HILLSBOROUGH: Community calendar, issue of Dec. 12

Events in and around town

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.
Debate club hosts school variety show
   Fri, Dec. 13 — The Hillsborough High School Debate Club holds its annual variety show of singers, musicians and dancers, starting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the school on Raider Boulevard. Admission of $5 benefits the Debate Club.
Band, guard benefit from book sales
   Friday, Dec. 13 — Shop to the beat of the Hillsborough High School Small Ensemble Bands at the Barnes and Noble bookstore, 319 Route 202/206, Bridgewater (at Somerville Circle). Performances begin at 4 p.m.
   Enjoy the convenience of gift wrapping by the high school Color Guard from 4-10 p.m.
   A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will go to the Hillsborough High School band and guard programs. Present a voucher (to get one, visit www.hhs-band.org)at time of purchase for band to get credit. If you do not have a voucher, tell the cashier you wish to support the band programs.
   Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support the band online from Dec. 13 to 18 by entering Bookfair ID 11123288 at checkout.
Household items, toys clothing to be collected
   Sat., Dec. 14 — Used clothing collection at the front entrance to Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd., 10 a.m. to noon, will benefit the school band and color guard programs.
   Accepted will be shoes (keep separate), pocketbooks, belts, hats, scarves, gloves and ties. Also collected will be backpacks, briefcases, baby accessories, fabric household items, blankets, sheets, bedspreads, pillows, quilts, comforters, tablecloths, draperies, curtains, towels, bath rugs, soft toys, stuffed animals and hard toys (must fit in a box 24-by-24-by-21 box). No outdoor toys, books, VCR tapes or CDs.
   Clothing items should be put in well-tied plastic bags. Donation receipt available upon request.
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.
Staff music concert funds scholarships
   Tues., Dec. 17 — The Hillsborough Grand Staff Ensemble will have its concert of holiday favorites at 7 p.m. at Auten Road Intermediate School, 281 Auten Road. Suggested donations at door are: $5 for adults, $2 for students/seniors, and $10 for family.
   The evening will serve as a “Ronald McDonald House” dropoff location. New unwrapped toys and gifts are welcome.
   The Grand Staff Ensemble is made up of staff and friends of the school district under the direction of Nancy Ciacciarelli and Gary Smith. Proceeds are awarded to a Hillsborough High senior planning to pursue a degree in music. Donations are always accepted. Contact Patti Robbins at thebynz@aol.com for information.
’Coffee Club’ talk on economy, investing
   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.
Job seekers can hear about LinkedIn
   Wed., Jan. 8 — Jewish Family Service offers a free support groups for job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change.
   ”The Power of LinkedIn” will be presented by Linda Trignano, communications and leadership expert, from 7-9 p.m. at 150-A West High St., Somerville.
   Funding is provided by United Way of Hunterdon County and Magyar Bank. To register, contact Ms. Prezant at 908-725-7799, ext. 108, or eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org.
Gardeners to learn about birds and bees
   Thurs., Jan. 23 — The Neshanic Garden Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at 9:45 a.m. at the Station House, Olive Street, Neshanic Station. At 11, Jeannie Geremia will discuss the importance of gardeners adding pollinators to yards. She will discuss Blue Orchard mason bees, and native bees and butterflies, while outlining what we can be done locally to support this major project of National Garden Clubs, Inc., partnering with Crown Bees.
   Bring bag lunch and lug your mug; dessert and beverage only will be served at noon. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. For information, contact club president Barbara Zielsdorff at 908-359-1750.
Continuing events
   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 until Dec. 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.
   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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