WHAT’S GOING ON for the week of 8/19/16

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Sun., Aug. 21 
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Seniors’ Group will present its Summer Opera Programme, “Mommy, Daddy and the Kids in Opera’ at 3 p.m. Admission is $10. Please RSVP, by Aug. 15, to the synagogue office. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, N.J., 08520; 609-443-4454; www.bethel.net. 
Mon., Aug. 22 
Hand Embroidery: Pattern Design will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. Learn how to follow hand embroidery kit template instructions, then explore ideas for creating your own embroidery designs. Some embroidery knowledge is required. All materials provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. 
Tues., Aug. 23 
Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. at the Plumsted Branch library, 119 Evergreen Road New Egypt. Stories, songs, and a simple craft. Ages 18-36 months with caregiver. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all of our monthly programs. 
Thurs., Aug. 25 
Coloring for Adults will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. Coloring pages, pencils and markers provided. Lucy, the therapy dog, will attend most sessions. No registration required. 
Fri., Aug. 26 
Finding Dory! From 1 to 2 p.m. at the Plumsted Branch library, 119 Evergreen Road New Egypt. Our favorite character from “Finding Nemo” finally has her own movie. Join us for stories, crafts, games, and help us find Dory. Ages 5 & up. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all of our monthly programs.
Friday Afternoon Movie: The Confirmation will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor. Join us for a screening of the movie starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. Rated R; 130 minutes. A small snack will be served. No registration necessary. 
Mon., Aug. 29 
Hand Embroidery: Arts and Crafts will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. Explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials, techniques and creative paths that you can take to create your own unique hand embroidery projects. Some embroidery knowledge is required. All materials provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. 
Tues., Aug. 30 
Coloring for Adults at 11:15 a.m. at the Plumsted Branch library, 119 Evergreen Road New Egypt. Rediscover the joy of coloring. Coloring sheets and art supply provided along with relaxing music. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all of our monthly programs. 
Wed., Aug. 31 
The Windsor Hightstown Area Ministerium (WHAM) is inviting all residents, mayors, elected officials, law enforcement and social justice groups from the WHAM membership area to participate in a Community Town Hall solely designed to strengthen our communities bond and discuss issues that have plagued our nation in recent weeks. The town hall will take place 7 p.m. at the Hightstown Fire House, 140 North Main St., Hightstown. For more information call 609-902-4964.
The Hickory Corner Book Discussion will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. The group will discuss “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout. No registration in necessary and new members are always welcome. 
Thurs., Sept. 1 
Coloring for Adults will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. Coloring pages, pencils and markers provided. Lucy, the therapy dog, will attend most sessions. No registration required. 
Fri., Sept. 9 
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor invites you to come party with us at our annual Tiki Bar Shabbat. Enjoy a Happy Hour and Chinese dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m., followed by Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Adults are $5 per person. Children 12 and under eat free. RSVP to Beth El Synagogue by Friday, Sept, 2, 2016. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, N.J., 08520; 609-443-4454; www.bethel.net or at Beth El-East Windsor on Facebook.Sat., Oct. 15 
Danny V’s 52nd Street Band “Tribute to Billy Joel” will perform at 7 p.m. at The Bordentown Regional Middle School, 50 Dunn’s Mill Road, Bordentown, N.J., at part of the 36th Season Schedule of the Community Concert Association of Bordentown, Inc. This is a full-scale, six-piece, live concert show, re-creating the performances of arguably the greatest rock and roll keyboard player ever – the “Piano Man”…Billy Joel. Led by pianist, singer and showman, Dan Vechesky (Danny V), the 52nd Street Band is comprised of top NYC metro-area musicians driven to detail in re-creating Billy’s music and live stage show. Touring for more than 20 years, 52nd Street is the world’s longest running tribute to Billy Joel, earning a reputation of rocking “A”-list venues from Hard Rock Cafe’s to Trump & Harrah’s Casinos to NYC Parades and Concert festivals. Tickets: Adults $20 Students $5. For additional concert or membership information phone 609-298-5465. 
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 [email protected]; or Officer Wesley Panckeri at 732-521-0222, ext. 210 or email [email protected].
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 [email protected].
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 Preschool Director Kathy Schroeder at 609- 298-2880 ext. 101 for availability.
Community dinner: Rise and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen offer free hot meals at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main St., Hightstown, on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the First United Methodist Church, 187 Stockton St., Hightstown, on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All meals are provided free on an unconditional, no-questions-asked basis. Volunteers are welcome.Food Pantry: The Rise Food Pantry is open 52 weeks a year from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 5 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Baby care items, personal products and all nonperishable and perishable food items are needed for local families. The pantry welcomes locally grown fruits and vegetables. Food can be donated directly to the pantry at 225 Franklin St., Hightstown, during operating hours or to the Greater Goods Thrift Store, 114 Rogers Ave., Hightstown. Contact [email protected] for more information.
The Central Jersey Chapter No. 148 of Korean War Veterans Association extends an invitation to any veterans, regardless of branch of service, who served during the war – June 25, 1950 through July 27, 1953 – in any location, including Europe, to join the group. It 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 dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and a $10 chapter fee per year. The chapter is involved in various functions, including parades with Color Guard, flag raisings, funerals and other events. For more information, contact membership chairman Charles Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or by email at [email protected]. 