Common calendar, Packet papers, May 21

Ongoing

 

Princeton Girlchoir (PGC) and Princeton Boychoir (PBC) are now auditioning new choristers for the 2021-22 season.

Any child entering grades 3-12 this fall is welcomed.

Both choirs are programs of Westrick Music Academy (WMA).

Classes will focus on choral skills, ensemble building, music theory, sight reading, song writing, rhythm training and more. In addition, the choirs have a full year of events and performances planned.

Interested singers have the option to have a live audition via Zoom, or submit an audition video. Auditions for new choristers are scheduled throughout the month of June, but interested singers are encouraged to apply early.

To learn more about the process or to schedule an audition, visit WestrickMusic.org/auditions

 

 

The Bordentown Historical Society needs a female theatrical storyteller for its award-winning Harrowing History performances.

Looking for a woman who likes to perform, dress up in period costumes and entertain people.

Send a message with contact information to kkantorski@aol.com

 

The collaborative oral history project, Voices of Princeton, is seeking to preserve community members’ pandemic stories.

This collecting initiative is being led by the Princeton Public Library and the Historical Society of Princeton as part of the Voices of Princeton project.

Community members can record a conversation with a family member, friend, or neighbor, or can record a monologue reflection. Comprehensive instructions, including technology tips and question prompts, are available in a pandemic oral history guide on the Voices of Princeton website. No oral history experience or special equipment is needed.

Questions probe reflection on pandemic life, including day-to-day activities, emotions, family, activities, new hobbies, coming out of isolation, vaccination, and hopes and plans for the future.

All recordings will be archived at the Historical Society of Princeton and will be made available on the Voices of Princeton website. Stories already shared over the past year are available now as part of the COVID-19 Collection on the Voices of Princeton website.

For more information, visit www.princetonlibrary.org

 

 

The Camp College summer youth program, located on the campus of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in West Windsor, will be in full swing beginning June 21 with in-person camp activities all summer long for children ages 6-16.

Registration for courses is now in progress.

Camp College will roll out a new “Campus Kids Pods” program where groups of children stay together. This season, Campus Kids Pods will be divided into two sessions operating Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first session runs from June 28 to July 15 and the second session runs July 19 to Aug. 12. Campers choose a specific age-appropriate pod per session, while staying together in small groups throughout the day.

“Specialty Camp” is also new this year. This format specifically pairs courses to create a weekly (Monday through Friday) full-day experience, with some limited programs offered as a half-day option. Campers combine study in a variety of stimulating subject areas that emphasize intellectual growth and skills development with the fun of recreational activities.

For detailed information about Summer 2021 Camp College including course descriptions, dates and fees, visit www.mccc.edu/

 

Rowan College at Burlington County’s 22nd Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition features more than 90 pieces of work from Rowan students in an online gallery.

Pieces range from graphic design and digital media to photography, paintings, drawings and jewelry.

The art is free to view online throughout May.

Students were allowed to submit up to six artworks each to be judged by members of the Art Gallery Department.

View the exhibition at http://staff.rcbc.edu/gallery/2021-Student-Exhibition/

 

The Princeton Farmers Market returns to the Franklin Avenue lot on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 18.

Masks are required to be worn for all vendors and shoppers at the market, and while waiting in vendor lines practice social distancing and be mindful of others.

The market is authorized to accept SNAP/EBT cards and matches up to $10 on SNAP transactions, per eligible customer, per day. Those eligible for SNAP benefits can learn more at the Farmers Market table.

For a list of market dates, vendor information and more, visit www.princetonfarmersmarket.com

East Windsor Recreation Department Summer Camp registration is open.

Recreational day camps will be offered for students entering kindergarten through grade 8.

The 2021 camp format will be modified to adhere to federal and state health and safety guidelines.

The Explorer Camp is designed for campers entering kindergarten and grade 1 and will have two classes of 14 campers each per week.

The Adventure Camp is designed for campers entering grades 2-8. Grades 2 and 3 will consist of three separate classes of 14 campers each per week, and grades 4, 5 and 6 will consist of two separate classes of 14 campers each per week.

Traditional Travel Camp will not operate in 2021, but campers entering grades 7 and 8 will have the option of attending Adventure Camp which will consist of one separate class of 14 campers each per week.

Camp care for before and after care of campers will be available from 7-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. for an additional fee.

Online registration and payment is available via Community Pass.

The 2021 camp flier and program information are available online at www.east-windsor.nj.us/ewt-summer-camps

For more information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 225.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturdays, through October

The Burlington County Farmers Market will 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 21

 

Leaping Dog Art Studios will offer pet caricatures from 3-8 p.m. May 21 in front of the studio, 325 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown.

 

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/

 

Princeton University Art Museum Director James Steward will discuss the history of the collections, the museum’s history of building and rebuilding, and the designs for the new museum during a virtual talk at 5:30 p.m. May 21.

To register, visit https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-05/lecture-new-art-museum-princeton-hub-university-life

 

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

 

 

Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22

The Downtown Bordentown Business District will present City Sidewalks sales on May 21 and 22 from 3-8 p.m.

There will be specialty food and signature cocktails in addition to shopping.

 

 

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/

 

The 2021 season of the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook continues 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Select dates, through May 22

The Princeton Friends School will host performances of Disney’s “The Lion King” at 6:30 p.m. May 21; and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 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/

 

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 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, through September

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and stretch out on the green next to Thomas Sweet at 183 Nassau St. in Princeton to enjoy a free evening performance by local bands.

Thomas Sweet expects to host live music every Friday and Saturday night from 7-10 p.m., weather permitting, through September.

The current schedule is:

May 22, Dragonfly;

June 5, The Counterfeits; June 25, BackTrack; June 26, Dragonfly;

July 10, The Counterfeits; July 17, BackTrack; July 24, Dragonfly;

Aug. 7, The Counterfeits; Aug. 14, RocBird; Aug. 21, Dragonfly; Aug. 27, BackTrack;

Sept. 4, Dragonfly; Sept. 18, BackTrack

Through 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 through May 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

 

 

 

Sunday, May 23

The Student Activists of Central New Jersey, in collaboration with South Brunswick Girl Scout Troop 81030/82460, will present Princeton’s first Pan-Asian Cultural Festival from 3-6:30 p.m. May 23 in Hinds Plaza, Princeton.

CelebrAsian is an event to appreciate, education and illuminate. Join an appreciation of the Asian community through discussions and musical and visual performances.

Masks are required.

Email studentactivistscnj@gmail.com or visit the Instagram page @thesacnj

 

 

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

 

 

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will salute Princeton High School’s (PHS) Class of 2021 with an outdoor concert of works by American composers, performed by the PSO Brass Quintet, at 4 p.m. May 26 in Palmer Square, opposite Nassau Presbyterian Church.

The free performance is anonymously sponsored by a former PHS parent in honor of all PHS seniors, and will take place in Princeton’s Palmer Square.

The performance is free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine.

No tickets or advance registration required.

CDC guidelines, state and local mandates, and industry best practices will be followed to ensure the health and safety of the audience and artists.

Find the PSO online at www.princetonsymphony.org

 

 

 

Thursday, May 27

The Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at 11:30 a.m. May 27 at Villa Mannino, 73 Route 130, Bordentown.

The costs is $20 including lunch, networking and a guest speaker.

Wear a mask.

Bring business cards.

For information, visit www.burlingtonmercerchamber.org

 

 

Saturday, May 29

 

 

The Spirit of Princeton’s annual Memorial Day commemoration, taking place at Monument Hall, at 11:30 a.m. May 29, will feature no parade, but rather a wreath-laying ceremony and words of profound thanks to service men and women who sacrificed their lives for the United States of America.
Following the ceremony, Spirit of Princeton has arranged for a three-minute, community bell-ringing salute by Princeton University and three churches in town: Trinity, Witherspoon Presbyterian, and St. Paul’s. The bell-ringing tribute will present an opportunity for residents to contemplate the sacrifices by the men and women in the military, as well as by the healthcare and other essential workers who, during this pandemic, have sacrificed their lives to enable the rest of us to move forward.
For those unable to catch the event on Facebook Live, a link to the ceremony will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/spiritofprinceton and www.spiritofprinceton.org.
Donations to Spirit of Princeton are encouraged to ensure the future of these community events. See the website for information on how you can “Get into the Spirit” by donating.
For further information, call 609-430-0144 or visit www.spiritofprinceton.org/

 

 

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.

 

Lawrence Township’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. May 29 from the Lawrence High School parking lot, then wind its way onto Darrah Lane to Birchwood Knoll and then onto Berwyn Place and back to the high school parking lot.

A registration form for parade participants is available on the Lawrence Township Recreation Department page on the township website at www.lawrencetwp.com

 

 

 

Weekends, May 29-30 and June 5-6

In the magical village of Crossford – which Liberty Lake in Bordentown becomes this time of year – the faeries will gather to host their very own socially distanced Masquerade Ball as part of the annual New Jersey Renaissance Faire.

The story unfolds each morning at 10 a.m., with seven action-packed hours of interactive entertainment including knight jousts, sword fighting, fire breathing, aerialists, comedy, music, shopping in the Merchant Village of fine artisans, faire-food, and local craft beers and wine.

Special attractions include Shelli Buttons, the Righteous Blackguards, William Shakespeare himself, the swashbuckling Lords of Adventure, and Chaste Treasure.

Dates are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29 and 30, and June 5 and 6, rain or shine, at Liberty Lake, 1195 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown.

 

Single day tickets are $25 for adults or $10 for children 5-12. VIP Season Pass (four days is $80.

Tickets are limited to 30% capacity.

For information, visit NJRenFaire.comYouYube.com/NJrenfaire or Facebook.com/NewJerseyRenFaire

 

 

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.

 

 

The 2021 season of the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook continues with The Closet Carpenters performing 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.

 

 

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. In-person seating will be offered as well.
  • 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. In -erson seating will be offered as well.
  • 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.

Concertgoers may reserve their spaces via www.princetonfestival.org or by calling 609-759-1979.

 

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/

 

 

A Proud Heritage: The African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region & Surrounding Area, will be presented virtually at 6:30 p.m. June 3.

The talk will be led by local historians Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, award-winning authors of “If These Stones Could Talk” and co-founders of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

Suggested contribution is $18 per household. Profits will be donated to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

Register at https://cbc.payquiq.com/index.cfm?event=embedform&embedform=1&contentid=29337644-C571-42C0-9798343851DE9E56

Co-Sponsored by Congregation Beth Chaim’s Racial Justice Task Force, Har Sinai Temple’s Social Justice Committee, Flemington Jewish Community Center, and Congregation Kehilat Shalom Racial Justice Working Group.

 

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.

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 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.

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.

 

 

 

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey will present a workshop titled “Implications and Treatment of the Long-Term Neurological and Cognitive Effects of COVID-19” at noon on June 3.

Identify long-term and neurological impacts of COVID-19; describe the lingering cognitive issues resulting from COVID-19 and useful strategies to increase function; and describe options for medical, rehabilitative and recovery programs for those individuals who have experienced long-term effects of COVID-19.

Presented by Dr. Carol Sonatore, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and Jennifer Murphy, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

Register at bianj.org/webinars

The Brain Injury Alliance is located in North Brunswick.

 

 

 

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/

 

 

To promote child passenger safety, the East Windsor Police Department will hold child passenger car seat safety inspections for township residents, underwritten by a New Jersey Highway Traffic Safety Division grant. Participants will have their child car seats inspected to ensure proper installation and will receive educational materials on how to properly and safely restrain children passengers.

No appointment is necessary and COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. A complete inspection of a child passenger car seat takes less than 10 minutes and will be conducted by nationally certified child passenger car seat technicians.

The program will be held at the East Windsor Township police/court building at 80 One Mile Road from 3-7 p.m. June 4, June 23, July 12, Aug. 3 and Sept. 23.

 

 

 

Saturday, June 5

 

The Princeton Community Pride Picnic, a free, family-friendly event to celebrate Princeton’s LGBTQIA+ community with music, art, activities for kids, and more, will be held from 5-7 p.m. June 5 at Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Pl., Princeton. 

Attendees will gather in the Princeton Family YMCA’s field to enjoy tunes from DJ Linda Leigh, make their mark on a collaborative community mural, take part in a variety of activities, and go home with giveaways.

Families are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass, and local vendors including the bent spoon, Tico’s Juice Truck, and Milk & Cookies will be present.

Mayor Mark Freda and other local dignitaries will be in attendance, and local nonprofits will have tables with activities and information for attendees.

This free event is a community collaboration coordinated by the Princeton Public Library, Princeton Family YMCA, Arts Council of Princeton, HiTOPS, Princeton Civil Rights Commission, Corner House Behavioral Health and McCarter Theatre Center.

The Princeton Community Pride Picnic will follow current COVID-19 safety protocols. Attendees are expected to practice social distancing and wear a face mask when appropriate.

 

 

 

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

 

Athleta Princeton & Apart Together in Motion are partnering to benefit Amazing Mutts Puppy Rescue.

Enjoy a 90-minute sampler class of kickboxing, Les Mills Core and yoga flow beginning at 9 a.m. June 5 at MarketFair Princeton, 3535 Route 1, Princeton, near the AMC and West Elm parking lot. Check in time is 8:45 a.m.

Children can participated in a guided Hula Hoopla led by instructor Angela.

After the fitness class, meet some of Amazing Mutts’ puppies who are looking for their fur-ever home.

Attendees also receive 20% off one full-priced item at Athleta.

Registration required with a minimum donation of $25 through Apart Together in Motion, benefitting Amazing Mutts: https://atinmotion.punchpass.com/classes/8206030

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 5 & Sunday June 6

Princeton Boychoir’s spring concert, Journey On, will premiere on June 5 at 7 p.m. with an encore performance on June 6 at 4 p.m. Both performances will be streamed on Westrick Music Academy’s YouTube channel.

This special concert will feature all three choirs singing music they learned during online rehearsal this spring. Journey On will include a variety of music traditions and will share the boys’ journey of joy and hope through song, reflecting on this challenging time while also looking to brighter days ahead.

Journey On will be led by Westrick Music Academy Education Director and PBC Music Director Fred Meads.

In lieu of tickets, there is a suggested donation of $10, but any amount is appreciated.

For more information, visit westrickmusic.org/upcoming

 

Remember the legacy of Seward Johnson on June 5 and 6 at Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, there will be live music, poetry readings, dance performances, a drum circle, self-guided tours, Atelier tours, a sing along and more to remember visionary founder, Seward Johnson.

Also, meet artists and staff of The Seward Johnson Atelier, plus have a chance to record stories, tributes and remembrances.

Hosted by the Johnson Family, The Seward Johnson Atelier, The Atlantic Foundation and Grounds For Sculpture.

For ticket information, visit www.groundsforsculpture.org/events/remembering-seward-johnson/

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.

The Hightstown Youth Fishing Derby, part of the New Jersey “Hooked on Fishing-Not Drugs” program, will be hosted on June 5 by Hightstown Engine Co. No. 1.

Come to Peddie Lake from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free registration on the day of the event.

Open to all ages; families encouraged. Participating youth under age 20 are eligible to receive giveaways and prizes. Must be present at the close of the event to receive a prize.

The event occurs on New Jersey’s Free Fishing Day, when no fishing license is required.

For more information, call 609-448-1245, or email info@hightstownfire.org

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 Monday, June 7

“Antiques Roadshow” is going back on the road in 2021 to film all-new episodes in its continuing quest to discover America’s next hidden treasure.

Beginning in August, the show will visit five locations to film invited guests and their treasured items for Season 26. The show will film at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton on Oct. 6.

With a focus on health and safety, a modified production process this year features invitation-only filming on closed sets. Fans can apply to win an invitation to a filming location at https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/ontour/

Entry deadline is June 7. No purchase necessary.

Prize has no monetary value and does not include transportation.

Must be 18 or older or have parent’s permission to enter, must be U.S. resident, must be available to attend with item.

Entrants agree to official rules at https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tickets/rules/. Winners selected at producer’s discretion. Restrictions apply.

 

 

 

 

 

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/

 

Keith Barry, world-renowned mentalist, magician and subconscious mind specialist, will appear at the Hopewell Valley YMCA’s first-ever virtual Spring Fundraiser on June 12.

Michael Markulec will be awarded the Larry Rothwell Social Responsibility Award named for Larry Rothwell of Pennington Quality Market. Markulec is a former Hopewell Township mayor who was instrumental in starting the free teen center at the Y.

He was liaison to the Hopewell Township Youth Advisory Board. He is a long-time volunteer and champion of Hopewell Valley wrestling and football clubs. He also served two terms as a member of the Hopewell Valley Regional Schools Board of Education.

Kevin Ryan will be honored with the Community Leadership Award. He has been an active member of the Hopewell community for over 33 years through many local sports associations including the Hopewell Valley YMCA sports and Special Olympics programming.

Through the Hopewell Valley Chapter of the Mid-Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Ryan started a high school scholarship program and to this day continues to help Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Mercer County. He contributes to the local community through the Pennington Business and Professionals Association, Economic Development Committee, and the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

Ticket sales will support the Hopewell Valley YMCA.

More information about this event can be found at https://hvymca.org/virtual-benefit/

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Lee Santamaria will connect with families during a special outdoor program at Billian Legion Park, located near the Bound Brook branch of the Somerset County Library System, at 2 p.m. June 12.

Santamaria will host a Q&A session and share stories in English and Spanish.

Santamaria will read selections from her children’s picture book series DLee’s World, which includes “DLee’s Shapely Imagination: Bilingual Story” and “DLee’s Snow Day: The Snow Kids and Curious Cat – Bilingual Story.”

Billian Legion Park is located at 548 E. Main St. in Bound Book.

The rain date for the event is June 26 at 2 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4969042.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Tuesday, June 15

The Historical Society of Princeton will present its first-ever virtual house tour through 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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 16

Author and illustrator Barbara DiLorenzo will digitally connect with students in grades K-5 for a virtual program at 2 p.m. June 16.

During the presentation, DiLorenzo will share the story “Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend In,” which follows a chameleon that learns to accept his uniqueness on his journey to fit it.

To register, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4909927

 

The Arts Council of Princeton will present a virtual Bloomsday | Zoomsday event with Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, Colum McCann, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sean Wilentz and friends as they share their favorite passages with virtual attendees.

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of James Joyce’s life, observed annually in Dublin and around the world on June 16, the day “Ulysses” takes place in 1904, and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom.

This free, virtual event at 5 p.m. June 16 is an opportunity for attendees to introduce themselves to a challenging and incandescent work — or to revisit an old favorite.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Princeton University Humanities Council.
Free registration is available at artscouncilofprinceton.org

 

 

 

Select Wednesdays

Twilight Walking Tours will be held by Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton, at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18.
Visit Morven for an early evening docent-led stroll of our grounds to enjoy a combination architectural, historical and garden tour – and maybe even take the chestnut walk to view the famed Battle Monument and ring the USS Princeton bell next door.
Each month’s tour highlights a different era in Morven’s history. Sign up for one or all summertime tours.
June 16: American Revolution and the Stocktons of the 18th and 19th century
July 21: Helen Hamilton Shields Stockton and Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. at the beginnings of the 20th century
Aug. 18: The Governors at Morven, New Jersey’s First Governors Mansion
The cost is $10, or free for members.
Group size is limited. Registration required by day before.

For more information, visit www.morven.org/twilight-tours

 

 

Thursday, 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 date is June 17.

This will be a virtual gathering via Zoom.

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

 

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) and Rutgers University will partner for two virtual programs that explore the history of Juneteenth and local popular culture.

The first program on June 17 at 7 p.m. will examine the history of Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth became an official holiday in New Jersey on Sept. 10, 2020.

The program will be presented by Lacey P. Hunter, professor of African American studies at Rutgers University.

For more information or to register, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4894651.

 

The second virtual program on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. will examine local popular culture archives including the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive, New Jersey Regional Zine Collection, and New Jersey Beer Collection.

For more information or to register, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4924065.

 

In addition to exploring these archive collections, discover SCLSNJ’s historical and community memories archives at library.biblioboard.com/module/somerset-county-library-community-collections.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Through Saturday, June 19

The Arts Council of Princeton is exhibiting a collection of paintings, pen and ink drawings, and photography works by Leslie Vought Kuenne through June 19 at the council building, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

Kuenne produced outdoors in plein air, in her Princeton studio, at the Arts Council, and at her summer home in Vermont.

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

Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org 

 

 

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.

 

The Hopewell Public Library will hold the Hidden Gardens of Hopewell tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26, rain or shine.

Locations include 105 W. Prospect St., 115 W. Broad St., 1 Eaton Ct., 9 Ringos Mill Dr., 41 Aunt Molly Road and 65/84/86 E. Broad St.

Tickets are $25, or $30 the day of the tour.

 

 

Monday, June 28

Morven Moments: The 4th of July will be presented at noon on June 28 via Zoom.

 

 

June’s lunchtime private tour inside Morven with Docent Kim Gallagher discusses the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in and around Morven, and includes the “big reveal” of this year’s special 4th of July celebration.
Live Q&A follows the tour.
For more information, visit www.morven.org/morven-moments

 

 

 

Through June 30

 

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council seeks artists, artisans and creatives ready for an eco-art challenge at its newest community event: The Junkyard, an upcycle art exhibition.

 

The Junkyard will run from July 23-25 at Woolsey Park in the Titusville section of Pennington, and will feature artwork created out of discarded or unwanted items destined for the landfill by Team Challenge participants as well as established professional and eco-artists.
Additional features include The Kids Zone for artwork created by children and youth; The Green Zone for informative and educational environmentally-related displays; and The Marketplace where vendors will sell artisan and environmentally-related items.

 

Artwork will be judged by a panel of artists and will be awarded first, second and third place, and Honorable Mention for their entire display. Individual special awards will also be given to the best entry in each of the four challenge categories.

 

Registrations will be accepted until June 30. Register online at www.hvartscouncil.org/thejunkyard. There is no geographic residency requirement for participation.
There is a small participation fee for non-members.
Team Challenge opportunities are limited, and participants will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Although not mandatory, artists are encouraged to be present during public viewing hours as much as possible to promote the artwork and answer visitors’ questions. See the Hopewell Valley Arts Council website for additional registration details and set-up and take-down times.

 

For more information, and registration, visit www.hvartscouncil.org/thejunkyard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 5

 

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

Details will be announced.

 

Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will hold The Junkyard, an upcycle art exhibition, from July 23-25 at Woolsey Park in the Titusville section of Pennington.
The Junkyard will feature artwork created out of discarded or unwanted items destined for the landfill by Team Challenge participants as well as established professional and eco-artists.
Additional features include The Kids Zone for artwork created by children and youth; The Green Zone for informative and educational environmentally-related displays; and The Marketplace where vendors will sell artisan and environmentally-related items.
For more information, visit www.hvartscouncil.org/thejunkyard.

 

Wednesday, July 28

New Jersey elementary school teacher and author Katrina Moore will present a virtual program celebrating the book birthday of “One Hug,” a story that explores the “many ways we embrace our loved ones, at 2:30 p.m. July 28.

Moore will engage with library customers by building excitement about literacy and participating with the audience in a group discussion and inclusive activity.

 

For more information, or to register, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4876289.

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.

 

 

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) and Rutgers University will partner for a virtual program on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. that will examine local popular culture archives including the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive, New Jersey Regional Zine Collection, and New Jersey Beer Collection.

For more information or to register, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4924065.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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