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Artworks Celebrates Black History Month

Adding to their celebration of Black History during the month of February, Artworks presents a workshop series for adults and children to promote the education of Black history in a communing environment. Every Saturday in February, the series will explore several issues, such as unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, youth activism and health and wellness for families. The schedule is as follows:

Stronger Together – DCR Collab – 2/5/2022

Much More Than The Big 3–Adult – 2/12/2022

Youth Artivism–Youth ​- 2/19/2022

Family Ties Workshop – All – 2/26/2022

Please visit the Artworks website for more information.

Henry J. Austin Health Center Goes Mobile

Transportation is an issue for many people, and as a result, the lack of it can interfere with a person’s health care. Well, the Henry J. Austin Health Center has that covered for Trenton residents with its Mobile Health Unit (MHU). Using the phrase, “Wheels to Wellness,” the goal of MHU is to provide a mobile clinic that offers services, such as primary care, dental and behavioral health. According to Director of Transformation, Dr. Anita Porbeni, MHU gives COVID-19 vaccinations, preventative and dental screenings, and annual school physicals. The MHU offers a School Based Service Site (SBSS) that allows them to visit specific schools in Trenton with the aim to provide services to under privileged youth. The SBSS will be available at the following schools until August 31, 2022:

PJ Hill Elementary, Gregory Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, and Mott Elementary.

For additional information on the HJAHC Wheels to Wellness, please visit www.henryjaustin.org.

Rutgers University in Piscataway offers NJ residents free production assistant bootcamp training

Are you interested in working in the entertainment industry? Well, then you may want to hurry up and apply for the diverse Production Assistant Bootcamp training program sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission recently announced the sixth bootcamp training to be held in the state since 2018, which will be at Rutgers University in Piscataway on February 5th and 6th. The two-day training will be an intensive, real-world program offering those accepted the chance to receive film/tv set and office production skills. Since 2018, more than 100 New Jersey residents from diverse backgrounds have completed the training program. Masks are required, and trainees are asked to be fully vaccinated. To apply to the program, interested residents should email pabootcamp@gmail.com with Rutgers Piscataway Bootcamp in the subject line, and their name, email, phone number and a short paragraph of their reasons for wanting to attend the program in the body of the email. Learn more about the program here, and good luck to those applying.

The William Trent House Museum presents the first emancipation of the early 19th century by Guy Weston

Rutgers University (New Brunswick) history department’s visiting scholar and managing director of the Timbuctoo Historical Society, Guy Weston, will feature a virtual talk via Zoom on February 9th at 7 p.m. entitled “Timbuctoo and the First Emancipation of the Early 19th Century.” Weston is a descendant of early home owners in Timbuctoo, a community of formerly enslaved free Black people in southern New Jersey. The discussion will feature Weston describing the rich history of the community, through documentation and archives obtained during his in-depth research. You can join the zoom at https://tinyurl.com/Feb9Talk. Pay-as-you-wish donations are encouraged via PayPal at https://www.williamtrenthouse.org/donations.html.

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