Common calendar, Packet papers, May 27 -

2022-05-28 07:15:20 By : Ms. Janice Zheng

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. The one-act presentation will feature Broadway tunes performed by teenagers at 8 p.m. July 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. July 31. Tickets are $15 for adults; or $12 for seniors, students and children.

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

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.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.

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.

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 . 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 .

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.

Additional details will be announced in the coming months.

For more information, visit

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.

Individuals, families, students, community/corporate groups welcome.

Sessions will be held throughout May and June.

Details are available at

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 Include full name, city/state, contact information, and a brief description of the collection.

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.

For more information, visit

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., 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 .

For more information, contact the Cultural & Heritage Commission at 908-231-7110 or .

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. The organization’s services include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, referrals and programs for children who have witnessed abuse.

The donation drive will continue through May 31.

Requested items include i ndividually wrapped snack foods, such as fruit cups, chips, pretzels, crackers, granola bars, etc.; m icrowaveable sides – rice, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese; canned or pouch t una and chicken; Chef Boyardee pasta meals, either canned or microwave cups; b reakfast cereal; peanut butter and jelly; diapers and pull-ups, sizes 4, 5 and 6 only; all sizes of children’s underwear; infant and child over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, Benadryl, Mylicon gas relief drops; drawstring bags; journals for adults; adult coloring books; and individual packs of tissues.  

Items should be new and have tags attached.

Donation boxes are located at Burlington County offices and the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton; as well as Senator Tory Singleton’s legislative office in Moorestown, 400 N. Church St., Suite 260.

A Student Art Show by students throughout the Hillsborough School District is on display at the municipal building, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough, through May 27.

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., Princeton. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

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. Information on the exhibit and other events may be found at .

Kelsey Theatre continues its 2022 season with MTM Players’ production of Noël Coward’s comedy “Present Laughter” weekends from May 27 through June 5. Kelsey Theatre is located on the Mercer County Community College campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

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 show is replete with unexpected twists that include seductions, suspicions, adulteries and blackmail.

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. Evans of Somerville as Morris Dixon; Sachin Ahuja of Millstone as Jugo Lyppiatt; Melissa Rittmann of Ewing as Joanna Lyppiatt and Ruth Markoe of Lawrenceville as Lady Saltburn.

Performance dates are May 27, May 28, June 3 and June 4 at 8 p.m.; and 2 p.m. May 29 and June 5.

Tickets are $20 for adults; and $18 for children, students and senior citizens.

Tickets may be purchased online  at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.

Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the building. Assisted listening devices are available upon request. For a complete listing of events, visit the Kelsey website at .

Masks are recommended but not required.

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.

Rain or shine, the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from the staging area of Nassau Street and Princeton Avenue. Those who are marching should arrive at 9:15. a.m. A shuttle bus will run from 8:30-9:55 a.m. from Monument Hall parking lot to parade staging area.

The parade route is one mile on Nassau Street ending at Monument Plaza, where a brief ceremony will take place at 11:15 a.m. on the steps of Monument Hall.

Princeton’s celebration of Memorial Day will continue at 1 p.m. with a program hosted by the Princeton Battlefield Society at the Princeton Battlefield State Park on Mercer Street.

Parade grand marshal and speaker at the ceremony is LTC William Gunther, director of Army Officer Education program at Princeton university. In that role, he is responsible for producing commissioned officers for the U.S. Army. He has held a variety of assignments over the course of his career serving around the world in such locations as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Colombia. LTC Gunther is both an U.S. Army Ranger and a Green Beret.

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.m. at Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer St. Add a yellow ribbon to the memorial wreath, then join the 2nd PA Regiment, historical interpreters, and the singing of “Amazing Grace.” Walk the hallowed grounds where George Washington’s ragtag army launched the nation, and hear the story of the battle that was fought. For more information, visit

For more information, call 609-430-0144 or visit

The New Jersey Renaissance Faire announces its 13 season of its outdoor festival set in Medieval times.

The story unfolds at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 and 29, and June 4 and 5, and continues through 6 p.m., rain or shine, at Liberty Lake, 1195 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown.

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.

COVID restrictions have been lifted. Face masks are optional.

One-day fixed, flex, VIP or season passes are available; children under 5 are free. Parking is free.

This is a dog-friendly event with the purchase of dog ticket.

All tickets are available online or in-person.

For more information, visit

Plans are underway for the Salute to Military Service Breakfast, Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration Program in Hillsborough on May 28.

Guests can register for the breakfast at 7:30 a.m. by calling the Recreation Department or visiting the Parks and Recreation website and following the “Register for Activities” link on the homepage.

The parade begins at 10 a.m., led by Hillsborough Township’s military service personnel.

The Garden of Honor ceremony will immediately follow the parade.

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. No political organizations or associated political organizations are eligible to march with the exception of current elected officials.

All groups are encouraged to provide floats representing their organization.

Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. May 29 at the Field of Honor, Veteran Section, 1800 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton.

Prasadam distribution of free sanctified vegetarian meals, plus Kirtan, will be held from 1-3 p.m. May 29 outdoors at the Princeton YMCA, Paul Robeson Place.

All members of the community are welcome to join.


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. A mechanical fortune-teller invites each to tell their story of a life interrupted, offering the chance to come to terms with their fates.

“Ride the Cyclone” runs through May 29 in the Roger S. Berlind Theater, 91 University Pl., Princeton.

Run time is 90 minutes, no intermission.

Schedule and ticket information are available at

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. All sessions are held in Somerset County, and most take place in Somerville.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 29.

Youth Leadership Somerset gives participants an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and form connections with peers from across the county. Through presentations by community leaders, small group challenges, and interactive programming, participants explore a wide variety of subjects including the environment, mental health, law enforcement, emergency response, housing, economic development, recycling, local government, justice, healthcare, culture, and leadership.

The application is available at

Candidates will be selected by the end of June. Those accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship to ensure that financial status is not a barrier.

Developed by the Leadership Somerset Class of 2000, Youth Leadership Somerset is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Commissioners. To learn about the adult leadership program, email or visit

For more information about applying to Youth Leadership Somerset, contact Melania Tchir at 732-469-3363.

National cycling champions from the U.S. and various other nations have entered to ride in the 77th  Tour of Somerville on Memorial Day in both the men’s 50-mile and women‘s 25 mile races. 

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.

For more information, visit

The commander of a critical U.S. Air Force training and operations center will join with the Burlington County Commissioners and other area elected officials, veterans and residents on May 30 to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Maj. Gen. Mark D. Camerer, commander of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, will deliver the keynote address at the Burlington County Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 851 Old York Road, Burlington Township, adjacent to the Burlington Township Municipal Complex.)

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. The Expeditionary Center also provides direct oversight for the Global Air Mobility Support System and installation support, contingency response and building partnership capacity mission sets with the global military enterprise.

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:

No walk-ons will be permitted at any event; pre-registration is required at for all aforementioned events.

For more information, visit and follow the group on Facebook.

As part of an effort to hear directly from the residents of the 16th Legislative District about local issues and concerns, Sen. Andrew Zwicker and Assemblymembers Roy Freiman and Sadaf Jaffer will hold a series of Gardenside Chats during June and July. The chats will focus on concerns raised by community members and solutions needed to correct problems that are raised.

The Gardenside Chats are scheduled for:

Wed. June 1, 6-7 p.m. at Flounder Brewing Company, 2 Clerico Lane, Building 4, Hillsborough;

Mon., June 6, 5-6 p.m. at Lone Eagle Brewing, 44 Stangl Road, Flemington;

Tues., June 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Princeton Public Library, in the Community Room, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton;

Tues., June 21, 5-6 p.m. at South Brunswick Public Library, in the Community Room, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction;

Wed., July 6, 6-7 p.m. to be held on Zoom

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP via or call 732-823-1684.

Members of the general public who wish to attend the virtual Gardenside Chat should RSVP to to receive Zoom information.

The Dr. Esther Wollin Memorial Scholarship Fund offers a scholarship opportunity available to Jewish female students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community.  

Monies from Dr. Wollin’s estate were designated to grant a college scholarship to eligible Jewish female full-time students who will be or are already attending Rutgers University and raised by their Jewish mother in a single-parent household in the Princeton Mercer Bucks Community.  

Eligibility is based on financial need.

For more information or to apply, visit , or contact Joyce at 609-987-8100 or 

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. Experience opportunities like woodworking, arts, theater, nature, animals, geology, Olympics, water fun, games, a field trip, guest speakers, dancing, cooking, tie-dying, leadership and bonding.

Registration forms can be found at

Forms are due before June 1. Space is limited.

To learn more about Somerset County 4-H, visit

The Masorti Movement in Israel, Pluralism, The WZO & You will be presented at 7 p.m. June 1, in person, at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau St., Princeton.

Sponsored by The Jewish Center, Adath Israel Congregation, and Beth El Synagogue.

Speaker Dr. Yizhar Hess, vice chair of the World Zionist Organization, served as executive director of the Masorti Movement in Israel, part of the worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement, from 2007-20.

RSVP required at

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.m. via Zoom.

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.

To register, visit  and submit questions in advance of the forum; or email questions to  and include “CD3 Democratic Primary” in the subject line.

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.m. June 2 at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, Bridgewater.

BizFest & Wellness Expo will include more than 70 display tables.

Registration for SCBP member businesses is open. Exhibit space fees are $300 of SCBP members with 25 employee and under; $400 for SCBP members with 26 employees and over; $250 for restaurants.

Admission to BizFest & Wellness Expo will be free of charge.

Sponsorship opportunities for members are available at fees from $500 to $2,500.

To register or for additional information, call 908-218-4300 or register online at .

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 June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, 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, or call the office’s main number at 609-989-6465.

The Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host an exhibit by members of the New York City United Federation of Retired Teachers. Many of the exhibiting members were in a painting class run by the UFT as part of the SI Beagle Program, a program designed to be a part of continuing learning by the NYC Teachers Union, which was located in Manalapan as part of the union’s outreach program. Currently the classes are virtual. Chapters are in the five boroughs of New York and outreach programs in various states and countries throughout the world.

Linda Gilbert, chairperson of the Gourgaud Gallery and member of the Cranbury Arts Council, was the original instructor, followed by Deborah Rosen. Gilbert started the painting class in New Jersey in 2010.

This exhibit will run June 2-27. The artists include Gilbert, Rosen, Donna Rittner and Frances Gunther, all who have exhibited before in various shows at the Gourgaud Gallery.

An artist reception will be held June 5 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ggallery. The exhibiting artists will be present. Light refreshments will be served. The day of the reception, there will be a basket of unframed paintings ranging from $25-$35.

The Gourgaud Gallery is located on the second floor of Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A N. Main St., Cranbury. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

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.m.

For more information, call the county Office on Aging at 609-265-5784 or email

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces the return of its Dance, Princeton, Dance series in time for Princeton Pride 2022.

On June 3, the ACP’s parking lot at 102 Witherspoon St. will transform into an open-air dance party from 8-10 p.m. with tunes supplied by Princeton Record Exchange’s own DJ ModCon2.

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. Led by teaching artist and queer activist Rashad Malik Davis, this free class uses the process of creating a narrative and characters and to explore issues of gender identity, self-expression, and acceptance in a safe and creative space.

The Princeton Pride Dance Party is hosted in collaboration with the Princeton Record Exchange, with support from the Bayard Rustin Center.

For more information, visit

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.

Held June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there are two registration opens available this year. Individuals can attend in-person at the Munich RE Conference Center, 665 College Road East, Princeton, or virtually.

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. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Pandina will present “Neurobiology and Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the use of Biomarkers in Diagnosis and Development of Novel Therapeutics.”

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.”

Admission for in-person attendance is $100 and includes breakfast and lunch. Virtual registration is $50. The event is free for students to attend, and CEUs and Professional Development hours are also available.

For more information or to register, visit

Cranbury United Methodist Church will hold an evening of music, coffee and desserts from 6:30-9 p.m. June 3.

Music will range from traditional hymns to contemporary Christian music to original songs performed by Christian recording artists Bill Arce and Jim Winder.

The concert will be held in Fellowship Hall, 21 N. Main St., Cranbury.

Admission and food are free, but donations are appreciated.

For more information, visit

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. This play examines how the relationship between the past and present overlap, how language can both reveal and obscure the truth, and how the stories we tell ourselves about our lives can change in an instant.

Performances are at 7 p.m. June 3 and 2 p.m. June 4.

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.

“Old Times” is free and open to the public.

For reservations, visit  and click on Donate & Tickets

For more information, email Elba Barzelatto at .

Westfield Senior High School Class of 1976 will hold its reunion weekend June 3-5.

The reunion will kick off on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. with a casual get-together at Crossroads in Garwood.

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.

Registration can be found at

A website is available with more detailed information, including hotel and travel information.

For more information, contact either Ruth Liebesman at or Jim Bivona at

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. The exhibit comes to the gallery at MCCC May 18 to June 20. The gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Communication building.

“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.   

Gallery hours for the exhibit are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Closed on May 28 for Memorial Day weekend.)

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 .  

Among other partners in the MCCC project are the New Jersey League of Women Voters and the Citizens Campaign through the Trenton Civic Trustees.    

Group tours may be arranged by appointment. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

For more information, email .  

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. Each stitcher received a blank fabric page to tell a story through their memories, honor beloved family or friends, or return home to a favorite place through needle and thread.

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.

Registration is required. Visit

Join at Monroe 33 Tennis, Basketball and Sports Center for their Kids Expo on June 5 from noon to 4 p.m.

Expect fun, games and more from vendors for kids and parents. 

More information on vendors and activities coming soon.

This event is free, but pre-registration is requested for all attendees. Pre-register at

For vendor opportunities, email .

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.m. June 5 at Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, at the corner of Scudders Mill Road.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Premium VIP seating is $30. Senior/student tickets are $18.

For tickets, visit

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. For more information, visit or

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. 18 at the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s galleries at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton.

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. Its 3,000 acres of open space include the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and surrounding lowland and upland forests.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides educational resources, answers to questions for the public and bathrooms. There are free weekly and monthly group walks with registration at rotating locations between: Watson Woods, Spring Lake at Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, Bordentown Bluffs with Crosswicks Creek Water Trail, and D&R Canal State Park between Bordentown and Trenton. Another location will be added soon in Point Breeze State Park, the historic former estate of Joseph Bonaparte, and most recently, the Divine Word Missionary.

For more information, visit .

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. June 6, July 27 and Oct. 6 at 530 Willow Road, Hillsborough; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 and 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 attn: Pam Hersh. Individuals with no access to email should call 732-823-1684.

After contacting Hersh, the resident will be sent a link to a form that will be filled out and submitted. If the event is at capacity, the resident will be notified and instructed to try for one of the other upcoming events.

The annual meeting of the Harbourton Cemetery Association will be held June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Titusville Presbyterian Church, 48 River Road, Titusville.

St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church will hold its 36th annual Lebanese Festival from 5-10 p.m. June 10, noon to 11 p.m. June 11, and from noon to 10 p.m. June 12 at the church, at 526 Easton Ave., on the corner of Franklin Boulevard, in Somerset.

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. T here will be many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. In addition, a large assortment of Middle Eastern pastries such as baklawa, mamool, namoura, and ghraybeh will be available. Also, the bar features beer, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks.

For entertainment, there will be live music featuring a different singer each day. Performing on Friday evening will be Eddie Osama. On Saturday, singer Jad Rahme will perform, and on Sunday, Wassim Rabih will be singing both traditional and popular songs from Lebanon. 

For everyone’s enjoyment, there will be dancing, as well as folkloric dance performances.

In addition, there will be souvenirs, 50/50, backgammon and hookah.

The festival is held as the largest fundraising project for the building of the new church complex.   

Admission and parking are free. 

For more details, call the parish office at 732-828-2055, visit the Facebook or Instagram page, or

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

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., Princeton.

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. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov.

All performances start at 7 p.m. with the exception of the opening night concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Here is a comprehensive listing of ticketed performances:

Fri., June 10 – Opening Night: “Seven Deadly Sins” starring Storm Large. Kurt Weill’s sensual “The Seven Deadly Sins” explores age-old temptations in modern context on a program with Rodion Shchedrin’s “Carmen Suite.”

June 11, 12 and 18: Derrick Wang’s opera “Scalia/Ginsburg” and W.A. Mozart’s “The Impresario” – a thought-provoking, yet comedic double bill.

June 13: “What Makes it Great?”: “Death and the Maiden” with Ron Kapilow and the Signum Quartet. An exploration of Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor led by one of radio’s favorite musicologists.

June 14: “Schubert’s Late String Quartets” featuring the Signum Quartet. Schubert’s “Rosamunde” quartet and the String Quartet in G Major display the composer’s mastery of the form.

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 21: “Time for Three.” This string trio defies conventional boundaries, fusing their instruments with their voices as they perform Americana, modern pop, and classical music.

June 22: Aaron Diehl Trio. Pianist, composer and Juilliard grad Aaron Diehl leads his trio in a performance of works from the early jazz tradition.

June 23: Festival Chorus with the Sebastians. The Festival Chorus performs some of the most intricate and expressive music of the Baroque period.

June 24. Broadway POPS! starring Sierra Boggess.

June 25: Family POPS! with Rossen Milanov and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. A fun mix of familiar classics, movie music and pop melodies at this family-friendly concert.

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. These events will be free and open to the public.

Individual tickets range from $10 to $130; ticket packages are $18 and up.

Check the PSO’s Princeton Festival website for ticketing and event details at

McCarter’s Jazz in June series returns June 10-25.

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap, June 24

McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Pl., Princeton.

For ticket information, visit

The Bordentown Township Green Fair is scheduled for June 11.

Consider donating bicycles to families in need.

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.m. June 11 at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Lawrenceville.

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. Tickets include live music, dinner, complimentary beer and wine, and the awards ceremony. 

Community members may show their support by becoming an event sponsor or placing an ad in the ceremony booklet. All sponsors will be recognized at the event, in MCCC’s 2022 Annual Report, and on the MCCC Athletics Hall of Fame website. 

For more information about MCCC’s Hall of Fame event and to learn about sponsorship opportunities , visit, email  or call 609-570-3607. 

The 10th annual Cultural Festival & Food Truck Rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11 at Mercer County Park on the festival grounds, West Windsor.

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.

Activities start at 12:30 p.m. The march will begin at 1 p.m. Sullivan’s Pet Fashion Contest at Bordentown Home for Funerals. Family and children’s area sponsored by Bordentown Home for Funerals.

Join a naturalist from the Somerset County Environmental Education Center for an afternoon of learning and viewing birds from 2-4 p.m. June 12 at the Hageman House, 209 Middlebush Road, Franklin Township.

Cost is $12 for members or $15 for non-members.

Minors 12 and older must be accompanied by a parent.

For tickets, visit or email or visit

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. Palermo.

“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. Many drowned or were eaten by sharks.

The discussion will be held at noon on June 12 via Zoom.

For the registration link, email

The second annual Color Fun Run & Walk, a fundraiser hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.

The morning starts off with a welcome and full-body yoga warmup. Then, multiple waves of runners and walkers will be sent onto the fun-run course passing through five color blast stations where volunteers shower participants in food-grade dyed cornstarch. The course ends with a closing celebration dance party and a group color toss finale.

Tickets start at $20. Register by June 3 to receive an event T-shirt.

For tickets, FAQs, and more, visit

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.

Held in two sessions — July 7-10 and Aug. 4-7 — the residential program includes hands-on laboratory experiences, field work and research opportunities. There is no cost to attend the program and all meals are covered as part of the experience.

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. They will also work directly with Rider faculty during on-campus sessions and field trips.

The STEM Summer Institute is limited to 20 potential community college transfers per session.

June 15 is the final deadline to apply.

For more information about the STEM Summer Institute, including how to apply, visit Questions may also be directed to Associate Professor of Chemistry Danielle Jacobs, Ph.D., at or 609-895-5667.

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.m.

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.

Register to attend this virtual author event at

Become an ESL tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC).

Attend an information session on Zoom. Then a ttend a virtual 4-week training workshop.

Meet with the adult student weekly, remotely, in-person, or both. Teach the student every day English skills.

 The next information sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 16 and 4 p.m. July 25.

To register for an LVSC Information Session, visit

To learn more, visit  or call the LVSC office at 908-725-5430. 

The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice organized Princeton Pride ‘22, a Celebration of Community Parade and after-party, for June 18. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St. “Sesame Street’s” Alan Muraoka, the proprietor of Hooper’s Store, will be the grand marshal.

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. Andrew Zwicker; Princeton Mayor Mark Freda; queer icons Chet Kabara and Frank Mahood, co-founder of Gay People Princeton; and the Philadelphia Freedom Band.

The after-party will be held at the Princeton YMCA field on Paul Robeson Place.

Visit for more information on how to march and participate, as well as how to donate, volunteer, or otherwise be of service.

The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, located on 12 Stockton St. in Princeton, is an educational bridge, community activist center and safe space for LGBTQIA children, intersectional families and diverse folx, connecting disparate communities, both locally and nationally.

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.

Buy tickets at

The Vince Lipani Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough, beginning with an 11 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner.  Fees begin at $100 for dinner only; and for both golf and dinner $225 per individual golfer and $900 for a foursome.

A range of sponsorships are available ranging from $125 to $1,200.

Proceeds from the golf outing will be used by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation to support an annual scholarship, named in Mr. Lipani’s honor, for a graduating Hillsborough High School student pursuing a post-secondary education.

Lipani is a former Rotarian and founder of Central Jersey Nursery who passed away in July 2021 at age 81.

Registration and additional information can be obtained at   

For other questions, contact Tod Mershon at 908-295-1368 or

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.m., and will feature gourmet farm-to-table fare and spirits, music, and  live and silent auctions.

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 .

Those not attending the event can still participate in the silent auction online.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Erica Colace at .

All proceeds from the Summer Solstice Celebration will support New Jersey Conservation’s land protection, stewardship, advocacy and urban greening work throughout the state. For more information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation and its programs and preserves, visit  or call 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728).

Cristina Altamura is a concert pianist whose organization, Legacy Arts International, is presenting “Musical Circus,” a variety-style concert at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Berlind Theater of the McCarter Center in Princeton.

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. The evening is a gala celebration concert to kick off the disABILITY Music Creation Pilot, a new program from Legacy Arts.

Tickets are $35 general admission and can be purchased online at

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. During the 2022-23 school year, Legacy Arts International will pair a hand-picked team of distinguished and diverse composers with music students to create new works which will harness and emphasize the students’ unique strengths and interests.  

The Bordentown Historical Society presents History in Bloom, its annual garden tour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25. This will be a self-guided tour of gardens, parks and sites throughout Bordentown City. Rain date is June 26.

Tickets are $20 general, $18 for members, $10 for children ages 8-16, or free for children under 8. Tickets are available at

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.

The exhibition will be held through June 26.

The brewery is located at 123 W. Ward St., Hightstown.

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.m., through Aug. 25.

Join an hour of socializing and pet therapy. A certified therapy dog will be available to provide comfort, cuteness, and relaxation, along with the opportunity to socialize and enjoy some hot beverages.

Register at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.m.

This meeting will be held by virtual format via Zoom.

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 or 908-725-7799, ext. 108.

The Chivalrous Crickets concert has been rescheduled to 7-8:30 p.m. July 9 at the West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction.

Join an evening of Celtic, English and American folk music.

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.

For more information, visit

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.m. July 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. July 31.

Tickets are $15 for adults; or $12 for seniors, students and children.

Contact the Box Office by calling 609-570-3333 or emailing

Kelsey Theatre is located at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns Aug. 10, 11 and 12 for free family fun.

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.

For more information, visit

Hillsborough PBA Local 205 will hold its 47th annual golf outing on Sept. 9 at Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough.

Includes continental breakfast, door prizes, driving range, 18 holes of golf with cart, beverages on the course, lunch, and buffet after golf.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. along with breakfast. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.

There are sponsorship packages available.

Individual golfer is $200. Golf foursome is $800. Dinner only option is $65 per person.

Make checks payable to Hillsborough PBA Local 205.

RSVP by Aug 31. Email or call 908-303-2859.

Newspaper Media Group/Packet Media LLC will host an Employment Weekly job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and Nov. 4 at the Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, in the Nordstrom corridor.

Job seekers can register at

Employers will receive 5% when booking two dates, or 15% off when booking three dates.

Email for vendor opportunities.

For more information, email

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

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. 1 and 2.

For more information on the “Maker Fest on Farnsworth,” visit

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

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.

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

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 .

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 .

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  i s 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 .

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

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 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

For assistance with registration, email

Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at  and  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up at

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

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

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

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

To sign up as a donor, visit or email

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

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