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Page 18 • The Branchburg News • May 2011 Branchburg Woman’s Club News

By Tricia Ihde for the Branchburg Woman’s Club

May 19 Banquet

The Branchburg Woman’s Club will host its End of the Club Year Banquet Thursday evening, May 19. It will be held at Café Picasso in Somerville. A popular event, the banquet features a four course din- ner, the club officers’ installation ceremony, and the official welcom- ing of five new club members. Join us in celebrating our past year’s accomplishments and friendships. Women interested in the club may attend, but the $40 dinner tickets must be purchased before May 14. For information, call (908) 866- 1060 or email bwc4u@spamex. com.

Snakes Alive! — Dominic Rizzo, a wildlife educator, came to visit The Children’s Garden with his incredible collection of animals. Among the favorites was a Burmese Python weighing close to 40 pounds and stretching over 10 feet

long. It took the whole class to hold him and they all did. In the photo, a little Corn Snake is being worn as a bracelet by Colleen Mayer, The other students can’t wait to try it out too. It’s always amazing how inquisitive and fearless the children are. —submitted by Sue Ferranti, Director

After the summer hiatus, the next club meeting will be the Sep- tember Potluck Supper at the Little Red Schoolhouse. More informa- tion about the upcoming club year will be announced in future issues of The Branchburg News and on the Branchburg Woman’s Club’s Website at bwc/.

Charitable Donations and Nov. 12 Craft Fair at New Location

The BWC membership has ap- proved the club’s charitable dona- tions for 2011. Each year proceeds from the group’s fund-raising efforts are allocated to student awards, a variety of Somerset County’s non-profit, community service institutions, as well as charitable groups and projects. The

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BWC’s student awards are sched- uled to be announced this summer. In support of the community, many local groups will receive funds from the Branchburg Wom- an’s Club. Recipients will include the Branchburg Rescue Squad, The Food Bank Network of Somerset County, the Interfaith Hospital- ity Network, the Somerset County Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, Branchburg Historical Society, Somerville High School Project Graduation, Literacy Vol- unteers of Somerset County, plus the four Volunteer Fire Companies of Neshanic Station, Country Hills, North Branch, and Readington. The Branchburg Woman’s Club raised the funds for these dona- tions and student awards primarily through the club’s fall craft fair. The next craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at a new location, Branchburg’s Central Middle School on Baird Road. Crafters interested in sign- ing up for the fair should call (908) 369-4376. The fee for a crafter table is still only $35 for the event. Vendors and product representa- tives should not apply.

Membership Inquiries Welcome

The Branchburg Woman’s Club is a non-profit, volunteer organiza- tion that endeavors to help the com- munity while sharing fun activities and projects. Club membership is open to women residing in Central New Jersey. For information, call (908) 866-1060 or see http://www.

Local Bicycle Racing Roots

New Book by Karen Rostoker-Gruber —The lat- est children’s book by Branchburg Author Karen Rostoker-Gruber was published in March by Marshall Cav- endish. Suitable for ages 4-8, the book follows two ferrets who teach a hungry cat that ferrets are more fun to play with than to eat. Rostoker-Gruber is one of the honorees at this month’s Ro- tary Club “Best of Branchburg.” See article on page 1.

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Will be Traced at May 12 Library Talk Author and bicycling historian Michael Gabriele will join a panel of local cycling luminaries to discuss “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey,” at the Somerset County Library’s Bridgewater headquar- ters on Thursday, May 12 from 7-9 pm. The talk will highlight some of the people and events that helped shape 130 years of the sport in the Gar- den State. The panel will included Joe Saling, “The Voice of the Tour of Somerville,” who once owned a bicycle shop in Branchburg. This program is free and all adults and young adults are welcome to attend, but registration is required. Please register online, by phone, or in person at the Adult Reference Desk. For more information please call 908-526-4016 ext. 105, email, or visit www.somerset.

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