Common calendar, Packet papers, Sept. 11


Editor’s Note: Please call before attending any event. As of press time, certain restrictions were still in place due to the coronavirus outbreak.



The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.

The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.

To sign up as a donor, visit or email [email protected].


Pickleball will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Mercer County Park Tennis/Pickleball Center, Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Morning times to be announced.

Participants must wear masks, bring water and bring their own paddle.

Mercer County fees are $7/time or a player can pay $35 (62 and older) or $70 (under 62) to join the Mercer County Park tennis/pickleball program through the end of 2020. Membership is required.

For more information on pickleball and membership, email [email protected] or visit


The Mercer County Mask Project is in need of masks for healthcare workers and first responders.

Volunteers of the West Windsor Arts Council have made more than 230 face masks thus far.

To donate, visit for more information.


Gesher LeKesher is currently accepting applications from high school juniors and seniors in the Greater Princeton Mercer Bucks area to participate in a Jewish peer leadership program.

As Gesher “Madrichim” (peer leaders), teens lead a group of seventh to ninth grade “Talmidim” (learners) in outreaches addressing trending topics from a Jewish perspective including friendships, the impact of social media, peer pressure, prejudice, and anti-Semitism on campus.

Gesher LeKesher meets virtually six hours each month: two Monday night trainings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and an additional outreach time either Monday/Wednesday night or Sunday morning.

Gesher LeKesher is a program of Jewish Family & Children Services and is partially funded by the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks.

For more information, visit


The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is kicking off its 18th year giving back to local, national and global non-profits beginning this fall. The program brings together teens in grades 8-12 from the Mercer and Bucks counties area.


Each teen philanthropist donates their own money which gets matched and pooled with money they fundraise during the program. Students will meet virtually to discuss Tzedakah and explore needs and the non-profit organizations who address them. At year-end, each group decides how their dollars will be donated. The program offers teens the opportunity to develop leadership and presentation skills.


Registration is open for all participants in grades 8-10, and returning participants in 11th and 12th grades. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit

Contact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100, ext. 210 or [email protected] with any questions.


Participating in yoga benefits both physical and mental health and influences positive thought. It alleviates mental stress, develops better physicality and subsequently enhances emotional well-being. Yoga postures are a form of meditation in motion that help release tension and emotional stress. This can help decrease physical ailments by improving the flow of oxygen and conditioning the respiratory tract through breathing exercises.

Honor Yoga is offering free, virtual classes at 8 a.m. Tuesdays and at 6 p.m. Thursdays with instructor Michelle Gerdes.

To register, visit


The Township of Hillsborough is working with Town Planner to produce a 250th anniversary edition of the color printed 2021 calendar, which will be mailed out to every residence in Hillsborough.

This year, the twist is historic pictures to commemorate Hillsborough’s 250-year history. Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration can email their high resolution image to [email protected]. There is no guarantee any photo will be used.

A photo release will need to accompany the picture. The photo release form is found at

The printing of the calendar is funded through the various advertisements contained within the calendar. Contact Jim O’Dowd at 973-650-2736 or [email protected] for more information regarding advertising.

Being civically engaged
is important to the aging community and voting may be one of the most vital civic activities. Voting in local, state and national elections provides seniors the opportunity to express and act upon their beliefs and values. Additionally, many seniors live on a fixed income and are potentially at higher risk of being affected by fiscal policy changes.

CareOne at Hamilton has designated itself a voter registration site to ensure all residents and outside community members have the opportunity to vote. Voter registration applications are provided and processed on-site and team members can assist residents and community members with registering to vote either traditionally or through the mail.

Contact Aleah Hosszu in admissions at 609-586-4600 or email [email protected] for more information or to register.

Hillsborough Parks & Recreation is offering an Independent Study Center designed for families looking for an appropriate setting for their children where they can work independently on their remote learning assignments and participate independently in their remote classrooms, while being supervised by a combination of recreation staff, college students and substitute teachers.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete their work, though if students seek assistance, staff will give a helping hand.
Toward the middle part of the afternoon when students begin completing their work, such activities will be provided for the students like board games, movies, internet time and outdoor activities, weather-permitting.
Students in grades 2-8 can join from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the municipal complex, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ)  is offering virtual and at-home programming options for girls in third through eighth grade for the fall 2020 season.

Virtual, online practices will be held with three options available: schools where their girl attends (if available),  the county of residence, or a day and time that work for a girl’s schedule within Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset counties.

The virtual fall programming will be delivered by trained coaches with lessons that mirror the in-person Girls on the Run program. The programming will include physical activity and social-emotional learning, providing girls with an opportunity to still build meaningful connections with their peers and caring adult role models.

The program fee is $125 and includes 16 virtual lessons led by GOTR trained coaches, journal, program, T-shirt, 5K medal and end-of-season certificate all shipped to their homes.

Teams are limited to 12 girls. Registration is available at

For additional information on the virtual fall program, contact Executive Director Donna York at [email protected] or 908-642-4321.


Westrick Music Academy (WMA), home of Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir, is currently enrolling students of all ages in a variety of music education classes, exploring new and engaging ways to build and strengthen musicianship skills.
Young singers in grades 1-2 looking to develop their singing voice and music skills are invited to join Poco Voce. This non-performing music class explores the young singer’s voice. During each lesson, children will focus on tone development and fundamental musical skills, through fun and engaging games and activities.
For musicians in grades 3-12, there are a variety of classes for all levels. Improve piano skills, explore how four chords make up the majority of popular music, or add color to a vocal performance with improv – all from the comfort and safety of your home.
In a group setting, students enjoy social interaction and regular informal performance opportunities as their skills grow. Or take an individual voice lesson to grow singing and performance skills.
Adults will also find opportunities for musical growth with WMA, exploring the piano as more than a solo art form.
For more information on WMA’s music education programs, to register for a class, or to learn more about WMA’s flagship choir programs, visit


The Friends for Abbott Marshlands announce a community call for artistic impressions for a new online showcase, entitled “The Delaware is My River!”

The Abbott Marshlands showcase committee encourages the community to first visit the river. Submissions will be accepted electronically throughout September on the Abbott Marshlands website at

Submissions may consist of paintings, sketches, mixed media, photography, sculpture, poetry or prose of 300 words or less in keeping with the family-friendly theme.

Entry will be limited to one per person per theme.

The showcase entry form will include an optional personal statement by finishing the sentence, “When I spend time at the river, I feel …” and including their name, email and where the (photo, art or general impression) was taken.

Each contributor is encouraged to also post their work on their own social media site using the hashtags #AbbottMarshlandsImpressions #theDelawareIsMyRiver

The Abbott Marshlands include more than 3,000 acres of open space in central New Jersey between Trenton and Bordentown and include the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and surrounding uplands. Marshlands ecosystems provide water purification and flood control, as well as shelter for a diverse array of plants and animals. Designated an important birding area by the New Jersey Audubon Society, over 240 species of birds have been observed in the marshlands as well as over 900 species of plants.



Fri., September 11 & Sat., September 12

Bordentown City will hold Restaurant Weekend Sept. 11-12. Hours are 3-11 p.m.

A section of the downtown area from Crosswick Street to either West Park Avenue or all the way down to Veterans Way will be taped off to allow restaurants to expand outdoor dining into the street to serve more patrons.

There will be live entertainment each night.

The Rev. Matt Tucker of Christ Church Parish will hold a memorial service for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the corner of Boyds Pharmacy at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

Diners should wear a mask when attending the event for shopping or for outdoor dining purposes.



Sat., September 12

Roxey Ballet Company is looking for dancers of all ages for its upcoming virtual holiday classic “The Nutcracker”.

Auditions will be held on Sept. 12; registration deadline is Sept. 6.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those auditioning have the opportunity to audition in-person or virtually via Zoom. Audition times will be staggered to accommodate smaller groups and physical distancing.

More information and to register, visit or email [email protected]



The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Saturday Morning Walking Club will host its first walk since February on Sept. 12, trekking over the new 500-foot pedestrian bridge at Mercer Meadows to a new stretch of the trail to Old Mill Road.

The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Rosedale Lake parking lot. 

All participants will be expected to wear face masks and walk socially distanced from each other. Walkers will be divided into groups of 20 or less, should more than that number join the group at 9:30.   


The walk will be 4.5 miles round trip, with the midpoint being the intersection of Wargo and Titus Mill Road. If rain results in the walk being postponed, a notice will be posted on the website.

Meeting location map locator:



The West Windsor Arts Council’s Art and Healing Online Opening Reception will be held at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 11.
This event is free, but registration is required by visiting
The WWAC’s Virtual Autumn Arts Afternoon will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 via Zoom.
Experience a sampling of popular art forms offered to both children and adults.
This is a free event but registration is requited by visiting



Join the ACME Screening Room at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 for the Carpool Comedy Fundraiser at the Spoke Works building, 204 N. Union St., Lambertville. The lot opens at 4:30 p.m.

The evening will be hosted by Joey Novick and Comedyworks Entertainment, with musical guest Essie Riddle performing before the show.

Comedians performing include Angela Sharp, Tom Mongelli, Ryan Joseph, Franco Danger and Joey Novick.

The audience is welcome to bring their own food for a tailgate sunset picnic.

Also included will be a silent auction with items themed for “stay at home” enjoyment.

Tickets are $30 per person with a four person maximum per car.

For detailed information and to purchase tickets, visit All ticket sales will be online only.



Greater Somerset County YMCA will host a free outdoor fitness expo – YMCA GXPO 2020 – at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater on Sept. 12.

The event, which is open to the community, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-registration is required to ensure compliance with state-mandated outdoor gathering capacity requirements.

Greater Somerset County YMCA certified fitness instructors will lead a sampling of 20-minute group exercise classes, which includes stretching, bootcamp, Zumba, yoga and more.

Participants should bring their own mat, towel, and water bottle and come dressed in comfortable fitness attire and footwear.

Temperatures will be taken upon entry at the main gate, and masks may be removed once participants are at their personal workout space.

Concessions will not be available at the stadium. Participants are encouraged to bring water and snacks.

Sunscreen and bug repellant should be applied before entering the stadium.

Non-perishable food item donations will be accepted at the event, and will go to Greater Somerset County YMCA’s Food Security Project.

For more information, a full schedule of events, and for registration details, visit


Sat., September 12 – Sat., September 19

Help Hillsborough Township Clean Communities build a more sustainable planet by being a part of the solution to end litter and illegal dumping.

Hillsborough Township Clean Communities will host a Virtual Cleanup Day in place of the previously scheduled Sept. 12 World and National Cleanup Event.

For information on registration and guidelines, visit

Cleanup kits can be picked up at the Department of Public Works, 21 E. Mountain Road, Hillsborough. Email [email protected] to schedule a time slot for pickup.


Through Sun., September 13

“Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse.” The New Jersey State Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition that brings the fun of birdwatching indoors through nearly 200 rarely seen artifacts and specimens exploring birds as an ecological mainstay and their role as a design-inspiring force, or muse, for New Jersey artisans. Free. Museum hours: 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday. Auditorium galleries hours: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. For more information, visit


The Bailey Basketball Academy (BBA) is holding registration for its upcoming hoops program, which will be held outside at the Princeton Unified Middle School Basketball Courts, 217 Walnut Lane, Princeton.

Players will have an opportunity for daily high quality, small group and individualized instruction, skills development and fundamentals as well as scores of competitive hoop enrichment games.

Competitive teams and league play is restricted at the present time in New Jersey and all BBA participants will be required to wear a mask. Bring your own ball. Appointments are required.

There will be BBA Outside Open Gym and Kickoff Registrations for interested players and parents Sept. 9-13 at the basketball courts from 4-7 p.m., and Sept. 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Parents can sign their players up for hoop programs for boys and girls all ages.

Contact Coach Kamau Bailey at 917-626-5785 or [email protected]



Mon., September 14

Princeton PFLAG meeting. PFLAG is a support group for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.  Refreshments. Newcomers welcome. Serving Central New Jersey and beyond. 7-9 p.m. Trinity Church, 33 S. Mercer St., Princeton. Visit for more information.


Tues., September 15

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will hold its 2020 Golf & Tennis Outing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Forsgate County Club, 375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe.

Arrival is by 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Helicopter ball drop is at 5:30 p.m. A cocktail reception, dinner and awards will be at 5:45 p.m.

The Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Dr., Skillman, will host the tennis tournament. Arrival is at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m., practice at 12:30 p.m. and tournament start at 1:30 p.m. The final match will be at Forsgate at 5 p.m.

To register, visit


The Greenway Farmer’s Market will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 15, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10 at 200 Carnegie Center, Princeton.
Free parking will be available at 202 Carnegie Center.
For more information and updates, visit




Wed., September 16

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business Before Business Virtual Event from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 16 – networking followed by an informative program.

For the registration link, visit


Thurs., September 17 & Fri., September 18

The Cranbury Education Foundation will sell mums as a fundraiser.

Choose size, color and quantity on the Paypal Screen, Click “Add to Your Order” or “Continue Shopping” to add a different color or size mums to the order.

There are no deliveries; the mums will be available for pick up only at Cranbury School, 23 N. Main St., from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 17 and from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 18.

Drive up wearing a mask and check in at the tennis court area. Then drive to the gym, park the vehicle and pop the trunk. Volunteers will place the plants in the trunk.

To order, visit



Fri., September 18

The Young Professionals Group of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation is hosting 2020 YPG Family Movie Night on Sept. 18, featuring “Trolls World Tour” at Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder, 1 Thunder Road, Trenton. Doors open with food trucks at 5:30 p.m.; movie begins at 7 p.m.

Also celebrating Kacie Hurley, business development executive at Withum as Young Professional of the Year, and Ritchie & Page Distributing Company, Inc. as corporate honoree.

There will be temperature checks at the gate and face masks are required. Bring your own blanket and snacks; chairs, coolers, strollers and alcohol not permitted.

A family movie pack of four tickets is $100. Adult tickets for ages 12 and up are $30. Child tickets for ages 3-11 are $20. Children under 3 are free.

All tickets include food truck voucher, popcorn and gift.

For tickets, visit

Sponsorship and marketing opportunities available starting at $100. Contact Jillian Kay at 609-581-6581 or [email protected] for more details.

All proceeds to benefit The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and the Patient Assistance Fund.


“Sweet Dancers: An Illustrated Talk on Irish Dance” by Deirdre Mulrooney, presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 via Zoom.

Mulrooney, dance historian, documentary filmmaker, author of “Irish Moves, an illustrated history of dance and physical theatre in Ireland” and host of Dance Ireland’s 30th Anniversary podcasts, presents a virtual illustrated talk on Irish Dance.

Followed by an audience Q&A.

Admission is free and open to the public; no registration required.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit


Fri., September 18 and Sat., September 19

The Mercer County Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling Event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19, rain or shine, at the John T. Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence Township.

No registration is required, just proof of Mercer County residency.

Residents can dispose of aerosol cans, used motor oil, propane gas tanks, pesticides, herbicides, car batteries, paint thinner, oil based paints, gasoline, anti-freeze, driveway sealer, insect repellants, mercury, and fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs.

Used electronic equipment, including computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, stereos, televisions, and microwaves will be accepted.

For more information, visit or call 609-278-8086.

Sat., September 19 through November

Playing on Bordentown’s moniker of the “Little City with a Lot of Charm,” Harrowing History aims will debut Sept. 19 at Joseph Bonaparte’s former Point Breeze property, located at 101 Park St., Bordentown.

While the stories of Francis Hopkinson, Clara Barton and Thomas Paine are some of the most well-known from this town, this latest initiative dives into dark passageways to expose Bordentown’s disreputable natives. This 90-minute storytelling showcase features the performance talents of Bordentown locals Ann Hay, Chris Campbell, James Parker and Stacy La Mell, along with Leann Testerman, Elyse Kiedaisch and Melissa L. E. Baker. Each performer brings their own talents to embody the persona of their 19th-century avatar.

Tickets are $20. In support of local Bordentown businesses, attendees can save $5 off their ticket purchase if they show a recent receipt at the performance from a Downtown Bordentown Association-member business in town.

Visit for tickets and more information.

For a teaser, visit


Through Sun., September 20

Princeton University’s ninth edition of the Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, featuring renowned and emerging French writers, actors and directors, goes online for 2020 with 12 events from Sept. 10-20, including recordings of live performances of contemporary works recently presented on stages in France, several performed in French with English subtitles; recorded readings; and conversations with the artists, live on Zoom, and on the current state of theater in France.

Presented by Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant Scène and Department of French and Italian at Princeton University, in collaboration with the 49th Edition of Festival d’Automne in Paris and organized by Florent Masse, senior lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and artistic director of L’Avant-Scène.

All content will be available at

The festival is free and open to the public; however, registration on Eventbrite is necessary for the live conversations with artists on Zoom.


Mon., September 21

The Department of Defense Warrior Games was established in 2010 as a way to help in the recovery of wounded veterans through team and individual participation in various sporting events. This year’s games have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

As children of veterans who fought in the nation’s wars and as caretakers for many veterans over the years, Right at Home of Central New Jersey honors all veterans and thanks them for their service to our country.

The Let’s Get Nauti(cal) event at The Armory Restaurant and Banquet Hall in Perth Amboy will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 featuring drinks and appetizers to honor the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command team members who would have participated in the Warrior Games this year.

Attendees should bring personal care items for packages that will be sent to current service members.

RSVP to Beth Sholom at 732-967-0900 or [email protected] by Sept. 14.


Tues., September 22

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 10th annual virtual Healthcare Symposium from 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 22.

Judith M. Persichilli, commissioner of the State of New Jersey Department of Health, will be the guest speaker.

For the registration link, visit


Hillsborough Social Services is partnering with Foothill Acres Nursing Home to hold a Drive-Thru Health Fair for senior residents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Willow Road Complex, 2 Valinor Road, Hillsborough. Rain date is Sept. 29.
At the event, seniors will drive into the Willow Road Complex parking lot, then drive along the vendor tents and receive “goody bags” for each occupant in the car.
At the last tent, seniors will be provided with a boxed lunch, then directed to a parking space. They can roll down the windows and eat lunch while listening to music provided by a deejay. There will be an ice cream truck at the event.
Preregistration is required by Sept. 16. There will be a 100-car capacity limit.
Seniors can contact Cathy Faerber at 908-369-3880 or email her at [email protected].


Wed., September 23

The Princeton University Art Museum will present “Architecture and Experience: Designing a New Art Museum for Princeton” with architect Sir David Adjaye and museum Director James Steward at 1 p.m. Sept. 23.

The new facility in the heart of the Princeton University campus is set to open in 2024. Learn about the concepts, ideas and insights that are shaping this new town square for the arts.

For registration information, visit


Thurs., September 24

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold the NJ Conference on Diversity & Inclusion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Randal Pinkett, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners and winner of season four of NBC’s “The Apprentice”; and Debby Irving, racial justice educator and writer.

To sign up for the virtual presentation, visit


The Hillsborough Health Department and Green Brook Family Practice will sponsor flu vaccinations for Hillsborough residents.

The clinic for residents will be held on Sept. 24  at the Hillsborough Municipal Building, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

Senior citizens and high risk individuals with chronic conditions only will be admitted from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and all other residents, ages 6 months and up, will be admitted from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

There will be senior vaccinations available, as well as vaccines without preservatives.

The cost is $30 or accepted insurances. Bring all insurance cards to the clinic, especially Medicare Advantage. A list of currently accepted insurance plans are listed at

Attendees must wear a mask. Wear a short sleeve shirt or one that can be rolled up easily.

Fill out the registration form in advance by visiting


Sat., September 26

The Hopewell Harvest Fair (HHF) will be offered virtually this fall.

Live music and many of the fair’s traditional contests will be offered through Facebook Live on the Hopewell Harvest Fair Facebook Page. Community members are encouraged to watch these performances live, though they will also be recorded and watched at a later date.

In addition, members of the Hopewell Valley community near and far will be able to submit original work via the HHF website for any of the following contests: Photography, Kids’ Art; Kids’ Lego, Find Freddy Takes Out the Trash, and Doggy Dress-Up. Submissions will be judged and winners will be announced during the festival on the HHF website and via social media. Winners will receive a digital certificate and earn bragging rights.

The HHF Board of Trustees will also run a poetry exhibition; submissions of poetry will not be judged. The poetry exhibition will also be published on the website.

Specific guidelines for the contests and the poetry exhibition will be available at

Digital contest submissions will be accepted on the website beginning Sept. 5.

The deadline for all submissions is Sept. 19 at 11:59 p.m.


Through Sun., September 27

The weekly Sunday Farmers Market at Duke Farms is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 27.

Social distancing and safety precautions will apply.

Only the farmers market will be open to the public. Duke Farms park and trails remain closed.

Duke Farms is located at 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough.

For more information, visit the Duke Farms Market Facebook page or


Through Monday, Sept. 28

The West Windsor Arts Council and the African American Parent Support Group invite the community to participate in a community art project.

Inspired by Tibetan prayer flags, participants will create a community flag installation at the West Windsor Arts Center, setting intentions for an anti-racist society and marking the art center as an anti-racist institution.

All community members are invited to participate and make squares for the flags. No art experience is necessary. Messages of hate will not be tolerated.

Through Sept. 28, pick up flags to decorate and drop off flags when finished.

On Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1, flags will be sown.

For more information, visit


Mon., September 28 to Fri., October 9

Hillsborough Parks and Recreation will accept old/gently used Halloween costumes from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9.
Donation boxes will be available in the Municipal Building, 379 S. Branch Road, near the Recreation Department; costumes can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Oct. 15 is the special pickup day for those who donated a costume and want a new one. All others can pick up a new-to-you costume on Oct. 16.

Tues., September 29 to Sun., October 4

Hillsborough will hold Restaurant Week Sept. 29 to Oct. 4, featuring local outdoor dining and take-out restaurants as well as some popular restaurant chains. Restaurateurs will offer specials including prix fixe menu dishes, daily combo specials and daily or
weekly special menu items that represent unique recipes.

For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, visit the Restaurant Week
site at Prix fixe and special menus will also be available on the site.

Tues., September 29

Innovation Forum is an annual competition and networking event showcasing Princeton research with the potential to be commercialized. Each participant will present a short pitch followed by Q&A from a feedback panel. Audience members will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters through on-screen demo stations.

Since 2005, this event has showcased innovations in engineering and the natural sciences in conjunction with the Office of Technology Licensing. This year, the Keller Center and the Humanities Council at Princeton are adding a track focused on innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by visiting

Wed., September 30

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business After Business Virtual Event from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 30 – networking followed by an informative program.

For the registration link, visit


Right at Home of Central New Jersey
has created the Tickled Pink Silent Disco, to be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The suggested donation is $5 will all proceeds benefiting breast cancer research.

RSVP to Beth Sholom at [email protected] or 732-967-0900 by Sept. 30.

The Sammy’s Hope 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing
will be held on Sept. 30 at Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough.

The outing begins at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast; 9 a.m. shotgun start; lunch at the turn; followed by a buffet reception with open bar, basket raffle, 50/50, prizes and awards.

Reception venue will be outdoors and follow CDC guidelines.

All proceeds from the event go toward medical care and training of the animals in its care.

First responders, firefighters, police, EMTs and military personnel can join the outing at a reduced fee of $75 (limited to 16).

Sponsorship opportunities of various levels are available.

To register, sponsor, or for more information, visit


A reading by Rabih Alameddine and seniors from the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creating Writing will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 via Zoom.

Alameddine is the author of five novels and a book of short stories whose sixth novel, “The Wrong End of the Telescope,” will be published by Grove in Spring/Summer 2021, and several seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University.

The C.K. Williams Reading Series showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit




Through Wed., Sept. 30

Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWS) is partnering with D&R Greenway Land Trust to mount a wildlife-focused 50th anniversary Juried Exhibition online through Sept. 30.

A virtual awards ceremony will include a special new award on occasion of GSWS’ 50th anniversary, the D&R Greenway James Fiorentino Nature Art Award. Opportunities to experience the exhibit include a virtual gallery, a virtual talk with featured artists, and a family-friendly scavenger hunt.

This exhibit celebrates the natural world with a sense of urgency to save it from loosened regulations and increasing environmental concerns. It recognizes the value found in the lands of D&R Greenway that have become a critical connection for people, for inspiration and restorative meditation.

Garden State Watercolor’s exhibit “Out of the Wild” portrays human relationships with the wild landscape, flora and fauna with creative imagination. This exhibit was juried by Steve Zazenski, AWS, who is known for his colorful landscapes depicting coastal New England, Europe and the Caribbean.

Art is available for sale online, with part of each purchase a donation to support D&R Greenway’s charitable mission of preserving and caring for land, and inspiring a conservation ethic.

Featured in the outdoor scavenger hunt is the second annual mini-art exhibit “Beautiful Creatures” that includes 90 5 inch by 7 inch images of earth’s creatures created by 47 artists. Artists were challenged to paint using only secondary colors of orange, green and purple. This special exhibit follows the popular 2019 challenge that focused on primary colors of red, yellow and blue.

The community is invited to wear a mask to seek and find this year’s “Beautiful Creatures” as laminated art placed throughout the town of Princeton and at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center campus that includes Greenway Meadows on Rosedale Road.

For more information, visit and


East Windsor invites proposals for an art installation.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov and council members are seeking ideas for the potential creation of a visible outdoor landmark on township-owned property at the southern township intersection of routes 130 and 33.

Concept proposals should include installation of an original work of art that provides an attractive and memorable entry point into the township, which is sufficiently sized to be visible to vehicle traffic on both Route 130 and Route 33, and is durable to last at least 10 years outdoors.

Proposals should be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Sept. 30.

Additional information is available at


Mon., October 1

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, Petrock’s Bar & Grille and Petrock’s Liquors will host “Hillsborough’s Got Magic” at 7 p.m. Oct. 1.
The event is a live, virtual and interactive fundraising show, featuring magicians, illusionists and mind readers who have performed on such shows as “America’s Got Talent,” “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Hillsborough’s Got Magic will be livestreamed from three cities across the U.S. directly to viewers’ homes.

Wednesdays, Oct. 7 to Dec. 16

The Princeton Family YMCA will hold a series of “Paths to Success,” a weekly online interview series for students in grade 6 and above, from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Dec. 16.
The schedule is:
  • Oct. 7 – Natalie Madero, technical project manager in the Information Technology industry
  • Oct. 14 – Cory J. Parks MBA, vice president, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Oct. 21 – Ron Carter, deputy assistant director, United States Marshall Service
  • Oct. 28 – Abi Shitta-Bey, high school math teacher/STEM educator
  • Nov. 4 – Zara Northover OLY, 2008 Summer Olympian and product manager, Quicken Loans
  • Nov. 18 – Matt Roseborough, EMT and firefighter in Baltimore
  • Dec. 2 – Ramon Basie, business consultant, Insperity
  • Dec. 9 – Monique Jones, director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Stuart Day School, Princeton
  • Dec. 16 – Patrick and Pushawn Brown, brothers and high school football coaches

Princeton public school students can receive community service hours for participation.

The link to the Zoom webinar will be sent after registration is completed.

To register, visit or contact Mike Roseborough at [email protected]


Mon., October 12

Princeton PFLAG meeting. PFLAG is a support group for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. Peer-facilitated discussion and information sharing in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental setting.  Refreshments. Newcomers welcome. Serving Central New Jersey and beyond. 7-9 p.m. Trinity Church, 33 S. Mercer St., Princeton. Visit for more information.

Tues., October 13

The Greenway Farmer’s Market will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10 at 200 Carnegie Center, Princeton.
Free parking will be available at 202 Carnegie Center.
For more information and updates, visit

Sat., October 17

The Community Health Law Project (CHLP) has extended the deadline for nominations of candidates for the Ann Klein Advocate Awards and Mike Lione Accessibility Award to recognize those who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of people living with disabilities through Oct. 17.

The Ann Klein Advocate Award is given to a group of select individuals and organizations, nominated by the public, who have performed exemplary work as advocates for people living with disabilities and/or vulnerable populations.

The award is named in memory of Ann Klein, former commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services, whose career as a public servant, legislator and social worker paved the way for significant advances in the human services systems throughout the State of New Jersey.

The Mike Lione Accessibility Award was established in 2013 in memory of longtime Community Health Law Project Board Member and former Chair Mike Lione. This award is presented to an individual or entity that has performed exemplary work as an advocate for accessibility on behalf of persons living with disabilities.

For more information, visit or call 973-275-1175.


Thurs., October 22

The Historical Fiction Book Group of the Historical Society of Princeton will hold a virtual session via Google Meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to discuss Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Nickel Boys,” with Alisha Gaines, PhD, Timothy Gannon Associate Professor of English at Florida State University.

Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, “The Nickel Boys” is set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library.

To register, visit

Through Fri., October 23

The West Windsor Arts Council will hold the visual art show, Art and Healing, from Aug. 31 to Oct. 23.

The opening reception will be 7:15 p.m. Sept. 11.

Artists explore the theme of art and healing as it relates to the pandemic as well as to any challenging life experience, personal or public.

For more information, visit


Sat., October 24

The Princeton Festival will move its annual gala online on Oct. 24.

Participants can enjoy live music, dancing, conversation and an auction.

Masks encouraged, Venetian or contemporary style.

More information will be released closer to the date.

For more information, visit



Sun., October 25 to Sun., November 8

HiTOPS will hold an all-virtual HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon this year.

For a reduced entry fee of $45, runners can complete their 13.1 miles at once or cumulatively from Oct. 25 to Nov. 8. With a new interactive online result tracking tool, runners can watch themselves virtually move around the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon course.

Every runner receive a commemorative medal, shirt and bib, and all runners have the chance to win one of three $150 Hamilton Jewelers gift cards.  

Runners who have already registered for the race can defer their registration to the 2021 HiTOPS Princeton Half Event or convert to this year’s virtual run. Runners who choose this year’s virtual run can donate the price difference to HiTOPS or receive a credit towards next year’s race.

The addition of a HiTOPS Youth Run, available for all young people up to 18 years of age, creates an opportunity for an all-family event. This “Just Run” event rewards any distance run between Oct. 25 and Nov. 8with a commemorative youth medal.

 Complete details are available at



Thurs., October 29 & Fri., October 30

The NJ Conference for Women, a program of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber’s Women in Business Alliance (WIBA), will hold its 2020 event on an online platform.

The event will offer the same the same education and motivational speakers in a two-day scheduled program that features a customizable agenda, sessions on demand, online interactive networking, giveaways and more.

The 2020 keynote speakers include Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She currently serves as executive director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and is the founder and current president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, the founding head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, and co-founder and former executive director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A); and

Victoria Arlen is a reporter, Paralympic gold medalist and author. In 2005, Arlen was 11 years old when she came down with two rare neurological disorders, transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. She fought for her life for five years, including four years in a vegetative state where she was “locked” within herself, unable to communicate with those around her. At times, she suffered seizures for more than 20 hours per day. She was paralyzed from the waist down for a decade and incredibly, regained the ability to walk in 2016.


In addition to the keynotes, the event will feature at least five breakout speakers and an Executive Keynote General Session.

For the full agenda, visit

Tickets are $125 and are available at


Through Fri., November 6

Students entering grades 6-9 will be able to gather under the tents on the field at the Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place, for three-hour sessions. During that time, they can be together safely, enjoy the benefits of socializing, and engage in a more rounded school experience.
Screened and trained college students as well as recent graduates will serve as advisors and role models, providing leadership and facilitating fun, structured activities.
Financial assistance will be available.
For more information, visit


Tues., November 10

The Greenway Farmer’s Market will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at 200 Carnegie Center, Princeton.
Free parking will be available at 202 Carnegie Center.
For more information and updates, visit


Sat., November 14 & Sun., November 15

The Nassau Film Festival (NFF), which was postponed from May, will be held Nov. 14 and 15 at the Princeton Garden Theatre, Nassau Street, Princeton, to celebrate short films from around the globe.

The NFF screens short films and music videos (30 seconds to 20 minutes) in the following categories: fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction, horror, music videos, trailers and episodic.

Best of Festival Awards are given in each of the categories, and attendees have a chance to network with actors, actresses, directors, writers, producers and directors of photography at a special festival event.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer panel discussions with filmmakers whose films are selected to screen at the festival.

The festival will accept submissions through Sept. 15.


Mon., December 14

Princeton PFLAG meeting. PFLAG is a support group for families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. A presentation and discussion with a panel of Princeton University LGBT Center Peer Educators, who will share their stories, answer questions, and discuss LGBTQ+ life at the university. PFLAG provides support for families, friends and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting. Refreshments. Newcomers welcome. Serving Central New Jersey and beyond. 7-9 p.m. Trinity Church, 33 S. Mercer St., Princeton. Visit for more information.

Continuing events


Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes communication, public speaking and leadership.
The Toastmasters Club in Hillsborough holds virtual meetings on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning at 7:15 p.m.
To attend, email [email protected]
For more information on Toastmasters International, visit



Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study Meeting. CoDA is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Meetings are held every Friday evenings. The 24 Club, The 1860 House, 2nd floor, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman. For more information, email [email protected].

VFW Meetings: Monthly meetings of the Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post 8371 are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Somerset County Hillsborough Senior Center, 339 S. Branch Road. The post’s mission is Veterans and Military Support, Youth Scholarship Activities and Community Service. All veterans with foreign service are welcome as members to assist the post in achieving its mission. For information regarding membership, post activities or the youth scholarship programs, contact Commander Tom Cellilli via phone or text at 908-255-3669.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group: Following the guidelines of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is “a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system.” The group meets the first Monday and second Wednesday of each month at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater. All are welcome.

Free weekly support groups: Carrier Clinic hosts free weekly support groups on the campus throughout the year. These support programs include:

Weekend Codependency Program, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bright Futures for Kids, Sundays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parents Support Group, Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mood Disorder Support Group, Thursdays, 7:30-9:15 p.m.

For more information about these or other services and programs available at Carrier Clinic, visit or call 908-281-1513. For more information, visit

Midweek meals: The Wednesday midweek meals held in Asbury Hall, at the United Methodist Church of Bound Brook, have started back up. All seniors are invited for a full course meal for $4. Bring friends and family to enjoy a meal and fellowship.

Pop Warner: Calling all 5-7 year olds. Hillsborough Dukes Pop Warner is offering free Flag Football registration to first time players, including instructional and safe environment with fun training activities to teach core skills. Every child plays every game and the Dukes are the only organization that requires coaches to be USA Football Heads Up Certified. There are no tryouts or team drafting. Visit to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

Coping with addiction: Parents of Addicted Children helps parents understand and cope with drug problems they are facing, and will face, with their children. Meets first and third Monday of month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Neshanic Reformed Church, 715 Amwell Road.

Alzheimer’s support group: The Alzheimer’s Association has a support group in Hillsborough. Family members and caregivers come together to share information and support in a safe, confidential atmosphere. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Brookdale Hillsborough, 600 Auten Road. Call 908-431-1300.

Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Fellowship Bible Church building, 109 New Amwell Road. The group says it meets to “laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood.” Sponsored by Crossroads Community Church, it hears speakers, has a craft or project and lots of conversation and refreshment. Child care is provided. For information, see Registration fee is required.

Divorce support group: A nondenominational support group to help separated and divorced people to a new beginning. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Route 206 at Homestead Road. Call 908-295-6740.

Swim lessons at HRC: The Swim Academy at HRC, located at 30 Brower Lane, Hillsborough, is offering swim lessons for all ages and levels. Call HRC Fitness at 908-359-3600 to register or visit for class schedules.

Send items to [email protected] or fax to 609-924-3842. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 609-874-2163.