Common calendar, Packet papers, Oct. 16

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

 

 

Mondays & Thursdays

Cranbury residents age 55 and older can exercise via Zoom.

Classes meet on both Mondays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. with instructors Helen and Robin. Zoom opens at about 9:45 a.m. so that members can talk with the instructor and other participants before class.

On the Township of Cranbury website there is a tutorial on how to use Zoom, prepared by the Cranbury Library.

To join, contact Connie Bauder, who will forward three registration forms to complete and return before being sent the invitation to join class.

There is no charge to participate.

Request and send completed registration forms to Bauder at fiddleheadfarms@comcast.net

 

Wednesdays, through 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 through Dec. 16.
The schedule is:
  • 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

 

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. through 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.

 

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/ 


Good Grief will hold
its 10th annual gala from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 15.

The program will feature Good Grief kids sharing their stories of hope and resilience as well as special appearances by sports stars Dalvin Tomlinson of the NY Giants and former New York Yankee all-star Bernie Williams.

The evening will also include a tribute to medical professionals who have served on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individual tickets for the event are $150 and provide viewers with a link to the virtual broadcast.

Full information is available at GgGala2020.givesmart.com

All proceeds from the gala support Good Grief’s mission to provide free and unlimited support to help grieving children and families in more than 180 communities across the New Jersey.

For more information, visit www.good-grief.org

 

Sat., October 17

 

Community bank Bryn Mawr Trust has been hosting food drives to collect and direct food to local organizations in the fight to end hunger, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bryn Mawr Trust will hold a contactless food drive at its Arts Council of Princeton branch, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton, from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 17.
For more information, visit www.bmt.com/hunger/

 

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.

 

 

Saturdays, Oct. 17 & 24

Hillsborough Township will hold flea markets from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oct. 17 and 24 at the former Willow Road baseball complex, 2 Valinor Road, Hillsborough. Set up begins at 7 a.m.

To obtain a space, register online at www.hillsboroughnjrecreation.org. The cost of the space is $20 per date.

For more information, call 908-369-3880 or visit https://ecode360.com/documents/HI0602/public/565256475.pdf

 

 

Sundays, October 18 & 25

The Pennington School will host two virtual open houses to show prospective students and their families the academic and extracurricular programs and activities that the independent coeducational boarding school offers to students in grades 6-12: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 18 for the Upper School, and from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 25 for the Middle School.

These events will offer prospective families an opportunity to explore the Pennington experience, meet with students, see the classrooms, and talk with teachers.

For more information, visit pennington.org/admission/open-house.

Contact Pennington’s Admission office at admiss@pennington.org or 609–737–6128 with any questions.

Mon., October 19

The Washington Crossing Audubon Society will present “Climate Watch: Monitoring Bird in a Changing Climate,” an online presentation by Kathy Dale, at 8 p.m. Oct. 19.

Dale, National Audubon Society’s director of Science Technology, will discuss Audubon’s latest, groundbreaking science effort, Climate Watch. Climate Watch seeks to understand how birds are being affected by climate change and to test and model the future change predictions for U.S. species.

This is a free, virtual event.

To register, email contact.wcas@gmail.com to receive a link to Zoom with access code.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

 

NonProfitConnect, a nonprofit committed to strengthening nonprofits and their boards, has received a $52,000 grant from the The Bunbury Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

The grant was awarded to support NonProfitConnect’s training program, LeadershipConnect, for board and staff leaders to develop their skills and gain practical tools for taking action.

The first installment of LeadershipConnect will be a series of three, 90-minute workshops entitled “Scenario Planning:Making Decisions without a Crystal Ball” starting on Oct. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m.Strategic planning consultant Allison Trimarco of Creative Capacity will be leading this series, which is designed for nonprofit executive directors and board chairs.

The three connected workshops will help leaders to determine their nonprofit’s path forward based on mission, community need, and impact as well as finances.

Other timely, relevant issues will be addressed in future training series.

To learn more about the LeadershipConnect training, board training or other capacity building programs for nonprofits, visit NonProfitConnectNJ.org or contact the executive director, Allison Howe, at allison@NonProfitConnectNJ.org or 609-921-8893.

 

 

 

 

Tues., October 20

The Kingston Greenways Association annual meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 via Zoom.

 

After a short business meeting, Rachel Mackow will present a program on deer-resistant native plants.

The meeting link is posted at www.kingstongreenways.org

The meeting is open to all, but RSVP to tari@kingstongreenways.org

 

 

 

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart will hold an open house, virtually, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Head of School Rik Dugan, hear from some of students, and drop into classrooms with teachers.

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Register for the open house at https://bit.ly/374DYX5

 

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

 

Wed., October 21

Kim Yarson, of Miss Kim’s Children’s Music, will release her first children’s album “Growing Up Great” on Oct. 21. The pre-recorded concert is sponsored by the Mercer County Library System and will debut at 10 a.m. on their YouTube Channel.

The East Windsor resident penned 11 fun and energetic songs infused with manners, movement and motivation. These songs have moral messages, like dealing with emotions in “Colors of a Rainbow,” working on getting better at doing things like walking or catching a ball in “If You Want To Be Great,” and the very catchy, “Being Kind.”

Along with the album release will be two animated videos of “The Shaker Egg Song” and “Thank You All Around the World,” which will be released in October on Miss Kim’s Children’s Music YouTube channel.

For more information, visit www.MissKimsChildrensMusic.com.

 

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/

 

Duane Michals will lead a candid discussion touching on topics such as metaphysics, personal identity, the nature of memory, photography and filmmaking at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

 

Thursdays, October 22 and 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. 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

 

 

Fri., October 23

After Rain, a solo art exhibition by Irene Feng, will premiere at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Morven Museum & Garden Stockton Learning Center, 55 Stockton Ave., Princeton.

The 15-piece exhibition of multicultural perspectives on the sensory experiences of nature, self and societal advancement will be presented by the Princeton Academy of Art.

Irence explores ancient Chinese life, modernity and a personal journey through Western culture.

She is a student of Princeton Academy of Art and a high schooler at Stuart Country Day School.

 

 

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/

 

 

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.

 

Sat., October 24

Dispose of unneeded and expired prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 24.

Rid medicine cabinets of unused and easily abused opioid painkillers, in addition to any other unneeded prescription medications.

Mercer County residents can drop off unused and expired prescription pills by bringing them to the parking lot across from the Mercer County Administration Building at 640 S. Broad St. in Trenton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local police departments should also be setting up drop off areas.

The disposal event will also collect vape pens and other e-cigarette devices, only after all batteries have been removed prior by the individual.

Syringes, sharp instruments, liquid medications, or solutions cannot be accepted.

Participants in the drop-off are asked to follow social distancing rules.

For more information, contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Programs Section at 609-278-7159.

 

 

Coffee with the Mayor Matthew Scott and Police Chief Michael Owens will be held from 8-10 a.m. Oct. 24 at Teddy’s Restaurant, 49 N. Main St., Cranbury.

Bring your mask.

The Cranbury Public Library will host a Halloween celebration at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Barn Park, Cranbury Neck Road, off South Main Street, Cranbury.

Not-too-spooky stories, songs to shake your bones to, ghoulish activities, and bewitching treats will abound for children and their families to enjoy.

Face coverings are required. Costumes are encouraged.

Space is limited to 25. Social distancing will be followed.

Recommended for ages 3 and up. Registration required.

Register at https://engagedpatrons.org/EventsRegister.cfm?SiteID=1825&BranchID=10000…

 

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

 

The Boheme Opera NJ Guild presents “An Outdoor Return to Boheme – Strings Style” at Diamond’s Restaurant, now located at 69 Route 156 in Yardville, from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 25.

A string trio featuring members of the Boheme Opera NJ Orchestra – violinists Eugenia Goldman and Phillip Pugh, and cellist Katrina Kormanski – will perform classical, opera, Broadway and pop music outdoors under the tent.  

Guests will enjoy authentic Italian light fare by Diamond’s staff. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be provided. Guests are welcome to BYOB. 

Masks are required when not eating.

The cost of the event is $55 per person. All are welcome, but seating is limited. 

Reservations and advanced payment are required by Oct. 18. Include the name of each guest. Mail checks payable to: Boheme Opera NJ Guild, P. O. Box 9165, Trenton 08650. Currently, payment can only be in advance and via checks, which enables contactless payment and avoids credit card charges.

For more information, call 609-208-2171 or email BONJGUILD@gmail.com

 

Dr. Devin Naar, a renowned historian and popular speaker, will present a virtual lecture on Jews and Structural Racism through the Adath Israel MOSAIC Cultural Series.

Formally from Lawrenceville, Naar currently is the Isaac Alhadeff professor in Sephardic Studies, associate professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

He will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 via Zoom.

 

Naar’s talk is entitled “Between Privilege and Peril: Jews and Structural Racism in the United States”. He will explore a series of key moments in American Jewish history from the 18th to 20th centuries that reveal the ways in both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews have simultaneously been targets and beneficiaries of racism and discrimination. He will look at how these dueling dynamics played out in relation to the question of American citizenship in 1790, Emma Lazarus and her famous 1883 poem “The New Colossus,” the lynching of Leo Frank in 1915, and the passage of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1924.

To register for the event, call Adath Israel Congregation at 609-896-4977 and leave your full name and email.

 

Sun., October 25 to Sun., November 8

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

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

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

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

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

 Complete details are available at HiTOPSPrincetonHalf.com.

 

 

Through Mon., October 26

Take a stroll with your family through Village Park in Cranbury through Oct. 26 to participate in the Cranbury Municipal Alliance’s first Cranbury Family Scavenger Hunt.

Visit www.cranburytownship.org/home/news/fall-family-fun-scavenger-hunt for the Scavenger Hunt Questions and Tasks.

 

Tues., October 27

The Roots for Rivers tree planting at Rosedale Park added more than 1,400 trees by nearly 200 volunteers.

The Stewardship Team will complete the final piece of the project from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at the park, 424 Federal City Road, Pennington, by planting almost 100 trees on the lawn side of Rosedale Park to capture even more storm water runoff and create pollinator habitat.

Through the support of ShopRite.

For more information and to sign up to volunteer on Oct. 27, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRaYgo6HB-iZo6eLxS0IS8KQOKIeuAKbTmYWse3FFvVOpo6g/viewform

Wed., October 28

Residents of Somerset County and beyond are invited to join a free, virtual community celebration, “Voices of Gratitude,” from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 28, an online celebration hosted by Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity.

The event will features stories from RV Habitat families and volunteers about how building Habitat homes has transformed lives in our region, a ReStore gift auction, a special musical performance by a Habitat family’s children, and the chance to win free raffle prizes throughout the hour.

There will also be special recognition of a long-time RV Habitat volunteer, Mary Ellen Koscs-Fleming, volunteer co-chair of RV Habitat’s Homeowner Selection Committee. She has volunteered with RV Habitat since 2006, serving in many roles, including as a member of the Board of Directors and in many roles that work directly with RV Habitat families.

Local businesses are welcome to sponsor the event. All partners will be recognized during the event, and at the Manville ReStore which hosts over 300 customers every day.

Sponsorship and event information is available at www.rvhabitat.org/voicesofgratitude2020.

All are welcome to join “Voices of Gratitude” by registering at https://bit.ly/32wd1Zu

 

Thurs., October 29

Norz Hill Farm will host its annual Children’s Halloween Party from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the farm, 120 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.
The event costs $8 per child, which includes a walk through the children’s bale maze, a hayride to the pumpkin patch and more. Stop by Hillsborough’s police and fire safety teams who will be in attendance.
Pre-registration is required and can be found on the Parks & Recreation website.

The Center of Great Expectations announces its first-ever virtual annual gala, focused on supporting and empowering women, who have suffered from substance abuse.

This year’s fundraising and awareness efforts will be highlighted by celebrity guest and event host Scott Clark, the Emmy Award-winning former ABC Sports anchor, as well as a very special in-depth interview around her own recovery journey with Elizabeth Vargas, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, lead investigative reporter for A+E Networks and author of “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction.”

The event is free and will take place virtually online and simultaneously streamed on Facebook LIVE at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

Adding to the evening are musical guests AJ Smith, Whitney McClain and The Platinum Band; a live online auction, and a networking “afterparty” hosted by Clark and Vargas.

CGE provides transformational mental health and substance use disorder treatment to women, children, men and families impacted by trauma, abuse and neglect, all of which are increasing during these times of increasing hardship.

Text GALA to 732-838-7766 to donate.

For more information, visit www.cge-nj.org/

 

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., October 30, varying dates and times

Princeton Community Works is an all-volunteer organization committed to serving the greater Mercer County area by providing nonprofits and volunteers the opportunity to connect, build skills,and raise awareness. To respond to the current situation, the organization is launching a series of online discussions, called Community Conversations, to bring together the nonprofit community.

Community Conversations will focus on:

  • “Creating Your New ‘Normal’” Oct. 12, 14 and 16 (Times TBD)
  • “Wellness: You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup” Oct. 26, 28 and 30 (Times TBD)

Registration is available on the website.

The group is also planning a virtual Princeton Community Works conference in January 2021.

For more information, visit www.princetoncommunityworks.org/.

 

 

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

Sat., October 31

Hillsborough’s annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Ann Van Middlesworth Dog Park, 17 Pleasant View Road, Hillsborough.
Families and pets will gather in the dog park while Hillsborough Girl Scouts rank the costumes and select prize winners such as best costume, best group costume and more. All prizes will be donated from local businesses.
No pre-registration required. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. that morning.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. by the pavilion.

Trunk or Treat will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Willow Road Complex, Hillsborough.

 

Families can provide a decorated trunk/vehicle as well as candy to hand out to the Trunk or Treaters; or families can register their children to “treat” without a trunk for $5 per child.

Registration is required for both options by visiting www.hillsboroughnjrecreation.org by Oct. 23.

Mutts characters Earl and Mooch and Trenton Thunder’s Boomer will make special appearances during a Masquerade Parade on Oct. 31 at St. Michael’s Farm Preserve, as well as a suffragette in authentic costume to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s constitutional right to vote.

Rain date is Nov. 1.

A dozen stationary “floats” await, along with live music by Princeton University Concerts, and musician Bill Flemer of the Riverside Bluegrass Band.

Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars. The theme is “I love land because …” Each car will receive a nature-themed goodie bag, including a newly published children’s book.

Space is limited. Pre-register.

Timed tickets available from 12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

The cost is $25 per carload.

St. Michael’s Farm Preserve is located at Charles Evans Overlook at Aunt Molly Road in Hopewell.

To sign up, visit https://form.jotform.com/202666552356156

Thurs., November 5

Chinese multimedia artist, filmmaker and musician Lawrence Lek, the 2020 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist-in-Residence, and Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will hold a virtual discussion at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Lek uses gaming software, 3D animation, installation, performance, and technologies such as virtual reality to create site-specific virtual worlds through which he examines the impact of digital realities on the politics of creativity and perceptions of reality.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

 

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

Sat., November 7

East Windsor Township is holding free rabies clinics for all dog and cat owners in East Windsor from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the East Windsor Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 51 One Mile Road; and from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the East Windsor Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 building, 69 Twin Rivers Dr.

All animals brought to the clinics must be properly restrained by a leash or carrier. Owners will be required to show a certificate of a previous rabies vaccination in order to receive a vaccination valid for three years. Without proof of a previous vaccination, the dog or cat will be given a one year vaccination. All resident dogs must have a rabies vaccination that does not expire prior to Nov. 1, 2021, in order to receive a 2021 dog license.

All attendees are required to wear face mask covering their mouth and nose at all times and maintain social distancing of at least six feet from all attendees, per CDC guidelines.

For more information about the free rabies clinics, contact Animal Control at 609-448-5678, ext. 229, or visit www.east-windsor.nj,us.

Through Tues., November 10

The Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) will hold its fall fundraising campaign “$10 for $10,000” to raise funds that will go toward providing grants and scholarships to teachers and students in Hillsborough Township Public Schools, through Nov. 10.

The Power of 10 grows HEF’s community network in many ways:

If each person who shares HEF’s fundraising campaign with 10 people, and those 10 people share with another 10 people, that one person’s reach extends to 100 people.

If 10 people donate $10 to HEF, that raises $100 for the fundraising campaign. If those 10 people share with another 10 people, that raises $1,000.

Repeat 10 times and the community helps raise $10,000 that benefits Hillsborough Township Public Schools.

 

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

 

Thurs., November 12

Photographer Vik Muniz is best known for his recreations of seminal artworks in history using everyday materials, from images torn from magazines to junk to powdered pigments.

Muniz will discuss his career as well as his creative process and his latest production in the face of the pandemic during a virtual discussion at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12, courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

 

 

Thursdays, through November 12

The Princeton University Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online art-making experiences at 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 12.

Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join live from home.

A variety of media and techniques will be explored using materials readily available.

Each week’s lesson features works from the museum’s collections and is introduced by an Art Museum Student Tour Guide.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

 

Fri., November 13

“Displaced, Erased, Unseen: Representations of Latinx Bodies in Contemporary Art” will be a virtual faculty panel held at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 by the Princeton University Art Museum.

Live webinar roundtable featuring Princeton voices from across disciplines considering the strategies used by Latinx artists to combat the social and political forces that obscure the lived experiences of marginalized communities. The panel will engage recent scholarship on the representation of Latinx bodies and feature work by Latin American artists recently added to the Museum’s collections.

Panelists include Javier Guerrero, associate professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and director of Undergraduate Studies; Susana Draper, associate professor, Comparative Literature; and Christina León, assistant professor, English.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

 

Saturday, November 14

Morven Museum & Garden will hold “The Calming Art of Cross Stitch” virtual workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19; or from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 14.

Register at morven.org

 

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

Homefront’s ArtJam for the Holidays is a reimagined art event that will be held Nov. 14-Dec. 12

HomeFront’s ArtJam for the Holidays will feature the work of more than 50 local and regional artists, ArtSpace and SewingSpace artists.

Offering one-of-a-kind art for sale online, or in-person by appointment only at the HomeFront Family campus in the Blue Garage, HomeFront Family Campus, 101 Celia Way, Ewing.

Paintings, pottery, glasswork, and hand-sewn items comprise a diversity of visual art, fine crafts as well as home and holiday décor.

Proceeds will help support the artists and ArtSpace programs.

Appointment-only gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

 

Sign up online at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48acaf2aabf8c16-2020

Through Sat., November 14

The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton will give area residents the opportunity to honor their hero in the inaugural Flags For Heroes program, Nov. 1-14, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.

Local residents and businesses can sponsor an American flag, 3 feet by 5 feet, on the grounds of RWJUH-Hamilton along Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road and Klockner Road.

Each American flag will honor someone’s local hero including military, mother, father, grandparent, son, daughter, family, friend, neighbor, COVID-19 hero, fire and rescue, police, teacher, nurse, doctor, medical professional, clergy, business, and others who have made a difference in someone’s life.

Each donor will receive a keepsake flag medallion with their name, message and sponsor’s name, and acknowledgement on the display banner at RWJUH-Hamilton and on the Rotary’s website, www.RHRotary.org.

Flag Sponsorships start at $50 for individuals and $250 for businesses and can be purchased at www.RHRotary.org. Supplies are limited and sponsorships are available on a first come, first service basis.

For more information about the Rotary and its charitable initiatives, email Info@RHRotary.org or visit www.RHRotary.org.

 

 

Through Mon., November 16

Through Nov. 16, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) is hosting a virtual food drive for the food banks serving the residents of the 16th Legislative District.

To donate, visit https://yougivegoods.com/district16-fooddrive

YouGiveGoods will ship the items, appropriately packaged and labeled, to the designated facility. For the product donations, YouGiveGoods will provide a tax receipt; for the cash donations, the tax receipt would come from the food bank itself.

For more information, contact Zwicker at AsmZwicker@njleg.org

 

Wed., November 18 – January 10, 2021

Morven Museum & Garden’s Festival of Trees is a juried collection of trees and mantles decorated by area garden clubs and non-profit partners displayed in the museum’s galleries throughout the mansion-turned-museum.

The trees will be on display from Nov. 18 through Jan. 10, 2021.

A Winter Wonderland outdoor fundraiser is planned for Dec. 3. During the fundraising party, the museum will be open to enjoy the decorated trees and mantels at timed intervals; however, the party is based outdoors.

The basic party tickets are $175 per person.

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival of Trees is included with museum admission of $10; $8.00 for seniors; free for Friends of Morven and children 6 years old and under.

For more information and associated Festival of Trees programming, both virtual and in-person, visit morven.org/

 

Thurs., November 19

Morven Museum & Garden will present “Utopia, New Jersey: Travels in the Nearest Eden” with author Perdita Buchan at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

For more information, visit morven.org

 

Through Thurs., November 19

The deacons at The First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury may be filling as many as 150 holiday baskets this year for families in need in the area.

Requested items include frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, canned fruits, soup, cranberry sauce, cereal, pasta and sauce, crackers, rice, boxed potatoes, stuffing, cookies, pancake mix and syrup, cake and muffin mix, olives, peanut butter and jelly, Jello and pudding, canned nuts, granola bars, and copy paper boxes for packing the baskets.

Donations can be left in the box on the porch of Fellowship Hall, 22 S. Main St., Cranbury.

For more information, call 609-395-0897.

Food collection will run through Nov. 19.

To help contribute, visit www.cranburytownship.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif4296/f/uploads/2020_thanksgiving_food_baskets_0.pdf

 

 

Fri., November 20

A virtual panel discussion, “Picturing Pandemics: From the Distant Past to the Recent Present” will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 20, courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Throughout history and across cultures, works of art have played a fundamental role in addressing infectious diseases and their damaging effects on individuals and a society. Some artists have used narrative to document an epidemic, while others have worked more abstractly or have urged activism.

Join Bryan Just, Laura Giles, Veronica White and Robbie LeDesma for a discussion of objects in the museum’s collections related to pandemics, ranging from the ancient Americas to contemporary times.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

 

Fri., November 20 – Sun., November 22

Morven Museum & Garden’s first Pop-Up Holiday Craft Sale will be held from 1-9 p.m. Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 inside the Stockton Education Center, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

Admission is $10, which includes entrance to the Festival of Trees inside the museum.

All participants must wear a mask, and adhere to social distancing and capacity limits.

For more information, visit https://www.morven.org/

Through Mon., November 30

The Somerset County Park Commission is accepting entries for the “Show Us Your Best Shot” 2020 Photo Contest.

 

Photos must be taken in a park managed by the Somerset County Park Commission and fall into one of the following categories: Scenic; Wildlife; Horticulture; or People.

A listing of parks may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

 

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30.

 

 

Photos must be 200 dpi or higher and should be sent as an attachment to an email to dhealey@scparks.org, indicating Photo Contest and category in the subject line.

Selected photographers will be awarded Park Commission prizes and photos will be featured on the Park Commission website and social media.

 

For more information, visit www.somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-722-1200.

Tues., December 1

A Day With(out) Art, a virtual exhibition and reflection, will be presented by the Princeton University Art Museum on Dec. 1.

Dec. 1 marks the 31st anniversary of Day With(out) Art, a day when cultural organizations raise awareness of AIDS, remember people who have died, and inspire positive action. In honor of this event, the museum will feature a virtual exhibition, including works of art that reflect on the AIDS crisis, and will invite the community to share thoughts and memories on the museum’s social media accounts.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

Wed., December 2

Morven Museum & Garden will present The House of Louis Kahn virtual program plus question-and-answer session with curator and author William Whitaker at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

For more information, visit morven.org

 

Thurs., December 3

The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth will hold the 17th annual Suicide Prevention Conference, focusing on “Reaching for Hope,” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 3, via WebEx.

Speakers include Susan Klebold, author and activist; and Vanessa L. McGann, clinical psychologist

To register, visit https://rutgers.cloud-cme.com/course/courseoverview?P=5&EID=7116

Cost is $49 per person.

Sat., December 5

Collecting Art 101 will be held virtually from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5, courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Join three fine arts specialists as they share tips on how to begin and maintain an art collection. This program will explore collecting photography, prints and 20th century American painting.

Featuring Sarah Morthland, certified member, Appraisers Association of America, speaking about collecting photography from 1-2 p.m.; Cora Michael, owner/principal, Cora Michael Fine Art LLC, speaking about collecting prints from 2:30-3:30 p.m.; and Jonathan Spies, former gallery director, Menconi + Schoelkopf, speaking about 20th century American paintings, from 4-5 p.m.

Register for one session, or join all three. Each session has its own registration link. Register for each session individually.

Dates and details are subject to change; visit artmuseum.princeton.edu for updates.

Mondays, through 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.

 

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.

 

Thursdays, through January

Burlington County Health Department will offer seasonal flu vaccines to county residents every Thursday 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.

 

Continuing events

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.

 

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.

 

 

Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey seeks compassionate volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families.

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. They read to the patient, reminisce about their lives, play cards, help with letter writing and provide respite for caregivers.

Visits can be virtual, and are either during the day or early evening.

Volunteers may also assist with administrative work within the hospice office.

Patient care volunteers complete an application and attend a virtual volunteer training program that covers the role of a hospice volunteer. Day and evening virtual training programs are offered.

To sign up for the next virtual training class, contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email deborah@dovehs.com.

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.

 

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.