Common calendar, Packet papers, January 15


Every first and third Saturday through April, the West Windsor Community Farmers Market is held outdoors, rain, snow or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MarketFair on Route 1 in West Windsor/Princeton.

Available is fresh produce, coastal seafood, farm fresh eggs, artisan cheese, fresh pasta and sauces, soups and chili, pastured meats and poultry, gluten-free baked goods, alpaca fiber wear, and more.

Yes We Can! food drive volunteers are set up at the outdoor market, where they collect cash donations from visitors to buy fresh produce from the farmers.

The dates are Jan. 16, Feb. 6 and 20, March 6 and 20, and April 3 and 17.

Enter the market from the Meadow Road side parking lot in front of the AMC Theater.

For more information about the market, visit

For information or to volunteer for Yes We CAN! Food Drives, visit



Cranbury residents are invited to join the township’s Recreation Board, the Municipal Alliance, the Clock Winding Committee and the Historic Preservation Commission.
Most meet via Zoom for now.


The Princeton Festival’s 15th annual piano competition is open to pianists from around the world, with an entry deadline of April 19.

To enter the competition, artists must submit a video of themselves performing a designated piece of music. Participants compete for cash prizes and certificates, plus the Richard Tang Yuk award, named for the festival’s founding artistic director, given to the best performer overall.

The professionally adjudicated competition is organized into seven categories:

  • Four age categories for solo performers from 6 to 18 years old.
  • Open Class I for soloists and Piano Four-Hands for all competitors up to 25 years old
  • Open Class II, new for 2021, for solo professionals and lifelong amateurs 26 or older

Full information and an entry application is available at

Winners in all categories will be announced after the Finalists’ Concert, which will stream online on June 6.


To register for Little League Baseball and Softball in Cranbury, Plainsboro and West Windsor, visit and click the “Register Today” tab.

The season is expected to begin in mid-April and end in mid-June. Those dates will remain flexible.

COVID-19 protocols will continue to be firmly in place for the spring, and full compliance with all protocols is expected of everyone in the program.

If a family has a credit from last Spring, that credit will be manually applied by the league after registration. Parents cannot apply the credit during the online registration process. Once WWLL applies the credit, the parent will receive a receipt reflecting that the credit has been applied and any remaining balances/credits.



Thursdays, throughout 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

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

Additional information can be accessed online at or

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.

Aerobic hikes will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 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.



Saturdays, through March 13

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s (PPPL) 36-year tradition of offering weekly informative talks on a wide variety of science subjects continues with a live online version.

The Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series resumes from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through March 13, on the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

The series kicks off with a lecture on “The Renaissance of the Stellarator Fusion Concept,” by PPPL physicist David Gates, head of Advanced Projects. Stellarators, a type of fusion energy facility that has twisty coils, were invented by PPPL founder Lyman Spitzer in the 1950s. The complex devices have been a less popular choice for fusion experiments than donut-shaped tokamaks but are making a come-back as scientists find new approaches to stellarator design.

Other highlights include a talk by Geeta Govindarajoo, professor of chemistry at Rutgers University, on the intersection between chemistry and art. Govindarajoo will discuss the role of chemistry in creating and restoring art and detecting forgeries.

Post questions for the speaker by tweeting to @PPPLsSciEd or #scionsat.

The remaining schedule is:


  • Jan. 16: Arvind Narayanan, a computer scientist and professor at Princeton University, “How to Recognize AI Snake Oil”
  • Jan. 23: Geeta Govindarajoo, of Rutgers University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, “Chemistry and Art: Like Dissolves Like. How Solubility Influences Creating and Restoring Art, Forgery and Telling a Good Story”
  • Jan. 30: Cristian Galbiaiti, of Princeton University’s Department of Physics, “From studying the Sun, to searching for dark matter, to fighting COVID-19”
  • Feb. 6: Adam Ruben, author, “Public Perception of Science: Lesson from a Dead Sheep.”
  • Feb. 13: Slobain Duffy, “Virus Host-Shifting: Insights from Laboratory Experimental Evolution”
  • Feb. 27: Tracy Drain, of NASA, “Mars Exploration Program”
  • March 6: Sophia Gershman, PPPL, “Plasma Science Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • March 13: Kory Evans, Rice University, “Ecology and Evolution of Teleost Fishes”


Recordings of the talks will be posted on the Science Education website a few weeks after the initial viewing.

For more information, visit




Fri., January 15

The West Windsor Arts Council will present the opening reception of the “Harmony” art show at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 15.

This show explores the way in which balance and harmony are restored through art.

To register, visit



Beginning Fri., January 15

The first full production of “Unbecoming,” a new play by Princeton University alumna Emma Catherine Watkins (Class of 2018) that is inspired by the story of the real-life Lady Charlotte Guest, a Victorian housewife and mother, will begin streaming by the Lewis Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Jan. 15.

There will be subsequent screenings at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 16 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 17.

Live conversations to follow the broadcasts.

Much to her husband’s dismay, Charlotte aspires to become the first person to translate the “Mabinogion,” a collection of ancient Welsh stories, into English. Through her translation, she encounters Blodeuwedd, a woman conjured from flowers as a wife for her creator and punished for her infidelity. As Charlotte struggles to reconcile her creative ambitions with 19th-century expectations of marriage and motherhood, she must also confront the power and responsibility she holds in retelling Blodeuwedd’s story.

Performed by a cast of six Princeton students – who lived as a quarantine pod through the fall – in a unique outdoor setting and presented as a filmed theatrical production.

The film will be closed captioned and the conversations will be live captioned. Viewers in need of other access accommodations can contact the Lewis Center at least two weeks in advance by emailing 

For information, registration and access to the film, visit 


Sat., January 16

“Make Better Pictures with Your iPhone & Other Smartphone Cameras” will be presented virtually by Frank Veronsky from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 16, courtesy of Princeton Photo Workshop.

Learn to make phone snapshots into inspired first-rate images that look like they were shot with a DSLR camera. Veronsky will discuss phone camera functions and adjustments, basic photo editing, in-phone and app filters, sharing favorites with friends and family, as well as the basics of composition and lighting.

Students will have hands-on practice during class.

The cost is $69.

To register, visit

The Princeton YMCA will host a Zoom event facilitated by Dr. Tyree Winters, A.K.A. “The Hip Hop Doc,” who provides an atmosphere for families to dance and exercise together, at 11 a.m. Jan. 16.
This virtual class is free and open to all. This event is intended for youth and adults of all ages to boost their mental and physical health together through popular songs and dancing.
Dr. Winters is a board-certified pediatrician who maintains a special interest in helping combat youth obesity.



Sat., January 16 to Mon., January 18

Community volunteers, partner nonprofits and teen leaders of Hopewell Gives Back (HGB) will observe the Martin Luther King Day of Service by volunteering Jan. 16-18 through the Sourland Conservancy.

This year, the HGB teen leaders planned a virtual event to invite families and individuals of all ages to pick up a project kit to complete at home.

Each project will benefit one of four local nonprofits: I Support the Girls (feminine hygiene packs), Seeds to Sew International (decorating paper bags/boxes), The Rescue Mission of Trenton (making no-sew fleece blankets or face masks), and the Sourland Conservancy (assembling native seed packets).

For more information, email


Sun., January 17 to Sun., January 23

“The Long Shadow” is a PBS documentary about Director Frances Causey’s personal experience of White privilege in the context of anti-Black racism in the U.S. She exposes her own family’s history of slaveholding and looks at how slavery continues to have an impact today.

Not In Our Town Princeton, La Convivencia, and the Racial Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton have teamed up to sponsor several days of free online viewing opportunities for the public. During the week of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from Jan. 17–23, anyone can view “The Long Shadow” online at a convenient day and time for no ticket cost.

Content warning: The film contains brief shots of violent, degrading images and references to human suffering.

The link to view the film is

The groups are also offering a live Q&A with Causey at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. To register for that event, visit



Mon., January 18

In partnership with the African American Parent Support Group, West Windsor Human Relations Council, and West Windsor-Plainsboro People of Color Advocacy (WW-P POC), the West Windsor Arts Council will present both a virtual panel discussion and a day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18.

The panel discussion will begin at 2 p.m. and will be led by the WW-P POC Advocacy group.

To register, visit

In addition, the council has several service projects to make MLK Day a “day on, not a day off.” These projects will require advance preparation followed by delivery to the West Windsor Arts Center on Jan. 18.

For more information about the Day of Service projects, visit

In order to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, participants will be asked to pre-register for a drop-off time. Projects will serve neighbors in need from RISE Community Services, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Send Hunger Packing WWP, and Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center in Trenton.



Join the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) on Jan. 18 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Arts Council, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Princeton and neighborhood historian Shirley Satterfield, invites families to learn about the impact and influence of Black Princetonians by picking up a free, limited-edition coloring book featuring prominent Black residents of Princeton from history including accomplished business owners, politicians, educators, and influential women, in addition to Martin Luther King Jr.’s visits to campus in the 1960s.

Coloring books are free and available for pick up while supplies last at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 18. Limited to two books per household.

A virtual Community Story Hour begins via Zoom at 11 a.m. jaZam’s Jeff and Dean will treat attendees to books celebrating stories of social justice, civil rights, and equality for all people, accompanied by ukulele tunes. Longtime Princeton resident and community volunteer Dana Hughes Moorhead and daughter Eme will join as special guest readers to share their love of writing and reading with the community.

Save your spot by visiting

This 45-minute program is free and open to all.

Martin Luther King Day will also introduce the latest in the ACP’s public art presence with the installation of Untitled 2017 (Fear Eats the Soul) (White Flag). The piece, on loan from artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, is a black and white adaptation of the American flag, superimposed by the words “Fear Eats the Soul”. The Arts Council displays Tiravanija’s flag to bring Dr. King’s life’s work to the forefront in downtown Princeton and will fly the message from the roof of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts through Feb. 28.

Visit to learn more.

The Arts Council of Princeton’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr Day programs are made possible by Princeton University, with additional support from Stark & Stark and community partner Princeton Parents for Black Children.


HomeFront is suggesting ways to mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day through a virtual day of service on Jan. 18.

Honor Dr. King’s legacy by helping local families living under the specter of homelessness.

Visit to learn more and/or sign up to coordinate a collection drive of urgently needed items, participate in a virtual packing event of hygiene or welcome kits, or read and share “Food For Thought” which describes HomeFront’s work and the pandemic’s impact in our community.

For more information, call Kelsey at 609-915-1035.


Tues., January 19

Author and garden designer Page Dickey will share experiences, advice and guidance for garden design; and discuss her latest book “Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again” at 2 p.m. Jan. 19.
The book will be available soon in Morven Museum & Garden’s online museum shop.
The cost is $15 general, or $10 for Friends of Morven.

Tuesdays, January 19 to February 16

A guided autobiography workshop will be offered by the Pennington Public Library on Tuesdays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 16, from 2-4 p.m. All five classes will be presented via Zoom.

Begin writing your life story two pages at a time, using in-class activities and weekly themes to stimulate memories and structure writing. No previous writing experience is necessary.

This course creates a comfortable environment for students of all levels. Beginners appreciate the simple tips designed to stimulate their writing. More experienced writers welcome the regular assignments that keep them moving forward. Participants share their weekly two page vignettes in small groups and provide mutual support and encouragement.

Anyone who wants to leave a written legacy, start a memoir, gain perspective on a life transition, or is otherwise interested in exploring their life through the medium of story should attend.

The instructor is Julie Feibush of the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies

There are limited openings. Inquire by emailing

Participation fee is $15.

For more information, visit

Wed., January 20

“Creative Transitions: An Interview with The Princeton Festival’s Acting Artistic Director Gregory Geehern” will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 20.Geehern, the Princeton Festival’s acting artistic director, will be interviewed about his artistic background, his history with the festival, and his plans for the 2021 season on the Princeton Public Library’s Crowdcast streaming platform.

The host and interviewer will be festival lecturer and professor of music Dr. Timothy Urban.

Register online at

 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 to register.


Women in Development of Mercer County (WID) will hold its annual open house and networking event on Zoom, free to all nonprofit professionals.
“Set Yourself Up for Fundraising Success in 2021” will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

Attendees will set new career goals, expand the networking circle, and find a few pick-me-ups to get through the next few months.

All members are encouraged to invite a friend or two.

Participants are encouraged to bring a cocktail/mocktail recipe, a career-related resolution to share with the group, a wellness tip, and a suggestion for a topic for WID to cover in a 2021 roundtable.



Princeton University Art Museum will offer a writing workshop, “A Long Look at Love: ‘Venus and Amor’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder,” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

In this interactive writing workshop, participants will discover that a slower, closer look at Cranach’s complex mythographic portrait of Venus and Amor exposes an extraordinary range of subjects. They will examine and engage these subjects through a guided program of prompts, writing responses to Cranach’s work.

Presented by Sarah M. Anderson, lecturer in English, the Medieval Studies Program, and the Freshman Seminar Program, Princeton University.

Details and free registration available at


The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a virtual meet-and-greet with Hal English, its new president and CEO, from 4-5:30p.m. Jan. 21.

Incoming board members will be introduced as well.

Register or learn about sponsorship opportunities at


The next virtual Westminster Conservatory at Nassau recital will be released at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 21 as a video embedded in the Nassau Presbyterian Church website (

Husband and wife team Danielle Sinclair, soprano, and Michael Jacobsen, piano, will perform songs of Edvard Grieg and piano settings of traditional Norwegian folk songs and dance music.

A new Westminster Conservatory at Nassau video will be available on the church website at 12:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month and remain available for viewing. The artist on Feb. 18 will be Marvin Rosen, piano.

This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.




Fri., January 22 through Sun., January 24

Princeton Photo Workshop will offer a live photo boot camp, with sessions scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a break for lunch) Jan. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with break for lunch) Jan. 24.

This introductory workshop offers new photographers a deep dive into the skills needed to make better pictures with a camera.

During the workshop, there will be informative and inspirational live presentations, alternating with shooting exercises that give the opportunity to test out the techniques being learned, and then a chance to come together after each exercise for Q&A and group discussion.

The instructor will be “in the room” for face-to-face instruction and feedback during all shooting activities.

Learn how the camera thinks, reacts and works; and learn the relationships among aperture, shutter speed, ISO and more. Explore what makes a good image, including composition, light and the photographer; getting comfortable with seeing and investigating subjects, whether people, objects or the natural world; and using what is learned during the weekend to expand from taking snapshots to making artistic images.

The course includes image review for feedback and examples of how a photographer uses post processing to enhance an image.

The cost is $339.

To register, visit



Sat., January 23

Hillsborough Township will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 23 at the Department of Public Works, 21 E. Mountain Road, Hillsborough.

If there is inclement weather, the clinic will be rescheduled to a date to be determined. Check the website closer to the time of the clinic to ensure it is still scheduled.

To attend, complete two copies of the registration form for each animal prior to the pet being vaccinated. The forms can be filled out at the clinic or printed in advance from

Masks and social distancing required. Only one owner will be allowed in the building with the veterinarian at a time.

All dogs must be on a short, sturdy leash. Dogs must be under the control of the owner at all times. Owners must pick up after their dog.

Cats must be in a carrier.

For questions regarding this clinic, check the Hillsborough Health Department website, or call 908-369-5652.


Sun., January 24

The Princeton Education Foundation (PEF) is offering a chance to bake virtually with the founder and baker of Lillipies of Princeton at 3 p.m. Jan. 24.
The live Zoom event with Jen Carson will show attendees how to make her version of pop-tarts and how to convert the recipe to make her signature Lillipie at home.
Tickets are $40, and 100% of the proceeds benefit PEF to continue its mission of supporting education excellence in the Princeton Public Schools into 2021.
Reserve a spot by visiting



Beginning Mon., January 25

Members of Voices Chorale NJ (VCNJ) have enjoyed learning through an Online Singer Education Program. VCNJ invites singers to hone singing skills and choral knowledge virtually on 10 Monday nights, from 7:30-9 p.m., starting Jan. 25.

The series of classes by VCNJ’s Artistic Director Dr. David A. McConnell and guest educators will include vocal development, sight singing, study of choral literature and composers across the eras, and more. Participants can look forward to valuable and delightful training for skilled amateur choral singers.

Additionally, VCNJ will host two special music events, including a sing-along “coffeeshop” with well-known Irish singer “Uncle” Gerry Dignan and an evening of Renaissance music with Riverview Early Music.

All members of the singing community are welcome to participate.

The cost for the ten-week educational program is $115.

Attendance for performances will be $15 each, with a discount offered to VCNJ members.

Interested singers should visit for additional information.



Mon., January 25 to Wed., January 27


The annual Princeton Community Works (PCW) conference focused on meeting the needs of volunteers, boards and staff of nonprofit organizations will take place online Jan. 25-27.

Offering words of inspiration, healing and hope on the opening night of the conference will be the Rev. Darrell LaRue Armstrong with his keynote address. He is the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, a community of faith that is rooted in the African American worship tradition. Shiloh serves nearly 600 families in the Greater Trenton Community and around the world. Rev. Armstrong also is an entrepreneur, having founded the Institute for Clergy Training, a research and training agency, which partners with multi-sector agencies on a variety of topics related to leadership, child and social welfare.

Overall, attendees can choose from one to eight workshops out of 32 options.

The 2021 workshop sessions cover a range of topics that are important to nonprofits. They include: virtual fundraising events, organizing for success and sustainability, legal challenges, building an engaged board, self-care, volunteer management, virtual programs, using data, measurement and metrics, teamwork, communicating effectively, diversity, equity & inclusion,  strategic planning, youth-initiated service projects, sponsorship and corporate partnerships, social media (basic and advanced), budgeting basics, grant writing, tax matters, building audiences online, crowd sourcing, digital transformation, impactful surveys, storytelling donor development, video basics, and effective board governance.

The cost is $10 per person.

Full workshop descriptions, speaker biographies and registration information can be found at






Mondays, January 25 to February 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.

For more information or to enroll, visit or email




Tues., January 26

The Samaritan Institute for Education, Research & Innovation presents a monthly virtual series to teach caregivers practical tips about how to care for their loved one with a serious illness.

The first virtual workshop in this series will offer advice and guidance on self-care and compassion fatigue, as well as provide hands-on tips and tricks about caregiving activities such as mouth care and bed bathing. The workshop will be held from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 26, and consists of a 30-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

Samaritan is a not-for-profit, independent organization that offers hospice care, palliative (comfort) medicine, at-home primary care, grief support and counseling, advanced illness care, education and advocacy. Samaritan serves people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties who are coping with the stresses of aging, serious illness or grief in their homes, assisted-living or nursing home communities and through two inpatient hospice centers. 

Samaritan will host additional workshops on different support topics throughout the winter and spring. Upcoming workshops and events can be found at

There is no cost to attend the free virtual workshop.

For more information or to register, call 856-552-3285 or email Once registered, attendees will receive instructions on how to log on to StartMeeting, the online meeting platform the workshop will be hosted on.



Thurs., January 28

“The Influenza Pandemic of 1918: The Story and Lasting Impact” will be discussed at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, courtesy of The Mercer County Library, Lawrence headquarters branch.


Dr. Rita King, a professor at The College of New Jersey, will help participants visualize the impact of the 1918 flu, particularly on families in the Tri-State Area. Her presentation will explore the vast social, economic, public health and other consequences of the 1918 pandemic. King’s presentation will also help participants learn how the globally connected society allows pandemics to spread quickly and easily, as well as how to apply lessons learned from the devastation of 1918 to describe current efforts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hopewell Branch Library.

Registration with an email is required in order to receive a link to connect through GoToMeeting, provided approximately 24 hours before the program.

For more information, email


Fri., January 29

According to an article from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “90% of teens ages 13-17 have used social media” and teens average “almost nine hours a day, not including time for homework” online.

On Jan. 29 at noon, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will partner with Somerset County Youth Services for a virtual social media wellness program for ‘tweens and teens with author and educator Ana Homayoun.

During the program, students in grades 6-12 and their caregivers will have the opportunity to digitally meet with Homayoun, who will offer tips on how to practice social media wellness during this unique school year.

In Homayoun’s 2018 book, “Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World,” the author aims to help teens, parents, and educators better understand social media socialization, while providing practical tips on how to make better choices around social media use and overall wellness.

Register at


For more information about Somerset County’s Youth Services Department, visit


Through Sat., January 30

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 through Jan. 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


Sat., January 30

Howell Living History Farm will hold an Ice Harvest beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at the farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township.

Neighbors once called Howell Farm the “ice farm” because they could buy ice from the pond to keep their milk cool on the way to the train station on Pleasant Valley Road.

In late January, visitors to the farm will learn about the tools and technology that made ice harvesting a successful business at the turn of the 20th century, and try their hand at using an ice saw on the pond.

Visitors can also help pull ice blocks up the ramp to the ice house, chip ice for ice cream, and make an ice candle to take home.

Programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current state guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn’t possible.

For more information, call 609-737-3299 or visit

Through Sun., 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

The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Scholarships will be awarded in April.


All dogs and cats in Cranbury Township must be licensed annually during January. Forms are available online at

The application may be mailed or returned directly to the drop box in front of Town Hall, 23-A N. Main St., Cranbury.

Fees are $10 for spayed/neutered pets, or $13 for those who are in tact.

To avoid a late fee or a summons, licenses must be obtained by Jan. 31. Afterward, a late fee of $5 per animal plus $1 per month for each month delinquent will be charged.

If a pet passes away, email for the system to be amended and to avoid receiving a summons for an unlicensed pet.

Due to the current health emergency, the January rabies clinic has been postponed. Dates for 2021 clinics are to be determined.


The Friends of Princeton Open Space is holding a contest for photographers of all ages.

Professional and amateur photographers can submit photos for the annual Give Thanks for Nature Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes provided by contest sponsor, REI.

Photographs must be taken in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve from Nov. 27, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021.

Photo enthusiasts ages 16 and under are invited to participate in this year’s photo contest for a chance to win gift card prizes from local businesses such as jaZams, the bent spoon and LiLLiPiES.

For information on how to enter, visit


Through Mon., 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.


Thurs., February 4

The Metlar-Bodine Museum will offer “Stories of Slavery in New Jersey” at 7 p.m. Feb. 4.

Historian and author Rick Geffken reveals stories from New Jersey’s dark history of slavery. A Q&A session follows the lecture.

Dutch and English settlers brought the first enslaved people to New Jersey in the 17th Century. By the time of the Revolutionary War, slavery was an established practice on labor-intensive farms throughout what became known as the Garden State. The progenitor of the influential Morris family, Lewis Morris, brought Barbadian slaves to toil on his estate of Tinton Manor in Monmouth County.  “Colonel Tye,” an escaped slave from Shrewsbury, joined the British “Ethiopian Regiment” during the Revolutionary War and led raids throughout the towns and villages near his former home. Charles Reeves and Hannah Van Clief married soon after their emancipation in 1850 and became prominent citizens in Lincroft, as did their next four generations.

Rick Geffken is a trustee of the Shrewsbury Historical Society, past president of the Monmouth Connection, member of the Navesink Maritime Historical Association and Monmouth County Historical Association. He is currently heading up a project called The New Jersey Slave Record.

To join the Zoom lecture, visit        

Meeting ID: 844 0492 7732

The program is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Make checks payable to The Fellowship for Metlar House, or use Venmo via Sherry-Hope1

A limited number of signed books are available from the museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway. Call the museum at 732-463-8363 to place an order. Pickup available on days the museum is open. Cost is $23 each plus $3 shipping.

For more information, email or visit




Sat., February 6

Samaritan will hold its annual Celebration of Life Gala, presented by Holman Enterprises, virtually at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.

“Be A Samaritan: Celebration of Life” will celebrate the dedicated work and success of the special people who comprise the Samaritan team, particularly honoring their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Samaritan offers hospice care, palliative (comfort) medicine, at-home primary care, grief support and counseling, advanced illness care, education and advocacy.

Samaritan serves people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties who are coping with the stresses of aging, serious illness or grief in their homes, assisted-living or nursing home communities and through two inpatient hospice centers.

Individual tickets to the gala are $225 each.

Samaritan will also hold its annual Delightful Dining Raffle. Two raffle winners will be announced during the event – at $10 per ticket, this raffle offers the chance to win 12 $100 dining gift certificates to area restaurants.

Additionally, the event will feature an online auction. Bidding opens Feb. 1.

Tickets for the raffle and access to the online auction are available at 

For additional details, tickets or sponsorship information, visit or contact Julie Weitzman at 856-552-3239 or



Fri., February 12

Nominations for the 25th annual Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award are being accepted through Feb. 12.

Members of the community can nominate a fellow New Jerseyan and give him or her the chance to be recognized for their service. They are people who help others in need, give their time and energy to solve community problems, and put others above themselves.

Each year, the Making a Difference Award presents $50,000 to one winner, $25,000 to two runners-up, and up to $7,500 to several others at a ceremony hosted by Ramapo College of New Jersey, which manages the awards program on behalf of the Russell Berrie Foundation.

Awards will be presented at a virtual ceremony in May.

The nomination form is available online at 




Fri., February 19

Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society and People for Animals will hold their quarterly Snip & Chip for Community Cats event on Feb. 19, where locals can bring in feral cats to be spayed/neutered and microchipped free of charge.

Do not bring any socialized cats, they will be turned away.

The event will be held at the People for Animals Clinic located at 1 Sharon Road in Robbinsville. All feral cats from Central New Jersey are welcome, with a limit of five cats per participant. All cats must be dropped off between 7 and 7:30 a.m. to receive treatment.

Snip & Chip will provide free spay/neuter surgeries (valued up to $55) which will include rabies & distemper vaccines, ear tip, injectable pain control, tattoo, and medical waste disposal for feral cats. Microchip insertion/registration will be available free of charge as well.

Additional services will be available for an additional charge, including post-op boarding.

All additional services must be pre-paid at the time of drop off.

Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society will accept cash or credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). No American Express or checks accepted.

Registrations must be made by Feb. 8. To register, participants must fill out the form at If participants cannot fill out the form, email with “Snip & Chip Reservations” in the subject line. Within the body of the email, participants must provide: full name, email address, mailing address, phone number, number of cats, what town the cats reside in, and a description of the colony.

The pickup date is Feb. 19 or 22; $15 boarding fee per cat to be paid to the rescue.


Opening Fri., February 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



Starting Mon., February 22


“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 is available at 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 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.


Through Fri., February 26

The West Windsor Arts Council will present a virtual exhibit, Harmony Art Show, from through Feb. 26.

WWAC invites artists to explore the idea of balance disrupted and harmony restored as it relates to personal experience, beliefs, or observations.

The online opening reception will be from 7:15-9 p.m. Jan. 15.

For more information, visit


Sat., February 27

“Hot Music for a Cold Night,” a virtual gala to benefit the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 27.

For questions or to get on the invitation list, contact Audrey Yeager at or 609-497-0020.



Sat., March 6

The Watershed Institute will hold a Winter Fairy Festival on March 6 in person for ages 2 and up at 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington.

Build winter fairy cottages using natural materials, search for fairies hidden at each activity station using a scavenger hunt sheet, create crafts like bird feeders and snowflake ornaments, and play fairy games such as fairy ring toss and magic gem search.

Bundle up for this all outdoors event.

Wings and wands encouraged.

Masks, social distancing, and adult attendance required. For information on policies for in-person programs, visit

Cost is $10 for adults, or $5 for children 2 and older. Discount available for members.

Cancellations received at least 48 hours in advance are eligible for a refund, if applicable.

For more information, email


Through Fri., March 12

Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water announces its 2021 grant program for volunteer fire departments, ambulance squads and first aid squads located within the company’s service areas.

Grants may be used to cover the costs of personal protective equipment, communications gear, first aid equipment, firefighting tools, vehicle maintenance and other materials that will be used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations. Reimbursement for specific training courses, including the cost of training manuals, student workbooks, and instructors is also eligible.

To apply, organizations must complete the application available at under News & Community, Community Involvement.

The maximum grant amount awarded to any organization is $2,000.

The deadline to apply is March 12. Interested applicants can find more information and apply online at

Grant recipients will be notified at the end of March.


Wed., March 31


Teens across the state can begin submitting entries for the 26th Annual New Jersey Teen Media Contest, which highlights the New Jersey Human Services’ mission to support families, especially during these challenging times.

The contest, run by the Division of Family Development, is open to all New Jersey middle and high school-aged children.

The 2021 contest challenges teens to illustrate – through art or the written word – how they and their loved ones have supported each other through all of the changes that have happened this year, from remote schooling to finding new ways to stay connected to friends and family.

All entries must be postmarked no later than March 31.

Staff from the Division of Family Development and its Office of Child Support Services will judge the contest. Winners will be selected in first, second, and third places in both the middle and high school groups, for each of the two entry categories. Typically, winning students are recognized at an awards ceremony in mid-May, but a final decision on an awards ceremony will be made at a later date based on the status of the public health emergency and related health and safety guidelines.

Winning entries from the contest will be included in the 2022 Office of Child Support Calendar, as well as potentially being included as part of the office’s marketing materials. A number of honorable mention entries will also be selected for possible inclusion in both areas.  

The 2021 calendar can be viewed or downloaded from the contest homepage,, to serve as inspiration for the teens. The website also provides the official rules, frequently asked questions, entry forms, a look at the winners and honorable mentions from previous contests and other important contest information.

Teachers and administrators can register their school by visiting or by contacting Matthew Cossel at 937-207-7627 or School registration is not required for direct student entry.

For complete submission guidelines, visit

For more information about child support services, call 1-877-NJKIDS1 or visit







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

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 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

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



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

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 or email


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



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

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 or call 908-281-1513. For more information, visit

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 to register. For more information, contact

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 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 for class schedules.

Send items to The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200.