The Community Well E-News
September 2, 2020
The Community Well is a community wellness center located in The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, offering services that promote wellness of body, mind and spirit and the discovery of human purpose in the Lawrenceville, NJ and greater Princeton area. 
YMCA Basketball Program Returns this Month
Our popular YMCA kids' basketball program will be offered again at The Community Well beginning on Monday, September 14th. Program will run for 8 consecutive weeks with the following schedule:  6 to 7 pm for Ages 5 to 9; and 7 to 8 pm for Ages 10 - 14. 

Social distancing and mask- wearing will be in place. This program can be safely offered as it involves drills and practice, with no contact games played. For more information, contact Jeff Hirschman at (907) 963-9305. Register here. 
Evergreen Forum Fall 2020
The Princeton Senior Resource Center holds the Evergreen Forum: a series of courses designed for seniors on a variety of topics from art to literacy to science and technology and so much more. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all classes will be held on the Zoom conferencing system. Please note that we offer excellent, stress-free technical services to help you with Zoom. 

Music Together & Rhythm Kids Online
Music Together helps children develop a solid foundation for life-long music-making! What we're learning is that this is true whether you're singing and dancing with us in person or through Zoom and Facebook Live. We know why...because YOU are the most important ingredient in your child's music development. We're hearing from the families who joined us for the Spring and Summer Sessions that they're making MORE music together now as a family (outside of class) than they did before. 

That makes our hearts sing! 
Register here.
Grief Support in Trying Times
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. It is also the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.  During this pandemic many people are experiencing grief but for someone who has been carrying around unresolved grief from a death, divorce, or any other loss it is often even more difficult. Unresolved grief is almost always about the things we wish we'd said or done differently, better, or more (The Grief Recovery Institute┬«).
Learn more about a 7 week one-on-one online program called The Grief Recovery Method.

A night of fitful tossing. A bedtime and wake time that fluctuate daily. A workday that begins sluggishly and ends later than you intended.

If this sounds familiar, your work-from-home routine (or lack thereof) may be the cause. "We might expect that working from home allows people to sleep better, but studies conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic suggest this is untrue," says Jennifer Martin, professor of medicine at UCLA and sleep-expert adviser at Precision Nutrition.

Here's What Happened When Students Went to School During the 1918 Pandemic
This isn't the first time leaders have struggled with deciding whether to keep schools open in a pandemic.
During the influenza pandemic in 1918, even though the world was a very different place, the discussion was just as heated.

Eight Tips for Boosting Mental Health at College in the Age of COVID-19
As about 20 million college students prepare to either return to school or take courses remotely, they're not only facing the risk of infection with coronavirus, but also a mental health crisis.

Can Air Conditioners Spread 
In the dog days of August, air conditioning is everywhere.
Is that a problem when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus?
The answer to that question rests on the way the virus is transmitted - a topic that is still being researched.

Coronavirus College Money Dilemmas For Parents And Children
College is mighty expensive, of course, with tuition doubling over the past few decades. But what's the value of a college education in the pandemic, where classes normally taught in person will instead be offered either fully or partly online? That's the question millions of parents, grandparents and undergrads are facing for the 2020-2021 school year.
WHO Warns Young People are Emerging as Main Spreaders of the Coronavirus
The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that young people are becoming the primary drivers of the spread of the novel coronavirus in many countries - a worrisome trend experts fear may grow in the United States as many colleges and schools begin to reopen.  Read more.
Air Pollution is Much Worse 
Than We Thought
In the late 1960s, the US saw regular, choking smog descend over New York City and Los Angeles, 100,000 barrels of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and, perhaps most famously, fires burning on the surface of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio. These grim images sparked the modern environmental movement, the first Earth Day, and a decade of extraordinary environmental lawmaking and rulemaking (much of it under a Republican president, Richard Nixon).

Our Bodies Process Medicines Best at Certain Times of Day
Our bodies run on predictable daily schedules. As morning approaches, our body temperature begins to rise, and our cortisol levels climb. Our heart rate and blood pressure spike upon awakening. By mid-morning, we tend to be at our most alert, while many components of athletic performance-including strength, coordination, and flexibility-peak in the afternoon. As darkness descends, the pineal gland dials up its release of melatonin; while we sleep, gastric-acid secretion surges. Similar 24-hour cycles, or circadian rhythms, govern nearly every cell, tissue, and organ in the human body, and almost all of its physiological functions.
This Month in the Garden: Late Summer Harvest and Fall Planning
August in the garden is bountiful. Luscious New Jersey tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, beans, peppers, delicious melons, blackberries and more. While we continue watering, weeding and feeding (with fertilizer or compost), August also brings an opportunity to think about extending the harvest by planting cool season vegetables that can be harvested in the fall. 

Homefront Volunteer Opportunities
There are currently two areas in which HomeFront needs volunteer help. Are you interested?

Double Helpings: Delivering hot meals to individuals and families living at local motels and at the Family Campus through mid-August and possibly beyond if needed.

The warehouse at our Lawrenceville office: Helping with various tasks such as wrapping diapers, sorting donations, making food bags, organizing, and more.

Volunteering with our Back to School Drive at the Lawrence Community Center We are looking for some additional help with organizing donations, ensuring all children have what's on their list, and other tasks. This is a good fit for individuals who have strong organization skills, enjoy efforts to help children's learning, and who feel comfortable lifting/moving donations as needed.

Once you express interest in helping, we will provide you with our safety protocols, what to expect, and the staff overseeing you for both opportunities. We understand that this is a personal choice, and we respect what you're comfortable with.

Email Catherine at for more information!
We welcome your suggestions!
As we continue to evolve the programs of The Community Well, we sincerely welcome your ideas, comments and suggestions. Please let us know what you've liked about our offerings, what you'd like to see more or less of, and any other thoughts you might have. Send all via email to Karen Buda at The Community Well.  

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