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Ongoing

The Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance for substance use awareness and prevention sponsors the Adopt-A-Highway clean up.

Look for signs on Route 206.

Volunteers are needed, age 18 and older, will clean both sides of Route 206 between New Amwell and Homestead Road.

Volunteers are asked to wear masks and socially distance from other volunteers.

 

 

 

Throughout May

The 2021 season of the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook continues on May 8 with the return of “Winslow, An Evening of the Eagles.”

May 9 will be an afternoon of music to celebrate mothers with American’s Tenor Dominic Mantuano.

On May 22, Amani will perform jazz, blues, ballads and bop.

The Closet Carpenters will perform the songs of the duo Richard and Karen Carpenter on May 30 at 7 p.m.

All seating is socially distanced with CDC safeguards followed.

Visit www.brookarts.org or call 732-469-7700 for more information on all shows and to order tickets.

 

The Hillsborough Baseball League will hold its annual clothing drive fundraiser benefiting 12U’s Road to Cooperstown from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at Mountain View Park, 141 Mountain View Road, Hillsborough, in the parking lot by the baseball fields.

Acceptable items include usable and wearable clothing for all seasons in all sizes, clothing, shoes packed in separate labeled bags;

Pocketbooks, belts, baby accessories, backpacks, hats, scarves, briefcases, gloves, ties, handbags;

Blankets, tablecloths, bed sheets, drapery, curtains, pillows, towels, quilts, comforters;

Stuffed animals, bicycles, scooters, toys 2 feet or less, car seats with base, and strollers.

Place all items in large black garbage bags.

The following items will not be collected: VCR tapes, CDs, books, box TVs, monitors, oversized play sets, outdoor play sets, workout or exercise equipment, appliances, furniture, lamps, house decor, board games, electronics, glassware, pots and pans, rugs, baby gear, hard toys, chair seats, cribs, hair dryers, mattresses, pack and plays, baby walkers, baby bath seats, and any toys with lead.

 

 

 

Friday, May 7

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is inviting seventh- to 10th-grade girls to step into the world of science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at PPPL’s annual Young Women’s Conference on May 7.

The free day of science from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be held on a virtual platform where young women can watch live and videotaped science demonstrations, talk to women working in STEM fields, and listen to an inspiring talk by a female scientist.

The event is free and open to both teachers “bringing” groups of girls from schools and to individual seventh- to tenth-graders. The link to register is available on the Young Women’s Conference website here.

The online conference, which is funded by the DOE Office of Science Fusion Energy Sciences program, will follow the format of live events, with girls making their way through booths, stopping to see a chemistry show by Kathryn Wagner, a lecturer, demonstrator and outreach director in chemistry at Princeton University, and talking to female scientists and engineers in breakout rooms, culminating with a keynote speech by a prominent female scientist.

More than a dozen exhibitors will have displays at virtual “booths.” PPPL’s science education staff will present plasma demonstrations. Forensics experts from the F.B.I. will be back with live forensics demonstrations. There will also be a live artificial intelligence presentation by TechGirls, and science demonstrations from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, WAGS Robotics, and coding and robotics teams from local high schools. The exhibitors will all be on hand to answer questions during or after the presentations.

The event will culminate with a keynote speech in the virtual Melvin B. Gottlieb Auditorium (patterned after PPPL’s real-life auditorium) by Stephanie Diem, a plasma physicist who has been active in science education and outreach activities. Diem is a professor in the Engineering Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a former research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Fusion Energy Division.

For more information, visit energy.gov/science

 

 

“Vestige,” presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater, will be held at 8 p.m. May 7 online.

Princeton senior Glenna Jane Galarion presents a livestream concert drawn from her concept album “Vestige following its release. The collection of songs on the album, written, composed and produced by Galarion, encapsulate absence: the absence of permanence, the absence of unconditionality, the absence of choice, the absence of wholeness, the absence of voice.

Through this debut full-length original musical project, she explores intimacy and attachment, sonically and lyrically tracing her conceptions of relationships and entanglements from a father’s absence to a reclamation of the body.

Free and open to the public.

For more information and the Zoom link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/vestige-release-of-album-by-glenna-jane-galarion/

 

Saturdays, May 8 through October

The Burlington County Farmers Market will open its 15th season on May 8, and continue weekly from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October at the Burlington County Agricultural Center on Centerton Road in Moorestown.

The market features a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, flowers, plants and baked goods, along with an assortment of handmade crafts.

Opening Day this year will also feature craft beer sales for the first time. The beer sales are permitted under a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in February that allows the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control to issue special seasonal permits to New Jersey breweries or wineries to sell their products at farm markets.

Beer sales will be for off-site consumption, though overage adults will be permitted to try a limited number of samples at the market.

In addition to shopping opportunities, each market day features live entertainment from area musicians. 

While COVID-19 capacity limits have been relaxed in recent months, customers and vendors will still be required to wear face masks or face coverings when attending the market.

 

Through Saturday, May 8

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

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.

 

 

 

Saturday, May 8

 

May 5 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of European ruler Napoleon Bonaparte.

On May 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by the front lawn of the Bordentown Historical Society at 302 Farnsworth Ave. and view artifacts associated with the late emperor’s oldest brother and Bordentown resident, Joseph Bonaparte, as well as relics discovered on his estate.

In addition, representatives from the Delaware & Raritan Greenways will have material on their open space organization and will be available to answer questions regarding the recent acquisition of the former Bonaparte property.

Souvenirs from the historical society will be for sale.

 

A live outdoor concert featuring the music of Lionel Richie, performed by Amani, will be held at 3 p.m. May 8 at the duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Ave., Plainfield.

The concert will benefit Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services.

All tickets are $20 for the general public.

Anyone served by Bridgeway is invited to attend in person for free. RSVP to Erica by emailing eerica.smith@bridgewayrehab.org

The event can be accessed virtually on Zoom as well.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bridgeway-benefit-conert-tickets-145922298523

To donate without attending, visit https://snwbl.it/uK2y4K

 

 

Knights of Columbus Council 6284 will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 at the Hightstown First Aid Squad, 168 Bank St.

All donated blood is tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and you will be notified of the results of the test.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/ using sponsor code kofc6284.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Lawrenceville Main Street’s Landscape Design Committee will hold a spring planter workshop at 2 p.m. May 16 via Zoom.

The 45-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A.

Horticulturist Kevin Bullard will teach attendees how to create an attractive outdoor container with a collection of plants for sun or shade.

The registration fee of $30 includes seven annual plants suitable for a round pot with an 18-inch diameter, or a rectangular pot with a top surface are of 144 square inches.

Register by May 9 by visiting www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrenceville-main-street-spring-planter-workshop-tickets-147349108149?aff=affiliate1

 

 

Sunday, May 9

Geocaching is a high-tech update on the old-fashioned scavenger hunt game, which uses GPS (global positioning system) technology to locate objects hidden in the park.

Participants age preteen and older at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville from 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 9 will learn how to obtain information and hints from the Geocaching.com website, on the location of dozens of geocache sites in and around the state park. They will then use handheld GPS devices to go out and find as many caches as possible.

Once a cache is found, participants typically will sign in on the log contained within and then take an object from the cache box after leaving a trinket for subsequent geocachers.

Participants should bring a pocket full of trinkets to exchange when they locate caches. Trinkets can include small toys and balls, plastic jewelry, pens, pencils, scratch pads, patches, action figures, coins, etc.

A limited number of GPS navigation devices will be made available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own handheld GPS device or smart phone with Geocaching app installed if you have one.

Meet at the Nature Center.

Advanced registration and payment required. Fee is $2 per person, exact change.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.

 

 

Sunday, May 9 and Thursday, June 3

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 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 Monday, 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.

 

D&R Greenway is offering a series of free virtual presentations about Delaware River natural, historic and cultural places that can be discovered locally.
Lucky participants who attend all four sessions in the series will be rewarded with a guest certificate for a kayak experience in D&R Greenway’s new fleet of boats kept at Bordentown Beach.
This opportunity is first come, first served, with a limitation of 25 participants in each session to allow for questions and discussion.
Everyone is welcome to register at www.drgreenway.org.
Residents from communities bordering on the Delaware River are especially encouraged to attend, including Bordentown, Trenton, Ewing, Titusville, Hopewell, West Amwell and Lambertville, and cross-river communities in Pennsylvania.
Those who sign up for all four sessions will receive priority registration.
Each of the four sessions takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom, with the link sent to registered participants only. All sessions are on Mondays, except for the last session which takes place on the Thursday following Memorial Day.
Dates are May 10 Geography and History; May 17 Ecology and Natural Resources; May 24 Arts and Culture; and June 3 Activism and Kayaking.
Visit www.drgreenway.org to register.

 

Tuesday, 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

 

 

Teepa Snow, a dementia care expert, will speak during a virtual webinar at 10 a.m. May 11 through Artis Senior Living of Princeton Junction.

The session is designed to help caregivers recognize and appreciate their role in creating days that are filled with moments of joy and meaningful activities when caring for someone with dementia.

Register at theartisway.com/princeton under the Events tab.

 

 

Through Wednesday, May 12

Entrepreneurial veterans and active-duty military are encouraged to apply to Rider University’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Training program.

Returning for its eighth year, the free, seven-week program helps veterans and active-duty military develop a business concept or grow an existing business.

Led by faculty in Rider’s Norm Brodsky College of Business, the program guides participants through a range of business development skills and concepts, including conducting a feasibility study and market research, developing a business and market plan, and understanding their business’ operational and financial needs.

The program is offered through Rider’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies with support from the New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation and the Uncommon Individual Foundation.

Participants may also receive college credit for the course, with a separate registration and additional academic work, and a limited number of scholarships for the for-credit option are available.

Upon completion of the program, all participants can apply for one year of mentoring as they pursue their business venture.

In light of COVID-19, this year’s program will run virtually via Zoom on Wednesday evenings beginning May 19 and running through June 30.

Applications are due May 12 and are available at rider.edu/vetprogram.

For more information about Rider’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Training program, contact Assistant Professor Dr. Mayank Jaiswal at mjaiswal@rider.edu or visit rider.edu/vetprogram.

 

Wednesdays during May

Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) announces the Career Corner interview series premiered on May 5 with Christopher Carey, principal of Auten Road Intermediate School in conversation with Linda Cummings, HEF president.

Additional interviews launch every Wednesday in May, continuing with interviews with Mary Tyson, flight attendant; Major John Marley, retired from the State Police,;and Jason Storipan, lawyer.

The Career Corner series aims to introduce young people to professional possibilities through interviews with people who love their jobs.

Tune in at 7 p.m. at https://youtu.be/hIA3G3rHEUc

Those who live or work in Hillsborough can be part of this series; email info@hef.org for details.

 

Wednesday, May 12

The National Association of Women in Construction will hold its chartering ceremony and networking reception for its new Princeton area chapter from 7-9 p.m. May 12 at Salt Creek Grille, 1 Rockingham Row, Princeton.

The open air venue will be set up in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Dress code is business casual. Must wear a mask.

The cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members.

Or, attend virtually. The suggested donation is $5.

To learn more about this new chapter, visit www.princetonnawic.org or email info@princetonnawic.org

 

 

 

Thursday, 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/

 

Elise Boddie, professor of law at Rutgers, a director of Rutgers Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, and founder and director of The Inclusion Project at Rutgers Law School, will discuss the peculiar challenges of integration in the north and why school segregation is a threat to public education and to our democracy during a virtual presentation at 6 p.m. May 13.

Boddie will be joined by Lynda G. Dodd, a lecturer in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) for “Struggling for the Soul of Public Education.”

The event is free and open to the public.

To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/BoddieDodd

 

 

 

 

 

Select dates, through Thursday, May 13

The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC), a no-cost, confidential “business-first” resource housed within the New Jersey Department of State, is hosting a special six-part, interactive virtual learning series designed to provide New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with the latest information to support recovery from disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The series runs from April 20 to May 13 and will cover several topics, including financial resources, technical assistance, tips for obtaining government contracts, COVID-19 safety protocols and resources for nonprofits.

Topics for the series include:

• Technical Assistance Opportunities – April 27 at noon
• Financial Resources – April 29 at noon
• COVID Safety in the Workplace – May 11 at noon
• Let These Government Services Help You” – May 13 at noon

The webinars will be streamed live via Zoom, and the slides and the recordings will be circulated to all registrants after the webcasts.

Guests will be invited to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Registration is free to the public and participants can join the webinars or sign up for individual sessions, based on topics that are of interest.

Strategically timed around National Small Business Week (May 3-9), the NJBAC is partnering with various organizations and associations on the series, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), among others.

To learn more about NJBAC’s Resources for Recovery and Growth Virtual Series, visit https://nj.gov/state/bac/bac-webinars.shtml

 

Thursday, May 13 & Friday, May 14

Spring Dance Festival – May, an evening of new dance works performed by Princeton seniors, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance, will be held via Zoom at 8 p.m. May 13 and 14.

Princeton Dance seniors will perform a filmed program of newly created solos, duets and ensemble works by professional guest choreographers Adam Barruch, Rena Butler, Christine He, Loni Landon, Martha Nichols, Christopher Ralph, and Jermaine Spivey, and an original dance film by Elisa Clark based on the movement language of Robert Battle.

Free and open to the public.

Advance Zoom registration required .

For more information and the registration link, visit https://arts.princeton.edu/events/spring-dance-festival-sp-21-may/2021-05-13/

 

Select dates, through Sunday, June 13

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

“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.

 

 

Select dates, May 13-22

The Princeton Friends School will host performances of Disney’s “The Lion King” at 6:30 p.m. May 13, 14 and 21; and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 15 and 22, outdoors at the school, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton.

Performed by Pegasus Theater Company of Princeton.

All patrons must wear a mask while on campus.

Seating will open 45 minutes before each performance and will be first come, first served.

The first two rows of seating are reserved for those seated on blankets or ground-level camp chairs (that they must provide). Additional guests may choose to bring their own chairs or use school chairs. 

All groups will be seated together, with at least 6 feet between each group on all sides. 

Tickets may be available at the door if a show is not sold out. Bring cash for day-of purchases.

In the event a performance is canceled because of rain or other inclement weather, you may transfer your ticket(s) to another performance that still has tickets available, convert the cost of your ticket to a tax-deductible donation, or request a refund.

For tickets, visit www.pegasustheatrenj.org/

 

 

Friday, May 14

“Building blocks of better brain health” is the topic for the next Brown Bag Lunch Program presented by the Older Adult Ministry Committee of the Pennington Presbyterian Church.

On May 14, attendees will gather on Zoom at 12:45 p.m., with the program beginning promptly at 1 p.m.

Kevin Jameson, founder of the Dementia Society of America, will discuss the top 10 peer-reviewed interventions for improving the health of the brain. Citing international science-based studies, Jameson will discuss the positive steps a person can easily take to increase the likelihood of mitigating the effects of aging, disease, and decades-old lifestyle choices.

All are welcome.

To register and receive the Zoom link, call the church at 609-737-1221, ext. 10.

 

Hope for Tomorrow, a mental health fair, will be held from 5-7 p.m. May 14 at the Hillsborough Municipal Building, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

The event will feature community resources, music, games, crafts, a poster contest and prizes.

The event is free.

Sponsored by BoroSAFE.

For more information, email amahler@htps.us or visit www.hillsborough-nj.org/stigma-free

 

Through Friday, May 14

The Bordentown Regional High School Class of 2023 Booster Club is holding a raffle fundraiser.

Tickets are $10 each.

Prizes include custom-made cornhole boards made by Daniel Comeau, Class of 2018 and bean bags; and a gift card for a personalized vinyl decal from DD Graphics.

The drawing will be at 7 p.m. May 14 at the high school.

Fill out the Google form at http://bit.ly/23CornHole and the tickets will be texted once payment is received.

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

Adults can try tomahawk throwing from 1-3:30 p.m. May 15 at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville. Meet at the Nature Center.

Throw a small hatchet into a wooden target.

Advanced registration required. Call 609-737-0609.

There is no cost to attend.

 

Lawrenceville Main Street will hold a secure shed fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15 at the Lawrenceville Swimming Association, 74 Craven Lane, Lawrence Township.

Open to the public. Six box limit per car.

Reservations are required. Visit bit.ly/Shred5152021

The $10 donation will benefit Lawrenceville Main Street.

 

Road Maestro Bicycle Service, Greater Mercer TMA, StreetSmart and Old Hights Brewing Company will hold Bicycle Night at the Brewery from 2-7 p.m. May 15 at Old Hights, 123 W. Ward St., Hightstown.

Celebrate National Bike Month. Bring your bike.

On-site minor repairs for $10; discounts on scheduled repairs.

There will be information tables featuring Greater Mercer TMA and Hightstown Complete Streets. Learn about the Hightstown Mobility Plan.

Visit rmbicycleservice.com for more information.

 

 

Attitudes In Reverse, a Princeton-based nonprofit, will present its In Their Shoes exhibit for the first time since the pandemic began from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15 at Dowling Gardens, 2 Dowling Parkway, Woodland Park. Rain date is June 6.

This event, which is being held with support from the Woodland Park Range and Woodland Park Stigma-Free Task Force, will also include the Coming Up for AIR mental health education and suicide prevention presentation.

The exhibit consists of 277 pairs of shoes to represent the New Jersey youth, ages 10-24, who lost hope and ended their lives in the years 2014 to 2016, according to the 2018 New Jersey Youth Suicide Report published by the state’s Department of Children and Families. Most of these individuals – 196 – were young men.

For more information about AIR, visit www.air.ngo or call 609-945-3200.

 

 

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

 

May 15 to June 15

The Historical Society of Princeton will present its first-ever virtual house tour from May 15 to June 15. This signature event will feature on-demand, multimedia content for participants to navigate at their leisure throughout the entire month.

The tour will feature four unique homes, each a distinct example of its own time and style. Every house will offer an in-depth portal where participants can dive into videos and descriptive details room by room, including spotlights on the house’s history, distinctive furnishings and artwork, impressive remodels and restorations, and extraordinary architectural features.

Interviews with designers, architects, and artisans will shed light on the decision-making and painstaking work involved in preserving and updating a historic home.

A new house will be released each week during the month when the tour is live, starting on May 15. Once released, houses will remain available through June 15.

This year’s virtual house tour will feature 2 Boudinot St., 20 Boudinot St., 8 Evelyn Place and 600 Pretty Brook Road.

Tickets start at $20 per screen. Login credentials will be shared with ticket buyers on May 15. For tickets purchased after May 15, purchasers receive their login within two business days.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.princetonhistory.org or call 609-921-6748, ext. 100.

Proceeds help fund the Historical Society’s core history education activities throughout the year, including collections stewardship, exhibitions, public programs, and co-curricular support for schools.

 

Sunday, May 16

The French Ambassador to the United States, Phillipe Etienne, will join D&R Greenway’s annual celebration of land preservation during its virtual gala from 4:30–5:30 p.m. May 16.

The event will feature Point Breeze, the former estate of Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, the exiled King of Spain. Located in Bordentown, Point Breeze once drew famous dignitaries from Spain and France, as well as founders and notables of the newly independent United States of America. The recent preservation of the site has drawn media attention from around the world.

Surprise speakers will share the importance of this property from the perspective of 13,000 years of history. Guests will learn of archeological finds and future plans, and historical artifacts that will be displayed in the soon-to-open museum.

The celebration will recognize the presence of Native Americans who lived along this promontory on the Delaware River.

Acknowledging the 60th anniversary of the New Jersey Green Acres Program, a major partner in the land’s preservation, will be the director of the statewide program, Martha Sapp, who has been involved in state land preservation for 34 years.

The gala’s highlight will be the presentation of D&R Greenway’s premiere 2021 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award to Bordentown City Mayor James L. Lynch, Jr., who will share his thoughts about saving this property from warehouse and housing development.

Sponsors of the event will be invited to small, special interest gatherings on the property to meet the mayor and view features first-hand when it is safe to gather in the summer and fall of this year.

To join in virtual and actual Greenway Gala festivities with a sponsorship, contact Nancy Faherty at 609-462-4057, or email Deb Kilmer at dkilmer@drgreenway.org.

In addition to sponsorships that include on-site experiences, tickets to the virtual celebration may be purchased at www.drgreenway.org. Specially-priced First Time Gala Goer tickets encourage new participants with an interest in land preservation, history, gardens, birds and archeology to attend. All sponsorships and tickets support the work of D&R Greenway to preserve land and the renovation and opening of this property to the public.

 

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.

 

Chef Chris Voigtsberger offers cooking classes through Lawrenceville Main Street and Acacia. He will make homemade gnocchi with smoked ham, spring peas and pesto from 6-6:45 p.m. May 17.

If purchasing the meal kit option, the ingredients to make the meal for a family of four will be included.

The class-only option will provide a shopping list a day or two in advance of class.

Tickets range from $25 to $55. Five dollars from each sale benefits Lawrenceville Main Street.

Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-cooking-class-with-acacia-chef-chris-voigtsberger-tickets-150778128441

 

 

The Cranbury Township Mayor’s Wellness Campaign continues with a session of Jazzercise on May 17 taught by Lara Taber at 7 p.m.

Jazzercise is a dance fitness program, combining dance-based cardio with strength training. Choreographed to music, Jazzercise is a fusion of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing.
Open to everyone. No experience required.

Wear comfortable clothes.

Have a blanket to lie down, some folded towels accessible to improve comfort if needed, and light weights if posible.

The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89214605544?pwd=bGVzV281Z1BscDBRb1dZM1dUWDVaQT09 using password 297854.

For details, visit www.cranburytownship.org/home/news/wellness-program-jazzercise-may-17-700-pm

 

 

Tuesday, May 18

For the upcoming Primary Election on June 8, New Jersey will return to a traditional election where voters can choose to vote at the polls or by mail.

This means that voters will not receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail unless they apply for one, or if they have requested to always receive a vote by mail ballot “for all future elections.”

In New Jersey, any registered voter can vote by mail for any reason. Voters do not have to be sick, working, or out of town to request a ballot, so this remains a viable option for those who prefer to vote from home.

The voter registration deadline is May 18.

A registered voter may apply for a ballot by completing and mailing a Vote-By-Mail application by June 1. Extended walk-in hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5. The deadline for walk-ins is June 7 at 3 p.m.

This year, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office is offering vote by mail instructions in many languages including English, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Chinese, Polish, Urdu and Haitian Creole. Call the Office at 609-989-6494 or email your address to MercerVotes@MercerCounty.org and be sent a ballot.

To request a Vote-by-Mail application, voters can call 609-989-6494 or the email above.

Vote-by-Mail applications also are available on the web at www.mercercounty.org/countyclerk in both English and Spanish.

The State Division of Elections website also offers vote-by-mail ballots in Indian, Korean and Chinese languages. That website is www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html.

The ballots will be mailed once they are printed.

 

 

Wednesday, May 19

Digitally connect with literary award-winning and best-selling author, poet and longtime library admirer Kwame Alexander from 1-1:45 p.m. on May 19.

 

During the virtual program from the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey, students in grades 4-12 will have the opportunity to discover Alexander’s life experiences and works, as he shares stories and poetry, and hosts a Q&A.

 

For more information, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4718788.

 

 

Through Thursday, May 20

 

The Cranbury Lions Club is sponsoring a Memorial Day contest for students in grades K-8 to help the Cranbury community commemorate its heroes.

Students can spend some time understanding Memorial Day and Veterans Day, ask family members what it means to them, and transform their knowledge into a poster or essay.

Winners will be posted on the Cranbury Lions Club website at www.cranburylions.org/

Entries are due by May 21.

 

 

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, visit www.uwgmc.org/unitedimpactawards.

 

 

 

Thursdays, May 20 & June 17

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 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

 

Friday, May 21

The West Windsor Arts Council’s Faculty/Student Show will hold its opening reception at 7:15 p.m. May 21 via Zoom.

To register, visit https://westwindsorarts.org/exhibition/faculty-student-art-show/

 

 

Through Friday, May 21

Lawrenceville Main Street is calling all community artists to participate in the online and on site “inside out” art exhibit to connect artists with Main Street businesses.

Artwork will be shown in windows, but will be visible from sidewalks and porches.

Art can be sold through the event’s Flickr page.

All submissions will be featured online.

Windows of Hope is partnering with HomeFront’s ArtSpace program for this project.

Registration ends at 5 p.m. May 21.

For more information and the registration form, visit https://forms.gle/VK9KdjjQJJn1XUxg6

 

Saturday, 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.

 

The Art of Wine Tasting will be presented by Kevin Zraly from 5-6 p.m. May 22, courtesy of the Arts Council of Princeton.

The virtual event is a fundraiser to support the community in need, including at-risk youth and low-income seniors. Proceeds also benefit the arts council’s scholarship fund.

To RSVP, visit http://artscouncilofprinceton.org/the-art-of-wine-tasting/

 

 

The Hightstown/East Windsor Lions Club will hold a clothing drive fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22 in the American Legion parking lot, 895 Route 130, East Windsor.

Drop off new or gently used clothing, shoes, purses, belts, bed and bath linens and stuffed animals.

 

Hillsborough Township, in partnership with Raritan Headwaters, will hold a well water testing event from 2-5 p.m. May 22 at the municipal complex, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

Any resident who would like to have their well water tested may purchase a test kit at a discounted rate during the event.

Representatives will be on site to answer any questions about well water.

ArtWalk 2021 is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction. Rain date is May 23.

Pick up craft items along a one-mile course before returning to the arts center for lunch, music and craft-making, all outdoors.

The cost is $25 for a family up to four; children under three are free. Individuals are $8.

To register, https://westwindsorarts.org/event/artwalk-2021/

 

 

 

Through Saturday, May 22

Mercer County Community College’s James Kerney Campus Gallery will showcase the works of Brass Rabbit in “The Greyscale Economics Project” through May 22.

The gallery is open for visits on Mondays by appointment.

An artist talk and reception will be held in person and live on Zoom from 4-6 p.m., and from 6-8 p.m. April 27.

 

Brass Rabbit is a fine artist and documentary photographer living and working in Trenton. “The Greyscale Economics Project” highlights her stories of the individuals who work in non-traditional economies, with a focus on simple barter systems, under-the-table-payments, e-commerce and illicit industries.

 

More about Brass Rabbit can be found at www.brass-rabbit.com.

 

Gallery hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 137 N. Broad St. in Trenton by appointment.

To learn more about the show, the reception and registration requirements, including Zoom links, visit JKCGallery.online. Email jkcgallery@mccc.edu to request appointments for in-person visits.

 

The Borough of Hightstown is accepting registrations for its 20th “Almost” Annual (aside from 2020) Spring Borough-wide Yard Sale, scheduled for May 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will be required to follow and enforce CDC guidelines by wearing masks, requiring social distancing and providing hand sanitizer for public use on their property.

There is no charge to participate in the event, and those wishing to do so may register their address by using the online registration form at www.hightstownborough.com, or by calling the Borough Clerk’s office at 732-490-5100.

A list of registered addresses will be available on the website and updated daily.

Borough businesses are encouraged to participate and register.

Official headquarters for the event will be located at the Hightstown-Apollo Lodge 41, 535 N. Main St. Public restrooms, information lists, maps, food and beverages will be available there throughout the day.

In addition, space will be available there for individuals and/or community groups needing a central location from which to sell.

Contact the lodge via email at HightstownYardSaleHQ@gmail.com or call 609-448-0042 for details; or contact Tony at 609-712-1488 to rent a space for $15.

 

 

Sunday, May 23

Take a hike through Baldpate Mountain from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 23.

Hikers age pre-teen and older will take the Summit Trail from its trailhead on Fiddlers Creek Road.

Meet at the parking lot by Niederer’s Pond on Church Road in Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville.

Hikers will then drive to the trail.

Advanced registration is required for this free hike.

 For more information, call 609-737-0609.

 

 

Wednesday, May 26

Take a full moon bike ride up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam, approximately 13 miles round trip, beginning at 8:45 p.m. May 26, under the light of the Flower Moon.

Meet at the Nelson House parking lot of Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville.

Bring your own bike, bike light and helmet.

Advanced registration required. Call the Nature Center at 609-737-0609 for directions. Free.

 

The Princeton Learning Cooperative will offer a workshop from 7-8 p.m. May 26 via Zoom to discuss the many paths to a successful life available when teenagers have the flexibility to develop an education that will work for them.

A panel of teens and young adults will discuss their experiences creating a meaningful education for themselves without school. The panel includes current members and alumni of Princeton Learning Cooperative who will tell their story, with a Q&A to follow.

To register for the Zoom link, visit www.princetonlearningcooperative.org

 

Saturday, May 29

View magnetic sun storms safely through a telescope equipped with special filters from 1-3 p.m. May 29 at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville.

Observe sunspots, solar flares, prominences and other solar phenomena. Learn how these storms can affect the earth as well as other interesting facts about Earth’s closest star.

Jennifer and Dave Skitt and other members of the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of Princeton will lead this activity.

Clear skies required. Rain date is May 31.

Park vehicle entrance fee is $5.00 per car.

 For more information, call 609-737-0609.

 

 

Sunday, May 30

Take part in a stream stomp from 1:30-3 p.m. May 30 at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville. Meet at the Nature Center.

Open to anyone age 6 and older.

Come out for a wet hike the path follows a park stream in search of crayfish, salamanders, caddisflies, stoneflies, mayflies, frogs, minnows and other stream inhabitants.

Wear water shoes or old sneakers and be prepared to get wet at least up to the knees.

Park vehicle entrance fee is $5 per car.

 For more information, call 609-737-0609.

 

Cranbury Township will not hold its annual Memorial Day Parade, but a Memorial Day Ceremony can be viewed on the Cranbury Lions Club website at https://www.cranburylions.org/ on May 30.

 

 

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

 

The Dr. Esther Wollin Memorial Scholarship Fund offers a scholarship opportunity available to Jewish female students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community.

Monies from Dr. Wollin’s estate were designated to grant a college scholarship to eligible Jewish female full-time students who will be, or are already attending Rutgers University and raised by their Jewish mother in a single-parent household in the Princeton Mercer Bucks Community.

Eligibility is based on financial need.

Submission deadline is June 1.

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

 

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

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

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

Summer programs are taught by Stuart faculty and coaches.

Sibling discount granted automatically beginning with the second child.

Lunch through the FLIK dining service.

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

Register at www.stuartschool.org/summer.

 

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

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

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

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

Campers do not have to be PDS students to attend.

Pre-camp and extended day options are available.

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

 

 

Tuesday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 8

Whenever a longtime executive director who has created a lasting legacy plans to retire or leave for another opportunity, it presents an enormous challenge to a nonprofit.

Independent consultant and BoardSource Senior Governance Consultant Susan Meier will share her decades of experience during “Succession Planning: Who’s Next?—Proactively Navigating Successful Transitions.” This two-part virtual session for nonprofit board members and executive directors will cover practices and emerging trends around executive succession planning and board leadership cultivation and will consider how to identify a diverse pool of candidates.

The sessions will take place on June 1 and 8 from 12-1:30pm.

To register, visit www.nonprofitconnectnj.org or contact NonProfitConnect Executive Director Allison Howe at allison@NonProfitConnectNJ.org or 609-921-8893.

 

June 2-20

Tickets for the Princeton Festival’s 17th season, running June 2-20, are available for purchase at www.princetonfestival.org or by calling 609-759-1979.

There will be four live-streamed events from the Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton. A decision on whether to admit limited, socially distanced in-person audiences to these events is pending at this time.

Performance events start at 7 p.m.; the piano competition streams at 3 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 4: Concordia Chamber Players. The renowned ensemble plays intriguing music primarily by 20th and 21st century composers in a program exclusively for the Festival
  • June 6: International piano competition final round, with winners announced at the end of the program
  • June 8 and 10: Baroque chamber orchestra, playing music by such composers as Bach, Handel, Biber, and Vivaldi on period instruments, live-streamed from Morven
  • June 13 and 20: Opera by Twilight. Eight leading singers in arias and ensembles from famous operas, live-streamed from Morven. Performers for June 13 are soprano Meroë Adeeb, mezzo Janara Kellerman, tenor John Viscardi, and baritone Brian Major. The June 20 performance features Alexandra Batsios, Krysty Swann, Michael Kuhn, and Stephen Gaertner.
  • June 17: Dreaming and Undreaming, an immersive multi-genre, interdisciplinary video based on stories by Jorge Luis Borges, commissioned by and created especially for the festival by Chicago performance collective Kosmologia,

Buyers may purchase admission to individual events or opt for a season pass at significant savings. Virtual tickets for the live-streamed events may be upgraded to in-person seats depending on availability.

 

Wednesday, June 2 to Monday, July 5

Art Speaks, a gallery show of paintings and photographs, opens June 2 at Small World Coffee, 104 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

The show by Art+10’s area artists covers a broad range of subjects using narrative and abstract art forms. Narrative art is distinguished from other genres in its ability to tell a story across diverse cultures.

These works can be seen at Small World in their “Walk Thru Gallery” during business hours.

The show runs through July 5, and all work is for sale.

Art+10 is a collective of working artists. Participating in Art Speaks are Gail Bracegirdle, Ryan Lilienthal, Deborah Land, Phyllis Wright, Jane Zamost, Betty Curtiss, Heather Barros, and Katja Reutyer.

For information call 609-924-4377 or visit http://smallworldcoffee.com.

 

Thursday, June 3

The West Windsor Arts Council will hold a free storytelling workshop from 7-8 p.m. June 3 via Zoon.

Maureen Connolly-Hersh will lead a workshop on how to tell a story.

To register, visit https://westwindsorarts.org/event/storytelling-workshop/

 

 

 

Friday, June 4

Concordia Chamber Players is for back for its 17th season with a festival at 7 p.m. June 4 with works by composers such as Giacomo Puccini, Hugo Wolf and Jean Françaix.

The ensemble features Concordia’s artistic director and cellist Michelle Djokic; Alexi Kenney, violinist; Jonathan Moerschel, violist; and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violinist.

For ticket information, visit https://princetonfestival.org/performance/2021-concordia/

 

Saturday, June 5

 

The Hillsborough Baseball League will hold its annual clothing drive fundraiser benefiting 12U’s Road to Cooperstown from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at Mountain View Park, 141 Mountain View Road, Hillsborough, in the parking lot by the baseball fields.

Acceptable items include usable and wearable clothing for all seasons in all sizes, clothing, shoes packed in separate labeled bags;

Pocketbooks, belts, baby accessories, backpacks, hats, scarves, briefcases, gloves, ties, handbags;

Blankets, tablecloths, bed sheets, drapery, curtains, pillows, towels, quilts, comforters;

Stuffed animals, bicycles, scooters, toys 2 feet or less, car seats with base, and strollers.

Place all items in large black garbage bags.

The following items will not be collected: VCR tapes, CDs, books, box TVs, monitors, oversized play sets, outdoor play sets, workout or exercise equipment, appliances, furniture, lamps, house decor, board games, electronics, glassware, pots and pans, rugs, baby gear, hard toys, chair seats, cribs, hair dryers, mattresses, pack and plays, baby walkers, baby bath seats, and any toys with lead.

 

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

 

Sunday, June 6

Good Grief’s annual 5K Run & Walk will return in person on June 6 at Giralda Farms in Madison.
There will be a 5K run, 2 mile walk, kid dashes, family activities, memorial wall and more.
For those who participate virtually, there will be virtual 5K courses and a livestream broadcast.
Good Grief teaches resilience and facilitates healthy coping in the lives of grieving children, families, students and communities. There are locations in Princeton and Morristown.

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 Saturday, June 12

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. 

 

 

Saturday, June 12

 

The Bordentown City Green Team will hold its 2021 Green Fair on June 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at the Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks St., Bordentown City.

 

There will be live music, children’s activities, eco-friendly goods, native plants and local food vendors.

 

Come and Whine at a wine tasting storytelling event held by the West Windsor Arts Council from 5-7 p.m. June 12.

The outdoor event will include a wine tasting with snacks, as well as storytelling.

For more information, visit https://westwindsorarts.org/event/come-and-whine/

 

 

 

Sunday, June 13

“Images from the Human Journey” will be performed by the Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra outdoors from 3-4 p.m. June 13 in the lot of 300 Witherspoon St., Princeton (Homestead and Capital Health).
Stretto will present three short works by members of the ensemble and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 

This concert is free and open to the public. 

 

June 14 to Aug. 21

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) Summer Reading Challenge takes place from June 14 to Aug. 21.

Take the challenge at SCLSNJ.org/summerreading

Children can discover their next adventure through the Library System’s e-book collection at somerset.overdrive.com.

Drawing tickets and prizes will be awarded at different reading milestones throughout the summer.

  • At 10 days participants will receive one virtual drawing ticket;
  • At 20 days participants will receive two virtual drawing tickets;
  • At 30 days participants will receive three virtual drawing tickets;
  • At 40 days participants will receive a reading recognition reward and one virtual drawing ticket;
  • At 50 days participants will receive five virtual drawing tickets;
  • At 60 days participants will receive a free book, a virtual drawing ticket, and an automatic entry for the golden ticket prize.

SCLSNJ’s Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by the Somerset Patriots, NJ/NY Gotham FC, Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, and the Somerset County Parks Commission.

Explore SCLSNJ’s collection at catalog.sclsnj.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.

 

 

Sundays, through June 20

McCarter Theatre will hold concerts in Palmer Square, Princeton, from 4-6 p.m. Sundays, through June 20.

R&B, rock, pop, jazz, swing, Reggae, Latin and country music will be performed by local musicians who are making their McCarter debuts.

No tickets or advance registration required. 

Bring your own food and drink from vendors around Palmer Square.

Concerts are free and open to the public.

Parking will be available in the downtown garage, or there is metered parking on the street.

For up-to-date information, visit www.palmersquare.com

 

 

 

 

Through Monday, June 21

The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission invites local artists to help residents celebrate Hightstown’s 300th anniversary through the creation of a 2022 wall calendar that will feature photos of historic sites in the borough alongside the chosen artistic interpretations of how the sites appear now.

Visual artists are invited to view historic photographs of Hightstown, choose one or more to render in paint, pastel, pencil, or another medium, and depict how the site appears today.

The rendering may be done in any size, but ultimately featured interpretations will be reproduced the size of the historic photograph that inspired the artwork.

Calendars will be available for purchase in October.

Completed art is due on June 21.

To review the historic photographs, visit https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/13lL64l-LCPJgzu8HMdLGd-XGIJvG5JsA and complete the simple form indicating interest.

For more information, email cac@hightstownborough.com

 

Saturday, June 26

The Bordentown Historical Society will present its annual History in Bloom Garden Tour from noon to 5 p.m. June 26; rain date is June 27.

Plein Air artists will be painting views of the gardens.

A landscape architect with expertise in native New Jersey trees and plants will answer gardening questions.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.BordentownHistory.org

Or, tickets may be purchased the day of the event at the Friends Meeting House, 302 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, which is the start of the tour.

The cost for members is $18, or for mon-members $20. Children ages 8-16 are $10; children under 8 are admitted free.

For more information, contact Patti Reaney at 609-410-6057 or preaney@comcast.net. Or, visit https://bordentownhistory.org/events/annual-garden-tour/

All participants must wear a mask and socially distance in all gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 5

 

Cranbury Township will hold its Independence Day fireworks event in Village Park on July 5.

Details will be announced.

 

 

 

Through August

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.

 

 

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.

 

Cranbury Day and the Helene Cody 5K Race will be held on Sept. 11.

Details will be announced.

 

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 9

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its 2021 walk, NAMIWalks NJ Your Way: A United Day of Hope, virtually on Oct. 9

For more information, visit namiwalks.org/newjersey

 

Through Sunday, Oct. 31

 

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 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 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 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.

 

Continuing events

 

Mercer County Community College has opened registration for in-person summer Tomato Patch program, its dance, theater, vocal and visual arts programs at Kelsey Theatre.

For more information, email projects@mccc.edu

 

McCarter Theatre Center’s Resident Producer Debbie Bisno presents “The Manic Monologues.”

This initiative brings to life true stories submitted by resilient people across the world living with mental health challenges, performed by a celebrated cast of actors and enhanced by interactive design and technology.

To watch, visit www.mccarter.org/manicmonologues

 

 

 

Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.

The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.

The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.

To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email jdanyus@saintpetersuh.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.
Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.
At this time, no shoes, equipment, toys, etc. can be collected.

Hopewell Theater’s reopening plans will focus on ensuring the comfort of patrons.

Staff members are collaborating with health officials and industry professionals to create a safe environment for a future reopening.
Residents can share their input, confidentially, on reopening plans by taking a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LC366S

 

 

 

The 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.
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.

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