WHAT’S GOING ON for the week of 3/25/16

Sun., March 27 
The Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Genealogy Club will be sponsoring a “Double Header” program at 7:30 p.m. Part one of the meeting will address “Using Probate Records to find Cousins.” Part two will address “Searching for a Birth Family.” Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520; 609-443-4454; www.bethel.net. 
Tues., March 29 
Genealogy 101 will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor. Learn how to go about researching your family history using Ancestry Library and other genealogical websites and sources. Presented by Cathy Zahn of Central Jersey Genealogical Society. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. To register, call the library at 609-448-1330. 
Wed., March 30 
Book Discussion: “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr will be discussed at 7:30 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. No registration is required and new members are always welcome. 
Thurs., March 31 
McCarter Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” Ensemble Project information session and workshop will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hightstown Memorial Library, 114 Franklin St. in Hightstown. McCarter Theater’s production staff is looking for members for its new “A Christmas Carol” Ensemble and reaching out to people of all ages of the community to come and learn more about the project. Call the library at 609-443-6798 for more information.
EFT Tapping will be explained and demonstrated at 7 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) combines acupuncture with modern psychology but without the needles. By gentle tapping on acupoints while tuning into whatever problem you want to work on, the distress subsides and you’re left with a new sense of emotional freedom. Presented by psychologist Carol Bemmels. Call the library to register at 609-448-1330. 
Fri., April 1 
“Master Gardeners – We Planted a Tree” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Hightstown Memorial Library, 114 Franklin St. in Hightstown. Listen to a story and learn why trees are important. Receive a tree plug to plant at home. For grades K-3. Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County. A caregiver must be in the library during the program. Register online at www.mcl.org. Call the library at 609-443-6798 for more information.
Pasta Fest 2016, a family dinner and fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Nottingham Ballroom, 200 Mercer St., Hamilton Square, N.J. Menu items include linguine, pencil points, several sauces (including meatless), salad, dinner rolls, a variety of desserts and refreshments. The night’s fun will include entertainment by Bob Orlowski of Top Shelf Entertainment, and a Super 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the event fund the Rotary Club’s annual scholarship program and benefit local charities. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit www. rhrotary.org or call 609-915-3224. 
Sun., April 3 
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Genealogy Club will present, “Finding Family Dead or Alive” at 7:30 p.m. Sandra Lanman, an award-winning writer and public relations professional, will discuss how to mine documents, family stories, the Internet and other resources to locate relatives and even long lost friends. She will share how she found her mother’s biological family 70 years after and an ocean away from where she was given up for adoption, and how she located her father’s family and friends separated by the Holocaust. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, N.J., 08520; 609-443-4454; www.bethel.net. 
Sat., April 9 
Friends of the Hickory Corner Library Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. Thousands of Books: fiction & non-fiction for children, young adults and adults. Proceeds are used to provide special programs for adults and children, including the Summer Reading Program, and to purchase new materials for the library. The sale will continue in the library through the week.
East Windsor Recreation will present 5K Run/Walk starting at 8 am at Etra Lake Park. The cost to participate is $25, and proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, for Autism awareness and research. The deadline to register is March 31 and race packet pickup will be the first week in April. Volunteers interested in assisting with the event can contact the Recreation Department at 609-443-4000, ext. 225. 
Sun., April 10 
The Community Concert Association of Bordentown Inc. will host “Broadway-Style Musical Revue” at 3 p.m. in Bordentown Regional Middle School, 50 Dunn’s Mill Road, Bordentown. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for seniors. This particular concert gives the opportunity to remember the great Broadway composers from the past 100 years who have made music that is authentically American and popular around the world. For additional concert or membership information, call 609-298-5465.
Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick will host its Tricky Tray Raffle at 4 p.m. There will be three levels of prizes, grand prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $15. Those who register in advance will receive a free level 1 ticket sheet. For more information and ticket order forms, go to www.bnaishalom.com or contact TBSTrickyTray@gmail.com. Temple B’nai Shalom is located at 15 Fern Road in East Brunswick. 
Mon., April 11 
Earth Day Upcycled Craft at 6:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Library. Celebrate Earth Day and join the Plumsted Youth for Nature and the Environment group (PYNE) and make an Earth Day upcycled craft. Ages 6-11. The Plumsted Branch is at 119 Evergreen Road. New Egypt. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all programs. 
Wed., April 13 
Harry Potter Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Library. Celebrate National Library Week and join us for Harry Potter Night. Attend the Sorting Hat Ceremony to be assigned a House; stop by Ollivander’s to pick a wand; have a snack at the Leaky Cauldron; and make an owl at Eeylops Owl Emporium. Ages 6 and above. The Plumsted Branch is at 119 Evergreen Road. New Egypt. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all programs. 
Sat., April 16 
Join Temple B’nai Shalom 6 at 6 p.m. to watch the “Deli Man” movie. Experience a deli meal, watch the movie, and enjoy a concert by Cantors Jack and Fredda Mendelson. Pricing at the patron level is $54 per person which includes the concert, followed by dinner and the movie. Other sponsorship levels are available. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit the Temple B’nai Shalom website at www.bnaishalom.com or call 732-251-4300 ext. 222. Temple B’nai Shalom is located at 15 Fern Road in East Brunswick.
The Millstone Township Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary will host a Spring Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millstone Firehouse, 461 Stage Coach Road. Donations of gently used household items, linens, toys, clothing, books and sporting equipment accepted at the firehouse from Tuesday, April 12, through Thursday, April 14, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Due to government regulations, cribs and car seats cannot be accepted. No computers or exercise equipment will be accepted. All proceeds to benefit the Millstone Township Fire Company. For additional information, contact Allison at 609-259-9862 or Geryl at 609-658-6386. 
Mon., April 18 
Book Café with guest author at 3 p.m. at the Plumsted Library. Meet local author Johnny Carrasquillo, pen name Julian Crane, as he presents his books “Bloodswept” and “Loveswept.” Light refreshments will be served. Books available for purchase. The Plumsted Branch is at 119 Evergreen Road. New Egypt. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all programs. 
Thurs., April 21 
OCL Puppet Players Present: “Splat the Cat” at 1:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Library. The Puppet Show Players are doing a show based on the “Splat the Cat” books by Rob Scotton. The Plumsted Branch is at 119 Evergreen Road. New Egypt. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all programs. 
Sat., April 23 
Bike Drive, sponsored by the Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Pond Road Middle School, 150 Pond Road, Robbinsville (at the township Green Fair). Drop off used bikes for the Boys & Girls Club’s Bike Exchange program. To learn more, visit rhrotary.org, or call 609-439-3933. 
Fri., April 29 
The Cranbury Township Shade Tree Commission will have its annual Arbor Day celebration at 2 p.m. Cranbury has once again been named a “Tree City” for the 28th year. A cherry tree will be planted at Memorial Park near the firehouse. Shade Tree Commissioner Norma Swale will officiate and Mayor Dan Mulligan will read the Proclamation. The Cranbury School second-graders will participate with songs and poems, and help plant the tree. Saplings will be given out to anyone in attendance. The public is invited. 
Sat., April 30 
The Women’s Club of Cranbury will have its Mother’s Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, in front of Studio 43 Hair Salon, 43, N. Main St., Cranbury. In addition to the sidewalk sale, the club is accepting pre-orders on the red and pink geraniums in 4.5-inch pots. Prices are $2.50 each or three for $7. Cash or check only. Proceeds will benefit various WCC charities. Mail orders along with payment to the Women’s Club of Cranbury, P.O. Box 94, Cranbury, N.J., 08512. For more information, email Phyllis Robinson at WCCflowersale@gmail.com. 
Sun., May 15 
Beth El Synagogue Genealogy Club will present a program to all interested in discovering a family’s Jewish roots and the journey one person took to get there at 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue. Wanting to know and understand more about his European relatives deported from their homes in Germany, and sent to their death in Poland’s concentration camps during the Holocaust, Ryan Lilienthal embarked on a mission to examine the past by traveling to his family’s town of origin in Germany. This program is dedicated to Holocaust Memorial Day – Yom Ha Shoah. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, N.J., 08520; 609-443-4454; www.bethel.net. 
Continuing events 
Spinning Yarns Craft Circle: This club meets the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Cranbury Public Library at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury. Visit the Gambino Room for an hour of knitting, crocheting, crafts and conversation. All levels welcome.
The Monroe Township Police PBA #255 & SOA #203 is having its second annual toy drive between now and Dec. 9. Residents are asked to drop off an unwrapped toy or make a monetary donation for children of all ages at the police department, 3 Municipal Plaza. For more information, contact Lt. Lisa Robinson at 732-521-0222, ext. 149 or email lrobinson@monroetwppolice.org; or Officer Wesley Panckeri at 732-521-0222, ext. 210 or email wpanckeri@monroetwppolice.org.
Read It and Eat It! Cook Book Club: This club takes place the third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Cranbury Public Library at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury. Call the library to reserve a copy of this month’s book or visit www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/264622.
Toddler Stay and Play: This event is held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury. Early literacy story time helps prepare children with future reading skills. After singing, reading, and talking, children ages 12-24 months with a caregiver stay and play.
Movie Club: This club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Cranbury Public Library at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury Join the lively discussions about movies.
Central Jersey Chapter 148 of Korean War Veterans Association: Any veterans who served during the war from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953 to the current date can join the group that meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month (except January, February, March and April) at the Monroe Township Municipal Building. Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and a $10 chapter fee per year. The chapter is involved in various functions throughout the year including parades with color guard, flag raisings, Korean War memorial ceremonies, funerals and more. For more information, contact Charles Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or email him at KWVANJ@yahoo.com.
Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool: Registration for the 2015-16 school year for both Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs continues to be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Kathy Schroeder at 609- 298-2880 ext. 101 for availability.