provide

special day for veterans

Hamilton Township Unit 31 American Legion Auxiliary, which includes members from the Allentown area, hosted a party for veterans recently at the Mercer Geriatric Center. Veterans who live at the center were given a special Awards Day party, with each veteran receiving a plaque with his name, branch of service, and the years of his service. Each veteran also received a “goody bag” of socks, combs, handkerchiefs, key chains, pencils, note paper, cards and a stuffed animal. The event also featured games, pizza and beverages.

Auxiliary members who attended the party are Janice Schmitt, Judy Kerrigan, Carol Wright and Rosine Dusenberry, who were assisted by John Kerrigan, Commander Jack McHugh and his wife, Jane, and Wayne Wright.

Funds for the event were raised through the annual sale of paper poppies.