Common calendar, Packet papers, May 27
Kelsey Theatre is unable to present “Mamma Mia!” this summer due to a national touring company. Instead, the theater will present MTI’s Broadway Junior Revue – Raise Your Voice. Anyone who currently holds tickets to “Mamma Mia” has four options: Transfer tickets to “Raise Your Voice” – the price difference will be considered a donation to the theater; move tickets into a show credit for a future show; donate the tickets back to the theater; or receive a refund. Contact the Box Office as soon as possible by calling 609-570-3333 or emailing [email protected] Kelsey Theatre is located at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. The Burlington County Farmers Market enters its 16th season, held from 8:30 a. 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. Craft beer and liquor sales are back after debuting last season. East Windsor community and school youth and adult groups can participate in the township’s 2022 Adopt-A-Spot program. The groups are expected to perform cleanups three times a month through Nov. To participate, interested groups should mail or fax a letter to East Windsor Clean Communities Committee, ATTN: Mayor Mironov, 16 Lanning Blvd. 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. No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided. 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 [email protected] 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. 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. Join the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) for half-day volunteer sessions in the great outdoors, to assist with a variety of conservation projects at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. The TV show American Pickers on the History Channel is planning to return to New Jersey this August. Producers are looking for different, unusual and unique items; something with an extraordinary story. Collectors interested in being considered for the show should call 646-493-2184 or email [email protected] Pickers only pick private collections, so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses, or anything open to the public. American Pickers will follow all guidelines and protocols for safe filming outlined by the state in terms of COVID-19 guidelines. The Faculty Student Show at West Windsor Arts will celebrate the work of teaching artists and their students created in a class or workshop at WWAC during the fall, winter or spring sessions of the 2021-22 class year. The exhibition runs through July 9 at WWAC, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction. 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. 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. For more information, contact the Cultural & Heritage Commission at 908-231-7110 or [email protected] The Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host a show of original artwork by Thelma Freid during May. She experiments with found objects such as corrugated cardboard, rust, bottle caps, etc. The show will feature original, framed pieces of various subjects and sizes. The gallery is located on the first floor of Cranbury Town Hall, 23 N. The Burlington County Commissioners are teaming with New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department to collect items for Catholic Charities Providence House Domestic Violence Services and the women and children the nonprofit helps shelter and support. Providence House provides comprehensive and confidential services to individuals experiencing or impacted by domestic violence. Requested items include individually wrapped snack foods, such as fruit cups, chips, pretzels, crackers, granola bars, etc. Donation boxes are located at Burlington County offices and the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd. A Student Art Show by students throughout the Hillsborough School District is on display at the municipal building, 379 S. D&R Greenway Land Trust’s exhibition “Space to Dream: Nature and Creative Freedom” showcases the relationship between open spaces and artistic expression with three themed galleries: On the Water, Within the City, and In the Wild. The artwork is on view through May 27 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Pl. Exhibiting artists include Sean Carney, Susan DeConcini, Moss Freedman, Kate Graves, Erica Harney, Ting Ting Hsu, Léni Paquet-Morante, Charles David Viera and Tricia Zimic. This exhibit will also feature art from students in the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s FUTURO program, which is an inclusive and diverse youth mentoring program for promising first and second-generation immigrant students. Art sales benefit the mission of D&R Greenway to preserve and care for land and trails that provide the public access to the natural world. Kelsey Theatre continues its 2022 season with MTM Players’ production of Noël Coward’s comedy “Present Laughter” weekends from May 27 through June 5. First produced in 1942 with Coward in the leading role, the three-act play is a semi-autobiographical comedy that follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. The cast features Jessa Bedser of Yardley, Pennsylvania, as Daphne Stillington; Deb Lasky of New Egypt as Miss Erikson; Barry Leanard of Monroe Township as Fred; Karena Paleologo of Milford as Monica Reed; Tim Rerucha of Hamilton as Garry Essendine; Cathy Coryat of Cream Ridge as Liz Essendine; David Patterson of Lawrenceville as Roland Maule; Mark E. Tickets are $20 for adults; and $18 for children, students and senior citizens. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the building. Princeton’s Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade, after a two-year hiatus, returns on May 28 as veterans and active members of the military march down Nassau Street to Monument Plaza. The parade route is one mile on Nassau Street ending at Monument Plaza, where a brief ceremony will take place at 11:15 a. Parade grand marshal and speaker at the ceremony is LTC William Gunther, director of Army Officer Education program at Princeton university. All veterans are encouraged to march, as well as children from kindergarten to fifth grade who can ride in the Patriotic Bike Brigade. Other participating groups include Princeton Police Department; Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad; Princeton Fire Department; Princeton mayor and council members; MacGregor Pipe Band; American Legion Post 218; Operation Phoenix; Princeton Cranberry Chapter Sons of the American Revolution; Princeton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Crescent Shrine Mini Car Unit; Colonial Musketeers; Colonel Ogden’s First NJ Regiment; 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment; Trenton ROTC; Boy Scout Troop 43; Princeton Girl Scouts; Princeton Little League; Burlington City Marching Band; Mercer County Chapter of Sunshine Foundation. All residents are invited to continue Princeton’s Memorial Day commemoration at 1 p. The New Jersey Renaissance Faire announces its 13 season of its outdoor festival set in Medieval times. The family-friendly festival features a jousting contest, Tournament of Arms, sword fighting, fire breathing, aerialists, comedy, music, and hours of interactive entertainment. Shop in the eclectic Merchant Village of fine artisans, featuring leather goods, jewelry, costumes and handmade crafts. Feast on gourmet food, Dragon Legs, Spellbound and Third State craft beers, Valenzano wines, and whiskey tastings with the South Jersey Celtic Society. Special attractions include Shelli Buttons; musical entertainment from Chaste Treasure, Righteous Blackguards and hammered dulcimer maestro Vince Conaway; and the talents and wit of Paolo Garbanzo, William Shakespeare, and the Lords of Adventure. One-day fixed, flex, VIP or season passes are available; children under 5 are free. This is a dog-friendly event with the purchase of dog ticket. Plans are underway for the Salute to Military Service Breakfast, Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration Program in Hillsborough on May 28. Rain date for the parade and ceremony will be Sunday, May 29. Hillsborough youth-based organizations and local non-profit charitable organizations are invited to participate in the parade and can register to march by contacting the Recreation Department. Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a. Prasadam distribution of free sanctified vegetarian meals, plus Kirtan, will be held from 1-3 p. McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton will present “Ride The Cyclone: The Musical,” the first show to be directed by McCarter’s new Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, with book, music and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond. The musical follows the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir whose lives are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. Masks, proof of COVID vaccination and ID are required at McCarter performances. Youth Leadership Somerset, a leadership development program for Somerset County youth entering grades 9-12, is accepting applications for the 2022-23 program year, which runs from September through May. Classes are held one Saturday per month for approximately five hours. Youth Leadership Somerset gives participants an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and form connections with peers from across the county. Developed by the Leadership Somerset Class of 2000, Youth Leadership Somerset is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Commissioners. For more information about applying to Youth Leadership Somerset, contact Melania Tchir at 732-469-3363. Races are promoted by Arts on Division and sponsored by Unity Bank, as well as Atlantic Health System, Flemington Car and Truck Company, Somerset County, the Downtown Somerville Alliance and the Borough of Somerville. Eight USA Cycling preliminary races for registered riders of different age and skill levels, as well as a Family Fun Ride, are being held prior to the two featured events. In addition to Camerer’s address, the ceremony will feature wreath presentations and remarks from Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell. As the commander of the Air Force Expeditionary Center, Camerer leads more than 14,000 airmen assigned to the Expeditionary Center, which is the Air Force’s Center of excellence for Rapid Global Mobility and expeditionary Agile Combat Support training and education. He helped pilot the first of the new KC-46A Pegasus tankers to arrive at the Joint Base last year, marking a new era of aerial refueling operations at the installation. Washington Crossing Audubon Society will offer the following free, public events during June: , free, guided birding trip led by John Maret at Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. Look for resident breeding birds, such as blue grosbeaks, indigo buntings, orchard orioles and cedar waxwings, and butterflies as well. , free, guided birding trip led by Brad Merritt and Mark Manning at Cheesequake State Park in Matawan that features a variety of ecosystems, including upland hardwood forest, pine barrens, a freshwater lake and saltwater marshes. , free, guided birding trip led by Sharyn Magee at Mercer Meadows Pole Farm, formerly the AT&T Overseas Transmission Station. , free, guided birding trip led by Mark Manning and co-sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. No walk-ons will be permitted at any event; pre-registration is required at www. As part of an effort to hear directly from the residents of the 16th Legislative District about local issues and concerns, Sen. Members of the general public who wish to attend the virtual Gardenside Chat should RSVP to [email protected] The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County’s 4-H Summer Camp Program, TOPS (Totally Outrageous Program for Summer), will take place June 27 to July 1. TOPS Camp includes outdoor activities, educational workshops and experiments with science. The Masorti Movement in Israel, Pluralism, The WZO & You will be presented at 7 p. Sponsored by The Jewish Center, Adath Israel Congregation, and Beth El Synagogue. The League of Women Voters (LWV) is hosting a Democratic Primary candidates’ virtual forum for Congressional District 3 on June 1 at 6:30 p. Democratic primary candidates Reuven Hendler and Andy Kim from Congressional District 3 will take questions submitted by voters and moderated by a trained LWV moderator from outside the voting area. The forum is organized by the LWV within Congressional District 3: Western Monmouth, Burlington County, East Windsor-Hightstown Area, and Lawrence Township. The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP), in cooperation with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJUH), will hold Somerset County’s BizFest & Wellness Expo from 2-5 p. BizFest & Wellness Expo will include more than 70 display tables. Admission to BizFest & Wellness Expo will be free of charge. To register or for additional information, call 908-218-4300 or register online at https://bit. Mercer County’s Notary Nights will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 3-7:30 p. 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. After the State of New Jersey processes your application, you will be sent your commission by mail. 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. For more information about notaries public and for updates on office openings and closings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www. The Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host an exhibit by members of the New York City United Federation of Retired Teachers.
Linda Gilbert, chairperson of the Gourgaud Gallery and member of the Cranbury Arts Council, was the original instructor, followed by Deborah Rosen. The Gourgaud Gallery is located on the second floor of Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A N. The Burlington County Senior Art Show is an annual exhibit organized by the Burlington County Office on Aging, the Burlington County Department of Human Services and the Burlington County Parks Division to showcase the artistic creations of residents age 60 and older. This year’s show will be held from June 2 through July 24 at the Worker’s House Gallery at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton. Artists and art enthusiasts are also invited to attend an outdoor reception at Smithville to mark the opening of the exhibit on June 3 from 1-3 p. For more information, call the county Office on Aging at 609-265-5784 or email [email protected] The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces the return of its Dance, Princeton, Dance series in time for Princeton Pride 2022. This celebration of Princeton Pride is open to everyone and all ages. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the ACP’s Pride Art Club, where teens work collaboratively to create and complete a graphic novel. The Princeton Pride Dance Party is hosted in collaboration with the Princeton Record Exchange, with support from the Bayard Rustin Center. Eden Autism has announced the return of the Princeton Lecture Series along with a lineup of leading research and medical professional guest speakers who will present during “Neurobiology and Autism: Genetics, Comorbidities, and Dual Diagnosis. The program will highlight experts in neurology, psychology, pharmacology and applied behavior analysis whose research and clinical care provides insight into co-morbidities, dual diagnoses, behaviors, and potential treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This year’s Lecture Series features Eric Hollander, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who will present “New Developments in Autism and the Repetitive Behavior Domain. Madeline Chadehumbe, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will present “Neurological Comorbidities Seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also speaking will be Gahan Pandina, PhD, senior director, Compound Development Team Leader at Janssen Research & Development. Rounding out the lineup is Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D, chief learning officer at Eden Autism Services and a professor at Endicott College, who will present “Bringing it All Together: Comprehensive Care Models for Autism. Cranbury United Methodist Church will hold an evening of music, coffee and desserts from 6:30-9 p. Music will range from traditional hymns to contemporary Christian music to original songs performed by Christian recording artists Bill Arce and Jim Winder. Holy Grounds Coffee House is part of the 1st Friday Series, a series of special events including movies, music and more that take place on the first Friday of every month in Fellowship Hall. The Princeton Actors Collective presents a staged exploration of “Old Times” by Harold Pinter at the Drapkin Theatre, in the Lewis Center of the Arts Complex, second floor, Princeton University campus. Princeton actors Katharine Powell, Vivia Font, and Ben Steinfeld will share an actor-led investigation of this 1971 masterpiece by one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century. The Princeton Actors Collective is a newly formed troupe of local professional actors committed to sharing actor-driven, high-quality theater with local audiences. Westfield Senior High School Class of 1976 will hold its reunion weekend June 3-5. On June 4, join classmates at the Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club for an event featuring a buffet, beer and wine and music. A website is available with more detailed information, including hotel and travel information. In partnership with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will host “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. “Voices and Votes” examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people,” including the origins of American democracy, the struggles to obtain and keep the vote, the machinery of democracy, the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Presented in six stand-alone sections, the exhibit features historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; interactive multimedia activities; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material. The MCCC exhibit will include a Mercer County section of artifacts from the Trenton Public Library’s Trentoniana Collection and a photographic survey of Mercer County monuments and murals. Dates of note include Future Voters Day on June 4; and A Tribute to John Watson on June 17. The exhibit is presented free to the public and is appropriate for all age groups, including public schools, youth groups, and new voters. More about the exhibit and special programs can be found at mccc. Among other partners in the MCCC project are the New Jersey League of Women Voters and the Citizens Campaign through the Trenton Civic Trustees. The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter, the return of the community stitching project created by artist/activist Diana Weymar. Weymar facilitated Interwoven Stories as the Arts Council’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence, creating a dialogue within the Princeton community. Ultimately, more than 100 completed pages were donated to Interwoven Stories 2016 and displayed in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery to mark the culmination of her residency. In 2018, the project was expanded and dubbed Interwoven Stories International, the result of Weymar taking the project on the road for two years to curate more than 250 pieces collected from the original Princeton project, plus pages from The Peddie School, the Nantucket Stitching Gam, the Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), Open Space Art (Damascus, Syria), Build Peace (Columbia), the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma), Yarns/NoDominion Theater (Jersey City), and Trans Tipping Point Project (Victoria, BC). This 2022 iteration is an opportunity for past participants to revisit their previous works and invite new stitchers to get involved. Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter has gone national, culminating in an exhibition on view in the ACP Taplin Gallery from June 4 through July 2. Local resident and past Interwoven Stories participant Kyle Burkhardt joins the Interwoven Stories team as community liaison, organizing behind-the-scenes and leading stitching workshops for those who need help or just want to stitch with others. Weymar will return for select workshops and the opening reception, scheduled for June 4. Blank fabric pages are available for local pickup or domestic shipping for a donation of $15 or $20, respectively. Participants are also welcome to sew their own page by following a video tutorial available on the Arts Council’s website. Expect fun, games and more from vendors for kids and parents. This event is free, but pre-registration is requested for all attendees. The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra will hold its season finale concert, “A Concerto Extravaganza,” with Music Director/Conductor Chiu-Tze Lin and winners of the 2022 Young Artists Concerto Competition at 7 p. Special Olympics Team NJ is participating the USA Games June 5-12. The Special Olympics facility in Lawrenceville is where the team practices to prepare for the games. The nonprofit Friends for the Abbott Marshlands will present Voices for the Marsh, its 2022 biennial, 10th Juried Photography Exhibit, from June 5 to Sept. It is juried by Al Horner of New Jersey Pinelands photographic fame, and Pat Coleman, naturalist and president of the Friends. The show provides an opportunity for both fine art photographers and local hobbyists to capture the cultural and ecological richness of the marshlands and participate in the Friends’ efforts to build awareness and support for the protection and stewardship of the marshlands. The Abbott Marshlands are a critical natural and cultural resource located in central New Jersey along the Delaware River between Trenton and Bordentown, including Hamilton. The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides educational resources, answers to questions for the public and bathrooms. 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. REAL ID: Available if license or ID card is expiring within the next 6 months. 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. After contacting Hersh, the resident will be sent a link to a form that will be filled out and submitted. The annual meeting of the Harbourton Cemetery Association will be held June 9 at 6 p. Better known as a Mahrajan, the festival is an outdoor gathering for authentic Middle Eastern food, music, dance and culture. Traditional Lebanese foods such as falafel, shawarma (gyro), hummus, shish kabob, spinach pies, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves and more will be featured. For entertainment, there will be live music featuring a different singer each day. For everyone’s enjoyment, there will be dancing, as well as folkloric dance performances. The festival is held as the largest fundraising project for the building of the new church complex. For more details, call the parish office at 732-828-2055, visit the Facebook or Instagram page, or www. The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced that tickets are available for the 18th Princeton Festival, planned for June 10-25, by phone at 609-497-0020 and online at princetonsymphony. This year’s festival will include three staged operas, chamber music, orchestral and pops concerts, plus cabaret and jazz nights all taking place under the festival’s outdoor performance tent being erected on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden at 55 Stockton St. Baroque concerts can be enjoyed across the way at Trinity Episcopal Church. The new artistic head of the Princeton Festival responsible for its creative programming is Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Edward T. June 13: “What Makes it Great?”: “Death and the Maiden” with Ron Kapilow and the Signum Quartet. June 15: “Stephen Sondheim Tribute” Cabaret-style entertainment with Broadway vocalists Alyssa Giannetti and Jason Forbach. June 16: “The Sebastians” New York City-based Baroque ensemble with a youthful vibe. June 17 and 19: “Albert Herring” comic opera by Benjamin Britten about a young man who is declared May King when no virtuous maidens are to be found. June 25: Family POPS! with Rossen Milanov and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Beyond these performances, plans are underway for multiple ancillary events such as public lectures relating to works being performed and a poetry workshop and readings. Check the PSO’s Princeton Festival website for ticketing and event details at princetonsymphony. The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Athletics Department and MCCC Foundation will host the college’s second annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from 6-9 p. All proceeds will go to scholarships for current student-athletes and the improvement of the college’s athletic facilities. The Hall of Fame Class of 2022 includes three Vikings national championship teams: 1968 men’s soccer, 1974 men’s basketball, and 2000 women’s tennis. Nine individuals will also be inducted: Dan Gakeler (Baseball), Carole Gibilisco (Athletics Administrative Assistant), Diane Rose Kelly (Soccer and Softball), David Leckie (Soccer), Peter Lindauer (Soccer), Jennifer Lopresti Such (Softball), Robert Marchetti (Track and Field), Robert (“Bobby”) Sands (Basketball), and Mary Smith-Jones (Basketball). Individual tickets are $100 per adult and $50 per child age 12 and under. Community members may show their support by becoming an event sponsor or placing an ad in the ceremony booklet. For more information about MCCC’s Hall of Fame event and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit https://app. The 10th annual Cultural Festival & Food Truck Rally will be held from 11 a. Bordentown City’s second annual Pride Parade & Community Day is scheduled for June 12. Leaping Dog Art Studios is accepted donations of wooden chairs, stools and tables that will be painted and auctioned off, with funds donated to support the LGBTQ+ youth community. There will be a march through town, a cookout at HOB with DJ Justintime, crafts with Leaping Dog, face painting, live music with Sean Kelly, DJ Dakota, Student Voices of Bordentown Regional High School, drinks at Old Town Pub, and free rainbow ice and pup cups at Smilie’s Ice Cream. Join a naturalist from the Somerset County Environmental Education Center for an afternoon of learning and viewing birds from 2-4 p. Join members of Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction for a discussion based on the book “Humus” by Fabienne Kanor and translated by Lynn E. “Humus” is based on the true story of 14 African women who escaped a slave ship by leaping into shark-infested waters to avoid enslavement. The discussion will be held at noon on June 12 via Zoom. The second annual Color Fun Run & Walk, a fundraiser hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, will be held from 11 a. The morning starts off with a welcome and full-body yoga warmup. Community college students who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers and pursuing their studies at a four-year university can get a head start at Rider University through participation in its STEM Summer Institute. Participants will become familiarized with Rider’s STEM curriculum and receive personalized guidance on a variety of scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Those who complete the program will also receive an additional $2,000 scholarship to Rider, renewable for up to three years. During the program, participants will live in a residence hall on Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville alongside current Rider STEM students who will serve as their mentors. The STEM Summer Institute is limited to 20 potential community college transfers per session. For more information about the STEM Summer Institute, including how to apply, visit rider. The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will host a virtual program with author Mike Scardino on June 16 from 7-8 p. Scardino is the author of “Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance,” a collection of unforgettable recollections and stories taking place from 1967 through 1971. Become an ESL tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC). The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice organized Princeton Pride ‘22, a Celebration of Community Parade and after-party, for June 18. The event also features Parade Queen “Miss Stonewall Inn” Cissy Walken; young members of the BRCSJ family Rose and Gabriella, who serves as BRCSJ Queer Youth Advocacy Community Liaison, as flag bearers; BRCSJ Board Member Michelle Elizabeth Brown, poet and activist from Detroit, who will share remarks in honor of Juneteenth; Erin Worrell, trans activist and BRCSJ board president; Pride Puppets who celebrate 50 years of LGBTQIA history with 10-foot tall puppets of movement activist heroes; BRCSJ Board Member Glen Pannell; Maplewood’s first openly gay Mayor Dean Dafis, another BRCSJ board member; Sen. The after-party will be held at the Princeton YMCA field on Paul Robeson Place. The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, located on 12 Stockton St. The Redhawks Native American Arts Council will hold its Native American Heritage Celebration June 18 and 19 at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. Redhawk Council produces the largest heritage celebrations in the Northeast which include over 1,000 Native American artists, performers, and educators. The Vince Lipani Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough, beginning with an 11 a. Proceeds from the golf outing will be used by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation to support an annual scholarship, named in Mr. Lipani is a former Rotarian and founder of Central Jersey Nursery who passed away in July 2021 at age 81. For other questions, contact Tod Mershon at 908-295-1368 or [email protected] New Jersey Conservation Foundation will celebrate preserved land and the start of summer on June 23 during a gala fundraiser at the historic Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell. The “Summer Solstice Celebration of the Land” event will be held outdoors under an open-air tent starting at 6:30 p.
The evening celebrates New Jersey Conservation’s 62 years of preserving open space, parks and farmland – as well as its commitment to addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable agriculture that supports healthy local foods, clean water, pollinators and other wildlife. To reserve tickets for the event, or to register for the auction, visit https://Solstice2022. Those not attending the event can still participate in the silent auction online. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Erica Colace at [email protected] All proceeds from the Summer Solstice Celebration will support New Jersey Conservation’s land protection, stewardship, advocacy and urban greening work throughout the state. Cristina Altamura is a concert pianist whose organization, Legacy Arts International, is presenting “Musical Circus,” a variety-style concert at 7:30 p. Planned in cooperation with Jacobs Music Company, the Steinway representative in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware is providing a Steinway & Sons Spirio concert grand piano. Tickets are $35 general admission and can be purchased online at www. The disABILITY Music Creation Pilot commissions new pieces of music for students whose educational needs are not being met by the current repertoire and pedagogy for their instrument. The Bordentown Historical Society presents History in Bloom, its annual garden tour, from 11 a. Tickets are $20 general, $18 for members, $10 for children ages 8-16, or free for children under 8. Check the society’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages for details. The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission, in partnership with the Old Hights Brewing Company, presents Kaleidoscope, a group art exhibition of paintings in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, mixed media, and digital art that highlights a prism of colors found in botanicals, urban areas, landscapes and abstractions. The artists include Gary Fournier, Spriha Gupta, Marisa Keris, Kathleen Hurley Liao and Phillip McConnell, and is curated by Hightstown Cultural Arts Commissioner Chanika Svetvilas. Princeton Senior Resource Center will hold Pups & Cups in person at PSRC’s 101 Poor Farm Road location the fourth Thursday of every month, from 3-4 p. 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. 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. If an in-person appointment is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email [email protected] For more information, contact Home Energy Assistance at 609-989-6959 (Spanish: 609-989-6736). Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties will hold its next Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change on July 6 from 7-9 p. The topic for this session is “Job Offers: How to Successfully Accept or Reject Them” presented by Harold Levin, staffing manager for SmartStaff Personnel. This group is offered free of charge and is open to the community. Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation and to be admitted to the group. To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, contact Elise Prezant at [email protected] A special opportunity to learn about their instruments, songs and more will be a part of the night, with a Q&A with the band following their performance. Kelsey Theatre will present MTI’s Broadway Junior Revue – Raise Your Voice. The one-act presentation will feature Broadway tunes performed by teenagers at 8 p. Contact the Box Office by calling 609-570-3333 or emailing [email protected] Kelsey Theatre is located at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. The fair allows 4-H youth to present their hard work from throughout the year as a chance to celebrate and look ahead to the future. Somerset County 4-H is currently looking for vendors, both food and commercial. Hillsborough PBA Local 205 will hold its 47th annual golf outing on Sept. Includes continental breakfast, door prizes, driving range, 18 holes of golf with cart, beverages on the course, lunch, and buffet after golf. Newspaper Media Group/Packet Media LLC will host an Employment Weekly job fair from 10 a. Employers will receive 5% when booking two dates, or 15% off when booking three dates. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, will hold its 33rd annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, Back in Black Tie, from 5-10 p. The Diocese of Trenton serves Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The Downtown Bordentown Association announced the return of the 32nd annual Cranberry Festival on Oct. For more information on the “Maker Fest on Farnsworth,” visit btowncranfest. 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. The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will perform safety seat inspections every Wednesday from 10 a. The service is offered free of charge to improve child safety. Inspections are performed at the Burlington County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. 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. This fall, Rider University will begin offering a cannabis studies certificate program. 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. 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 protected] 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. Hillsborough Township’s Senior Chapters A and B each provide an experience for seniors looking to get out, mingle and experience new things. 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. Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr. 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. 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. 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. 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. For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at www. Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a. All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. 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. 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. 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 [email protected] 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. Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at http://co. 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. 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 creates access to healthy foods, facilitating healthy diets and nutrition for these families. 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. 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. 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. 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] 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. Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email marcia. 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.
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