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Common calendar, Packet papers, April 2

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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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The Arts Council of Princeton is accepting proposals through June 12 for gallery exhibitions for the 2022 season.

The Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center serves as a resource for contemporary art in central New Jersey. Through thought-provoking exhibitions and related public programs, the Arts Council presents artwork with a broad range of aesthetic, social, cultural and political themes.

To celebrate art’s power to lift out of darkness, the ACP’s gallery committee will place an emphasis on exhibition proposals that reflect a sense of optimism. Artists are encouraged to embrace the theme in any medium, literally or figuratively, through a realistic or abstract lens.

Interested artists should submit their proposal to artscouncilofprinceton.org/artists. 

 

 

 

The Mercer County Park Commission is accepting reservations for the five county-owned picnic areas for the 2021 season.

The West and East Picnic Areas in Mercer County Park, Rosedale Picnic Area in Mercer Meadows, Princeton Country Club Picnic Area in West Windsor and Valley Road Picnic Area in Hopewell Township are open to in-county and out-of-county residents.

Users will only be able to make their reservations online; the Park Commission will not permit walk-ups or any in-person reservations.

Available dates for the picnic season will begin Saturday, April 17, and run through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Due to the popularity of the picnic grounds, the Park Commission highly recommends creating a Community Pass account before the opening date if a user does not have one already. For returning users, the Park Commission suggests revisiting your account and ensuring credentials are accurate.

Reservations will be made automatically on a first-come, first-served basis. Weekend dates are among the most popular; no date is guaranteed.

For a link to the online Community Pass reservation system, visit http://mercercountyparks.org/#!/facilities/picnic-areas/. Interested parties should have either a MasterCard or Visa card ready to make a reservation.

For more information, call the Recreation and Events Center at 609-443-8560 or visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

April to June

Somerset Valley Players, a nonprofit community theater in Hillsborough, has developed a virtual mini season of three consecutive shows.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde streams April 16 and 24 and May 2.

“The Radio Play Disaster” by Don Zolidis streams May 14, 22 and 23.

“Four Weddings and an Elvis” by Nancy Frick streams June 4, 5, 12, and 13.

Tickets for each show will be $12 per device, available at www.svptheatre.org

The SVP Spring Season of Comedy sponsor is Edgestone Realty’s Gilbert Gray, who has also appeared on the SVP stage.

 

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.

 

Friday, April 2

A reading of “A Game of Inheritance,” a new play by Vydhourie Thiyageswaran, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University, will be held at 7 p.m. April 2 via Zoom.

The story follows Mindy, a human rights lawyer, dealing with some of the struggles of race, law, class, post-colonial politics and yoga in a fictional nation, Kilini.

A discussion on the play will follow the reading.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/reading-of-a-game-of-inheritance-new-play-by-vydhourie-r-t-thiyageswaran/

 

Friday, April 2 & Saturday, April 3

Monstersongs transports audiences into a synthesized world of graphic novels, rock musicals, live performance and new technology. Following the journey of a child who opens a portal into the psyches of often misunderstood creatures, Monstersongs flips the switch on the monster narrative, inviting audiences to explore the humanity that binds us all.

To view the Rider University musical theater performance online, visit www.rider.edu/about/events/monstersongs

Showings are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 2; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 3.

Friday, April 2 – Sunday, April 25

The Trenton Film Society is offering screenings of the Oscar-nominated short films of 2021 in the categories of live-action, animated and documentary.

Buy tickets at http://trentonfilmsociety.org/ from April 2-25.

Tickets are $12 for each program, or $30 for a discounted bundle of all three. Half the proceeds will go to the distributor, and half to support the Trenton Film Society.

Once you begin streaming, you will have 72 hours to finish watching.

A ballot for marking choices for the Oscar can be found on the website. Correct guesses for winners in each category will be entered into a drawing for an all-access pass to the Trenton Film Festival, happening virtually later this spring.

 

 

 

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.

Step inside a working henhouse where the farm’s Barred Rock chickens are busy laying and help a farmer make their feed; then reach into a nest box and take out an egg.

Visitors to Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Titusville section of Hopewell Township, will learn candling and grading, and visit the farmhouse kitchen to learn a recipe to bring home with their egg at 10 a.m. April 30.

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

For more information, visit howellfarm.org

 

 

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.

Adventures in Costume Research is a slide and video presentation of images from films, plays, musicals, operas, modern dances and ballets throughout Mitchell Bloom’s career in costume design.

The virtual talk at 7 p.m. April 5 also includes backstage stories and anecdotes about many well known performers, directors and designers.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and the Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Registration with an email is required in order to receive the link via GoToMeeting.

To register, email hopeprogs@mcl.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Patricia L. Moore, communication strategist for NASA’s Artemis program, will discuss NASA’s plans for our return to the moon during a virtual discussion at 7 p.m. April 6, courtesy of a program presented by the Mercer County Library System, Lawrence headquarters branch.

Listen to the presentation, then ask questions about living and working in space, NASA careers, astronaut training, science on the space station, solar system robotic exploration, or anything you want to know about space.

Registration with an email is required in order to receive the link via GoToMeeting.

To register, email  hopeprogs@mcl.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.

 

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office will hold a town hall meeting on use of force as part of the 21 County 21st Century Community Policing Project.

Middlesex Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, in partnership with the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police and the NAACP, will discuss the recently issued and revised Attorney General’s directive regarding the use of force from 6-7 p.m. April 8.

To join the webinar, visit https://bcove.video/3vOe3gj

Questions may be submitted in advance to useofforce2021@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

A free video premiere of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” performed by Princeton Symphony Orchestra in Princeton’s Palmer Square, will be offered virtually at 5 p.m. April 7.

Rossen Milanov conducts.

Free access is available via the orchestra’s YouTube channel and princetonsymphony.org 

 

A reading by Franny Choi and seniors from the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creating Writing at Princeton University will be held at 6 p.m. April 7 via Zoom.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/c-k-williams-reading-by-franny-choi/

 

 

 

 

 

To commemorate World Health Day, Club Pilates Princeton will hold a 50-minute outdoor mat Pilates class on the greenspace at MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, Suite 420, Princeton, beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 7.

Open to all skill levels.

The class is free.

Those interested in attending can RSVP by emailing Princeton@clubpilates.com with name, number and email.

Attendees should bring their own mats, towel and water, and are advised to wear their mask until they are in their spot and then may remove it for the workout as individuals will be spaces 12 feet apart.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 7 to Thursday, April 29

The Princeton Festival will stream online readings by nine distinguished poets from the U.S. and around the world during April as a tribute to National Poetry Month.

The poems, written on the topic of “Love and Loss,” will be read in their original languages with English subtitles, accompanied by imagery from the poets’ native countries.

Each poet will read one piece, approximately two minutes long. The readings will premiere via the festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/princetonfest/ and its Instagram @princetonfest and YouTube accounts on the following dates:

  • April 7: Lucilla Trapazzo (Italy/Switzerland)
  • April 9: Đặng Thân (Vietnam)
  • April 12: Sabrina De Canio (Italy)
  • April 16: Peihang “Marshall” Li (China)
  • April 19: Mariela Cordero (Venezuela)
  • April 21: Mari Kashiwagi (Japan)
  • April 23: Vladimir Baboshin (Russia)
  • April 27: Iskra Peneva (Serbia)
  • April 29: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (USA)

Readings can be accessed through the festival website, and will remain available until June 30.

Links to the readings will also be available at www.princetonlibrary.org

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Free.

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

 

Copper River Salon in Princeton will hold a grand reopening celebration at 1 p.m. April 8.

Barbara Weigand, owner, spent 19 years as a stylist in town, then 10 more years owning her own salon on Moore Street in Princeton.

The organic farmer has won awards for her sustainable practices, such as recycling beauty products in partnership with Terracycle, water and paper conservation, etc.

Weigand, along with Princeton Mayor Mark Freda, will cut a ceremonial ribbon on April 8 at 51 N. Tulane St., Princeton, just steps away from Kopp’s Cycle and the Spring Street Parking Garage.

For more information, contact Weigand at 609-921-2176.

 

 

A virtual poetry circle, featuring a poetry reading and open mic, will be held at 7 p.m. April 8.

The group will perform four connected 10-minute plays presented as readers’ theater. Join as a player or audience member.

Registration with an email is required in order to receive the link via GoToMeeting.

To register, email hopeprogs@mcl.org

There are 12 spaces available.

Sponsored by the Mercer County Library, Lawrence headquartes rbanch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursdays, beginning April 8

McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton will hold a workshop on how to become a more effective leader using the transformative power of storytelling.

“Telling Your Story” will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning April 8.

To register, visit https://tickets.mccarter.org

 

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.

 

 

“The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh will be presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University at 8 p.m. April 9 and 10, streaming online.

“The Chinese Lady” tells the story of 14-year-old Afong Moy as she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” For the next half-century, she performs for curious White people, showing them how she eats, what she wears, and the highlight of the event: how she walks with bound feet.

Live talkbacks with playwright Lloyd Suh and Professors Anne Cheng and Beth Lew-Williams will be held on April 8 at 2 p.m., and with the show team on April 9 at 9:45 p.m. Recordings of the talkbacks will be available on-demand through April 11.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, to view, and talkback Zoom registration links, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/the-chinese-lady-by-lloyd-suh/2021-04-09/

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Expert beekeeper Bob Hughes will open the beehives to check the health of the residents and see how each colony fared through the winter at 10 a.m. April 10 at Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Hughes will introduce apiary visitors to a queen, drones and worker bees before giving a 45-minute presentation, “Life in a Bee Colony.”

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

For more information, visit howellfarm.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Monday, April 12 & Wednesday, April 14

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

Dramatopia will be held for students in grades 6-8 from 4:45-6:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting April 12.

Play theater and improv games to develop new characters and original scenes.

Story James will be held for students in kindergarten through second grade from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting April 14.

Explore the worlds of children’s books and step into the shoes of the characters.

For more information or to register, visit www.mccarter.org/onlineclasses

 

 

Tuesday, April 13

In Conversation is a curated series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art.

Maria de Los Angeles, curator and artist featured in the Arts Council of Princeton’s current exhibition “A Voice to Be Heard,” will join Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence program, for a virtual conversation from 7-8:30 p.m. April 13.

De Los Angeles is a New York-based artist who was born in Mexico and immigrated to Santa Rosa, California, in 2000 with her family. Her work is inspired by both personal experience and the larger political conversations surrounding migration.

Her work is currently on view in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery, 102 Witherspoon St., through May 8.

For more information, visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

 

 

 

 

Tuesdays, beginning April 13

McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton will present a workshop series on improv and sketch comedy from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning April 13.

To register, visit https://tickets.mccarter.org

 

Wednesday, April 14

The West Windsor Arts Council and Princeton University Art Museum will come together at 1 p.m. April 14 for an online series showcasing some of the museum’s collections.

This session on the cultures of MesoAmerica will be led by Sandy Kurinsky. She became a docent after retiring from a 25 year career in business. In a prior life, she was a preschool teacher.

The docent program at Princeton University Art Museum involves an intensive training program, consisting of lectures, gallery sessions, research, and presentations to fellow trainees and other docents. Docents then continue their education throughout their years of service by attending docent meetings, participating in study groups, attending gallery talks, and taking trips with fellow docents to other regional museums.

For the registration link, visit http://westwindsorarts.org

 

 

 

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

 

Have you ever had trouble navigating a cemetery to the graveside of a loved one? Or were just curious about who was buried where in a cemetery jam-packed with old gravestones?  Jim Lee and Alexis Alemy of Hunter Research will demonstrate cutting edge methods currently being used to document and map historic burial grounds drawing on studies of a series of abandoned Methodist cemeteries across New Jersey in a virtual presentation at 7 p.m. April 15.

This same methodology has been applied to documenting graves in the well maintained Pennington African Cemetery. They will present the preferred techniques for surveying, recording and photographing grave markers on the ground and explain the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (aka UAVs or drones) and geographic information system (GIS) technology to organize and process cemetery data into an interactive mapping format that can guide you to the grave of your choosing at your desktop or on your mobile phone.

Presented in cooperation with the Pennington Public Library.

Registration required at www.penningtonlibrary.org/wholieswhere/

 

A reading by poet Richard Blanco, presented by the Program in American Studies and cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, will be held at 6 p.m. April 15 via Zoom.

Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in United States history and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in that role.

Free and open to the public; advance registration required.

For more information and the Zoom registration link, visit https://ams.princeton.edu/events/cmd-colloquium-richard-blanco

The Central NJ Women in Development (WID) hosts monthly roundtables for nonprofit professionals online.

A panel discussion on “Nonprofit Tech Hacks to Increase Fundraising” will be held at noon on April 15 via Zoom.

The webinar is free for WID members, or $15 for non-members.

Register at https://widmercer.org/events

 

 

 

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.

 

The annual TrashedArt Contest encourages artists to upcycle materials destined for the landfill into art.

The Mercer County Library System is seeking entries for the virtual contest, which is open to students in grades 7-12 and adults living or working in Mercer County.

Certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in both the student and adult categories.

Those wishing to participate must submit at least one photo and a completed contest entry form to lawprogs@mcl.org by April 16.

Public voting will be held from April 26-30.

For more information, visit www.mcl.org

 

 

 

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

A lecture on “Irish Archaeology Now,” presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies, will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 16 via Zoom.

Alan Hayden of University College, Dublin, Ireland, will discuss his recent archaeological projects.

Free and open to the public; no registration required.

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

Friday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 20

Harlingen Church in Montgomery Township will present two free webinars about living wills at 2 p.m. April 16 and at 7 p.m. April 20.

The program will begin with a short video from Five Wishes.

Pastor Chris Heitkamp from Harlingen Church will briefly speak about opening the lines of communication with loved ones regarding funeral planning.

There will be a Q&A after.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16.

For more information or to register, visit www.harlingenchurch.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Free.

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

 

Farmers in the field at Howell Living History Warm, 70 Woodens Lane, Titusville section of Hopewell Township, will be using horses to plow and harrow the ground to prepare it for planting corn at 10 a.m. April 17.

There will be opportunities for visitors to step into the furrow and try out the plow—something that could come in handy for those attending the farm’s fall plowing match, when visitors of all ages and abilities can win ribbons and prizes for turning good furrows.

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

For more information, visit howellfarm.org

 

In a one-day workshop from the Arts Council of Princeton and NachNation, teaching artist Mickey Waring will introduce students to the technique of “Pochoir Printmaking,” a method of off-the-press printmaking using stencils.

Using a selection of handmade and purchased stencils, participants will create a series of original pochoir prints.

Bring watercolor paper, a watercolor set and brush to this workshop, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. April 17.

This in-person workshop will be taught at the Arts Council, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton, using social distancing measures. Masks are required.

Registration is required at http://bit.ly/3ohgS4o

 

Sunday, April 18

The Art of Deception, a duck decoy workshop with master carver Jode Hillman, will be held at 10 a.m. April 18 at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.


This one-day, outdoor, intensive class will focus on the history, application and usage of traditional hunting decoys produced in western New Jersey.

Students will discover the techniques and theory of carving and creating a three dimensional black duck silhouette decoy. The completed decoy will be suitable for hunting use or decorative display.

Class is on site, outdoors, masked and socially distanced. Class size limited to eight people. Dress for the outdoors and weather.

All supplies and materials provided.

Lunch included from Brick Farm Market; selections to be made in week before.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-deception-duck-decoy-workshop-with-master-carver-jode-hillman-tickets-138520485501

 

Sunday, April 18 to Saturday, April 24

West Windsor Arts Honors Volunteers

National Volunteer Week April 18 – 24, 2021

When West Windsor Arts’ staff reviewed the list of volunteers for the past year of shutdowns and pivots, they didn’t expect to come up with 127 names. This number represents individuals willing to give their time and energy by stepping up to meet the challenges of our times through the arts. It took some innovative ideas to keep volunteers engaged through projects like the Art Against Racism community art installation, sewing facemasks to donate to frontline workers, creating online galleries and receptions, and sending joy and encouragement by decorating Art Kit bags for classes and camps. In addition, the Board of Trustees and other committee members including the External Affairs Committee, Internal Affairs Committee, Governance, and the Exhibition Committee went above and beyond in contributing time and expertise on such projects as virtual gala planning, grant and loan applications, and other fundraising drives.  All of this enabled West Windsor Arts to do a quick pivot from in-person to online everything, keeping programming relevant during an uncertain time.

 

As part of National Volunteer Week, West Windsor Arts is honoring three very dedicated individuals whose service this past year was extraordinary, awarding them the Volunteers of the Year award.  Barbara Weinfield of West Windsor and Doreen Garelick of Princeton Junction are recognized for their steadfastness in a difficult time, and their keen perception of the needs of the community.  High school student Samhita Ghosh is recognized for the range of services she provided, taking on any and all special projects we had to offer.

 

Barbara Weinfield first got involved as a student, studying oil painting with Zakia Ahmed where she found inspiration not only from her teacher and fellow students, but from the gallery outside the classroom. After class, they would often view and discuss the paintings on display, and she began wondering how art exhibits are developed and curated. The rest is history; Barbara soon joined the Exhibition Committee and has been learning about these things, plus so much more. Her involvement has encompassed everything from data entry of exhibition pieces, to prospectus writing, to coming up with thematic concepts for exhibitions. There have been unforeseen tasks as well. In 2020, like every other arts organization, the Exhibition Committee had to develop innovative ways of sharing art with the community. This challenge ushered in, among other things, the birth of the Virtual Opening Reception. For Barbara, the joy of working with West Windsor Arts has included meeting friendly, receptive, and talented people who have welcomed her to join in helping the organization, and taught her so much. Barbara shares that she is forever grateful, and looks forward to the future.

When the doors of the West Windsor Arts Center opened in 2010, Doreen Garelick and her daughter, who was then fifteen, were among its new volunteers. Their first project was setting up 100 folding chairs for a live performance in the gallery space. Four years later, Doreen was elected to the Board of Trustees and since then has served as a member of its Governance Committee, as well as the Board Secretary for all but one of the past seven years. The highlights of her work at West Windsor Arts include writing policies that guide the non-profit as it fulfills its mission and grant applications that fund important organizational growth projects. Doreen was also one of the founders of the mARTian Project, which is a creative placemaking initiative that combines public art with West Windsor’s unique local history. When asked what motivates her support for West Windsor Arts, Doreen replied, “having a thriving arts center builds stronger community identity, develops connections among a broad group of neighbors, and encourages individual creativity. It’s generated countless uplifting and rewarding experiences for our students and patrons!”

 

Samhita Ghosh, a junior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, has been volunteering as part of West Windsor Arts’ Special Events Crew since July of 2019. She has helped out with a variety of events and activities like decorating art kits, the Art Against Racism project, and art show receptions. Samhita’s most memorable volunteer activity was the WWArts Mask Donation project, as it provided a way to directly help out affected communities during the pandemic. Samhita appreciates all that she’s learned from working with the organization. About her experience, Samhita says, “It has not only provided valuable interpersonal skills but also so many opportunities to connect art and service. Before working with the West Windsor Arts Council, I didn’t think it was possible to use art to help the community, but now I know that’s not true, and I’m grateful to be a part of this experience.”

 

West Windsor Arts sends a sincere thank you to Barbara Weinfield, Doreen Garelick, Samhita Ghosh, and all volunteers for sharing their time and talents. All members of the community are welcome to join this vital team. For more information, visit www.westwindsorarts.org/volunteer.

 

About West Windsor Arts: West Windsor Arts’ mission is to provide high quality cultural programming that brings people together and transforms the world around us by inspiring, educating and promoting the arts and art appreciation for our diverse community. For information, please visit www.westwindsorarts.org. Office and gallery hours by appointment. Call 609.716.1931 or write info@westwindsorarts.org.

 

 

 

 

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

 

April 20, 21, 22 and 24

Join the stewardship team in a spring planting at Rosedale Park, 424 Federal City Road, Pennington, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. April 20, 21, 22 and 24, with a focus on beautifying areas next to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail extension.

The goal will be to install over 1,500 native trees and shrubs this spring.

The large planting project is a yearlong effort that involves planting, fence installation and invasive species management. This effort will make Rosedale Lake, the Stony Brook and Rosedale Park an even better place to recreate and enjoy nature.

To register, visit www.mercercounty.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/

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will present the ArtConnect Forum from 7-8 p.m. April 20 via Zoom.

Speakers Catherine Fulmer-Hogan and Barry Hantman will present, followed by a Q&A session.

Admission donation requested; free for members.

For details and to register, visit www.hvartscouncil.org/artconnect-forum

The Youth Orchestra of Central NJ’s (YOCJ) theme for Spring 2021 is “Back to Performing!”

Eight master classes, with up to six students per room, will perform live via Zoom at 7 p.m. April 20 for each instrumental grouping.

All YOCJ students should plan on attending these free online events. Invite families, friends, private and public music teachers as well.

For more information, visit yocj.org

 

A Spring 2021 Student Reading, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, will be held at 5 p.m. April 20 via Zoom.

Selected students from spring courses in Creative Writing will read from their recent work in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting and literary translation.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/spring-2021-student-reading/

 

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.

Free.

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.

 

 

Visitors of all ages can join workhorses Bill and Jesse to help plant a field of potatoes that will yield over 2,000 pounds of food for local soup kitchens at 10 a.m. April 24 at Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

While farmers drive the horses and steer the plow to open up the rows, helpers will follow behind with baskets of seeds and place them in the furrows.

Over the next four months the field will be weeded and hilled by interns and volunteers before visitors again help to harvest the crop in mid-August.

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

For more information, visit howellfarm.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Beginning Monday, April 26

The VIS Junior Show, presented by Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts, will be held beginning April 26 online at 185nassau.art

Juniors in the Program in Visual Arts exhibit recent work in an online environment designed by Megan Pai ’22 and Ryan Xia ’22, with production coordination by Eric Li ’18, and Professor Jeff Whetstone.

Free and open to the public.

Dates extend through May.

For more information, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/the-vis-junior-show-sp-21/2021-04-26/

 

Monday, April 26 to Friday, April 30

The annual TrashedArt Contest encourages artists to upcycle materials destined for the landfill into art.

Public voting will be held from April 26-30.

Certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in both the student and adult categories.

For more information, visit www.mcl.org

 

 

Monday, April 26

“A Passage in Relief,” presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater in collaboration with partner institutions, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m. April 26 online.

Princeton University’s Program in Theater partners with Fordham University, Purchase College and University of Massachusetts-Amherst to create a virtual theatrical response to Naomi Wallace’s play “One Flea Spare.” This play, about strangers quarantining together during London’s 17th Century Great Plague, provoked this wild artistic departure about social iniquities, abuses of power, classism, racism, fake science, and questions about who can afford to survive a plague and the boundaries of gender and the body.

The production, devised by the students and led by Princeton faculty member Elena Araoz, will be performed live.

Audiences will be invited to view and contribute to a living online chat board starting a week before the performances.

Free and open to public.

For more information and the access link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/a-passage-in-relief/

 

Tuesday, April 27

Princeton students will perform a concert of songs with music and lyrics written over the past semester as part of the spring Princeton Atelier course “How to Write a Song,” taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive, with a number of guest songwriters and music critics including a surprise visit to the class by Sir Paul McCartney.

Presented by Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier at 4:30 p.m. April 27.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom registration link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/how-to-write-a-song-concert-of-new-songs-sp-21/

 

Wednesday, April 28

Creative Writing Seniors Reading: Poetry, Translation and Screenwriting, will be presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at 4:30 p.m. April 28 viz Zoom.

Seniors in Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing read from the screenplays, collections of poems or translations written as their senior theses under mentorship of professional writers on the faculty.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/senior-readings-in-poetry-translation-screenwriting-sp-21/

 

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

 

The Mercer County Library, Lawrence headquarters branch, will offer a bird’s-eye view of many of the historic buildings and important sights adorning Princeton and the Princeton University campus during a virtual tour of the municipality at 1 p.m. April 29.

Presented by Eve Mandel, director of Programs and Visitor Services at the Historical Society of Princeton.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Branch.

Registration with an email is required in order to receive the link via GoToMeeting.

Email hopeprogs@mcl.org to register.

Creative Writing Seniors Reading: Fiction, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing, will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 29 via Zoom.

Seniors in Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing read from the novels or collections of short stories written as their senior theses under mentorship of professional writers on the faculty.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/senior-readings-fiction-sp-21/

Starting Thursday, April 29

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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, through April 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

 

Attitudes In Reverse (AIR) will hold its 13th annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest based on students’ creative ideas for communicating the importance of seeking help for mental health disorders.

AIR is a Princeton-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention.

Entries are due April 30. The entry form is available online.

All contestants will be recognized during the 10th Annual Miki & Friends Open AIR event, which will be held on May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at West Windsor Community Park. Prizes will be an iPad for first place and a $50 gift card for second place.

The designs inspired by the winning concepts will be printed on T-shirts that the contestants and all volunteers will receive and will also be available to event attendees who donate $50 or more.

The designs will also be featured on AIR’s website, www.air.ngo.

 

 

Friday, April 30

 

Spring Dance Festival – April, an evening of new original dance works by Princeton seniors, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance, will be held at 8 p.m. April 30 via Zoom.

Princeton Dance seniors Sophie Blue, Liam Lynch and Enver Ramadani present an evening of filmed new dance works.

The evening will be hosted by Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence and guest faculty member Miguel Gutierrez.

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

For more information and the Zoom registration link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/spring-dance-festival-sp-21/

 

 

 

 

 

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

Princeton Folk Dance will hold a virtual dance party at 7:30 p.m. April 30.

For the Zoom link, email pfnfd2@gmail.com

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/

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will hold its Mayday Bowl Project from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 on the terrace, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

Artists in the ACP Ceramic Studio have created hundreds of unique ceramic bowls, available for $30 each. All proceeds benefit the Arts Council, helping to close the financial gap created by COVID.

The first 100 buyers will receive a voucher for a free scoop of ice cream from the bent spoon.

Bowls are first-come, first-served as supplies last.

For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.

 

 

Meet New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate through a virtual program with the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) on May 1 from 2-3 p.m.

Her most recent publication is “The Book of Lost Friends” from earlier this spring; she will also talk about her best-selling true-crime novel, 2017’s “Before We Were Yours.”

A former journalist, she has written 33 novels and counting.

To see which titles the library system carries, visit catalog.sclsnj.org.

To connect with Wingate for the virtual program, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4598691.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Third Thursdays, through June 3

Sourland Mountain Happy Hours are offered via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month, from 6-7 p.m. 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 Sunday, May 9

HomeFront wants to collect 250,000 diapers and wipes by Mother’s Day on May 9 so it can land a spot in the Guinness World Records book while helping families who cannot afford to keep their babies in diapers.

HomeFront, which helps the homeless and the working poor, operates its own Diaper Resource Center in a blue warehouse building at its Family Preservation Campus in Ewing Township.

Diapers of all sizes are needed.

Diapers and wipes may be dropped off weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at HomeFront’s headquarters at 1880 Princeton Ave. in Lawrence Township. They may also be dropped off on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

Saturday, 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.

 

Wednesday, May 11

The Kitchen Twins, 17-year-old foodies Emily and Lyla, will discuss how to make an gnocchi dinner and dark chocolate pudding dessert in a workshop open to budding chefs of all ages from 7-8 p.m. May 11.

All proceeds benefit the Arts Council of Princeton’s free community programs.

Tickets include access to the webinar and recipe resource sheet.

Register at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

Friday, May 13

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will hold a virtual regional healthcare symposium, “Moving Forward: Life Beyond the Pandemic” from 9:30-11 a.m. May 13.

Keynote speaker will be Brian McDonough, MD, medical editor of KYW Newsradio 1060 and 1010 WINS.

To register, visit https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org/

 

 

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

 

Monday, May 17

The Cranbury Lions Club is offering three scholarships and two awards, all of which are available to students residing in Cranbury.

Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships and awards; and parents, school staff members, youth leaders and neighbors are encouraged to nominate any worthy student for the Stan Thomas Community Service Award. Two will be awarded.

Visit www.cranburylions.org/stuProgs.html for details and application forms.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than May 17 and mailed to Cranbury Lions Club, ATTN: Scholarship and Award Selection Committee, P.O. Box 365, Cranbury 08512.

 

Thursday, May 20

United Way of Greater Mercer County Board of Directors will host the “United in Impact Awards” to celebrate community champions.

The event will be held virtually from 5-6:15 p.m. May 20.

Honorees include Michael Van Wagner, vice president of Public Affairs at NJM Insurance Group & NJM Insurance Group – Live United Award; Frank J. Lucchesi, senior regional Public Affairs manager at PSE&G – Community Quarterback Award; and Diane Grillo, vice president of Health Promotions at Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton – Advocate Award.

The Eugene Marsh Community Impact Award will be given posthumously to former board member Eugene Marsh, and will be accepted by his wife, Elaine Walker Marsh.

“The United in Impact Awards celebrates those in our community that give their all to better Mercer County and beyond,” noted Michael Mancini, COO, Thomas Edison State University and UWGMC Board Finance Chair “The United Way of Greater Mercer County’s role in uniting people and organizations for a greater impact is a corner stone of our mission and is reflected in our partnerships and these awardees,” he continued.

Proceeds from the event will directly provide food, rental assistance, health insurance access, tax preparation services, financial coaching, and other resources to help individuals and families get ahead. There are over 55,000 families in Mercer County struggling to make ends meet.

Sponsors to date include NJM Insurance Group, PSE&G, Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton, Thomas Edison State University and Imbue Creative.

To register or for more information please go to www.uwgmc.org/unitedimpactawards.

 

Sunday, May 22

NAMI Mercer is holding a virtual walk, NAMIWalks Your Way, to support its mission of destigmatizing mental illness and providing support, education and advocacy for families and individuals affected by mental illness.

NAMI Mercer is a Hamilton-based local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The NAMIWalks Your Way event will take place on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s walk theme is Mental Health for All – and Always, which is a cause being championed by the national NAMI organization as well as hundreds of affiliate chapters across the country in both the spring and fall during walk events like this one.

To participate in NAMIWalks Your Way and learn more about NAMI Mercer, visit www.namiwalks.org/mercercounty.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Julia Dare at jdare@namimercer.org or 609-799-8994, ext. 13.

 

The 10th Annual Miki & Friends Open AIR event will be held on May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at West Windsor Community Park, 271 Clarksville Road, West Windsor.

Attitudes In Reverse (AIR) is a Princeton-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention.

For more information, visit www.air.ngo.

 

 

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

 

 

June 2-20

The Princeton Festival will celebrate its 17th season from June 2-20, featuring pre-recorded and livestreamed events.

Visit https://princetonfestival.org/announcing-our-2021-season/ for more information

 

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.

 

 

The 30th annual Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Golf Classic, presented by Sean’s Landscaping, will take place on June 14 at Cobblestone Creek Country Club, 2170 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville.

Each golfer will experience a full day of activities: greens fees with individual cart, scheduled tee time, use of the driving range, individual pre-packaged lunches with insulated lunch tote, refreshments and snacks throughout the course, complimentary gift, and a gift certificate to The Clubhouse at Cobblestone Creek Country Club (in lieu of dinner).

Tee times will be scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be individual carts for each golfer.

For more information and to register, visit www.rwjbh.org/hamiltongolf

 

Monday, June 7

Bridgeway Rehabilitative Services will hold its 2021 golf classic on June 7 at Echo Lake Country Club, 515 Springfield Ave., Westfield.
On course games. Putting contest. Tournament prizes.
Registration and breakfast start at 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. in a shamble format.
BBQ lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.
The cost is $400 for individual golfers; foursome and corporate sponsorships start at $2,500.
Bridgeway serves those with mental illness across 10 counties in New Jersey. Proceeds benefit Bridgeway programs and recipients of services.
Contact Lisa Giannascoli at 908-635-7647 or lisa.giannascoli@bridgegwayrehab.org for early registration and information.
For more information, visit bridgewayrehab.org

 

Through Friday, June 18

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.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 19

 

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.

 

 

 

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 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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