Common calendar, Packet papers, November 13

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

 

Mercer County will hold a paper shredding day from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 14 or until trucks reach full capacity, rain or shine, in Parking Lot 4 at 651 S. Broad St., across from the Mercer County Administration Building, Trenton.

Residents may bring up to eight boxes or bags of paper. No commercial businesses are permitted.

Proof of residency such as a driver’s license is required.

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

 

The next trek by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Saturday Morning Walking Club is scheduled for Nov. 14.

Walkers will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Mount Rose Preserve parking lot at 355 Carter Road, Hopewell Township, off the west side of Carter Road and will walk through the Mount Rose Distillery segment of the trail. The two-mile round-trip walk through the woods continues off-road next to Pennington Rocky Hill Road. Hikers will walk past the Whiskey House and on to Bailey Court, where they will turn around and head back to the Carter Road parking lot.

Visit www.lhtrail.org the morning of the walk if it looks like inclement weather might postpone the walk.

For directions, visit https://goo.gl/maps/1n6wrysQ2Rh3imVZ7

For more information about the Mount Rose Distillery segment of the trail, visit https://lhtrail.org/project/mt-rose-distillery/.

 

 

The Cub Scouts of Pack 52 distributed food bags to homes in Cranbury last weekend.

Residents can place non-perishable and non-breakable items in the bag. Place the bag by the front door on Nov. 14. The scouts will start collecting them at 9 a.m.

Leave any other donations in the collection boxes inside the door of the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, 22 S. Main St., or call a scout leader for pickup.

For more information, visit www.cranburytownship.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif4296/f/uploads/scouting_for_food_2020.pdf

 

 

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’s inaugural Flags For Heroes program will present a field of American flags through Nov. 14 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, along Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road and Klockner Road.

 

Each American flag honors 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.

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

El DĂ­a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) comes alive through color and celebration
with an exhibition at the Arts Council of Princeton through Nov. 14.

El DĂ­a de los Muertos is observed in Mexico and throughout the world this time of year, where family and friends gather to remember and honor those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of those who have passed.

The Arts Council of Princeton presents a vibrant art installation in its Taplin Gallery inspired by this culturally-rich holiday. The gallery will be filled with an elaborate altar, flower constructions, plus the sugar skulls, papel picado, and nichos created by participants from our community workshops.

Hours are 1:30-8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information and gallery hours, visit artscouncilofprinceton.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, visityocj.org orprincetonsymphony.org

 

The Lawrenceville Main Street (LMS) Landscape/Design Committee will host a virtual holiday wreath-making workshop at 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Design expert Kevin Bullard of Bullard Horticulture, Ltd. will present a live, interactive class on how to create a professional, personalized fresh balsam wreath.

The registration fee of $30 includes a 24-inch, fresh, double-sided balsam wreath, a handmade bow in a choice of colors, a variety of pinecones, and a wire hanger.

Participants are encouraged to gather other decorative items such as silk or dried flowers, faux leaves, holiday ornaments, smaller bows, winterberries and a variety of greens to embellish their wreaths.

A hot glue gun or floral wire will be needed for the workshop.

There also is an opportunity to purchase a professionally decorated wreath as a holiday gift to a Lawrenceville Main Street business for a donation of $40.

For more information and to register online, visit www.lawrencevillemainstreet.com/calendar-of-events and click on the wreath workshop graphic. The deadline for registration is Nov. 15.

Pineland Farms is supporting this event.

All proceeds from this event are used to support the Lawrenceville Main Street Landscaping/Design Committee beautification activities in the historic Village of Lawrenceville.

For updated information, visit www.lawrencevillemainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/LawrencevilleMainStreet.

 

 

Sun., November 15 – Sun., November 22

November 15-22 is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. HomeFront is offering the community various ways to learn, get involved and have an impact.

Buy holiday art online, or by appointment, at HomeFront ArtSpace’s Art For The Holidays event from Nov. 14 to Dec. 15. Kicking off during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, this event showcases art from local and HomeFront artists to benefit homeless families. For more information, visit www.artjamnj.org

Stop by HomeFront’s “Pop Up” Information & Donation Drop Off Center from 12-5 p.m. Nov. 15 or from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 20 or from 12-5 p.m. Nov. 21 or 22 at 63 Palmer Square, Princeton. Learn about the local situation and how to help, and donate non-perishable food, coats, diapers, wipes and formula. More information is available at www.homefrontnj.org

The Princeton Public Library & HomeFront will co-host a Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Virtual Panel Discussion at 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Learn about the local situation, solutions and ways to get involved.  Visit www.homefrontnj.org for log in details or call 609-989-9417, ext. 133. Free of charge.

Take a virtual tour of HomeFront’s headquarters at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 or 11 a.m. Nov. 21. Learn more about the local situation, how HomeFront helps, and how to get involved. Visit www.homefrontnj to sign up and for log in details. Free of charge.

 

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 contact.wcas@gmail.com 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 AsmZwicker@njleg.org

 

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

 

A fall student reading, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing, will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 via Zoom.

Selected students from fall courses in Creative Writing read from their work in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and literary translation as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series presented by the Program in Creative Writing.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/fall-2020-student-reading/

 

 

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

The Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 via Zoom.

Information on how to join the meeting can be found on the library’s events calendar at princetonlibrary.org/events

Public comments can be submitted prior to the meeting by emailing pplpubliccomment@princetonlibrary.org

 

“Rediscovering the Lost Generation: Inside the World of Shakespeare & Company” will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 18.

Where did Ernest Hemingway and other members of the Lost Generation buy and borrow books? Shakespeare and Company – the bookshop and lending library founded by one-time Princeton resident Sylvia Beach in Paris in 1919.

Join Princeton University Professor Joshua Kotin, director of the Shakespeare and Company Project, a digital humanities initiative that brings the world of Shakespeare and Company to life, and Fordham University Professor Keri Walsh, editor of the The Letters of Sylvia Beach, to learn more about the Lost Generation and the books they loved.

Co-presented by the Shakespeare and Company Project, Princeton Public Library and the Historical Society of Princeton.

To register, visit www.crowdcast.io/e/ShakespeareandCo/register

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Photographers Cliff Cooper and Sharon Harris headline Mercer County Community College James Kerney Campus Gallery’s Third Thursdays Virtual Artist Talk on Nov. 19.

The show, hosted by Michael Chovan-Dalton, director of the JKC Gallery, will take place from 7-8 p.m. on the Zoom conferencing platform.

The public is invited and registration is required.

For more information about the show, including how to register, visit https://jkcgallery.online.

 

A special Thanksgiving virtual happy hour, “First Year Harvest: St. Michaels Victory Gardens,” will be presented from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 19 by the D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Individual garden plots, 10 feet apart, were created on D&R Greenway’s St. Michaels Farm Preserve by Manager Bill Flemer just after the COVID pandemic began, to address food security and community-building in a time of challenge. Flemer will talk about bringing the dream of community gardens into reality by plowing the soil, adding compost, and providing a water tank for irrigation and sanitation.

During this tenth anniversary year, seven plots were tended by volunteers to feed Hopewell families in need, with boxes of produce delivered weekly throughout the season to Aunt Chubby’s restaurant in Hopewell Borough. Hear from Liz Maziarz of Aunt Chubby’s about how the produce contributed to the success of their food relief efforts and find out how this partnership will expand in 2021.

Free event, but requires pre-registration in order to receive Zoom instructions.

Register at rsvp@drgreenway.org or call Deb Kilmer at 609-578-7470.

 

Kindbody will host a virtual workshop on Exploring the Fertility Journey at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Fertility patients will share their experiences. Learn about egg freezing and in-vitro fertilization.

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-fertility-journeys-celebrating-our-patients-tickets-126605082209?utm_campaign=Bryant+Park+Opening&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_0W0g716Drwe3vVUNGps3daYdz3nbcs2aeXbX8yLoN1cc5orLN_CK0ye-HZoS8ZdBGQPonc6pSrHLbsZ8APtwWQUVSf18J6EZg99U_rjt77bdtF6o&utm_content=99709839&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=99709839

 

 

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

 

Beginning Thurs., November 19

The Metlar-Bodine House Museum is reopening after months of closure due to COVID-19.

 

Discover Piscataway’s exceptional 354-year-old back story told in a docent-led tour. Learn why and how America’s tradition of celebrating July 4 began in Piscataway in 1778. View a map display of the museum’s theme “From Indian Trail to Interstate,” a journey through time. Visit the museum’s Dutch Door gift shop.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19; and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 13.

Schedule subject to change due to COVID-19. Call ahead or visit the website.

Admission is $5 per person; children under 5 free. Pay at the door, cash only.

Group tours of four must schedule in advance.

Official COVID-19 guidelines include limiting tours and gift shop visits to one group of four people at a time to maintain social distancing; masks required for children and adults before entering the museum and to be worn during the visit; and the availability of hand sanitizer at the admission desk and in the gift shop.

The museum is located at 1281 River Road, Piscataway.

For more information, call 732-463-8363, email metlarbodine@gmail.com or visit https://metlarbodinehousemuseum.org

 

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.

 

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe, presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies, at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 via Zoom.

Bestselling author and staff writer at “The New Yorker” Keefe delivers a talk on his true crime narrative on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath. He uses the abduction and murder case of Jean McConville, a 38-year-old mother of 10 who was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by violent guerrilla warfare, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/fund-for-irish-studies-lecture-by-patrick-radden-keefe/

 

 

 

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/

 

Saturdays, through November 21

The West Windsor Community Farmers Market will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 21 in the Vaughn Lot of the Princeton Junction Train Station, West Windsor. Entrance is east of the intersection of Alexander Road/Vaughn Drive. Use 877 Alexander Road, West Windsor, for directions.

Information on the winter markets will be released soon.

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

 

 

Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance, will take place at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23 and at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 5.

An exciting, innovative, reimagined virtual edition of the annual Princeton Dance Festival features six diverse, professional choreographers bringing their unique aesthetics to the question of dance in the COVID era working with Princeton dance students.

Led by Peter Chu, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Dean Moss, Silas Riener, and Olivier Tarpaga, students explore the intersections of dance and multimedia performance, digital animation, filmmaking, site-based work, and music.

Each evening is a completely different and unique experience followed by a question-and-answer session with the choreographers.

Free and open to the public.

Registration required for each evening.

For more information and the online links, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/academics/dance/current-season/

 

Sun., November 22

Local artists, crafters, eateries, and even Santa Claus will be on-hand for the Lawrenceville Main Street Winter Arts Market, to be held from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 on and around the sidewalks of the quaint Lawrenceville downtown, with the open field at Lawrenceville Elementary School on Craven Lane and the parking lot of the Lawrenceville Fire Company on Phillips Avenue providing the anchors.

Rain date is Nov. 29.

The Winter Arts Market has been adapted to allow for social distancing. All vendors and guests are required to wear a face covering.

 

Guests can expect art, music, crafts, gifts, food and more. And there will even be socially distant visits with Santa Claus, complete with a socially distant opportunity for a photo with Santa.
For more information, visit Lawrencevillemainstreet.com

 

Mon., November 23

Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined features new works created for a virtual environment led by professional choreographers Peter Chu, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Dean Moss, Silas Riener and Olivier Tarpaga.

The choreographers have created innovative dances with Princeton dance students despite the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. Works explore the intersections of dance and multimedia performance, digital animation, filmmaking, site-based work and music.

Each evening is a completely different and unique experience followed by a question-and-answer session with the choreographers.

Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 5 online via Zoom.

Admission is free and open to the public; registration for each evening is required.

For information and the Zoom registration links, visit
http://arts.princeton.edu/dance-reimagined

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 donna.york@girlsontherun.org 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

 

Sun., November 29

Princeton University Concerts will present 21-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his older sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, for the duo’s Princeton debut, recorded live from their family home in Nottingham, England, at 3 p.m. EST Nov. 29.

Following a program of monumental works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Saint-Saëns, the siblings will engage viewers in a live question-and-answer session.

This event will be the culmination of an almost month-long focus on the Kanneh-Mason family, including curated playlists by several of the seven musician siblings, and an afternoon conversation premiering at noon EST on Nov. 19 with parents Kadiatu and Stuart Kanneh-Mason about their musical family, the issue of race in classical music, and more, moderated by WNYC host Helga Davis.

The duo will also virtually visit with members of the Trenton High School Orchestra as part of Princeton University Concerts’ Neighborhood Project, connecting artists on the series with students in Trenton’s public schools.

Continuing the initiative of partnering with local food vendors for Watch Party events and gesturing towards the Kanneh-Mason’s British background, Princeton University Concerts is partnering with The Simple Stove to offer an afternoon tea service available for purchase and delivery to concert viewers. A portion of proceeds from the sale of the tea box will support Meals On Wheels of Mercer County.

The concert stream will remain available for on-demand viewing until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 8.

While this free virtual event is non-ticketed, attendees are highly encouraged to RSVP in advance at princetonuniversityconcerts.org.

More information is available at princetonuniversityconcerts.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.

 

 

Rather than asking for donations, People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos will be giving back to the community on Dec. 1, this year’s Giving Tuesday.

With this in mind, the Lawrenceville-based non-profit is offering online story sessions throughout the day, in English and Spanish, at no charge.

Following the reading of a short story by a trained coordinator, participants will have an opportunity to discuss their reactions to it. There is strong evidence that the tradition of shared literary story-telling helps people gain new insights into themselves and others.

Last year P&S/GyC observed Giving Tuesday with an in-person event at The Blue Bears Restaurant in the Princeton Shopping Center. The Blue Bears Restaurant provides meaningful employment and a place of dignity to work for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by preparing fresh and balanced meals every day.

With the advent of COVID-19 and limitations on in-person gatherings; however, this year’s online solution promises to recreate the P&S/GyC experience via several small groups of participants. Online stories sessions have already met with great success at both the Princeton Public Library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

For more information about P&S/GyC, visit peopleandstories.org.

 

 

 

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.

 

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will hold its 2020 Business Leadership Awards Gala virtually from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

Outgoing president Peter Crowley will end his 12-year tenure by recognizing Joyce Campbell, executive director of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, as the Community Leader of the Year; Chaya Pamula, president and CEO of PamTen, Inc., as the Entrepreneur Leader of the Year; Janssen Pharmaceutical as the Innovator of the Year; and Matthew Furner, CEO and North American president of Firmenich, Inc. as Business Leader of the Year.

For the first and last time in the chamber’s history, two Lifetime Leadership Achievement Awards will be presented to Len Smith, co-founder of WithumSmith+Brown; and Chris Tarr, partner at Stevens & Lee.

TO register, visit https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org/events/2020-Virtual-Business-Leadership-Awards-Gala-923/details

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Sun., December 6

The Dryden Ensemble will hold its autumn benefit concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 via Zoom.

Details will be released soon.
For updated information, visit www.drydenensemble.org/

 

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

 

Through December 14

The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department is collecting toys for children in need this holiday season.

The 25th Annual Toy Drive will benefit local agencies including: the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Oaks Integrated Care in Mount Holly, Christian Caring Center in Pemberton Township, Providence House, Sisterhood in Burlington City, Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, Foster and Adoptive Family Services of Princeton, and House of God in Delran. Organizations will distribute the toys to local children.

The collection will run now through Dec. 14.

Dropoff locations include the Bordentown City Municipal Building, 324 Farnsworth Ave.; and the Bordentown Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Dr.

Questions may be directed to the Sheriff’s Department’s Community Services Unit at 609-265-3788.

 

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.

 

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 Mroseborough@PrincetonYMCA.org

 

 

 

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

 

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

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.

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.

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