Common calendar, Packet papers, January 22


The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will not be offered this tax season at any site in Mercer County because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, AARP is offering an alternative this year called the AARP Alternative Tax Preparation program (ATP). The ATP program provides direct taxpayer access to free online tax software for this year’s taxes as well as video and/or phone assistance with a certified AARP tax assister.

Rather than doing the tax return for taxpayers, certified AARP tax assisters help taxpayers prepare their own online returns.

Starting Jan. 22, taxpayers can get more information about the Alternative Tax Preparation program at

The Tax-Aide program intends to resume preparing tax returns at Mercer County sites next year.



The East Windsor Regional School District has opened Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1 is eligible for full-day kindergarten. A birth certificate or passport must be presented to verify the date of birth.

Families will also be required to submit proof of residence.

To register, visit

For registration requirements and a registration packet, visit or call the Office of Community Services at 609-443-2881, ext. 6800.  




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.



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.




Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 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



Saturday, Jan. 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.



Through Saturday, Jan. 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, through Jan. 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




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. 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


Sunday, Jan. 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 Monday, Jan. 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.



Monday, Jan. 25 to Wednesday, Jan. 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, 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.

For more information or to enroll, visit or email




Tuesday, Jan. 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.



Thursday, Jan. 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



The Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in the Titusville section of Hopewell Township is offering an aerobic hike at 1 p.m. Jan. 28, weather permitting.

The 2-3.5 mile brisk guided hike will move along selected trails in the state park. Route to be determined. Meet at the Nature Center.

Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. The trails are quite wet in sections.

Advanced registration required in order to manage social distancing. Face coverings are required. 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. Call 609-737-0609.



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NJ) will hold a family support group for siblings of a loved one with mental illness at 7 p.m. Jan. 28.

Gain support and share with others who can relate to your personal experiences.

The group will follow the NAMI Signature Family Support Group Model and will be run by two trained facilitators.

Participants must pre-register and be 18 years or older.

Attendance will be limited. 

Register at

NAMI also offers family support groups at noon on Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays; and a connection recovery support group at noon and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information, visit


Beginning Thursday, Jan. 28

Samaritan’s Center for Grief Support is unveiling a new virtual support group for 2021, Coping With A COVID-19 Loss.

This free, 6-week group provides guidance and support to those who may have lost someone they love due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each session runs for 90 minutes and offers supportive information about coping, communication and compassion for self and others, while addressing the unique challenges the worldwide pandemic poses to those in need of grief support.

The first session will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

There is no cost to attend.

Space is limited for this group. Pre-registration is required by calling the Samaritan Center for Grief Support at 856-596-8550 or emailing Once registered, attendees will receive instructions on how to log in to the support group.

For an updated schedule and additional information on support groups being offered by Samaritan in 2021, visit


Friday, Jan. 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 Saturday, Jan. 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


Saturday, Jan. 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 Sunday, Jan. 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



Sunday, Jan. 31


Historian Tali Nates, founder and executive director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre in South Africa, will participate in a virtual presentation at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 as part of the Daniel Pearl Education Center Speaker Series.

A historian who lectures internationally on Holocaust education, genocide prevention, reconciliation and human rights, Nates has presented at the United Nations and numerous global conferences.

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Nates will speak on “A Place on Schindler’s List: My Father’s Story,” a highly personal account of her father and uncle, who were both on Schindler’s List, among the 1,200 Jews saved by Oskar Schindler at the Plaszow concentration camp.

Nates will present virtually via

Email with any questions.



Sunheri Yaadein, a virtual Bollywood concert featuring Tina, Rakesh, Tanmayee, Pinakin, Neeti and Tushar, hosted by Madhavi, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 31.

Zoom ID is 882 1333 1879; no passcode needed.

It will also be broadcast on Facebook Live by the Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central New Jersey, OHMKara, Indus TV and GOPIO Central Jersey.

Lutenist Daniel Swenberg will be featured in “Extraordinary Tunings,” a recital of rarely heard works from 1620-50, at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 courtesy of the Dryden Ensemble.

Ticket prices range from $10-$50.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit




Through Monday, Feb. 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.



Throughout February

February is Give Kids a Smile Month. This national initiative helps underserved children get the dental care they need for free.

Rowan College at Burlington County’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will offer free dental care to children ages 13 and under during February. Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants to protect permanent teeth.

To schedule an appointment, call 856-291-4215.

For more information, visit



Thursday, Feb. 4

The Princeton University Art Museum will hold a virtual yoga class inspired by the abstract art of Alexander Calder at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

Yoga instructor Tricia Adelman will guide this all-levels yoga practice through a series of moves and poses imbued with elements of Calder’s style, such as his signature bright colors and geometric forms.

Participants will view the artwork as they connect breath and movement, focusing on flexibility, balance, and physical challenges.

Offered in partnership with Princeton University Campus Recreation.

Details and free registration via Zoom are available at




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


Thursdays, Feb. 4-25

Aerobic hikes for preteens to adults will be held on Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Meet at The Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, in the Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

The routes of the 2-3.5 mile brisk guided hikes on selected trails in the state park will be determined.

Bring a water bottle and wear hiking shoes. The trails are quite wet in sections.

Advanced registration required in order to ensure social distancing. Face coverings are required. 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. It is advisable to call ahead before coming out. Call 609-737-0609.


Thursdays, Feb. 4 to March 4

The Princeton University Art Museum and the Arts Council of Princeton will offer free online art-making experiences on Thursdays, from Feb. 4 to March 4.

Weekly classes are taught via Zoom so participants can join live workshops, using materials available at home.

Each week’s lesson features works from the museum’s collections and is introduced by a student tour guide.

Details and free registration for the 8 p.m. class on Feb. 4, which focuses on drawing a winter scene, are available at



Saturday, Feb. 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


First and third Saturdays, through April

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 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





Through Friday, Feb. 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

Saturday, Feb. 13 – Sunday, Feb. 21

Community Options will host its 13th annual Cupid’s Chase 5k event in support of people with disabilities from Feb. 13-21.

This year the race in Bridgewater will be held virtually. Runners will be able to run at any location they choose and upload their times to a central results site.

Once the upload window closes on Feb. 22, results will be final.

All funds raised will be used to support people with disabilities in the Somerset County region.

Register at


Sunday, Feb. 14

Lisa Terry will present a lecture-recital titled “Leycester Lyra Viol Lessons” at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 courtesy of the Dryden Ensemble.

Ticket prices range from $10-$50.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15

The Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey will hold its 2021 annual conference virtually on Feb. 19 and 20.

Find meaning across Latinx identities and adapt to changing times affecting racism, colorist and invisibility.

To register, visit

Co-sponsored by Horizon NJ Health and Rutgers School of Social Work.


Thursday, Feb. 18

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 on piano.

To view the concert, visit


“Losing Picasso: The Challenges of Condensing a Life” will be a film lecture presented by the Princeton University Art Museum at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

The filmmakers, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, faced almost insurmountable challenges in producing the film“Surviving Picasso,” which takes as its subject the relationship between Pablo Picasso and his companion Françoise Gilot.

This lecture with Caroline Harris, associate director for education, investigates the resulting depiction of the painter, providing a larger context for the period portrayed.

Watch the film at your leisure, then join the group on Zoom on Feb. 18 for the live lecture.

Presented in partnership with the Princeton Garden Theatre.

Details and free registration available at



“In Nature’s Realm: The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh” will hold its virtual opening reception and curator walk at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

The exhibition examines the work of Hardenbergh (1856–1915), born in New Brunswick, the great-great-grandson of the Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh (1736–90), the first president of Queens College (Rutgers University), a self-taught artist and ornithologist.

Curator and Deputy Director Elizabeth Allan takes viewers on a virtual tour inside Morven Museum & Garden’s latest exhibition. In Nature’s Realm is on view Feb. 19 through Jan. 9, 2022, at Morven, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

This virtual recording will include a Q&A session. A recording will be sent to all ticket registrants.

Free, but registration is required.  

To register, visit





Friday, Feb. 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 Friday, 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


Saturday, Feb. 20

A cross country ski workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 for pre-teens to adults at The Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, in the Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the different types of cross-country ski equipment that are available, what to look for in selecting a pair of skis, how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey. 

The discussion will last up to 90 minutes.

If the ground is snow covered, an additional one hour ski lesson will be offered. Participants will have to provide their own ski equipment for the outdoor lesson. Call the Nature Center to obtain equipment rental information.

Advanced registration required in order to ensure social distancing. Face coverings are required. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

All programs will initially meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.

In the event of inclement weather, some programs might be canceled. It is advisable to call ahead before coming out. Call 609-737-0609.





Starting Monday, Feb. 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.


Select days, from Feb. 23 to March 23

Morven Museum & Garden will present the Grand Homes & Gardens Distinguished Speakers Series at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23; and March 11, 16 and 23.

This year’s theme is “The Woman of the House.”

The schedule is: Lyndhurst Castle, New York, Feb. 23; Harbor Hill and Beacon Towers, Long Island, March 11; Globe House and Gertrude Jekyll’s garden, March 16; and The Mount, March 23.

The program is all virtual.

To register, visit


Through Friday, Feb. 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


Saturday, Feb. 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.



Saturday, 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



Thursday, March 11

An artist talk with Glenn Ligon and Hilton Als will be presented by the Princeton University Art Museum at 5:30 p.m. March 11.

Ligon, whose work draws on literature and history to explore race, language, desire and identity, joins Pulitzer Prize–winning author and critic Hilton Als to discuss the ways in which art can engage and rethink the most urgent issues of our time.

Details and free registration available at



Through Friday, 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.



Saturday, March 20

The Miss New Jersey-New York Collegiate USA inaugural pageant will be held at the Hyatt Regency Princeton in Princeton on March 20.

Young ladies, ages 13-29, will participate in collegiate and high school divisions.

All contestants receive a college scholarship sponsored by Marymount University and the opportunity to win additional cash scholarships and awards.

The annual event, its national pageant celebrates and rewards young women who are college-bound, current degree seekers with higher education exposure, or seeking help to pay student loan debt with career opportunities, cash and college scholarships. The pageant aspirations are to recognize and incentivize young women to receive scholarships for higher education, and become positive role models, all while building a strong sisterhood.

The New Jersey-New York Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Collegiate USA National event to be held this summer in Greenville, South Carolina.

Winners of the state pageant will receive the official state crown, rhinestone embroidered state banner, her entry fee into the national pageant, a cash scholarship, prize package and become eligible to compete in the inaugural 2021 Miss Collegiate USA/Miss High School National Pageant for an opportunity to win a $40,000 college scholarship to Marymount University, $5,000 cash scholarship, and many other awards.

In 2021 the organization anticipates to award over $500,000 in scholarships, cash and awards.

In addition, a university fair is scheduled during the week of the national pageant. For additional information on the fair, visit

Apply for the pageant at

For more information, visit


Sunday, March 21

The Dryden Ensemble will celebrate Bach’s birthday at 3 p.m. March 21 with a streaming of their live concert of Bach’s St. John Passion, recorded on March 13, 2020.

Ticket prices range from $10-$50.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Through Wednesday, 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



Through Monday, April 19

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.




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.