Sat., Dec. 12
Holiday Shoppe at Cranbury History Center, 6 S. Main St., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Features unique Cranbury items, including note cards, framed prints, trays, shirts, aprons, bookmarks, books and more.
Sun., Dec. 13
Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Pace East, Cranbury. Open Sunday,1-4 p.m. Exhibit, “Depression Glass: Candy-Colored Glass of the Depression Era“ showcases the colorful American Glassware produced during the Depression Era and features more than 300 pieces.
The Hightstown Christmas Candlelight House Tour schedule is: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., refreshments, holiday boutique; 3 to 6 p.m., candlelight tour of six homes (ticket required) starts at the Ely House, 164 N. Main St., Hightstown; 6 p.m. bell choir concert at Frist United Methodist Church, 187 Stockton St., Hightstown. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available at Perennial Home, 119 Ward St., Hightstown, and at Weichert Realtors, 417 Route 130, East Windsor. Same day tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available at the Ely House from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
The Hightstown Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Christmas Candlelight House Tour, is sponsoring “Santa in the Park” at the Gazebo in Association Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Whether you are young, or just young at heart, all are welcome to visit with the Man in Red.
Mon., Dec. 14
Drop-In Holiday Craft, 3 to 5 p.m. at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. Make a holiday card for someone special. Some messy art is involved. Walk-ins welcome.
The Cranbury Volunteer Fire Company Visit from Santa is now being organized. Would you like for Santa to drop off a gift for Christmas? The fire company will deliver one gift per child the weekend of Dec. 19-20. Those wishing to donate gifts can do so between 7 and 9 p.m. Open to Cranbury residents only. For questions, call the firehouse at 609-395-0633 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues., Dec. 15
Family Picture Book Discussion, 3:45 p.m. at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. Celebrate the holidays by reading “The Drummer Boy” and “Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanza.” Registration at the circulation desk and book pick-up available beginning Nov. 23. Best suited for grades 1 to 3.
The Cranbury Township Board of Education meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
Wed., Dec. 16
Star Wars Celebration, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. Celebrate Star Wars with games, crafts, gifts and snacks. Come in your favorite Star Wars costume. For ages 8 and up.
Fri., Dec. 18
Toddlertime, 10:30 a.m. at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. Toddlers ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers can participate in stories, songs and a craft.
Career Services for People with Disabilities, noon to 2 p.m. at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. Do you have a disability (physical, emotional, learning, drug dependency) that interferes with your ability to find and/or maintain employment? The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) may be able to help with free services, such as career counseling, vocational training, assistive technology and job coaching. Meet with a DVRS representative to learn more.
Sun., Dec. 20
Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Pace East, Cranbury. Open Sunday,1-4 p.m. Exhibit, “Depression Glass: Candy-Colored Glass of the Depression Era“ showcases the colorful American Glassware producedduring the Depression Era and features over three hundred pieces.
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Genealogy Club will be hosting Roger Lustig presenting “New On-line Resources for Germany and Prussia” at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Lustig will present an outline of German records; where to look for vital records according to date and place and also cover other types of sources. He has been doing genealogical research since 2002, and has done research for clients since 2008. His specialty is German Jewry, and within that, Prussia; and most of all, Upper Silesia, a region now in Poland, where his father’s family lived for centuries. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520. Contact the synagogue office with any questions at (609) 443-4454 or go to www.bethel.net.
Mon., Dec. 21
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor and JFCS – Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County – will host “Demystifying the Stigma of Mental Health Problems” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This interactive discussion will address the following questions: What are the warning signs and red flags? What is mental health? Why is there a stigma? When is it appropriate to ask for help? Where do we find the help we need? How as a community can we improve? This free event for teens and adults will be held at Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, contact Andrea LoPresti at 609-987-8100 or email email@example.com.
Tues., Dec. 22
The Cranbury Municipal Alliance meeting, originally scheduled for Dec. 8, has been rescheduled for 8:15 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Gambino Room of the Cranbury Library.
Thurs., Dec. 24
Enjoy dinner and a movie at 6 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor. Sponsored by the Werner Lecture Fund and the Beth El Men’s Club, the evening will consist of a Kosher Chinese dinner and a viewing of the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” After the movie, join us for a discussion of Jewish and Greek weddings and lifestyles.The cost is $18 per person if paid by Dec. 18, 2015. After that date, the cost is $23 per person. Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ; 609-443-4454; www.bethel.net.
Mon., Dec. 28
LEGO Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. For ages 3 to 11.
Wed., Dec. 30
Anime Club, 6 to 7:30 p.m.,at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. Join other tee fans to screen anime DVDs. For grades 6 to 12.
Teen Advisory Board meeting, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Plumsted branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, N.J. If you are a teen in grades 7 to 12, see what TAB is all about.
Mon., Jan. 4
The Cranbury Township reorganization meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 23-A North Main St.
Wed., Jan. 6
The Cranbury Public Library’s Student Library Council (SLiC), comprised of Princeton High School sophomores, will volunteer their time to read with registered Cranbury School first- through third-graders at 7 p.m.. This is a pre-registered program. If you’d like more information about participation, call the library at 609-655-0555.
Thurs., Jan. 7
The Cranbury Public Library’s GrandPals Orientation for 2016 will be at 2 p.m. If interested, come into the library and fill out a GrandPals application.
Fri., Jan. 8
The Cranbury Public Library’s Toddler Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. Traditional story time that helps prepared children with future reading skills. First, we sing, read, and talk. Then we stay and play! Ages 12-24 months with caregiver.
Tues., Jan. 19
The Cranbury Public Library’s “Read It and Eat It!” Cookbook Club will meet at 1 p.m. Grab your apron and try new recipes, share tips, reviews and samples. New members are always welcome.
Thurs., Jan. 21
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Seniors will present, “How do you order pizza in Hebrew: The development of Hebrew into a living language.” At 1 p.m. The afternoon event will include guest speaker, Dr. Leo Weinstock, Eminent Scholar of Semitic Languages. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ; 609-443-4454; www.bethel.net.
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.
The Monroe Township Police PBA #255 & SOA #203 is having its second annual toy drive between now and Dec. 9. Residents are asked to drop off an unwrapped toy or make a monetary donation for children of all ages at the police department, 3 Municipal Plaza. For more information, contact Lt. Lisa Robinson at 732-521-0222, ext. 149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Officer Wesley Panckeri at 732-521-0222, ext. 210 or email email@example.com.
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.
Sat., Dec. 12