Common calendar, Packet papers, November 5




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

For more information, visit










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 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.



Through Sunday, Nov. 7

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

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.









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]



Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, presents “Irish Reunification: Prospects & Feasible Models,” a lecture drawn from his book-in-progress on questions and issues surrounding the idea of a unification of the island of Ireland.

The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 via Zoom.

Introduced by Princeton’s Visiting Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor in Irish Letters, Fintan O’Toole.

Part of the 2021-2022 Fund for Irish Studies Lecture Series at Princeton University, which will remain virtual for the fall. 

Free and open to the public; Zoom registration required.

To register, visit




Select dates, Nov. 5-13

Two new short musicals give voice to the experiences of Princeton students who are from immigrant families and the first in their families to attend college. 

“Early Decision” by Adam Gwon follows Owen, an Asian American high school senior, and his friends, who are caught up in the stress of college applications. When celebrating his acceptance into Princeton University, what seems like a small mistake has huge impacts on his immigrant family.

“Early Decision” was commissioned by McCarter Theatre as part of “The Migration Plays” project.

“Late Bloomer,” a new musical by Jaime Lozano and Georgie Castilla, commissioned by the Lewis Center, follows two Latino sibling Princeton students. When their father’s health declines, Javi and Pilar must navigate between their father’s expectations of success and their individual desires for their futures.

Directed by faculty member Elena Araoz and performed by Princeton students.

Performances will be Nov. 5, 11, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton.

Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber and Associate Dean of the College and Director of Programs for Access and Inclusion Khristina Gonzalez join in conversation on the themes of these two musicals, which amplify Princeton’s priority goals for access and inclusion, at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Berlind Theatre.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $17 purchased on the day of performance; or $10 for students at McCarter Box Office.

For more information or ticket information, visit

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 (Princeton students, faculty and staff only need to show their PU ID card.); currently children under 12 are not permitted in campus buildings as they are not currently able to be vaccinated.



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




Mercer County Veteran Services invites the public to attend the county’s Veterans Day Ceremony and Celebration on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Mercer County Office Park gym, 1440 Parkside Ave., Ewing.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes will give opening remarks, and U.S. Army Col. Terrence Sommers will serve as keynote speaker.

The placement of a wreath to honor veterans’ service, and a salute to fallen veterans by Marine Corps League Trenton Detachment 207, will follow.

This year’s program will also feature a performance by the Trenton Central High School JROTC Drill Team and a medley of military songs by singer Jill Pakman.

Refreshments will be available.

Vendors representing a number of agencies serving veterans will be on hand to provide information about their organizations and the services available to local veterans and their family members.

A face mask is required for entry.

For more information, visit





Select dates, from Nov. 7 to March 2022

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

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



Nov. 8 to Dec. 2

The next photo exhibit at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) James Kerney Campus (JKC) Gallery titled “Analog Surrealism” showcases the works of Phillip McConnell from Nov. 8 through Dec. 2 at 137 N. Broad St., Trenton.

An artist talk will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 8. The public is invited in person or by appointment via the Zoom conferencing platform. Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

To learn more about the artist, visit

For more information about the attending shows live or online, including how to register, visit

Gallery hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email [email protected] to request appointments for in-person visits.



Tuesday, November 9

A reading by poet Chen Chen, winner of a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and 2015 winner of the Kundiman Prize; and Program in Creative Writing seniors Thomas Dayzie, Marc Schorin, Malcolm Slutzky, Peter Taylor and Ellen Whiteside, as part of the 2021-22 season of the C.K. Williams Reading Series, will present in-person by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Drapkin Studio in the Lewis Arts complex, Princeton University campus.

Free and open to the public. All guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask when indoors.

Tickets are available at





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



Through Tuesday, Nov. 9

The Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for the 2022 Woman of Achievement and Young Woman of Achievement awards, and encourage the public to assist in identifying outstanding individuals who give back to their community and to submit the names of a deserving woman or young woman.

The deadline for accepting nominations is Nov. 9.

To nominate a Woman of Achievement, visit

To nominate a Young Woman of Achievement, visit

Winners will be recognized at a cocktail reception on March 29 at Mercer Oaks Clubhouse, Princeton Junction.

For more information, contact Katie Ronollo at 609-989-6868 or [email protected].




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


The Spirit of Princeton is marking Veterans Day in collaboration with Princeton University, which is hosting an in-person Veterans Day observance at 9 a.m. Nov. 11.

The service will also be livestreamed on the Office of Religious Life Princeton YouTube channel.

Remarks will be delivered by Kaller Roemer, Princeton Class of 2023, president of both Princeton Student Veterans and the Ivy League Veterans Council. Before coming to Princeton, he served in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division and deployed to Iraq as a Fire-Team Leader. He is studying political economy and entrepreneurship, and he advocates for veteran representation in academia and providing resources for enlisted student-veterans entering their professional careers.

The program will include an invocation by the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, the university’s dean of religious life and of the chapel.

Kenneth Grayson, supervisor in the university electric shop, will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

Princeton Mayor Mark Freda and Kam Amirzafari, co-chair with Freda of The Spirit of Princeton, will talk about the value of a town/gown commemorative ceremony to honor the veterans.

Dr. Mary Rorro, psychiatrist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will play a viola solo, and Eric Schweingruber will play “Taps.”

Khalil Abdullah, Princeton University’s assistant dean for Muslim Life, will give the benediction.

Members of the general public are welcome to attend, but only if fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a safety policy that applies to people of all ages, including children.

Community members attending in person must register at the door or in advance to enable Princeton University to do contact tracing as necessary.  

To register in advance for any program or service, community members must fill out a form at in advance.

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart will welcome prospective families to campus Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the school, 1128 Great Road, Princeton.

Meet faculty, administrators, current parents and students about the intentional program for boys in grades K-8.

Attendees may be in person or virtual.

Register at


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


Zuzu Gallery will host a reception from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 to welcome three new artists, Jo-Ann Osnoe, Christine Seo and J. Marion Simmons.  

The gallery is located at 23 Phillips Ave., Lawrenceville.

The exhibit includes work in a variety of media, such as painting, pottery, sculpture, fused glass, and photography.  

Artist Susan Rizzo opened the gallery in September with the mission of introducing a greater number of artists to the larger community by showcasing both established and emerging artists in a rotating schedule.

Stop by for refreshments, see great art, and meet the artists.  


Nov. 12 and 13

Kelsey Theatre will kick off the 2021-22 season with the Pennington Players’ live musical review “All Together Now – A Global Event” celebrating Broadway theatre from Musical Theatre International (MTI).

Performances are 8 p.m. Nov. 12, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 13, on the Kelsey stage. The theater is located on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College at 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

This musical performance benefitting the Pennington Players will showcase some of Kelsey’s favorite performers along with new talent performing 15 all-time favorite Broadway tunes.

The cast includes Tia Brown of Lawrence; Shannen Doyle of Lawrence; Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton; Scott Johnson of Ewing; William Kamps of Burlington; Sheilla Kraft of Hamilton; William Kamps of Burlington; Jaimie McMillian of Bordentown; Kim Pearson of Fairless Hills, PA; Jim Petro of Hamilton; Alexandra Rush of Philadelphia, PA; Elizabeth Rzasa of Ewing; Dominick Sannelli of Yardley, PA; Shawn Simmons ofnHamilton; Christopher Singh of Bordentown; Aidan Stallworth-Glitz of Ewing; and François Suhr of East Windsor.

Tickets are $25 for this event.

The entire 2021-2022 season may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Private performances and group rates are available.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours required at door, and masks are required to be worn inside the theater.



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




Hopewell author Nancy B. Kennedy brings the woman suffrage fight to life with historic and current day photos in her talk “Choosing to Conquer: The Women Who Won the Vote” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Hopewell Theater, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell.

Drawing from her book, “Women Win the Vote! 19 for the 19th Amendment,” she blends stories of little-known local suffragists with those of the women who led the national fight.

The event is free and open to the public; no reservation required.

For more information, call the Hopewell Public Library at 609-466-1625 or email [email protected]




Through Wednesday, Nov. 17

The Lawrenceville Main Street (LMS) Landscape/Design Committee is selling fresh balsam wreath kits and decorated wreaths.

A bonus step-by-step video, featuring design expert Kevin Bullard of Bullard Horticulture, Ltd., will be accessible online to all customers. The tutorial will demonstrate how to create a professionally decorated holiday wreath using the kits and how to personalize pre-assembled decorated wreaths.

Wreath kits, available for $30, will include a 24-inch, fresh, double-sided balsam wreath, an extra-large hand-tied bow in choice of ribbon, a variety of natural pinecones, and a wire hanger. Participants also will receive a list of suggested items to embellish the basic wreath.

Decorated fresh balsam wreaths, available for $50, will be custom decorated by volunteers of the LMS Landscape/Design Committee and include an extra-large hand-tied bow in your choice of ribbon, natural or white-sprayed pinecones, a variety of fresh greens, and a wire hanger.

To order, visit and click on the wreath graphic.

The deadline for all orders is Nov. 17.

For more information, email [email protected]

Pineland Farms, located at The Trenton’s Farmers Market, sourced the fresh balsam wreath bases and ribbons in support of this fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the Lawrenceville Main Street Landscaping/Design Committee beautification activities in the historic Village of Lawrenceville.




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.



Through Friday, Nov. 19

Rise is sponsoring a Thanksgiving basket drive for families and individuals in the Hightstown and East Windsor area.

Rise is asking donors to drop off stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, yams, onions, squash and carrots, as well as gravy and cranberry sauce. Rice, corn muffin mix, Jell-o or pudding mix, pasta, cereal or oatmeal, pasta sauce, canned fish, and dry or canned beans are also needed. Canned soup, chicken or turkey broth, nuts and canned or dried fruit also can be dropped off.

Rise is asking donors for gift cards so staff can buy turkeys. Turkeys are hard to store in quantity, so it’s more practical to buy them as needed.

The donations can be dropped off at the Rise Thrift Store at 114 Rogers Ave. in Hightstown every Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. and noon. They can also be dropped off Nov. 3 and Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m.

Donations are due by Nov. 19.

Rise is planning to distribute Thanksgiving baskets on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rise food pantry at 133 Broad St. in Hightstown.

A drive-thru Thanksgiving basket distribution is planned for Nov. 20, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Modway warehouse at 329 Wyckoff Mills Road in East Windsor in cooperation with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. The rain date for the drive-thru event is Nov. 21, same time, same place.

Gift cards or checks can be mailed to Rise, P.O. Box 88, Hightstown 08520.

Online donations can be made by visiting




Saturday, Nov. 20

For the past 25 years, Café Improv has connected beginning and professional performers in the Arts Council of Princeton’s Solley Theater.

Attendees can expect an evening of local music, poetry, comedy and more from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Arts Council, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

Admission is $1 for ACP members or $2 general admission.

For more information, visit or


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


Nov. 26 to Dec. 19

Discover artisan handicrafts and specialty items at Princeton’s Artist Chalet Winter Village.

The Artist Chalet Winter Village will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Nov. 26 through Dec. 19, on Hinds Plaza, Witherspoon Street, next to the Princeton Public Library.

Grab hot drinks and snacks from local restaurants and enjoy sidewalk sales at local retailers.

Artist chalets have been curated by the Arts Council of Princeton.

Visit for more information.




Through Nov. 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 through Nov. 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.


Tuesday, Nov. 30

Lauren Tarshis’ “I Survived” series is known for taking readers on an exploration of real historical disasters and epic adventures through the eyes of a fictional child who “survived” the life-changing event.

Students in grades 2 and up will have the opportunity to virtually meet the author at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 through a program hosted by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ). During the program, Tarshis will connect with participants by sharing her experiences as a writer, and hosting a Q&A session.  

Register to meet the author 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.


Saturday, Dec. 4 & Sunday, Dec. 5

Princeton Boychoir’s (PBC) fall concert Sing for Joy! video will stream at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 5.

The PBC will present a concert featuring all three choirs of the program: Apprentice Choir, Treble Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. Celebrate with music from Handel to Broadway and a premiere of a new work by senior member of the PBC, Barron Brothers. Sing for Joy! will be led by Westrick Music Academy Education Director and PBC Music Director, Fred Meads.

Tickets, which are $15, and streaming information can be found on the Westrick Music Academy (WMA) website.

Find more information on Sing for Joy! at



Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Thursday, 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.



Through Sunday, Dec. 12

The 8th Annual Operation Bark Drop Dog/Cat Toy & Food Drive was announced by Police Chief Robert Garofalo and members of the West Windsor Police Department/PBA Local 271 – including K9s Mackey, Hodge and Phoenix, and retired K9 Cherno.


Items needed include cat beds, dog beds, cat hidey beds, cat tents, scratching posts, dog and cat toys, Heartgard, Nexgard, Frontline, dog and cat shampoo, dog collars, halters/harnesses, leashes, Premier-Easy Walk (front leading) harnesses for dogs, canned dog and cat food and treats, dog Bully sticks, kitten milk replacer, pill pockets for dogs and cats, and paper towels.

An Amazon wish list is available at

Those wishing to mail a donation or use online shopping can mail their contributions to:
West Windsor Police Department, Attn: BarkDrop, 20 Municipal Drive, West Windsor 08550.

Or, bring items to West Windsor police headquarters, 20 Municipal Dr., and place in the blue bin in the lobby, by Dec. 12.


Items will be distributed to several local shelters based on items received and quantity.

Contact Garofalo at [email protected] with any concerns.


Tuesday, 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



Select dates, beginning Dec. 15

Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is recruiting volunteer tutors to teach literacy skills to adult learners in Somerset County.

Training is provided to all LVSC volunteer tutors through a required 4-week virtual workshop.

The first step in becoming a volunteer tutor is to attend a Tutor Information Session, which will be conducted virtually via Zoom at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. Jan. 11, and at 3 p.m. Jan. 14.

To register for an info session, visit

After attending an information session, the next step is to attend LVSC’s 4-week Tutor Training Workshop which is held virtually on Zoom. Dates are 3-5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, and Feb. 4 and 11.

Participants must also complete online training modules prior to each Zoom session.

Upon completion of the 4-week training, tutors are matched with an adult learner. Depending on public health guidance, the two can choose to either meet weekly at the library or will work together virtually using Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc.

For more information, visit or call 908-725-5430.



Through Friday, 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.




The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department’s 26th Annual Toy Drive places donation boxes at 57 locations across Burlington County.

Collections will occur regularly through Dec. 17.

Donation sites include multiple Burlington County government offices, libraries, schools, municipal buildings, courthouses, community centers and businesses. A complete list with addresses is available at and on the Sheriff’s Department’s free mobile phone and tablet app, which can be downloaded at .

Businesses or offices interested in hosting a donation box can contact the Sheriff’s Community Services Unit at 609-265-3788 or [email protected] by Nov. 30.

Donated toys and gifts will be distributed to local children by community partners and providers. Last year, those included the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Oaks Integrated Care in Mount Holly, the Christian Caring Center in Pemberton Township, Providence House Domestic Violence Services, Sisterhood in Burlington City, Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, Foster and Adoptive Family Services of Princeton and House of God in Delran.





Through Saturday, 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 Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, announced the launch of the 10th annual Protect Me With 3+ poster and video contest.


The contest challenges New Jersey youth in middle and high school to raise awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations including tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) and flu vaccines. Additionally, the contest has expanded to include entries for COVID-19 vaccination awareness.

Middle school and high school students can participate in the contest by submitting a hand-drawn poster or an original computer-generated poster that integrates key facts about one of the adolescent vaccines listed above. High school students also have the option to submit a video up to 30 seconds long instead of a poster.

In addition to accepting posters via mail, the contest is also accepting poster and video submissions electronically at

If a student is selected as a finalist, the agency will provide them with a pre-stamped envelope to mail their original poster.

Judges will then select the top three winners in each category.

The submission deadline is Jan. 23, 2022. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in the video and poster categories, and the winning entries will be showcased during various statewide immunization awareness activities.

Additionally, students who submit entries by Jan. 1, 2022, will be entered into random drawings to win prizes courtesy of Protect Me With 3+ event sponsors.

For more information about Protect Me With 3+ sponsorship opportunities, visit

The top five finalists in each of the three categories will be posted on for public voting in March. The winners will then be announced and honored at an awards ceremony in May.

New Jersey teachers are encouraged to make the Protect Me With 3+ contest a class project. As an added incentive, prizes will be awarded to the classrooms with the most eligible submissions in each of the three categories. For more information on lesson plans and interactive materials for schools, visit

Information regarding eligibility, video and poster submission guidelines, and contest rules can be found at







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.