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The Hopewell Township Police Department will hold its Youth Police Academy this summer for any Hopewell Valley resident presently completing the seventh or eighth grade.

Class times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16-20. Graduation will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Hopewell Township Municipal Building, 201 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville.

The classroom curriculum will include such topics as criminal law, arrest search and seizure, criminal investigation, traffic stops/motor vehicle law, physical fitness training, the court system, juvenile law, crime prevention, evidence collection and patrol practices. There will be demonstrations on the use of police equipment, radar and drug identification.

Application are available for pickup at the Timberlane Middle School Main Office, 51 S. Timberlane Dr., Pennington; the Hopewell Township Police Department in the same complex as the municipal building; or at www.hopewelltwp.org.

All applications must be completed and returned to the Hopewell Township Police Department no later than 4 p.m. June 18.

The class will be limited to 20 students.

COVID-19 protocols will be in place (mask usage, social distancing, sanitizing, etc.). If it becomes necessary to cancel the academy as a result of COVID-19, enrollees will be notified immediately.

Questions should be directed to Sgt. Louis Vastola at 609-737-3100, ext. 5320.



Residents can join the East Windsor Community Garden at the Disbrow Hill Road open space area, adjacent to the playing fields and across from Etra Lake Park.

Residents can plant fruits and vegetables in the spring and fall, beginning in April.

Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Detailed information and guidelines are available at www.east-windsor.nj.us or by calling 609-443-4000, ext. 238.




Hopewell Theater’s reopening plans will focus on ensuring the comfort of patrons.
Staff members are collaborating with health officials and industry professionals to create a safe environment for a future reopening.
Residents can share their input, confidentially, on reopening plans by taking a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LC366S



The Mercer County Park Commission announced the third year of “Eyes on Eagles” programming to celebrate the four pairs of bald eagles that nest in Mercer County, including two pairs that have chosen county parks for nest sites.

The Park Commission, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) and the Wildlife Center Friends are partnering to host both in-person and virtual eagle viewing programs throughout the spring nesting season.

In-person public nest viewing programs will be held at the West Picnic Area at Mercer County Park. Naturalists and guides will be on hand to help the public safely view bald eagles with spotting scopes for a closer look.

“Eyes on Eagles” in-person nest viewings will be held on the second Sunday and fourth Friday of the month, from 1-3 p.m., through May 9.

Masks and social distancing are required. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Two virtual “Eyes on Eagles” panel discussions will offer an even closer look at life in the nest on April 29 and June 3 at 7 p.m. The Park Commission will air up-to-date video footage of the nest featuring two important stages in eaglet development.

During the Zoom-based program, expert panelists will supply commentary on eagle behavior, biology and conservation.

Registration is required for these free public programs by visiting http://mercercountyparks.org/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#!/activities/eyes-eagles

For the safety of the eagles, all viewing will be done from a distance. Bald eagles and many bird species are sensitive during their nesting season. Park patrons must remain on marked trails at all times; disturbance to wildlife will cause harm, where they may refuse to return in the future.

Public programs will provide important tips to park users on “eagle etiquette,” including information on federal regulations prohibiting the disturbance of bald eagle nests.

Local and regional wildlife photographers are encouraged to share their images of the breeding eagles through email or social media. Images can be emailed to parksinfo@mercercounty.org with the photographer’s name, or shared through social media by tagging or mentioning the Mercer County Park Commission on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If posting pictures of eagles in Mercer County parks, tag the Park Commission and use the hashtag #capitalcountyeagles. Credit will be given to the photographers if outside photos are shared.

To learn more about bald eagle programming opportunities, visit www.mercercountyparks.org or www.conservewildlifenj.org.





Stuart Country Day School’s Summer Camp registration is open.

Stuart is planning for an in-person and online camp experience for boys and girls ages 2-16 from June 7 to Aug. 6.

Campers will explore Stuart’s 55-acre wooded campus at 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, develop new athletic skills, discover the artist within, hone their writing and leadership skills, and find their voices both on paper and on stage.

Summer programs are taught by Stuart faculty and coaches.

Sibling discount granted automatically beginning with the second child.

Lunch through the FLIK dining service.

Before and after care will not be offered out of an abundance of caution.

Register at www.stuartschool.org/summer.



Summer programs at Princeton Day School (PDS), 650 The Great Road, Princeton, will be offered from June 14 to Aug. 9, with co-ed full-day and half-day programs for campers pre-K to Grade 12.

This year PDS varsity coaches will lead camps in squash, basketball and baseball.

Or, take part in Crazy for Clay, tennis, chess, other sports, water play and more.

New offerings include Piñatas & Parties, Bridges & Towers, and Puppetry & Storytelling.

Campers do not have to be PDS students to attend.

Pre-camp and extended day options are available.

Visit www.pds.org/summer-programs/ or call 609-924-6700, ext. 1342 for more information, or to register.


NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email ioov@naminj.org

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.



Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation’s We Vs. C Committee will hold this year’s fundraising event, The Tree of Life, benefitting the Holistic Program at the Cancer Center, from 6-9:30 p.m. June 19.

The evening will be a celebration with entertainment, cultural rituals, seasonal cuisine and unique beverages.

A limited number of in-person tickets may be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, dependent on the current Executive Order. The location is Brick Farm Tavern, 130 Hopewell Rocky Hill Road, Hopewell.

There will also be a virtual experience for those who choose not to attend in person.

Additional information, along with sponsorship, special message and ticket details, can be found by visiting www.rwjbh.org/wevsctreeoflife.


Westrick Music Academy will launch its third year of Camp Westrick for rising fourth through ninth grade boys and girls, which features voice training and performance with children’s choir directors, musical theater class, daily choir rehearsals, development of musicianship, games, and more, Aug. 2-6 from 9 a.m. to noon.

There are no audition requirements.

The camp location will be announced at a later date, with possibilities for fully virtual, fully in-person or a hybrid of both being considered.

For more information about camp, the organization, or to schedule an audition, visit www.westrickmusic.org/camp/, or call 609-688-1888.









Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Medical Cannabis Training course will include an offer from the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association (NJCTA), which will provide six scholarships for cannabis classes at MCCC to qualified individuals who demonstrate financial need.

Developed by Valley Wellness CEO Sarah Trent, the course is designed to train individuals for entry-level positions in the industry.

Classes are open to the public and begin May 3.

MCCC’s Medical Cannabis Training is a 15-hour class that is taught live in five modules, presented over five consecutive Monday nights on Zoom. Module 1 – cannabis laws; Module 2 – cultivation, harvest, manufactured products; Module 3 – the endocannabinoid system; Module 4 – dosing administration, compliance and tracking; and Module 5 – industry speakers. Each module is taught by industry professionals or academics from that area of expertise.

The scholarship is open to those age 21 and over who reside in specified New Jersey zip codes who demonstrate financial need. Individuals who receive the scholarship will be matched with the corresponding cannabis operator for an interview after completing program requirements. Interested applicants can find details including participating zip codes and application information at www.mccc.edu/cannabis. Applications will be accepted through April 5.

Classes will be held Monday evenings, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and Tuesday June 1, from 6-9 p.m. via Zoom. Up to 80 seats will be available in May.

Students must be at least 18 to register for the class, but note that most employment in the industry requires employees to be at least 21 years of age and pass a background check.


The course fee is $500. Valley Wellness sponsors up to five veterans for tuition waivers in addition to the need-based scholarships that are available.

To receive an MCCC certificate, students must pass a short quiz at the end of the program.

Anyone may register for the class and qualified New Jersey residents can learn more about the scholarships at www.mccc.edu/cannabis.

For more information about the class, contact Andrea Bash at 609-570-3122.






Friday, March 26

Amy Weintraub, who starred as Amalia in the musical comedy “She Loves Me” during the 2019 season of the Princeton Festival, will perform recent and classic songs from Broadway and the popular repertoire in “Something Wonderful,” an exclusive, live-streamed benefit concert at 7 p.m. March 26.

Weitraub will be accompanied on guitar by Shane Lonergan.

The audience will get to meet the artists and raise a virtual toast at the end of the concert.

Tickets are available at www.princetonfestival.org/benefit, or by calling 609-759-1979.

Proceeds from the concert help fund the Festival’s 2021 season.


“We’re All in this Together: Hillsborough’s Hidden Talents” will take place April 23 and 24 as a live streamed fundraising event.

Open to the entire Hillsborough community: students, residents, teachers, staff, business owners and others, of all ages.

Participate by submitting a video of a hidden talent, such as singers, bands, jugglers, comedians, plate spinners, poets, silly human tricks, etc.

Videos can be a maximum of 5 minutes.

The deadline for submissions is March 26. Send to borotalentshow@gmail.com

Tickets costing $5 each will benefit the Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance and BoroSAFE.

For more information, email boroaware@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/cizjq9v2




The Lawrence Community Center is hosting a program with Storytelling Arts to bring the community events with live storytelling performances. 


The series is open to all ages and family types. The virtual event at 6 p.m. March 26 includes live performers and an opportunity to share experiences. The event will feature poets Micah Bournes and BJ Ward.


To join the Zoom meeting, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86787782293


Meeting ID: 867 8778 2293

Dial in: 646 558 8656


The Parent-Teacher organizations from Princeton High School and the temporarily named Princeton Unified Middle School will host a forum to educate the community on not only shared history in Princeton but different lived experiences.

The PTOs will host a panel discussion on the history of John Witherspoon himself, and the history of race relations in Princeton and our public schools.

“How Did We Get Here? History. Lived Experiences. A Better Understanding” will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 26 via Zoom. To join, visit http://bit.ly/3rbWXFG



Saturday, March 27

The Mercer County Improvement Authority will hold a household hazardous waste collection and electronics recycling event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27, rain or shine, at the John T. Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence Township.

Accepted materials include aerosol cans, used motor oil, propane gas tanks, pesticides and herbicides, car batteries, paint thinner, oil-based paint, stains and varnishes, gasoline, anti-freeze, driveway sealant, insect repellents, mercury, and fluorescent and CFL bulbs.

Accepted electronics include computers, printers, copies, fax machines, stereos, televisions and microwaves.

Prohibited items include latex paint, heating oil, infectious waste, radioactive materials, explosives or munitions, railroad ties, asbestos, tires, wood, fencing, air conditioners, helium or oxygen tanks, humidifiers or dehumidifiers, batteries and any unknowns.

No registration is required, just proof of Mercer County residency.

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




The Bessie Coleman Story will be told at 8 p.m. March 27 in honor of Women’s History Month.

Coleman (1892-1926), a young woman who arose from the poverty of the Texas cotton fields, became the first African American woman to earn a civil aviator’s license. She barnstormed around the country, thrilled audiences and inspired later generations.

Find “The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story” on hoopla at www.hoopladigital.com/title/12192160



Formerly the RWJUH Hamilton Auxiliary, the Community Impact Alliance (CIA) of RWJUH Hamilton is hosting their inaugural event virtually, Cooking & Booking with the Easter Bunny, at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. March 27.

Attendees will enjoy a cooking demonstration with Chef Janet of JADE Grill & Cafe in Hamilton, story time with Patti McDougall featuring “How to Catch the Easter Bunny” by Adam Wallace, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Hosted in partnership with the RWJUH Hamilton Foundation, proceeds will benefit the CIA, which supports RWJUH Hamilton and its community.

Register online at www.rwjbh.org/hamiltonbunny





Sunday, March 28

Princeton University Concerts (PUC) celebrates Women’s History Month by spotlighting four “leading ladies” of classical music who champion instruments often overlooked in the mainstream: saxophonist Jess Gillam, accordionist Kseniija Sidorova, bagpiper Cristina Pato and harpist Bridget Kibbey.
The culmination of this celebration, which also includes personal playlists curated by these four musicians as part of the Collective Listening Project, will occur at 3 p.m. March 28 for a free concert stream.
As part of PUC’s Watch Party format, the hour-long concert will conclude with a live conversation and interactive Q&A session with the musicians.
Continuing its tradition of partnering with local food vendors for culinary experiences tailored to the music, PUC has partnered with local bakery The Gingered Peach, owned by James Beard Foundation fellow and leading lady Joanne Canady-Brown. The concert menu, which pays tribute to the “O.G. Leading Ladies of the Gingered Peach,” incorporates Cuban and Puerto Rican savory items and cake in honor of the matriarchs of Canady-Brown’s family. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Trenton Youth Orchestra.
More information about the playlists, concert and menu are available at princetonuniversityconcerts.org

Liberty Lake Day Camp will hold an outdoor community seder on the second night of Passover on March 28 with Cantor Scott Borsky at the camp, 1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m., seder begins at 2 p.m., with the meal beginning at 3 p.m.

Guests will sit with their families at picnic tables separated by a safe distance from other tables.

Braised brisket, roast chicken, matzah ball soup and more will be brought to tables.

For more information, visit https://liberty-lake.square.site

Monday, March 29

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will hold an Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 29.

Presenter Professor May-Britt Moser will speak about brain systems for space and navigation.

Free and open to the public.

Advance registration required. To register, visit https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org



Rowan College at Burlington County’s “Global Studies Lecture Series,” hosted by RCBC instructor and program coordinator of Sociology and Anthropology, Brandon Chapman, aims to invite scholars and researchers to discuss and engage with students about various global issues.

“Organizing Online Influence Efforts: Evidence from Chinese, Russian and Venezuelan Troll Campaigns” includes a guest appearance by Dr. Jacob Shapiro, professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, from 3:30-5 p.m. March 29.

Shapiro will explain the study and how it makes a difference in preventing the spread of misinformation online, and how different countries organize their misinformation campaigns targeting the U.S. and other democracies.

The study, which consists of researchers from Princeton University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York University, traced the patterns of misinformation in the accounts and after a series of tests, identified accounts that were part of a foreign influence campaign. However, the method has its flaws, but the study itself shows that it is possible to still discover these accounts accurately and put a stop to their activities.

For more information on how to access the event, visit https://rcbc.edu/events/rcbc-global-studies-lecture-series-organizing-online-influence-efforts-evidence-chinese


Tuesday, March 30

Play readings and a panel discussion on Federal Theatre Project Negro Unit will be presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater in collaboration with CLASSIX at 7:30 p.m. March 30 via Zoom.

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts launches a partnership with New York City-based CLASSIX, a collective of Black theater artists and scholars dedicated to expanding the classical theater canon through an exploration of dramatic works by Black writers.

This kickoff event features recorded readings by professional actors of excerpts of plays written by artists in the New Deal-era Federal Theater Project’s Negro Units.

The readings serve as a springboard for a panel-led conversation on this moment in African American and theatrical history.

Cosponsored by Princeton’s Humanities Council.

Free and open to the public; advance Zoom registration is required.

The recorded readings will be closed captioned and the conversation be live captioned.

Viewers in need of other access accommodations should contact the Lewis Center at least two weeks in advance at LewisCenter@princeton.edu

For more information and the Zoom registration link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/play-readings-and-panel-discussion-on-federal-theatre-project-negro-unit/

Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson will be joined by four female leaders for a virtual town hall from 6-7 p.m. March 30 on county government and the county’s COVID-19 response and economic development push.

The meeting kicks off Hopson’s Listening Tour series and will feature Hopson and County Administrator Eve Cullinan, Willingboro Mayor Tiffani Worthy, County Solicitor Ashley Buono and County Health Officer Holly Funkhouser.

The virtual meeting will be held via the county’s Webex portal. To participate, via computer, smart phone or tablet, visit https://burlingtoncounty.webex.com/burlingtoncounty/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5890c7788b7f6b866c5eacdce3c47480

Members of the public may also join by phone by dialing 408-418-9388.

The event number for the meeting is 129 686 0406 and the password is “hello”.

Members of the public will be invited to participate and ask questions and share ideas.



Through Wednesday, March 31

Bordentown Township is hosting a Virtual Spring Coloring Contest.

Children ages 3-9 may choose one of four pages to download and color. Scan or take a picture with the phone, and email to a.sauro@bordentowntwp.org. Submit only one entry per child.

The contest concludes on March 26.

Winners will be notified by email by March 31.

The Easter Bunny will distribute winning prizes (filled Easter baskets) on April 1 from 3-4 p.m. in front of the Bordentown Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Dr.; or from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 5 in the lobby of the building.

For more information, visit www.bordentowntownship.com/upcoming_events




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, www.NJTeenMedia.org, 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 www.NJTeenMedia.org or by contacting Matthew Cossel at 937-207-7627 or matthew.cossel@efkgroup.com. School registration is not required for direct student entry.

For complete submission guidelines, visit www.NJTeenMedia.org.

For more information about child support services, call 1-877-NJKIDS1 or visit www.NJChildSupport.org.



New Jersey American Water is accepting applications for green project funding through its Environmental Grant Program.

The program offers grants of $1,000 to $10,000 for qualifying innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies throughout the company’s service areas.

New Jersey American Water will award the grants on a competitive basis and select projects based on various criteria including goals, impact, innovation, design and sustainability. The nature of the project’s collaboration with other community organizations as well as its overall community engagement will also be considered.

All applicants are expected to outline specific, measurable goals for projects in their proposals. At the conclusion of the grant project, the lead organization must provide a written report on the project results/impact.

Grant recipients will be notified in mid-April.

More information and application requirements can be obtained directly at newjerseyamwater.com/community.





The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced that grant applications are being accepted for the Youth Corps Urban Gateway Enhancement program. The program provides employment opportunities to underserved youth and young adults through community-service projects.

NJDOT’s Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action administers the Youth Corps program and is soliciting applications from local government agencies, non-profits, and other community-based organizations with established youth programs for participation in this seasonal program.

The application deadline is March 31.

The program provides employment opportunities with on-the-job training to at-risk youth and young adults ages 16-25 who have experienced barriers to employment. The participants will receive life skills training and employment experience in transportation enhancement projects through paid summer/fall employment.

Participants will gain work experience that may help them succeed in future efforts to obtain jobs. Communities will benefit from projects that create attractive gateways for residents and visitors.

Grant proposals should focus on enhancing aesthetics in areas near state roads. Preference will be given to applications that address urban communities.

Approved proposals will receive a federally-funded grant of up to $32,000 for their community gateway project. Each grant will support stipends for approximately ten young adults and a supervisor, as well as equipment and supplies.

To apply, visit http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/community/cleanupnj/youth.shtm

Or, contact NJDOT’s Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action by phone at 609-963-2047 or email at DOT-CRAA.YouthCorpsProgram@dot.nj.gov.





East Windsor is sponsoring a gun safety program, through which gun locks will be distributed free of charge to any East Windsor resident.

The program will run through the end of March.

Township residents can obtain free safety locks at the township police/court facility located at 80 One Mile Road, by contacting Detective Brian Gorski at 609-448-5678, ext. 236.

The gun locks are made available to the township at no cost through Project ChildSafe. Project ChildSafe is the nation’s largest firearms safety program, and is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.



Wednesday, March 31

D&R Greenway begins its new offerings of educational Virtual Happy Hours with “The Sky’s the Limit” from 5-6 p.m. March 31.
Experience the photography achieved with a telescope and special photographic equipment over St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell with physicist Taylor Blanchard.
Space is limited to 100 participants.
To receive the free link, register by emailing rsvp@drgreenway.org. A recording will be made available to all who register their email address with D&R Greenway Land Trust.
More information is available at www.drgreenway.org


Enable, Inc. is partnering with On the Border for a Dine & Donate Fundraiser.

Visit the Princeton location at 3567 Route 1 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 31 and 20% of the cost of the order will be donated toward launching a virtual music program headed by Jim Caven, CEO and founder of Key of Awesome Music.

Every $75 raised will go toward 30 minutes of virtual music education and therapy for individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in the residential and day services programs at Enable’s Princeton facility.

Meals can be take out or pick up, ordered by phone or at the restaurant. Call 609-681-5656 and mention the fundraiser.

RSVP at www.groupraise.com/events/182603 to receive the email necessary for the contribution.

The meal will only happen if at least 20 commitments are made by March 28.


Through April

To register for Little League Baseball and Softball in Cranbury, Plainsboro and West Windsor, visit www.wwll.org 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.

Hillsborough Township Public Schools is accepting Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

Families wishing to register their child(ren) for Kindergarten for the coming school year should visit www.htps.us to complete the pre-registration form.

Upon completion, a school staff member will be in contact to complete the registration process.

Parents who are unsure of their zoned elementary school may contact the district’s Transportation Department at 908-431-6600, prompt 6 for details.

All children who reside in Hillsborough and were born on or before Oct. 1, 2016, are eligible to register for Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. A birth certificate (original preferred), immunization records and residency documentation are required to be uploaded at the time of registration.

Parents may request information on the Children at Play (CAP) Program during the pre-registration process. The CAP Program is a tuition, thematic-based, play-centered program designed to provide parents with an option to extend the second half of their child’s day in school.


“Locks on the Canal,” an exhibit of creative photographic images by Joseph DeFay presenting the simpler aspects of everyday life seen with renewed beauty, will be on display at Bell’s Tavern Dining Room, 183 N. Union St., Lambertville, through the end of April.
The tavern is open for dinner daily.
Call 609-397-2226 for reservations.

Third Thursdays, April 1 to June 3

The Sourland Conservancy will present 16-year-old Jake Thistle on April 1 as part of its monthly series of live musical shows featuring New Jersey artists.

Sourland Mountain Happy Hours are offered via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month, from 6-7 p.m. April 1 through June 3.

The lineup continues on May 6 – AS IS Jazz features Alan & Stacey Schulman; and June 3, James Popik & The Supernova Band will perform.

Danny Coleman of DannyColemansRockonRadio.com will emcee both shows.

Tickets are on sale for $10.

Registered attendees will enjoy special deals or discounts on their Happy Hours take-ut supplies ordered in advance from local sponsors Sourland Mountain Spirits, Unionville Vineyards and Flounder Brewing Company.

Visit www.sourland.org for more information about the event and the artists.


Through Thursday, April 1

The former John Witherspoon Middle School has been known as the Princeton Unified Middle School since August 2020.

Princeton residents – whether or not they have students enrolled in the district – may weigh in on the selection of a new name for the school, thanks to a community survey being distributed by the Princeton Public Schools on its website at princetonk12.org.

The deadline to vote is April 1.

The options are Albert Einstein Middle School, John Lewis Middle School, Michelle Obama Middle School, Paul Robeson Middle School, Ruth Bader Ginsberg Middle School, Elizabeth Stockton Middle School, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation Middle School, Shirley Satterfield Middle School and the Walnut Lane Middle School.

The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education will announce the new name of the middle school in May, based on the results of voting by Princeton Unified Middle School students and community members.


Thursday, April 1 – Friday, April 30

Hillsborough is joining towns across the country for the 10th anniversary of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely.

The annual challenge, from April 1-30, is a non-profit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution and save energy, according to the statement.

To participate, residents go to mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Hillsborough. 

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category have a chance to win $3,000 toward their home utility bills, and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes. In addition, residents can nominate a deserving charity from their city to receive a 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The foundation has also created a new digital tool called MyVolunteer Water Project, in support of the program, that gives residents a unique way to do hands-on home, community, and workplace projects year-round in support of their city’s sustainability efforts.

For more information, visit www.wylandfoundation.org


April 1 to November 30

East Windsor encourages community groups to participate in the 2021 Township Adopt-A-Spot Program.

Under this program, participating groups “adopt” a public property and keep it clean during the year. A placard is erected on the site indicating that it has been “adopted by” with the name of the group.

The groups are expected to perform cleanup three times per month from April 1 through Nov. 30.

To participate, interested groups should send a letter to East Windsor Clean Communities Committee, ATTN: Mayor Janice S. Mironov, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520.


First Thursdays, April 1 through June 3

The Sourland Conservancy will kick off a new monthly series of live music shows featuring New Jersey artists.

The Sourland Mountain Happy Hour will be offered via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month, from 6-7 p.m. through June 3.

The current schedule is April 1 Jake Thistle, May 6 AS IS Jazz, and June 3 James Popik & Supernova.

Tickets are on sale for $10. Ticket holders will receive a link to the event.

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


Thursday, April 1

The Princeton University Art Museum will present a lecture on the spiritual life of Tlingit “objects” at 5:30 p.m. April 1.

Join a conversation about at.oow—spiritual and sacred clan objects owned and used by Tlingit people. This discussion will examine the history of the collection at Princeton from Yakutat, Alaska; the role of these “objects” in ceremony; the complexity of relationships between tribes and museums; and the importance of spiritual knowledge for the next generation of Tlingit knowledge keepers.

Featuring Tlingit anthropologist Judith Daxootsu Ramos, assistant professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks; her daughter and Tlingit artist, Maka Monture Päki; and India Young, curator, Art and Images, Royal BC Museum. Introduced by Bryan R. Just, Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, curator and lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas.

There is no cost to attend.

Register at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-04/spiritual-life-tlingit-%E2%80%9Cobjects%E2%80%9D


Through Friday, April 2

East Windsor Township and the NJ League of Municipalities are offering scholarship opportunities to junior and senior high school students.

Three $1,000 scholarships are being offered through the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.

This statewide scholarship competition centers on the theme “How has the local government played a role in your life regarding the ongoing pandemic” and seeks to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer members of the community, while raising awareness of municipal government in general.

The State League Scholarship Committee will select 15 finalists and three winners from the State.

A full application package can be obtained from the Municipal Clerk’s office at the municipal building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor, or by calling 609-443-4000, ext. 238.

All entries must be returned to the East Windsor Mayor’s Office by April 2.





Through Saturday, April 3

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will present Textured Waters: Paintings by Léni Paquet-Morante and Susan DeConcini, on view in their Taplin Gallery through April 3.

Artists Susan DeConcini and Léni Paquet-Morante share an interest in water as a subject matter. DeConcini’a watercolors on paper explore her interest in the movement and textures of ocean waves and other water surfaces in motion. Painted at a variety of water environments, Paquet-Morante’s plein air landscape interpretations inform her studio work. Together, these artists’ works provide a contemplation of water as both a familiar subject and intriguing metaphor.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit artscouncilofprinceton.org for more information.


Saturday, April 3

The Phillips Mill Photo Committee’s first-ever member show will go live April 3, albeit virtually.

For this year’s show, each of three dozen Phillips Mill Photo Committee members will submit up to eight fine art photographs to display in the show.

All photographs are for sale.

The show is viewable at www.phillipsmillphoto.com

For more information, call Spencer Saunders at 267-229-2846.



Saturday, April 3 & Sunday, April 4

Hop on over to Terhune Orchards in Princeton on April 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the Bunny Chase, a non-competitive event for children 2-10 years old.

Follow hand-drawn clues around the farm in a self-guided treasure hunt.

At the end of the hunt, children can choose to do bunny-themed craft activities and meet Terhune’s real bunny rabbits.

There will be children’s games, pedal tractors and a children’s play area in the barnyard and pony rides in the pasture.

The food tent will have snacks and lunch for sale.

There will be live music on both days.

The Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery will be open with open air, distanced seating. Tasting flights are available.

The farm store and outdoor farm market will have produce, apples, herbs, flowering plants and baked goods for sale; place an order ahead of time online for curbside pickup.

Admission fee is $10; children under 3 are free. Crafts activities are $5.

All entry to farm on Cold Soil Road, Princeton, including the winery and farm store, must be purchased in advance with online timed admission tickets. Tickes are valid for three hours after entry.

Visit www.terhuneorchards.com




Saturdays, April 3 and 17

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 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 westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.

For information or to volunteer for Yes We CAN! Food Drives, visit https://arminarm.org/yeswecanfooddrives/.


Sunday, April 4

The public is invited to an outdoor Easter Luncheon event at Liberty Lake Day Camp, 1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown.

The park opens at 11 a.m., with activities including boating, mini-golf, rock climbing, fishing (bring your own tackle), a limited Easter egg hunt, and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Guests will sit with their families at picnic tables, or on their own blankets, separated by a safe distance from other families.

Baked ham, roasted turkey and sides will be served buffet-style by catering staff.

Families may bring in their own alcoholic beverages.

For Easter picnic tickets, visit http://easter-libertylake.square.site

For more information, email kurtis@libertylakepicnic.com or call 609-499-0432.



Sunday, April 4 – Friday, April 9

The Paul Robeson House of Princeton will sponsor a series of activities to commemorate to 123rd anniversary of Paul Robeson’s birth in Princeton.

A combination of virtual and live events are scheduled for April 4-9. A Football Toss and Hunt will be held in Palmer Square on April 4. The Princeton Library will have a Robeson-themed storytime for young people on April 6. A short video featuring the Robeson House Board and friends will be premier on April 9.

The highlight of the celebration will be the memorial wreath ceremony the Robeson bust in front of the Arts Council Building, 102 Witherspoon St. on April 9 at noon. Mayor Mark Freda will present a proclamation designating April 9 as Paul Robeson Day in Princeton. The celebration will end with a tour of the Robeson sites in the Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood lead by historian Shirley Satterfield.   

For more details, visit www.thepaulroebsonhouseofprinceton.org


Monday, April 5

Hillsborough Township is once again taking part in the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Louis Bay II, Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition for juniors and seniors at Hillsborough High School.

This year’s statewide scholarship competition centers on the theme “How has local government played a role in your life regarding the ongoing pandemic?” and seeks to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer members of the municipal government.

The competition will offer up to three $1,000 scholarships statewide.

Completed applications should be sent to Hillsborough Township Mayor Shawn Lipani by April 5.

Additional information regarding this scholarship opportunity can be found on the Naviance Program used by the school district, as well as in the Guidance Office at the high school.


Monday, April 5- Friday, April 9

Spring Break Y Zone is back at the Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton.

From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5-9, children in Kindergarten to Grade 5 can enjoy theme-based activities including arts and crafts, sports and swimming.

Sign up for a day or the whole week.

The cost is $45 per day for full facility members and after school participants; $65 per day for program members; and $75 per day for non-members.

For more information, email lzink@princetonymca.org or visit www.princetonymca.org/yzone


Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 30

The Blue Bears Special Meals program will celebrate its second anniversary of enabling young adults facing intellectual and development disorders to work and learn in a meaningful environment.

The Blue Bears team is fully vaccinated and back at the restaurant on N. Harrison St. in Princeton.

To celebrate their reunion, in May they will display a gallery of blue bears created by members of the community. Sculpt, paint or knit a bear, write a story or author a play, or sew a blue bear costume, for example.

Submissions will be accepted April 5-30.

Submit by emailing info@bluebears.org

The young adult team will meet in early May and the grand prize winners will be announced at the celebration toward the end of May. Prizes will be awarded.





Monday, April 5 – Monday, May 31

Right at Home of Central New Jersey will hold its second annual Shed the COVID-19 Challenge: Round 2.

The eight-week weight loss challenge begins April 5.

Donate $1 for every pound lost to Smash Out Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Last year, more than $5,000 was donated to Alzheimer’s New Jersey.

Contact Beth Sholom at beth@rahcentral.com or call 732-967-0900.

Ask about partnership opportunities.


Tuesday, April 6

The regularly scheduled meeting of the East Windsor Township Council set for 5:30 p.m. April 6 will include a municipal consent hearing on the Comcast renewal application for consent to own, operate, extend and maintain a cable television and cable communication system in the township.

Members of the public who wish to participate via Zoom can join the meeting by visiting https://zoom.us/j/95466318433?pwd=NnFBejM5TWZTcE11dWtVVHdjemhYZz09 using Meeting ID 954 6631 8433 and passcode 770239.

Members of the public who wish to join by telephone can call 646-558-8656 using the same ID and passcode.

Copies of the application are on file with the municipal clerk and can be reviewed by appointment only from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 609-443-4000.


The Arts Council of Princeton will hold a virtual tutorial from 7-8:30 p.m. April 6 called “Your Cutting Board, Your Palette: The Art of Presenting Sunday Brunch” with celebrity Chef Nick Liberato.

Liberato and his family have moved back to Bucks County, Pennsylavania, where he grew up, after living in Los Angeles. He is launching his latest restaurant concept in Stockton, The Borscht Belt Delicatessen, a salute to New York Jewish culture and cuisine set to open this spring.
During this free webinar, Liberato will cover his favorite brunch spreads, sides, and offer up an alternative to the traditional mimosa.
He will share some of his favorite signature garnishes, allowing anyone to use color and texture like an artist.
Participants will leave the program with tips and tricks for presenting a stunning spread along with a downloadable copy of Chef Nick’s Guide to Sunday Brunch, containing a list of key ingredients and resources to reference in planning your next brunch date.
As a special sneak preview, Liberato will also give a glimpse into the dishes he will be serving up at The Borscht Belt and touch upon the story behind each artful offering, including the famous egg cream.
The evening will conclude with a Q&A open to the virtual audience in addition to giveaways

Free registration is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-sunday-brunch-with-celebrity-chef-nick-liberato-tickets-142568130115 or artscouncilofprinceton.org.







Through Tuesday, April 6

The NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest will be based on foods and the memories they evoke. Weave those thoughts into a poem.


The poem should keep with the theme; be typewritten in a Word file; be no longer than 40 lines; be accompanied by a media release form; and include a cover letter that includes your name, email address, mailing address and phone number.


Contest submission deadline is April 6.


Email the entry to poetry@naminj.org. Or, mail typed entries to NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick 08902.


Poems will be open to public voting for the Top 10. The Top 3 will win a cash prize and the top poems will also be published on the NAMI NJ website for others to read.


Tuesdays, April 6, 13 & 20

Mercer County is offering a series of free webinars addressing maternal health on Tuesdays, April 6, 13 and 20.

Nutrition and Physical Activity for the Childbearing Years: A 3-Part Series from Pre-Conception Through Baby’s First Year will be led by Michelle Brill, Family and Community Health Sciences educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County.

Preconception and inter-conception (between pregnancies) health matters. A healthy diet and ample physical activity are important for women planning a pregnancy. Register for the 2 p.m. April 6 workshop at https://go.rutgers.edu/pc0ns8km

Learn about the latest nutrition, physical activity and wellness guidance for pregnant women at 2 p.m. April 13. Register at https://go.rutgers.edu/ldq9dlc6

After delivery, a woman’s body’s nutritional needs change, particularly if breastfeeding. Learn about nutrition, physical activity and wellness for postpartum women at 2 p.m. April 20. Register at https://go.rutgers.edu/kaw5n26q

All sessions are free and available on Zoom.

Registration is required and sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Email brill@njaes.rutgers.edu for more information.





Wednesday, April 7

Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-15) and leaders of the Black Solidarity Group of Lawrence will meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. April 7 to address “Can We Make New Jersey an Equitable Place to Live, Vote and Thrive?” in a roundtable discussion.

Program members will include Kyla Allen, Jayda-Milan Parker and Kayla Phillips in a conversation about equity and inclusion in Mercer County, facilitated by Dr. Simona L. Brickers of the Lawrence League of Women Voters.

This program is free and all are welcome.

Pre-registration is required by visiting www.LWVLT.org

For more information, email LWVofLawrence@gmail.com or call 609-301-0401.


Wednesdays, April 7 to May 12

Michelle Brill, Family & Community Health Sciences educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, in partnership with the Hunterdon & Mercer Regional Chronic Disease Coalition and the Elixir Fund, is offering a free Cancer Thriving & Surviving series available virtually for Mercer County residents.

Offering peer support, information and strength. Learn to better manage challenges including symptoms, the effects of treatment, emotions, relationships and living with uncertainty.

Registration is open for this 6-week series on Wednesdays, April 7 to May 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Space is limited.

Call Hunterdon Healthcare to register at 908-237-2328.

For more information, email brill@njaes.rutgers.edu.



Thursday, April 8

A 2-3.5 mile brisk guided hike on selected trails in Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township, will be held at 1 p.m. April 8, weather-permitting.

Open to pre-teens and adults.

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 is required.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.



The Princeton University Art Museum will present a panel discussion on “How to Move a Museum: The Fine Art of Deinstallation” at 5:30 p.m. April 8.

For decades, objects have filled the Art Museum’s galleries. Many hang on walls or sit in display cases, while others, like the mosaics from Antioch, are embedded into the floors and walls, intended never to be moved.

That is, until now.

Join museum curators as they reveal how they move parts of the collections in advance of the new building.

Participants include Chris Newth, associate director for collections and exhibitions, and Bart Devolder, chief conservator.

There is no cost to attend.

Register at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-04/panel-discussion-how-move-museum-fine-art-deinstallation




Second Fridays, from April 9

Those who are eager to expand their knowledge of educational, cultural and community issues can join the YWCA Princeton Area Newcomers & Friends for Friday with Friends, either socially distanced and masked in person, or virtually via Zoom.

Listen to acclaimed speakers from business, political, civic and educational circles talk from 1-3 p.m. every second Friday of the month unless there is a holiday conflict.

The current schedule includes a talk by Trish Chambers on Supreme Court justices on April 9, a spring events for members only on May 14, and a year-end picnic for members only on June 11.

RSVP required. Email newcomersmembership@ywcaprinceton.org or visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/newcomers for more information.



Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10

A rescheduled Valentine Comedy Show will be held at 8 p.m. April 9 by the Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook, featuring comedians Adam Oliensis, Brian Scott McFadden and Regina Dicicco.

Then, on April 10 at 8 p.m., We May Be Right will pay tribute to the music of Billy Joel.
Reserved socially distance seats are available at www.brookarts.org
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.



Saturday, April 10

Mercer County and the Park Commission will hold a bicycle drive at several locations throughout the county from noon to 4 p.m. April 10. Rain date is April 17.

Locations include the Historic Hunt House, 197 Blackwell Road, Pennington; Ranger Headquarters, Mercer County Park, West Windsor; and Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Trenton.

Old bikes, no matter the condition, will be given to the Trenton Bike Exchange, a volunteer organization that collects, repairs and sells used bikes at a very low price.

The mission of the Bike Exchange is to help low-income families get decent bikes and to raise money for our local Boys and Girls Club.

The donation is tax-deductible.

For more information, visit www.bgcmercer.org/bgc-bike-exchange?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery



A free rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs will be held from 9-11 a.m. April 10 at the Pennington Borough Public Works Garage, 301 N. Main St., Pennington.

All humans must wear masks, follow social distancing markings, and enter one household at a time.

Dogs must be leashed, cats in a carrier.

No children under age 7 will be permitted inside.

For more information, call Montgomery Township Animal Control at 908-359-8211, ext. 2247.


Saturday, April 10 to Saturday, May 8

The Arts Council of Princeton will present “A Voice to be Heard” on view in their Taplin Gallery from April 10 to May 8, exploring the idea of the inner voice and the ongoing search for meaning.

Curator Maria de Los Angeles will be featured in an In Conversation virtual artist talk on at 7 p.m. April 13. Free registration is available at artscouncilofprinceton.org.

Joyce Kozloff in her series “girlhood” visually collaborated with her younger self through using childhood drawings in her current work that reflect on her education, and perception of the world.


Maria de Los Angeles exposes the internalized dialogue and external narratives surrounding migration through humor, story, facts and allegory.

Martha Tuttle turns her attention to the sublime, finding inspiration in the vast space of the west, its’ almost invisible processes and moments, and the relationship of her physicality to place reflected through process.

Buket Savci explains, “I explore abundance versus emotional craving. Observing both the loneliness and need for attention, accompanied with consumerism frenzy globally.”

Adam Moss takes a quieter look at human connection through portraiture of friends and family considering the psychology of the self and implication of the gaze.

That need to collect memories of experiences is visible in the work of Ryan Bonilla, who through photography captures the spontaneity of everyday life in his culture.


Shelter Serra looks at society for its voice, the role of technology, and of production.


Brooklyn-based artist, designer, filmmaker Frenel Morris creates lucid, intimate paintings capturing simulacrum in seemingly ordinary objects to deliver a vivid copy of reality.

Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Arts Council of Princeton is located at 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.



Sunday, April 11

With the breeding season underway, several species of common cavity-nesting backyard birds will be looking for places to nest.

Children ages 6-11 years old, accompanied by an adult, can build a simple nest box from 1:30-3 p.m. April 11 at the Nature Center inside Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Bring a hammer.

Fee is $7 per box, exact cash.

Advanced registration is required.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.


Through Monday, April 12

The 20th year of the Morven in May plant sale is going on.

Online plant sale ends April 12.

Pickups and on-site plant sale will be April 30, and May 1 and 2 at the Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

To shop for plants, visit www.morven.org/plantsale



East Windsor, through the township’s Clean Communities Committee, is sponsoring a virtual recycling poster contest for all East Windsor Regional School District elementary school students to focus on Earth Day. 

The theme of the poster is to promote any or all of the “4 Rs” of the township recycling program, which include recycle, ruse, reduce and rebuy.

Winners from Kindergarten to Grade 2 and winners from Grades 3-5 will receive Barnes and Noble gift certificates, donated by Shiseido America.

To enter this year’s virtual poster contest, students should email a photo of their poster to the Municipal Clerk’s office at postercontest@east-windsor.nj.us. 

Submissions should be emailed by April 12 and include the student’s name, address, phone number, grade level and school attended.   

Winners will be notified and awards made by East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov at a virtual Earth Day ceremony at the April 20 council meeting. 

Once the municipal building opens to the public, winning posters will also be displayed in the lobby.





Through Thursday, April 15

Robbinsville Hamilton Rotary Club is offering the Don Carrington Vocational/Trade School Scholarship to seniors from Mercer County.

Visit www.rhrotary.org/scholarships for information and online applications.

Submission deadline is April 15.


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.

Taxpayers can get more information about the Alternative Tax Preparation program at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide.

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

United Way of Mercer County’s (UWGMC) Free Tax Preparation Program serves individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.

For more than a decade, households earning less than $65,000 per year have relied on this service. Despite being under a pandemic, UWGMC is making this vital program available through April 15 at the United Way office in Lawrenceville and The Salvation Army in Trenton.

To access the tax preparation service or schedule an appointment visit www.uwgmc.org/freetaxprogram or call 609-896-1912.

Information is also available in Spanish.


United Way of Central Jersey is continuing to provide VITA services to prepare taxes this season for individuals and families making $65,000 or less.

All taxes will be prepared remotely via video conferencing and/or phone.

To schedule an appointment, visit https://uwcjtaxprep.as.me/schedule.php

For VITA Lockbox locations, visit https://tinyurl.com/VITALockbox

To prepare your own taxes for free, visit www.myfreetaxes




Third Thursdays, from April 15

YWCA Princeton Area Newcomers & Friends holds Social Coffee as a way to learn about the organization, meet members and find opportunities to explore interests and community.

The sessions are held from 9:30-11 a.m. every third Thursday of each month unless there is a holiday conflict. The next scheduled dates are April 15, May 20 and June 17.

This will be a virtual gathering via Zoom.

For more information, email newcomersmembership@ywcaprinceton.org  or visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/newcomers


Thursday, April 15

Join an artist talk with Renee Cox at 5:30 p.m. April 15, courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Three works by photographer Cox join the museum’s collections.

Cox’s talk will be followed by a conversation with Katherine Bussard, the Museum’s Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography.

There is no cost to attend.
To register, visit https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-04/artist-talk-renee-cox

Princess Grace’s 65th wedding anniversary will be celebrated with her bridal dress and a press flower workshop from 4-6:30 p.m. April 15.

Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding gown will be discussed by Kristina Haugland, the Le Vine associate curator of Costume and Textiles and supervising curator for the Study Room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and author of two books on Grace Kelly’s style.

Presented by Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton.

The cost is $65, or $55 for Friends of Morven, if supplies for the flower workshop are needed.

Without supplies, the cost is $45, or $35 for Friends of Morven.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/princess-grace-65th-anniversary-her-gown-pressed-flower-workshop-tickets-145790389981





Through Friday, April 16

The annual Sylvia Weiss Senior Citizen Award for Outstanding Service as a Volunteer is open through April 16 for East Windsor residents. 

Nominees must be at least 60 years of age and residents of East Windsor. Nominees should be persons who are outstanding volunteers in community service. Such service may be on behalf of senior citizens, the schools, churches, service organizations and/or the general public. This service may be in leadership or in direct service.

A form is available for submission of nominees, and must be sent to Sylvia Weiss Senior Volunteer Award, Attn: Mayor Janice Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520. 

For more information and the nomination form, visit www.east-windsor.nj.us or call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 609-443-4000, ext. 237.

The award is named after Weiss, a former East Windsor Township Council member, past council senior citizen advisor and chairperson of the Commission on Aging, who was instrumental in the original formation of the senior citizen program.  

The presentation will be made by the township at a ceremony in May as part of Older Americans Month.


Friday, April 16

“Cabernet Cabaret – Emerge from the Dark: Songs to Spring Forth” will be held virtually by the Arts Council of Princeton from 7:30-8:45 p.m. April 16.

Cabernet Cabaret 2020 was the last live show that Sarah Donner performed prior to the pandemic lockdown. Raise a glass and join Donner and her cast of friends for a virtual evening of show tunes celebrating new beginnings and the light at the end of these dark days.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cabernet-cabaret-emerge-from-the-dark-songs-to-spring-forth-tickets-142913021695


Saturday, April 17

Tomahawk throwing for adults only will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. April 17 at the Nature Center inside Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Try throwing a small hatchet into a wooden target.


For more information or to register, call 609-737-0609.


Cranbury Township will hold a stream cleanup from 9-11 a.m. April 17, rain or shine, at Village Park, Maplewood Avenue and Westminster Place, Cranbury.

Bring a reusable water bottle and gloves.

Masks required.

Pre-registration for all attendees is required to eliminate physical sign-in. Current guidelines limit outdoor gatherings to 25 people or less, so there will be staggered start times. Twenty-five volunteers may register to arrive at 9 a.m., with another 25 volunteers beginning at 10 a.m.

Participants can access the link by visiting thewatershed.org/stream-cleanups






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 https://princetonfestival.org/2021-piano-competition-rules/.

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










The Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council will once again honor the outstanding contributions and leadership of women in the local community, including those who have served on the front lines during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications for the 2021 Outstanding Women of Burlington County Awards will be accepted through 4 p.m. April 19.


The council is seeking women who have made significant contributions in their chosen field, as well as having demonstrated their support of women in our community.

To be eligible for an award, nominees must have lived or worked in Burlington County for at least one year. The awards are sponsored by the Women’s Advisory Council and the Burlington County Board of County Commissioners.


This year’s awards will feature three new categories: health care, first responder and frontline worker. The latter category seeks to recognize a deserving woman who performed essential services during the pandemic, such as grocery store, warehouse or utility worker.


The other categories are mentorship, volunteerism, law/law enforcement, education, community service, corporate leadership, diversity/inclusion and government.

Winners will be announced later in the year.  

Guidelines and nomination forms can be obtained by visiting http://co.burlington.nj.us/263/Womens-Advisory-Council.

For any questions or to submit nominations forms, email womenscouncil@co.burlington.nj.us.


The Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council is accepting nominations to recognize and present scholarships to three outstanding 12th grade female students in Burlington County through 4 p.m. April 19.

The scholarships will include the Alice Paul Champion Award, the Celeste Arties Memorial Award and the Elizabeth Coleman White STEM Award.

Each scholarship will be $1,000.

Winners will be announced later in the year. 

Guidelines and nomination forms can be obtained by visiting http://co.burlington.nj.us/263/Womens-Advisory-Council.

For any questions or to submit nominations forms, email womenscouncil@co.burlington.nj.us.







Monday, April 19

Alex Meakem, soprano, and Michael Banks, baritone, will present vocal selections “a piacere,” or “as we like it,” drawn from the late 19th and 20th centuries, at 7:30 p.m. April 19 through a concert by Voices Chorale NJ.

The concert will feature works by Puccini, Sondheim and Lloyd Weber, with commentary by Dr. David McConnell.

Admission is $15.

Sign up at www.voiceschoralenj.org


Tuesday, April 20

Participate in a discussion of the fictional elements and the nonfictional context of Maggie O’Farrell’s “Hamnet” at 6:30 p.m. April 20.

Set in 1580s Stratford, England, during the Black Plague, this “New York Times” Best Seller imagines the domestic and artistic repercussions when a famous playwright and his wife lose their only son, 11-year old Hamnet.

This virtual session via Google Meet will be led by Larry Danson, professor of English Emeritus at Princeton University.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and the Historical Society of Princeton at Updike Farmstead.

To register, visit https://princetonhistory.org/events/historical-fiction-book-group-15/

Wednesday, April 21

Nancy Sheehan and Rachel Weiss of Cranbury Therapeutic Massage will offer a virtual wellness session at 7 p.m. April 21 featuring chair yoga.

All-level stretch.

Bring a sturdy chair and towel or yoga strap.

The link to join the session is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89214605544?pwd=bGVzV281Z1BscDBRb1dZM1dUWDVaQT09

Use passcode 297854.

For more information, contact Sheehan or Weiss at www.cranburymassage.com or 609-655-1801





Thursday, April 22

A 2-3.5 mile brisk guided hike on selected trails in Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township, will be held at 1 p.m. April 22, weather-permitting.

Open to pre-teens and adults.

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 is required.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.






Friday, April 23 & Saturday, April 24

“We’re All in this Together: Hillsborough’s Hidden Talents” will take place April 23 and 24 as a live streamed fundraising event.

Tickets costing $5 each will benefit the Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance and BoroSAFE.

For more information, email boroaware@gmail.com or visit tinyurl.com/cizjq9v2



Saturday, April 24

A stream cleanup co-sponsored by The Watershed Institute and East Windsor Township will be held from 9-11 a.m. April 24 at at Etra Lake Park, 9 Disbrow Hill Road, East Windsor, rain or shine.

The Watershed Institute is developing a detailed plan to ensure everyone’s safety, with precautionary measures including required mask wearing, social distancing, provision of hand sanitizer and mandatory pre-registration in accordance with all state and federal guidelines. The full program will be shared when finalized by The Watershed Institute.

A virtual cleanup option also will be offered by The Watershed Institute.

For more information or to express interest, visit www.thewatershed.org or contact Erin Stretz at estretz@thewatershed.org or 609-737-3735, ext. 17.


Princeton Adult School will present “African Modernism in America” with Perrin Lathrop, doctoral candidate, Department of Art and Archeology, Princeton University, on April 27.

Lathrop will give a preview of the exhibition she and colleagues curated, “African Modernism in America, 1947-67.”

Lathrop’s research took her to Fisk University, which houses one of the most comprehensive collections of African modernism in the United States, and to Lagos, Nigeria where, in 2018, she began discussion with Nigeria-based artist Ndidi Dike whose newly-commissioned installation will appear in the exhibition.

Contributing artists such as Ben Enwonwu (Nigeria), Gerard Sekoto (South Africa), Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan), and Skunder Boghossian (Ethiopia) were responding to interlocking histories of civil rights, decolonization and the Cold War.

The 60 works in this exhibition are inventive, passionate, and irrefutably contemporary.


Sunday, April 25

Learn to identify and prepare some of the many native and introduced plants which earlier inhabitants of the area used to supplement their diets.

This program will be led by plant lore enthusiast, Pat Chichon of Lambertville, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 25 at the Nature Center inside Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Bring a pair of plant clippers and a garden trowel.

Program fee is $2 per person; children under 6 years old are free. Bring exact change or a check.

Advanced registration is required.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.



Through Thursday, April 29

The Mercer County Library has partnered with Rider University for their first virtual Tournees Film Festival, to be held through April 29.

Rider will screen a series of six films drawn from across the French-speaking world, thanks to a grant from the FACE Foundation.

All screenings are virtual.

All screenings are free and open to the Mercer County Library and Rider communities.

Registration is required. Visit https://guides.rider.edu/tournees


Thursday, April 29

“Guides for the Soul: Art from China’s Warring States Period” will be presented by the Princeton University Art Museum at 5:30 p.m. April 29.

Join Cary Liu, Nancy and Peter Lee Curator of Asian Art, as he discusses the acquisition of two important tomb artifacts dating from the Warring States period (ca. 470–221 B.C.). One is a rare bronze lamp made with different colored alloys that may have guided the soul to the afterlife. The other is a uniquely decorated eared cup that may have been used to provide sustenance to the deceased.

There is no cost to attend.

Register at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-04/lecture-guides-soul-art-chinas-warring-states-period


Hiding in Plain Sight: Working Together to Prevent Youth Suicide will be presented by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, Monmouth University SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, New Jersey Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the New Jersey Traumatic Loss Coalition, and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

The free virtual conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 29.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OK4X_jzXTIqHYvDtrLW5PA 

For more information, contact Sharleen van Vlijmen at svanvlijmen@njaap.org





Through Friday, April 30

The East Windsor Regional School District is accepting applications for its integrated preschool program.
Preschool students with disabilities and non-disabled preschoolers come together in an inclusive classroom where language, academic and social skills will be developed in a nurturing environment.
The program will begin Sept. 9, serving 3- and 4-year-old children.
To qualify, a child must be 3 years old but not 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2021, and be a resident within the East Windsor Regional School District.
Morning and afternoon sessions will be held five days per week, either from 8:50-11:20 a.m. or from 12:50-3:20 p.m.
The integrated preschool program follows the East Windsor Public Schools calendar, including all holidays, early dismissal days, etc.
Enrollment is open to non-disabled preschool students who will be selected via a lottery process.
Tuition for the program will be $300 per month from Sept. 9 to June 20, 2022.
The lottery drawing will be held at 5 p.m. May 10 via Zoom; the link will be on the lottery ticket. You do not need to be present for the lottery to be selected. Families of multiples will be selected together.
Written notification regarding status will be mailed after May 11.
Lottery applications and contracts will be accepted at East Windsor Regional Schools Central Registration Office, 384 Stockton St., Hightstown, starting on March 1. Lottery applications must be returned to the Central Registration Building no later than noon on April 30.
Required documents include a birth certificate or passport; a current lease; tax bill or mortgage statement, and one other document with parent’s/guardian’s name and address is required to participate in the lottery and must be presented when the lottery application and the contract is submitted.
For details on the requirements and the lottery process, visit www.ewrsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1560208&type=d&pREC_ID=1685910



The Woman’s Club of Cranbury is offering a $2,000 scholarship for a woman returning
to school and pursuing post-secondary education after experiencing some time away
from attending school.

The commitment to helping a woman who is pursuing post-secondary education fulfills the mission of The Woman’s Club of Cranbury by making a difference in the lives of women and helping them to increase their opportunities to grow and support themselves and their families.

This award is based on financial need, as well as the applicant being able to define her
goal in seeking further education.

The application is available at https://womansclubofcranbury.org/scholarships.

The completed application should be mailed by April 30 to The Woman’s
Club of Cranbury, Attn: Woman’s Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box. 94, Cranbury 08512.

For more information, call 609-395-0314.


The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence has been extended through April 30, on-demand from McCarter Theatre in Princeton.

Each performance is $15, or purchase all four together as a bundle as have the handling fee waived.

Explore the festival at www.mccarter.org/adriennekennedy



JFCS of Greater Mercer County announces the Rose & Louis H. Linowitz Mensch Award.

This is a merit-based award for deserving Jewish eighth grade and high school senior students living in Greater Mercer County.

Candidates should exemplify what it means to be a mensch – a person of integrity and honor, a doer of good deeds, and an all-around good person.

Students must be nominated by a member of the community such as a rabbi, educator, youth group advisor, secular school guidance counselor, teacher, parent, etc.

Eighth grade Mensch-In-Training award is $300 and high school senior Mensch Award winners will receive $1,500.

This is not a need-based scholarship.

Applications are due by April 30.

For more information or to nominate a student, visit www.JFCSonline.org, or contact Joyce at 609-987-8100 or JoyceW@JFCSonline.org




Friday, April 30

Celebrate renewal and reconnection from 5-8 p.m. April 30 during Morven Museum & Garden’s Garden Party.

Morven is located at 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

For more information, visit www.morven.org



Through May

Rowan College at Burlington County’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will offer free dental care to children ages 13 and under as a continuation of Give Kids a Smile.

Services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants to protect permanent teeth.

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

For more information, visit rcbc.edu/dental.

Princeton University Concerts (PUC) is expanding its digital offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 season to replace planned in-person concerts, many of which will be rescheduled to future seasons.

The university’s performing arts series has recast all of its virtual programming to directly address socially relevant topics. This includes: a new podcast series, Breathe in Music, bringing PUC’s popular Live Music Meditation series to a digital format; a new series of conversations with musicians and prominent arts thinkers about the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts hosted by multidisciplinary artist and WNYC host Helga Davis; the release of new video episodes of mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s Sing for Today, in which the opera star responds to current events through the lens of song and conversations; and virtual performances and live Q&As with world-renowned musicians to continue PUC’s Watch Party series.

Most of this digital content will be available to the public at no charge.

For more information about Princeton University Concerts, contact Dasha Koltunyuk at dkoltuny@princeton.edu or 609-258-6024.

The Princeton Adult School
is offering predominately online and a few in-person COVID-safe classes for the spring, presenting a selection of 152 courses, including:

  • Lecture series on Africa, “Up Close and Personal: Africa;”

  • History courses, such as “Nineteenth Century America Through the Prism of Five Extraordinary Elections” and closer to home “From Village to Town: The Transformation of Princeton between 1890 and 1910;”

  • Writing skills for a variety of personal and professional reasons;

  • Making objects with the hands – doodling, knitting, jewelry making, woodworking, photography;

  • Making music by one’s voice, harmonica, ukulele, piano, mandolin;

  • Playing games (bridge, MahJong, chess;

  • Improving business and workplace skills;

  • “Spring Wildflowers,” “Therapy Walks,” “Nature Walk” and “Name That Tree.”

To participate, visit www.princetonadultschool.org to register for classes. For assistance, call the office at 609-683-1101.




“Performing Healing: Rituals & Repetition,” an exhibition by Diana Chen, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts, will be viewable online at 185nassau.art through May.

The Princeton University senior will exhibit new work exploring the therapeutic role of rituals and repetition during times of crisis and change. Using found objects, personal items and other memorabilia, the work depicts healing as an alchemical performance in which we re-live, re-tell and re-enact through simple repetitions of movement. Drawing inspiration from Buddhism, Jungian psychology and creation myths, the work seeks to re-trace the symbolic journey from distress and fragmentation to healing and wholeness.

Free and available to the public.

For more information, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/healing-narratives-senior-thesis-exhibition-diana-chen/


Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance, will be viewable online through May.

The virtual edition of the annual Princeton Dance Festival recorded in December features diverse, professional choreographers bringing their aesthetics to the question of dance in the COVID era working with Princeton dance students.

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

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

Free and available to the public.

Video content is closed captioned.

To view the recordings, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/academics/dance/past-events/2020-21/princeton-dance-festival-reimagined-2020/




“All Her Power: 50th Anniversary of Princeton Undergraduate Coeducation Theater Project,” presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater, will be held virtually online through May.

The first undergraduate co-ed class arrived at Princeton University in the fall of 1969. In celebration of this milestone in 2019, the Program in Theater facilitated journalistic research by three generations of Princeton women – current students, professional artist alumnae, and the first generation of graduating women – to culminate in a theatrical event exploring the experiences of women at the University. Students were paired with professional artist alumnae to research and create new, short performances about women who graduated from Princeton in the first few years of co-education at Princeton.

The process, led by Program in Theater Director Jane Cox and Lecturer in Theater and Princeton alumna Suzanne Agins ’97 working with student-alumnae pairs, culminates in this filmed archive of the work in collaboration with theater and visual arts alumna Milan Eldridge ’20.

Free and available to the public.

The film is closed captioned.

To view the film on demand and read more about the project, visit allherpower.princeton.edu



“These are Books, These are Posters,” will be presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University.

The online virtual exhibition of poster designs and artists’ books by the seniors and juniors in the Program in Visual Arts, organized by faculty member Pam Lins, is viewable at 185nassau.art through May.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/vis-book-poster-show-sp-21/


“Natural and Conventional Signs,” an online exhibition tour by Ryan Gander, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts, will be available on-demand, online, at arts.princeton.edu/gander through May.

U.K. artist Ryan Gander presents a selection of new works directly guided by his research at Princeton University undertaken during his time as a Hodder Fellow (2019-20) and made during a period of reflection while the world paused amid a global pandemic.

Gander invites the audience into his studio/gallery, Solid Haus in rural Suffolk, east of London, for a recorded guided tour and conversation with Princeton faculty member David Reinfurt.

Free and open to the public.

The recorded tour is closed captioned.

To view the video tour, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/natural-and-conventional-signs-exhibition-tour-by-ryan-gander/




Saturday, May 1

Bordentown Township will hold a shred day from 9 a.m. to noon May 1  at the Public Works Garage, 266 Crosswicks Road.


Grab Your Monet and Let’s Gogh! Virtual Art Auction will be held on May 1 by Villa Victoria Academy and Marlin Art.

The night of virtual fun begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails, followed by the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.villavictoria.org



The Princeton University Art Museum’s 2021 gala, A Global Gathering, will be held at 7 p.m. May 1.

Celebrate the transformative power of great art with a live online presentation.

The annual gala is the museum’s sole fundraising event of the year. Proceeds support the wide range of education, engagement and scholarly programs that the museum offers free of charge each year.

For tickets and more information, visit https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/support/gala-2021-0


Thursday, May 6

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will partner with the Somerset County Youth Services Commission for a virtual program geared towards students in grades 6-12 and their caregivers, on May 6 at 5 p.m.

During the virtual presentation, attendees will explore the eight keys areas of wellness in life: emotional, physical, social, financial, spiritual, occupational, environmental, and intellectual; their significance; and how to enhance the areas that need improvement.

For more information, or to register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4718547.


A Keating Lecture on the Academic Museum and the Journey Toward Equity will be presented by the Princeton University Art Museum at 5:30 p.m. May 6.

During this year’s Friends Annual Keating Lecture, Johnnetta Cole, the former president of Spelman College and Bennett College, the former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Princeton University, will offer a call to action for the academic museum in America.

Hosted by Museum Director James Steward.

There is no cost to attend.

Register at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-05/keating-lecture-academic-museum-and-journey-toward-equity


Through May 10

Eligible adult students and graduates with the potential to succeed in college can apply for the 2021 NJALL Scholarships.

NJALL will award two scholarships on June 18 to two adults who earned a high school diploma by attending a New Jersey adult education program to prepare for a High School Equivalency Test or Adult High School and have been accepted to/or are attending college.

The Scholarship NOW provides up to $1,000 per semester for full-time enrollment, (pro-rated for part-time) to a maximum of $8,000 for higher education.


To qualify, an applicant must be a resident of New Jersey. Scholarship applications are open to anyone regardless of gender, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation or disabling condition.


The 2021 application with eligibility information is available at https://files.constantcontact.com/2333e3fb001/c398a7eb-91b8-4dfa-9f55-18a3a701099f.pdf



All applications must be submitted, including all required documents, postmarked no later than May 10.


Through Saturday, May 14

The West Windsor Arts Council Member Show: Floral Persuasion will take place through May 14.

The exhibition is on view at westwindsorarts.org and the gallery by appointment.

Jurors Thomas Kelly and Megan Uhaze are commissioners from Hamilton Township Cultural and Performing Arts Advisory Commission.

The exhibition was an open call to WWAC members and featured prize winners, chosen by the jurors.

Exhibiting artists include Zakia Ahmed, Sherri L Andrews, Clara S Beym, Tom Chiola, Connie Cruser, Jayme Fahrer, Janet Felton, Michael F. Graham, Jeanette Gaston Hooban, Joy Kreves, Lori Langsner, Sonya Legg, Eleni Litt, Concetta A. Maglione, Hetal Mistry, Abelardo Montano, Tatiana Oles, William Plank, Maia Reim, Martin Schwartz DDS, Christine Seo, Deirdre Sheean, Margaret Simpson, Sally Stang, Zina Umyn and Janet Waronker.



Saturday, May 15 – Monday, May 23

The Nassau Film Festival (NFF) screens short films and music videos (30 seconds to 20 minutes) in the categories of fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction, horror, music videos, trailers, and episodic. 

It will be held virtually this year from May 15-23, instead of at the Princeton Garden Theater.

Best of Festival Awards are given in each of the categories and attendees have a chance to network with actors, actresses, directors, writers, producers and directors of photography at a special festival event. Audience members will also have the opportunity to participate virtually in question and answer panel discussions with filmmakers whose films are selected to screen at the festival.  

Over the years, NFF has earmarked funds donated from patrons and sponsors each year to assist various non-profit organizations. Buy a festival pass or make a donation to Feeding America’s Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which has a COVID-19 Response Fund that is helping to ensure local food banks can feed those in need right now, including children who rely on school meals to eat.

For more information, visit nassaufilmfestival.org


Through June 1

The Hillsborough Dukes has opened registration for the 54th consecutive year for the 2021 Fall Football and Cheer Season.

Lady Dukes flag cheer is a free learn-to-love-cheer program for ages 5-7.

The Dukes tackle and flag football programs officially begin Aug. 2. Registration is free for both programs.

Cheerleaders who register early will receive a free Dukes fleece blanket while supplies last. There will also be a free football accessory for all players registered by June 1.

Free summer workouts will be offered to all.

For more information, visit www.hillsboroughdukes.com


Saturday, June 5

The Mercer County Improvement Authority will hold a household hazardous waste collection and electronics recycling event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5, rain or shine, at the John T. Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence Township.

Accepted materials include aerosol cans, used motor oil, propane gas tanks, pesticides and herbicides, car batteries, paint thinner, oil-based paint, stains and varnishes, gasoline, anti-freeze, driveway sealant, insect repellents, mercury, and fluorescent and CFL bulbs.

Accepted electronics include computers, printers, copies, fax machines, stereos, televisions and microwaves.

Prohibited items include latex paint, heating oil, infectious waste, radioactive materials, explosives or munitions, railroad ties, asbestos, tires, wood, fencing, air conditioners, helium or oxygen tanks, humidifiers or dehumidifiers, batteries and any unknowns.

No registration is required, just proof of Mercer County residency.

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


Saturday, Sept. 11

The Mercer County Improvement Authority will hold a household hazardous waste collection and electronics recycling event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11, rain or shine, at the John T. Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence Township.

Accepted materials include aerosol cans, used motor oil, propane gas tanks, pesticides and herbicides, car batteries, paint thinner, oil-based paint, stains and varnishes, gasoline, anti-freeze, driveway sealant, insect repellents, mercury, and fluorescent and CFL bulbs.

Accepted electronics include computers, printers, copies, fax machines, stereos, televisions and microwaves.

Prohibited items include latex paint, heating oil, infectious waste, radioactive materials, explosives or munitions, railroad ties, asbestos, tires, wood, fencing, air conditioners, helium or oxygen tanks, humidifiers or dehumidifiers, batteries and any unknowns.

No registration is required, just proof of Mercer County residency.

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


Continuing events

The Princeton Public Library is increasing the number of mobile hotspots available to borrow starting March 19, and will also begin lending Chromebooks that day. Kits containing both devices may also be borrowed.

The additional devices are part of an ongoing effort to expand internet access to cardholders who do not have connectivity at home, a service that became vital to the community when the library building closed at the start of the pandemic last March.

There will be five hotspots, 10 Chromebooks and 10 kits available to borrow.

The library began circulating six mobile hotspots last summer and also extended the reach of its free high-speed WiFi to cover all of Hinds Plaza.

Library cardholders may borrow a mobile hotspot or Chromebook for two weeks. The hotspots can support up to 15 simultaneous connections with unlimited 4G LTE service. Cardholders will be able to request a mobile hotspot, Chromebook or kit through the online catalog, by phone or in person.

Cardholders will be required to sign a lending and internet-use policy agreement prior to checking out a device. A parent or guardian must sign the agreements for cardholders under the age of 18.

Additional details about borrowing devices at Princeton Public Library can be found at princetonlibrary.org 





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.

For musicians in grades 3-12, there are a variety of classes for all levels. Learn how to relax and strengthen muscles while focusing on the slow, deep breathing used in singing with Yoga for Singers. In Musical Theater Fun, young artists will engage in activities focused on singing techniques, character development, acting skills and dance/choreography in preparation for a final showcase performance. In the Ukulele group class, students will build their musicianship while learning to play traditional songs on one the most delightful instruments.

Adults will also find opportunities for musical growth with WMA. In Group Ukelele for Adults, learn basic chords and strumming techniques.

WMA also looks forward to hosting a Comedy Improv Workshop this term. This highly interactive, one-day class is open to anyone of any experience level.

Find more information on WMA’s music education programs, register for a class, or learn more about WMA’s flagship choir programs at WestrickMusic.org/education.


McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton offers classes for students from Kindergarten to adult age, including Creative Drama, Story Jams, Playmakers, Dramatopia, and Improv and Sketch Comedy.

For more information, visit www.mccarter.org/onlineclasses




Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email marcia.glatman@scorevolunteer.org



French American School Princeton (FASP) is accepting enrollment.

At FASP, students in preschool (3 years old) through grade 8 benefit from a rigorous bilingual curriculum accredited by the Middle State Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools and the French Ministry of Education; personalized attention thanks to small class sizes; and a multicultural community with more than 30 nationalities represented.

FAPS is located at 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton.

Visit ecoleprinceton.org, call 609-430-3001 or email admissions@ecoleprinceton.org.


McCarter Theatre Center presents Fireside Chats to “spark” conversation in the community.

Filmed on the front lawn of the Princeton theater, student activities, Pulitzer Prize-winners, local business owners and others are interviewed by Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen.

To catch up on past episodes or to subscribe to the free YouTube channel, and to be notified when new episodes become available, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI3dS2j-mQA&list=PLqL4nAGyr4JT6UYYM99VHLHlmB2wXqSrF




Cranbury residents age 55 and older can exercise via Zoom.

Classes meet on both Mondays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. with instructors Helen and Robin. Zoom opens at about 9:45 a.m. so that members can talk with the instructor and other participants before class.

On the Township of Cranbury website there is a tutorial on how to use Zoom, prepared by the Cranbury Library.

To join, contact Connie Bauder, who will forward three registration forms to complete and return before being sent the invitation to join class.

There is no charge to participate.

Request and send completed registration forms to Bauder at fiddleheadfarms@comcast.net

The Township of Hillsborough is working with Town Planner to produce a 250th anniversary edition of the color printed 2021 calendar, which will be mailed out to every residence in Hillsborough.

This year, the twist is historic pictures to commemorate Hillsborough’s 250-year history. Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration can email their high resolution image to pborek@hillsborough-nj.org. There is no guarantee any photo will be used.

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

The printing of the calendar is funded through the various advertisements contained within the calendar. Contact Jim O’Dowd at 973-650-2736 or jimodowd@townplanner.com for more information regarding advertising.


Westrick Music Academy (WMA), home of Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir, is currently enrolling students of all ages in a variety of music education classes, exploring new and engaging ways to build and strengthen musicianship skills.
Young singers in grades 1-2 looking to develop their singing voice and music skills are invited to join Poco Voce. This non-performing music class explores the young singer’s voice. During each lesson, children will focus on tone development and fundamental musical skills, through fun and engaging games and activities.
For musicians in grades 3-12, there are a variety of classes for all levels. Improve piano skills, explore how four chords make up the majority of popular music, or add color to a vocal performance with improv – all from the comfort and safety of your home.
In a group setting, students enjoy social interaction and regular informal performance opportunities as their skills grow. Or take an individual voice lesson to grow singing and performance skills.
Adults will also find opportunities for musical growth with WMA, exploring the piano as more than a solo art form.
For more information on WMA’s music education programs, to register for a class, or to learn more about WMA’s flagship choir programs, visit WestrickMusic.org/education.



Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey seeks compassionate volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families.

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. They read to the patient, reminisce about their lives, play cards, help with letter writing and provide respite for caregivers.

Visits can be virtual, and are either during the day or early evening.

Volunteers may also assist with administrative work within the hospice office.

Patient care volunteers complete an application and attend a virtual volunteer training program that covers the role of a hospice volunteer. Day and evening virtual training programs are offered.

To sign up for the next virtual training class, contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email deborah@dovehs.com.

Hillsborough Parks & Recreation is offering an Independent Study Center designed for families looking for an appropriate setting for their children where they can work independently on their remote learning assignments and participate independently in their remote classrooms, while being supervised by a combination of recreation staff, college students and substitute teachers.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete their work, though if students seek assistance, staff will give a helping hand.
Toward the middle part of the afternoon when students begin completing their work, such activities will be provided for the students like board games, movies, internet time and outdoor activities, weather-permitting.
Students in grades 2-8 can join from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the municipal complex, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.

The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.

To sign up as a donor, visit www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.


Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes communication, public speaking and leadership.
The Toastmasters Club in Hillsborough holds virtual meetings on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning at 7:15 p.m.
To attend, email president-1689@toastmastersclubs.org
For more information on Toastmasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org/



Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study Meeting. CoDA is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Meetings are held every Friday evenings. The 24 Club, The 1860 House, 2nd floor, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman. For more information, email fridayeveningcoda@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Fellowship Bible Church building, 109 New Amwell Road. The group says it meets to “laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood.” Sponsored by Crossroads Community Church, it hears speakers, has a craft or project and lots of conversation and refreshment. Child care is provided. For information, see www.crossroadsnj.org/MOPS. Registration fee is required.

Divorce support group: A nondenominational support group to help separated and divorced people to a new beginning. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Route 206 at Homestead Road. Call 908-295-6740.

Swim lessons at HRC: The Swim Academy at HRC, located at 30 Brower Lane, Hillsborough, is offering swim lessons for all ages and levels. Call HRC Fitness at 908-359-3600 to register or visit www.hrcfitness.com for class schedules.

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