This week

   County medical reserve corps meeting: Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes invites the public to learn more about the county’s new medical reserve corps at 3 p.m. at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System,
   Literature about LINCS and the Medical Reserve Corps will be available, and representatives from the county will answer questions for people interested in volunteering. The library is located at 2751 Brunswick Pike (Route 1).

   Divorce support group: The next session of the Divorce Recovery Group will be 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Church of Christ, 33 River Road, Princeton Township.
   Child care is available, but reservations are required.
   For more information, call Phyllis Rich at (609) 581-3889 or by e-mail at

   Col. Hand re-enactment: The 44th annual re-enactment of Col. Edward Hand’s military skirmishes that delayed the British as they marched through Maidenhead Township on their way to Trenton in January 1777 will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Municipal Building.
   The two-hour march to Trenton will include a demonstration of a long rifle firing and the Coryell’s Ferry Militia re-enactors group fire a replica cannon when the marchers stop at the Shabakunk Creek, near Notre Dame High School.
   Transportation will be available to take the marchers from Trenton to the Municipal Building.
   For more information call Steven Groeger, superintendent of the township Recreation Department at (609) 844-7067 or Mr. Agress at (609) 895-0090.

   Faith Center grand opening: The Church of Saint Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road invites the public to an open house and concert to celebrate the congregation’s new Faith Development Center. The
   The open house starts at 3:30 p.m. with a performance by the Adult Choir Concert in the church’s main sanctuary. The choir will help wrap up the Christmas season with a sing-along to popular Christmas carols.
   NAMI Mercer fundraiser: Night Out With NAMI, a concert and dinner fundraiser for mental health organization, is set for 3 p.m. in the Music Building at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.
   The proceeds will benefit the work of NAMI Mercer. the Mercer County affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, to educate, support and advocate for the mentally ill and their families in Mercer County.
   Richard Kogan M.D., pianist and psychiatrist, will discuss the life of Ludwig van Beethoven and play selections from the composer’s music. Beethoven suffered from depression, paranoia and psychotic episodes.
   Dr. Kogan is a renowned international concert pianist and orchestral soloist. He is also a psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City.
   Tickets are $50 for the concert, $150 for concert, reception and "Starry Night" dinner. For more information or to order tickets, call (609) 799-8994 or e-mail
   Amateur astronomers: Peter A. Rona will be the keynote speaker at the January meeting of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton. The meeting begins promptly at 8 p.m. in the main lecture theatre of PeytonHall on the Princeton University campus. The public is invited.
   Dr. Rona is a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Rutgers University and former senior research geophysicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He also served as the associate science director for the award-winning IMAX film "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea" by executive producer James Cameron.

   Health screenings: The Lawrence Township Health Department will hold vision screenings open only to township residents from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Lawrence Senior Center, 30 Darrah Lane East.
   Appointments are required and can be made at the senior center.
   For more information, contact the Health Department at (609) 844-7093.
   Carson Woods Friends meeting: The Friends of Carson Road Woods will hold a general membership and reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System, Community Room 2.
   The tentative agenda for the meeting will includes: the year in review; upcoming events and election of board members.
   The public is invited to attend.
   The Friends of Carson Road Woods maintains the 183-acre preserve on a volunteer basis, organizes public activities to help the community enjoy the woods, and strives to ensure that the Woods maintain their original character.
   Contact Sharon Miller at (609) 688-8363 or go to
   LUG/IP meeting: Linux Users Group in Princeton members and guests will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System for a presentation by Elliotte Rusty Harold titled RSS, Atom, OPML, and All That: A Course For Developers."
   This meeting is free and open to the general public.
   Mr. Harold is a contributing author to the world renowned guide "XML in a Nutshell, Third Edition," published by O’Reilly Media. The presentation will explore the fundamental technologies underlying this explosion of content: the various versions of RSS, OPML, Atom, and the Atom Publishing Protocol.
   Mr. Harold, of New York City, is a noted writer and programmer, both on and off the Internet.
   LUG/IP holds meetings on the second Wednesday of every month. Linux novices and long-time users are all welcome and encouraged to share their knowledge and questions.