Weehawken Library Circle Time/Story Time registration

Registration for the popular Circle Time and Story Time programs at Weehawken Public Library will be held this Monday, Jan. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at the library. Proof of residency and birth certificate are required.
Circle Time Junior is open to children ages 6-18 months old and will be held on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. As part of the program, children will actively participate in songs, nursery rhymes and fingerplay. Circle Time Senior is open to children ages 19-24 months old and will be held on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The program includes group participation in stories, songs, nursery rhymes and use rhythm instruments. Story Time Tuesday is open to children ages 2 and 3 years old and will be held on Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. This program enhances early childhood development and skills through seasonal storytelling, art, and music. Registration is required for all Circle Time/Story Time activities and are limited to 15 participants each. Children must have a parent/caregiver with them for these activities.

East meets West at Recreation Department

The Weehawken Recreation Department is introducing special one-day free workshop this week for Weehawken Residents, Feng Shui Tips for Clutter Free Workshop. The program will be led by Karen Michela Parziale, a feng shui consultant, on Jan. 13, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nutrition Center, 203 Highwood Ave. in Weehawken. Signup is required.
Also, Tai Chi Chuan Classes will resume every Friday for individuals ages 18 and up from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Nutrition Center, 203 Highwood Ave., Weehawken. For more information or to sign up for either of these programs, call the Recreation Department at 201-319-6061.

Volunteer ESL Teachers Needed

Comite En Union Para Salvadorenos (CEUS) is looking for volunteers to teach in the English as a Second Language Program. Spanish speaking is not a requirement and no experience is necessary. Enthusiastic and dedicated individuals with a desire to teach are sought to lead the classes which will be held on a Sunday at the Centro Comunitario, a Union City based community center run by CEUS.
CEUS a registered non-profit organization that works to develop and organize Salvadoran and Latino communities and programs are open to all immigrants. For more information, visit: www.ceusnj.org or call the CEUS office at (201) 617-2466.

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ survivors to attend book signing event

On Thursday, Jan. 14, several passengers from the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight will be present at a special book signing event at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 465 River Rd., Edgewater. The free event will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
Released on the one-year anniversary of the emergency Hudson River landing of US Airways Flight 1549, “Brace for Impact,” by Kevin Quirk and Dorothy Firman, includes the words of 25 survivors. It details the event’s impact on their lives.

Free H1N1 shots for North Hudson residents

On Jan. 18, local residents can receive free immunization shots to prevent the H1N1 Virus, or Swine Flu, at St. Joseph of the Palisades Roman Catholic Church in West New York.
Medical professionals from Palisades Medical Center will be administrating the shots from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until supplies run out. The shots will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
The immunization will take place at the church’s lower community center, at 320 64th St. in West New York. For more information, please call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.

Letter drive by High Tech’s Junior State of America

Members of High Tech High School’s Junior State of America (JSA) held a successful letter drive last month.
The JSA students set up a table at the school’s campus and collected letters for U.S. Marines currently stationed overseas. They stopped students who passed by and asked them if they would like to write a letter to a serviceman in Iraq who would not be home for the holidays.
Many students and those who passed by agreed to write, taking anywhere from five minutes to two hours to compose their writing. Some JSA students assisted those writing their letters.
Topics ranged from gratitude for their service in Iraq, local sports updates, recent news, snow fall, and even jokes to raise spirits.
“We’re usually thought of as just a student-run debate group,” said Leora Rosenberg, High Tech’s JSA chapter president. “This year, though, we’re really focused on making sure our political ideals don’t just die in debate. We want to use them to make a difference in our community.”
At the end of the two-day drive, JSA students had collected over 84 letters to mail to a unit of 48 New Jersey Marines stationed in Iraq. They hope to host more, larger drives in the future, including one at an upcoming JSA convention.

‘The Passion Play’ to host auditions

The 95th anniversary of “The Passion Play – The Musical” will be held this year at the Park Performing Center, 560 32nd St., Union City, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from March 13-27.
The long-standing production is currently casting for the musical adaption of the historic play.
Rehearsals will be held on evenings and weekends in Union City starting around Jan. 27.
Director Carl Gonzalez is seeking all types and ethnicities, which include eight male principal singer/actors (Apostles, Jesus, Judas, Pilate, etc.) eight female singer/actors, two child-singer/actors, 13 non-singing male roles and ensemble. A stipend is available for some roles. Those auditioning should prepare a short classical/semi-classical monologue. Singer-actors should also prepare a ballad, an accompanist will be provided. Auditions will be held by appointment on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 16 from noon until 4 p.m. For an appointment, call (201) 865-6980, ext. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email casting@parkpac.org. Actors who are unable to attend on audition days may also send their picture and resume to casting@parkpac,org for consideration.

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