COMMUNITY CALENDAR: December 26

Wednesdays
   Free Acoustic Open Mic Night and Poetry at Star Subs and Café in the Buckley Plaza 621 Route 130, Hamilton, will be hosted Wednesdays at 7 p.m. by American Idol contestant Bri Lobue. Audience and musicians are welcome. 609-333- 1230.
Fri., Dec. 27
   Shadow Stories will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Robbinsville Branch of the Mercer County Library, 42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, Robbinsville. Join Mock Turtle Marionette Theater for this shadow puppet play and see a short demonstration of how shadow puppets work. For kids in grades kindergarten and up. Online registration at www.mcl.org begins Dec. 13.
Mon., Jan. 6
   The mobile service center will be in the Plumsted Library parking lot, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, from 1 to 3 p.m. Services provided are senior and veteran services, consumer affairs, voter registration and parks and tourism information. (Fees are required for some services.)
   ”The Lone Ranger” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Register at the library, online (www.theoceancountylibrary.org ), or at(609-758-7888.
Tues., Jan. 7
   Toddler Time, Winter Stories, 10:30 a.m. at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Register at the library, online (www.theoceancountylibrary.org ), or at(609-758-7888. Toddlers ages 18-36 months and their caregivers are welcome for stories, songs, and play.
Wed., Jan. 8
   ”Imperial Woman,” 6 to 7 p.m. book discussion at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. New members are always welcome.
   Meet the Mayor, 7 – 8:45 p.m. at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Schedule an appointment to meet with Mayor Leutwyler and Assemblyman Dancer. Call 609-758-7888. Teen Board Game Night, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Come and play board games provided by the library, or bring your favorite ones. Grades 6-12.
Thurs., Jan. 9
   Family Storytime at 1:30 p.m. with local author, Nicole Caruso LaBrocca who will read “Eat Your Vegetables!” at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Register at the library, online (www.theoceancountylibrary.org ), or at (609-758-7888. There will be veggie tasting and a craft, and Nicole will share how she became an author and the process of writing a picture book. Children of all ages welcome.
Mon., Jan. 13
   The Mercer County Italian American Festival Association will be holding its monthly meeting at the Heritage Center, 2421 Liberty St., Hamilton, 609-631-7544 at 7 p.m. The Festival Association is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Festival to be held at Mercer County Park in September. Also, the Heritage Building is looking for volunteers to help in the office, maintenance and setting up for different social functions.
Mon., Jan. 20
   ”The Help” will be screen at 6:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Register at the library, online (www.theoceancountylibrary.org ), or at (609-758-7888.
Recurring events
   Winter storytime sessions at the Allentown Library. Stories, songs and fun activities every Thursday at the library at 16 S. Main St., Allentown. No registration required.
   The schedule includes Good Morning Storytime from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. for ages 3 and under with a parent or caregiver (siblings welcome); Preschool Storytime from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. for ages 3 to 5; and Family Storytime from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. for all ages.
   For more information, call the library at 609-259-7565.
   Weekly senior games. Plumsted Senior Outreach Services, Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Plumsted Municipal Building lower level via elevator, 121 Evergreen Road.
   Play a different game every week, including Scrabble, bingo, board and card games and dominoes.
   For further information, call 609-758-2241, ext. 111, and leave a message.
   Senior exercise classes, sponsored by the Plumsted Senior Outreach Service, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the lower level of the Plumsted Municipal Building, 121 Evergreen Road.
   All new participants are required to submit a doctor’s permission form. To register, call 609-758-2241, ext. 111.
   Mid-day Toastmasters Club. Meets 11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays each month at Robbinsville Branch of the Mercer County Library System, 42 Allentown-Robbinsville Road. Contact Jim Samuel at db2guy@yahoo.com.
   The Good Neighbor Fund assists area residents with emergency needs such as utility, rent and medical bills. To donate, mail a check payable to Good Neighbor Fund in care of Allentown Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 122, Allentown, 08501.
   Plumsted TNR Committee. Plumsted Trap, Neuter and Return Committee every Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., New Egypt Flea Market, 933 Route 536, Plumsted.
   MOMS Club of Upper Freehold/Allentown. First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Allentown Presbyterian Church, 20 High St. For information, contact Barbara Nissinger or Jen Domen at ufamomsclub@hotmail.com.
   Millstone MOMS. 10 a.m., MOMS Club of Millstone Township, second Thursday of each month. For information, contact Melanie Sullivan at 732-851-5559 or melansulli@yahoo.com or www.millstone.nj.us/Moms_Club.html.
   Discussing books. Meets 6:30 p.m., Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, first Wednesday of the month. Registration can be done in person, by phone at 609-758-7888 or online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
   Book collection. Every first Saturday of the month from May through October the Friends of the Plumsted Township Library will be collecting used books for future book sales. Fiction, nonfiction, large print, children’s, CDs, DVDs, audio books and jigsaw puzzles are accepted. Do not donate soiled, mildewed items. Videotapes, Readers Digest condensed books, magazines or encyclopedias are not accepted.
   Drop off books behind the Plumsted Township Library on Evergreen Road the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do not leave items if no one is present.Call 609-758-0009 or 732-580-5600 or email plumstedfriends@comcast.net
    Veterans wanted. The Robbinsville American Legion Post 530 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Robbins House, 245 Windsor Road, Windsor, 08691. If interested in joining and becoming involved or if you just want to take a look, call Mel Boyce at 609-306-1496 for more information.
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