HILLSBOROUGH: Community calendar, issue of Dec. 5

Library opens at noon today; eat fastfood tonight and help golf team

Library will open at noon today
   Thurs., Dec. 5 — All branches of the Somerset County Library System will open at noon. A one-time opening delay, the morning will be used for staff development and recognition. All branches will close at their normal times on Thursday and resume normal hours on Friday. Questions? Call 908-526-4016 or go to www.sclsnj.org.
   Dine out, help school golf teams
   Thurs., Dec. 5 — Hillsborough High School boys and girls golf teams will benefit when people eat at Wendy’s on Route 206 from 5-8 p.m. For every purchase, 15 percent of proceeds will be donated.
   Choir parents hold fundraiser
   Fri., Dec. 6 — The Hillsborough High School Choir and Choir Parents Association will present its annual holiday basket auction in the Commons of the high school. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; first ticket at 8:30. Items include Keurig and SodaStream machines and Bobby Flay cookware. Proceeds benefit the high school choral program, including year-end senior awards.
   Admission and basket tickets available at door or in advance by contacting hhschoirparents@gmail.com or by calling Tom McKenna at 908-403-8646 or Barbara Turck at 908-872-8300.
Faith Lutherans host open house
   Sat., Dec. 7 — Faith Lutheran Church at 381 South Branch Road hosts an open house, 2-5 p.m., of the church’s expanded worship space and recently added classrooms. Church members will discuss the church’s ministries, including Christian education, adult, youth and bell choirs, youth group, participation in disaster recovery, and Red, Hot & Gold, a fellowship for those 50 and older. Refreshments. 908-369-3201 or faithlutheranhills@comcast.net.
Barbershop group set to perform
   Sunday, Dec. 8 — Princeton Garden Statesmen Barber Shop Chorus a cappella holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. at Somerset Valley Players playhouse, Amwell Road. Adults $20; seniors and students, $18. SVP passes and gift certificates cannot be accepted for this performance.
RVCC to provide info to prospects
   Tues., Dec. 10 — Raritan Valley Community College will hold an information session for prospective students, 4-6 p.m., in atrium on campus on Lamington Road, Branchburg. Admissions officials will provide information about degree and certificate programs, as well as the admissions and enrollment processes, paying for college, and transfer and career opportunities after RVCC. The spring semester starts Jan. 21 There is still time to enroll in classes. For information, contact 908-526-1200 or e-mail admissions@raritanval.edu.
Garden clubbers lunch for holiday
   Thurs., Dec. 12 — The Neshanic Garden Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at a private home at 11:30 a.m. as part of its holiday luncheon. Prospective members can contact club president Barbara Zielsdorff at 908-359-1750 for information.
Job seekers plan discussion
   Thurs., Dec. 12 — Jewish Family Service is offering a free support group session for job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change.
   From 10 a.m.-noon at United Way of Hunterdon County, 4 Walter Foran Blvd., Suite 401, Flemington, Elise Prezant, career counselor at Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, will lead an open job search discussion.
   Funding is provided by United Way of Northern New Jersey, United Way of Hunterdon County and Magyar Bank. To register, contact Ms. Prezant at 908-725-7799, ext. 108, or eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.
Give blood, try for Super tickets
   Thurs., Dec. 12 — Give blood and have a shot to win a pair of Super Bowl tickets, 3-7 p.m. at the municipal complex at 379 South Branch Road. All blood collected at the drive will stay within the community to be used by patients at Somerset Medical Center, which will conduct the drive. Each pint of blood carries the potential to save two lives. The process takes about 45 minutes. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds. (Donors may be 16, if they have parental consent and weigh at least 120.) Appointments encouraged; call Pam Borek at 908-369-8314 or email pborek@hillsborough-nj.org.
4-H center hosts Festival of Trees
   Dec. 14-15 — Spend time with Santa at the free 5th annual 4-H Festival of Trees at the 4-H center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
   Check out the trees for ideas, buy from local crafters and enjoy complimentary cookies and juice. There will be a craft table for kids of all ages; try your hand at making snowflakes.
   New this year is a photo opportunity for large and small pets. Bring your own camera. Call 908-526-4466 for details.
Church presents Living Nativity
   Sat., Dec. 14 — A Living Nativity scene will be presented at 5 and 7 p.m. on the church lawn at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 300 Union Ave., Somerville. The free event will tell the Christmas story with live actors and animals, including a donkey, alpacas and poultry from Norz Hill Farms of Hillsborough, plus animals from goats, rabbits and sheep from the Shaub Family and congregation members. Come pet the animals and venture inside for homemade cookies and hot chocolate. For info, see www.gslutheranchurch.org or call 908-685-1660.
’Coffee Club’ talk on the economy
   Wed., Dec. 18 — Informal discussion of current events, the economy and investing at the Edward Jones office in the Kingsbridge Center, 378 South Branch Road, Suite 107, 10 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts served. For information, call 908-369-0259.
   Community theater — Somerset Valley Players present the story behind the famous 1897 editorial, “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus,” at their theater at 689 Amwell Road (Route 514) on weekends from Dec. 6-22. Shows are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets $18, or $16 for seniors and students.
   For info and tickets, visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469.
   Alzheimer’s support group — The Alzheimer’s Association has a support group in Hillsborough. Family members and caregivers come together to share information and support in a safe, confidential atmosphere.
   Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Mary, Mother of God Church at 157 So. Triangle Road. Call 908-431-1300 if attending.
   Divorce support group — A nondenominational support group to help separated and divorced people to a new beginning.
   The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Route 206 at Homestead Road. Call 908-295-6740.
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