PRINCETON AREA: Community Calendar: Oct. 3 — Oct. 10, 2009

Saturday, Oct. 3
    GroWW (Greening of West Windsor) Environmental Education Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market. Students from all parts of the community, including the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, as well as the Boy and Girl Scouts, will participate. Family- friendly activities that promote sustainability, on-stage entertainment. Sponsored by West Windsor Township, the GroWW Environmental Fair is hosted by the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, West Windsor Environmental Commission, FOWWOS (Friends of West Windsor Open Space), the West Windsor Arts Council, and the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance. For more information, visit www.greeningwestwindsor.com.
    Carnival! Princeton Regional’s John Witherspoon Middle School will present a Super Saturday Carnival from 11 to 3 p.m, rain or shine, at the school, which is located at 17 Walnut Lane. The event promises “games and rides for kids of ALL ages,” and food. The proceeds will support the school’s J. Seward Johnson Sr. sixth-grade Environmental Education trip. For more information, please call Martha Land at 609-430-9685 or Joan Morelli at 921-0731.
    PCY&H presents first Princeton Day of Drumming: Award-winning teacher and founding member of the band Rusted Root Jim Donovan will be hosting the Day of Drumming at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman (Montgomery). Mr. Donovan will conduct two interactive drumming workshops. The afternoon workshop is titled “The Rhythm Renewal Drumming Workshop” and will feature participants learning rhythms, songs, chants and concepts from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean. The evening event is called the “The Yoga of Drum and Chant : Drumming and Meditation Workshop” and will feature participants learning rhythms, mantras, chants, concepts and relaxation techniques from India, Tibet, Central Africa, and the Caribbean. Pricing: Pre- registration fee: $35 single workshop or $65 for both. Day of the event: $45 single workshop or $75 for both. To register, call 609-924-7294 or visit www.princetonyoga.com. On the Web: www.JimDonovanDrums.com.
    Author Event: Barnes & Noble at Princeton MarketFair in West Windsor presents Professor Graham Farmelo, a Senior Research Fellow of the Science Museum, London, discussing “The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom.” 3 p.m. Free.
    Piano recital: The New School for Music Study presents pianist Michael Shinn in concert at 7 p.m. at the Kingston United Methodist Church. A specialist in the music of Franz Liszt, Mr. Shinn will perform mostly Liszt in addition to piano repertoire by Haydn, Schubert, and Chopin. Free.
    Jazz: Arts Council of Princeton presents The Steve Hudson Quintet in the Solley Theater at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. Mr. Hudson, pianist, will be joined by Carlos Abadie on trumpet, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Jerome Jennings on drums, and Pascal Niggenkemper on bass. The ensemble will perform material from “Shine” CD as well as other recent compositions. 8 p.m. Admission is $15 / $10 Arts Council members, seniors, and students. To purchase tickets call 609-924-8777. More information at: www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. On the Web: www.steve- hudson.com.
Sunday, Oct. 4
    Astrological Society of Princeton: Gary Christen, well- known practitioner of Uranian astology. “The New Astrology.” Mr. Christen will discuss “the vital techniques and viewpoints that are being realized from astrology’s re- examination — ideas that will shape the astrology of the future.” 2 p.m. Plainsboro Public Library. A donation is accepted at the door. For questions, call 609-924-4311.
    Princeton Symphony Orchestra opens its 30th anniversary season with internationally distinguished guest conductor Benjamin Zander leading performances of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, featuring Sarah Pelletier, soprano, and Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, featuring George Li. 4 p.m. Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. Single tickets can be purchased at the Richardson Auditorium box office, 609-258-5000, and at www.princeton.edu/utickets at $50, $38 and $20. On the Web: www.princetonsymphony.org.
    Back pain relief: Lauren Jones speaks and demonstrates the Alexander Technique for relief of back pain. 3 to 5 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton Township.
    Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra: The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Chiu-Tze Lin, presents Pops Concert at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, featuring 14-year old pianist, Constance Lin Kaita of Manalapan, as soloist in Franz Liszt’s “Totentanz” for Piano and Orchestra. Also on the program will be Broadway show tunes and pieces by Dukas and Copland. $15, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Premium seating is available at $25 each. Tickets purchased in advance are $10, and can be obtained by calling 609-790-9559, 732-792-2070 or 609-933-1356 or by writing to bravura.orchestra@gmail.com. On the Web: www.bravuraphil.org.
Monday, Oct. 5
    ‘Obama’s Agenda and the Russian Question:’ Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of The Nation. Stephen Cohen is Professor of Russian Studies and History at NYU, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton and author, most recently, of “Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St., Princeton.
    Princeton Township Committee, 7 p.m., Municipal Complex.
    Plainsboro Township Planning Board, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building.
    Rocky Hill Borough Council, 7:30 p.m., Borough Hall.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
    “Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician:” Rider University Professor Barry Seldes discusses his “fresh and revealing biography of Bernstein’s political life, examining Bernstein’s career against the backdrop of cold war America.” 5:30. Free. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St., Princeton. West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education Administration and Facilities Committee, 7 p.m., High School South.
    Princeton Borough Council, 7:30 p.m., Princeton Borough Hall.
    How to Raise the Perfect Dog Through Puppyhood and Beyond: Best-selling author, TV personality and “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan launches his newt book aimed particularly at training puppies and adolescent dogs to become “perfect dogs” as they mature. He will present a demo with his dogs and a short Q&A. 7:30. Free. Barnes & Noble at Princeton MarketFair, off Route 1 South, West Windsor.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
    Princeton Area League of Women Voters: Annual Back to League Night. Professor David Redlawsk, director of the Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University, will speak on “Polls, Elections, and the Media.” 7 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Princeton Township Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St. Cider and donuts will be served.
    West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education Curriculum Committee, 7 p.m., Central Office.
    Plainsboro Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building.
    Princeton Borough Historic Preservation Committee, 7:30 p.m., Princeton Borough Hall.
    “Salons, Cafés and Cabaret”: Pianist Eric Hung and mezzo-soprano Amy Hartsough will perform café and cabaret songs that were sung in Paris, Berlin and Shanghai from the 1900s to the 1930s at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the Princeton campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Admission is free. On the Web: www.rider.edu/arts.
    Central Jersey Orchid Society: David Off of Waldor Orchids will speak about “Cattleya Collecting for the 21st Century.” Plants will be available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, Princeton.
Thursday, Oct. 8
    Princeton Borough Public Works Committee, 12 p.m., Princeton Borough Hall.
    Noontime Recital Series: Robert E. Stubbs Jr. performs classical music for piano and organ. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. Light lunch to follow. Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon St., Princeton. For details and to RSVP, call 609-924-1666 or write to witherspoon@verizon.net.
    Garden State Watercolor Society: “Art in October,” sale of original paintings including the work of many local artists is being sponsored by the Garden State Watercolor Society and the Princeton Shopping Center Oct. 8 through 11 and Oct. 15 through 18. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. next to Ace Hardware. Free and open to the public. Art sale hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sundays and noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. On the Web: www.gardenstatewatercolorsociety.org.
    “Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist”: Thomas Levenson’s “Newton and the Counterfeiter” presents the physicist’s vendetta against “coiner” William Chaloner as a battle of wits between a genius polymath trying to reform the British Empire’s monetary policy and dastardly native of London’s criminal underworld circa 1695. “A suspenseful detective story bolstered by an eloquent summary of Newtonian physics and stomach-turning descriptions of prison life in the Tower of London.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St., Princeton.
    Engaged Retirement Speaker Series: Planning a Secure Retirement with Jeffrey Davidson, Associate Vice President – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors. Mr. Davidson will talk about the why and how of retirement planning, followed by a “ask a CFP” question and answer time. 7 p.m. Free. Princeton Public Library, Second Floor Conference Room. The Engaged Retirement Speaker Series is a joint program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center and the Princeton Public Library.
    Princeton Sewer Operating Committee, 8:30 a.m., Princeton Borough Hall.
Friday, Oct. 9
    12th annual Health Fair: Princeton Theological Seminary’s Wholistic Health Initiative will host its 12th annual health fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Mackay Campus Center on the Seminary campus. The fair emphasizes the care of the body, mind, and spirit. To that end, the fair will include exhibits from traditional and complementary health practitioners who will present a variety of practical techniques for the care of one’s body, mind, and spirit. There will be screenings for blood pressure, glucose, body mass index, and bone density, as well as posture and spinal alignment. Free chair massages, chiropractic consultations, mocktails and healthy snacks, counseling resources, health and safety information on a variety of topics, and door prizes will add to the educational benefit and fun.
    “Knit Wits Sale”: The PSRC Knit Wits will conduct a sale of their homemade wares from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Building, behind Princeton Borough Hall. The knitters extend an open invitation to join them in knitting, crocheting and chatting for an hour, followed by refreshments. They also welcome homemade products to sell. All sales benefit the Princeton Senior Resource Center. For more information, call PSRC at 609-924-7108.
Saturday, Oct. 10
    GROWW cinema: “Flow: For the Love of Water,” a 2008 documentary film directed by Irena Salina, will be screened as a follow-up to the second annual Greening of West Windsor (GroWW) event at 7:30 p.m. at the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library. Refreshments and discussion will follow the film. The event is free with a suggested contribution of $5. Presented by the West Windsor Arts Council. Speaker: Dr. Steve Spayd, hydrogeologist for the Department of Environmental Protection, aka “Farmer Steve” (www.farmersteve.com), purveyor of organic microwavable popcorn with no added fats, which he and his wife cultivate on their farm in nearby Ringoes. The West Windsor Branch Library is located at 333 North Post Road in West Windsor. Free. The doors will open at 7. Early arrival is recommended due to limited seating. On the Web: www.westwindsorarts.org.