Common calendar, Packet papers, Oct. 30

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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 [email protected]

 

Fri., October 30

The First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury is holding a family drive-in movie event on Oct. 30 in the church parking lot, 22 S. Main St., Cranbury.

Sound will be broadcast through the car radio.

“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” will begin at 6:30 p.m., appropriate for young children. “Beetlejuice,” which will start at 7:15 p.m., is suited for older children.

Bring your own candy/refreshments to enjoy in your own car.

Masks will be expected at all times if sitting outside of the car.

To register, visit www.cranburytownship.org/home/news/october-30th-family-drive-movie-night

 

 

Through Fri., October 30

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 “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/.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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

 

Through Sun., November 1

Labyrinth Books will hold a storewide sale through Nov. 1 at the bookstore, 122 Nassau St., Princeton.

Oct. 30 is a fundraising day for Princeton Mutual Aid. Instead of discounting any purchase, 15% of all sales will be donated. Internet sales apply.

On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, use promo code “minotaur” to save 15% on orders through labyrinthbooks.com

Labyrinth Books continues its ongoing food and clothing drive for Trenton Rescue Mission and Arm-in-Arm.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Saturdays, through November

Playing on Bordentown’s moniker of the “Little City with a Lot of Charm,” Harrowing History is being held 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., November 5

A conversation with artist Lawrence Lek will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Lek, a Malaysian-Chinese multimedia artist, filmmaker and musician, the 2020 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, international artist-in-residence, and Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell curator of modern and contemporary art.

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

Register for free at https://princeton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hffIycDxSJyvIfdF6t7z8g

Also, through Nov. 8, Lek’s experimental video essay “Sinofuturism (1839-2046)” will be available to screen for all program registrants. In this work, Lek melds genres of science fiction, documentary melodrama, social realism and Chinese cosmologies to view the future through the lens of China’s technological development. Technological systems and humans vie to determine reality, and “Sinofuturism” deconstructs the role of Asiatic stereotypes in navigating those relationships in realms extending from computing, to addiction to gaming and gambling.

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish.

 

For more information, visit the Princeton University Art Museum website at artmuseum.princeton.edu

 

The Sourland Conservancy will host its annual education series, Sourland Train Station Seminar, virtually.

Sourland Mountain and American Indians: A Hidden Story with Ian Burrow will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

American Indians have been in the Sourlands for at least 8,000 years, but it can seem as if they left little evidence of their life here. Recent re-examination of artifact collections, new historical research, and archaeological surveys on the mountain itself are beginning to change that picture. Local archaeologist and historian Ian Burrow will talk about what we know and don’t know, about Indigenous people on and around the mountain.

If you have Indian artifacts you’d like to know more about, bring them to the Zoom meeting.

Sign up via http://tiny.cc/SC2020Train

The “Great Poems for Times of Turmoil” poetry circle will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 courtesy of the Mercer County Library’s Lawrence headquarters branch.

All are welcome to examine and discuss poems by W. H. Auden, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rudyard Kipling, Derek Walcott, William Butler Yeats, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shihab Nye, etc. The selected poems may sprout from difficult circumstances, but thrive to reach toward solace in times of turmoil.

Sharon, a librarian from the Lawrence branch, will lead the discussion.

Registration with an email is required. The link will be sent through GoToMeeting approximately 24 hours before the program.

For more information, email [email protected]

 

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a live virtual networking event/monthly membership luncheon at noon on Nov. 5, featuring Kevin Gabbier, co-founder of Fat Shack.

To register, visit https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org/events/NovemberVirtual%20Monthly%20Membership%20Luncheon-930/details

 

 

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.

 
The 10th annual West Windsor Arts Council’s Off the Wall Holiday Market opens Nov. 7, online or by appointment.
More than 80 works of art by almost 50 artists and artisans will be displayed. Unique, carefully curated items, including jewelry, pottery, sculpture metal arts and textiles.
All works of art are under $400, with select items under $200.
Viewing hours by appointment on Nov. 7, 14 and 21.
For a complete list of artisans and to plan a purchase, visit https://westwindsorarts.org.

Lamb’s Artillery Company, a Revolutionary War re-enactment group, will conduct artillery demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 in the field behind the Visitor Center Museum, Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

The cannon firing demonstrations will be held at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 609-737-0623 or visit state.nj.us

Through 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 through 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 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

 

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Peter Crowley’s retirement as president and CEO of the chamber from 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

There will be a video tribute during the virtual retirement party. There will also be an opportunity to network with fellow chamber members.

Tickets are $35 per person. Various sponsorships are available.

To register, visit https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org

 

Inside the Curator’s Office: Stormy Weather, Rembrandt’s “The Three Trees” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

Join Laura M. Giles, Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Princeton University Class of 1970, curator of prints and drawings, for a close and contextual look at this recently acquired print, considered to be one of Rembrandt’s masterpieces in any medium.

Membership and registration are required to attend this virtual event. Membership is free.

Join at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/support/membership/free-membership

Register for the program at https://princeton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AxcyLamPRSOFHBEDUHOdGg

 

 

 

 

Wed., November 11

“What Do the Election Results Mean for New Jersey?” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 courtesy of the Princeton Public Library.

New Jersey political analyst Ingrid Reed presents an interactive panel discussion about what the election results mean for New Jersey.

To RSVP, visit www.crowdcast.io/e/whatdoesitmeanwithingridr/register?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

After World War II, the creations of a group of artists who became known as Abstract Expressionists made New York City the world focal point of Contemporary Art.

In his presentation at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11, Docent Rob Coghan will discuss key examples in the museum collection.

Free for West Windsor Art Council members, or $10 for non-members.

To register, visit https://secure.westwindsorarts.org/np/clients/westwindsorarts/eventRegistration.jsp?event=9973&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

 

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.

 

The Sourland Conservancy will host its annual education series, Sourland Train Station Seminar, virtually.

How Many Wildflowers Can You Grow in a Sourland Mountain Garden? with Juanita Hummel will be discussed at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.

Gardening on the Sourland Mountain can be a challenge. The landscape is sprinkled with giant boulders, the topsoil is shallow, rocky, acidic and sometimes soggy, and there are many deer living in the woods. The focus of the talk will be primarily on native plants, most native to the Sourlands, as well as their role in the ecosystem.

Sign up via http://tiny.cc/SC2020Train

 

 

 

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 [email protected] or visit www.RHRotary.org.

 

Sun., November 15

The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey/Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present a concert featuring the music of Price, Bach and Grieg at 4 p.m. Nov. 15.

Tickets to this event come in the form of an access link.

For more information, visit yocj.org or princetonsymphony.org

 

Mon., November 16

The Washington Crossing Audubon Society (WCAS) will present “Impacts of Deer and Invasive Plant Species on Forest Understories in New Jersey,” an online presentation by Jay F. Kelly, at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.

Kelly, associate professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, will discuss his research on the impact of overabundant deer and invasive plant species since the mid-20th century on 250 forests in central-northern New Jersey and the effectiveness of different tools for forest restoration.

The goals of this research are to provide real-world research opportunities for students and to equip local communities with information needed to understand these important issues and what can be done to address them.

This is a free, virtual event. To register, email [email protected] to receive a link to Zoom meeting with access code. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

More information about WCAS can be found at www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.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 [email protected]

 

Tues., November 17

Greenwood House will hold a fundraiser, Online Live with Richard Kind, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Hosted by Chef Nick Liberato of Netflix’s “Restaurants on the Edge” along with his local project at Stockton Farmer’s Market, The Borscht Belt Delicatessen.

For ticket information, visit www.greenwoodhouse.org

 

The Historical Society of Princeton offers guidance and tips to help use today’s readily available technology to preserve and share family history.

“Research Your Roots – Capturing Your Family History” will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St.

Use technology to create audio and video files to record and share anecdotes, family jokes and legends, and first-person accounts of how your family has interacted with the past century and how they see current events.

For more information, call 609-924-9529 or visit princetonlibrary.org

 

Through Wed., November 18

Cranbury Township announces the sale of 2019 and prior year delinquent taxes and other municipal charges through an online auction, which is set to close at 8 a.m. Nov. 18.

For a listing of all parcels, delinquencies and costs, along with bidding instructions, visit https://cranbury.newjerseytaxsale.com

Information can be viewed free of charge.

 

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

 

The Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce will hold a business networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19.

The mayors of Bordentown City, Bordentown Township and Florence Township, plus Mrs. New Jersey Kristina Henderson, will be the guest speakers at Villa Mannino, 73 Route 130, Trenton.

Wear a mask.

Bring business cards.

Event sponsorships available.

RSVP required for food headcount.

Visit www.BurlingtonMercerChamber.org to register.

 

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/

 

Thurs., November 26

Trinity Church in Princeton will hold its 13th annual Princeton Trinity Turkey Trot from 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 26, but virtually.

Join HomeFront in participating. Sponsored by Trinity Turkey Trot Princeton and elite feats.

For more information, visit https://fb.me/e/cR7Szlbzj

For tickets, visit www.trinityturkeytrot.org

 

Thurs., November 26 – Mon., November 29

The Girls on the Run of Central NJ (GOTRCNJ) Fall 5K race will be virtual this year.

The 5K Turkey Trot will take place Nov. 26-29 and is open to the public. Registrants can complete the virtual 5K on their time and in their own place.

Registration is free and open to all. However, in an effort to sustain the GOTRCNJ Scholarship Fund, participants can donate $10 or an amount of their choice to GOTRCNJ during registration. One hundred percent of donations will go to scholarships to make the program accessible to girls who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Participants will receive a printable bib and finisher’s certificate.

Register at https://runsignup.com/gotrturkeytrot or visit www.gotrcnj.org.

For race questions, contact Donna York at [email protected] or 908-642-4321.

 

 

Thurs., November 26 through Fri., January 1, 2021

Roxey Ballet, Lambertville’s renowned professional dance company, will present its annual American holiday classic and new made for television “Nutcracker” 2020, available for streaming from any device Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

This new production, directed by Mark Roxey, features more than 200 handmade costumes designed by Alicia Worden and Ana Vichnevetsky, including new personalized costume masks for each role, with production and lighting designs by Jeffrey Goldstein.

Complemented by an international cast of professional performers from around the world, Roxey Ballet also draws on the local talent pool from neighboring communities, including Lambertville, New Hope, Doylestown, Newtown, Stockton, Hopewell, Lawrenceville, Pennington, Ewing and Princeton.

Subscribers to the new Nutcracker Channel also receive live streamed rehearsals, cast and crew interviews, The Sugar Plum Fairy Adventure Series, a Senior Living Dance Class, and an additional production of The Year of the Women Choreography Lab featuring five New Jersey-based choreographers creating socially conscious works showcasing women’s issues: disability rights, women’s health initiatives, bullying and the cultural condition.

To purchase a Nutcracker Channel ticket, visit www.roxeyballet.org/virtual-performances

 

 

Sat., November 28

The Friends of Howell Farm will hold their annual Wreath & Sleighbell Sale, featuring straps of bells made by the farm’s harnessmaker, beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 28 at the Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township.

Bring canned goods for donation to area food banks and soup kitchens.

Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing is not possible.

For more information, call 609-737-3299 or visit howellfarm.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 [email protected], 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.

 

Through Mon., December 7

A Christmas Carol @HOME is an experience being offered by the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.

Receive individually wrapped envelopes with scenes that can be performed together in person or virtually; character-= sketch postcards to color, frame or send; conversation cards to spark dialogue and conversation, ideal for all ages, connecting the timeless themes in Dickens’ classic story with today; and more ways to enhance the experience online, including access to a full script and stage adaptation, photo and video submissions of your own “A Christmas Carol” performances, and local promotions from the community.

 

Limited availability. While supplies last.

Order by Dec. 7 to ensure delivery by Dec. 24. While supplies last.

Orders will begin to ship the week of Nov. 23.

For more information, visit https://www.mccarter.org/tickets-events/ACCatHOME/?vgo_ee=rnbuQ5FiiTsvWx%2FFq0R4xaIfYyzJc77mf9vNIlXPl%2Fc%3D

 

Tues., December 8

Expressing the Passions of the Soul: The Study of Human Emotions in Art and Science will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Join Veronica White, curator of academic programs, and Alex Todorov, professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as they reflect on his teaching experience at the Art Museum and his publication “Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions” (Princeton University Press, 2017).

Membership and registration are required to attend this virtual event.

Membership is free. Join at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/support/membership/free-membership

Register for the program at https://princeton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_64UQr84iTee2EBFo9cbOiQ

 

 

 

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 [email protected] 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.

 

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. 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 [email protected]

 

 

 

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 [email protected]. There is no guarantee any photo will be used.

A photo release will need to accompany the picture. The photo release form is found at www.hillsborough-nj.org

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

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Fellowship Bible Church building, 109 New Amwell Road. The group says it meets to “laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood.” Sponsored by Crossroads Community Church, it hears speakers, has a craft or project and lots of conversation and refreshment. Child care is provided. For information, see 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 [email protected] or fax to 609-924-3842. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 609-874-2163.