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Gov. Phil Murphy welcomed American allies evacuated from Afghanistan to New Jersey. Already interpreters and others who worked with the American military have started arriving at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The American Red Cross, with support from the NJ State Veterans Chamber of Commerce, is collecting needed items to help them.

Jeff Cantor, founder and CEO of the NJ State Veterans Chamber, is spearheading this humanitarian mission.

In Hopewell Valley, this effort is being led by Hopewell Township Police Director Robert Karmazin.

Children are in need of diapers, formula, baby bottles, pacifiers, baby wipes, soccer balls, toys, blocks, new shoes, pencils and crayons, notebooks and school supplies.

Families are in need of water bottles, conservative female clothing, male clothing, winter jackets, new shoes, gloves, feminine hygiene products, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, smart phones and female scarves.

Returning military troops are in need of coffee, water bottles, games, food donations, gift cards, sporting goods, electric massagers, postage stamps and envelopes, writing pads and pens, Air Pods, personal hygiene items and toiletries.

Donations can be dropped off at the Hopewell Township Department of Public Works building at 203 Washington Crossing – Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township. Donations will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Call 609-737-3100, ext. 5170 with questions.

Robbinsville-based BeKind will be joining the humanitarian efforts to support the needs of Afghan refugees who are being housed at Joint Base MDL in Burlington County.
BeKind is collecting diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products and undergarments for children and adults.
Any donations can be dropped off, shipped, or delivered to Cindy Rosen, 4 Eisenhower Dr., Robbinsville, NJ 08691; or Kim Swartz, 133 Elton Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08620.
Refer to www.facebook.com/BeKindJoyofGiving and https://fb.me/e/WOG0kJUS for more information, or call 609-575-2001.
To make a monetary donation for this effort, Venmo @BeKind2020 (code 1019) with a note of JB-MDL and members of BeKind will purchase supplies with the donations.

The Mission Commission at First Presbyterian Church, Bordentown, is collecting items for the Afghan refugees housed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Purchase and deliver items to the church office. Requested items include bras, underwear, children’s clothing, shoes, baby onesies, disinfectant wipes, towels, antibacterial hand soap, toiletries, clothing, shower shoes, flip flops, baby wipes, feminine hygiene pads, baby formula, phone chargers, children’s toys and Gatorade.

For specific times donations will be accepted, visit www.bordentownpresbyterian.org/

Do not leave items on the porch.

Or, write a check made payable to First Presbyterian Church-Bordentown with “Afghan Refugees” in the memo line, and mail to the church, 435 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown 08505-2004 or drop in the mail slot of the office at that address.



Hope Hose Humane Co. 1 is seeking volunteers.

The firehouse is located at 150 W. Burlington St., Bordentown.

Call 609-298-0450 for more information.


Throughout September

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) is supporting the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Card Sign-Up Month initiative during September.

Explore digital collections; discover news; find a favorite book; learn something new; and connect with technology, art, marketing, design, architecture, leadership and personal development skills.

Email an SCLSNJ staff expert at ask@sclibnj.org to learn why #LibrariesRock.




Fridays, Sept. 3 and 10

Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Road in Princeton will present its weekly Sips & Sounds and Weekend music series. The remaining dates are 5-8 p.m. Sept. 3 featuring Dark Whiskey, and 5-8 p.m. Sept. 10 featuring Laundry Men.

Enjoy wine and light fare.

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



Select dates, through Sept. 11

The Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook will host performances by 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.




Saturdays, Sept. 4, 11 and 18

The Somerset County Health Department will offer COVID-19 testing at the Senior Wellness Center, 339 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

Dates are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4, 11 and 18.

Residents of Somerset County age 5 and older are eligible.

No preregistration required. Walk-ins welcome.

No prescription or symptoms required.

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/3aMQUma or call 908-231-7155.





Saturdays, Sept. 4 and 18

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.

The remaining schedule is 7-10 p.m. Sept. 4, Dragonfly; and 7-10 p.m. Sept. 18, BackTrack.

Weather permitting.


Through Monday, Sept. 6

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 kmchugh@sclibnj.org or 908-458-8420, ext. 1244.



Tuesday, Sept. 7

A road widening project is scheduled to begin Sept. 7 on Edinburg Road (County Route 526) in West Windsor from the Mercer County Park entrance to Old Trenton Road. The duration of the project is approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

During construction, the southbound lane of Edinburg Road will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Motorists will be directed to use New Village Road and Old Trenton Road. However, access will be permitted for local residents, and municipal and emergency vehicles.

For one day, westbound Old Trenton Road – from Edinburg Road going toward Robbinsville Road – will be closed to connect the new inlet to an existing inlet on Old Trenton Road.

This part of the work will be done utilizing flagmen for directing traffic. Normal traffic patterns will resume at all other times.






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 http://co.burlington.nj.us/611/Marriage-Services.

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 http://mercercountyparks.org/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#!/activities/nature-programs


Sept. 8 to Dec. 17

The Anne Reid ’72 Gallery at Princeton Day School will resume exhibits after an 18-month hiatus.

Anne Gilman: At the still point of the turning world will be on display from Sept. 8 to Dec. 17. Gilman is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in varying formats that include large-scale drawings and multi-panel projects.

The gallery has typically been open to the public during school hours throughout the academic year on days when school is in session.Currently, the gallery is scheduled to begin public hours as of Oct. 4.

Because COVID protocols at Princeton Day School may continue to change, exhibition reception/events will be updated at www.pds.org/the-arts/anne-reid-gallery.

To schedule a private viewing, email annereid72gallery@pds.org.

Princeton Day School is located at 650 Great Road, Princeton.





Thursday, Sept. 9

The Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce will hold Evening Business Networking from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Jester’s European Cafe & Wine Shoppe, 233 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown.

Appetizers will be served. Cash bar.
This event is open to members and non-members.

Pre-registration is required. Visit www.burlingtonmercerchamber.org


Through Thursday, Sept. 9

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 arballet.org or call 609-921-7758.


Select dates, from Sept. 9

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

·         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.


Sept. 9 to Oct. 5

Small World Coffee on Nassau Street in Princeton will soon open its gallery to seven local artists working with the historical photography process of pinhole photography.

The exhibition is scheduled to open on Sept. 9 and run through Oct. 5, any day during business hours; or meet the artists during the reception from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 12.

Pinhole Photography requires the artist to use a rudimentary lens-less camera, oftentimes homemade from recycled materials, to capture an image through a small pin-sized hole.

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 www.HopewellTheater.com


Princeton Public Library and Princeton Shopping Center have teamed up to present the Summer Nights Series.

The remaining event is a screening of the movie “Soul” 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.



Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 26

The Somerset Valley Players, Hillsborough’s nonprofit community theater, will celebrate its re-opening night on Sept. 10 as the theater begins offering live performances at 689 Amwell Road.

Their three-show 2021 season will kick off with the comedy, “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” followed by “Harvey” and “A Christmas Story.”


“Don’t Dress for Dinner” opens on Sept. 10 and runs weekends through September 26.


Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m.

The theater is air conditioned, barrier free and wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are $20 per adult or $18 for students and seniors.

The theater is currently offering a special discount: Buy tickets to all three 2021 shows in one transaction and receive two dollars off each ticket.

For more information, visit www.svptheatre.org.




Friday, Sept. 10 and select dates through Sunday, Oct. 17

D&R Greenway Land Trust announced the reopening of its Marie L. Matthews Art Gallery at its Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Pl., Princeton, with the exhibit “Recovery,” in partnership with the Garden State Watercolor Society.

This river-focused 51st Annual Juried Exhibition will be available for reserved timed viewings from through Oct. 17.

“Recovery” portrays the wild landscape, recreation, birds, fish, flora and fauna of the Delaware River. The art works showcase what “Recovery” signifies to each of us, in representational or abstract ways.

Along with the juried exhibit, in the lobby of the Johnson Education Center, visitors will be greeted with the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 3rd Annual Art Installation of over 100 mini-paintings illustrating aspects of the Delaware River, displayed among river stones.

Interested persons can learn more by attending a Virtual Art Opening Cocktail Hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 17. RSVP to rsvp@drgreenway.org by noon on Aug. 17 to receive the Zoom link to the virtual Happy Hour.

An in-person Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place on Sept. 10 at the Johnson Education Center, outdoors.

For more information and to reserve a space, visit www.gswcs.org.

Opportunities to experience the exhibit include in person viewings by appointment only, made by calling 609-558-0207. Reserved timed entries will be available three days a week through the run of the show, with monthly Saturday hours.

Visitors will be invited to follow CDC guidelines when they enter the Johnson Education Center to view the exhibit, with masks and social distancing.

Entries will be timed so that each visitor and their guests remain separated from others viewing the exhibit.





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:

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 www.mercercountyparks.org


Through Friday, Sept. 10

Registration is open for Hillsborough’s Scarecrow Festival. The deadline to enter is Sept. 10.
Choose a category; create a title; and label with name, address, phone and email.
Categories include character: interpretation of a historical character, book, TV or movie character, human, animal or animated; traditional: use old cloth, straw and natural supplies; thrills and chills, inspired by nightmares; or upcycled: using repurposed and reimagined objects.

Scarecrows must be built on a post with a diameter not larger than 1.5 inches. When dropping off the scarecrow Hillsborough will provide a designated post secured in the ground at a display location. Only one post per entry is supplied. The post is approximately 12–18 long, so make sure to start the creation 20″ up from the bottom of the initial post.

This is family-friendly event. The Township of Hillsborough reserves the right not to display an entry that is deemed offensive, controversial, inappropriate, religious or political and remove entries.

Scarecrow check-in will take place Oct. 1-3. Specific details will be provided after registration.

One winner will be nominated for each category.

The public can vote online for their favorite entries from Oct. 8-25 based on overall appearance, composition of the design, originality/imagination/use of materials, difficulty of design/design execution, and “fit” in category.

Winners will be announced by Mayor Shawn Lipani on Oct. 26 at the Township Committee meeting and also posted online on the township’s Facebook page.


The Hightstown High School Class of 1976 is hosting a golf tournament to benefit the community through Rise.

Register by Sept. 10 at birdease.com to participate at Peddie Golf Club, 671 Old York Road, East Windsor, on Sept. 17.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., and the golf outing will begin at 1 p.m. with a modified shotgun start.

Cost is $115 per golfer or $400 per foursome.

Sponsorships are available; email hhsgolf76@gmail.com.


Saturday, Sept. 11

The Mercer County Improvement Authority will hold a household hazardous waste collection and electronics recycling event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11, rain or shine, at the John T. Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence Township.

Accepted materials include aerosol cans, used motor oil, propane gas tanks, pesticides and herbicides, car batteries, paint thinner, oil-based paint, stains and varnishes, gasoline, anti-freeze, driveway sealant, insect repellents, mercury, and fluorescent and CFL bulbs.

Accepted electronics include computers, printers, copies, fax machines, stereos, televisions and microwaves.

Prohibited items include latex paint, heating oil, infectious waste, radioactive materials, explosives or munitions, railroad ties, asbestos, tires, wood, fencing, air conditioners, helium or oxygen tanks, humidifiers or dehumidifiers, batteries and any unknowns.

No registration is required, just proof of Mercer County residency.

For more information, visit www.mcianj.org or call 609-278-8086.


Cranbury Day will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 along North Main Street, Cranbury.

During the 43rd annual street fair, there will be helicopter rides, pony rides, food, vendors and bands.

There will be a rummage sale held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.cranburybusinessassociation.com



A ceremony for 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001 will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the East Windsor Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., at the Sept. 11 Memorial.

The public is invited to attend.



The public is invited on Sept. 11 to join the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for a memorial ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the GWOT Memorial on the grounds of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs headquarters, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrence Township.
The event will conclude with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 3-112th Field Artillery performing a salute battery firing.
The GWOT Memorial was dedicated in May 2005 to remember and honor the sacrifice of the five New Jersey Citizen-Soldiers who died in the ensuing Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
The memorial is a reminder of the thousands of New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and their service since Sept. 11, 2001.

Burlington County will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a remembrance ceremony.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. outside the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center in Westampton, where a piece of steel recovered from the fallen World Trade Center is displayed. It will feature a bagpipe processional, wreath laying and the reading of the names and biographies of seven victims who resided in the county or had strong ties here.

The ceremony will be open to the public. However, seating will be limited.

Virtua Health Emergency Management Coordinator Phyllis Worrell and New Jersey State Police Major Frederick Fife were selected to deliver keynote addresses at the event.

Worrell, who also serves as the healthcare coordinator for the Burlington County Office of Emergency Management, was among the volunteers who responded to Ground Zero in Manhattan immediately following the 9/11 attacks to assist with search and rescue operations there.

Fife, who is a former FBI agent, is currently serving on the New Jersey State Police Command Staff as deputy branch commander of the Investigations.

The service was organized by the Burlington County Commissioners and County Department of Public Safety, as well as the Burlington County Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs and EMS Chiefs.


Each year on Sept. 11, Rise honors those lost in the tragic 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with the National Day of Service & Remembrance.

At Rise, members will be organizing efforts to send care packages to U.S. troops.

There is also a uRise platform that helps share ideas for ways the community can join in on this Day of Service and help support servicemen and women and the community as a whole.

To see the full list, visit https://urise.njrise.org/event/9-11-day-of-service-and-remembrance/



Montgomery Township and community partners have announced three public events on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Service to community will be a unifying theme, with a special focus on the first responders who gave their lives in service to the nation two decades ago.

Three people with ties to Montgomery Township were lost in the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001: Brian Thomas Cummins, who grew up in Belle Mead; Steven Goldstein; and Philip L. Parker. Rocky Hill resident William F. Fallon was also lost that day.

The day’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with a 9-11 Remembrance Service organized by the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 2 in Skillman. The event will consist of a brief ceremony and speeches honoring our fallen New York City firefighters, police officers and first responders, as well as all the lives lost and forever changed by the events that occurred 20 years ago.

This event will be held at the fire company’s 9-11 Memorial at their firehouse located at 529 Route 518, Skillman. The memorial was built by fire department members, using steel from the World Trade Center.

Any large groups are asked to pre-register by Sept. 5 by email to membership@mtvfc2.com with number of attendees and whether your organization is bringing any large vehicles.

Next, the Montgomery Open Space Committee has organized a 9-11 Serving the Community event consisting of tree planting and environmental stewardship at Hobler Park in Skillman from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park is located across from the Cherry Valley Country Club at 1645 Great Road (Route 601).

All residents are invited to participate by signing up in advance and selecting a one-hour service time to spread out volunteers for COVID safety.

To pre-register, email Lauren Wasilauski at LWasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us or call 908-533-9302.

Once registered, you will receive a link to an instructional video on how to plant a tree, so once you’re at the park, you’ll be ready to get started.


The last event of the day will be a solemn wreath-laying by Mayor Devra Keenan and her colleagues on the Montgomery Township Committee at the 9-11 Memorial at Montgomery Veteran’s Park, Harlingen Road, Belle Mead.

The event will occur at 4 p.m. and members of the public are welcomed to attend.

The wreath is donated by the owner of Blooms at Belle Mead Garden Center and Florist, Danny Hsieh.




Sept. 11 to Oct. 9

The Arts Council of Princeton will exhibit Constant Repeating Themes, a collection of photography works by Aubrey J. Kauffman, in their Taplin Gallery from Sept. 11 through Oct. 9.

The themes of urban landscape and man’s impact on the environment have long intrigued Kauffman as a photographer.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 11.

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.

The gallery is located at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.


Sunday, Sept. 12

West Windsor Arts presents a multi-media exhibition of the work of 22 diverse artists in “Well-Being Ourselves: Reflect, Reimagine, Connect,” held in the galleries at West Windsor Arts, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, and at the new Whole World Arts in MarketFair Shopping Center, 3535 Route 1, Princeton.

The opening reception will be in person at West Windsor Arts on Sept. 12 from 4-6 p.m.

For this exhibition, artists were invited to explore well-being in a time of growing awareness around mental health, including emotional, psychological and social aspects.

Exhibiting artists include Kelly Becker, Terrance Cummings, Jayme Fahrer, Guga, Joseph Goldfedder, Nancie Gunkelman, Barry Hantman, Margaret Kalvar-Bushnell, Ray Kopacz, Nelly Kouzmina, Eleni Litt, Claire Moore, Sara Niroobakhsh, Avani Palkhiwala, Arushi Patel, K. Rose Quayle, Anandi Ramanathan, Joy Sacalis, Rooma Sehar, Aurelle Purdy Sprout, Chanika Svetvilas, Gwynneth VanLaven, Susan Winter, and The-0.


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 www.sourlandspectacular.com/fundraising.

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 www.sourlandspectacular.com/sponsors or email info@sourland.org for more information.



Through Sunday, Sept. 12

Eden Autism is offering an in-person 5K, an in-person Fun Run/Walk, and a Virtual 5K & Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 3.

The in-person races will be held at the Eden School, 2 Merwick Road, Princeton. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Run/Walk will begin at 11 a.m.

Each in-person race has a 350-person capacity limit, and registration closes on Sept. 12.

Individuals who participate in the Virtual 5K & Fun Run/Walk can complete their race anytime between Oct. 1 and 17. The virtual race has no capacity limit and registration will remain open until the final day of the race.

The first 800 people who register for any race will receive a free finisher’s medal, long sleeve running shirt, fanny pack and goodie bag.

The 5K course is USATF certified, and 5K awards will be given to the top in-person runners in each age group.

All races are $30, $25 for children ages 5 to 17, and free for children under 5.

The goal of the event is to raise $200,000 for Eden Autism, a nonprofit that supports individuals with autism across the lifespan. Eden currently serves more than 200 children and adults through education, early intervention, employment training, and residential services.

To register, donate, or learn more information about the event, visit edenautism5k.org.






Thursday, Sept. 16 to Saturday, Sept. 18

Hopewell Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Giant Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 18 at the church, 80 W. Broad St., Hopewell.

On Sept. 16, the outside area opens at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 18 is Bag Day: fill a bag for $5.

Items will include gently used housewares, china, furniture, linens, jewelry, clothes, small appliances, books, toys, seasonal and more.

Donations for sale will be accepted from 3 p.m. Sept. 12 through noon on Sept. 15.

No shoes, plastic cups or bottles with advertising, magazines, textbooks, upholstered furniture, encyclopedias, computers, typewriters, mattresses or large appliances will be accepted.

For information on donations, call 609-577-8819.

Proceeds from the sale are used to support local and worldwide mission projects.

Hopewell Presbyterian Church is located at the intersection of Broad and Louellen Streets in Hopewell Borough.

For more information, call 609-466-0758 or visit www.hopewellpresbyterian.org.



D&R Greenway Land Trust will hold its autumnal native plant sale from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, and from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 18.
Available trees and shrubs include oaks, ironwood, delicious local fruiting trees including pawpaw, serviceberry, beach plum; as well as buttonbush, red buckeye, spicebush, witch hazel, dogwood and bayberry.
Among native flowers are blue flag iris, mountain mint, goldenrod, subtle foxglove beardtongue, towering Joe Pye weed and blue lobelia.
An up-to-date inventory is available at https://drgreenway.org/shop/native-plants/
The land trust’s Native Plant Nursery specimens are grown from locally sourced starter plants free of nicotinoid insecticides which harm pollinators.
The nursery, in front of which the sales are held, is an outdoor space. Visitors must wear masks and maintain social distancing.
The nursery is on the grounds of D&R Greenway at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Pl., off Rosedale Road, Princeton.
For more information, visit www.drgreenway.org or call 609-578-7470 .





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 www.rwjbh.org/ypgmovienight

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 www.hillsboroughunico.org

For more information, call 908-823-4647.


Through Sept. 17

East Windsor is seeking nominations for the 2021 Township Business Awards Program.  The purpose of the program is to recognize local businesses that make special efforts to improve or contribute to the community.

The three categories are Business Beautification: creating an attractive appearance, for example, through landscaping, flowers and other enhancements to their structures and site; Community Service: providing for community contributions and service; and Community Enhancement: providing any community value added aspect related to their business, for example, extraordinary job creation or an unusual or special product or opportunity.

Green and sustainable practices, for example, green products, energy conservation, reduction of waste and energy consumption, are encouraged and will be given more weight.

Nomination forms are available at the Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., and are posted online at www.east-windsor.nj.us.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 17.

A Selection Committee will determine the business awardees, and the awards will be made at a Township Council meeting.






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.


A free rabies clinic for dogs and cats whose owners live in Cranbury will be held from 1-2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Cranbury Firehouse, 2 S. Main St.

Bring proof if animal was previously vaccinated to receive a three-year vaccination.

Any questions, call 609-664-3130.

The Arts Council of Princeton will hold its fall open house from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 18 at the center, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

The main event will be the inaugural ACP Pottery Throwdown where you can watch as ceramic artists compete in various challenges on the ceramics wheel.

Other activities include studio tours, swag giveaways, and more.

Free and open to the public.


Princeton Makes, a new Princeton-based artist cooperative, has announced the Sept. 18 grand opening of its artists’ studios and retail space in the Princeton Shopping Center.

The Princeton Makes cooperative will include 25 local artists, and its location will include studio space for up to 12 artists and a dynamic retail space featuring the work of all cooperative members for purchase. 

As a cooperative, all artists will take turns working at the space when the store is open, and the artists who have studios on-site will be able to work seven days a week.

The cooperative will initially be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 

Whenever the store is open there will be at least one artist working in a studio, so customers will be able to interact directly with artists to learn about their process and technique.

The art made and sold at Princeton Makes will cover a range of artistic genres, including painting, drawing, stained glass, sculpture and jewelry.

The Sept. 18 grand opening will take place from 2-6 p.m., and will include plein air painting in the courtyard, artist demonstrations, open studios and live music. The event is free and open to the public.

More information is available at www.princetonmakes.com.



New Jersey Clean Communities will hold its fourth annual Delaware River Cleanup from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 18.

Shoreline cleanups will be held in Holland Township, Frenchtown, Kingwood, Byram, Bull’s Island, Prallsville Mill, Lambertville, Holcome-Jimison Farmstead, Fireman’s Eddy, Washington Crossing, Scudders Falls, Trenton Battle Monument and Duck Island at the Abbott Marshlands.

On-water cleanups will be held at the Holland Township/Riegelsville Boat Launch and at the Bucks County Giving Pond Boat Launch.

For details and to sign up, visit www.delawarerivergp.org

For more information, email stephanie.fox@dep.nj.gov



Internationally renowned percussion ensemble Sō Percussion will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, in the Princeton University Department of Music’s first in-person campus concert since the pandemic.

The university’s Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence will be joined by guest artist Shodekeh Talifero, a groundbreaking beatboxer, vocal percussionist, and breath artist.

The program will feature works by Bryce Dessner, Nathalie Joachim, Shodekeh Talifero, Jason Treuting, and Julia Wolfe, including Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings, a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall for which the composer worked with instrument builder Aron Sanchez of the Blue Man Group to develop new dulcimer-like instruments for the ensemble.

In accordance with Princeton University policy, all concert attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask inside the concert venue. Unvaccinated children will not be permitted entry.

Advanced free tickets will be released online at noon Sept. 13. Visit https://music.princeton.edu/

Remaining tickets will be available at the door.



The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Princeton Festival Guild will hold a relaxed gathering from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 18 on the grounds of The Castl, 10 Castle Lane, Hopewell.
There will be a buffet and beverages, and live music by the Courtney Colletti Trio.
Proceeds will go directly to The Princeton Festival in support of June 2022 performances.
Fro tickets, call 609-497-0020 or visit www.princetonfestival.org/party-again



Select dates, through October

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

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 http://mercercountyparks.org/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#!/festival-grounds-events/





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 https://bordentownhistory.org/harrowing-history/ for tickets and more information.



Sunday, Sept. 19

The Color Fun Run & Walk, hosted by Hopewell Valley Arts Council, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Woolsey Park for runners and walkers of all ages.

Pass through five color stations along the two mile route with volunteer color-blasters showering participants in food-grade dyed cornstarch.

The morning starts off with a full-body warm-up led by HV Arts Council board member, Dawn Berman, of The Pennington Studio for Dance.

The course ends with a closing celebration dance party, a short performance by dancers from The Pennington Studio for Dance, and a group color toss finale.

Tickets start at $20.

Woolsey Park is located at 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Must register by Sept. 10.

For more tickets, FAQs, and more, visit www.hvartscouncil.org/colorfunrun



Sunday, Sept. 19 to Wednesday, Sept. 29

Princeton architects and student designers will celebrate the eight-day Jewish holiday Sukkot by building and displaying original designs for sukkahs — the temporary hut-like shelters that figure prominently in traditional observance of the holiday — on public sites around the downtown area.
Sukkah Village 2021 kicks off officially on Sept. 19, and the sukkahs will be on display until Sept. 29.
Conceived by Joshua Zinder, managing partner of local architecture firm JZA+D and current president of AIA-New Jersey, and developed in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, Sukkah Village 2021 invites the public to visit the sites and explore 12 different sukkah designs.
The sukkahs also figure prominently in charitable fundraising surrounding the event, as the demountable and reusable structures will be sold via online auction. 
In addition to the auction and public displays of sukkahs, related happenings include walking tours, a film screening, panel discussions, and a family-oriented crafts event.



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 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.



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.



Monday, Sept. 20

The Women’s College Club of Princeton will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Stockton Center at the Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

The speaker will be Jill Barry, executive director of the Morven Museum and Garden. Her topic will be “Historic Morven – a Window into America’s Past and Future.”

The meeting is open to all. No fee or registration are required.

For more information, visit wccpnj.org



The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of C0mmerce Golf Outing will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe.

The tournament features a traditional scramble format on the nationally renowned Banks Course.

There will be contests including a Hole-in-One Contest, Putting Contest, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, a 50/50, and a Beat the Pro Contest.

To register, visit https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org/events/2021Golf%20Outing%20-1020/details



Wednesday, Sept. 22

Princeton Pecha brings local artists together to share their work in a virtual program inspired by PechaKucha, a lively, upbeat format created in Japan designed for more show and less talk.

From 8-9 p.m. Sept. 22, each artist shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each (about 7 minutes per artist), exhibiting for the audience an array of visual expression.

This iteration of Princeton Pecha will highlight talented area artists hosted and curated by artist Eva Mantell.

Featured artists include Kouki Mojadidi, Simon Lee, Eve Sussman, David Ellis, Joel Beck and Eva Mantell.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org


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.



A Business Networking Breakfast with a guest speaker, to be determined, will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Town & Country Diner, 177 Route 130,
Bordentown, by the Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce.

Event is open to chamber members and non-members.

Bring business cards and a door prize donation.

Registration fee of $20 includes breakfast, networking and the presentation.

Must RSVP; visit https://burlingtonmercerchamber.org/for the EventBrite link.





Friday, Sept. 24

Beth El Synagogue will hold an Outdoor Friday Night Sukkot Service at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the temple, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor.

Bring your own chair.

In the event of inclement weather, services will be held inside.

For more information, contact Celeste at membership@bethel.net



Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25

The seventh annual New Jersey ParaUnity Expo is scheduled for Sept. 24 and 25 at Woodbridge High School, 1 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge.

The VIP Party on Sept. 24 is from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $95 per person, adults only. Free appetizers, cash bar and deejay.

The VIP Party on Sept. 25 is from 8-11 p.m. Cost is $95 per person, adults only. Free appetizers, cash bar and deejay.

Tickets for the general expo from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 are $20 for adults or $5 for children 12 and under.

Proceeds go directly to the Woodbridge Charity Fund.

For ticket information and a schedule of events, visit www.newjerseyparaunityexpo.com/




Friday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 26

The Heart of Oneness Holistic Expo will be held Sept. 24-26 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison.

There will be reiki and energy healing, wellness, spirituality, mediumship, workshops and speakers, enlightenment, yoga, jewelry, psychic readings, nutrition, crystals, essential oils, visionary artists and meditation.

For ticket information, visit heartofonenessholisticexpo.com



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 artscouncilofprinceton.org 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 www.njtloftrenton.org/gala.


Newspaper Media Group/centraljersey.com will present a Health & Wellness Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, Princeton.

For tickets, visit nmg.ticketleap.com/cjhw

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Michele Nesbihal at 609-874-2147 or mnesbhihal@newspapermediagroup.com

Mia Nissim, a Bordentown High School student, has been feeding the homeless for more than a year.

She is running a charity event to benefit local families who are struggling.

Drop off unwanted clothing, purses, perfume, shoes, accessories and wallets that will be put out for sale at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at 4 Bridle Way, Columbus.

The cost is $15, which will go toward the purchase of personal care products.





Through Monday, Sept. 27

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 princetonsenior.org. 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 shurley@princetonsenior.org or 609-751-9699, ext. 104 to apply.


The Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host an exhibit entitled Color Wheel by Tatiana Sougakova from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, through Sept. 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 www.sougakova.com




Tuesday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 3

Registration for Hillsborough restaurateurs is open to participate in the fourth annual Hillsborough Restaurant Week, set for Sept. 28 to Oct. 3.

Go to hillsboroughbusiness.org to register.


Tuesday, Sept. 28

A Civics Book Group Discussion with John Baxter will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 by Morven Museum & Garden of Princeton.

Discuss E.B. White’s “On Democracy.”

The cost is $5 general, or free for members.

The Zoom link will be provided the day of the book group program. A recording will be available to attendees.

To order the book in advance, visit www.amazon.com/Democracy-B-White/dp/0062905430?asin=0062905430&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/civics-book-group-on-democracy-with-john-baxter-tickets-164040305971





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.


The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the NJ Conference on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

Explore ideas and experiences and challenge your current thinking. Better position your organization to address real workplace concerns and drive greater belonging to create a more inclusive work environment.

Keynote speakers will be Jennifer Brown, author of “Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change” and Sara Minkara, creator of “Discovery in the Dark.”

This virtual event will feature topical breakout sessions.

To register, visit https://web.princetonmercerchamber.org/events/NJConference%20on%20Diversity%20Equity%20%20Inclusion-1012/details


Evening Business Networking through the Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Vibe at Mastoris, 144 Route 130, Bordentown.

This is a live, in-person event with appetizers open to chamber members and non-members. Cash bar.

Pre-registration is required; visit https://burlingtonmercerchamber.org/



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. 1-17

Eden Autism is offering a Virtual 5K & Fun Run/Walk. Participants can complete their race anytime between Oct. 1 and 17.

The virtual race has no capacity limit and registration will remain open until the final day of the race.

All races are $30, $25 for children ages 5 to 17, and free for children under 5.

The goal of the event is to raise $200,000 for Eden Autism, a nonprofit that supports individuals with autism across the lifespan. Eden currently serves more than 200 children and adults through education, early intervention, employment training, and residential services.

To register, donate, or learn more information about the event, visit edenautism5k.org.






Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3


Bordentown City will hold Cranberry Fest 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3 along Farnsworth Avenue.

Started in 1989 by life long Bordentown City resident and co-founder of the Downtown Bordentown Association, Jackie Reed’s inaugural Cranberry Fest started with 12 crafters nestled onto one block of Walnut Street.

Guided by Reed’s vision and leadership, the festival quickly grew to include all of the Farnsworth Avenue business district and became one of the area’s largest juried arts and crafts shows with over 175 crafters, artists and vendors, a craft beer garden, and live music.

Free to attend.

There will be free parking with shuttle buses running, free of charge, from six locations.

Handicapped parking available at the base of Crosswicks Street and Farnsworth Avenue; enter via Crosswicks.

Cranberry Fest is a service dog-only event.

For more information or for a vendor application, visit https://btowncranfest.com/ or email btowncranfest@gmail.com


Oct. 2 and 3 is cleanup weekend for Cranbury residents.

Bring unwanted items to the DPW Yard at 100 Dey Road; the hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

The DPW crew will be on site to help unload unwanted discards.

Acceptable materials include household items that are too large to fit inside the trash Call Town Hall at 609-664-3129 to double check any questionable items.

No household trash, paint or hazardous waste items will be accepted.

This service is open to Cranbury residents only. Be prepared to show proof of residency, such as a tax bill or driver license.


Oct. 3-30

HomeFront’s ArtJam will be held Oct 3-30in Palmer Square, Princeton.

This is the annual art show featuring art from acclaimed artists and also HomeFront artists.

For more information, visit www.homefrontnj.org



Sunday, Oct. 3

To remedy the segregation in New Jersey created by exclusionary zoning laws,
the New Jersey Supreme Court, in Mount Laurel I (1975) and Mount Laurel II
(1983), declared that municipal land use regulations that prevent affordable
housing opportunities for the poor are unconstitutional, according to the Fair Share Housing Center.

As New Jersey communities wrestle with how to fairly provide affordable
housing, three synagogues, Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, Har
Sinai Temple in Pennington, and The Jewish Center in Princeton, will present “Affordable Housing in New Jersey: Lessons from Mount Laurel,” at 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

Speakers include Carl Bisgaier, who was the lead counsel in the first two Mount Laurel cases and is a real estate and affordable housing attorney; Douglas Massey, Princeton University sociologist and lead author of “Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb:; and Dietra Chamberlain, a resident of Ethel R. Lawrence Homes in Mount Laurel since December 2004.

This online program is open to all.

To register or for more information, email linda.oppenheim@gmail.com.







NAMI Mercer’s 13th annual Harvest of Hope Wellness Conference is being held virtually throughout the entire month of October.

There is no cost to attend.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Zak Williams, son of Robin Williams, at 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

For the schedule and registration information, visit https://namimercer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/NAMI-Mercer-Harvest-of-Hope-2021-Brochure-1.pdf



Monday, 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 libbyvinson@gmail.com



Wednesday, Oct. 6

The sixth annual Suicide Prevention Conference will be held virtually on Oct. 6.

Presented by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health.

Trauma: The Hidden Face of Suicide will be presented from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., welcome to anyone interested in learning about trauma and suicide prevention.

The conference will feature presentations, breakout sessions and a panel discussion.

Nick LeDonne will share his mental health story using the art of animation.

Dr. Meagan Corrado, founder and owner of Storiez Trauma Narratives, has trained clinicians, community leaders and trauma survivors across 20 training programs.

Registration will soon be available.





Wednesday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 10

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will hold its seventh annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve Oct. 6-10 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Join NAMI New Jersey for NAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope on Oct. 9.

Before the pandemic, in any given year, 1 in 5 people in the United States reported having a mental health condition. Mental health experts suggest the figure is now 2 in 5, or even higher, according to information provided by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


This year. due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, NAMI is offering a virtual version of its annual NAMIWalks event.


Anyone can participate by registering at namiwalks.org/newjersey and deciding how they want to participate. They can choose to join the virtual walk event on Oct. 9 or pick an activity of their choice, such as jumping rope, baking a cake, practicing yoga or walking with friends and family in the neighborhood—all while taking precautions to stay safe.


There is no registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged. One hundred percent of funds raised support NAMI New Jersey’s free local mental health programs, resources and services.



NAMI New Jersey is part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. It is headquartered in North Brunswick.


For more information, visit nami.org



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 www.SCHistoryWeekend.com




Oct. 12-17

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

For more information, email peff@princetonlibrary.org.


Wednesday, Oct. 13

Peter Weedfald, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Sharp Home Electronics Company of America, has been selected by Princeton-based nonprofit Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) as the 2021 Champion of Hope Honoree.

Weedfald will be recognized at the organization’s fifth annual Taste of Hope event, to be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, 100 College Road E., Princeton.

Taste of Hope is a yearly banquet bringing together community members, donors and honorees to support the mission of AIR: creating a community of understanding, kindness and empathy through mental health education and awareness.

To register to attend the Taste of Hope event or to make a donation, visit www.toh.ngo.



Artis Senior Living will partner with Mobility Doctor, Springpoint at Home and Put it There to assist local residents.

Donations of power wheelchairs, rollator walkers, two-wheel standard walkers and power mobility scooters are needed. Must be very gently used, clean and working.

All equipment will be donated to Mobility Doctor for their Veteran and Community Promise Program that provides mobility equipment to those in need.

To check if the donation is acceptable, call the Mobility Concierge at 609-759-1261.

The collection event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at Artis Senior Living, 861 Alexander Road, Princeton.







Thursday, Oct. 14

Good Grief will hold its Superhero Celebration Gala beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at The Park Savoy Estate, 236 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park.

Good Grief builds resilience in children, strengthens families, and empowers communities to grow from loss and adversity.

Good Grief has locations in Princeton and in Morristown.

Early bird rates are offered through Aug. 26.

For ticket information, visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/ir1/




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.


Sunday, Oct. 17

The Art of Deception, Duck Decoy Workshop with Master Carver Jode Hillman, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 through Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

Workshop is limited to eight people.

Learn about the history, application and usage of traditional hunting decoys produced in Western New Jersey.

Students will carve and paint a black duck silhouette decoy. The completed decoy will be suitable for hunting use or decorative display.

All supplies, and materials provided.

Lunch included from Brick Farm Market.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-deception-duck-decoy-workshop-with-master-carver-jode-hillman-tickets-138520485501




The Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs welcomes singers to a choral reading of Faure’s “Requiem” and “Cantique de Jean Racine” at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, Route 206 at Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.

Conductor is Alicia Brozovich.

Choral singers welcome. No auditions. Vocal scores provided.

The cost is $10 admission for singers, or annual membership. Free for students and non-singing guests.

Visit http://musicalamateurs.org or email musical.amateurs@gmail.com





Thursday, Oct. 22

City of Angels NJ will honor Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Foley of Foley’s Market, Jeff Hurley of the Trenton Thunder, and Steve Trevelise of NJ 101.5 FM during the “We Are Resilient” Masquerade Gala, which will be held beginning at 6pm Oct. 22 at the Mercer Oaks Ballroom, 725 Village Dr. W., West Windsor.

The organization provides resources for those suffering from addiction.

There will be music and an awards presentation.

For tickets or sponsorship information, visit www.cityofangelsnj.org/masquerade/


Beginning Oct. 22

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) announced its 2021-22 season under the new leadership of Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel.

ARB will start the season with a month-long “bubble” residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, a 153-acre artist sanctuary located in upstate New York. Dancers and artistic staff, including ARB’s newly appointed Artistic Associate Gillian Murphy, will rehearse and develop new repertoire in this remote and inspiring environment that can safely accommodate ARB’s growing roster of 13 company artists, three apprentices, and five ARB2 dancers. This residency will be made possible by The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.

A resident company of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, the company returns to its home venue Oct. 22-24 for a series of live performances, entitled “Emergence”. This varied program includes Ethan Stiefel’s Wood Work (created for The Washington Ballet in 2019); Amy Seiwert’s World, Interrupted; David Fernandez’s Mexican Music; and Saudade, created by ARB’s very own Ryoko Tanaka. For tickets, visit secure.nbpac.org/emergence

ARB’s production of The Nutcracker returns to theaters across New Jersey:

McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, Nov. 26-28 
Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, Dec. 3 and 5
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, Dec. 9-10
State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick, Dec. 17-19, with live orchestra

ARB revisits the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City on Feb. 19, 2022, with a mixed repertoire. The spring season continues with a series of world premieres, beginning with Ethan Stiefel’s reimagining of the vibrant and popular tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center April 1-3, 2022.

Rounding out the 2021-22 season, ARB will present a new works program titled Movin’ + Groovin’ at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center June 3-5, 2022, featuring world premieres by choreographers new to ARB; Ja’Malik, Caili Quan, and another choreographer to be announced soon.

For ticket information, visit http://arballet.org




Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24

See the Pacific Southern Railroad through a fundraiser for Rocky Hill Community Services, a family-friendly model railroad show set for Oct. 23 and 24.

There will be 4,000 square feet of trains, buildings, bridges, cars, mountains, rivers, passengers and a circus train.

Show times are set for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each show is 45 minutes.

Arrive 30 minutes early to arrive for parking and ticketing.

No reservations needed, but the attendance limit is 50 people per show.

Pay at the door. Donation is $10 per person; children 5 and under are free

All donations benefit the Rocky Hill Fire Company and the Rocky Hill First Aid and and Rescue Squad.

For more information, visit www.pacificsouthern.org




Saturday, Oct. 24

The Harvest Festival will return to Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 24.

Learn about apples, Richard “the Duke” Stockton’s cider, and Morven’s heritage cooks.

Morven celebrates its second generation of Stocktons with a free family day highlighting Morven’s apple orchards, heritage cooks, and harvest time activities popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The day’s activities are planned to include costumed reenactors and demonstrations, including cider making, distilling and cooking, and live music of the period, among others.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.morven.org


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 Friday, Oct. 29

Join Rowan College at Burlington County through Oct. 29 for their new exhibit “Follies & Visual Syntax,” which features works by arts alumni Josh Toritto and Don Stephens.

The “Follies & Visual Syntax” exhibit will be shown at the college’s Mount Laurel Campus in Votta Hall.

Featured works include “Conduit,” “Metropolitan” and “The Excavation at 51.”

Visit rcbc.edu/events to learn more.






Sunday, Oct. 31

HomeFront’s Halloween Run/Walk on Oct. 31 at Carnegie Center Princeton also has a virtual option.

There is a Halloween-themed race course, a Preschooler Pumpkin Dash, a Trunk-or-Treat, a marathon challenge, and live bands.

For more information, visit www.homefrontnj.org



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 www.princetonfarmersmarket.com


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 pborek@hillsborough-nj.org. The photo release form can be found at hillsborough-nj.org. 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 jimodowd@townplanner.com.





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, puc.princeton.edu


Continuing events


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 https://njlmn.njlincs.net/jsp/mrc-index.jsp or call 609-989-6887 for more information.




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 Deborah@dovehs.com




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 westrickmusic.org/auditions/.




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.

Read full details at either www.tomatopatch.org/summer-programs, or register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/KELSEYTHEATRE?orglink=camps-registration
For more information, email projects@mccc.edu


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 www.bentleycommunityservices.org

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 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 





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



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









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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.princetonlibrary.org






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

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

To watch, visit www.mccarter.org/manicmonologues




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

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

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

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

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






The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.
Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.


Sign up at https://forms.gle/nxuZUi5AMJe1RcyJ8

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 ioov@naminj.org

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.




Westrick Music Academy (WMA), home of Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir, is currently enrolling students of all ages in a variety of music education classes, exploring new and engaging ways to build and strengthen musicianship skills.

For musicians in grades 3-12, there are a variety of classes for all levels. Learn how to relax and strengthen muscles while focusing on the slow, deep breathing used in singing with Yoga for Singers. In Musical Theater Fun, young artists will engage in activities focused on singing techniques, character development, acting skills and dance/choreography in preparation for a final showcase performance. In the Ukulele group class, students will build their musicianship while learning to play traditional songs on one the most delightful instruments.

Adults will also find opportunities for musical growth with WMA. In Group Ukelele for Adults, learn basic chords and strumming techniques.

WMA also looks forward to hosting a Comedy Improv Workshop this term. This highly interactive, one-day class is open to anyone of any experience level.

Find more information on WMA’s music education programs, register for a class, or learn more about WMA’s flagship choir programs at WestrickMusic.org/education.




Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email marcia.glatman@scorevolunteer.org



French American School Princeton (FASP) is accepting enrollment.

At FASP, students in preschool (3 years old) through grade 8 benefit from a rigorous bilingual curriculum accredited by the Middle State Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools and the French Ministry of Education; personalized attention thanks to small class sizes; and a multicultural community with more than 30 nationalities represented.

FAPS is located at 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton.

Visit ecoleprinceton.org, call 609-430-3001 or email admissions@ecoleprinceton.org.


McCarter Theatre Center presents Fireside Chats to “spark” conversation in the community.

Filmed on the front lawn of the Princeton theater, student activities, Pulitzer Prize-winners, local business owners and others are interviewed by Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen.

To catch up on past episodes or to subscribe to the free YouTube channel, and to be notified when new episodes become available, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI3dS2j-mQA&list=PLqL4nAGyr4JT6UYYM99VHLHlmB2wXqSrF




The Township of Hillsborough is working with Town Planner to produce a 250th anniversary edition of the color printed 2021 calendar, which will be mailed out to every residence in Hillsborough.

This year, the twist is historic pictures to commemorate Hillsborough’s 250-year history. Individuals interested in submitting photographs for consideration can email their high resolution image to pborek@hillsborough-nj.org. There is no guarantee any photo will be used.

A photo release will need to accompany the picture. The photo release form is found at www.hillsborough-nj.org

The printing of the calendar is funded through the various advertisements contained within the calendar. Contact Jim O’Dowd at 973-650-2736 or jimodowd@townplanner.com for more information regarding advertising.




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

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. They read to the patient, reminisce about their lives, play cards, help with letter writing and provide respite for caregivers.

Visits can be virtual, and are either during the day or early evening.

Volunteers may also assist with administrative work within the hospice office.

Patient care volunteers complete an application and attend a virtual volunteer training program that covers the role of a hospice volunteer. Day and evening virtual training programs are offered.

To sign up for the next virtual training class, contact Volunteer Coordinator Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email deborah@dovehs.com.

The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.

The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.

To sign up as a donor, visit www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.


Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes communication, public speaking and leadership.
The Toastmasters Club in Hillsborough holds virtual meetings on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning at 7:15 p.m.
To attend, email president-1689@toastmastersclubs.org
For more information on Toastmasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org/



Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study Meeting. CoDA is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. Meetings are held every Friday evenings. The 24 Club, The 1860 House, 2nd floor, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman. For more information, email fridayeveningcoda@gmail.com.

VFW Meetings: Monthly meetings of the Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post 8371 are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Somerset County Hillsborough Senior Center, 339 S. Branch Road. The post’s mission is Veterans and Military Support, Youth Scholarship Activities and Community Service. All veterans with foreign service are welcome as members to assist the post in achieving its mission. For information regarding membership, post activities or the youth scholarship programs, contact Commander Tom Cellilli via phone or text at 908-255-3669.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group: Following the guidelines of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is “a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system.” The group meets the first Monday and second Wednesday of each month at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater. All are welcome.

Free weekly support groups: Carrier Clinic hosts free weekly support groups on the campus throughout the year. These support programs include:

Weekend Codependency Program, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bright Futures for Kids, Sundays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parents Support Group, Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mood Disorder Support Group, Thursdays, 7:30-9:15 p.m.

For more information about these or other services and programs available at Carrier Clinic, visit CarrierClinic.org or call 908-281-1513. For more information, visit CarrierClinic.org/WhatToDo.

Midweek meals: The Wednesday midweek meals held in Asbury Hall, at the United Methodist Church of Bound Brook, have started back up. All seniors are invited for a full course meal for $4. Bring friends and family to enjoy a meal and fellowship.

Pop Warner: Calling all 5-7 year olds. Hillsborough Dukes Pop Warner is offering free Flag Football registration to first time players, including instructional and safe environment with fun training activities to teach core skills. Every child plays every game and the Dukes are the only organization that requires coaches to be USA Football Heads Up Certified. There are no tryouts or team drafting. Visit register.hillsboroughdukes.com to register. For more information, contact football@hillsboroughdukes.com.

Coping with addiction: Parents of Addicted Children helps parents understand and cope with drug problems they are facing, and will face, with their children. Meets first and third Monday of month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Neshanic Reformed Church, 715 Amwell Road.

Alzheimer’s support group: The Alzheimer’s Association has a support group in Hillsborough. Family members and caregivers come together to share information and support in a safe, confidential atmosphere. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Brookdale Hillsborough, 600 Auten Road. Call 908-431-1300.

Mothers of Preschoolers: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Fellowship Bible Church building, 109 New Amwell Road. The group says it meets to “laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood.” Sponsored by Crossroads Community Church, it hears speakers, has a craft or project and lots of conversation and refreshment. Child care is provided. For information, see www.crossroadsnj.org/MOPS. Registration fee is required.

Divorce support group: A nondenominational support group to help separated and divorced people to a new beginning. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Route 206 at Homestead Road. Call 908-295-6740.

Swim lessons at HRC: The Swim Academy at HRC, located at 30 Brower Lane, Hillsborough, is offering swim lessons for all ages and levels. Call HRC Fitness at 908-359-3600 to register or visit www.hrcfitness.com for class schedules.

Send items to calendar@centraljersey.com. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.

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