Common calendar, Packet papers, Oct. 29




Firefighters are needed for Hope Hose Humane No. Co. 1, Consolidated Fire Association, Mission Fire Company and Derby Fire company.

For more information, visit







Select dates, from Oct. 29 to March 2022

Randy Now’s Man Cave has a slate of performances scheduled through the end of the year:

Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., From the Rockats, Dibbs Preston, Barry Ryan and The Detonators

Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., The Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, after the Bordentown City Halloween Parade

Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Midge Ure

Nov. 19 and 20, both at 7:30 p.m., The Successful Failures with guest Tod the Mod

Dec. 3, time to be announced, The Split Squad with Keith Streng, Hard Working Men

Dec. 11, time to be announced, The Fleshtones

Dec. 19, time to be announced, Ed Hamell’s Hamell for the Holidays

March 2022 will be Richie Ramone, details to be announced

Randy Now’s Man Cave is located at 134 Farnsworth Ave., Bordertown.

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m. The phone lines are open during business hours: 609-424-3766.

For ticket information, visit






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 to learn more.

Friday, Oct. 29

“Seamus Heaney’s Late Poems,” presented by the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 via Zoom.

Nicholas Allen, director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia, will discuss Heaney’s later works, one of several Irish writers covered in his latest book, “Ireland, Literature and the Coast: Seatangled.”

Introduced by Fintan O’Toole.

Free and open to the public.

This event will be live captioned.

For more information and the Zoom registration link, visit



The Arts Council of Princeton invites the community to join the Hometown Halloween Parade on Oct. 29.

Attendees will gather on the Palmer Square Green at 5:15 p.m. before the parade departs promptly at 5:45 p.m.

The parade will make its way to the Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Pl., where the festivities continue with Trunk-or-Treat, live music, and family-friendly games and activities.

Masks are recommended.

The parade is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit


The Princeton University Glee Club returns to live performance, joined by the Harvard and Yale University glee clubs, in a concert benefiting the Save the Music foundation at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29.
Each choir will perform for live audiences in their home venue: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall at Princeton, Woolsey Hall at Yale, and Sanders Theatre at Harvard. The program will be simulcast to each venue and also broadcast live online.
Free, advanced tickets are required through
Audience members attending the concert in person will be required to wear masks and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Optional donations collected online will go towards supporting music programs in public schools in the choirs’ local communities of New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.


Saturday, Oct. 30

Children with special needs will once again have a safe and family-friendly place to celebrate Halloween.

The Burlington County Special Services School District, the Board of County Commissioners and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department are partnering to bring back the annual Trunk-or-Treat for special needs children.

The free event offers children a safe holiday celebration where they can dress in costume and visit decorated cars and emergency vehicles to receive toys, candy and other allergy-friendly goodies.

There will also be music, games and holiday crafts for sale.

The fun begins at noon on Oct. 30 in the parking lot of the Special Services School District’s Westampton Campus, 20 Pioneer Blvd. The event will end at 2 PM.

For more information, call 609-265-5600, ext. 6401, or email [email protected]



Princeton Makes, a new Princeton-based artist cooperative, will host its Fall Art Party on Oct. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at its artist studios and art market in the Princeton Shopping Center, North Harrison Street.

Activities include ornament making using acrylic paint pouring, a community art project, origami making, open studios so visitors can talk with the artists, live music, and a chance to shop in the art market.

The event is free, open to the public, and for all ages.

Additional information is available at




Through Sunday, Oct. 31


The Mercer County Park Commission is accepting reservations for the five county-owned picnic areas for the 2021 season.

The West and East Picnic Areas in Mercer County Park, Rosedale Picnic Area in Mercer Meadows, Princeton Country Club Picnic Area in West Windsor and Valley Road Picnic Area in Hopewell Township are open to in-county and out-of-county residents.

Users will only be able to make their reservations online; the Park Commission will not permit walk-ups or any in-person reservations.

Available dates for the picnic season run through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Due to the popularity of the picnic grounds, the Park Commission highly recommends creating a Community Pass account before the opening date if a user does not have one already. For returning users, the Park Commission suggests revisiting your account and ensuring credentials are accurate.

Reservations will be made automatically on a first-come, first-served basis. Weekend dates are among the most popular; no date is guaranteed.

For a link to the online Community Pass reservation system, visit!/facilities/picnic-areas/. Interested parties should have either a MasterCard or Visa card ready to make a reservation.

For more information, call the Recreation and Events Center at 609-443-8560 or visit


Mike Schraufnagel, Adjutant for Hillsborough Memorial Post 8371, announced the kickoff of the VFW’s annual Patriots Pen youth essay competition.

Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in awards.

The theme for the 2021-22 competition is “How Can I Be A Good American?” Students
begin by competing at the local post level, then post winners advance to district competitions with district winners advancing to the state competition.
The VFW enacted the Patriots Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300 to 400 word patriotic-themed essay.
Deadline for student entries needs to be postmarked by no later than Oct. 31 to Hillsborough Memorial VFW Post 8371, 601 Route 206, Suite 26-228, Hillsborough.

Should questions arise, contact Schraufnagel by phone at 908-500-5590 or email at [email protected] or Commander Cellilli at 908-255-3669 at [email protected]

For details, visit under Youth Scholarship.

HomeFront’s ArtJam 2021 continues through Oct. 30 in Palmer Square, Princeton.

The art event will bring life and color to an empty storefront by creating a pop-up gallery that combines undiscovered artists who have experienced homelessness, professional artists and the community in a celebration of creativity, inclusiveness and empowerment.

ArtJam 2021 benefits ArtSpace, HomeFront’s innovative therapeutic art program for those experiencing homelessness. HomeFront is a nationally recognized program that supports Mercer County’s families that experience or are at risk of homelessness by providing housing and resources.

The pop-up gallery will feature more than 75 artists, and includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, and other original works.

SewingSpace participants will be selling hand-sewn creations.

ArtJam 2021 will be using a satellite location at the HomeFront Family Campus in Ewing (the Blue Garage Gallery) to house a special collection of oversized artworks too large to display in the Palmer Square location. Visit for details on the artists and pieces available for sale there.

The gallery is located at 19 Hulfish St., Princeton.

Gallery hours are: Mondays to Wednesdays, noon to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information on ArtJam, ArtSpace, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruthann Traylor at 609-883-7500, ext. 316, or [email protected]

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans may need to be revised. Visit for the most updated information.



The Burlington County Farmers Market will finish its season from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 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.

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.


Hillsborough is celebrating its first-ever Scarecrow Festival.
Drop by the Municipal Complex on South Branch Road to see the more than 40 scarecrows on display.
While strolling “Scarecrow Lane,” take photos and share on social media using the hashtag #BoroScarecrowFestival21.
Look for the QR code signs to vote for your favorite scarecrow or use the online form.






Sunday, Oct. 31

HomeFront’s Halloween 5K Run and 1-Mile Run/Walk on Oct. 31 at Carnegie Center Princeton also has a virtual option.

Preschoolers can participate in a 100-yard Pumpkin Dash, decorate pumpkins, and take photos at the Halloween photo area.

Any age child can participate in the registration area in the costume contest, decorate trick or treat bags, and walk around to the “Trunk-or-Treat”, where cars decorated for Halloween that will give out candy.

COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed and if necessary, the entire event will move to be completely virtual.

Proceeds benefit those experiencing homelessness or living in poverty in the area.

To sign up or donate to the Run/Walk to support HomeFront’s Joy, Hopes & Dreams program, visit

Any questions can be emailed to [email protected]




Princeton native Laurie Berkner will hold a family concert Halloween party with two live, interactive, virtual performances, at noon and 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

“Doors” open an hour prior to each performance time for pre-show games and videos.

Each regular family ticket costs $20 and includes access to one or both livestream events for one device, plus an exclusive “welcome” video from Berkner herself.

A limited number of virtual meet-and-greet add-on packages are available for $80. A regular-priced ticket must be purchased before adding the meet-and-greet. The add-on package includes a two-minute virtual 1-on-1 private meet-and-greet with Berkner after the show; participants will be called directly when it is their turn. Also includes a virtual photo opportunity with Berkner, a recording of the video session that will be emailed three days post-event, and an opportunity for parents to chat with other families while in the virtual waiting room.

The links will be accessible at

To purchase tickets, visit


Adults are invited to a tomahawk throwing session from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in the Titusville section of Hopewell.

Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the event of inclement weather, the program may be canceled. Call ahead before coming out.

Free of charge.


Free sanctified vegetarian food will be distributed from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Pl., Princeton, outside under the red tent.

Sponsored by Bhakti Vedanta Institute of Spiritual Culture and Science.


Throughout November

Bordentown Township will hold a post-Halloween pumpkin drive from Nov. 1-30 at Bordentown Township Public Works, 266 Crosswicks Road.

Instead of throwing pumpkins in the garbage, where they became buried in the landfill and do not decompose, give them a second chance at a local farm.

Remove any decorations, candles or paint before dropping off the pumpkins for composting.

This service is fro Bordentown residents only, not businesses or commercial establishments.





November 1-19; special event Nov. 6

The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton is providing the opportunity to honor heroes in the second annual Flags For Heroes campaign.

Hundreds of American flags will be flown on the grounds of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton along Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road and Klockner Road from Nov. 1-19.

Each American flag honors someone’s local hero including veteran, active military, mother, father, grandparent, son, daughter, family, friend, neighbor, fire and rescue, police, teacher, medical and health care professional, business, and others who have made a difference in someone’s life.

The Rotary expects nearly 300 flags will be flown during the time before and after Veterans Day.

A Community Field Dedication and Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on the grounds on Nov. 6 from 11am to noon.

For more information about the Rotary and its charitable initiatives, email [email protected] or visit


Through Tuesday, Nov. 2

Small World Coffee will host an exhibit by Shorty Rose from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 2 at the coffee shop, 254 Nassau St., Princeton.

Rose, a Trenton resident, will display his acrylic and mixed media paintings.



The Pennington School Middle School will hold an On-Campus Experience from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 3.

Families interested in Grades 6-8 are invited to visit campus for a two-hour afternoon of Middle School discovery. Hear from a student panel, attend an interactive mini-class, enjoy a fun activity with student leaders, and talk with faculty and administrators.


Registration is limited; all visitors coming to campus for class visits must complete an online health screening prior to arrival and wear masks inside school buildings at all times.


Register at




Nov. 3 to Dec. 6

Special event Nov. 5

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) is presenting a group show of photographs taken at Princeton’s Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in the winter of 2020.

The works will be shown at Small World’s location on Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton.

The show includes photos selected from submissions made to the FOPOS’s annual Give Thanks for Nature Photo Contest, as well as aerial photographs of the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve taken by Princeton photographer Frank Sauer.

All photos will be offered for sale with a portion of the sales benefitting the Friends of Princeton Open Space.

The photos will be on display from Nov. 3 to Dec. 6.

An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. Nov. 5 featuring jazz guitar by Ilan Eisenzweig.




Thursday, Nov. 4

Shai Wosner on piano, with Conductor Rossen Milanov, will play Mozart at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at McCarter Theatre Center, Matthews Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton.
Presented by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

For ticket information, visit


Join Rabbi Matt Nover of Beth El Synagogue as he teaches different aspects of Jewish life at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 during “How to Study.”

 This is a Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 897 003 3588. Password 1234.

Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor.

For more information, call 609-443-4454 or visit


The Princeton Senior Resource Center is a community nonprofit serving older adults in the greater Princeton area since 1974.

A ribbon cutting for the new facility at 101 Poor Farm Road will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 4. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m. 






Thursday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 7

Labyrinth Books will hold a storewide sale Nov. 4-7 at the store, 122 Nassau St., Princeton.

Nov. 4 is member preview day.

Nov. 5 is a fundraising day for Princeton Mutual Aid. Instead of discounts, 15% of all in-store and online sales will be offered to the mutual aid squad.

Get a free Labyrinth Books pencil pouch with any purchase of $75 or more.

There will also be a collection of food and clothing on behalf of Trenton Rescue Mission and Arm-in-Arm.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

For more information, call 609-497-1600.





November 4-29

During November, the Gourgaud Gallery, 23-A N. Main St. in Cranbury, will host an exhibit called “Friends of Color” featuring the work of 13 watercolor artists.

Watercolorists Unlimited, a group of New Jersey artists who meet monthly to critique work together, has been meeting for more than 27 years. Each month the group chooses a new subject to paint and they meet at the end of the month to have lunch and a formal critique.

There will be several paintings from each artist on exhibit, and most works will be for sale.

The show will be on exhibit from Nov. 4-29, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Nov. 25 and 26.

The artwork is for sale with 20% of each sale going to support the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs. Cash or a check is accepted as payment.

For more information, visit or call Lisa Walsh at 609-577-6789.




Friday, Nov. 5

Trenton Cats Rescue will hold Holiday Bingo on Nov. 5 at the German American Society Banquet Hall, 215 Uncle Pete’s Road, Trenton.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo begins at 7 p.m.

There will be prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a fast food booth, refreshments and table service.

Special admission is $35 and includes one sheet of three game cards for all 15 regular and special games (45 total game cards).

General admission is $5 and includes one game card for each regular game (five total game cards).

All current COVID guidelines will be enforced.

For information or tickets, contact Carol Revilla at 609-439-6236 or email [email protected]


Saturday, Nov. 6

The Crafts-n-Quilts Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Flemington Elks, Route 31 south, Flemington.

Presented by Courthouse Quilters.

Free admission.

All handmade items include quilts, wood bowls, pens, hand-dyed fabric jackets, scarves, dichroic glass jewelry, photos, notecards, table runners, handbags and holiday decorations, all by local artists.

The boutique will sell fabric in yardage and fat quarters, as well as hand-sewn gift items.

Handmade baby quilts will be for sale with proceeds benefiting Safe Harbor in Flemington.

Purchase raffle tickets for the Southern Sunset king-size quilt.

View an exhibit of quilts made by members during the pandemic.

Lunch and drinks available during the show, courtesy of the Flemington Elks.

For more information, visit, or email [email protected].



Members of the diaconate community are invited to come together in prayer to remember all deacons of the Diocese of Trenton who have died, especially those in the past year, at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 at St. James Roman Catholic Church, 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington.

The Rev. Msgr. Thomas Mullelly of the Diocese of Trenton will be the principal celebrant.

For more information, visit



Bordentown Township will honor military servicemen and women with a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Senior Community Center, 3 Municipal Drive.


Dog and cat owners who live in East Windsor can bring their pets to a free rabies clinic from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 6 at East Windsor Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 51 One Mile Road; or from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 13 at East Windsor Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, 69 Twin Rivers Drive.

Owners will be required to show a certificate of previous rabies vaccination in order to receive a vaccination valid for three years. Without proof, the dog or cat will be given a vaccination of only one-year duration.

All animals must be properly leashed or kept in a carrier.

All attendees must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose, and maintain at least six feet distance.

For more information, call Animal Control at 609-448-5678, ext. 229, or visit under Public Safety/Animal Control.






Through Saturday, Nov. 6

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

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

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

Visit for tickets and more information.




Through Saturday, Nov. 6

Sugar Skull! is a bilingualdigital theater experience that delves into the rich traditions of Día de Muertos to deepen audiences’ understanding of Mexican and Latin American culture, featuring regional dances of Mexico, colorful costumes, and traditional music .



On this virtual adventure, audiences will join Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton, as he follows the music towards the ultimate party. He is spurred on by the tricky Chaneques, who desperately want him to be the centerpiece on their ofrenda. Along the path, Sugar Skull meets many characters who teach him how Day of the Dead is much more than a party — it is a celebration of life.

The show is available in English with Spanish captions, and will be available to stream through November 6.

Presented by the McCarter Theatre Center of Princeton.

For ticket information, visit




Nov. 6-20

Hillsborough Township will transform the front lawn of the Municipal Complex into a Field of Honor in time for Veterans Day.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is offering township residents the opportunity to honor their favorite vets with flags as a way to commemorate their sacrifice and heroism, through the Flags for Heroes initiative.

Residents who wish to sponsor flags for the veterans in their lives can do so for $50 each.

The 3-foot by 5-foot flags hang on 10-foot poles and will be on display on the corner of South Branch Road and Beekman Lane from Nov. 6-20.

The initiative is a fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Hillsborough Township veterans. 

To purchase a flag, visit



Saturday, Nov. 6 to Jan. 2, 2022

Special event Nov. 18

From air samplers that record the microclimate to scale replicas of the rooms at Bainbridge House that spin on the quarter hour, Jesse Stecklow’s work investigates the ways in which both atmospheric and built surroundings affect perceptions. 

In his first solo museum exhibition, the Los Angeles-based artist explores the processes of perception and creativity through site-responsive installations at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art@Bainbridge gallery, located in a restored 18th-century home at 158 Nassau St., Princeton. 

Components in the Air/Jesse Stecklow brings together works from five of the artist’s series that interweave imagery, motion and sound to heighten visitors’ attention to the ways in which personal associations, memories and perspectives shape experiences of space.

The installation will be on view from Nov. 6 through Jan. 2, 2022.

 An open house celebration and meet-the-artist event will be held on Nov. 6 from 1-4 p.m.

A panel featuring the artist and Princeton faculty Jess Rowland and Spyros Papapetros will be held virtually on Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m.




Through Sunday, Nov. 7

“Harvey,” performed by the Somerset Valley Players, Hillsborough’s nonprofit community theatre, runs weekends through Nov. 7.

The comedy is about a man, Elwood P. Dowd, who insists his best friend is a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. The reactions of his concerned family and beleaguered psychiatrists result in comedy and a moral to the story.

Produced by Roberta Steve and stage managed by Shannen Rivers, “Harvey” will be on stage at the Somerset Valley Players theater, 689 Amwell Road (Route 514), Hillsborough, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

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

Tickets are $20 for adults or $18 for students and seniors. For tickets, go to 

Masks are required inside the building.




Sunday, Nov. 7

Cemetery Journeys: Understanding Local Cemeteries and Gravestones will be presented by Titusville resident Cheryl Jackson at 3 p.m. Nov. 7 via Zoom.

Many think of cemeteries as forbidden places, but they are actually quiet, peaceful places and outdoor art museums full of history.

Jackson will discuss how her passion grew from taking photos of cemeteries to researching, reading and writing about the places she visits.

She will touch on local cemeteries in Hopewell Township, and dig deeper into some of them.

Registration is required at

Visit Jackson’s website at or her Instagram page @cjoddphotog.



Hopewell Theater will present Who Will Start Another Fire, an anthology of nine curated short films by emerging filmmakers, at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, with an encore presentation at 2 p.m. Nov. 7, at the theater, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell.

Dedza Films will present Like Flying, Family Tree, Troublemaker, Polygraph, The Lights Are on No One’s Home, By Way of Canarsie, The Rose of Manila, Slip, and Not Black Enough.

To view the trailer, visit



Select dates, Tuesday, Nov. 9 to Jan. 4, 2022

Mercer County Technical Schools is accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year for academies beginning in ninth grade, shared-time for 11th and 12th grades, and Career Prep for 12th grade.

District information sessions will be held from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Assunpink, 1085 Old Trenton Road, Trenton; and from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Arthur R. Sypek, 129 Bull Run Road, Pennington. Masks and social distancing will be required.

There will also be virtual information sessions held from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at; and from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 4, 2022, at

For more information and the application, visit



Thursday, Nov. 11

A panel discussion celebrating the newest volume of the “Record of the Princeton University Art Museum” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Frick Taylor Auditorium B02 and live online .

Now in its 79th year, the “Record” publishes research based on the museum’s collections.

Three authors who contributed to this volume, devoted to European Renaissance and Baroque art, will offer insights into their research.

For more information and to register, visit



Friday, Nov. 12

Hillsborough Community Assistance Network, the township food bank, will hold a drive-thru food distribution event from 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Willow Road Complex, 530 Willow Road.

Any Hillsborough resident can receive produce, cheese and meat products.

Register at or call Social Services Office at 908-369-3880.



The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice will present a benefit concert featuring multi-hyphenate musician/author/storyteller Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) in his only area appearance with the full “Late Style” band at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.

Tickets are available at

For an additional donation, guests can stay for the VIP after-party with Wes, including tea and scones with jam and cream.

The BRCSJ is a non-profit educational bridge, community activist center and safe space for LGBTQIA children and intersectional families. All proceeds will go toward finding the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice a new home.


The biennial Princeton Poetry Festival returns in person with a full day of readings, panel discussions and a lecture, organized by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and Princeton’s Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities, Paul Muldoon, and presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts.

An international roster of poets featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts, Victoria Chang, Laura Kasischke, and Patricia Smith from the U.S.; Sasha Dugdale and Daljit Nagra from the U.K.; Javier Zamora from El Salvador; and Polina Barskova from Russia will attend from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center on the Princeton University Campus, 91 University Pl., Princeton.

Free and open to the public. Each ticket for each person attending must be reserved through a separate online transaction.

All guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to wear a mask when indoors, and to show proof of vaccination and a photo ID at the door; children under 12 are not permitted in campus buildings as they are not currently able to be vaccinated.

Reserve tickets at the McCarter Box Office.





Saturday, Nov. 13

Hillsborough Township will participate in its seventh annual Hillsborough Township Day at the New Jersey Devils game against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 13.

As in years past, Hillsborough will be recognized throughout the evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, including the Hillsborough Police Department’s Honor Guard presenting the colors, a pre-game social with Mayor Shawn Lipani, a special in-game raffle ticket to win a pair of club seats to another game, and a Hillsborough post-game group photo on the Devils’ main ice.  

For tickets, visit


Dog and cat owners who live in East Windsor can bring their pets to a free rabies clinic from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 13 at East Windsor Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, 69 Twin Rivers Drive.

Owners will be required to show a certificate of previous rabies vaccination in order to receive a vaccination valid for three years. Without proof, the dog or cat will be given a vaccination of only one-year duration.

All animals must be properly leashed or kept in a carrier.

All attendees must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose, and maintain at least six feet distance.

For more information, call Animal Control at 609-448-5678, ext. 229, or visit under Public Safety/Animal Control.



The Arts Council of Princeton’s Sauce for the Goose Outdoor Art Market will celebrate its 28th year with a one-day market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton.

Purchase handmade gifts directly from local artisans and crafters working in ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fine art and more.

Watch as artists present live demonstrations in their craft.

DJ Lydell will play music.

Follow current CDC and local guidance on mask wearing and social distancing.

For a list of participating vendors, visit

For a directory of Princeton Shopping Center businesses, visit


November 13-20

HomeFront’s National Hunger & Homelessness Week events will include:

· Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open house at HomeFront’s SewingSpace and tours of the nonprofit’s headquarters, including its donation center, Fran’s Food Pantry, SewingSpace, the case management offices, etc.

· Nov. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. Virtual “Welcome to HomeFront” orientation.

· Nov. 17 from 1-3 p.m. HomeFront’s Diaper Resource Center Volunteer Opportunity.

·  Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Attend an expert panel discussion on the long-lasting effects the pandemic has had on vulnerable populations and what local and national agencies are doing to lessen the impact. Confirmed speakers include Emily Gartenberg from No Kid Hungry NYC, Shellie Skinner from NJ Pandemic Relief Fund, Olivia Jin from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, and Sarah Steward from HomeFront.

· Nov. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Virtual Lunch & Learn with HomeFront’s Chief Executive Officer Connie Mercer and Chief Operating Officer Sarah Steward. They will discuss the nonprofit’s work this past year to meet the increased need in the community among families impacted by the pandemic and HomeFront’s, ways community members can get involved, and HomeFront’s plans for the future.

· Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Drive Service Opportunity. Help pack Thanksgiving dinner baskets at HomeFront which will be distributed to the nonprofit’s client families.

To learn more and register, visit




Sunday, Nov. 14

From Berlin to Omaha Beach and Back: A Survivor’s Metaphors, featuring Professor Victor Brombert, will be presented by the Friends of Princeton University Library from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 14 via Zoom.

Brombert participated in a secret American intelligence unit in World War II called The Ritchie Boys, a group largely responsible for most of the combat intelligence gathered on the Western Front. He will talk about this experience, his life, and the broader topic of the “metaphors of survival.”

Landon Jones, a longtime member of the Friends, an author, and a former magazine editor, will moderate the program.

Register at



Monday, Nov. 15

The Women’s College Club of Princeton will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Stockton Education Center, Morven Museum, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

William Hart will speak on “War of the Worlds.”

Free to attend.

For more information, visit



Tuesday, Nov. 16

Dining with the Washingtons: A Special Evening with Mount Vernon’s Dean Norton, will be presented at 6 p.m. Nov. 16, at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

Norton, Mount Vernon’s director of Horticulture, will provide more than a “what’s for dinner” talk. Prepare for an evening of enlightenment and entertainment.

Cost for in-person attendance is $25 general admission, or $15 for members.

A virtual option is available for $20, or $10 for members. The Zoom link will be provided the day of the program.

A recording link will be made available to attendees following the program.

For more information, visit


Wednesday, Nov. 17

Dress for Success Central NJ (DFSCNJ) will hold its signature fundraising event, Cocktails for A Cause, from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Jasna Polana, 4519 Province Line Road, Princeton.

This year’s theme, “Braving Your Own Reality,” will feature an appearance by Jackie Goldschneider from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” as well as Dress for Success clients, who will tell their stories of how this essential New Jersey nonprofit helped prepare them to face and overcome profound challenges in the wake of COVID.

This year’s event also honors two DFSCNJ supporters. Scott Kent, from Wawa, is this year’s Community Citizen of the Year honoree. Investors Bank will receive the Community Impact Award; accepting the award will be Carole Bursac, assistant vice president and branch manager, a long standing DFSCNJ volunteer and advocate.

The money raised from Cocktails for A Cause will help fund the full continuum of career programs and services provided by DFSCNJ, which empowers women to achieve economic independence.

To learn more about DFSCNJ, visit or call 609-896-4112.

Tickets are $200. To purchase a ticket or to be a sponsor, visit



Great Minds Salon: COVID – Where Have We Been and What is Up Next, will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 via Zoom, sponsored by The Jewish Center Princeton.

David Hirshwerk is an infectious diseases specialist in the Northwell Health System in New York. He is the executive vice chair in the Department of Medicine at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and an associate professor of Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

He has been heavily integrated into the health system’s COVID-19 response since December 2019.

Open to the community. Free of charge.

For security reasons, registration is required. To register, email your full name and the Course Code “Great Minds Hirschwerk” to [email protected]

Registration closes at 4 p.m. Nov. 16. Late registration will not be accepted.



Discover the history of post-war adoption in the United States with author and journalist Gabrielle Glaser and the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) through a virtual program from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 17.

In Glaser’s sophomore release “American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption,” the writer chronicles the controversial adoption process of the 1960s, including the story of unmarried mother Margaret Erle and her son, David.

Erle, a New Jersey resident, will join Glaser during the program to share her firsthand account of the experience.

 The author’s debut novel, “Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink – and How They Can Regain Control,” is available in the library’s collection

For more information or to register for the virtual program, visit


Nov. 17 to Jan. 10, 2022

Festival of Trees 2021 will be presented by Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Nov. 17 through Jan. 10, 2022.

Morven’s annual holiday tradition continues for its 16th year with a juried collection of themed trees and mantels displayed throughout the museum’s galleries decorated by talented members of Garden Clubs and Organizations.

Decorators include American Spaniel Club, Contemporary Garden Club, Mount Laurel Garden Club, Neshanic Garden Club, New Jersey Audubon Society, Nottingham Garden Club, Princeton Public Library, Stony Brook Garden Club, The Garden Club of Princeton, The Present Day Club and West Trenton Garden Club.

Reserve a timed admission. Limited walkups will be available.

Cost is $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students, free for Friends of Morven, free for children under 6, and free for active military.

The Winter Garden Party will be held Dec. 2 with party hosts Colleen Goggins, Carolyn and John Healey, Rachel Herr, and Eileen and Robert O’Neil. Details will be announced.

The museum is located at 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

To register, visit



Through Thursday, Nov. 18

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

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

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

For a list of market dates, vendor information and more, visit

Through Friday, Nov. 19

Princeton’s Human Services Department seeks donors for its 23rd Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

For the past 22 years, Princeton Human Services, municipal employees, local businesses, and private donors have made hundreds of Princeton children’s holiday wishes come true by providing them with gifts for the holidays.

Last year, over 324 applications for gifts were received, and this year the expectation is there will be more.

Applications are received for children up to age 12, which includes one or two gifts they would like for the holidays, which are not to exceed $75.

In addition to sponsoring a child’s wish list, the department is asking donors to consider donating a gift card to help the parents or families of the children during these difficult times.

Visit or fill out the form at by Nov. 19, or call 609-688-2055 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.



Each year, Safe+Sound Somerset gives additional support to clients and their families through its annual Holiday Drive.

Along with gift cards for each member of the family, as well as a gift for a household item or other family needs, Safe+Sound provides treats, gift wrapping and other details that make the holidays a special family time.

The Holiday Drive is open through Nov. 19. The only acceptable items are $25 Amazon, Walmart, ShopRite and Visa gift cards. Send electronic cards to [email protected]. Physical gift cards can be mailed to Safe+Sound Somerset, Attn: Kristin Cantwell, P.O. Box 835, Somerville 08876.

Monetary gifts are also appreciated; make a gift at To designate a gift, enter “Holiday Drive” in the “This gift is made in Memory or Honor of” field.

If a business or community group is interested in hosting a Holiday Drive, reach out to Kristin Cantwell at [email protected] for promotional support or to make special arrangements for delivery of collected gift cards.

For help or to request information about Safe+Sound Somerset’s services, call or text the 24/7 confidential helpline at 866-685-1122.


Friday, Nov. 19

The Princeton Folk Music Society presents an evening of traditional American folk music with a bit of an Irish accent at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton.

Joe Jencks is a 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago.

Tickets at the door are $25 general, $20 members, $10 students, $5 children.

Ample free parking.

For more information, visit



Take a virtual Hardenbergh hike through history with Paul Soltis at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 through Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton.

Soltis, the New Jersey State Park Service’s historian for Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites in Somerville, will explore the Jersey Dutch origins of the Hardenbergh and Rutgers families, the academic tradition of New Jersey’s colonial colleges that encouraged Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh’s ornithology, and the landscapes preserved in New Jersey State Parks & Forests today that inspired Hardenbergh’s art.

Cost is $10 general, or free for members.

Zoom link will be provided the day of the program. A recording link will be made available to attendees following program.

Register at




Enjoy an evening of community-created entertainment in the form of storytelling and poetic open mic on Nov. 19 at the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m.

Each month, the Arts Council of Princeton will invite inspiration from a well-known song title. Artists are invited to interpret the theme as broadly as they wish.

All are welcome to tell a well-prepared story or perform their poetry.

Performers should bring their own work, inspired by this month’s theme: Walk the Line.

The evening will include 45 minutes of stories and 45 minutes of poetry with a brief intermission.

Free and open to the public.






Sunday, Nov. 21

The Rare Book Collection at the Museum of Printing will be presented via Zoom from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 21 by the Friends of Princeton University Library.

In the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Massachusetts, more than 6,000 books and many thousands of ephemera samples are housed in a unique library. Frank Romano, president of the museum and a rare book collector for 60 years, will join the Princeton Bibliophiles & Collectors to introduce the Museum of Printing and discuss this rare book collection.

To join the program, visit



Girls on the Run of Central NJ (GOTRCNJ) will celebrate the end of its 20th season with a 5K run through the streets of downtown Somerville on Nov. 21 beginning at 11 a.m..

Open to the public, runners and spectators are expected from the five counties GOTRCNJ serves.

Net proceeds of the race provide financial assistance to over 500 girls annually to enable them to participate in the program.

Register at








Tuesdays, Nov. 30 and Jan. 11

Pennington School’s Middle School will hold virtual open houses at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Jan. 11.
Head of School Chrissie Knight and Middle School Dean of Students Lisa Houston will lead an informative session for parents of prospective students.

Register at




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.



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



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.



Dec. 6

The Winter Garden Party with party hosts Colleen Goggins, Carolyn and John Healey, Rachel Herr, and Eileen and Robert O’Neil will be held at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

Details will be announced.

For more information, visit



Through Dec. 6

FEMA has closed some of its Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), established last month to assist residents and businesses whose property was damaged by Tropical Storm Ida.

However, face-to-face assistance is still available. Residents can find their nearest DRC online at, or text DRC and their current ZIP Code to 43362. Standard message and data rates apply.

Disaster survivors can still access disaster information and assistance the following ways: online at; by calling 800-621-3362; (TTY:800-462-7585); or download the FEMA app available for smart phones.

The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is Dec. 6.

For the latest information, visit Follow the FEMA Region 2 Twitter account at



Through Dec. 9

Mercer County’s Holiday Toy Drive for Toys for Tots will collect items through Dec. 9.

Drop-off boxes are located at McDade Administrative Building, County Connection, One-Stop Career Center, Department of Transportation, Mercer County Improvement Authority, Historic Hunt House, Mercer County Park Ice Skating Center/Tennis Center/Ranger headquarters, Mercer County Stables, Mercer County Wildlife Center, all Mercer County golf courses;

Tulpehaking Nature Center, Howell Living History Farm, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercer County Clerk’s Office and the Mercer County Office Park.



Dec. 14

Holiday POPS! will perform one night only at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at McCarter Theatre Center, Matthews Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton.
Conducted by Rossen Milanov.
For concert information, tickets and COVID safety protocols, visit



Through 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 through 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

To schedule a private viewing, email [email protected].

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



Through Dec. 18


New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) announced the Frank Bollaci Memorial Scholarship.

A long-time president of the South Brunswick Soccer Club, Bollaci was also a coach and seasoned referee with the NJ State Referee Committee.

Beginning this fall, the Frank Bollaci Memorial Scholarship will award $1,000 to a deserving college-bound senior.

All applications, along with a short essay and high school transcript, must be received by Dec. 18. The essay should give an explanation of what soccer means to the applicant and how soccer has impacted his/her life. Also describe community service.

Scholarship winners will be notified by NJYS by Jan. 4, 2022. Winners will receive an award and also have the opportunity to be recognized via a press release and online interview promoted by NJYS.
The recipient of the scholarship will also receive recognition of the accomplishment through the NJYS Annual Awards presented by RWJBarnabas Health, which will take place in early 2022.

Applications are being accepted at








The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission is offering an 18-month wall calendar that combines historical images of the borough with artistic renderings and interpretations.

The calendar features archived photos of historic sites in the borough and the work of 11 local artists who interpret or re-imagine those sites. The work of artists are in a variety of artistic media including digital collage, painting, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, embroidery, and quilting.

Calendars are available with a suggested donation of $20 and each month has two dates featuring the current date, the day of the week in the year 1721, and features federal holidays, national holidays, and text that represents historical events occurring on that date in the borough.

Calendars are available at Perennial Home and Handmade Art Studio, 119 W. Ward St., Hightstown, and by emailing the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission at [email protected]






The Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s Annual Juried Photo Exhibition has a scheduled opening for March 26, 2022.

All photographs must be made within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. The reserve is found in portions of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties. All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment.

Submission date is Jan. 30.

More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for First Place Best in Show; $350 each for First Place Landscape, Flora & Fauna, and Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc).

Photographs submitted for exhibition will be selected by a credentialed jury with final selections chosen by Michael Yamashita, an acclaimed National Geographic photographer.

Acceptance notification is planned from Feb. 14-18. Awards, including cash prizes, will be announced at the reception on March 26.

All selected photographs will be exhibited at the historic Bishop Farmstead in Southampton from March 28 through April 30, and all submitted photos will be on display in the online gallery opening by April 15.

Open submissions are $30 for up to three images and $5 per image for each additional image. A total of six images can be submitted per photographer.

All participants must use the Smarter Entry system to register. Photos must be JPEG format, and files cannot exceed 8MB in size.

Learn more at or email [email protected].





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

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

The current schedule is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Mercer County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offered in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, allows individuals meeting various income qualifications to apply for bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance and energy-related home repairs.

LIHEAP is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.

This year, the application period is Oct. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Applications, forms and information can be found on the Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs page on the county website. Mail to County of Mercer LIHEAP/USF Programs, 640 S. Broad St., Room 106, P.O. Box 8068, Trenton 08650; fax to 609-278-2758; email [email protected]; or drop off at Mercer County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton.

If an in-person appointment is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment at the County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton; or Mercer County Connection, Hamilton Square Shopping Center, 957 Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton.

For more information, contact Home Energy Assistance at 609-989-6959 (Spanish: 609-989-6736).




Continuing events





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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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







Marketfair Princeton launched a Mall Rewards App that’s one of only two shopping centers in the state to offer such as technology service.

Marketfair Rewards is an app-based loyalty program where members can accumulate points in a variety of ways and use those points to redeem gifts such as discounts, gift cards to retailers, restaurant and wellness services and more in a shopping cart environment.

Download the app to a mobile device where the customer will receive 200 points for signing up. After every purchase, the customer has up to seven days to submit their receipt through the app which will immediately store the receipt for future use while also providing the guest with 1 point for every $1 spent.

Current participating retailers include Anthropologie, William Sonoma, Orange Twist, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Francesca’s, Athleta, Club Pilates, GAP, Eastern Mountain Sports, White House Black Market, Barnes & Noble and AMC.

Restaurants include Corners Bakery Café, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and TGI Friday’s.




Right at Home of Central New Jersey can organize a Senior Citizen Prom for local facilities.

They will provide music and entertainment.

A prom king and queen will be crowned.
For more information on how to schedule a prom, call 732-967-0900.

Serving northern Middlesex, Mercer and Monmouth counties.



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






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

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

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

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

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






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



NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email [email protected]

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.







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

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

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

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

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email [email protected]



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

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

To sign up as a donor, visit or email [email protected].


Hermés Paris, a family-run, independent, luxury retailer has entered into a lease agreement for 17 Palmer Square in Princeton.

The 6,155-square-foot retail store is expected to open in Fall of 2023.

For more information on Hermés, visit

For more information on Palmer Square, visit






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