Every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August, Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Road in Princeton will present its weekly Sips & Sounds and Weekend music series.
Sips & Sounds is Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy wine and light fare.
Weekend Music Series continues all summer, with live music Saturday and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
The winery opens at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The current schedule is: June 11 Bill Flemer and Friends; June 12 Brian Bortnick & Sam Bortnick; June 13 Jerry Steele; June 18 Mark Miklos; June 19 Bill Flemer; June 20 Jim Matlack & Joe Kramer; June 25 Catmoondaddy; June 26 Mike & Laura; June 27 Acoustic DuoVer;
July 2 Jerry Steele; July 9 Ragtime Relics; July 16 Brian Botnick; July 23 Fabulous Benson Boys;July 30 Bill O’Neal & Andy Koontz;
Aug. 6 NJ Bluegrass Legends: Danny Weiss and Larry Cohen with Bill Flemer; Aug. 13 ALBO; Aug. 20 Jerry Steele; Aug. 27 TBD;
Sept. 3 Dark Whiskey; and Sept. 10 Laundry Men
No admission fee. Group maximum of eight. Individual glasses of wine can be purchased. Families are welcome. No outside food. Masks required on premise unless seated at table.
For more information, visit www.terhuneorchards.com
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.
Right at Home of Central New Jersey can organize a Senior Citizen Prom for local facilities.
They will provide music and entertainment.
A prom king and queen will be crowned.
For more information on how to schedule a prom, call 732-967-0900.
Serving northern Middlesex, Mercer and Monmouth counties.
Gesher LeKesher is currently accepting applications from 11th and 12th grade teens (as of the 2021-22 school year) to participate in this Jewish peer leadership program.
As Gesher “Madrichim” (peer leaders), teens lead a group of seventh to ninth grade “Talmidim” (learners) in outreaches addressing trending topics from a Jewish perspective including friendships, the impact of social media, peer pressure, prejudice, and anti-Semitism on campus.
Gesher LeKesher meets six hours each month: two Monday night trainings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and an additional outreach time either Monday/Wednesday night or Sunday morning.
For more information, visit www.jfcsonline.org/gesher-lekesher.
The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is kicking off its 19th year giving back to local, national and global non-profits. The program brings together teens in grades 8-12 from the Mercer and Bucks counties area.
The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund.
The program is designed to have teens learn about, experience, and act upon Jewish values.
Each teen philanthropist donates their own money which gets matched and pooled with money they fundraise during the program. Students meet to discuss Tzedakah and explore needs and the non-profit organizations who address them. At year-end, each group decides how their dollars will be donated.
Registration is now open for all participants in eighth through tenth grades, and returning participants in 11th and 12th grades.
Space is limited.
For more information or to register, visit www.jfcsonline.org/jcyf.
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.
For musicians in grades 3-12, there are a variety of classes for all levels.
In the Ukulele group class, students will build their musicianship while learning to play traditional songs on one the most delightful instruments.
Students can also take individual voice lessons to grow their singing and performance skills.
Adults can also take a beginner Ukulele class, learning basic chords and strumming techniques, or a Ukulele class for experienced players looking to hone their skills.
Westrick Music Academy also looks forward to hosting Camp Westrick this summer, which features voice training and performance with children’s choir directors, musical theater class, daily choir rehearsals, development of musicianship, games, and more.
For more information, visit WestrickMusic.org/education
Any student who received special education services from the Lawrence Township Public School District’s Child Study Team and/or speech specialists, or disenrolled from the district, and was born in 1991 or prior, may obtain their special education records by contacting the Office of Student Services at 609-671-5430, or emailing Jennifer Tindall at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Aug. 30.
After Aug. 30, these records will be destroyed by shredding as approved by the N.J. Division of Archives and Records Management.
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.
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.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties (NJ) will hold its first-ever golf outing to raise funds for CASA’s work with local children in foster care.
The CASA Golf Outing presented by Mathematica will take place on Sept. 20 (rain date Sept. 27) at Cream Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge.
Registration is open at www.casamb.org/golf.
The tournament registration fee of $150 for individual golfers and $575 for foursomes includes golf, continental breakfast, and a post-event barbecue. Companies and organizations are invited to serve as sponsors of the tournament.
An auction will close out the event.
Marketfair Princeton launched a Mall Rewards App that’s one of only two shopping centers in the state to offer such as technology service.
Marketfair Rewards is an app-based loyalty program where members can accumulate points in a variety of ways and use those points to redeem gifts such as discounts, gift cards to retailers, restaurant and wellness services and more in a shopping cart environment.
Download the app to a mobile device where the customer will receive 200 points for signing up. After every purchase, the customer has up to seven days to submit their receipt through the app which will immediately store the receipt for future use while also providing the guest with 1 point for every $1 spent.
Current participating retailers include Anthropologie, William Sonoma, Orange Twist, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Francesca’s, Athleta, Club Pilates, GAP, Eastern Mountain Sports, White House Black Market, Barnes & Noble and AMC.
Restaurants include Corners Bakery Café, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and TGI Friday’s.
Registration is open for the fall 2021 Hightstown-East Windsor Youth Sports League (HEWYBL) flag football season.
HEWYBL now has two leagues, a co-ed league and a new all-girls league, the only all-girls league in Central Jersey.
HEWYBL Flag Football is open to players 4-18 years old.
The registration deadline is Aug. 10, and the season will run from early September until mid-November.
Games will be played at Disbrow Hills Park in East Windsor.
HEWYBL flag football typically draws players from Allentown, Cranbury, East Windsor, Hamilton, Hightstown, Millstone, Robbinsville, West Windsor and other surrounding towns.
Season details can be viewed at www.HEWYBL.com.
To register, go to www.HEWYBL.com and select “Register” from the upper right-hand corner.
For more information, email email@example.com.
The Bordentown City Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June 6 to Sept. 26, at Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks St., Bordentown City.
Hope Hose Co. No. 1 will hold Riverfest 2021 from 1-10 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Bordertown Beach.
More details to follow.
Friday, June 11
Shabbat on the Lake with the Beth El Synagogue community will be held beginning at 5:45 p.m. June 11 at the gazebo on Lake Drive in Robbinsville.
Begin with a socially distanced meet-and-greet with children’s crafts, followed by Shabbat services at 6:15 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, services will be held at Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Street Road, East Windsor.
Open to the community.
For more information, visit www.bethel.net or call 609-443-4454.
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/
Princeton Mutual Aid (PMA), a grassroots group of neighbors helping neighbors, is hosting a community benefit concert at 7 p.m. June 12 with Redivivus Opera, a new woman-owned opera company in Princeton.
This inaugural concert will feature the talents of Kathryn Elliott, mezzo soprano, Rachel E. Sigman, soprano, and Laura Isabella, soprano, as they perform both operatic and musical theatre selections.
The concert will be livestreamed from the Pettoranello Gardens amphitheatre at Community Park North in Princeton.
For tickets sales, visit www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=151407599205/
Suggested tickets are $25 but are pay-what-you-can.
All proceeds will go directly to PMA, specifically helping fund a week of summer camp for children of single parents, emergency medical bill assistance for neighbors in need, and biweekly grocery deliveries for local immigrant workers and senior neighbors.
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.
A Summer Arts Fest with food, vendors, art and music will be held from noon to 4 p.m. June 12 at Weeden Park, Lawrenceville Elementary School and surrounding areas. Rain date is June 13.
In addition to more than 120 crafters and vendors, local restaurants will have meals for sale, and food trucks will be on site. There will be musical acts, a tricky tray, and the Lawrence Fire Company and Lawrence police will be there for meet and greets and will also have their fire trucks and police cars on site for children to enjoy.
The police will also be debuting and demonstrating their newly donated set of four drones.
The Lawrenceville Elementary School will also be getting in on the fun, with a “fill a bag” clothing and toy sale to support their PTO.
Additionally, a community-wide art project will ask participants to share what community means to them using their artistic skills, and the art created will be showcased along Main Street.
Sponsored by Lawrenceville Main Street, Lawrenceville Home Improvement, Complete Health of Lawrenceville, The Bank of Princeton, The Romberg Group and Berkshire Hathaway.
In addition, Windows of Hope 2021 will be Lawrenceville Main Street’s first “inside out” creative art exhibit on display through July 16 in the historic Village of Lawrenceville. It will feature talented contributors from all sectors of our community, including Home Front’s ArtSpace whose artists will display work at The Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlor.
Lastly, thanks to sponsors My Orthodontist and Morris Hall Senior Care Community, Music in the Park is back this summer. Join the free eight-week concert series in Weeden Park on Thursday evenings beginning on June 24.
The Bordentown Rotary Club has partnered with HOB Tavern to host a fundraising night on June 12.
From 3 p.m. to close, HOB Tavern, 146 Second St., Bordentown City, will donate a percentage of all checks to the rotary club.
For more information, visit hobtavern.com or call 609-297-7020.
Meet for a guided hike at each of Cranbury’s four trails – Unami Woods-Cranbury Brook Preserve South on Winwood Drive, Reinhardt Forest Preserve on Plainsboro Road, Pin Oaks Loop Trail on Old Cranbury Road by Millstone River, and the West Property-Cranbury Brook Preserve on West Property Drive – at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. June 12.
Sign up at https://bit.ly/3yEbgYo
To view a video about the trails, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIPV4i66kJw&feature=youtu.be
Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13
Somerset Valley Players, a nonprofit community theater in Hillsborough, has developed a virtual mini season of three consecutive shows.
“Four Weddings and an Elvis” by Nancy Frick streams June 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.
Saturday, June 12 to Saturday, July 10
Windows of Hope 2021 is a creative art exhibit being featured in the historic district windows of Lawrenceville Main Street and Gordon Avenue.
This event combines the elements of a traditional exhibit, public art installation and “phantom galleries.” It will feature 52 artists and 70 2D and 3D artwork contributions from all sectors of the community, including Home Front’s ArtSpace, whose artists will display work at The Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlor with artists from the Lawrence Township Senior Center.
Eight Main Street businesses will host the upcoming art exhibit: Lawrenceville Vintage Treasures, The Village Barber Shop, The Gingered Peach, DiMatteo Chiropractic and Pilates, The Purple Cow, 2681 Main Street, Starbuck’s Lawrenceville, and Chambers Walk Café.
Two-dimensional (2D) and (3D) three-dimensional artwork will be displayed in the interior windowpanes of these historic buildings facing outward for all passersby to enjoy.
For select businesses whose interior spaces remain closed, there will be “phantom galleries” with artwork illuminated and displayed on ledges with easels, also visible through the windows.
Windows of Hope will also host an event Flickr page where all submissions will be featured online. Artists can sell and retain 100% of the revenue from the sale of their work. Window exhibition maps where artwork is featured will also be available at each participating business with a QR code to “swipe” for artwork description, pricing, and artist’s contact information.
Prizes will be awarded including the public being able to vote for an interactive People’s Choice Award.
Select dates, from June 12
The Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook continues its Summer Music Series with Southern rock music from a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band, Sons of Skynyrd, on June 12.
Comedians John Moses, Kyle Ocasio and Adam Oliensis will perform July 16; Joe Matarese on July 23; Kevin Downey Jr. and Eric Potts on Aug. 7; Mike Marino on Aug. 21; Jessica Kirson on Aug. 27; and Don Jamieson on Aug. 28.
Live on the historic Brook Theater’s stage every weekend, indoors, are performances by Gypsy, A True Stevie Nicks Experience (July 17), Diamonds on the Moon (July 24), RAEL (July 31), Bark at the Moon and Head Motor (Aug. 14), The Ronstadt Revue (Sept. 4), The Best of Foo (Sept. 10), and The Black Cross Band (Sept. 11).
Social distanced seating. ADA accessible, concessions, and free parking in the lot.
Call 732-469-7700 or order online at www.brookarts.org
The theater is located at 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook.
Sunday, June 13
The Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS), which is in its 50th anniversary year of operation, continues a 2021 program of educational and commemorative events this weekend at Princeton Battlefield State Park on Mercer Road.
The program on June 13 in Princeton will run from 12-3 p.m. and feature several activities postponed from Memorial Weekend due to inclement weather.
A major feature of this event will be a sale of pre-owned American History books, many donated by several noted Princeton area scholars of the American Revolution and the “Ten Crucial Days” campaign of Dec. 25, 1776, to Jan. 3, 1777, according to a press release.
Other features of the program will be Battlefield tours at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. led by Larry Kidder, author of “Revolutionary Princeton” and many other recent books and articles on the American Revolution in New Jersey.
Also on hand will be David Price, author of several notable works on the Ten Crucial Days campaign, to sign copies of his books.
In addition, historical educator Will Krakower will present a musket firing demonstration.
Finally, a benefit sale of items at the PBS General Store (hand-painted miniature soldiers, maps, PBS apparel and Mercer Oak mementos) will be underway.
According to PBS, all the proceeds of sales of books and merchandise at this event will benefit PBS’ History and Heritage Fund and its principal project – a new Battle of Princeton exhibit at the Thomas Clarke House Museum on the Battlefield.
For more information, visit www.pbs1777.org
“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.
The Arts Council of Princeton will present an outdoor performance, Images from the Human Journey: Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra, from 3-4 p.m. June 13 in the lot of 300 Witherspoon St. (Homestead & Capital Health), Princeton.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org
Monday, June 14
The Spirit of Princeton Flag Day ceremony will take place, rain or shine, at 11:30 a.m. June 14 at the Princeton Municipal Complex Plaza, 369 Witherspoon St.
The Master of Ceremonies will be Keith Wadsworth, the grandson of Ray Wadsworth, one of the Spirit of Princeton founders, who died in 2018 a few days before Flag Day.
The Garden Statesmen, a local a cappella choral group, as well as bagpiper Chris King, will provide musical entertainment.
Members of the Princeton Police Department, Fire Department, and Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, as well as students from Community Park School, will participate in the ceremony.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.spiritofprinceton.org
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
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.
Bill DeSimone of the Optimal Exercise Studio in Cranbury will demonstrate the home workout he provided his clients to tide them over during last year’s shutdown during a special workout at 7 p.m. June 16.
No equipment necessary. The session is a combination of bodyweight, core and stretching exercises.
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.
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.
Mercer Street Friends will honor its 2021 Leadership Award recipients during a ceremony at 5 p.m. June 17 at the organization’s food bank in Ewing. The public is invited to watch the awards via livestream by visiting https://mercerstreetfriends.org/leadershipawards/ on the evening of the event.
Honorees include Corporate Leadership and Public Service Award: Mitch Livingston of NJM; Educational Leadership Award: Bernadette Trapp, principal of Luis-Munoz River Community Middle School, and Jeannette Harris, principal of Benjamin C. Gregory Elementary School; Generational Leadership Award: Kyle Tatum, a senior at The Lawrenceville School; Philanthropic Leadership Award: Princeton Area Community Foundation; Robert M. Appelbaum Service Award: John Spears, managing director of Tweedy, Brown Company LLC and (posthumously) Jack Espenshade, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank volunteer.
The Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business Networking Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. June 17 at Mastoris Diner, 144 Route 130, Bordentown.
Open to all.
Pre-registration is required. The $20 registration fee includes breakfast, networking and guest speaker.
Bring business cards for networking.
For the registration link, visit https://burlingtonmercerchamber.org/
Zoom into Art with a virtual watercolor session, Water Reflections, from 8-9 p.m. June 17.
The Arts Council of Princeton is partnering with the Princeton University Art Museum to provide free online watercolor classes. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom.
With an emphasis on color mixing and brushwork, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the museum’s collections.
For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org
Womanspace will benefit from a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. June 17 at Panera, 394 Route 130, East Windsor.
Hosted by Melanie Rosenblatt, a ONE Project Robbinsville High School Student Scholar.
Order online at panerabread.com and enter code “PRFUND” at checkout. Or, bring a flier or digital version to the cashier when ordering.
June 17 to July 22
The Arts Council of Princeton is partnering with the Princeton University Art Museum to provide free, online art-making experiences.
Art Making-Watercolors features weekly classes taught by Arts Council artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join live from home.
Each week’s lesson features works from the museum’s collections and is introduced by an art museum student tour guide.
All classes, which include closed captions in both English and Spanish, are held on Thursday nights from June 17 through July 22, and begin at 8 p.m.
Each livestreamed class is available online weekly and participants can take part using materials they already have at home.
June 17 – Water Reflections
June 24 – Embracing Dark Tones in Watercolors
July 1 – Using Toned Paper and Gouache
July 8 – Focus on Color Theory
July 15 – How Watercolor Change over Distance
July 22 – The Power of Negative Space
Learn more and register at artscouncilofprinceton.org
Friday, June 18
Join Congregation Beth Chaim for a special Shabbat service on the eve of Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day,” a nationally observed, official state holiday celebrating the anniversary of federal troops’ arrival in Texas in 1865 to free the enslaved people there, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
With special guest preacher Pastor Kahlil Carmichael of Live Well Church in nearby Windsor, join in prayer and reflection at 8 p.m. June 18 on the meaning of freedom, celebration and the American duty to work toward justice for all.
To attend in person, visit 329 Village Road E. in Princeton Junction.
To attend virtually, email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom information.
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.
Friday, June 18 to Sunday, June 20
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC), in partnership with Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli, and Outdoor Equity Alliance, are planning an inaugural three-day, city-wide Juneteenth celebration.
The Juneteenth celebration is scheduled for June 18-20 in Trenton.
An invite only kick-off will start the festivities on June 18.
June 19 will include events in downtown Trenton featuring a main stage with local and world-renowned entertainers. The headliner will be American Jazz musician Marcus Johnson.
A nearby Legacy Stage will feature youth entertainment.
Commitments from Greater Trenton, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and the Center for Child and Family Achievement have evolved into a plethora of family centered activities that will be held simultaneously in downtown Trenton.
Mercer County Stables will also serve as a location for an equestrian experience with the Crazy Faith Riders.
The finale will be a Gospel Celebration on June 20 in historic Mill Hill Park.
The goal of the collaborative is to educate, empower and unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment and sports.
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.
The Princeton Juneteenth Block Party will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. June 19 at the Princeton Family YMCA Field, 59 Paul Robeson Pl., Princeton.
A day of celebration, remembrance, activism and solidarity based on the cultural achievements of Black Americans. Commend the efforts of activists for the Black Lives Matter movement.
For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org
Through Sunday, June 20
The West Windsor Arts Council issued an open call for artists for the “Well-Being Ourselves: Reflect, Re-imagine, Connect” exhibit.
Explore well-being in a time of growing awareness of mental health, including emotional, psychological and social aspects.
Art should envision new ways of being that are relational, fight stigma, dismantle able-ism, and uphold disability justice.
For more information, visit https://westwindsorarts.org/exhibition/well_being_ourselves/
The Princeton Festival’s 17th season has an updated slate of musical and multi-genre performances plus eight free readings, lectures and interviews.
Tickets for seven virtual performances, which include four live-streamed concerts with in-person attendance options, are available for purchase at www.princetonfestival.org or by calling 609-759-1979. The website also includes information on eight free events.
Musical performances that have limited seating include:
- Baroque chamber orchestra. Two different programs featuring Vitali, Vivaldi, Bach, Biber, Handel and other composers played on period instruments. Live-streamed; limited in-person seating available. Tuesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 10.
- Opera by Twilight. Two different programs of arias and ensembles by Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, Lehar and more featuring eight outstanding vocalists. Live-streamed; limited in-person seating. Sunday, June 13 and Sunday, June 20.
There are also three virtual-only programs:
- Piano competition finals. Various pieces played by top entrants from around the world. Winners announced at the conclusion. Sunday, June 6.
- Dreaming/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, Thursday, June 17.
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. except the piano competition, which starts at 3 p.m.
Ticketholders will be able to watch any of these concerts in recordings until the end of June.
There are now eight free talks and interviews on the schedule. Among the latest to be added is an Artists’ Round Table on June 9, with musicians from the Festival’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra sharing the secrets of playing the repertoire.
A complete list of free events is available on the website.
Sunday, June 20
Celebrate Father’s Day at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton.
Bring your favorite dad for free to visit the museum, take photos and view the latest exhibition, “In Nature’s Realm: The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh.”
One free ticket for a fatherly figure is available per ticket purchase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 20.
Morven is located at 155 Stockton St., Princeton.
For tickets, visit www.morven.org/tickets
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 email@example.com
Monday, June 21
Due to deteriorated pavement surface conditions, Clarksville Road (Route 638) in West Windsor, between Quakerbridge Road (Route 533) and Meadow Road is scheduled for milling and resurfacing by the Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Work is expected to begin June 21, with an anticipated completion time of approximately two weeks, weather-permitting.
During construction, Clarksville Road will be closed to through-traffic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, access will be permitted for local residents, and municipal and emergency vehicles.
Motorists will be directed to use the U.S. 1 north/south ramp exit and the Meadow Road ramp exit.
Normal traffic patterns will resume at all other times.
Monday, June 21 to Sunday, June 27
Burlington County Restaurant Week will kick off on the first day of summer on June 21 and continue through June 27.
During the week, participating restaurants will be highlighted by the Board of Commissioners and senators on the county website and on social media.
Several food establishments will have special offers and discounts throughout the week. Some will offer fixed price meals and discounts. Others may feature special menu items.
The goal is to promote and support county restaurants and their employees and showcase their importance to Burlington County’s communities.
There is no fee or cost to participate. Interested restaurants can sign up by completing an online form seeking basic information and any specials or discounts they plan to offer during the week. Restaurants do not need to have specials or deals to participate.
The form is available at https://burlingtoncountynj.formstack.com/forms/restaurant_week_2021
For a full list of participating restaurants, visit the Burlington County Restaurant Week website at www.co.burlington.nj.us/1844/Restaurant-Week-2021 and follow the commissioners and senators on Facebooks for posts and video featuring some of the delicious dishes and specialties local restaurants are preparing.
Tuesday, June 22
The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will partner with Somerset County Hope and Healing for a family-friendly, virtual program at 4 p.m. June 22 that delivers a message of hope and healing through storytelling, music and movement.
The program, which will be presented in both English and Spanish, will follow along with the interactive book “Penelope the Powerful Parrot,” written and illustrated by Brett Peppe, clinical supervisor at Somerset County Hope and Healing.
Peppe was inspired to write the story based on his passion for working with children and families. The goal of the story is to “empower individuals to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic or other potentially traumatic events with children to lessen its effects.”
The story has interactive features that aim to teach music and movement as resilience-building techniques. Interactive features include cues to get up and dance as well as QR codes that link the reader to songs on YouTube. The songs are written and performed by Peppe.
For more information or to register for the virtual program, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4926700.
The Princeton University Art Museum will hold a members event, Tangling with Traditions in Contemporary Asian Art, at 5:30 p.m. June 22.
For contemporary Asian and Asian American artists whose practice engages with traditional forms of art making, the art historical record offers a wealth of material to reconsider, reformat and reimagine.
Join Associate Curator of Asian Art Zoe S. Kwok for an in-depth look at several recently acquired works of art by Asian and Asian American artists.
Registration is required to attend this virtual event, open exclusively to members.
If not currently a member, set up free membership at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/support/membership
To register for the program, visit https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-06/members-event-tangling-traditions-contemporary-asian-art
Through Tuesday, Aug. 31
The original artwork for the children’s book “Baby Sees ABCs” will be on display at the Princeton Public Library through Aug. 31 as part of the Letter Love exhibit.
A Pride Artist Talk will be held at 7 p.m. June 23 online.
An Artist Talk with Mic Boekelmann is planned for 7:30 p.m. July 20 online.
For the links, visit https://princetonlibrary.org/services/spaces/exhibits/
The library is located at 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton.
Select dates, from June 23
East Windsor’s Child Passenger Car Seat Safety Inspection Program runs through September at the Police/Court Building, 80 One Mile Road.
The free safety inspections are offered to township residents to promote child passenger safety. Participants will have their child seats inspected by a certified technician to ensure proper installation and will receive educational materials about state child restraint laws.
No appointment is required.
Other inspection dates are 3-7 p.m. June 23, July 12, Aug. 3 and Sept. 23 from 3-7 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, June 24
The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will return to hosting in-person events.
The first in-person event on the calendar is June 24’s Business After Business, which will be held at Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder. The event will run from 5–7 p.m. and will include light appetizers and beer and wine. It is open to both members and non-members.
The summer calendar includes many in-person events:
· Princeton Pitch Stop, a program of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, will be hosted by Grounds for Sculpture on July 13. This event will feature pitch presentations from various start-ups with real-time feedback from experienced investors including Sean O’Sullivan of SOSV and Kelly Ford from Edison Partners.
· August Business After Business will be hosted by Ovation at Riverwalk on Aug. 18 and will include business networking.
· The chamber’s signature monthly luncheon will return to its regularly scheduled day and time this September at the Princeton Marriott. The first lunch will be held on Sept. 9 and will feature James Hughes, distinguished professor at Rutgers University, who will speak about the post-pandemic economy.
Because many chamber programs require extensive pre-planning, the organization will continue to use a virtual platform for some events into the fall. The NJ Conference on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion will be virtual on Sept. 30, and the NJ Conference for Women will use a virtual platform Oct. 28-29.
The chamber will follow all CDC, state, local and venue-specific guidelines regarding health and safety for all in-person events.
Registration for all Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber events is available at www.princetonmercer.org. Details for upcoming events can be found on the calendar page.
June 24 & July 8
Taking Pause is a documentary portrait project created by Arts Council of Princeton Artist-in-Residence Robin Resch that asks people to reflect on what in their lives feels most essential. To make these portraits, Resch asks each participant the same simple thought-provoking question: What is irreplaceable to you?
The project is on view through October in Princeton’s Dohm Alley, next to Starbucks on Nassau Street in Downtown Princeton.
Join Resch for two artist talks where she will delve into her Taking Pause project during the pandemic and how she was able to retrieve these thought provoking photos and insights: June 24 at noon, bring a bag lunch; and July 8 at 5:30 p.m. bring a beverage.
Artist talks are free and open to the public.
Seating is limited.
Thursdays, June 24 to Aug. 19
Lawrenceville Main Street’s Music in the Park! will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 24 to Aug. 19.
Enjoy music, food and community at Weeden Park, 2611 Main St., Lawrenceville.
For more information, visit www.lawrencevillemainstreet.com
Thursday, June 24
Enjoy an evening of community-created entertainment in the form of storytelling and poetic open mic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 24.
After a winter of workshopping with individual artists, the Arts Council of Princeton will hold Story & Verse at Pettoranello Gardens, 20 Mountain Ave., Princeton.
All are welcome to tell a well-prepared story or perform their poetry inspired by this month’s theme:Riding the Wave.
The Princeton University Art Museum will hold a facilitated discussion, Perceiving Light and Color, at 5:30 p.m. June 24.
Join the museum’s education department for an interactive discussion exploring perceptions of light and color. By placing artworks from the museum’s collections in a historical context, and by considering a work’s technique and materials, participants will explore the relativity of color, the effect of different light sources, and the symbolism of light and shadow in different cultures.
In Zoom breakout rooms, participants are encouraged to turn on their cameras and unmute their microphones to join the discussion.
Spots are limited and registration is required.
Details and free registration are available at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/calendar/2021-06/facilitated-discussion-perceiving-light-and-color
Select dates, from June 25
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:
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
Saturday, June 26
Hillsborough Township will celebrate its 250th anniversary with a celebration from 5-10 p.m. June 26 at Auten Road Intermediate School, 281 Auten Road, Hillsborough. Rain date is June 27.
The Independence Day and Family Fun Day will include music, family fun, food, fireworks, live music, a food tent, and inflatable games and attractions.
A free shuttle service will be provided from Hillsborough High School beginning at 5 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury’s Strawberry Festival to Go event will be held from 4-8 p.m. June 26 at the church, 22 S. Main St.
For information, visit cranburypres.org
Join the ACME Screening Room at 7 p.m. June 26 for the Carpool Comedy Fundraiser. The evening will be hosted by Joey Novick and Comedyworks Entertainment.
The ACME has been closed since March 2020 and is continuing to hold virtual and carpool cinema outdoor screenings. The night’s fundraiser will allow them to prepare for re-opening the indoor Acme Screening Room with a projected date of September.
The night will include live music, comedy, and a 50/50 raffle, plus win prizes for the best tailgate setup.
Prizes provided by Rosemont Supper Club of Stockton, for best tailgate cuisine and Arlen Sam Brown Interiors + Collectables from Lambertville, for best table design.
Guests are welcome to bring their own for an evening sunset picnic. Takeout is also available at several nearby restaurants including Thai Tida, Liberty Pizza and Bell’s Tavern.
Comedians performing for the night include Angela Sharp, Tom Mongelli, Lana Epstein, Taj Howard and Kurt Zimmerman.
Tickets are $35 per person until June 20 or $40 after.
For detailed information and to purchase tickets, go to www.acmescreeningroom.org. All ticket sales will be online only.
Special thanks to MSMJ Associates and the tenants of the Spoke Works Building for providing the venue at 204 N. Union St. in Lambertville. The lot opens at 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, June 27
The Whole Earth Center, Friends of Princeton Open Space, and Sustainable Princeton are hosting a workshop on gardening with native plants at 2 p.m. June 27.
The workshop will be led by Judith K. Robinson, a garden designer and educator who encourages home owners to landscape with native plants, which provide food and habitat for native songbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators.
The workshop will be held outdoors on the lakeside patio of the Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Ave., Princeton. The house overlooks the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve where, with the help of teams of volunteers, Friends of Princeton Open Space has planted over 7,000 native trees, shrubs, and plants to encourage their re-population of the forest.
The workshop will include a short walk to the Louise Sayen Meadow, an evolving meadow of native plants in which wildflowers are labeled as they come into bloom.
Native plants will be available for sale, including Great Blue Lobelia, Anise Hyssop, Sweet Goldenrod and others. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Friends of Princeton Open Space.
Attendees will receive a copy of Sustainable Princeton’s “Toolbook for Sustainable Landscaping.” This checklist helps homeowners guide their lawn care services toward eco-friendly yard-care practices.
The organization’s website also contains helpful information on the benefits of introducing native plants into home landscapes.
Tickets are $5 each and each attendee will receive a $5 Whole Earth Center gift card.
Sundays, through June 27
McCarter Theatre Center will hold concerts in Palmer Square, Princeton, on Sundays, through June 27.
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 http://mccarter.org/palmersquare
Beginning Monday, June 28
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/
Monday, June 28
Tuesdays, June 29 to Aug. 31
Tuesday Night is Family Night at the Lawrence Nature Center.
June 29, 7 p.m.: Cicadas, pollinators and other bugs of early summer
July 6, 7 p.m.: Learn about the various gardens. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
July 13, 7 p.m.: Walk the trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes and long pants. The walk will last about 35 minutes.
July 20: Variegated plants
July 27, 7 p.m.: Meteors and meteorites
Aug. 3, 7 p.m.: Lichens
Aug. 10, 7 p.m.: Melissa Roe-Torres will lead children’s activities based on composting and seeds.
Aug. 17, 7 p.m.: Aldo Leopold Tribute Night
Aug. 24: Yorktown Battle was the battle that won the Revolutionary War for Independence.
Aug. 31: Storytelling
The Lawrence Nature Center is located at 481 Drexel Ave., Trenton.
Through June 30
Through July 1
The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer is offering book awards to college-bound Jewish students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community and surrounding areas.
The scholarships for academic books and supplies are awarded based on financial need, and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester 2021.
Applications for are due by July 1. Applications can be completed online at https://forms.gle/WPSAfT4bgc6fCsBG7
For more information about the Book Awards and the application, contact Amy Zacks at email@example.com or 609-524-4374.
Monday, July 5
Cranbury Township will hold its Independence Day fireworks event in Village Park on July 5.
Details will be announced.
The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host Bedminster’s Field of Honor at River Road Park.
The tribute will celebrate the nation’s independence, and honor all those who have served the country with pride and dignity, with a display of over 200 American flags in the north field of River Road Park along Route 202/206 in Bedminster beginning through July 11.
On July 10, the community is invited to stroll through the Field of Honor, picnic on the grounds, listen to live music by the White House Wind Symphony and enjoy historic demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Purchase or adopt a flag to honor a hero. Flags are $40 to adopt and $60 to purchase. Adoptions and purchases include a personalized dedication that will be listed on the website and in the event program.
As part of our Field of Honor display, attend The Jacobus Vanderveer Houses’ reopening at the Field of Honor Celebration on July 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
This community event is free to the public.
Visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org for more information.
In Conversation is a curated series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art. Breaking down the barriers between artist and art-appreciator, In Conversation delves into inspiration, studio practice, and artistic aspirations.
Colby Cedar Smith, author, poet, and instructor of creative writing at the Arts Council, will join Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence program, for virtual conversation at 7 p.m. July 13.
July 22 to Aug. 6
The 2021 Mercer County Senior Art Show will be held virtually from July 22 to Aug. 6.
The closing reception and award ceremony will be held from 1-2 p.m. Aug. 6 via Zoom. Artists will be notified of the Zoom code closer to the reception date.
For more information, contact Cheryl Reed at 609-989-6899 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25
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.
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.
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
Saturday, Oct. 16
Hope Hose Co. No. 1 will hold Riverfest 2021 from 1-10 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Bordertown Beach.
More details to follow.
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.
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding advertising.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.