Women Helping Women launches teen work­shops

Women Helping Women, the nonprofit organization providing therapy and support services for women, young girls and teens throughout Somerset, Middlesex and Union counties, will launch its new "Strong Girls" teen program on Oct. 16 in Metuchen.

This dynamic and interactive series of workshops, geared specifically for teenage girls, is designed to provide an opportunity to build self-esteem, enhance communication skills, understand and manage feelings, and provide each participant with a strong sense of self.

Workshops topics include:

• "Busting Through the Diet Craze" –
Oct. 16

• "The Girl’s Guide to Healthy Rela-

tionships" – Nov. 20

• "Crashing the Clique Culture" –
Jan. 15

• "Cultivating a Quiet Mind" – March


• The Ties that Bind: Surviving Your
Parents’ Divorce" – May 20

"Today, more than ever, teenage girls face a myriad of challenges — from standing strong in the face of relationship pressures to learning to find inner calm and peace in today’s hectic and often violent world," said Melissa Higgins, Women Helping Women executive director. "Teenage girls struggling with body issues, depression, family tensions and identity often have nowhere to turn. Women Helping Women’s ‘Strong Girls’ teen program is designed to provide teenagers with the hands-on skills and information they need to be their best."

The fee for each two-hour workshop is $25, $20 for WHW members. The registration fee for the entire series is $100, $80 for WHW members. Each workshop will be held at the First Presbyterian Church education building, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for any or all of the "Strong Girls: teen workshops, call Women Helping Women at (732) 549-6000.

Halloween dance planned for teens and adults

The Edison Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Halloween Dance for physically and mentally challenged teens and adults on Oct. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Stelton Community Center, 328 Plainfield Ave., Edison.

The evening will be filled with music, dancing, snacks, and fun. Costumes encouraged. Admission is $5 per person.

No transportation will be provided. Permission slip and money are due by Oct. 17. and are available at either the Stelton Community Center, 328 Plainfield Ave., or the Minnie B. Veal Community Center, 1070 Grove Ave., Edison but must be re­turned with
pay­ment to the Stelton Community Center, 328 Plainfield, Ave., Edison, NJ 08817.

For more information, call the Edison Recreation Department at (732) 248-7312 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thomas Edison Day slated at local schools

The Center for Community Renewal is sponsoring Thomas Alva Edison Day Oct. 21 to celebrate the day Edison perfected the incandescent lamp. On that day this year, Edison Tower Museum Director Jack Stanley will provide exhibits and demonstrations for students of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

On Oct. 22, Stanley takes his displays and demonstrations to students of John Adams Middle School.

For more information, call the Center for Community Renewal at (732) 321-0045.