Fri., Sept. 11
East Windsor Township will hold a brief wreath-laying ceremony to honor the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 at 5:15 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the existing 9/11 Memorial located on the grounds of the East Windsor Township Municipal Building. The public is welcome to attend.
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.
The Plumsted Library is hosting its Lego Club at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3-11. Building block fun. Please stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register.
Sat., Sept. 12
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.
The annual Cranbury Day Street Fair, hosted by the Cranbury Business and Professional Association, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music, games for the kids, lots of vendors and new this year are helicopter rides. Potential vendors should contact Beth Veghte at 908-208-5239.
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.
Cranbury Public Library will be holding its Jail and Bail Fundraiser during Cranbury Day. Help raise the remaining funds for the new library by bailing friends and neighbors out of “jail” with donations.
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.
Fall harvest season begins at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm in Jobstown. Apples and pumpkins are ripe for picking and the farm has a 6-acre corn maze and hayrides. The farm is celebrating its second fall season and will be hosting fall festivities throughout September and October. The festivities also include pony rides, a petting zoo, live music, gem mining, wild west weekends, a food tent and more. For more information, call 609-353-9000 or visit www.johnsonslocusthallfarm.com.
Sun., Sept. 13
Come out to Brainerd Lake in Cranbury for an afternoon of boat races and fun. If you have a canoe, bring it and feel free to bring along friends and family too. The township will have canoes available to use as well. The registration fee is $5 per person. Arrive for your heat a half an hour prior. The event will start at 1 p.m. and end with trophy awards at approximately 3 p.m. For more information, call 609-395-0900, ext. 243.
Mon., Sept. 14
The Plumsted Library is screening a free PG-13 movie at 6 p.m. Stop in, call the branch at 609-758-7888, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register.
Registration for the Fall Storytime Session at the Robbinsville Library will begin today. Toddler and preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts under the supervision of Youth Services Librarian Michelle Cromwell. Toddler storytime is a half-hour program for children, ages 2 and 3, accompanied by an adult, on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m., or Thursdays at 10 a.m. Preschool storytime is a half-hour program for children, ages 4 and 5, on Mondays at 2 p.m. or Thursdays at 11 a.m. Classes begin the week of Sept. 21 and will run through the week of Oct. 26.
Registration for Passport to Fun begins today at the Robbinsville Library. This five-week program, for children in grades 4-8, will meet at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. Participants will explore a different country each week either through writing, art, or cooking. Please be aware that this program will occasionally include food.
Tues., Sept. 15
The Plumsted Library is hosting Toddlertime at 10:30 a.m. featuring stories, songs and crafts for children ages 18-36 months. To register, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Do you suffer from lingering lower abdominal pain? This can be caused by a number of health-related conditions, including reproductive or urinary tract issues and other problems. Come to Pelvic Pain at 7 p.m. in the Robbinsville Library where Christopher A. Naraine a board certified OB/GYN and member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, will discuss how you can find relief from this chronic condition. Register online at www.mcl.org by clicking on “Programs/Events” and following the instructions. Call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
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.
Meet Pippi Longstocking at 3:45 p.m. at the Plumsted Library. This fun and interactive program will introduce children to Sweden’s favorite storybook hero, Pippi Longstocking. Children will play games, become “thing finders” like Pippi, create a Dala horse craft and try her favorite cookie, pepparkakor. This program is presented by the American Swedish Historical Museum for children ages 4 and up. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Thurs., Sept. 17
As you approach retirement, it’s important to understand the role Social Security benefits will play in your retirement plan. Learn about these benefits, about Medicare, and about creating a mySocialSecurity online account at Understanding Your Social Security Benefits at 1:30 p.m. in the Robbinsville Library. Register online at www.mcl.org by clicking on “Programs/Events” and following the instructions. Call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
Fri., Sept. 18
The Cranbury Public Library Foundation is presenting a Cranbury Art Auction to raise funds for the new community library. The foundation will be auctioning original artwork by long time Cranbury resident, Don Jo Swanagan. The selection includes depictions of several Cranbury landmarks such as local churches, barns, the museum, the firehouse and the (now gone) Cranbury water tower. Other paintings are of the Jersey Shore, many from Beach Haven. These paintings come courtesy of Virginia Swanagan, widow of Don. Also being auctioned are several vibrant photographs of Cranbury taken by resident David Nissen and a beautiful jacket handmade by Janice Altieri. To make sure no one goes home empty handed there will be several silent auction items as well. The auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Large Group Room. The cost to attend is $10 per person and attendance is limited to 80 attendees. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the library or from foundation committee members. The evening will start with a preview of both live and silent items being auctioned. This will be the time to visit with friends, enjoy light refreshments, and choose items to bid on. The bidding will begin at 8 p.m.
Take part in Ocean County Library’s 90th Anniversary Celebration at the Plumsted Library from 3:30-5 p.m. Celebrate the library’s anniversary with cake; a chance to win a raffle basket; and a scavenger hunt and craft for children. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.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.
Kick-start Your Writing Career at 2 p.m. in the Robbinville Library with Amanda Caswell, former Nickelodeon scriptwriter and current copywriter at Comedy Central. Register online at www.mcl.org by clicking on “Programs/Events” and following the instructions. Call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
Mon., Sept. 21
Cranbury Public Library will host Family Computer Coding at 6:30 p.m. This family event will teach computer programming using a popular language called Scratch.
Book Café With Special Guest Author will take place at 3 p.m. in the Plumsted Library. Meet author Beth Rinyu, a mom of twin teenage boys and author of eight novels. Her most recent title, “Easy Silence,” was published in June 2015. Copies of her books will be available for purchase. Registrations accepted but not required. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
A free PG movie will be screened at 6 p.m. in the Plumsted Library. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Tues., Sept. 22
Join Janey B. Hughes, of Capital Health Primary Care Bordentown, to learn more about the most recent cholesterol guidelines, what affects cholesterol, why it’s a risk factor for serious conditions, and what to do to control it, at Cholesterol at 7 p.m. in the Robbinsville Library. Register online at www.mcl.org or call 609-259-2150.
Wed., Sept. 23
Story Time with Special Guest Author will start at the Plumsted Library at 1:30 p.m. and will feature Jill Tate reading her book, “Bennie the Bear.” A craft will follow. This program is for children ages 3-6. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Fiesta! will begin at the Plumsted Library at 7 p.m. This event will feature music, salsa, games and other activities celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This program is for children ages 12-18. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Thurs., Sept. 24
Cranbury Public Library will host iPad Academy: iPad 101 at 1 p.m. Join in one or all of this four-part series on learning iPad basics. In iPad 101 learn how to navigate the devie, use the internet, how to download apps and how to customize iPad settings.
The Robbinsville Library will be showing a movie starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel at 1:30 p.m. Register online at www.mcl.org by clicking on “Programs/Events” and following the instructions or call 609-259-2150.
How To Sell Your Home in 2015 – Part I: Is Your Home Market-Ready? will start at 7 p.m. in the Robbinsville Library. Presented by licensed New Jersey realtor Christine Madera of Coldwell Banker, this event will provide insights on staging a home, tips to help get a home ready to sell, and an understanding of current real estate markets. Register at www.mcl.org or call 609-259-2150.
Fri., Sept. 25
Children’s Messy Art Club will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Plumsted Library. Get ready to get messy and create Mexican Amante paintings. This program is for children up to age 6 and their caregivers. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Sat., Sept. 26
The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society presents “Historic Cranbury House Tour: The Next Generation” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Cranbury. Tickets are on sale online at www.cranburyhistory.org, at local businesses, or are available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check for $20 to: House Tour Tickets, 6 S. Main St., Cranbury, NJ 08512 (must be postmarked by Sept. 16).
College Financial Planning Workshop will start at 10 a.m. in the Robbinsville Library. Douglas Schorpp, a registered investment advisor with Schorpp Capital Management, will explain the FAFSA and the EFC and demonstrate how to maximize financial aid eligibility, pay for college in the most cost efficient way, find colleges with the best financial aid packages and increase college-related tax deductions and tax credits. Register at www.mcl.org or call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
Mon., Sept. 28
A golf outing, sponsored by the Miracle League of Mercer County, will be held at Old York Country Club in Chesterfield, with registration starting at 11 a.m. Proceeds from the event will be used for ongoing programs to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball, and for maintenance of the baseball field at the Hamilton YMCA facility on Sawmill Road. Visit rhrotary.org for costs to play golf and sponsorship opportunities, or call 609-581-5810.
LEGO Club will take place from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Plumsted Library. This program is for children ages 3-6. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Tues., Sept. 29
Geeks & Gadgets will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Robbinsville Library. Members of the Mercer County Library System’s IT department will answer questions about PCs and tablets as well as library services such as eBooks, audio books and the catalog. Bring electronic devices for troubleshooting. Registration is not required, but for best service email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org at least a few days before the event. Call 609-259-2150 with any questions.
Wed., Sept. 30
Family Story Time starts at 3:45 p.m. in the Plumsted Library. Read “Viva Frida” and “Little Roja Riding Hood” and celebrate the life works of artist Frida Kahlo making collages of animals decorated in her famous style. This program is for children ages 4 and up. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Anime Club will meet at the Plumsted Library from 6–7:30 p.m. Join other teen fans to screen anime DVDs. This is for students in grades 6-12. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will meet in the Plumsted Library at 7:30 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can join to see what TAB is all about. For more information, call 609-758-7888 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
Fri., Oct. 2
Cranbury Public Library will host Peru Summer Experience at 7 p.m. Join Princeton High School student Amir Moon for a look at his summer travels to Peru.
Sat., Oct. 3
Join Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor at 6 p.m. as it celebrates Shabbat and Sukkot with Tiki Bar Shabbat. Happy Hour starts at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Synagogue Office at 609-443-4454. Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road in East Windsor. Visit www.bethel.net for more information.
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.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society of St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown is sponsoring a Fall Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot rain or shine. The cost is $20 per space and $5 per table, with a refundable deposit check of $20 to be collected at the time of set up. The event will feature baked goods, hot dogs, and soft pretzels for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s mission to answer Jesus’ call to help the poor in their time of need. To reserve a space, call Karen Smith at 609-902-1973.
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.
Thurs., Oct. 15
Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor presents a fun night of Israeli dancing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. No more excuses for staying on the sidelines for not knowing the steps. Explore this exhilarating part of Israeli culture while getting a little exercise. 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.
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.
Thurs., Oct. 22
Cranbury Public Library will host iPad Academy: Say Cheese at 1 p.m. Learn how to take, save and edit photos with an iPad.
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.
Thurs., Nov. 19
Cranbury Public Library will host iPad Academy: You’ve Got Mail at 1 p.m. Learn how to set up and use email accounts on an iPad.
Sat., Nov. 21
The Bordentown Elks Women’s Auxiliary will host a Craft Show with over 80 vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11 Amboy Road in Bordentown. Admission is free. The event will also feature a Super 50/50 and food for purchase. For more information, email email@example.com or call Rosemary at 609-424-3167.
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.
Spinning Yarns Craft Circle: This club meets the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Cranbury Public Library at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury. Visit the Gambino Room for an hour of knitting, crocheting, crafts and conversation. All levels welcome.
Read It and Eat It! Cook Book Club: This club takes place the third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Cranbury Public Library at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury. Call the library to reserve a copy of this month’s book or visit www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/264622.
Toddler Stay and Play: This event is held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury. Early literacy story time helps prepare children with future reading skills. After singing, reading, and talking, children ages 12-24 months with a caregiver stay and play.
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