While decorating for the holidays is a tradition, too often strings of burnt out or damaged holiday lights end up being tossed out with household garbage.
There is a greener way to properly dispose of these decorations. Instead of discarding non-working lights in the trash, the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders want residents to give them a second life by bringing them to the county’s Resource Recovery Complex, where a permanent electronics disposal center is staffed from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 7-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
The Resource Recovery Center is located at 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road on the Florence-Mansfield border.
Holiday lights are most often made of plastic, glass and copper and all three materials can be easily recycled. Also, some light strands may contain lead or mercury, so tossing them in the garbage can be hazardous.
Unwanted lights should be placed in cardboard boxes or clear bags when delivering them to the Recovery Complex.
Lights should not be discarded in curbside recycling containers.
For more information about proper disposal of electronics, call 609-499-1001 or email email@example.com.
Fri., December 25
The public Delaware River crossing reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania on Christmas Day will not be held this year due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
To keep the annual tradition alive, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park will premiere a short movie at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, that captures scenes from the crossing reenactment. Many of these scenes are up close and personal perspectives.
The crossing reenactment traditionally draws hundreds of reenactors and thousands of spectators to the park each December. The event reenacts George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing.
For updated on events in the park, visit WashingtonCrossingPark.org.
Thursday, Dec. 31
A support group for public health employees will be held at 4 p.m. Thursdays in December.
The open discussion will focus on the importance of nurturing emotional and mental health during COVID-19 and beyond.
The groups will share about how the pandemic has impacted emotional health for public health employees, and discuss wellness strategies to manage stress and promote healing.
Log into Zoom using Meeting ID 911 7223 6441 with passcode 934178.
This program is presented by New Jersey Hope and Healing.
For more information, visit www.mhanj.org
Through December 31
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.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.
The Burlington County Health Department’s Raphael Meadow Health Center is located at 15 Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton within the county complex.
The Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in the Titusville section of Hopewell Township is offering programs this winter free of charge.
Pre-teens and adults can hike Baldpate Mountain from 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 10.
Follow a county park trail from its trail head near Church Road to the top of the hill. Meet at the parking lot by Niederer’s Pond.
Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes.
Aerobic hikes will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, weather permitting.
The 2-3.5 mile brisk guided hikes will move along selected trails in the state park. Routes to be determined. Meet at the Nature Center.
Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. The trails are quite wet in sections.
All programs will require advanced registration in order to manage social distancing. Face coverings are required at all events. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled; call ahead before coming out.
These events are available to families and individuals only. Programs for scouts, schools, home school groups and other groups are available and scheduled separately by special arrangement. Call 609-737-0609.
Through Fri., January 1
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
The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey has announced Christmas and New Year holiday closures.
On Dec. 25, all library branches will be closed.
On Dec. 31, the Bridgewater and Warren Township branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but all other branches will be closed.
On Jan. 1, all branches will be closed.
While branches are closed, explore the virtual collection resources and more at sclsnj.org/besafeathome.
Through Sun., January 3
Gavin Yang, a sophomore at Princeton Day School, and his friend Eddie Lou have produced a series of magic shows, Lou-Yang Magic: The Art of Illusion.
Through Jan. 3 there are eight performances, offered free using Zoom.
Some performances are interactive between Gavin, Eddie and the viewers; others also require less interaction with the viewers.
Two combined performances are scheduled for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
For the schedule, and to register, visit https://egmagic52.wixsite.com/theartofillusion
Mon., January 4 to Fri., January 8
Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, invites dancers ages 13 and up to jump-start the new year with a comprehensive virtual Winter Intensive Jan. 4-8.
The Winter Intensive faculty features Riccardo De Nigris, Christina Johnson, Sarah Lane, Caridad Martinez, Jorge Navarro, Yulia Rakova, Nadia Thompson and Tania Vergara.
Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe, character, variations, contemporary and flamenco, and meet from 4-7:30 p.m., and Friday from 4-6 p.m.
To register, visit arballet.org.
For more information, contact Aydmara Cabrera at email@example.com or 609-921-7758, ext. 12.
Mon., January 4
In conjunction with the anniversary of the Battle of Princeton, author Larry Kidder will present a virtual talk dedicated to the experiences and contributions of Princeton residents during the American Revolution at 7 p.m. Jan. 4.
The accounts described in the program are included in Kidder’s latest book, “Revolutionary Princeton, 1774-1783: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War,” recently published by The Knox Press.
Presented by the Historical Society of Princeton.
To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8FrSo553S7i0XS45btNO-A
Registration for the Spring 2021 Italian Language Classes at Dorothea’s House is open.
Classes will begin the week of Jan. 11 and will run for 15 weeks.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all classes will be taught remotely. Instructors will notify students as to the internet-based tool he/she will use. With an Internet connection access to the selected tool is free.
Go to www.dorotheashouse.org/classes to find the needed information to register — class descriptions, schedule, forms,and payment options. If a book is required for a class, it is noted in the class descriptions section.
The fee for each class is $185. Register and pay by Jan. 4 to avoid a $20 late fee and possible cancellation of classes due to low enrollment. Register and pay entirely online.
Contact Linda Bruschi with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
609-306-0773; leave a message and your call will be returned.
The Arts Council of Princeton rings in 2021 with a new exhibit “Travels: Domestic and aBroad,” featuring works by Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage, in the Taplin Gallery from Jan. 4-30.
When Kolodziej and Ramage met in the early 1990s, Kolodziej was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Ramage was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art.
Ramage’s mixed media pieces – with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal – were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather’s mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the “aBroad” portion of the show’s title. Ramage rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman’s experience and the nostalgia of memories with her own sensibilities and creativity.
Kolodziej’s work, the “Domestic” in the title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women’s jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker’s patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce–but for whom the home was/is the workplace–or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Kolodziej’s late father’s workbench.
The Taplin Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
To learn more, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org
Beginning Tues., January 5
“Perspectives on Opera,” “Exploring the Great Outdoors in Art,” and “Great Decisions” are just a few of the courses that will be offered for the spring 2021 session of the Evergreen Forum, a program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center.
Starting Feb. 22, the program will offer 24 courses for adults, all on Zoom, that focus on science, literature, art, history, social studies and culture. Classes meet once a week for two hours.
Registration is a first-come, first-served system. Online registration opens on Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at princetonsenior.org. Electronic brochures are available online on the PSRC website.
Fees are $95 for a 6- to 8-week course, and $70 for a 3- to 5-week course. Senior Scholarships are available to those for whom the fee is a hardship. To apply, contact Shifra Vega at email@example.com or at 609-751-9699, ext. 116.
The Princeton Senior Resource Center is a community nonprofit where aging adults and their families find support, guidance, education and social programs to help them navigate life transitions and continue to be active, healthy and engaged in the community.
The Evergreen Forum is an affiliate of the Road Scholar Institute network. The Evergreen Forum corporate sponsors for spring 2021 are Capital Health, NightingaleNJ Eldercare Navigators, Homewatch CareGivers, Penn Medicine Princeton Health & Home Health, and Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law.
Thurs., January 7
The Princeton University Art Museum will present an artist talk with Duane Michals at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7.
Known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and the essential use of text in his images, Michals’s work appears in the virtual exhibition “The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder.”
In this live event, rescheduled from an earlier date, Michals will lead a candid discussion touching on topics such as metaphysics, personal identity, the nature of memory, photography, and filmmaking, in conversation with Museum Director James Steward.
Details and free registration are available at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-01/new-date-artist-talk-duane-michals
The Historical Fiction Book Group of the Historical Society of Princeton will discuss “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuksa at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7, along with Alice Yang, associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and co-director of their Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories.
Yang will lead a discussion of the fictional elements and the nonfictional context of the novel, which is loosely based on the experiences of the author’s mother’s family. It traces the experiences of one Japanese-American family that is sent to an internment camp during World War II.
Co-presented with the Princeton Public Library.
The session will be held virtually via Google Meet.
To register, visit https://princetonhistory.org/events/historical-fiction-book-group-14/
Fri., January 8 & Sun., January 10
Wendy Hollender will offer a virtual Botanical Illustration Workshop featuring Morven’s paperwhites on Kraft paper from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 8 and 2-4 p.m. Jan. 10.
Inspired by flowers from Morven Museum & Garden’s bulb sale, or other white flowers, students will participate in this live two-day Zoom workshop and draw with Hollender on brown Kraft paper.
Curbside pickup of paperwhite bulbs to work with from home will be scheduled for pick up in December to allow time to bloom indoors before the workshop (bulbs, soil and full instruction provided upon pickup.
Complete art supply list provided upon registration.
The cost with paperwhites is $120; or $100 for Friends of Morven. Without, the cost is $100; or $80 for Friends of Morven.
Full details, links for pre-class videos, and bulb pick up instructions follow registration.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Through January 10
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 through Jan. 10.
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/
Through January 15
Submissions are being accepted for the 2021 Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF), a signature Princeton Public Library event featuring films and filmmaker presentations which explore sustainability and environmental issues.
The festival will be presented in two main sessions in 2021 with special screenings taking place throughout the year.
Entries received by Jan. 15 will be considered for both the all-virtual session in April, and the festival’s second session in October. The October session will also be presented in a virtual format but will feature some live events if restrictions on public gatherings are lifted. The submission deadline for the October session is July 15.
An entry form and additional information about PEFF is available at princetonlibrary.org/peff. There is no fee to submit a film for consideration.
The Princeton Environmental Film Festival is under the direction of Susan Conlon and Kim Dorman, whose focus is to present films with local, regional and international relevance. Screenings are free and made possible through funding from the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund, The Whole Earth Center of Princeton and others.
Tues., January 19
Thurs., January 21
“Revolutionary Princeton 1774-83: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War” will be presented virtually via GoToMeeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 21.
The story of Princeton between 1774 and 1783 is a microcosm of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans during the Revolution, struggles intensified by Princeton’s geographic location within the state which saw more military activity than most and on a road constantly used to move troops and their supplies. This case study of a small New Jersey town located at the crossroads of the Revolution reveals the very human consequences, costs, and benefits of the war experienced by “ordinary” people.
The talk is based on Larry Kidder’s research for his recent book of the same title.
Co-sponsored by Hopewell Valley Historical Society, The Hopewell Museum and the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library.
Visit HopewellValleyHistory.org to register.
Mondays, Jan. 25 to Feb. 22
Mercer County Community College is accepting students for its new health-professions program: “Medical Cannabis Training.”
The 15-hour non-credit class will run Monday evenings, Jan. 25 through Feb. 22, from 6-9 p.m. via Zoom.
Anyone from the public age 18 and up may enroll.
The course will be offered through MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies and students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
The Medical Cannabis Training course is intended for anyone who is interested in a career on the ground floor of the medical cannabis profession, or who is curious about this emerging industry in New Jersey.
The five-day course will introduce students to this highly regulated industry by bringing in a variety of subject-matter experts to discuss areas of import such as federal and state laws and regulations, the endocannabinoid system, cultivation basics, how cannabis products are made, as well as cover dispensary-technician training techniques such as dosing, administration and compliance.
The cost for the five-session live virtual course is $500.
Through January 31
Raritan Valley Road Runners, one of the largest running clubs in New Jersey, is accepting applications for a new scholarship program designed to help student runners in cross country or track and field who attend high school or community college in Middlesex and Somerset counties.
A one-time award of $1,000 will be made to each of two outstanding athletes enrolling in post-secondary education.
The scholarships are not based entirely on speed or competitions won, but rather on strong academics, sportsmanship, citizenship and financial need.
The scholarships are funded by individual donations, funds from club-sponsored races and business contributions.
Eligible applicants will be graduating from high school in Middlesex or Somerset counties in 2021 or currently attending community college in these counties. They will need to prove acceptance to a full-time (12 credits or more) associate or bachelor’s degree program. They will have a weighted GPA of 2.75 or higher as demonstrated by an unofficial transcript. And they will need to demonstrate passionate participation as a runner in a cross country or track and field in their junior and senior years of high school or while at community college. Participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement will also be considered.
For more information, application materials, or to donate to the scholarship fund, email email@example.com.
The deadline to apply is January 31. Scholarships will be awarded in April.
Through February 1
High school students are invited to enter their substance use prevention messages through their original music as part of the music and song writing competition, “Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey,” sponsored by New Jersey Broadcasters and 959.9-FM WRAT.
The competition is designed to challenge New Jersey high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful peer-to-peer substance use, misuse and prevention messages. Entries are accepted through Feb. 1.
All music genres are welcomed from students interested in sharing their talent and inspiring messages about shouting down drugs and raising up their voices to inspire their peers.
The winner of the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition, as decided by judges and announced at the end of the Prevention Concert, will receive a $5,000 music contract. The second- and third-place performers will receive $3,000 and $2,000 music contracts, respectively, with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
For rules and information on how to enter, contact Diane Higgins at 973-275-7985.
Opening Feb. 19
“In Nature’s Realm: The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh” will open on Feb. 19 at the Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.
From the untouched land surrounding Barnegat Bay and the diverse wildlife that called it home, to the picturesque steeples and meadows around New Brunswick, Hardenbergh’s work provides a special glimpse into the Garden State on the brink of rapid development.
For more information, visit www.morven.org/upcoming-exhibitions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding advertising.
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@example.com.
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.
Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study Meeting. CoDA is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Meetings are held every Friday evenings. The 24 Club, The 1860 House, 2nd floor, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFW Meetings: Monthly meetings of the Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post 8371 are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Somerset County Hillsborough Senior Center, 339 S. Branch Road. The post’s mission is Veterans and Military Support, Youth Scholarship Activities and Community Service. All veterans with foreign service are welcome as members to assist the post in achieving its mission. For information regarding membership, post activities or the youth scholarship programs, contact Commander Tom Cellilli via phone or text at 908-255-3669.
Alzheimer’s caregiver support group: Following the guidelines of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is “a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system.” The group meets the first Monday and second Wednesday of each month at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater. All are welcome.
Free weekly support groups: Carrier Clinic hosts free weekly support groups on the campus throughout the year. These support programs include:
Weekend Codependency Program, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bright Futures for Kids, Sundays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Parents Support Group, Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Mood Disorder Support Group, Thursdays, 7:30-9:15 p.m.
For more information about these or other services and programs available at Carrier Clinic, visit CarrierClinic.org or call 908-281-1513. For more information, visit CarrierClinic.org/WhatToDo.
Midweek meals: The Wednesday midweek meals held in Asbury Hall, at the United Methodist Church of Bound Brook, have started back up. All seniors are invited for a full course meal for $4. Bring friends and family to enjoy a meal and fellowship.
Pop Warner: Calling all 5-7 year olds. Hillsborough Dukes Pop Warner is offering free Flag Football registration to first time players, including instructional and safe environment with fun training activities to teach core skills. Every child plays every game and the Dukes are the only organization that requires coaches to be USA Football Heads Up Certified. There are no tryouts or team drafting. Visit register.hillsboroughdukes.com to register. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Coping with addiction: Parents of Addicted Children helps parents understand and cope with drug problems they are facing, and will face, with their children. Meets first and third Monday of month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Neshanic Reformed Church, 715 Amwell Road.
Alzheimer’s support group: The Alzheimer’s Association has a support group in Hillsborough. Family members and caregivers come together to share information and support in a safe, confidential atmosphere. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Brookdale Hillsborough, 600 Auten Road. Call 908-431-1300.
Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Fellowship Bible Church building, 109 New Amwell Road. The group says it meets to “laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood.” Sponsored by Crossroads Community Church, it hears speakers, has a craft or project and lots of conversation and refreshment. Child care is provided. For information, see www.crossroadsnj.org/MOPS. Registration fee is required.
Divorce support group: A nondenominational support group to help separated and divorced people to a new beginning. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Route 206 at Homestead Road. Call 908-295-6740.
Swim lessons at HRC: The Swim Academy at HRC, located at 30 Brower Lane, Hillsborough, is offering swim lessons for all ages and levels. Call HRC Fitness at 908-359-3600 to register or visit www.hrcfitness.com for class schedules.
Send items to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200.