HOPEWELL: Valley news briefs, issue of Oct. 29

Kids in costume will get treat 
Celebrate Halloween this Saturday at the Pennington Farmers Market on the lawn at Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North, Hopewell Township.
Kids in costume will receive a special treat at the welcome tent. Buy a cup of freshly brewed coffee and delicious pastry or prepared lunch, enjoy the live music, and go home with fall fruit, freshly baked vegan and gluten-free cookies and truffles, crisp organic vegetables, low-fat grassfed meats, fresh dairy products, wine, desserts and handmade soaps — all produced within 50 miles of Pennington.
This week’s vendors include Beechtree Farm, Caribbean Delights, Chickadee Creek, Fulper Family Farmstead, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Naturally Fit & Well, Skylands Roastery, Smart SnackBites, Stace of Cakes, Terra Momo Bakery & Camella Sauces, and Tree-Licious Orchards.
Guests in the Community Tent will be Scouts taking wreath orders. Live music by Mountain View. This is the last recycling day of the season. Bring clean number-5 plastics, Brita Filters, bottle corks (real cork, not synthetic), CDs and DVDs, styrofoam egg cartons, and dental care products (empty toothpaste tubes with caps, toothbrushes, floss containers). The Pennington Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from May to November.
Sign up for the weekly email at PenningtonFarmersMarket@gmail.com, visit penningtonfarmersmarket.org.
Sixth annual Turkey Trot set 
The sixth annual Hopewell Valley 5K Turkey Trot will take place Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, at 9 a.m. at Rosedale Park in Pennington.
The organizers have partnered with RaceRoster.com to unify its website and registration process. This site contains all pertinent race information and forms. At this site, register online or download mail-in forms. 
Veterans Day event in park 
The Hopewell Valley Veterans Association will present its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Hopewell Township’s Alliger Park on Route 546, next to the Hopewell Township Municipal Complex. The event will celebrate the founding of Hopewell Post 339 of the American Legion, as well as remembering all local veterans. Bring a lawn chair. Refreshments will be served.
Lodge to have blood drive 
Trenton Cyrus Lodge No. 5 in Pennington will host a breakfast and blood drive Nov. 15.
During this time, the bloodmobile will be outside for any donors.
It is recommended appointments be made. Those having a hard time making an appointment should contact the Community Blood Council at 609-883-9750 or message “The Bleeding for a Reason” Facebook page.
The breakfast is to help support the Police Unity Tour Chapter 10 Team Ewing in its fundraising efforts for its ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., in May. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will benefit the tour. 
Vigilant Association hosts meeting 
Pete Watson, executive director of the Howell Living History Farm, will speak at the Pleasant Valley Vigilant Association’s 143rd annual meeting and luncheon Saturday, Nov. 7, at Hillbilly Hall (203 Hopewell-Wertsville Road) in Hopewell.
Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with the meeting at 11. Lunch (at $22) is at noon; your choice of entree. Mr. Watson speaks at 1 p.m. Annual dues are $10. Bring your badge and a friend. 
Superintendent to talk at Timberlane 
Over the past several weeks, Hopewell Valley Regional Superintendent Thomas Smith and Assistant Superintendent Christine Laquidara visited school PTO meetings to provide parents an update of the district’s plan to improve the way education is delivered in classrooms and efforts to give more insight into the learning process and updates on the school district’s plan for inquiry-based classrooms.
The remaining date is at Timberlane Middle School on Monday, Nov. 2, at 9 to 11 a.m. A video presentation will be available on the district website in mid-December for parents who could not attend one of the meetings. 
Market invites kids to collect treat 
Pennington Quality Market invites kids to its annual PQM Kids’ Club Halloween Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
If your child is not a member of the PQM Kids’ Club, sign them up on the spot on Oct. 31.
PQM invites all kids who come in costume to “trick or treat” throughout the store. They can stop by the various departments and collect goodies along the way.
The annual Halloween costume contest, in which the store will be taking pictures of kids’ costumes to judge from later that day, will also be held Saturday. Winnerswill be chosen in three age categories (4 and younger, 5 to 7 years old, and 8and older), and will be announced by 4 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates fromJaZams toy store in Palmer Square in Princeton. Winners will be postedat the courtesy booth and on the PQM website at www.pqmonline.com. 
Comedy show coming to Pennington 
Comedian Greg Rapport will host a comedy show fundraiser for Har Sinai Temple, 2421 Pennington Road, Pennington, on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The cost of $40 per person includes dinner and show (BYOB). The evening will feature Belynda Cleary, who’ll come from Nova Scotia, and the duo of Cat & Vegas.
For reservations, call 609-730-8100. 
Grange to host holiday market 
The Ringoes Grange will hold its annual holiday market at the Grange Hall at 1101 Old York Road in downtown Ringoes on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Shop from a wide variety of vendors and crafters. There’ll be a lunch and bake sale presented by the Grange.
For info, visit facebook.com/ringoesgrange12 or call 609-397-8483. 
Fall clothing at Community Closet 
The Hopewell Community Closet has reopened and has fall and winter fashions for all ages and sizes newborn to 3X.
There’s something for everyone — men, women and children — for a freewill donation or free to those who are financially struggling.
Shop hours are Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Hopewell Community Closet is in Burton Hall of the Hopewell United Methodist Church in Hopewell Borough.
Donations of gently used clothing, shoes and handbags are accepted during business hours.
The mission of the Hopewell Community Closet is to provide access to free or low-cost clothing to individuals and families that are financially struggling while maintaining their dignity and providing clothes to meet their needs.
This ongoing outreach is operated by the United Methodist Women of Hopewell United Methodist Church. The freewill donations support UMW missions.
The church is at 20 Blackwell Ave. More information is available at www.hopewellmethodist.org. 
Lutherans to hold holiday festival 
St. Peter Lutheran Church, located on the corner of routes 518 and 579 in Hopewell Township, will hold its 7th annual Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Festivities include a cookie and candy sale, a variety of vendors, themed baskets, craft items, attic treasures, gently used books, a prayer request table and games for children. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the St Peter Nursery School. Call 215 313-2922 for information. 
Hopewell church to host blood drive 
Calvary Baptist Church will work with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive Saturday, Nov. 14, in the church Fellowship Hall at 3 E. Broad St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Make an appointment at http://www.calvarybaptisthopewell.com/events.html.
Bring picture identification and remember to eat a healthy breakfast and drink fluids before donating. Questions? Contact Ruth Palmer at 908-500-1824. 
Synagogue sets children’s program 
Reconstructionist synagogue Kehilat HaNahar, also known as “The Little Shul by the River,” in New Hope has been awarded its second Berger grant.
This congregation is part of the Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Families with Young Children, a program of Jewish Learning Venture. It is one of 16 synagogues chosen this year.
With these funds, Kehilat HaNahar will implement a program called “Jewish Music and Movement” for children ages 1 to 6 accompanied by an adult. It is free and open to all in the community.
The program will be held at the synagogue one Sunday per month from October through April from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Families can come to one or all seven sessions; remaining are Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 13 and April 17.
As per the Jewish Learning Venture website, “the Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Young Families was established in 2008 by Judge Berger to encourage and support congregations interested in developing and implementing significant, systemic approaches to attract and engage Jewish families with young children to their congregation and to Jewish life.”
To register and to get more information about the program, email khnschool@gmail.com or call the synagogue office at 215-862-1912. 
Visitors can harvest corn by hand 
Fields of ripening corn will be harvested by hand by farmers and visitors at Howell Living History Farm on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Visitors can join in the work and fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., helping farmers harvest corn in the fields, shell and grind corn and taste cornbread.
A craft program for children will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $ .
The farm will also feature its 4-acre corn maze, which is open on Friday from 5-8 p.m., Saturday from noon-8 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Corn maze admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children (5-9 yrs); 4 and under free.
Howell Farm is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, two miles south of Lambertville. Parking and admission to the farm’s historic site is free. For information, call the farm at 609-737-3299, or visit www.howellfarm.org. 
48 vendors scheduled at Ewing show 
Pennington Road Fire Co. & First Aid unit will hold a holiday craft and vendor show at Clifford B. Martin Memorial Hall (behind the firehouse) at 15 Somerset St., Ewing, on Sunday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, free raffles, food sold on site. Shop from more than 48 vendors. For info: 609-397-8483. 
School to collect excess candy 
Bear Tavern School will again collect unused or excess Halloween candy and donate it to the Rescue Mission of Trenton. There will be a box for donations in the main office. Bring in donations before Nov. 13.
Stony Brook to honor veterans 
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m., Stony Brook will honor Veterans Day with a schoolwide meeting in recognition of any veteran who has a connection — be it a parent, sibling, or friend — to a member of the school community.
As part of the program, the school asks honored guests to share a bit about their service (name, rank, branch of service, dates served and what it meant to serve the country) and return the emailed form to Stony Brook by Nov. 6. 
Baptist church to hold bazaar 
Calvary Baptist Church at 3 Broad St. (Route 518), Hopewell, will hold its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handmade crafts, baked good will fill your shopping needs. Breakfast and lunch, featuring made-to-order sandwiches and homemade soups, will be sold; please call in advance for soups. For information, call 609-466-1880. 
D&R Greenway has Saturday walks 
The Delaware and Raritan Greenway has resumed Second Saturday walks to local preserves.
They will continue through Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. All walks are free.
Space is limited for participants and cars; register early and receive directions at 609-924-4646 or www.drgreenway.org. Sturdy footgear and clothing for outdoor hiking as well as water for each hiker is essential. Cameras and binoculars are recommended.
Wild Natives and Seed Stories will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at Cedar Ridge Preserve in Hopewell. The leader will be Emily Blackman, land protection associate and manager of the native plant nursery.
The Birds of Winter will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at the St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell. The leader will be birder Sharyn Magee. 
Flu clinics to be available 
The Hopewell Township Health Department is working with Rite Aid pharmacies to bring flu clinics throughout the Valley.
One will be held from 7 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the lower level of the municipal building.
Call and make appointment at 609-537-0236 or email rknechel@hopewelltwp.org.
Bring Medicare, insurance and prescription cards. 
One Spirit Yoga returns 
One Spirit Yoga is back in the Hopewell Train Station from October through May on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
The class is open to all levels. Bring a yoga mat, beach towel and water bottle and wear comfortable stretchy clothes.
Classes are designed to calm the mind, relax the body and restore spirit.
For questions, contact Nancy McCormack at 609-333-1188 or email mccormackne@comcast.net. 
Corn maze offered at Howell Farm 
Howell Living History Farm’s corn maze, “Don’t Be Chicken,” will be open weekends through Nov. 1.
Experience New Jersey’s longest running 2-mile corn maze. Visit the courtyard pumpkin patch, hayrides, food tent and children’s hay bale maze. 
Join Girl Scouts in Hopewell Valley 
Join Girl Scouts and be a part of art, science, nature, community service and more.
Girls in grades kindergarten through 12 will make new friends and have new experiences and opportunities.
For more information, go to gscsnj.org/join or email hvgsinfo@gmail.com with contact information. 
Farmers market at state park 
Area residents looking for fresh produce can come to Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania on Saturdays for a weekly farmers market, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature produce from up to 12 local farms and vendors with all-natural products.
Farm stands will be set up near the corner of River Road and Route 532 or in the Visitor Center parking lot in case of rain.
Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this event should call 215-493-4076. For more information call 215-493-4076 or visit WashingtonCrossingPark.org. 
Fire auxiliary meetings slated 
The Hopewell Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the firehouse, South Greenwood and Columbia avenues, Hopewell.
New members are welcome. Contact membership Chairwoman Mary Anne Van Doren at 466-3060 for information. 
Legion Post 339 meetings, events 
Hopewell Valley American Legion Post 339 meetings and events are held at 19 C Model Ave., Hopewell Borough.
Noel Singer is commander. For more information, call Joe Kianka, 466-1149. 
Hopewell Farmers market 
The Hopewell Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Railroad Station, Railroad Place.
Shoppers will find Olssons Fine Foods (international cheeses, Griggstown meats, international and local pantry items); Village Bakery (bread, cookies and pastries); North Slope Farm (vegetables and fruits); Highland Gourmet (all-natural beef, fresh mushrooms, homemade baked goods, local honey); WoodsEdge Wool Farm (alpaca and llama fashion); and Guzikowski Eggs (fresh local eggs). 