Community Bulletin Board: the Sentinel (for November 25)

The fifth annual Ariella Hopkins Toy Drive will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the American Legion pavilion, 4 JFK Blvd., Milltown.

Drop off a new, unwrapped toy to support children in the community.

Contact Bobby “Brooklyn Bob” Hopkins at 732-317-3917 for more information.


The Soup for Seniors Winter Soup Drive will be held from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 at CareOne East Brunswick, 664 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Donate soup to local seniors in need.

For more information, call 732-653-1178.



High school students are invited to enter their substance use prevention messages through their original music as part of the music and song writing competition, “Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey,” sponsored by New Jersey Broadcasters and 959.9-FM WRAT.

The competition is designed to challenge New Jersey high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful peer-to-peer substance use, misuse and prevention messages. Entries are accepted through Feb. 1.

All music genres are welcomed from students interested in sharing their talent and inspiring messages about shouting down drugs and raising up their voices to inspire their peers.

The winner of the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition, as decided by judges and announced at the end of the Prevention Concert, will receive a $5,000 music contract. The second- and third-place performers will receive $3,000 and $2,000 music contracts, respectively, with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

For rules and information on how to enter, contact Diane Higgins at 973-275-7985.



Sewing for a Cause is raising money for the New Jersey foster care children.

Gaylien Thompson, a Sayreville resident, sells hand-sown items on through her shop SewingbyGaylien, such as home decor, children’s quilts, doll dresses, a doll quilt, and Christmas items.

She will donate $2 for every order she receives through December. Her goal is to raise $150.


For more information, email




Boheme Opera NJ will virtually present its Lecture Performance Series through the Monroe Township Library, sponsored by the Monroe Township Patrons of the Arts in collaboration with the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission.

All events in this Zoom-based series are available free to the public via the Monroe Township Library website at  

“A Night in Vienna” will take place at 1 p.m. Dec. 2. This features music of the composers Johann Strauss, Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml, Kurt Weill and others, starring soprano Eve Edwards, mezzo-soprano Eva Kastner-Puschl and tenor Vinny Beck.

“Unique Broadway” will take place at 1 p.m. Dec. 9. This features music from “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Trouble in Tahiti,” “Yentl” and more,…

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