Community calendar, issue of Dec. 4
Variety show benefits school’s debate club
Fri., Dec. 5 — High school students and faculty members perform in variety show, 7 p.m., in auditorium of Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd. Admission is $5. Open to the public. Proceeds benefit school Debate Club.
Coffee house boosts donations to food bank
Sat., Dec. 6 — Musicians, poets, and performing artists welcome to join a Christmas coffee house of music, food and holiday cheer at 4 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 770 Route 206 South. Admission is donation of toiletries, paper products or cleaning items for the Hillsborough Food Bank.
Firehouse will welcome Santa Claus to breakfast
Sat., Dec. 6 — Woods Road firehouse will welcome Santa to seatings at breakfast at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Buffet includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, ham, hash browns. Tickets $10 per person; no charge for children under two unless a seat is saved for them. Reservations required. E-mail Samantha at email@example.com to reserve tickets.
Families wishing to sit together are encouraged to register together. Tables seat 9. Checks should be made payable to HTVFC No. 3.
Rotary, YMCA expedite gift-packing for troops
Sat., Dec. 6 — The community is invited to participate in Hillsborough Rotary Club-sponsored packaging of foods and toiletries for military members serving abroad at the fourth annual Christmas packing event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hillsborough YMCA, 19 East Mountain Road. The packing is organized by Operation Shoebox New Jersey
Temple Beth El to sell Chanukah, Judaica items
Sun., Dec. 7 and 14 — Temple Beth-El will sell Chanukah items (menorahs, dreidels and decorations) and other Judaica items at the Sisterhood Chanukah Shop located at the temple at 67 Route 206 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Sale of these items is open to the community. No credit cards accepted. Contact Cindy at 908-369-7866 with questions.
Garden club to enjoy annual holiday luncheon
Thurs., Dec. 11 — Neshanic Garden Club’s monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. will be part of its holiday luncheon at Montgomery United Methodist Church, 117 Sunset Road, off Route 206, in Belle Mead.
In lieu of gift exchange, members are asked to bring donations of canned food or grocery store gift cards for the food pantries of Hillsborough and Montgomery.
Prospective members are encouraged to attend. For information, contact club president Barbara Zielsdorff at 908-359-1750.
Robotics team benefits from flapjack fundraiser
Sat., Dec.13 — The Hillsborough High School Robotics Team 75 hosts a fundraiser from 8-10 a.m. at the Hillsborough Applebee’s Route 206. Students will serve a pancake breakfast for $10.
Band parents group collects used clothing
Sat., Dec. 13 — High school’s Band Parents Association accepts donations at front entrance to the high school, 466 Raider Blvd., 10 a.m. to noon. Clothing must be in well-tied plastic bags. Shoes, belts, scarves, gloves, ties, household items (like sheets, bedspreads) acceptable.
Blood drive scheduled for Route 206 firehouse
Tues., Dec. 16 — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset will hold a mobile blood drive from 2-7 p.m. at the Hillsborough Fire Department, 375 Route 206, Hillsborough. Blood supplies are traditionally low during the winter months. All blood donated is used for patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.
To register, call the hospital at 908-685-2926.
School district musicians hold fund-raising concert
Tues., Dec. 16 — 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 a family. The evening will serve as a "Ronald McDonald House" dropoff location for new unwrapped toys/gifts.
The Grand Staff Ensemble is made up of staff and friends of the school district, under the direction of Nancy Ciacciarelli and Gary Smith. This year’s concert will feature many of your holiday favorites.Proceeds go to a Hillsborough High School senior planning to pursue a degree in music. Donations are accepted. Contact Patti Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Cheeleaders organizing comedy show night
Sat., Jan. 10 — Hillsborough High School cheerleaders sponsor a suburban adult humor comedy night, with acts provided by Mark New Comedy Inc., at the Hillsborough/Manville Elks, 1500 Brooks Blvd. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9. Cash bar and appetizers for purchase, or bring your own food.
Tickets $35 in advance and $40 at door (must be 21 or older). Available from any cheerleader or send payment to 3 O’Neal Court, Hillsborough, 08844. For details, contact Lisa Hofmeister at 908-369-1911 or email email@example.com.
Community theater — Somerset Valley Players presents "Humbug," from Dec. 5-21 at the theater at 689 Amwell Road (Route 514). The play is a modern and adaptation of the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."
Shows are Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. For information, call 908-369-7469. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for senior citizens and students.
Coping with addiction — Parents of Addicted Children helps parents understand and cope with drug problems they are facing, and will face, with their children. Meets first and third Monday of month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Neshanic Reformed Church, 715 Amwell Road.
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.
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