Fri., Aug. 21
The Hightstown Elks BPOE 1955 will be hosting a Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner on from 6-8 p.m. at its facilities at 110 Hickory Corner Road. The cost is $10 per person. Kids 5 and under eat free. Price includes dinner, salad, dessert and coffee/tea/soda. Shrimp parmesan may also be ordered for $3 extra.
Sat., Aug. 22
Some members of World Class Riders will once again be participating in The America’s 9/11 Ride remembering heroes, volunteers and victims who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 and since. This is the largest police escorted ride commencing in Shanksville, onto the Pentagon and finishing at the World Trade Center. The ride will be passing through Hightstown around 2:30 p.m. Come out and cheer the riders on.
“Family Night in the Park” will take place in Etra Lake Park in East Windsor and will feature a large-screen viewing of the movie “Big Hero 6.” The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with free inflatable rides, games, and vendors.
Sun., Aug. 23
Mercer Community Women’s Chevra Kadisha presents “A Day of Learning” from 2-5 p.m. at The Jewish Center of Princeton at 435 Nassau St. in Princeton. This workshop will discuss the work of the Chevra Kadisha, demonstrate their procedures and answer questions about the volunteers who come together to ensure that Jewish funeral practices are followed in preparing a body for burial. Attending the workshop does not create an obligation to join the Chevra, but they are looking for members. This seminar is open to the public. Both men and women are welcome. To RSVP, email email@example.com.
Cranbury Museum at 4 Park Place East is open from 1-4 p.m. and is currently featuring the exhibit, “Stults Farm, Est. 1915: 100 Years of Family Farming” and guided docent tours. Donations are appreciated.
The Historic Cranbury Walking Tour leaves at 2 p.m. from Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. A $5 per person donation is requested. For reservations, call tour guide Richard Moody at 609-651-0693.
Tues., Aug. 25
The Wilf Campus will sponsor a presentation about Marc (Zakharovich) Chagall in the Jewish Family Services at 52 Concordia Shopping Center in Monroe Township. Rutgers art professor Maurice Mahler will lead the special lecture and a film viewing about Chagall’s life and artistry from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program is free. Register in advance by calling 609-480-4374 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs., Aug. 27
“Kindred Spirit” will perform in Joseph Lawrence Park on Ward Avenue in Bordentown Township from 7-9 p.m. For more information, call the mayor’s office at 609-298-2800, ext. 2109.
“An Afternoon at the Movies” will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. The film stars Brad Pitt as Wardaddy, who commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, they face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Sun., Aug. 30
Cranbury Museum at 4 Park Place East is open from 1-4 p.m. and is currently featuring the exhibit, “Stults Farm, Est. 1915: 100 Years of Family Farming” and guided docent tours. Donations are appreciated. The farming exhibit closes today.
Sat., Sept. 5
The Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks with the support of The Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks will host S’lihot Night featuring Ami Yares, a New Jersey born, world traveling folk musician with a knack for making music that moves audiences physically, spiritually and politically. Refreshments will be from 8:30-8:55p.m. Havdalah and concert will be from 8:55-10 p.m. S’lihot will be at 10 p.m. Admission is free. Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road in East Windsor. For more information, call 609-443-4454 or visit www.bethel.net.
Tues., Sept. 8
Death Cafe returns to the library room in Perkins Restaurant at 50 Princeton Hightstown Road in East Windsor from 6:30-8 p.m. This relatively new social movement affords all the rare opportunity to hear and/or speak about any issue, topic, opinion, concern, or thoughts on death in an environment that is open, nonjudgmental, and welcoming. The ultimate goal of this movement is to work towards changing society’s taboo on discussing death. Feel free to be present and participate or merely lurk. For more information, call 609-443-0722.
Wed., Sept. 9
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Burlington County is currently recruiting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The Burlington CASA program will be conducting a special information session to provide additional information at 10 a.m. at 137 High St in Mount Holly. The program will provide expert training in legal issues, child welfare, child development and social and family services. Interested parties may contact Harry Cassidy at 609-265-2222 for more information and to sign up for an information session. Register for a session at www.casaofburlington county.org.
Thurs., Sept. 10
The annual Monroe Township 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Monroe Township Memorial Tree Park on Prospect Plains and Half Acre Road. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial and will include a flag-raising, prayer, brief remarks, vocal selections by the Monroe Township Chorus and a wreath-laying memorial. The Monroe Township Tree Park is the site of the 9/11 Memorial, dedicated in 2002, which bears the names of Monroe Township family members that were touched by this tragedy. This is a free event and the community is encouraged to attend. Parking will be available along Prospect Plains Road. Free shuttle service will be provided from the municipal building parking lot, located at 1 Municipal Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. Limited handicapped parking will be available in the Memorial Tree Park parking lot; all others should utilize the free shuttle bus service.
Fri., Sept. 11
The fall session of “Dancing by the Peddie Lake with Candace Woodward-Clough,” offering instruction in swing, foxtrot, waltz and Latin dancing, will be held at 112 Etra Road in Hightstown. Beginner classes start at 7:30 p.m. Intermediate classes begin at 8:30 p.m. Class size is limited; pre-registration is required by calling 732-995-4284 or emailing email@example.com. The cost is $60 per person for the four-week session. Ms. Woodward-Clough, previous director of the Ballroom Dance Department of the New York Health and Racquet Club (one of the most successful ballroom programs in New York City), will be the instructor. She is a choreographer, teacher and exercise consultant, and has been teaching dance for over 30 years.
Sat., Sept. 12
St. David’s Episcopal Church at 90 S. Main St. in Cranbury will be hosting its annual Cranbury Day Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. All proceeds will be donated and used to help support the Rise Food Pantry in Hightstown.
The Helene Cody Cranbury 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will start at 8:15 a.m. This is an annual event held in memory of Helene Cody, a Cranbury resident who passed away on her 16th birthday. This is also the major fundraiser for the Helene Cody Foundation, which inspires youth to volunteer to better their communities and themselves. More information about registering and volunteering can be found at helenecody.com.
Jamesburg Elks 2180 is having a cash raffle. The drawing will be held during a barbecue at the lodge at 74 W. Railroad Ave. in Jamesburg from noon to 5 p.m. Sales are limited to 500 tickets at $60 each. The grand prize is $12,000 and there are 20 other smaller cash prizes. Each ticket admits two adults and one child to the barbecue. Proceeds benefit the Jamesburg Elks and its efforts to support local charities and veterans’ programs. For tickets and information, contact Amy at 732-598-2430 or visit the Elks lodge between 3-8 p.m. any day.
Wed., Sept. 16
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Burlington County is currently recruiting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The Burlington CASA program will be conducting a special information session to provide additional information at 5 p.m. at 137 High St. in Mount Holly. The program will provide expert training in legal issues, child welfare, child development and social and family services. Interested parties may contact Harry Cassidy at 609-265-2222 for more information and to sign up for an information session. Register for a session at www.casaofburlington county.org.
Sat., Sept. 19
Rockin’ the Park, a benefit concert for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, will take place from 3:30-10 p.m. in Village Park, located on Maplewood Avenue in Cranbury. The rain date is Saturday, Sept. 26. Six New Jersey bands will be performing and food will be available from local vendors. Adult tickets cost $15. Seniors can enter for $10. Children up to the age of 17 can get in for $5 and chuldren under 6 years old enter for free. For more information, visit rockintheparkconcert.com.
Bordentown Township will host its annual Community Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Senior Community Center on Municipal Drive. This year’s event includes new entertainment for children including face painting, balloon animals, games, prizes, a moon bounce ride and more. The event will also feature a fortune teller, a live band, a caricaturist, indoor music, an antique car show and free food. There will be many new crafters displaying wares and organizations with informational booths including “Going Green” booths. Cinderella will make an appearance along with a pirate. A brief opening ceremony starts at 11 a.m. This is a rain or shine event. For more information, call the mayor’s office at 609-298-2800, ext. 2109.
Sat., Sept. 26
The Historic Cranbury House Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour features six historic homes and other buildings. Tickets are available at cranburyhistory.org.
Sat., Oct. 3
The Cranbury Family Camp Out will kick off at 6 p.m. in Village Park. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at the park. There will be a movie and free popcorn before the lights go out. In the morning, enjoy a free continental breakfast. Eastern Mountain Sports at Princeton MarketFair Mall has a limited number of tents available for rent. Call 609-520-8310 to confirm availability. The cost per campsite is $30. There is a limit of six people per campsite. Pets are not permitted.
Tues., Oct. 6
The Golden Agers along with the Cranbury Recreation Commission will be sponsoring a senior citizens trip to The Royal Manor in Garfield to see “Oktoberfest: A Fun-Filled German-Style Celebration.” The event will feature Alex Meixner and his band of Grammy Award-nominated musicians, Alys Schaffer dancers, German bell ringing and a family-style lunch. The deluxe motor coach bus will leave from the First Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 5:30 p.m. The fee for this trip is $48 per person (all gratuities included). Space is limited. Register early by mailing checks made out to Golden Age Neighbors to Rose Eller, 1 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512.
Sun., Oct. 18
The Community Concert Association of Bordentown Inc. will host “Philadelphia Flamenco” at 3 p.m. in Bordentown Regional Middle School, 50 Dunn’s Mill Road, Bordentown. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for seniors.
There will be a full ensemble of instruments, singers and dancers. Lead dancer, Monica Herrera, is a Philadelphia native born of Cuban parents who has performed at the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Carmen.” For additional concert or membership information, call 609-298-5465.
Sat., Oct. 31
The Jamesburg Elks Lodge 2180 will host its 52nd annual Charity Ball for special needs children at Radisson Freehold from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $80 and include dinner, a five-hour open bar and dancing. This year the ball will have a masquerade theme. For ads, tickets, and boosters, call Della at 732-672-4230 or Joe at 732-521-5024.
Sun., Nov. 8
The Community Concert Association of Bordentown Inc. will host “Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra” at 3 p.m. in Bordentown Regional Middle School, 50 Dunn’s Mill Road, Bordentown. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for seniors. This orchestra is made up of talented young instrumentalists from Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. For additional concert or membership information, call 609-298-5465.
Donovan Delivers will be hosting its first annual Sunday Funday Brunch at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families can come for food and fun, including a holiday photo from a professional photographer, face painting, balloon art, pottery by Color Me Mine and make a stuffed animal. There will also be a special appearance by Elsa and Batman. Tickets cost $25 per person and include brunch and a holiday family photo. All other activities will cost $10 each with all proceeds benefiting Donovan Delivers. For more information or to donate, visit www.donovandelivers.com. or contact Allison DeLay, president of Donovan Delivers, P.O. Box 9503, Trenton, New Jersey.
Sun., March 13
The Community Concert Association of Bordentown Inc. will host “Jersey Sound” at 3 p.m. in Bordentown Regional Middle School, 50 Dunn’s Mill Road, Bordentown. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for seniors. This award-winning chorus, a member of “Sweet Adelines,” brings musicianship, memorable repertory, humor and vocal quality to every performance. Enjoy a concert of old-time classics, pop, jazz, patriotic, and Broadway favorites. For additional concert or membership information, call 609-298-5465.
Sun., April 10
The Community Concert Association of Bordentown Inc. will host “Broadway-Style Musical Revue” at 3 p.m. in Bordentown Regional Middle School, 50 Dunn’s Mill Road, Bordentown. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for seniors. This particular concert gives the opportunity to remember the great Broadway composers from the past 100 years who have made music that is authentically American and popular around the world. For additional concert or membership information, call 609-298-5465.
Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool: Registration for the 2015-16 school year for both Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs continues to be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Preschool Director Kathy Schroeder at 609- 298-2880 ext. 101 for availability.
Community dinner: Rise and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen offer free hot meals at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main St., Hightstown, on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the First United Methodist Church, 187 Stockton St., Hightstown, on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All meals are provided free on an unconditional, no-questions-asked basis. Volunteers are welcome.
Food Pantry: The Rise Food Pantry is open 52 weeks a year from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 5 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Baby care items, personal products and all nonperishable and perishable food items are needed for local families. The pantry welcomes locally grown fruits and vegetables. Food can be donated directly to the pantry at 225 Franklin St., Hightstown, during operating hours or to the Greater Goods Thrift Store, 114 Rogers Ave., Hightstown. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Greater Goods Thrift Store at 114 Rogers Avenue in Hightstown is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Recycle gently used clothing, furniture and household items with a tax-deductible donation. Proceeds support the Rise Food Pantry, youth programs and provides social services to local struggling families and individuals.
Women bowlers meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoons for the Pin Spotters League at East Windsor Lanes. No experience needed. Call 609-448-0279 for more information.
Sons of the American Legion Squadron 455 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet takes place every first Sunday of the month and benefits the community, veterans and their families. The event goes from 7 to 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 455, 2 Meadowbrook Lane (across from Agway), New Egypt. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-12.
The Bordentown City Green Team meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Carslake Community Center, 209 Crosswicks Road. Meetings are open to the public. Reach the team at email@example.com.
“Country Western” night is held every Thursday at the Bordentown Elks. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. with a $7 donation. Dinner buffet is included with the entrance donation; bottled water will be sold for $1.Call Tom Pitcherello at 609-462-3758. Find updates at www.bordentownelks.org/cal/calendar.
Zumba classes take place Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center in Bordentown Township. The cost is $5 per class. Call 609-304-9865 for more information.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 280 Crosswicks Road, Bordentown holds worship services at 9:03 and 11:03 a.m. with live music, video and messages from Pastor Garrett Knudson. There is a nursery for children ages 3 and under and fellowship between the services with refreshments. Visit www.hclconline.org
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Fri., Aug. 21