Common calendar, Packet papers, Aug. 6



The Evergreen Forum, a program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC), will offer 22 courses, all on Zoom, for adults, that focus on science, literature, art, history, social studies and culture.

Registration is a first-come, first-served enrollment system at Electronic brochures are available online.

Classes begin the week of Sept. 27 and meet once a week for two hours.

Fees are $95 for a 6-8-week course, and $70 for a 3-5-week course. Senior scholarships are available to those for whom the fee is a hardship. To apply, contact Sharon Hurley, director of social services, at [email protected] or 609-751-9699, ext. 104 to apply.


Princeton-based photographer and Arts Council of Princeton Artist-in-Residence Robin Resch asks the Princeton community to consider the question: What is irreplaceable to you?

On view in Princeton’s Dohm Alley through Oct. 16, “Taking Pause” is a documentary, collaborative portrait project that asks people to reflect on what matters most deeply to them.

Visit Dohm Alley to view Resch’s photographic triptychs each displaying a participant, what he or she shared as being irreplaceable, and his or her story behind this choice.

As part of her installation in Princeton, Resch also created a Virtual Response Wall as a space where members of our community can also consider this question and share their own reflections.

To share reflections or to follow the collective conversation, visit the Taking Pause Virtual Response Wall by visiting

For a peek behind the process of “Taking Pause,: Resch will present free, open-air Artist Talks in Dohm Alley. The first will be a lunchtime talk from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 19. On Aug. 26, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23, Resch will deliver evening Artist Talks from 5:30-6:30 p.m..

Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 609-924-8777.

The Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit invites any licensed health care professional, practicing or retired, who lives or works in Mercer County and any community volunteer who lives or works in Mercer County who has an interest in health and emergency preparedness issues to join.

MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources to prepare for and respond to emergencies at a local level. All volunteers receive free training.

Sign up at or call 609-989-6887 for more information.


Registration is open for Princeton Ballet School’s 2021-22 school year.

In-person and virtual classes are available for children as young as age 3, in addition to an Open Division for adults. Classes start Sept. 9.

Beginners are welcome. Dancers with prior experience may call to schedule a placement class.

Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, has studios in Princeton, Cranbury and at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.

Classes include ballet, character, contemporary dance, Flamenco, pointe, and conditioning, in addition to several performance opportunities throughout the year.

For more information, visit or call 609-921-7758.




Throughout August

Rise is collecting donations of backpacks and school supplies for local students of all ages from elementary school to high school that will be handed out before the new school year begins.

Students can come in to the Rise Thrift Store, 114 Rogers Ave., Hightstown, to pick up their backpack, containing age/grade level appropriate items.

Any remaining backpacks will be sent to local schools so that school administrators can distribute them to students they recognize as needing a few extra tools.

Donations can be dropped off at the Rise Greater Goods Thrift Store through August.

Call 609-443-4464 for more information.


Local students can stop by the Rise Snack Shack outside the Rise Greater Goods Thrift Store, 114 Rogers Ave., Hightstown, and pick up two healthy snacks and a drink using their student ID each day until the new school year begins.

Volunteers who are interested in being Snack Shack vendors are needed.



The Friends for Abbott Marshlands announces the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s limited reopening on weekends. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through the end of August.
In the ongoing photographic exhibit on display, “Wisdom of Trees: The Art and Science of Trees,” photographers Patricia Bender and Dr. Mary Alessio Leck explore the art, life and science of trees. This exhibition in two galleries seeks to combine science and art in ways that will increase our understanding and enjoyment of the trees that grace our area and the planet.
An upcoming tree workshop is planned as well as insect and mushroom walks. Check the website events page and Facebook event posts to register.

Hike the trails on the Abbott Marshlands’ preserved lands through Bordentown, Trenton and Hamilton. Private family tours are available at a fee and by appointment via Tulpehaking Nature Center naturalists at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton. Call Kelly Rypkema at 609-888-3218 if interested. There are free weekly and monthly group walks with registration at rotating locations between Hamilton, Trenton and Bordentown: Watson Woods, Spring Lake at Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, Bordentown Bluffs with Crosswicks Creek Water Trail, and D&R Canal State Park between Bordentown and Trenton. Another location will be added this year in Point Breeze, the historic former estate of Joseph Bonaparte.

In 2020 the Friends began The Abbott Marshlands Inspiration Showcase, an online exhibit of art, poetry, prose and photography held seasonally to show appreciation for the marshlands and how it affects visitors personally. The current show is open for entries through Aug. 15. To read more, visit


French-American artist Gwenn Seemel is presenting illustrations from “Baby Sees ABCs,” her animal alphabet book, at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., through Aug. 31.

Displayed alongside the artworks are short paragraphs packed with unusual facts about these creatures, their genders, their diverse coloring, and all the surprising ways they get along with each other and with humans.
For more information, visit



Through Labor Day, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) Hillsborough branch is encouraging customers to take, make and return a dog-themed craft to share on the library’s bulletin board in the youth services department.

The library is located at 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

For questions or more information, contact Kathleen McHugh at [email protected] or 908-458-8420, ext. 1244.



Through Friday, Aug. 6

The 2021 Mercer County Senior Art Show will be held virtually through 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 [email protected]


The Princeton Human Services Department is hosting its 12th Annual Backpack and School Supplies Drive to benefit low-income families who attend the Princeton Public Schools.

Items that can be donated include book bags, notebooks, binders, folders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, and other school supplies for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

Drop off donations at the Princeton Human Services office, 1 Monument Dr., Princeton, by Aug. 6.

For more information, call 609-688-2055 or email [email protected]





Friday, Aug. 6

Rider University will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6 on campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence Township.

Speak with current Rider Broncs, learn about academics, connect with faculty, explore student life and more.

Rider offers more than 100 career-ready majors and minors that span across various disciplines including the arts, business, liberal arts and sciences.

Enriched Career Experiences through Rider’s Center for Career Development & Success provide structured support for professional development and enhanced opportunities for internships, fieldwork and co-ops.

For more information, visit










Saturday, Aug. 7

Hillsborough will hold its annual Purple Heart ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Garden of Honor on the grounds of the Municipal Complex.

The Purple Heart, the most recognized medal of the armed forces, is awarded to those serving in the armed forces that are injured or killed while serving in combat. It was originally introduced by George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782. It is the oldest military award given to U.S. military members.

At the first Purple Heart Ceremony held in Hillsborough in 2012, a Purple Heart Monument was dedicated to the township, and resides at the Garden of Honor, by Chapter 27 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Whole World Arts at MarketFair Princeton will hold a design workshop from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 where attendees will learn about the art of fused glass, using cutting techniques and flame to shape glass. Attendees will leave with three handmade pendants, complete with a silver-plated bail and on leather cord.

The cost is $75 for members or $85 for non-members. A $20 materials fee is included.

Register at

Whole World Arts is located in the former Bobby’s Burger Palace, 3535 Route 1, Princeton.

The Beyond Borders: Multicultural Festival is a community event organized by Hillsborough High School’s Student Diversity Initiative and is oriented around promoting cultural appreciation as well as strengthening the connections of the local community.

It is planned for 2:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the township municipal building, 379 S. Branch Road.

The festival plans to host in-depth workshops, art exhibits from local talent, food vendors, and tables to explore diversity.

Workshops include a quick introduction to the fundamentals of hip-hop, Ukrainian dance, yoga, Taekwondo and Bollywood dance.

Entrance is free of charge.



Select weekends, through September

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September, 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: 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



Select dates, through Sept. 11

The Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook welcomes comedians 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 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

The theater is located at 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook.



Select dates, through Oct. 1

The Mercer County Movie Series will present free movie nights.

Movies will be shown from 7:30 to approximately 9:30 p.m.

The schedule is:

Aug. 6 is “Tenet” at Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road, Trenton. Parental discretion is advised.

Ag. 7 is “A League of Their Own” at Arm & Hammer Park.

Sept. 10 is “Batman” from 1989 at Rosedale Park. Parental discretion is advised.

Sept. 17 is “Raya and the Last Dragon” at South Riverwalk Park, John Fitch Way, Trenton.

Oct. 1 is “Scoob!” on the festival grounds.

Admission is free.

Seating provided at Arm & Hammer Park, but bring your own blankets or chairs for the other locations.

Guests are welcome to bring coolers with sealed bottles of water. No glass bottles or other outside food or beverage allowed.

For updated weather information, visit










Select dates, through Sept. 4

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:

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

Sept. 4, Dragonfly; Sept. 18, BackTrack










Through Saturday, Aug. 8


Joint Effort Witherspoon-Jackson Community Princeton Safe Streets will return to in-person activities this summer. The theme of this year’s activities is “Not Bouncing Back, But Bouncing Forward in Princeton.”

This week-long summer program will continue to focus on the historic role of the Witherspoon-Jackson community as the 20th Historic District of Princeton, as well as a recognition of the many stories of family, faith, leadership, history, community service and the future of the town.

The schedule is:

  • Third reunion, 6 p.m. Aug. 6, Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman
  • Youth basketball clinic, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7, Community Park basketball courts, 380 Witherspoon St., Princeton
  • Community discussion on new visions for Princeton, based on economic development, cannabis in Princeton and a candidates forum, 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 7, First Baptist Church, 30 Green St., Princeton
  • Community Block Festival, 1-7 p.m. Aug. 7, Princeton YMCA field, 59 Paul Robeson Pl., Princeton
  • Fourth reunion, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman
  • Pete Young Memorial Basketball Games and community awards, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Community Park basketball courts, 380 Witherspoon St., Princeton
  • Final reunion gathering, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, SkillmanFor more information, call John Bailey at 720-629-0964.




Sunday, Aug. 8

East Windsor will hold the AM Gold Yacht Rock Party, featuring hit songs from 1975-85, at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at Etra Lake Park, Disbrow Hill Road.

AM Gold is a New York City based tribute band, performing the adult-contemporary hit songs from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s.

In the event of questionable weather, call the East Windsor Information Hotline at 609-443-4000, ext. 400 after 1 p.m. the day of the event.



Tomahawk throwing is open to adults only from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Nature Center of Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Advanced registration required.

Park vehicle entrance fee is $5 per car.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.



The Jewish communities of Mercer/Bucks will join to celebrate from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Jewish Cultural Festival at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville.

This lively, rain-or-shine event will feature live music, kosher food, door prizes, shopping, in-person demonstrations, kids’ crafts and games.

The festival also marks an opportunity to meet many of the faces of the area’s synagogues, non-profit organizations, schools and local businesses.

Attendees of the Jewish Cultural Festival will enjoy the variety of musical styles of the Jugtown Mountain String Band, which will play live during most of the festival. Children’s musician Tim Hoh will perform from 2-2:30 p.m.

A free door prize ticket is offered to any adult who has pre-registered for the event.

Pre-register by emailing [email protected].

Those who make a $10 donation will be given additional door prize tickets.

Handicap parking is available at Adath, and general parking is available at Rider University. There is an option to drop-off individuals before parking at Rider.

The event is free to enter, but some of the festival activities do charge.

Should there be inclement weather, the festival will move indoors.

The Jewish Cultural Festival follows CDC Guidelines.





Beginning Monday, Aug. 9

The bridge carrying Mercer Road over Stony Brook in Princeton is scheduled to be closed temporarily beginning Aug. 9 to allow for repairs to the parapets by the Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The duration of the project is approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

Mercer Road will be closed to traffic throughout the duration of the project; however, access will be permitted for local residents, and municipal and emergency vehicles.

Motorists will be directed to use Province Line Road and Route 206 for both directions of traffic.

Due to deteriorated pavement surface conditions, Stockton Street (County Route 571) in Hightstown between Oak Lane and Route 33 (North Main Street) is scheduled for milling and resurfacing by the Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Work is expected to begin Aug. 9, with an anticipated completion time of approximately four weeks, weather permitting.

During construction, Stockton Street will be closed to 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 Route 130, Town Center Road, North Main Street (Route 539) and Route 33.


Through Tuesday, Aug. 10


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

To register, go to and select “Register” from the upper right-hand corner.


For more information, email [email protected].




Tuesdays, through Aug. 31

Tuesday Night is Family Night at the Lawrence Nature Center.

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.



The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.

Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.

Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at

There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.

For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.


Mercer County Park Commission Naturalists will hold fun and informative pontoon boat nature tours of Mercer Lake on Wednesdays throughout August.

These family-friendly tours will give attendees access to rarely seen areas of the 365-acre lake

Rates for in-county residents are $10 per person for adults and $8 per person for children and seniors. Out-of-county rates are $12 per person for adults and $10 per person for children and seniors.

There are two tours each day from 8:30-10 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to noon, weather-permitting.

Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Park Marina on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of the tour.

The boat seats 12 people. Children must be at least 6 years old.

To learn more about upcoming Nature Programs and environmental education activities open to the public, visit!/activities/nature-programs







Select dates in August

Palmer Square in Princeton has scheduled the following events:

  • Dueling Piano Nights, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12 and 28
  • Summer Music Series featuring Eco Del Sur, noon to 2 p.m. Aug 7
  • Movie Nights on the Green: Mighty Ducks, 8-10 p.m. Aug. 13



Thursday, Aug. 12

Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit will be presented from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.
The Arts Council is partnering with Labyrinth Books to present a launch party for Colby Cedar Smith’s “Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit,” the novel in verse debut from the Hopewell-based author and ACP creative writing instructor.

This novel in verse captures one young woman’s struggle for independence, equality and identity as the daughter of Greek and French immigrants in tumultuous 1930s Detroit.

To RSVP, visit


Select dates, from Aug. 12

Princeton Public Library and Princeton Shopping Center have teamed up to present the Summer Nights Series, a seven-event series of concerts, movies, dance parties and family-friendly activities.

Events will take place in the courtyard of the shopping center, 301 N. Harrison St., and attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

All events are free and weather permitting. In the event of rain, events will be rescheduled.

The remaining events in the series include:

Summer Reading Wrap-up Party and Movie: “Raya and the Last Dragon”

The party begins at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 with activities and giveaways, and ends with a screening of Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

A free treat from Rita’s Water Ice will be given to the first 100 children and teens who arrive at the event.

There will also be a free craft to create from Color Me Mine and a Pokemon scavenger hunt.

Games and other activities will be led by library staff and there will be book giveaways for all ages.

At 7 p.m., NJ Bubble Parties will present 45 minutes of bubble fun.

The screening begins at approximately 8:15 p.m.

On Aug. 13, a concert from Billy Joel tribute band We May Be Right will be held from 6-8 p.m.

A Disco Dance Party and Movie: “The High Note” will be presented from 6:30-10:15 p.m. Aug. 19.

Music by DJ Darius the 1st is followed by a screening of “The High Note,” the story of a superstar and her assistant who dreams of becoming a music producer.

Those who attend are welcome and encouraged to dress in disco-era style.

The movie “Soul” will be shown on Sept. 10.

Family-friendly activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a screening of the Pixar Animation Studios feature film about a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town.





Saturday, Aug. 14


A night hike for participants 6 years old and older will be held beginning at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Explore the park for nature at night on this naturalist-guided hike and campfire.

Bring a flashlight.

Enter the park from the entrance on Bear Tavern Road (Phillips Farm/Group Camping Entrance) and follow the event signs to the Nature Center.

Advanced registration required.

Fee is $2 per person, exact cash.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.


The Larry Smith Sr. Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held from 4-10 p.m. Aug. 14 at Ann Van Middlesworth Park, 17 Pleasant View Road, Hillsborough. Rain date is Aug. 21.

Divisions are middle school (12-14 years old), high school (15-17 years old) and over 18.

Registration fee is $60 per team.

Three game guarantee.

Each participant receives a T-shirt. Champions will win trophies.

All proceeds benefit the Larry Smith Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For more information, call James at 908-458-7310 or email [email protected]


Through Sunday, Aug. 15

Mercer County Library System’s annual Amateur Photo Contest is accepting submissions through Aug. 15.

The theme is “Happiness is …”

Photos will be displayed in the 2021 virtual exhibition.

For complete details, visit




The 20th anniversary of Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey is underway as registration for the fall season is scheduled to open Aug. 15.

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program for girls in third through fifth grades. The eight-week in-person program incorporates running to teach critical life skills, encourage personal development and foster team building and community service.

Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons.

Teams meet twice a week for 75 minutes for eight weeks, and the program culminates with all teams participating in a 5K run in November.

Coaches are needed for the program to start week of Sept. 27.

Registration, site and volunteer coach information can be found at

Volunteers provide critical leadership and the non-profit organization is currently seeking coaches to facilitate the program with teams of 8 to 20 girls.


Girls on the Run has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs in the United States.


Coaches do not need to be athletic! Just bring your energy and enthusiasm to mentor the next generation of young women. All volunteer coaches receive a three-hour program training.


For more information contact Donna York at [email protected] or 908-642-4321.


Tuesday, Aug. 17 to Saturday, Aug. 21

The Hillsborough Rotary Fair will be held Aug. 17-21 in the field adjacent to Lowe’s at the Hillsborough Promenade, 315 Route 206, Hillsborough.

There will be nightly entertainment, fireworks on Aug. 20 (rain date Aug. 21), food, rides, games, a 50/50 raffle, and a local business expo.

Hours are 6-10 p.m. Aug. 17-19, and 6-11 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21.

All funds raised by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation will be returned to the community as contributions and service projects.

For more information, call Anthony Francini at 908-334-9304 or Abed Medawar at 908-256-5349.



Select dates, from Aug. 18

The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber will return to hosting in-person events.

·         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 Details for upcoming events can be found on the calendar page.



Wednesday, Aug. 18

Twilight Walking Tours will be held by Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, 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.
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


Research has shown that reading to a furry, feathery or scaly friend can help motivate children to read, build their confidence and improve fluency.

Connect with a therapy dog at the Hillsborough Library branch, 379 S. Branch Road, on Aug. 18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration requited at more information call, 908-458-8420.





Select Wednesdays, through September

East Windsor Township Yoga in the Park continues.

The township Recreation Department, in conjunction with the East Windsor Health Advisory Board, is offering outdoor yoga sessions at Etra Lake Park. The 45-minute sessions will be led by a licensed yoga instructor on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1, weather permitting.

All ages and levels welcome. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advance registration fee of $8 per session is required. For information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 225, or visit




Thursday, Aug. 19

Storytelling, poetry and language are simultaneously aural, visual and mnemonic practices in the work of artist Sky Hopinka.

A member of the Ho-Chunk nation, Hopinka creates photographs and films that explore the formation and continuity of cultural memory through experiences of the land, the body, and narrative.

Join the artist and Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a richly illustrated conversation about Hopinka’s multidisciplinary practice at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

Held in partnership with Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Princeton.

Register at



Thursdays, through Aug. 19

Lawrenceville Main Street’s Music in the Park! will be held at 6 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 19.

Enjoy music, food and community at Weeden Park, 2611 Main St., Lawrenceville.

For more information, visit



Select dates, through October

The schedule for the Mercer County Park Summer Concert Series is:

Aug. 20, Party Night, 6-9:30 p.m., Festival Grounds

Aug. 27, Rock Nights, 6-9:30 p.m., Festival Grounds

Aug. 28, Funk Night, 6-9:30 p.m., Festival Grounds

Sept. 18, Old School R&B Night, 6-9:30 p.m., Festival Grounds

Oct. 2, Caribbean/Latin Night, 2-8 p.m., South Riverwalk Park, John Fitch Way, Trenton

Gates open one hour prior to start time.

Parking fee is $5.

For updates, visit!/festival-grounds-events/




Through Saturday, Aug. 21

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

Take the challenge at

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

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


Saturday, Aug. 21

A family nature walk, informally guided by a naturalist, is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Aug. 21 at Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Meet at the Nature Center.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced registration required.

Park vehicle entrance fee is $5 per car.

For more information, call 609-737-0609.

Tunnel to Towers will hold a 5K Run & Walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at Carnegie Center, 502 Carnegie Center, Princeton.

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Follow in the footsteps of Sept. 11 heroes and the nation’s first responders and military heroes.

Follow #T2TRun on social media.


Sunday, Aug. 22

East Windsor will present a concert with the Wooden Ships Band, a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute band, with vocal harmonies sung by three women, at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Etra Lake Park, off Disbrow Hill Road.

The event is free.

In the event of questionable weather, call the East Windsor Information Hotline at 609-443-4000, ext. 400 after 1 p.m. the day of the event.



The Indo-American Cultural Foundation of New Jersey will hold a summer picknic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Mercer County Park, West Picnic Area, 1638 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

There will be food, live music, drinks and games.

The cost is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. RSVP by Aug. 15.

Venmo tpatel434 or make checks payable to IACFNJ.


Monday, Aug. 23

Join Voices Chorale New Jersey (VCNJ) for Summer Sing, an evening of music and conversation, at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 outdoors at Music Together Worldwide, 225 Pennington-Hopewell Road, Hopewell. Rain date is 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

This event is free, although donations are welcome.

Bring a lawn chair.

Refreshments will be served.

In addition, VCNJ welcomes new singers. Tenors and basses are particularly needed.

Request an audition at the Summer Sing, or contact audition coordinator Jenny Goings at [email protected]

In-person rehearsals for the fall season will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Music Together Worldwide.

Rehearsals will be held weekly from 7:30-9:30 p.m., in preparation for a holiday concert in the Princeton area in mid- December 2021. Vaccinations are required to participate.



Tuesday, Aug. 24

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton is asking community members to donate blood or platelets to help replenish the blood supply in New Jersey.

All donors from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 will receive a lunch voucher, a T-shirt and be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card.

Platelet donors also receive a $10 Shop Rite gift card.

All donors are required to wear a mask. Social distancing guidelines and additional disinfecting procedures will be in effect.

You are not currently eligible to donate blood if you have been exposed to or cared for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Bring a photo ID and be sure to eat and drink prior to donating.

Medical eligibility questions should be referred to RWJUH Donor Services at 732-235-8100, ext. 248.

Appointments are encouraged and available at or by calling 732-235-8100 ext. 221.

The blood drive will be held at RWJUH Hamilton’s Roma Bank Café, 1 Hamilton Health Pl., Hamilton.



Thursday, Aug. 26


Artist and electroacoustic composer Tarek Atoui considers the expansive potential of sound as an artistic material, exploring the potential of tactile, physical, gestural, and visual modes for its expression at art museums.

Atoui will join Professor Elizabeth Margulis, director of Princeton University’s Music Cognition Lab, at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 for a discussion of sound as a medium for collaborative, socially focused artistic practice and the accessibility questions that arise when considering how to make sonic work available to diverse audiences.

Moderated by Beth Gollnick, curatorial associate, photography and modern and contemporary art. 

Register at



Through Friday, Aug. 27

West Windsor Arts Council will present “Across the Board: Garden State Watercolor Society,” an in-person and online exhibition of original fine art for sale, through Aug. 27.

The exhibit spaces will be at West Windsor Arts, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, with gallery hours by appointment; and at the new Whole World Arts in MarketFair Shopping Center, 3535 Route 1, Princeton, Wednesday to Friday, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m.

The award-winning artists, who all happen to be women, include: Joanne Amantea (treasurer), Linda Arnold, Clara Sue Beym, Joan Capaldo, Grace Chiarella, Tess Fields (president), Judith Hummer (vice president), Monica Kennedy, Barbara March, Jinnie May (secretary), Margaret Simpson, Chris Valente, Lynn Cheng Varga and Lois Westerfield.

The newly reopened Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host an exhibit entitled Color Wheel by Tatiana Sougakova from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, through Aug. 27, at Town Hall, 23-A N. Main St., Cranbury.
Color Wheel is a collection of large abstract wall scrolls on sewn canvas each depicting a nature force or a theme.
For more information, visit




Through Sunday, Aug. 29

The Burlington County Senior Art Show will run through Aug. 29 at the Worker’s House Gallery at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton.

For more information, visit or call the Burlington County Office on Aging at 609-265-5784.


Sunday, Aug. 29

East Windsor will hold a concert with Gathering Time, a Long Island-based folk rock/Americana/AAA trio, at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Etra Lake Park, off Disbrow Hill Road.

The event is free.

In the event of questionable weather, call the East Windsor Information Hotline at 609-443-4000, ext. 400 after 1 p.m. the day of the event.


Beginning Sunday, Aug. 29

The Tour of Somerville, the nation’s longest running bicycle race, is back for its 77th annual event, which dates back to 1940.

Due to the pandemic, the race has been rescheduled from the traditional Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Sunday, Aug. 29: Tour of Somerset County sponsored by Atlantic Health System Bridgewater Pavilion. The first recreational bike tour for area residents with two ride distances, 25 and 50 miles. The ride has rest stops at four Somerset County Parks and begins and ends in Somerville. The ride will begin at 8 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4: Easton Twilight Criterium Bike Race sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Professional bike racing under the lights in downtown Easton culminates with a fireworks display over the Delaware River. The 8-race schedule begins at 4:15 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5: Basking Ridge “Greg Cordasco” Criterium Bike Race sponsored by Washington House Restaurant, Scandic Pils & Scandic Builders. An afternoon professional bicycle race in downtown Basking Ridge. The 8-race schedule begins at 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 6: Tour of Somerville sponsored by Unity Bank. A full day of bicycle racing, activities and entertainments. See some of the top professional bike racers in North America compete in the historic bicycle race. Started in 1940, the race normally held on Memorial Day, recognizes the sacrifices of those that gave their lives serving the country in the military. The 9-race schedule begins at 9:30 a.m. with a Family Fun Ride.

For more information on the recreational ride and the three days of bike racing go to


Through Monday, Aug. 30


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 [email protected], 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.


Monday, Aug. 30

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




Through Tuesday, Aug. 31


Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton will open an exhibition “Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in NJ” in March 2022 that will explore the ways in which the company pioneered innovations that transformed all aspects of modern-day life.

The Bell System was deeply rooted in the Garden State, with locations throughout New Jersey. From operators and linemen to mathematicians and physicists, Bell employed thousands of New Jerseyans during the 20th century.

Morven plans to exhibit historic artifacts from AT&T Archives and History Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and National Radio Astronomy Observatory, among others.

Morven wants to know about memorabilia, photos and firsthand stories. If you worked for AT&T, Western Electric or Bell Telephone Laboratories before 1984 and would like to share personal artifacts, photos, or stories, call 609-924-8144, ext. 115, or visit

If you have personal artifacts, contact Morven before Aug. 31 to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition.

For any inquiries about the exhibition, contact Jesse Gordon at [email protected]






Tuesday, Aug. 31

The One Voice Initiative, The Prevention Coalition of Mercer County, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, and Lawrence Township present International Overdose Awareness Day from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Lawrence Township Central Park, 100 Dave Nevius Way and Eggert Crossing Road.

There will be a memorial display for friends and family to bring memorabilia, an unused medicine drop box, a Narcan demonstration, a candlelight vigil, and resources related to recovery and treatment.

Organizations may table at this event at no charge.

Free T-shirts while supplies last.

Register at

For more information, email [email protected]



Through Sept. 1

Einstein’s Alley, a partner in the NJ Business Immigration Coalition, will accept nominations for the 9th Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.
The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition, committed to bipartisan and common sense immigration reform, includes statewide, regional and bi-national chambers of commerce, and other companies and organizations joining to celebrate the important role of immigrants in today’s economy and to honor the contributions of immigrant business leaders to their communities.
Nominations are open through Sept. 1. The awards will be presented at an October event.

Thursday, Sept. 2

Nassau Street Sampler 2021: No Walls Needed will be presented by the Princeton University Art Museum on Sept. 2.

This year’s annual Nassau Street Sampler will feature live online experiences, including artful yoga, student performances, lotería, and an interactive museum game, plus exclusive in-person experiences for students on campus.

For more information, visit


Friday, Sept. 10

Hopewell Theater is reopening its doors on Sept. 10 with a grand reopening show featuring international recording artist Danielia Cotton.

The event begins with a pre-show party at 6:30 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. celebration performance by Cotton.

All attending patrons will receive a free gift, courtesy of the artist and Hopewell Theater.

Light refreshments will be available for purchase at concessions.

Cotton, a rock singer-songwriter born and raised in Hopewell, returns to the theater for this celebratory concert alongside national recording guitarist Matt Beck, and founding member of The Spin Doctors, drummer Aaron Comess.

The theater will reopen at full capacity with an eclectic lineup of programs all while taking necessary precautions for the safety of its patrons, staff, and artists, including HVAC upgrades among other health measures.

Tickets are $30-35 ($36 on day of show) and can be purchased in advance at



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 or call 609-278-8086.


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

Details will be announced.



Sept. 12-19

The Sourland Spectacular is celebrating its 10th consecutive year, returning to an in-person group event on Sept. 11; and self-paced cycling, hiking and running Sept. 12-19, on Sourland region roads and public hiking trails. Cycling routes will be released soon.

This year, the Sourland Conservancy will be offering its traditional event with some slight modifications to accommodate those riders who may not feel comfortable riding in large groups, promoting a full week of riding the routes and hiking our trails with rest stops and water stations still in place.

The kickoff event on Sept. 11 will feature both staggered starts and lunches. Pre-event coffee and breakfast will be followed by lunches served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The lunch will be capped by ice cream sundaes from sponsor Bent Spoon.

The $60 entry fee for the Sept. 11 event includes lunch, swag and rest stops with snacks.

Course markers and rest stops will remain in place through Sept. 19 for riders who prefer to ride the course and hike or run the trails on their own.

There will be several new fundraising opportunities. This year, riders and hikers can opt to be sponsored and those who solicit $200 or more will receive a cycling jersey commemorating the event. Alternatively, riders will be able to purchase jerseys for $85.

For more information, visit

Proceeds from the Sourland Spectacular will support the Sourland Conservancy, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, promote and preserve the 90-square mile Sourland Mountain region.

Business sponsorships starting at $300 are available. Sponsors who sign up before Aug. 10 will receive recognition on the back of the event jersey.

Visit or email [email protected] for more information.



Friday, Sept. 17

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton Foundation announced its second annual Family Movie Night featuring “Raya & The Last Dragon” on Sept. 17 at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. Rain date is Sept. 24.

Doors and concessions open at 5:30 p.m.; feature presentation at 7 p.m.

All attendees will enjoy vouchers for the concession stands, complimentary popcorn and a souvenir gift with the purchase of their ticket; additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Family Fun Packs are available and include two adult and two child tickets.

Bring your own blanket and snacks.

Chairs, coolers and alcohol not permitted.

Sponsorship opportunities and full event information can be found at

Trenton Thunder Ballpark is located at 1 Thunder Road, Trenton.


An Evening of Laughter featuring comedians Jimmy Shubert, Gemini and Kevin Israel will be held Sept. 17 at Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough.

Sponsored by Hillsborough UNICO.

Dinner and show is $65. Proceeds benefit Community Options of Hillsborough.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Show to follow.

Tickets can be purchased at

For more information, call 908-823-4647.



Saturday, Sept. 18

Hillsborough will host its 250th Celebration parade on Sept. 18, kicking off at 10 a.m. sharp.

All interested veterans will be provided a shuttle the morning of the parade, leaving from the main entrance of the Municipal Building at 9:30 a.m.

All Hillsborough veterans interested in participating in the parade should register by calling the Hillsborough Parks & Recreation office at 908-369-4832 or registering online via Communitypass.

Saturday, Sept. 18 to Saturday, Nov. 6

The Bordentown Historical Society’s (BHS) Harrowing History performance is set to return for season two, from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6.

Sponsored by Bordentown Home for Funerals, this season features six all-new, true stories researched by Harrowing History’s creator, Bordentown Historical Society Director Kristi Kantorski, as told by a volunteer cast.

Like the debut season, all six tales offer extraordinary accounts of mayhem, murder and mystery in true crime stories.

Visit for tickets and more information.


Through Monday, Sept. 20

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

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.



Join the leaders and board members of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton for a presentation of the hospital’s achievements during its 50th year in Hamilton, and its plans for the future, during the hospital’s annual community meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton.

Breakfast will be served.

Pre-registration is requested; call 609-584-6427.



Thursday, Sept. 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. Sept. 23 from 3-7 p.m.




Saturday, Sept. 25

The Arts Council of Princeton will hold How Deep is Your Love?, An Evening of Love and Community, from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

There will be an open air discotheque, food trucks and party boards.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available.

For more information, visit or call 609-924-8777.





Sundays, through Sept. 26

The Bordentown City Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 26, at Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks St., Bordentown City.




Sunday, Sept. 26

National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton (NJTLT), which for 45 years has been enriching the lives of under-resourced youth through innovative tennis, education and mentoring programs, will honor Borden Perlman Insurance partner and long-time NJTLT supporter Jeffrey Perlman at the 27th Annual NJTLT Gala on Sept. 26.

The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a tennis exhibition at the Mercer County Tennis Center, and culminate in a cocktail party reception at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake.

NJTLT is honoring Perlman for his commitment to the organization, as well as his example of the type of mentorship and support that have made a difference in the lives of NJTLT participants, both on and of the courts.

Perlman attended Princeton Day School, playing singles and doubles on the varsity tennis team all four years. As captain his senior year, Perlman led the PDS team to a state private school championship. In singles and in mixed doubles with his wife Sharon, Jeff has won many trophies at Greenacres Country Club (now Cobblestone Creek).

Although Perlman no longer plays tournaments, he remains committed to the sport, playing through many injuries and against doctor’s advice.

In 2014, he received his coaching license from the USPTA and currently teaches youth during the summer at Loveladies Tennis Club on Long Beach Island.

Perlman first became involved with NJTLT of Trenton in the organization’s early days and has supported the organization ever since.

Also featured at the Sept. 26 event will be identical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, considered the most successful doubles team in the history of tennis. The Bryans have won multiple Olympic medals and have won more professional games, matches, tournaments and Grand Slams than any other men’s pairing. They held the World No. 1 doubles ranking jointly for 438 weeks—longer than anyone else in doubles history, and finished as the Association of Tennis Professionals year-end No. 1 doubles team a record 10 times.

Between 2005 and 2006, they set an Open Era tennis record by competing in seven consecutive men’s doubles Grand Slam finals.

Recently retired, the Bryan brothers have continued their involvement in tennis through entertaining exhibitions and clinics.

NJTLT’s Sept. 26 event will include a tennis clinic and exhibition with the Bryans playing and interacting with local sponsors and the young participants of NJTLT.

For more information, tickets or sponsorships, visit





Thursday, Sept. 30


SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. will hold the 30th annual Volley For SERV (VFS) Tennis Tournament at Cobblestone Creek Country Club, 2170 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence Township on Sept. 30.
VFS benefits the SERV Foundation and raises funds for SERV Behavioral Health System’s programs for children, youth, and adults throughout New Jersey who are recovering from severe mental illness and/or coping with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Through Thursday, Sept. 30

Through Sept. 30, Somerset County residents can apply with the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services to receive $30 worth of farmers’ market vouchers for the purchase of locally-grown fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Eligible residents can use these vouchers at participating Somerset County farmer’s markets until Nov. 30.

Vouchers will be distributed to eligible residents on a first-come, first-serve basis





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.


Oct. 4

West Windsor Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Station 43, will commemorate its 100 years of service to the West Windsor community with a charity golf outing on Oct. 4 at Mercer Oaks Golf Course.

The event will kick off with registration and lunch at 10:30 a.m., shotgun start at noon on both the East and West courses, and dinner and awards at 5 p.m.

Registration is $250 per golfer.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available.

All proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the fire company, which is comprised entirely of volunteers and relies on donations for operation and to meet the growing safety needs of the community.

Golfers of all abilities are welcome to participate in the charity outing, which will be a scramble format with a shotgun start. Out on the course, there will be several hole contests for golfers to show off their game, including closest to the pin, longest drive, lowest score, and others.

There will also be other games of chance and opportunities to win raffles, prizes and auction items.

For more information, email [email protected]


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



Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10

Somerset County’s 16th annual Journey through the Past will be held in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 and from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 10, as well as virtually throughout October.

Several Somerset County historic sites will be open and free to the public.

The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission asks that all visitors, and all participating historic sites and their attendant organizations, comply with the current state and county health, safety and social distancing protocols during this event.

A series of virtual experiences can be accessed online.

There is no cost to attend.

For more information, visit




Oct. 12-17

The Princeton Environmental Film Festival returns Oct. 12-17.

For more information, email [email protected].



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!/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


Through Nov. 18

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


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.


Older adults in Mercer County again will have the opportunity to receive fresh-produce checks that will enable them to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands.

This year, each person will receive five $6 checks for a total $30 that are valid until Nov. 30.

Checks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call 609-989-6661 and speak with a staff member or leave a message with your phone number so the Office on Aging can return the call.

When calling, be prepared to:

  • Provide your name and address to verify you live in Mercer County
  • State your date of birth to verify you are 60 years of age and older
  • Verify that your income is within the eligibility qualifications listed below:

A single person’s income must not exceed $23,606 per year or $1,968 monthly; a couple’s income must not exceed $31,894 per year or $2,658 monthly.

The Office on Aging staff will then direct you as to how you can secure your checks.


Hillsborough Township is beginning to work on the 2022 color printed calendar produced by Town Planner.
The printing of the calendar comes at no cost to Hillsborough taxpayers; it is funded through the advertisements contained within the calendar.
Township calendars are generally mailed out in December and include schedules, community event reminders, important dates, and phone numbers for the coming year.
As with previous calendars, it will also showcase photographs featuring Hillsborough Township’s landscape and scenery that are submitted by residents. Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration for the 2022 calendar can email their high resolution image, along with a photo release form, to the Township Clerk at [email protected]. The photo release form can be found at The calendar has limited spaces for photographs so there is no guarantee every one submitted will be used.
Advertising opportunities are also available in the calendar and are being handled directly through Town Planner. For more information regarding advertising, contact Jim O’Dowd at 973-650-2736 or [email protected].





Princeton University Concerts (PUC) shares initial plans for transitioning the series’ concert offerings to a live, in-person format.

Although the kinds of gatherings possible on-campus in the coming year is not yet known, PUC is actively working with Princeton University officials to lay the groundwork for a Spring 2022 season.

The current schedule is as follows:

Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Takács String Quartet & Julien Labro, Bandoneón

March 10, 7:30 p.m.: Mark Padmore, tenor, and Mitsuko Uchida, piano

March 24, 7:30 p.m.: Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mitsuko Uchida, piano

March 31, 7:30 p.m.: Ébène String Quartet

April 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Dover String Quartet

April 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Tetzlaff String Quartet

April 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

All planned events will be realized in accordance with concurrent scientific, state, and university guidance, with the safety and health of the community in mind.

In the meantime, patrons are urged to mark their calendars and explore the planned offerings on PUC’s new website,


Continuing events



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

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their home, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. Visits can be virtual and are during the day or early evening. Volunteers may also assist with administrative work in the hospice office.

To sign up for a virtual training class, contact Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email [email protected]




Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir are 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.

Interested singers have the option to have a live audition via Zoom, or submit an audition video.

To learn more about the process or to schedule an audition, visit




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 [email protected]


Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.

Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.

Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.

For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit

Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.







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.




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 


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 





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



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









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 protected]


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






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




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 [email protected]






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.



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 protected]

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




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 [email protected]



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, call 609-430-3001 or email [email protected].


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




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 protected]. 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

The printing of the calendar is funded through the various advertisements contained within the calendar. Contact Jim O’Dowd at 973-650-2736 or [email protected] 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 protected].

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 or email [email protected].


Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes communication, public speaking and leadership.
The Toastmasters Club in Hillsborough holds virtual meetings on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning at 7:15 p.m.
To attend, email [email protected]
For more information on Toastmasters International, visit



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 [email protected].

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 or call 908-281-1513. For more information, visit

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 to register. For more information, contact [email protected].

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 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 for class schedules.

Send items to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.