Common calendar, Packet papers, Sept. 25

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

 

Ongoing

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 pborek@hillsborough-nj.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 jimodowd@townplanner.com for more information regarding advertising.

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 www.gotrcnj.org.
For additional information on the virtual fall program, contact Executive Director Donna York at donna.york@girlsontherun.org 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 WestrickMusic.org/education.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursdays, 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.

Additional information can be accessed online at www.cdc.gov/flu or www.flu.gov.

The Burlington County Health Department’s Raphael Meadow Health Center is located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton within the county complex.

 

Saturdays 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

 

Weekends, through November

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

 

Howell Farm’s 24th annual corn maze offers visitors an opportunity to search for map pieces and clues to complete a number of challenges throughout the 3-acre maze.

Other activities include a courtyard with food and games, a farm stand with pumpkins and fall decorations, and hayrides to the top of nearby Belle Mountain. 

General admission is $10 for ages 10 and older, $8 for children ages 5-9 and free for children 4 and under.

In September, the hours of entry are noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. In October, entry hours are from 5-8 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The maze is also open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. 

On all dates, the maze closes one hour after the latest entry time.  

The maze is the annual fundraiser of the all-volunteer Friends of Howell Farm. Proceeds support the farm’s historic preservation projects and its educational programs for schools.

Purchase tickets in advance at www.howellfarm.org. Tickets are available at the door, but attendance capacities are limited and a wait is possible on peak days and times.

Masks will be required in the courtyard and inside the maze when social distancing isn’t possible. All Mercer County Park Commission rules and regulations apply, as well as state requirements regarding COVID-19. 

Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. Its corn maze is located on Valley Road one mile west of the farm, adjacent to the former Belle Mountain Ski Area (GPS address: 17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township). 

The farm’s Visitor Center and historic site are located at 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township. 

Public hours are listed on the farm’s website at www.howellfarm.org.

For more information, call the farm office at 609-737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org  or www.mercercountyparks.org. On weekends, call 609-397-2555.

 

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

For the full music schedule, visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org/music-schedule

 

 

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 lynne@kidsbridgecenter.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

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.

 

Mondays, September 28 – December 14

Voices Chorale NJ (VCNJ) invites singers who would like to hone musical and singing skills to join an online meeting application on Monday nights from 7:30-9 p.m., Sept. 28-Dec. 14.

The series of classes will be curated by Dr. David A. McConnell, artistic director of VCNJ. Topics will include vocal development, ear training, sight singing, study of choral literature, and more.

Participants can look forward to valuable training for skilled amateur choral singers.

All members of the singing community are welcome to participate. The cost for the program is $115. Interested singers should email info@voiceschoralenj.org to receive additional instructions.

 

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 beth@rahcentral.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.

For more information, visit www.gswcs.com and www.drgreenway.org.

 

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

 

Thurs., 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.
The Perch at Peacock Inn, 20 Bayard Lane, Princeton, will host an outdoor wine pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1.
Selected wines from Far Niente will be paired with a five-course fall-inspired tasting menu designed by Executive Chef Alex Van Dyke. Premium and seasonal ingredients will be featured in dishes such as coffee roasted beets with pork cracklings and pastured Lancaster bison short rib.
The menu and wine pairing are offered for $165 per person, all-inclusive.
The event will adhere to social distancing measures, and seating is limited. Reservations are required.
For more information, call 609-924-1707 or visit www.peacockinn.com

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

Use Meeting ID 859 3817 3909

One tap mobile +19292056099,,85938173909# US (New York)

Candidates Night is hosted by the Woman’s Club of Cranbury in partnership with the Cranbury Public Library.

 

Wednesdays, October 7 to December 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 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

Wed., October 7 & Thurs., October 22 and Thurs., October 29

The film series “Combahee Experimental: Celebrating Black Women’s Experimental Filmmaking,” presented by Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts, will be a three-event series celebrating the work of Black women filmmakers and their cinematic contributions to contemporary visual culture, curated by Simone Leigh and Tina Campt, at 6 p.m. Oct. 7, 22 and 29 via Zoom.

The series is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit arts.princeton.edu/vis-film-series

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

The Greenway Farmer’s Market will be held from 11 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 www.greenwayfarmersmarket.com

Through Tues., October 13

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 ahosszu@care-one.com for more information or to register.

The last day to register to vote in New Jersey is Oct. 13.

Thurs., October 15

Princeton University Concerts will open its 2020-21 season with a virtual watch party featuring the Takács String Quartet, in a performance live from Colorado.
Free of charge and open to all, the watch party will feature music by Mozart, Debussy, Bartók and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and will conclude with a live question-and-answer session in which listeners can directly interact with members of the Takács Quartet.
The watch party will take place from 8-9 p.m. Oct. 15. The stream will then be available for on-demand viewing through Oct. 18.
 
While this free virtual event is non-ticketed, attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance by emailing princetonuniversityconcerts.org for access to special related content leading up to the stream, including a brief video introduction to the evening’s program given by Princeton University Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham who will include the history of Coleridge-Taylor’s background as a 20th-century English composer and activist of European and African descent.  

 

 

The Central NJ & Bucks Co. Women in Development (WID) is hosting monthly roundtables for nonprofit professionals online.

Join Amy Boroff from Action for a discussion on how the pandemic is impacting communication and year-end fundraising efforts at noon on Oct. 15.

Learn the essentials to frame a year-end appeal.

Roundtables are a member-only benefit. Renew for the 2020 21 season before signing up.

Register online at https://widmercer.org/site/event/october-roundtable/

Sat., October 17

The American College of Orgonomy, based out of Princeton, is hosting a free webinar from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 17. Chris Burritt, D.O., will present “Identifying the Health In a Patient.”

Following the presentation, Jackie Bosworth, M.D., will join Dr. Burritt for a discussion.

The webinar is hosted by Dee Apple, Ph.D.

Dr. Burritt will present two brief therapy vignettes to highlight the importance of identifying the emotional health in patients. Identifying and treating pathology has long been a staple of medicine in general and psychiatry in particular, but we find that by also identifying the areas where the patient possesses genuine emotional heath, we can have a fuller picture of the individual and an ally against debilitating anxiety, depression and other emotional illness.

Registration is required by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ImY5khuaRw65OJYB1bEmWg

Attendees will receive a link to the Zoom presentation.

For more information on the American College of Orgonomy, visit www.orgonomy.org or
www.adifferentkindofpsychiatry.com

 

 

 

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

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/morven.museum.garden; Instagram @morvenmuseum; or Twitter @MorvenMuseum

 

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 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

 

Through 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.

 

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.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/morven.museum.garden; Instagram @morvenmuseum; or Twitter @MorvenMuseum

 

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 Sat., October 31

The Voice of Democracy Program is the VFW’s premier scholarship program.

This year’s theme is “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?”

Students in grades 9-12 can enter by Oct. 31. Record an original 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed.

Hearing/speech impaired students can email youthscholarships@vfw.org for special instructions.

The body of the essay must not identify the student in any way.

The Patriot’s Pen competition for students in grades 6-8 focuses on the theme “What is Patriotism to Me?”

Contact a teacher, youth group leader or post member to supervise the competition.

Submit an essay of 300 to 400 typewritten words to the VFW Post by Oct. 31.

Writers will be judged on knowledge of the theme, theme development and clarity of ideas.

Mail entries to Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post 8371, 601 Route 206, Suite 26-28, Hillsborough 08844.

For more information, email youthscholarships@vfw.org

 

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 princetonymca.org

 

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 www.greenwayfarmersmarket.com

 

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

The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence will be presented by McCarter @Home from Nov. 14 through Dec. 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.
For more information, visit https://www.mccarter.org/adriennekennedy

 

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.

 

Continuing events

 

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 www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.

 

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.
For more information on Toastmasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org/

 

 

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 fridayeveningcoda@gmail.com.

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 football@hillsboroughdukes.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 calendar@centraljersey.com or fax to 609-924-3842. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 609-874-2163.