Mon., Jan. 4
The Cranbury Township reorganization meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 23-A North Main St.
Tues., Jan. 5
The Plumsted Poetry Club will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Whether you’re new to poetry or a seasoned poet, join and share your favorite poems. Call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all of the monthly programs.
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.
Hickory Corner Branch Library will have “Coloring for Adults” on Thursdays at 2 p.m. starting on Jan. 7. Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Coloring relieves stress and anxiety, improves fine motor skills and is a great social outlet. Come and join us for a relaxing hour of coloring fun. No experience required. Coloring sheets, pens and pencils provided. No registration required. Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, is at 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. (609) 448-1330.
Embrace the New Year with Mediation: Meditation teacher Umesh Bhatia returns to the Hickory Corner Branch Library for a two-part workshop that will teach practical strategies to reduce stress and create a more healthy and positive lifestyle. Umesh will offer effective meditation techniques that can help you connect within to gain a real and profound sense of serenity and joy. Sessions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7 and Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J.(609) 448-1330. Please call the library to register.
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.
Excel for Beginners will be taught at 10:30 a.m. the 138 Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. (609) 448-1330. Come to learn the basics of the popular spreadsheet program. Space is limited; call the library to register.
Sun., Jan. 10
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Hightstown will host “A Muslim, Christian, Jewish Interfaith Dialogue, The Role of Religion and Politics” from 7 to 9 p.m. Four speakers, Dr. David Abalos, Rev. Robert Moore, Imam Sohaib Sultan and Rabbi Eric Wisnia will give presentations in the church. A question and answer period will follow. The evening will conclude with a time for refreshments and conversation in the community room. The church is at the corner of Franklin Street (Route 33) and Maxwell Avenue, Hightstown, N.J. 08520. The entrance to the parking lot is on Maxwell Avenue. The program is co-sponsored by St. Anthony’s Social Justice Committee, The Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice, The Coalition for Peace, and Community Unity – HEWR. For additional information, call Lenore Isleib at 609-448-6470.
Wed., Jan. 13
Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System, will offer a class on PowerPoint for Beginners at 10:30 a.m. at 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, N.J. (609) 448-1330. Learn how to use Microsoft’s popular slideshow and presentation program. Space is limited; call the library to register.
Thurs., Jan. 14
The Knitting and Crochet Club will meet at 2 p.m. at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library at 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Do you enjoy knitting, crochet or needlepoint? Bring old or new projects to work on and share ideas. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month. Call the branch at 609-758-7888, or check the website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org to register and find out about all of the monthly programs.
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.
Babes at Play will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library at 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Songs, bounces, rhymes and stories for children up to a year old with caregiver.
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.
Fri., Jan. 22
Beth El Synagogue will have a kid-friendly Shabbat Service at 5:30 p.m. Led by Cantor Larry Brandspiegel, Kabbalat Tot Shabbat will introduce your little ones, ages infant to second grade (older siblings are also invited) to the Friday evening service. After services, a Shabbat dinner will include chicken nuggets, French fries and dessert. The service is free and the dinner is $5 per person, with a maximum of $18 per family. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520. RSVP to the synagogue office (609-443-4454) or firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 14.
Sun., Jan. 24
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Genealogy Club will be sponsoring its annual “Help Night” at 7:30 p.m. A number of laptop computers will be available for you to work with some of our knowledgeable club members to help you solve some of your most difficult genealogy research problems. Beth El Synagogue is at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520. www.bethel.net. Contact the Synagogue office with any questions, (609) 443-4454.
Mon., Jan. 25
Book Café with guest author at 3 p.m. at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library at 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Meet local author Sebastian Rizzo as he presents his debut novel “Torben’s Fountain.” Books available for purchase.
Tues., Jan. 26
Coloring for Adults at 11 a.m. at the Plumsted Branch of the Ocean County Library at 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt. Rediscover the joys of coloring. Coloring sheets and art supplies provided along with light refreshments and music.
Fri., Jan. 29
The Cranbury Public Library will have Family Game Night at 6:30 p.m. Bring your favorite game or play one provided by the library. Several tables of people playing different games will be featured. And there will be popcorn, too. The library is at 23 N. Main St. Call 609-655-0555 for information.
Wed., Feb. 3
Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Israel Affairs Committee and Hadassah will present a guest speaker, Itzhak Brook MD, at 2 p.m. Dr. Brook will discuss the historical background of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and its effects on Israeli society, as well as his personal experiences and challenges as a battalion physician in the Sinai. Topics include the physical and psychological traumas soldiers coped with, the effect of religion on them, the cost of war in human life and suffering, and the daily struggle for survival in the war which threatened Israel’s existence. Admission is free. RSVP to Beth El Synagogue as email@example.com or 609-443-4454. Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ, www.bethel.net.
Tues., Feb. 9
The Cranbury Public Library will host an event on digital and traditional scrapbooking at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the latest and greatest apps and programs to make digital scrapbooks and see a demonstration of the library’s Silhouette Cameo cutter to use for traditional scrapbooking. Patrons may use the cutter for their own projects too – just make an appointment. The library is at 23 N. Main St., Cranbury.
Fri., Feb. 19
The Cranbury Public Library will host a program on “Ghost Writing a Memoir” at 7 p.m. Come hear about Robin Black’s experience ghost writing the holocaust memoir, “One Voice, Two Lives.” The library is at 23 N. Main St., Cranbury.
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.
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.
Movie Club: This club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Cranbury Public Library at 23 N. Main St. in Cranbury Join the lively discussions about movies.
Central Jersey Chapter 148 of Korean War Veterans Association: Any veterans who served during the war from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953 to the current date can join the group that meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month (except January, February, March and April) at the Monroe Township Municipal Building. Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and a $10 chapter fee per year. The chapter is involved in various functions throughout the year including parades with color guard, flag raisings, Korean War memorial ceremonies, funerals and more. For more information, contact Charles Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or email him at KWVANJ@yahoo.com.
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.
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