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.
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.
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 https://westwindsorarts.org/volunteer/ 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 www.jfcsonline.org/gesher-lekesher.
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 www.jfcsonline.org/jcyf.
Contact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100, ext. 210 or CelesteA@jfcsonline.org 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 http://honoryoga.com/yfew
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.hillsborough-nj.org
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@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
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 https://cranburyeducationfoundation.org/plant-sale/
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.
Sponsorship and marketing opportunities available starting at $100. Contact Jillian Kay at 609-581-6581 or email@example.com 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 https://arts.princeton.edu/events/fund-for-irish-studies-sweet-dancers-an-illustrated-talk-on-irish-dance-by-deirdre-mulrooney/
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.
Sat., September 19
Gardeners are invited to Green Haven Garden Center to learn about fall planting, supporting pollinators and eco-friendly gardening.
Carrie Stanker and Daryl Kobosky, two owners of Sunset Farmstead, will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 on those topics, as well as present plants from the American Beauty collection of native plants.
The event will take place outdoors, in a covered pavilion. Face masks and social distancing will be required.
There is no charge for this event and registration is not required.
Green Haven Garden Center is located at 1181 Hughes Dr., Hamilton, at the intersection of Quakerbridge Road and Hughes Drive, two miles east of Quakerbridge Mall.
For more information, visit greenhavengardencenter.com or call 609-584-6930.
Burlington County has partnered with the Food Bank of South Jersey and Farmers Against Hunger to distribute thousands of boxes and bags of food to county households.
The county’s 11th food distribution event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 19 in the parking lot of the County Emergency Services Training Center in Westampton. The site is off Woodlane Road next to the Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Westampton campus.
Burlington County residents in need of the assistance are eligible for free boxes of food and produce on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Each box of food contains nonperishable food items, such as pasta, tuna, rice, oats, powdered milk and canned fruits and vegetables.
In addition, Farmers Against Hunger has also provided hundreds of bags of fresh Jersey produce, including tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, and other fresh vegetables and dairy.
Through 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 www.hillsborough-nj.org/cleancommunities/#VirtualWorldCleanup
Cleanup kits can be picked up at the Department of Public Works, 21 E. Mountain Road, Hillsborough. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time slot for pickup.
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 Harrowinghistory.bpt.me for tickets and more information.
For a teaser, visit Youtube.com/watch?v=Oal0KivUE7E
Terhune Orchards will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 to Nov. 1 for Fall Family Fun Weekends.
Enjoy live music by local bands from noon to 4 p.m. Find your way out of the cornstalk maze and hay bale maze. Take a family stroll through the farm trail and sunflower trail.
Children can enjoy pony rides, rubber duck races, the hippity hop corral, the barnyard, the tractor play area and the Adventure Barn.
At the main farm during Fall Family Weekends, visit the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Free pumpkin painting with the purchase of a 5 pound pumpkin.
The fall food tent has picnic bags ready with BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, homemade soup and chili with sides, ready to grab-n-go.
General admission is required for the winery. Light fare of cheese plates and chips and salsa bags are available. Groups and tables are limited to six guests and have a 2-hour time limit. Masks required until seated at table.
The farm store or tented outdoor market are brimming with varieties of apples, fresh vegetables and herbs grown on the farm, as well as apple cider donuts, apple cider and an array of fresh baked goods and treats.
Admission to Fall Family Fun Weekends is $10, ages 3 and up. Pumpkins, food and pony rides are not included in admission.
All entry to the farm on Cold Soil Road, Princeton, including winery and farm store, must be purchased in advance with online timed admission tickets. Visit www.terhuneorchards.com
Tickets are valid for three hours after entry. Mask are required on premise for all guests 3 year and older.
For more information, call 609-924-2310; or visit www.terhuneorchards.com or Facebook.com/terhuneorchards
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 https://arts.princeton.edu/frenchtheater/
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 – Fri., September 25
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@example.com by Sept. 14.
The International Day of Peace: Roosevelt Poets Read at Morven will take place at 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Free for Friends of Morven, or $10.
Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton St., Princeton, and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The gardens are open daily until dusk.
To register for the program, visit www.morven.org
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/morven.museum.garden; Instagram @morvenmuseum; or Twitter @MorvenMuseum
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 https://princetonmercerchamber.org/
League of Women Voters (LVW) of the Princeton Area will celebrate National Voter Registration Day by encouraging voters to make a plan and vote early.
On Sept. 22, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive cross-country effort to register voters well in advance of Election Day this November.
If you are a U.S. citizen who will be 18 by Nov. 3, you are eligible to register. Check to see if you are currently on the voter registration polls at https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check.
You might need to update your registration if you have moved recently, had a recent birthday or changed your name. Check to update your registration or if you are a first time voter: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register
All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail this year. There are options for casting your ballot, including using the U.S. Postal Service, dropping the ballot in a secure drop box and going to one of the (limited) polling places. Check with county election officials for more information www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-information-2020.shtml
Another way to learn more about registration and voting is to join the LWV at noon on Sept. 22 or an online information session at the Princeton Public Library. Check the library website, www.PrincetonLibrary.org, for more details and voting information.
McCarter @Home will present a Shakespeare Community Reading Group at 7 p.m. Sept. 22.
The first reading will be of “Coriolanus.”
All are welcome as readers or listeners.
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 https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2020-09/architecture-and-experience-designing-new-art-museum-princeton-architect-sir-david
Finalists in the 14th annual Princeton Festival Piano Competition will perform in a video event at 6 p.m. Sept. 23, with the winners to be announced at the end.
Adjudicators are currently reviewing the entries to identify three finalists in six age categories, ranging from Elementary (6-9) to Open Class (25 and under). They will also pick the winners.
The 2020 competition has drawn entries from top young pianists in countries such as the U.S., the UK, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Serbia, India, Brazil, Austria, Taiwan and China.
It is the festival’s first virtual competition, giving it global reach.
The video concert will last approximately two hours. Tickets for the virtual presentation are $10 each. The stream will be available to ticketholders through Sept. 27 at 10 p.m.
Tickets to view the entire event are available at https://theprincetonfestival.secure.force.com/ticket#/.
Information about the festival may be accessed at www.princetonfestival.org.
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 https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org/events/
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 www.greenbrookfamilymedicine.com/portal/become-an-green-brook-family-medicine-patient/current-insurance-plans/default.aspx.
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 www.hillsborough-nj.org/government/documents/department-documents/health/371-2020-influenza-vaccine-administration-checklist/file
The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University will host former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman for a virtual conversation at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.
The discussion will feature topics that include her recent role at the Democratic National Convention and her views on partisanship.
A lifelong Republican, Whitman made news recently by endorsing Joe Biden for president and speaking at the Democratic National Convention to express her support. In her 2005 book, “It’s My Party Too,” Whitman argued that the spurning of moderate Republicans has kept the Republican Party from building a true voting majority.
The discussion is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested by visiting rider.edu/events/governorwhitman.
Thurs., September 24 to Sat., October 24
Ride a cycling course of your choosing to help support and raise funds for more than 26,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.
This year’s route and mileage are up to each participant.
From Sept. 24 to Oct. 24, register and complete your ride.
All registered participants will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, ride bib and finisher medal.
Fundraising incentives are available to those who reach specific milestones.
To register and for more information, visit www.BikeSONJ.org.
Thursdays, September 24 through January
Burlington County Health Department will offer seasonal flu vaccines to county residents every Thursday starting on Sept. 24 through January at clinics throughout the county.
Adult drive-thru clinics will be held for adults and teenagers 13 years or older. Children’s clinics will be for children age 6 months to 12 years old.
Signed consent forms will be required and residents are encouraged to print out and bring the completed form with them to the clinics. The form is available online at www.co.burlington.nj.us/355/Flu-Information.
The Health Department accepts Medicare Part “B” to cover the cost for the seasonal flu vaccines. A donation of $15 for seasonal flu vaccine is recommended by those not covered by Medicare if residents can afford it.
For more information on the flu, contact the Burlington County Health Department at 609-265-5533 or at www.co.burlington.nj.us/health.
The Burlington County Health Department’s Raphael Meadow Health Center is located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton within the county complex.
Fri., September 25
A virtual Victorian Pressed Flower Wreath Workshop will be held at noon on Sept. 25 at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.
Cost is $35, or $25 for Friends of Morven.
To register, visit www.morven.org
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/morven.museum.garden; Instagram @morvenmuseum; or Twitter @MorvenMuseum
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.
The current schedule is: Mike & Laura at noon, Bad Hombres at 12:50 p.m., Teddy K at 1:40 p.m., Na’ Bodock at 2:30 p.m. and Gold Rush at 3:20 p.m.
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.
For more information, visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org
The Kidsbridge All-Star Celebration 2020 will be held on Sept. 26 at Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road, Trenton. Rain date is Oct. 3.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. “Frozen II” starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 each, or $75 for a family of four. Proceeds benefit efforts to eradicate bullying and bias.
Pizza, popcorn and other refreshments will be available for sale.
Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks are required. Groups will sit 6 feet apart.
For tickets, corporate sponsorship or advertising opportunities, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kidsbridge-all-star-celebration-featuring-frozen-ii-tickets-114442805512?aff=ebdssbeac
For more information, contact Lynee Anarchy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-771-0377.
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 www.dukefarms.org
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 https://westwindsorarts.org/volunteer/
Mon., September 28 to Fri., October 9
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 www.hillsboroughbusiness.org. 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 www.tfaforms.com/4846174
Celebrate Richard Stockton’s birthday with a tulip planting workshop at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.
Free for Friends of Morven; or $10 for the general public.
To register, visit www.morven.org
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/morven.museum.garden; Instagram @morvenmuseum; or Twitter @MorvenMuseum
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 https://princetonmercerchamber.org/
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@example.com 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 www.golfinvite.net/sammyshope
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 https://arts.princeton.edu/events/c-k-williams-reading-by-rabih-alameddine/
Kim Carlos, founder of the Urban Mental Health Alliance, founder of Kimme Carlos Motivational Consulting, and co-founder and lead facilitator of Sister Wellness Retreats: Healing Spaces for Black Women, will speak during a workshop titled “COVID-19, Youth of Color and Suicide Risk Indicators” at 10 a.m. Sept. 30.
The Mercer County Division of Mental Health, in partnership with the state Traumatic Loss Coalition and NJ Hope and Healing, will present the 90-minute presentation addressing the impact of systemic injustices on risk factors for suicide in youth of color, and will include topics such as trauma associated with structural racism, generational poverty and disparities related to COVID-19.
The program will be presented live via WebEx.
Registration is required. Visit www.mercercounty.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5892/20
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.
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 www.east-windsor.nj.us/fair-open-notices
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 https://abbottmarshlands.org/
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.
McCarter @Home will feature “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” a nationwide watch and panel discussion, through Sept. 30.
Representative Lewis’s legacy of fearless protest comes to life through the movie, plus participate in a discussion of Lewis’s legacy of fearless protest and how to keep his campaign for justice alive.
For more information, visit https://www.mccarter.org/johnlewis
Mon., October 1
Sun., October 4 – Thurs., October 8
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Mercer New Jersey welcomes Mariel Hemingway as the keynote speaker at its 12th annual Harvest of Hope Wellness Conference from Oct. 4-8.
Presented online, the conference is open to the public and provides an educational, inspirational, and communal experience for individuals, families, and friends affected by mental illness.
Sponsored in part by Mercer County, Hemingway’s keynote address, “Creating Mental Harmony in Times of Uncertainty,” focuses on the seven suicides in her family, including those of her world-renowned grandfather Ernest and her supermodel sister Margaux, the famous actress has spent the last several years speaking as a mental health and wellness advocate. During her keynote, she will explain how she focuses her energy on fighting stigma and achieving psychological wellbeing through a combination of technology and a holistic approach to living.
Since Harvest of Hope at Home 2020 will be held virtually over five evenings, all registrants are invited to eight workshops.
With partial funding from Mercer County and Penn Medicine Princeton House, workshops include: An Update on the Medical Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders by Dr. Susan McElroy; Spirituality and Mental Wellness by Dr. Sonia Waters; Ask the Doctor by Dr. Mark Komrad; The Intersection of the Criminal Justice System and Individuals with Mental Health Treatment Needs by Dr. Joel Friedman; A Good Night’s Sleep for a Better Day’s Wake by Dr. Matthew Carter; and Loving Someone with Mental Illness by Diane Mintz. On a lighter note, Chef Cristina Covello will offer a seasonal ingredient cooking demo, and Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre will present “The Flip Side: In Therapy,” a 30-minute comedy created especially for NAMI Mercer.
For more information and to register, visit www.namimercer.org or call 609-799-8994. The registration fee of $10 enables online access to the keynote and all workshops (both live and recorded).
Wed., October 7
Meet the candidates for the Cranbury Township Committee at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.
To join the meeting via Zoom, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85938173909
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Candidates Night is hosted by the Woman’s Club of Cranbury in partnership with the Cranbury Public Library.
Wednesdays, October 7 to December 16
- 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. 11 – Marlon Davila, fine artist self-employed at www.7ovechild.com
- 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B77YKFF or contact Mike Roseborough at Mroseborough@PrincetonYMCA.org
Wed., October 7 – Sun., October 11
The Amazing Pumpkin Carve Drive-Thru will be held from Oct. 7-11 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.
Forty colossal pumpkins will be carved and illuminated.
Hours are 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9, and 3-9 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. Cars in line by 9 p.m. will be admitted.
Admission is $25 per vehicle, up to six occupants; $40 per vehicle for more than six occupants; or $100 per bus.
Purchase tickets at the gate or in advance at www.eventbrite.com/e/admission-to-the-amazing-pumpkin-carve-registration-119189285361
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 pflagprinceton.org for more information.
Tues., October 13
Thurs., October 15
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 www.chlp.org or call 973-275-1175.
Tues., October 20 – Fri., October 30
A replica of the Justice Bell will be on view from Oct. 20-31 in the Stockton Education Center located at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.
To register, visit www.morven.org
Thurs., October 22
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 https://princetonhistory.org/events/historical-fiction-book-group-13/
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 https://westwindsorarts.org/event/art-and-healing-exhibition/
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 princetonfestival.org
Sun., October 25
A Roosevelt String Band Concert featuring music of the 1960s will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.
Cost is $15, or $5 for Friends of Morven, or $5 for the link to the virtual lifestream.
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. 8 with a commemorative youth medal.
Complete details are available at HiTOPSPrincetonHalf.com.
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 www.njconferenceforwomen.com/agenda.html.
Tickets are $125 and are available at www.njconferenceforwomen.com.
Through Fri., November 6
Tues., November 10
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.
Sat., November 14 – Sat., December 12
Kennedy is one of the most prolific and widely studied living playwrights. Despite her outsized influence, Kennedy is not a household name. This digital festival is a celebration of why she should be.
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 pflagprinceton.org for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 CarrierClinic.org or call 908-281-1513. For more information, visit CarrierClinic.org/WhatToDo.
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 register.hillsboroughdukes.com to register. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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 www.crossroadsnj.org/MOPS. 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 www.hrcfitness.com for class schedules.
Send items to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 609-924-3842. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 609-874-2163.