Free tours of the Wyckoff-Garretson House & Museum, which dates back to 1730, will be held the second Sunday of every month, through October.
Docent-led tours are held from 1-4 p.m. at the house, 215 South Middlebush Road, Somerset.
For more information, visit themeadowsfoundation.org
The Burlington County Farmers Market enters its 16th season, held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October at the Burlington County Agricultural Center on Centerton Road in Moorestown.
Live music, food, handcrafted goods, cooking classes and Jersey fresh farm produce can be found from more than 20 farms, two dozen food vendors and multiple artists and crafters. Some participants include 1895 Organic Farm, Pinelands Produce, Durr’s Blue Box, the Soup Bar and Hoop House Bakery, Black Sheep Farm, Sparrow Lake Farm and Truly Seasoned.
Craft beer and liquor sales are back after debuting last season. Marlton-based Zed’s Beer and Columbus-based Recklesstown Farm Distillery, plus Burlington City’s Third State Brewery and Cherry Hill’s Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery are on tap. Alcohol sales will be for off-site consumption, though overage adults will be permitted to try a limited number of samples.
The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults will resume in-person lunches at nine of its locations after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
The Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides a daily nutritionally balanced meal Monday through Friday, except for county and/or municipal holidays.
All meals meet the required one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) daily referenced intake of nutrients for an individual 60 years or older.
Meals are available to Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age), any county resident with a disability whose primary caregiver is a program participant, anyone volunteering in the program, and the personal care aides of program participants when they accompany a participant to the site where the meals are provided.
In-person services will be hosted at: Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center and Sam Naples Community Center in Trenton, Lawrence Township Senior Center, Princeton Café for Older Adults, John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center in Hamilton, Hamilton Senior Center, Hopewell Valley Senior Center, Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, and Robbinsville Senior Center.
Most meal services begin at 11:30 a.m., although times may vary by location, so call 609-989-6650 or inquire at a local site.
No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided.
Reservations are required; call 609-989-6650 to reserve a spot.
Monthly menus can be found on the Nutrition Program for Older Adults web page.
If transportation is a barrier to participating in the congregate meals, Mercer County TRADE may be able to help; call 609-530-1971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants.
There may be home-delivered options.
The South Ward Senior Center and North 25 Terminal/Reading Senior Center in Trenton will remain closed due to ongoing construction, and no service will be provided at this time. Additionally, the East Windsor Senior Center is under construction, but will continue to provide grab-and-go and home-delivered services.
For more information, call 609-989-6650 or email email@example.com.
The Bordentown Historical Society announced the reopening of the Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse Museum and grand opening of the new Joseph Bonaparte exhibit.
The launch of the exhibit marks the first public opening of the meetinghouse in more than two years.
The meetinghouse will be open twice a month for visitation, in addition to special events throughout 2022 to educate the public on Bonaparte, the former King of Naples and Spain and, perhaps, Bordentown’s most famous one-time resident.
The first exhibit to grace the space will feature Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, the eldest brother of and advisor to Napoleon Bonaparte. Co-incident with the recent preservation of the former Point Breeze property once owned by Joseph Bonaparte in Bordentown, the BHS has assembled an exhibit and will present a series of events to explore this famous resident’s impact on America and Bordentown. There will be letters and memorabilia on hand, and experts will offer narratives on the furniture that came from the mansion on display at the Friends meetinghouse, an archaeologist’s perspective of life on the property, a review of artworks that were on display in Joseph’s mansions, and more.
For more information, visit www.BordentownHistory.org
Residents can view two exhibits on loan from the permanent collection of the Ukrainian History and Education Center that are on display in the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Gallery, located in the county Administration Building, 20 Grove St., Somerville.
The exhibit in the lobby, “Ukraine 1933: A Cookbook,” is a portion of the linocut series by Ukrainian artist Mykola Bondarenko that depicts the “menu” people were forced to use to survive the genocidal artificial famine of 1932-33.
Pysanky, on display in glass cases on the third floor of the county Administration Building, are decorated Ukrainian eggs, traditionally made during Easter or the weeks leading up to Easter. Pysanka comes from the Ukrainian word “pysaty,” which means to write. The designs on the eggs are written using a stylus, hot wax and dyes.
View a video about the exhibit at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpPA3IBKtDw.
For more information, contact the Cultural & Heritage Commission at 908-231-7110 or CulturalHeritage@co.somerset.nj.us.
Gesher LeKesher is currently accepting applications from 11th and 12th grade teens as of the 2022-23 school year to participate in a Jewish peer leadership program.
As Gesher “Madrichim” (peer leaders), teens lead a group of seventh to ninth grade “Talmidim” (learners) in outreaches addressing trending topics from a Jewish perspective including friendships, the impact of social media, peer pressure, prejudice and anti-Semitism on campus.
Gesher LeKesher meets six hours each month: two Monday night trainings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and an additional outreach time either Monday or Wednesday night or Sunday morning.
For more information, visit www.jfcsonline.org/gesher-lekesher.
The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is celebrating its 20th year bringing together teens in grades 8-12 from the Mercer and Bucks counties area. The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund. The program is designed to have teens learn about, experience and act upon Jewish values.
Each teen philanthropist donates their own money which gets matched and pooled with money they fundraise during the program. Students meet to discuss Tzedakah and explore needs and the non-profit organizations who address them. At year-end, each group decides how their dollars will be donated.
Registration is open for all participants in grades 8-10, and returning participants in 11th and 12th grades. Space is limited.
For more information, visit www.jfcsonline.org/jcyf.
Community service hours are available for both programs.
Contact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100, ext. 210 or CelesteA@jfcsonline.org with any questions.
Select dates, as of Thursday, Sept. 22
Mercer County’s Notary Nights will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 3-7:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Connection satellite office, 957 Route 33, Hamilton.
The dates for 2022 are Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.
Sessions will also be held on business days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, 209 S. Broad St., Trenton.
A mask or face covering must be worn to enter.
To be sworn in by Mercer County Clerk’s Office staff as a new notary, prospective notaries must apply and have their applications signed by a legislator. If you file your application online it will be sent to your legislator electronically.
After the State of New Jersey processes your application, you will be sent your commission by mail.
You must take your oath of office.
The fee is $15; checks and money order are accepted.
Prospective notaries will also need a photo ID and their certificate on hand to be sworn in.
After July 2022, all notary applications will have to be completed electronically, and an education component will be required for new notaries due to a change in state notary laws.
The Clerk’s Office also has new updated Notary Handbooks, which are available for pickup at the office at 209 S. Broad St. in Trenton.
For more information about notaries public and for updates on office openings and closings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/notary-public, or call the office’s main number at 609-989-6465.
Begins Oct. 3
Hillsborough Township residents, local businesses and township youth and adult organizations created a scarecrow for the 2022 Scarecrow Festival in Hillsborough.
The public can vote online for their favorite entries from Oct. 3-24. Winners will be announced by the mayor on Oct. 25 at the Township Committee Meeting and also posted on the township’s Facebook page.
Through Oct. 31
Registration is now open for HEWYBL’s winter 2022-23 Basketball season. HEWYBL is open to boys and girls from all area towns and has both co-ed teams for Instructional and Rookie level, all-girls teams and all-boys teams.
HEWYBL Basketball is open to players who are in grades K-12. The registration deadline is Oct. 31. The season will run from late November until early March. Games will be played at the East Windsor school district gyms.
HEWYBL Basketball typically draws players from East Windsor, Hightstown, Allentown, Cranbury, Roosevelt and other surrounding towns.
Season details can be viewed at www.HEWYBL.com To register, go to www.HEWYBL.com and select REGISTER at the upper right-hand corner.
Any questions about HEWYBL Basketball or the upcoming season, contact HEWYBL.BASKETBALL@gmail.com.
Through Nov. 8
The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will be participating in a statewide initiative in partnership with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) called the Democracy Conversation Project through Nov. 8.
The goal of the program is to discover what New Jerseyans have to say about the state of our democracy. The tool that SCLSNJ and NJCH are using to collect this information is called Storybox. These Storyboxes provide a place for New Jerseyans to add their voices to the national story with personal reflections on preprinted response cards.
Join the conversation at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater, Hillsborough, North Plainfield, Somerville, Warren, and Watchung branches. To learn more about the Democracy Conversation Project, visit: https://njhumanities.org/programs/museum-on-main-street/dcp.
PSRC September dates
Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) is hosting a number of programs in August. Program formats include in-person, hybrid and virtual.
Mondays, through Sept. 26 – 10 a.m. – Gentle Yoga and NIDRA – Summer quarter via Zoom.
Registration is open for Evergreen Forum fall classes at PSRC. The forum includes 21 courses including “Imagining Women: Films of the 1940s,” “Explaining the iPhone to Isaac Newton,” and “Exploring the Early Neolithic World.”
For more information visit princetonsenior.org. Classes begin the week of Sept. 26 and meet once a week for two hours.
September, October at Gourgaud Gallery
Gourgaud Gallery is holding an exhibit about some of Cranbury’s notable citizens from the past running through Sept. 26 at the gallery, 23 North Main St., Cranbury.
The exhibit is titled, “Not to be Forgotten: Some of the People Who Helped to Make Cranbury What It Is Today.”
The exhibit is a collaboration between The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society and the Gourgaud Gallery.
The Gallery in Town Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
As part of a non-profit Cranbury Arts Council, The Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs that supports arts in the community. Checks made out to the artist, or cash are accepted as payment. For more information visit https://www.cranburytownship.org/about/pages/gourgaud-gallery and visit https://www.cranburyartscouncil.org.
A new October show entitled “Back to the Palette” will run from Oct. 3-30 at the gallery.
The gallery’s opening is a new fun idea and will be called: “A Meet-the-Artist-Opening-Closing” and will be held from 2-4 p.m., Oct. 30, on the last day of the show.
Watercolorists Unlimited, who will participate in the upcoming art show, is a group of 12 local artists, who meet monthly at one another’s homes to critique assigned paintings on a subject that was discussed the prior month. The group has been in existence for more than 30 years. The group shows their work as a group several times a year, including the annual show at the Gourgaud.
September at Morven Museum & Garden
Morven Museum & Garden is hosting a number of events in September
Sept. 24 – 2 p.m. – Afternoon Tea at Boxwood Cottage (Part of Morven in May’s silent auction)
Sept. 28 – 6:30 p.m. – Musical evening with The Ragtime Relics
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For tickets and information visit www.morven.org
Battlefield tours on Sundays
The Princeton Battlefield Society will conduct six tours at the Princeton Battlefield State Park.
Tours start promptly at 1 p.m. and will be approximately 90 minutes on Sundays – Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 16. The tours will last approximately 90 minutes. A tour requires a donation of $5 for each adult and child over 16 years old. Children under 16 and veterans are free.
People can visit the historic Thomas Clarke House, the home of a Quaker farming family and the only remaining structure from the Jan. 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton.
Pre-registration is required. Visit https://pbs1777.org/battlefield-tours to register.
Through Sept. 23
Seuls en Scène Princeton French Theater Festival will run through Sept. 23 at various venues on the Princeton University campus.
The festival is presented by Lewis Center for the Arts L’Avant Scène and Department of French and Italian at Princeton University and organized by Florent Masse, senior lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and artistic director of L’Avant-Scène.
The festival is free and open to the public. Advance tickets are required, available via University Ticketing online at or at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. All guests must either be fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative and be prepared to show proof if asked, or wear a face covering when indoors and around others.
All performance venues are accessible. Guests in need of other access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least one week prior to the event date.
Princeton Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 season
Princeton Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 season opened on Sept. 10-11. Upcoming dates include:
Oct. 15, 16 – Britten & Elgar featuring Elina Vähälä – Showtimes are 8 p.m. Oct. 15, 4 p.m. Oct. 16.
Dec. 17 – 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Holiday POPS!
Jan. 14, 15 – Pretty Yende – Showtimes are 8 p.m. Jan. 14, 4 p.m. Jan. 15.
Feb. 4,5 – Brahms & Beethoven – Showtimes are 8 p.m. Feb. 4, 4 p.m. Feb. 5.
March 11, 12 – Seven Decisions of Gandhi – Showtimes are 8 p.m. March 11, 4 p.m. March 12
May 13, 14 – Harold in Italy – Showtimes are 8 p.m. May 13, 4 p.m. May 14.
Sept. 23-Oct. 2
Kelsey Theatre kicks Off 50th Anniversary Season with the Must-See Musical ‘Once,’ from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2.
Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.
For tickets visit KelseyTheatre.org or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the Mercer County Community College campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.
Gallery 14 season – Through Oct. 2
Gallery 14’s new season of exhibits with a ‘Best of the Best’ members exhibit runs through Oct. 2.
‘Best of the Best’ member’s Exhibit 2022 features the works of all of the members of the gallery and will be a highly varied show. It opened on Sept. 10.
Each member will be showing a selection of new and older works in an eclectic show that highlights the diversity of photography. “After being closed for two years we were very pleased with the response from patrons to last year’s season of exhibits. With both new and longtime members, we look forward to bringing the local community another year of exciting photographic art,” says gallery president “Dutch” Bagley.
Gallery 14 will also be participating in the Hopewell Tour Des Arts on Oct. 1, 2, which connects local artists of music, poetry, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, photography and more, with the community.
Gallery 14 is located at 14 Mercer St. in Hopewell and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Additional appointments can be made by an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fridays through Oct. 21
Abrakadoodle and Hillsborough Township Parks & Recreation Department are teaming up to bring Mommy and me classes art classes and will bring little ones to Fantasy Land for six weeks.
Starting Sept. 16, young artists will fingerpaint, sculpt, collage, and construct enchanted castles, magical unicorns, mermaids, gnomes with garden houses, flying dragons, fairytale frogs, and more.
Dates: Fridays, through Oct. 21 (six weeks)
Times: 9-9:45 a.m. (20-36 months with caregiver)
10-10:45 a.m. (3-5 years with caregiver)
For price and registration visit https://www.hillsborough-nj.org/
Weekends at Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History Farm continues its 26-year run as New Jersey’s longest-running corn maze with the opening of the all-new 2022 “Carousel” maze. The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September, then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October.
The maze is located at 17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.howellfarm.org/corn-maze
Saturday, Sept. 24: entry noon to 4 p.m.; last exit 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25: entry noon to 4 p.m.; last exit 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28: entry 5-8 p.m.; last exit 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: entry noon to 8 p.m.; last exit 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: entry noon to 4 p.m.; last exit 5 p.m.
The Jewish Center in Princeton will host a number of speakers in October
The traveling exhibit Black + Jewish: Connection, Courage, Community, at The Jewish Center, runs through Oct. 31, which explores the history of Black and Jewish relationships in the United States; it was created by the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University.
Oct. 2 – 4 p.m. – Adina Langer, curator at the Kennesaw Museum of History and Holocaust Education whose students put together the exhibit under her direction, will talk on Zoom about “Creating the Black + Jewish Exhibit.” She will give insight and details into how and why it came into being and be available to answer questions about it.
Nov. 9 – 7 p.m. – John L. Withers II, former U.S. ambassador to Albania, will speak on Zoom about his book Balm in Gilead: A Story from the War, which relates how, in 1945, his father and the other members of an all-Black U.S. Army company sheltered two young Dachau concentration camp survivors in contravention of military policy.
The exhibit and all programs are free. To register for a Zoom link, schedule a docent tour, or get additional information, including hours the exhibit is available, contact Linda Oppenheim, email@example.com.
Through Oct. 19
The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will focus on the faculty at the first art show of the season. The college’s own visual arts faculty members have put their creations on display.
The “2022 MCCC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit” runs through Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Gallery hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m. For more information about the MCCC Gallery, visit mccc.edu/gallery
Saturday, Sept. 24
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, will hold its 33rd annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, Back in Black Tie, from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center.
Join a night of entertainment, silent auction, 50/50 raffle.
For tickets, visit www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/GADD2022
The Diocese of Trenton serves Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties.
The Princeton Public Library will host Unruly Sounds Music Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on Hinds Plaza, 55 Witherspoon St., Princeton, Sept. 24.
The festival features original music showcasing local bands and musicians. Curated by Mika Godbole of Mobius Percussion, the event also features rising talents from Princeton University’s graduate composition program.
Select dates – Sept. 26, Oct. 6
New Jersey’s 16th District legislators Sen. Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Roy Freiman and Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer will host Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) mobile unit events, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at 530 Willow Road, Hillsborough; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at 1 Monument Dr., Princeton.
The mobile units will provide the following services:
Driver’s Licenses: Renew the license, obtain a duplicate license, change name or address on license, add a boat endorsement, add a veteran designation, register to vote and/or make organ donation selections.
Non-Driver Identification Cards: Photo identification that may then serve as a primary or secondary form of personal ID.
Registrations: Renew registration or obtain a duplicate registration card.
REAL ID: Available if license or ID card is expiring within the next 6 months. For REAL ID, please arrive no later than noon.
License Plates: Surrender license plates.
Placards: Persons with a Disability, Purple Heart, or Disabled Veteran can obtain a placard.
Examination Permits: Apply for an examination permit to take a written knowledge test. The written test itself is not available.
Registration is required. For instructions, email SenZwicker@njleg.org attn: Pam Hersh. Individuals with no access to email should call 732-823-1684.
Special events in September, October
“People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos (P&S/GyC) is entering an exciting era as they ramp up their 50th anniversary celebrations.
Sept. 24 at 11:00 a.m. – a sample “Try It” event will be held in English at the Trenton Free Public Library.
Light refreshments to follow. Click to register for the Trenton Public Library events: https://forms.gle/4uqtetkzZrm1jgRb8
Sept. 30 – 5 p.m. – an overview evening presentation of P&S/GyC programming along with a sample “Try It” session followed by light refreshments, will be held at P&S/GyC headquarters, Lawrence Community Center, 295 Eggerts Crossing Road in Lawrenceville. For details and registration email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 22 – 10:30 a.m. – Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is partnering with P&S/GyC to celebrate its 50th anniversary to provide a free GyC session in Spanish: an oral reading of an enduring short story followed by a rich, guided discussion.
LALDEF is located at 714-716 South Clinton Ave., Trenton. Childcare and luncheon will be provided. For details and registration email email@example.com
Oct. 19, 21 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – two-part coordinator training workshop at P&S/GyC headquarters, Lawrence Community Center, 295 Eggerts Crossing Road in Lawrenceville.
Those who have participated in a “Try It” event or as a participant in previous programs are invited to attend this two-day workshop led by Executive Director Cheyenne Wolf and a small cohort of expert P&S/GyC coordinators. Email P&S/GyC Program Manager Maria Saiz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration is required by Sept. 30, space is limited.
Oct. 26 – 6 p.m. – An exciting collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) with The Art of P&S/GyC inspired by ACP’s exhibition of Mexican contemporary artist Karima Muyaes.
Teens through adults are invited to join a read aloud led by a P&S/GyC facilitators of one of Mexican author Angeles Mastretta’s short stories from her collection: “Women with Big Eyes”.
Directed discussions – available in both English and Spanish – follow the reading exploring the literary elements of the text alongside participants’ personal narratives. Mexican refreshments to follow donated by La Lupita’s Groceries.
Full details and registration for this “pay as you can” event are available at this link: https://artscouncilofprinceton.org/event/art-of-people-and-stories/
Sunday, Sept. 25
The 14th annual Steeplechase Distance Run will be held at Amsterdam School in Hillsborough and as a virtual event to raise funds for the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.
Coordinated by Somerset Health Care Foundation, the event offers three ways to participate. Runners and walkers can join in-person on Sept. 25 for 10K and 5K runs on a USA Track & Field (USATF) certified course, as well as a two-mile walk and kids’ sprints. New for 2022, the 10K course has been named the 2022 10K USATF New Jersey Master Men and Women’s Championship Race (700 points). Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three men’s and women’s masters finishers who are USATF members.
Participants can also support the event virtually by running, walking, swimming or biking on their own. And back by popular demand is the Steeplechase Distance Run 100-Mile Challenge where participants can run, walk or bike 100 miles through race day to receive a special commemorative medal. No matter the event chosen, each participant will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag.
Proceeds from the event will benefit educational and support programs and a patient assistance fund at the Steeplechase Cancer Center. The patient assistance fund is used for cancer patients’ supportive needs, including financial assistance for wigs and prostheses offered at the cancer center’s Sanofi US Wellness Boutique; groceries; medications; house cleaning services and other living expenses.
On race day, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The 10K run starts at 8:45 a.m. followed by the 5K run and 2-Mile Walk at 9:30 a.m. Kids’ sprints are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
To register for the in-person or virtual event, go to www.SteeplechaseDistanceRun.com.
Ficus Bon Vivant, a restaurant promoting community, culinary and visual arts, is holding an art exhibit through Dec. 11.
The exhibit opening will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, at Ficus, 235 Nassau St., Princeton to meet the artists of The Autumn Salon in Princeton and to enjoy appetizers, refreshments, and music at Ficus.
The Autumn Salon in Princeton features Heather Barros (artist, art instructor, and scientist who has painted for over 25 years), Beatrice Bork (a watercolor artist who specializes in animal art), Bill Jersey (twice Academy award-winning documentary film director and painter from Bucks County) and Laura Rutherford Renner (occupational therapist and painter) who depicts contemporary life in Pennsylvania.
Sept. 27-Oct. 2
Hillsborough Township is holding its fifth annual restaurant week. Visit www.hillsboroughbusiness.org.
Saturday, Oct. 1
Bordentown City and Township will host a Shredder Day from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Works Garage, 266 Crosswicks Road.
October 1 & 2
The Downtown Bordentown Association announced the return of the 32nd annual Cranberry Festival on Oct. 1 and 2.
For more information on the “Maker Fest on Farnsworth,” visit btowncranfest.com
Mercer County Park Commission’s annual Come Out & Play Camp Out will be held Oct. 1-2 at Rosedale Park, 422 Federal City Road, Hopewell Township.
For more information visit mercercountyparks.org
Monday, Oct. 3
Mercer County Community College (MCCC) invites friends and supporters of Mercer Athletics to hit the links on Oct. 3 for the 31st Annual Golf Classic for Scholarships.
Registration and breakfast begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Golf is followed by an awards lunch at 2:30 p.m.
The event is co-hosted by the MCCC Foundation and the Athletics Department. The tournament will be held at Trenton Country Club, 201 Sullivan Way, West Trenton.
As in recent past tournaments, Haldeman Auto Group is the event’s lead sponsor.
The tournament committee continues to welcome corporate sponsorships and monetary donations. Sponsorships will be accepted through Sept. 6. More information is available at www.mccc.edu/golf
Saturday, Oct. 8
The annual Bordentown Fall Festival is set noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Joseph Lawrence Park.
Sunday, Oct. 9
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) will be holding their second annual Wheels for Meals bike ride to fight hunger, on Oct. 9 at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in West Windsor.
Event proceeds will benefit all JFCS food programs, including their on-site and mobile food pantries and senior nutrition programs. Collectively, JFCS food programs benefit over 32,000 individuals across the greater Mercer region each year.
This year, routes for all riding abilities are available. For more experienced riders, there is now a 50-mile route. Intermediate riders can choose between 25- and 10-mile routes while novice riders can pick the three-mile route, all of which start at MCCC. The event also offers multiple levels of sponsorship for businesses or groups looking to create teams and support at a higher level.
For event details visit www.JFCSWheels4Meals.org.
Saturday, Oct. 17
The Delaware River Cleanup at D&R Canal State Park will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 17.
The New Jersey State Park Service is co-sponsoring its fifth annual Delaware River Cleanup to help tackle the litter along the shores of the Wild and Scenic Delaware River. This year’s cleanup includes 15 cleanup sites from the Reigelsville Boat Launch in Holland Township, Hunterdon County all the way downstream to the freshwater tidal section in Hamilton Township in Mercer County.
Cleanup supplies, light refreshments and a commemorative T-shirt will be provided to those who volunteer their time. Pre-registration is required.
For more information visit https://delawarerivergreenwaypartnership.org/index.php/events/event-calendar/cleanups/5th-annual-delaware-river-cleanup?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Sunday, Oct. 30
West Windsor Arts, in collaboration with the Historical Society of West Windsor, will unveil the winning design of the sculpture design contest during a fundraiser cocktail reception on Oct. 30 at the historic Schenck Farmstead in West Windsor. The event will also feature a talk by A. Brad Schwartz, author of “Broadcast Hysteria,” as well as farm tours, a bonfire, and food and libations.
West Windsor Arts is also looking for more community members to join the planning committee for the Martian Project. Volunteers will help in all aspects including event planning, logistics, fundraising, site selection, and more. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Friday, Nov. 4
Newspaper Media Group/Packet Media LLC will host an Employment Weekly job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, in the Nordstrom corridor.
Job seekers can register at https://nmg.ticketleap.com/job9/?ct=t
Employers will receive 5% when booking two dates, or 15% off when booking three dates.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for vendor opportunities.
For more information, email email@example.com
Kingston: On The Map opens April 9 in the History Room at the D&R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway (off Route 27) in Kingston.
On view Saturdays and Sundays from April to November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. One of the oldest settlements in central New Jersey, Kingston evolved with America over its 340-year history.
The display uses journal entries and prints of a dozen historical maps to illustrate Kingston’s evolution, from settlement to commercial center to modern community. One map shows how Kingston moved between the colonies of east and west New Jersey. Another shows both Kingston and Princeton divided by county lines. Railroads appeared in the 19th century, disappearing by the 20th. The Delaware and Raritan Canal was built for commerce, but is now a recreation destination.
Air circulation is limited, so masks and distancing are requested.
For more information, visit www.khsnj.org/
East Windsor community and school youth and adult groups can participate in the township’s 2022 Adopt-A-Spot program. Under the program, participating groups “adopt” one of the public properties identified by the committee 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 cleanups three times a month through Nov. 30.
To participate, interested groups should mail or fax a letter to East Windsor Clean Communities Committee, ATTN: Mayor Mironov, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520.
Through January 2023
Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton will have a historic slideshow where visitors can learn how the Princeton Battle Monumnet came to be, as well as special ephemera provided by the Historical Society of Princeton in an exhibition in the museum, the latter of which can be seen through January 2023.
The Museum held a commemoration in celebration of the 100-year anniversary with an unveiling and dedication on June. 9
The monument was designed by Beaux Arts sculptor Frederick MacMonnies to commemorate the 1777 Battle of Princeton, and its installation was made possible by Helen and Bayard Stockton, residents of Morven at the time.
Visitors can view the slideshow with Museum admission, or for free for Morven members.
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.morven.org
The American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will close its season at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, June 9-11, 2023, with PREMIERE3 featuring the company premiere and revival of Arthur Mitchell’s invigorating Holberg Suite set to the music of Edvard Grieg, as well as highly anticipated world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Ethan Stiefel.
For more information, contact Dan Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-921-7758.
Hopewell Township officials remind residents about annual pet licenses, which are required by the state for all dogs and cats. A proof of rabies vaccination is required for the license to be issued.
The township’s pet licensing fees are $22.20 for spayed or neutered dog, and $21 for spayed/neutered cats. If an animal is not spayed or neutered, the fee is $3 more. Pet owners received a notice back in October, with a deadline for payment at the end of January.
The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will perform safety seat inspections every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.
No appointment required.
The service is offered free of charge to improve child safety.
A typical inspection takes about 20 minutes.
Inspections are performed at the Burlington County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. Residents can call 609-265-3788 when they arrive and ask for the on-duty child safety seat technician.
Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers who are willing to make a difference with individuals who are experiencing the challenge of end-of-life.
Dove Hospice Services is looking for individuals who can dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide companionship-friendly visits, life review, play cards, sewing, knitting or craft projects, music enrichment, pet therapy and office or administrative assistance, according to a press release.
Dove Hospice Services is expanding its “We Honor Veterans” program and is seeking motivated veterans who are interested in providing compassion, support and outreach to fellow veterans and their families.
Visits can be made to individuals living in facilities or private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For additional information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.
This fall, Rider University will begin offering a cannabis studies certificate program. The 100% online program provides students with the credentials and expertise to enter the legal cannabis market.
The program explores the biological, legal, ethical, business and practical aspects of the industry through four courses.
The capstone course is taught by an industry professional, allowing students to gain experience and learn about future internship and job opportunities.
The program is open to those interested in any aspect of the cannabis industry, with no prerequisites or previous degrees required.
Registration is required at https://admissions.rider.edu/register/cannabislaunch
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW), which is dedicated to foster children in the region, is seeking applications from individuals in the community to serve on the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees.
Individuals who are interested in applying to become a member of the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees should send their resumes and credentials to CASA SHaW at email@example.com.
CASA SHaW is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home.
For more information, visit www.casaofnj.org.
Hillsborough Township’s Senior Chapters A and B each provide an experience for seniors looking to get out, mingle and experience new things. Trips, theaters, entertainment, card games, speakers, hobbies, talent shows, restaurants, history, and health screenings are some of the activities.
The first and second Thursdays of each month are designated for regular meetings at the municipal building for Chapter A and Chapter B, respectively.
Any Hillsborough senior age 60 or over who is interested in learning more can contact the Social Services Department at 908-369-3880.
The Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.
Stamps are used by veterans as a hobby and as therapy at VA medical centers nationwide.
The stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.
Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.
Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe Township 08831.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), which is responsible for overseeing addiction-fighting efforts across the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, have renewed their partnership to host the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series in 2022.
The Learning Series, which began in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, features regular webinars focusing on various aspects of the opioid epidemic and its impact on New Jersey and the nation. It is a branch of PDFNJ’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day initiative, which is held annually on Oct. 6 to educate residents and prescribers on the risks of prescription opioids and to raise awareness of the opioid crisis throughout the state.
The 2022 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series will include a webinar every month on wide-ranging topics concerning the opioid epidemic, including medication-assisted treatment, harm reduction, the impact on families and addiction recovery.
To learn more about the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day and for a schedule of this year’s webinars, visit knockoutday.drugfreenj.org.
Volunteers are needed to help end domestic violence in Burlington County.
The Domestic Violence Response Team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, domestic violence services and police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for survivors.
Must be 18 years of age or older, a resident or employee of Burlington County, have a valid New Jersey driver’s license and access to transportation, and no criminal history.
For more information, call 856-904-4344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.
Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.
For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.
The U.S. State Department is experiencing longer than usual delays in the processing times of passports.
For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. The current wait times for passport services is 10 weeks for expedited services and up to 14 weeks from the time of submission for a regular application. This delay is likely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/passports or call the clerk’s passport office at 609-989-6473; for Spanish, call 609-989-6131 or 609-989-6122.
Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Mercer County Connection, call 609-890-9800.
All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. Delays in appointment availability may be experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Mercer County’s Swift911 system notifies the public in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information via phone, text or email.
All calls will have the caller ID of “Mercer County Alert.”
Personal information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.
To sign up, visit www.mercercounty.org/departments/emergency-management-public-safety/mercer-county-emergency-notification-system
For assistance with registration, email OEM@mercercounty.org
Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at www.cancellations.com/ and www.fox29.com/closings
Central Jersey Chapter 148 of the Korean War Veterans extend an invitation to any veterans, regardless of the branch of service, who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location, including Europe; or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.
Other veterans may join as associate members.
The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, from May to December, at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, in the court room.
Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 to the chapter per year.
Korean War Veterans National LIFE membership is available for those 80 and older, and is $75.
The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including fundraising to help veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, the Lyons campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.
For more information, contact Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or KWVANJ@yahoo.com
The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.
Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.
Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at http://co.burlington.nj.us/611/Marriage-Services.
There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.
For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.
Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.
Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.
Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.
For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit www.bentleycommunityservices.org
Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.
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@example.com
Sign up at https://forms.gle/nxuZUi5AMJe1RcyJ8
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.
The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.
To sign up as a donor, visit www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.
Send items to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.