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Local Swimmers to Have Opportunity to Learn From Olympians Dec 6

(Pennington, NJ) – Pennington area athletes will have a unique chance to enhance their competitive swimming skills by working with two Olympic champions, Kim Vandenberg and Ian Crocker. NJ Stingrays is pleased to announce that that they will host a Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at The Pennington School Pool located at 112 N. Delaware Ave.  Pennington, NJ  08534.

 The Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic visits over 100 cities a year and is a unique experience to inspire and motivate a new generation of swim stars. As an official sponsor of USA Swimming, Mutual of Omaha actively supports the sport on all levels, from local clubs across the country to the National Team.

The event is a 4 hour in-water stroke technique clinic. The cost is $85.00. The swimmers will hear inspiring messages from Kim Vandenberg and Ian Crocker. Immediately following, they will hit the water for in-water demonstration and instruction on swim strokes and techniques. Some participants may even have a chance to test their strokes in a race against the Olympic champions. Concluding the event, the swimming champions will be available for autographs and photos.

Registration for the Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic is currently open. To register contact Andy Sichet via email at

Ian Crocker

Among the fastest fliers ever, Ian always delivered. He's earned world records for individual and relay performances for years. His favorite is the first. At the 2003 World Champs, he watched the current 100m butterfly world record go down twice in the semifinals. Ian used that energy to fuel his fly and out-touched his rivals in the finals for the gold and his first world record. With that one fingertip, Ian began his six-year reign as the world record holder in his signature event.



About Kim Vandenberg

Won gold in the 200m fly at the 2011 Pan American Championships ... At the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships, placed fourth in the 200m fly ... Finished fourth in the 200m fly at the 2010 CP National Championships ... earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games by competing in the prelims of the 800m free-relay ... qualified for the 2008 Olympic team by placing fifth in the 200m free at

Trials ... won a silver medal in the 200m fly swimming at her first World Championships in 2007 ... also finished second in the 200m fly at the Duel in the Pool ... earned silver in the 200m fly at the 2005 World University Games … finished second in the 200y fly at the 2006 NCAA Championships, and was third in the same event in 2005 ... won her first U.S. national title in the 200m fly at the 2004 Nationals ... competed in finals of the 2004 Olympic Trials, finishing fifth in the 200m fly.

At her first World Championship meet in 2007, Vandenberg earned a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly. That performance makes her the third-fastest American woman ever in the 200-meter butterfly behind Misty Hyman and Mary T. Meagher. At her Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008, Vandenberg earned bronze swimming the preliminary of the 800-meter freestyle relay.


About Mutual of Omaha


Mutual of Omaha is a full-service, multi-line organization providing insurance and financial products for individuals, businesses and groups throughout the United States.  For more information about Mutual of Omaha, visit

For more information on the Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic, visit



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Music at Princeton University Dec. 2015

A PUC125: Performances Up Close Event
A sneak peek into the program...
A sneak peek into the program...
Dec 1, 2015 at 6:00pm & 9:00pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
Audience will be seated on stage around the performer. 
What do Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage have in common? Quite a lot, according to pianist David Greilsammer. In one unbroken stream, he performs sonatas by the two composers back-to-back, revealing many similarities between the 18th century Italian and the notorious avant-gardist. Don't be surprised if you start mixing them up halfway through.
Tickets $25 General; $10 Students
FREE for Princeton University Students through Passport to the Arts
Please call 609-258-9220 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE>
"Breaking Bach" - Baroque Treasures Recast
Dec 5, 2015 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
The evening will commence with Knut Nystedt's mesmeric reimagination of a Bach chorale - Immortal Bach - before offering Ferruccio Busoni's famous piano transcription of Bach's D Minor Chaconne, performed by pianist Paul von Autenried '16 and accompanied by the Chamber Choir singing the chorales which scholars have identified woven in to Bach's score. Venturing into the twentieth century and beyond, the concert will also feature Dominick DiOrio's newly commissioned Chronos Suite for choir and baroque orchestra, as well as Jan Sandstro?m's Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, before concluding with one of Johann Sebastian Bach's great Christmas-themed Cantatas - Gloria in excelsis Deo BWV 191. 
Tickets $15 General; $5 Students
FREE for Princeton University Students 
through Passport to the Arts
Please call 609-258-9220 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE>
Dec 7, 2015 at 8:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
MUS215: Projects in Jazz Performance is a course which focuses on the development of style, concept, and repertoire in the jazz idiom. Coached by visiting artist, vocalist Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, students will perform an evening of jazz music. 
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
A presentation of works written for the cimbalom and mixed ensemble by Princeton Graduate Composers Leila Adu-Gilmore, Quinn Collins, Christopher Douthitt, Florent Ghys, Dave MolkAnna Pidgorna, Juri Seo, Annika Socolofsky, and Kendall Williams played by cimbalom player Nick Tolle with Courtney Orlando, violin, Florent Ghys, bass, Mark Eichenberger, percussion, and Rosalie Kaplan, voice.  
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Dec 10, 2015 at 12:30pm
Eric Plutz, Organist
Princeton University Chapel
Part of the Thursday Afternoon Concert Series at the 
Princeton University Chapel 
Eric Plutz has begun his second decade as University Organist at Princeton University. As an organ concert soloist,
Mr. Plutz, who "performs with gusto, flair, clarity, and strong yet pliant rhythmic control (James Hildreth for TAO)," has accepted engagements in distinguished locations across the United States and abroad including Germany, Austria, Philadelphia (Verizon Hall, the Wanamaker Organ, Longwood Gardens), New York City (David Geffen Hall, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Cathedral of St. John the Divine), Washington, D.C. (National Cathedral), and San Francisco (Grace Cathedral). 
TCHAIKOVSKY      The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
   Arranged for Organ
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Masaoka with the Laser Koto
Dec 10, 2015 at 4:30pm
Room 102, Woolworth Center
Miya Masaoka - musician, composer, sound artist - has created works for koto and electronics, Laser Koto, field recordings, laptop, video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological response of plants, the human brain, and her own body. Within these varied contexts her performance work investigates the interactive, collaborative aspects of sound, improvisation, nature and society.
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Dec 10, 2015 at 11:00pm
Cafe Vivian at the Frist Campus Center
University Ornette Coleman Ensemble
coached by Ralph Bowen
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Dec 10 & 11, 2015 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
FRANZ SCHUBERT        Symphony No. 8, D. 759,        
GUSTAV MAHLER          Das Lied von der Erde 
                                         Barbara Rearick, mezzo-soprano
 Daniel Weeks, tenor
Tickets $15 General; $10 Students
FREE for Princeton University Students 
through Passport to the Arts
Please call 609-258-9220 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE>
Dec 13, 2015 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
A mix of traditional concert band repertoire and holiday music. The program is to include:
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH          Festive Overture
SHELLEY HANSON                   Albanian Dance 
ERIC WHITACRE                       October 
STEVEN BRYANT                      Dusk 
GIOVANNI GABRIELI                Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2 
CHARLES R. SPINNEY             Legend of Kings
STEVE REISTETER                   arr. The Eighth Candle
MICHAEL BROWN                     arr. The Nightmare Before Christmas
STEPHEN BULLA                      arr. Sinatra!
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker, arr. James Curnow 
Tickets $10 General; $6 Students
FREE for Princeton University Students 
through Passport to the Arts
Please call 609-258-9220 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE>
Princeton Garden Theater
The screening of this seminal film will feature a new score performed live by the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). Eisenstein's film is one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. It charts a pre-Russian Revolution naval mutiny and the resulting street massacre. Followed by a discussion led by Erika Kiss, Director of the Princeton University Human Values Forum.
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Dec 15, 2015 at 7:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
A public discussion between two of today's most respected icons in music.
Illustrious Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, who has served this semester as the
visiting Belknap Fellow in Music as his work was being premiered by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed at the Barbican by the BBC Symphony in London, and staged at the Dutch National Opera at the Holland Festival, will be interviewed by esteemed musicologist and Guggenheim Fellow Simon Morrison of the Princeton University Department of Music. A half hour discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience before Andriessen's work is performed at 8PM at the Princeton Sound Kitchen (see event below). 
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
A presentation of works written by Princeton Composers.
and from So Percussion: Jason Treuting
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Dec 17, 2015 at 2:00pm
Edward T. Cone Seminar Room, Woolworth Center Library
Laurie Anderson is one of today's premier performance artists. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.
FREE and open to the public. No reservations required. 
Dec 17, 2015 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK Overture to Hansel and Gretel
GUSTAV HOLST "Jupiter" from The Planets
Tickets $15 General; $5 Students
FREE for Princeton University Students through Passport to the Arts
Please call 609-258-9220 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE> 
Princeton University Orchestra
Princeton University 
Jazz Ensembles
Princeton University Glee Club
Princeton University Concerts
Edward T. Cone 
Princeton Sound Kitchen
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Princeton Tour Company Holiday Trolley Tours & Santa's Helpers Tours

One Hour Trolley Rides through Princeton
10am - 4pm on every Saturday beginning November 28th
 thru December 28th

In one hour, inside a climate controlled trolley, see the homes and hangouts of Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, James Madison, Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Wood Johnson, William Bristol, Brooke Shields, F Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Michael Graves and MORE!
$15 per person - Tickets available here!
One Hour Santa's Helpers Walking Tours through Palmer Square

11am & 12:30pm on December 5th, 12th & 19th

These family friendly, slow paced and picturesque strolling tours are designed for grandparents and parents with 4yr, 5yr & 6yr old children who are fascinated by All Things Santa! 
$5 per person - Tickets available here!

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Is First Up in December at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre

West Windsor, N.J. – Three family shows are coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre in December that will add to the festive holiday season. The month kicks off with a Kelsey holiday tradition. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" embraces the joy of the long-awaited midnight visit by none other than Santa. Family audiences will delight in the Kelsey Players' musical adaptation of the famous poem by Clement Moore, originally penned as a Christmas present for his children. The show features Kris Kringle, along with his eight tiny reindeer, some remarkably talented sugar plums, and the cutest mouse in New York City. The Moore family and their neighbors will create a magical winter wonderland circa 1822 New York for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

Performance dates and times are Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, students and children. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The theater is an official drop-off site for the Marine's Toys for Tots annual holiday drive.  Patrons are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy in the drop box located in the Kelsey Theatre lobby.  Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 14.

The "Twas" cast stars Ken Ambs of Newtown, Pa., as Clement Moore; Diane Wargo of Ewing as Eliza Moore; Carter Erickson of Yardley, Pa., as William Moore; Abby Scatena of Robbinsville as Charity Moore; and John Costello of Hamilton Square as Mr. Kringle.

Also featured are Jillian Ambs of Newtown, Pa., Logan Ambs of Newtown, Pa, Mason Ambs of Newtown, Pa., Jayden Anderson of Trenton, Taylor Bell of Hightstown, Alex Bischoff of Hamilton Square, Aimee Clark of Lawrenceville, Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville, Melissa Clark of Lawrenceville, Charlotte Erickson of Yardley, Pa., Bridget Godfrey of Robbinsville, Alexa Hunt of Manahawkin, Freddie Iezzo of Hamilton, Luddy Iezzo of Hamilton, Marla Iezzo of Hamilton, Mateo Iezzo of Hamilton, Makenzie Ivey of Lawrenceville, Peyton Ivey of Lawrenceville, Alexander Johnson of Hamilton, Christian Johnson of Hamilton, Quinzy McCallum of Ewing, Cameron Miller of Morrisville, Pa., Chandler Miller of Morrisville, Pa., Cameron Reardon of Cream Ridge, Leif Simonelli of Hamilton, Rilyn Szabo of Monmouth Junction, Isabel Urban of West Windsor, Tobias Urban of West Windsor, and Zachary Urban of West Windsor.

The production team includes Director Diane Wargo, Musical Director Pat Masterson, Choreographer Chelsea Wargo, Stage Manager Ginny McGowen and Assistant Stage Manager Tara Simonelli. Lighting and sound design is by Bernie McGowen and costumes are by Kate Pinner.

Next up, for two shows only, is “A Very Kelsey Christmas,” a premiere performance presented by Forté Dramatic Productions, on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Musical Director Peter de Mets presents an all-star cast of Kelsey performers in the style of a 1950s television variety show. It’s a mix of traditional, Broadway and pop favorites, plus skits and lots of cheer. Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors, and $14 for children/students.

Capping off the season is the New Jersey Youth Ballet’s original hour-long, narrated adaptation of "The Nutcracker" on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dancers in full costume will perform to the famous Tchaikovsky score as they transport audiences to The Land of the Sweets. Tickets are $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors, students and children.

Tickets for all shows may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online at  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater.

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The Watershed's Winter Calendar


Registration is required and space is limited in all programs, unless stated otherwise.  Call 609-737-7592 or to register.


Family and Adult Programs 

Registration is required for all programs.


·       DECEMBER 5

Winter Bird Walk on the Reserve

Saturday, 9:00-11:00AM, 15yo – Adult, $5 per person

Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland on a hike of the Watershed Reserve in search of wintering birds. Bring binoculars and dress for possibly muddy or snowy walking conditions. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon.

·       DECEMBER 5

Woolie Wearables: Make a Felted Scarf

Saturday, 10:00AM – 2:30PM, Adults, Fee per person: $60M/$75NM

Learn the technique of felting from an ACP instructor and create a lightweight scarf using carded Merino wool and silk fibers. No previous felting experience is necessary, but expect a little bit of physical work and ability to stand on your feet while felting is required. Bring 2 old towels and a plastic shopping bag. Materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.

·       DECEMBER 5


Saturday, 1:00-4:00PM, Adults and Families, FREE

Get into the holiday spirit at the Watershed Center! Enjoy informal tours of the building, holiday goodies and simple seasonal crafts for children. Bring your gift-giving list to make a dent in your holiday shopping and enjoy 20% off your nature shop purchases too! RSVP not required.

·       DECEMBER 12

Candle Making

Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM, 8yo – Adult, Fee per person: $10M/$15NM

Celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice and the return of the light by making candles with the Teacher-Naturalists! We will create hand-dipped and sand candles. Learn how to shape candles and add embellishments, then go home with your unique handmade gifts!

·       DECEMBER 14

Lunch & Learn with a Naturalist

Mondays, 11:30AM-12:30PM, Families (children 5-10yo), $5 per child

Parents and children – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Enjoy your lunch with us in the Watershed Center or outdoors (weather permitting) coupled with a nature mini-lesson and a hands-on activity. We will send you home with ideas to explore and projects to tackle for further enrichment. Each lunch/learn will whet your appetite as we take a peek at a different environmental topic. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome!




NEW – Literary Language of Nature

Thursdays, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults, $90M/$140NM

While nature outdoors is frosty and dormant, we will warm up with some classic and contemporary nature writing in this new Adult Education course. Visit the Adult Education page to learn more.

·       JANUARY 9

Recycle, Reuse & Re-Gift

Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, 12yo – Adult, $5 per person

Spend the morning at the Watershed Center giving your holiday cards a second life! Get creative with us as you learn to make origami boxes, gift tags and spherical ornaments. Re-gifting has never looked so beautiful! Bring all of your cards, scissors and ruler. Light refreshments provided. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon.

·       JANUARY 11, 25, FEBRUARY 8, 22, MARCH 7, 21

Lunch & Learn SERIES

Mondays, 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Families, Series Fee: $25/child; Individual Class Fee: $5 /child

Parents and children 5-10 years old – pack your lunch and join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson for a nature-themed lunch! Starting with the new year, we will expand our Lunch & Learn to bi-monthly get-togethers! Bring your lunch to enjoy in the Watershed Center, coupled with a nature mini-lesson to whet your appetite and a hands-on activity. We will send you home with ideas to explore and projects to tackle for further enrichment. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome! Join us for the entire series (and save) or drop in for just a few – it’s your choice.

·       JANUARY 15

In Search of Owls I

Friday, 7:00-8:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM

Begin the evening indoors with a presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls and adaptations. After a Naturalist-led night hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage. Two additional hikes offered on January 30 and February 5.

·       JANUARY 16

Welcome Winter Walk in Princeton

Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30AM, Adults and Families (children 5yo+), FREE

Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland on a morning walk at the Mountain Lakes Preserve in Princeton to explore the wonders of the natural world in winter. Discover the unique survival strategies of local plants and animals from milkweed to meadow vole and red oak to robin. Learn where animals store food and how they survive the season’s relentless chill. If weather permits, we will play the ‘Hibernation Game’. Dress warmly, boots are recommended, and bring your sense of wonder. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Princeton Open Space.

·       JANUARY 16

Sensational Summer Camp Fair in Lawrenceville

Saturday, 12:00-3:00PM, Families, FREE

Look for Camp Director Tammy Love at the camp fair at the Quakerbridge Mall! Curious about Watershed Nature Camp 2016? The brochure is available for download on our website in mid-January and registrations will be accepted immediately! The first Open House at the Watershed Center is Saturday, March 12 from 2:00-4:00PM.

·       JANUARY 30

Groundhog Day Celebration

Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM, Families, $7 per person

Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Watershed Reserve by visiting several burrows of these furry weather forecasters. Learn about their life history and role in the ecological community and enjoy the challenge of the hibernation game. After our hike and game, warm up by our outside fire, enjoy a warm beverage and make a Groundhog Day craft!

·       JANUARY 30

In Search of Owls II

Saturday, 7:00-8:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM

Begin the evening indoors with a presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls and adaptations. After a Naturalist-led night hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage. One additional hike offered on February 5.

·       FEBRUARY 3-MARCH 9

NEW – Conserving Energy in Your Home

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00PM, Adults; $195M/$245NM

Learn how to reduce energy use in your home, save money on your electric bills and help the environment. Examine solar energy and geothermal systems and determine whether they are right for you. Visit the Adult Education page to learn more.

·       FEBRUARY 5

In Search of Owls III

Friday, 7:00-8:30PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+), Fee per person: $10M/$15NM

Begin the evening indoors with a presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls and adaptations. After a Naturalist-led night hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage. This is the final owl night hike for 2016.


·  February 6

Winter Exploration Geocache Event

Saturday, 1:30-3:00PM, Adults and Families, Donations accepted

This “event-cache” is a great introduction to the hobby of geocaching as well as the ecology of winter. Track animals, meet winter weeds, talk with birds and much more. Appropriate for beginners or experienced cachers. Watch for more details and RSVP at or contact the Education Department at 609-737-7592. Light refreshments served.

·  February 6

BSA ‘Weather’ Merit Badge Workshop

Saturday, 9:00AM – 12:00PM, Boy Scouts 11yo+, $20 per scout

Join Education Director/BSA Merit Badge Counselor Jeff Hoagland for this morning workshop, designed to help Boy Scouts earn the ‘Weather’ merit badge. Out on the Watershed Reserve, scouts will examine the effects of Hurricanes Sandy or Irene while exploring the greater world of meteorology. Scouts will visit the Watershed Center’s weather station and examine and interpret recent weather data onsite. Registration is by individual Boy Scout, not troop. Payment due at the time of registration.

·  February 12

Great Backyard Bird Count on the Reserve

Friday, 10:00-11:00AM, Adults and Families, FREE

Watch and tally wild birds out the soaring windows of the Watershed Center, all from the cozy comfort of the Discovery Room and Gorrie Hall! The Teacher-Naturalists will help you participate in a Great Backyard Bird Count – beginning birders are very welcome. The data we compile will be submitted to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Hot beverages provided.

·  February 13

Winter Tree Exploration

Saturday, 2:00-3:30PM, Adults and Families (children 8yo+), FREE for Members/$5NM

Join this outdoor exploration to learn about life in the forest by uncovering the secret lives of trees. Discover the many ways that trees provide for others in the forest community from tiny gall flies, the chickadee, turkey tail and wild grape. Co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon. Free for members of SBMWA or Washington Crossing Audubon Society.

·  February 15

Birds-n-Brunch Mini-Camp

Monday, 10:00AM – 2:00PM, children grades 1-5, Fee per child: $20M/$25NM

Schools are closed for President’s Day so join the Teacher-Naturalists and participate in the Great American Bird Count. Then bundle up for a trek outdoors and a lesson on maple sugaring. Best of all, we will settle in afterwards for a delicious pancake lunch – served with our homemade maple syrup! Part of the day will be spent outdoors visiting the tapped trees and ‘evaporation station’ – winter gear, including boots, is necessary. Payment due at the time of registration.

·  February 19 and 20

NEW – Webelos Camp-In at the Watershed Center

Friday, 7:00PM – Saturday, 9:00AM, Webelo Scouts, Fee per boy: $35, Fee per adult: $15

We have a night of winter-y fun planned for you and your troop this weekend… scavenger hikes, science experiments and meet the critters are some of the activities you can look forward to. At the end of the evening, spread your sleeping bags out on the floor of the Watershed Center and sleep near our critters and displays! Registration is by troop only and pre-payment is required. Fee includes snacks and Saturday breakfast.

·       FEBRUARY 20

Intro to Private Lands Stewardship Program

Saturday, 10:30-11:30AM, Adults, FREE

Do you want to support the natural diversity of New Jersey native plants and wildlife but do not know how to start? Established and implemented by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, PLSP supports stewardship efforts of local homeowners, specifically residents of Hopewell and Pennington, regardless of property size. Attend this information meeting at the Watershed Center to learn how you can implement sound ecological practices – big and small. Light refreshments, RSVP requested.

·  February 20

Winter Weeds Sketching Workshop

Saturday, 11:00AM – 3:30PM, 16yo – Adult, Fee per person: $55M/$65NM

Join botanical illustrator Ruth Councell for an illuminating look at last season’s wildflowers. During a brisk morning walk on the Reserve trails, we will introduce you to a wide variety of plants, sharing their natural history while offering identification tips. Specimens can be collected during the walk for use in the studio session. After lunch, Ruth will help you sharpen your drawing skills to capture the fine form and architecture of the plants. Participants should come dressed for wintery weather on the trails, boots are necessary. Bring a bag lunch; hot beverages provided. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit to register and for more information. Inclement weather date is February 27.

·  March 5

Maple Sugaring Brunch & Hike

Saturday, 2 sessions: 9:30-11:30AM OR 11:00AM – 1:00PM, Families and AdultsMember fees: $15/adult, $8/child (up to 13yo), under 3yo FREE
Non-member fees: $20/adult, $12/child (up to 13yo), under 3yo FREE

Our very popular winter brunch is returning to the Watershed Center. Hike with the Teacher-Naturalists to our tapped trees, learn about the process to convert maple sap to syrup and visit the ‘evaporation station’. A delicious home-cooked pancake brunch, served with our homemade maple syrup from trees on the Reserve, is the highlight of the day! Part of the program is conducted outdoors – winter gear, including boots, is necessary. Sign up for one session – registration and prepayment are required.

·  March 12

Winter Fairy Land

Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, Families, $7 per person OR $20 per family

Come celebrate winter with the magical creatures of the Watershed Reserve. We will build cozy winter fairy homes in Honeysuckle Hedgerow, listen to winter tales, practice writing in Elfish, and make some festive arts and crafts. Dress for wintery and wizard-ly weather – boots are necessary.

·  March 12

Watershed Nature Camp Open House

Saturday, 2:00-4:00PM, Families, FREE

Summer will be here before you know it! Kids ages 5 – 16 and their families can meet Camp Director Tammy Love in the Watershed Center, learn about Watershed Nature Camp 2016 and register! RSVP is not required – drop-ins are welcome.


New Year's Eve at Vidalia in Lawrenceville

Reserve your seat today!

New Year's Eve Specials Thursday, December 31, 2015
It's not too late to plan your celebration with us Chef Salvatore Scarlata will be featuring a Pre Fix New Years
Menu ONLY for dinner Seatings will start at 4pm to 10pm
A Four course menu $ 70 with a champagne toast will be selected taxes and gratuity excluded
Space is limited, a credit card is required to hold your table
Check out the Menu
Kiss Her 
Dine with Us 609.896.4444
Time is Ticking 

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NJ Bar Owners Look to Prevent Drunk Driving With Uber and HERO Campaign

(Long Branch, N.J.) -- Bar and tavern owners throughout New Jersey are launching a major initiative to prevent drunk driving beginning this holiday season.

The New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association (NJLBA) and its members will be teaming up with Uber and the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers to provide safe rides home for thousands of their patrons.

Participating NJLBA bars and taverns throughout the Garden State will offer free soft drinks and other benefits to designated drivers who sign up for membership cards with the non-profit HERO Campaign online or at special HERO Night NJLBA events.

Uber will provide free rides up to $20 for first-time riders who sign up through the NJLBA, and will bolster its efforts to increase the number of drivers available near bars and taverns at peak late night hours on weekends.

The safe ride partners also intend to conduct a study to determine the program's impact in reducing DUI incidents statewide and hope to work closely with state and local law enforcement and highway safety officials to gather this data.

"We believe this partnership with Uber and the HERO Campaign is a major step forward in keeping our patrons safe," said NJLBA President James Bennett of Sea Isle City, owner of La Costa Bar and Liquors and Lobster Loft Restaurant. "We also are committed to helping the HERO Campaign prevent drunk driving in John Elliott's memory."

"Our goal is to end drunk driving by making the use of safe and sober designated drivers be as automatic as wearing a seatbelt," noted HERO Campaign Chairman Bill Elliott, John Elliott's father. "The licensed beverage association and Uber are helping us make that goal a reality."

Close to 1,300 Uber driver-partners have signed up with the HERO Campaign and have provided more than 30,000 rides to bar patrons around the state since October.

"This partnership is about creating an environment that allows people in New Jersey to celebrate responsibly with the knowledge that they can always get a safe ride and a designated driver at the tap of a button," said Ana Mahony, General Manager for Uber New Jersey, "Uber is proud to be working with the HERO Campaign and NJLBA to keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season."


About the HERO Campaign

The New Jersey-based HERO Campaign is currently looking for 100,000 designated drivers to take the HERO pledge as part of its mission to prevent drunk driving in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and in states from Massachusetts to Kentucky. The campaign was established in memory of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., who was killed by a drunk driver in July, 2000, two months after graduating from the United States Naval Academy.

For more information on the HERO Campaign, or to pledge to be a designated driver, go to


The NJLBA is a statewide trade association representing the on-premise licensees, educating and advising its membership as to the proper and profitable trade practices.  The NJLBA is a voice of its membership to the Legislature, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and other governmental agencies, wholesalers, distilleries, brewers, new media and the general public, thereby creating a positive and professional image for the industry.

About Uber

Uber is a technology platform that is revolutionizing the way people connect with their cities around the world – and creating tremendous economic opportunity for transportation providers. By connecting users with a safe, reliable and seamless ride, and with unprecedented accountability and transparency built into the system, Uber has transformed the way users think about their transportation options.

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Attitudes In Reverse® Seeks Design Concepts to Help Communicate the Importance of Receiving Mental Health Care and Preventing Suicide

Contest Offers I-Pad as First Prize, to Be Awarded at Annual Event on May 21, 2016

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (November 22, 2015) –Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR™) is pleased to announce its sixth Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest and is eager to receive students’ creative ideas for communicating the importance of seeking help for mental health disorders. AIR™ is a Plainsboro-NJ based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating middle school, high school and college students about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention. Students are the main target audience because 50 percent of mental health disorders develop by the age of 14 and two-thirds of disorders develop by the age of 25. AIR™ aims to eliminate stigma, fear and embarrassment about mental health disorders so that individuals who experience symptoms can recognize them and be comfortable seeking help to prevent the disorders from interfering with their lives.


“We started the Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest in 2009 to raise students’ awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. When students wear the shirts featuring designs inspired by the contestants, they will spark important conversations. A student would ask about AIR™ and the conversation would naturally lead to more awareness, which, in turn, leads to a much greater likelihood that the student will pay attention to signs of mental health disorders in himself and others and take steps to get help when needed,” said Tricia and Kurt Baker, Co-founders of AIR™.


“Even before the winning design concepts are selected, the contest helps build awareness by engaging students in developing creative ways to communicate our message. We strongly encourage health and art instructors, as well as other teachers and schools’ administrative staff, to invite students to participate in this contest. Students are the best resources for learning how to best communicate to them and their peers, and this contest is an excellent way to foster this essential communication,” added Shauna Moses, a member of AIR’s™ Board of Directors.


Entries into AIR’s™ Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest are due March 6, 2016. Entry forms are available online. All contestants will be recognized during the Fifth Annual Miki & Friends Walk & Run for AIR event on May 21, 2016 at Mercer County Park, East Picnic Area, West Windsor, NJ. Prizes will be an iPad for first place and a $50 Visa gift card for second place. The designs inspired by the winning concepts will be printed on T-shirts that the contestants and all volunteers will receive and will also be available to event attendees who donate $50 or more. The designs will also be featured on AIR’s™ website,

The Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest is AIR’s™ first initiative, which has led to other programs that are quickly becoming more well-known and in greater demand as mental health struggles are common and, due to lack of education and treatment, have led to the loss of numerous young people’s lives. In the first five years of educating students at middle schools, high schools and colleges, AIR™ has, to date, presented to more than 22,000 students in three states. Its Annual Miki & Friends Walk & Run for AIR™ event has consistently attracted more than 600 attendees.


Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR™) was established by Tricia, Kurt and Katelyn Baker of Plainsboro, NJ, in 2010, soon after their son/brother Kenny died by suicide following a long battle against severe depression and anxiety. Their mission is to save lives by educating students about mental health, related disorders and suicide prevention. Since January 2011, they have presented to more than 22,000 students in middle and high schools and colleges in New Jersey, New York and Vermont. AIR™ recently began offering Youth Mental Health First AID instructions. AIR™ includes the AIR Dogs: Paws for Minds™ program, bringing dogs into schools to help students de-stress and engage in the conversation about mental health.  In addition, displaced dogs with the ability to serve as Emotional Support Dogs, are matched with individuals who have mental health disorders or developmental disabilities, thereby saving two lives with each match. For more information about AIR™, please visit or call 609-945-3200. 


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Mercer County Club Sports Kicks Off in January

We are a new organization offering fun, safe, competitive sport leagues to adult athletes throughout Mercer County!  Whether you have played competitive sports recently or haven't picked up a ball since high school gym class come out and join the fun of our inaugural year. 

Our primary mission is to promote healthy, active lifestyles and encourage support of Mercer County businesses. Whenever possible, we encourage feedback to continually improve your experience with us.


Lace up and let's play!

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Happy Anniversary Sourland Cycles - News and Specials

Thanks for a great first year!


As we approach our 1-year anniversary, we are grateful for your support and suggestions. For 2016, our goal is to continue to improve our service, selection and customer communication.







Forward to a friend and have them join us.

November 22, Gravel Hunter Ride. Food Bank Donation for admission


  For Thanksgiving we are hosting our first Gravel Hunter Ride, Sunday November 22 at 11 a.m. A 40-mile fun tour around the hills, featuring some of the roads from Hell of Hunterdon and Sourland Semi-Classic. Route by Tom "Racin' for" Mason.

Registration is free, but we ask that you bring some non-perishable food for donation to the food bank. Don't worry if you don't have time for the full 40. Join us for a rolling start to the holiday season. Next year we hope to do a full "Cranksgiving" ride. 







 Holiday shopping – we have lots of cold weather riding gear and gift ideas under $25 for men and women; and if you are still stumped, there's always a gift card.A new crop of maroon Sourland Cycles T-shirts is coming soon. Great selection of merino wool baselayers and winter riding gear. All Giro shoes are 20% off.



Winter is the time to bring your bike in for maintenance.

Got disc brakes? After 50 hours of riding, check your pads. Mountain bikes also need brake bleeds and shock rebuilds after 100 hours. These more complicated repairs are perfect winter maintenance.



January is for Bike Bling.  20% off labor when you upgrade hubs, headsets, derailleurs, even bar tape or other components. Stop in and discuss your options to make it beautiful.





Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-6; Thursday 10-8;  Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-4 Monday: closed. Need basics like tubes after hours? The vending machine is open 24 hrs. There's a pump too. 

Holiday Events for the ADVENTUROUS

Princeton and the surrounding communities know how to get their Holiday ON  - Palmer Square, McCarter’s A Christmas Carol, Pennington Walk, Santa at the Airport, Morven’s Festival of Trees – these are just a few of the local annual favorites, not to be forgotten or ignored. 

The following list is more like Holiday ADVENTURES – events that are not local, but equally as fabulous.  We all know about the tree at Rockefeller Center and ice-skating at Wolman Rink in NYC.  Below is a list of things you might not know about. Yes, you might have to train, drive, or UBER there but the journey is always half the fun and the experience even greater.  Get out there – new Holiday traditions are waiting to be made.





Six Flags Holiday in the Park -



Christmas in Cape May -



Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy with Lights -






16th Annual Winter Eve’s at Lincoln Center November 30 -



Lighting the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorahs -



Holiday Markets - where you'll find an assortment of homemade wares from craftspeople and mom-and-pop shops that should cover everyone on your list. The biggest and best selections can be found at the Union Square Holiday Market, the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, the indoor Grand Central Holiday Fair or the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.



Winter Village at Bryant Park -



Holiday Train Show @ New York Botanical Gardens -



Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal -



George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, New York City Ballet -



Radio City Christmas Spectacular -


New Year’s Eve Grand Army Fireworks Display in Brooklyn -






Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade -



The Macy's Christmas Light Show at Macy's Center City -



The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park  -



Stag and Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill  -


Franklin Flea Holiday Market -



Zoo Noel at Philadelphia Zoo -



Longwood Gardens Christmas -








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Ugly Sweaters are BACK at Liberty Hall Pizza in Lambertville

Wear Your Ugly Holiday Sweater to Liberty Hall Pizza and Get a Sweet Holiday Treat for Free!

Chocolate Peppermint Nutella Pizza Awaits Lambertville Ugly Sweater Lovers

Lambertville, NJ – Pull out that ugly holiday sweater and head over to Liberty Hall for a free dessert this holiday season! You know you have one. And we know that you secretly love it! We've all have one, hidden deep inside that bottom drawer. Starting on Black Friday, your heinous fashion faux pas will earn you a sweet treat if you wear it to Lambertville's Neapolitan pizzeria on the right nights this holiday season.

Proudly sporting that ugly duckling of a garment will get you a free holiday pizza, featuring Nutella, chocolate peppermint bark, red and green sprinkles, powdered sugar and peppermint flavored whip cream. The only catch, explains Liberty Hall Pizza's owners Danny Popkin and Chris Bryan, "is that you have to get your photo taken for Liberty Hall's ugly sweater social media collage." A small price to pay for a mouthwatering holiday dessert pizza! "Holiday sweaters have gotten a bad rap," said Bryan. "We thought we would turn the jokes and snickers into a delicious win-win for those who dare to wear them into our restaurant and pose for a picture."


Liberty Hall's ugly sweater promotion takes place Friday, November 27, Saturday & Sunday November 28 & 29 and every Thursday through Christmas, which includes December 3, 10 and 17 (Liberty Hall Pizza is closed on December 24th - Christmas Eve).

Opened in December 2014, Liberty Hall Pizza was named "one of the top 25 pizzerias in New Jersey" by Peter Genovese on The authentic, Neapolitan pizzeria serves a dozen wood-fired pizzas along with garden-fresh salads and draught root beer floats. The pizzeria is open Tuesdays through Sundays for dinner, as well as lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Liberty Hall Pizza is located inside the Canal Studios Complex at 243 North Union Street in Lambertville, New Jersey. Learn more by visiting

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Princeton Day School Announces New Interdisciplinary Couse on Raritan River

Princeton – Princeton Day School announced that the Upper School Photojournalism and Environmental Studies classes, along with the EnAct student sustainability club, are working together on a unique interdisciplinary term-long project called “Beauty and the Beast: The Fall and Rise of the Raritan River.”



Through the lenses of history, science, photography and economics, the PDS students will explore the river, focusing on documenting the ecological impacts that have affected the Raritan over the course of the last century and will also record its unique beauty through photography.

Upper School Science teacher Carlos Cara, English teacher and Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler, and Photography teacher Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick created the project through the auspices of the Miss Fine’s Center, which provides support for interdisciplinary work at Princeton Day School. Assisted by Lower School Science teacher Aaron Schomburg, these teachers are working to help their students study and gain insight on New Jersey’s Raritan River.

In discussing the project, Ms. Hohmuth-Lemonick noted, “This river, the longest in the state, has a long history; it was used for transportation, as an energy source to many industries, and as a convenient pool for toxic waste. In addition, the river runs through many beautiful locations in central New Jersey that are the homes for many species of birds, reptiles and amphibians, and mammals alike. It is also the source of Princeton's drinking water.”

She continued, “In addition, we hope to take part in some of the recovery efforts that are taking place to bring the river and the surrounding riparian ecosystems back to health.”

The PDS students often take experiential trips to the river, allowing sufficient time for a deep exploration of the topic and to hear from outside experts.

The project will be completed in the spring, and a coffee table book is planned as a capstone to the course.


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Begin a New Thanksgiving Tradition at Agricola

Come and gather around our table to celebrate
Thanksgiving with your friends and family.
We will be serving a four course prix fixe Thanksgiving Menu
from 1:00 to 7:00pm.
The regular dinner menu will not be offered this evening.
For reservations, please call Agricola at (609) 921-2798.
For more details, please visit

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Holiday Tricks and Tips - 9 Clever Party Planning Secrets to Steal From Caterers

Planning a party is a delightful idea that often turns difficult. And while the payoff of making a happy memory is worth the trouble, there just must be an easier way, right? We asked experts in the catering world to share their in-the-trenches strategies for parties big and small. 

1. Call your party an "open house" to imply a casual vibe — that's stress-free for the host, too.

"During the holidays, there are so many parties," says Teri Lands of Main Street Fine Catering in Rocky Hill, New Jersey. "Open-house style is nice because you don't have to worry about having guests all at the same time." Invite guests to come when they're able, and go as they please. This way, folks won't feel stressed to be exactly on time for dinner, and those with a packed schedule will still be inclined to stop by. Plus, you'll get time to chat with everyone, since the crowd won't descend on your home all at once.

"When planning your menu for an open-house, it's best to consider room temperature menu items so you don't have to worry about items overcooking or going to waste if they sit out too long," says Lands. Plus, without the pressure of keeping dishes piping hot or super-chilled, you'll be free to mingle.


2. But be sure to set a crystal-clear (and strategic) time frame.

? We've all been to the "cocktail party" that went through the night (without dinner). Be clear about the party's time frame to avoid misconstrued expectations. "Considering timing is the only way you can logically plan the food," says Lands. "For example, a cocktail party should begin after dinner hours or leave guests with enough time to have dinner after the party. Aim for two to three hours: 6 to 8 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m."

Click here to get the rest of these fab tips/tricks:

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Mayor Liz Lempert Visits English-Chinese Immersion School of Princeton

YingHua International School: English-Chinese Immersion School of Princeton, whose American and foreign-born students learn to read, write and speak in two languages, hosted Mayor Liz Lempert on Friday, October 16th.

Fifth-grade students at this unique but fully accredited school are studying the concept of how to make positive, lasting change in the world, and they invited Mayor Lempert to discuss her role as mayor including the obstacles to making change and her successes.

Students in the small-sized class had prepared questions in advance to ask the mayor, and they learned, for example, that changes are initiated by people in the community who sometimes never see the ultimate result.  But the changes do occur over years and sometimes decades and, as Mayor Lempert explained, “go[ing] to the meetings” to make the case for what needs to be done is the main way citizens can make change.

Mayor Lempert told the YingHua International School students of her work with the White House on a national initiative related to student success, and she relayed that a Youth Advisory board comprised of township high school students is an exciting and promising possibility for the township of Princeton to hear from its youth on a regular basis.  Several YingHua students who are Princeton residents showed interest in the program, and she encouraged them to begin attending council meetings whenever they have something to share as a precursor to the Advisory.  During her hour with the students, the issues raised included fund-raising, taxes, term limits and recylcling.  The latter was addressed in depth, as there is no current recycling pickup at YingHua International School, and Mayor Lempert gave information as to whom the students can write letters to, if they attempt to address the problem.  All people can be change agents, as the students’ unit of study contends.  The visit was a success and the students learned a lot about Mayor Lempert and how to make change in a democracy.

YingHua International School: English-Chinese Immersion School of Princeton, established in 2007, is central New Jersey’s only Mandarin Immersion early years and elementary school (ages 2.5 years through 5th grade).  By the 2016-2017 academic year, YHIS will also offer bilingual middle school grades for 6th through 8th grade students.    YHIS is accredited by the MSA-CESS and is a candidate school with the International Baccalaureate Organization.  They are hosting an open house on Friday, November 13, at 9:30 AM at their Princeton campus.  Contact Kristin Epstein, Director of Admissions, at or (609) 375-8015.

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The Arts Council of Princeton Presents Sauce for the Goose Holiday Art Sale

PRINCETON, NJ – The Arts Council of Princeton announces the return of its annual Sauce for the Goose Holiday Art Sale at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ. Kicking off the sale is the opening on Friday, December 11 from 5-8pm, where shoppers will have the first opportunity to view and purchase unique, hand-crafted works. Guests will be treated to a holiday performance by the American Boychoir School. The sale, held in the Taplin Gallery, will be open Monday-Friday from 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday from 10am – 4pm from December 11-19. Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages as well as metered parking along Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place. For more information regarding Sauce for the Goose, visit or call (609) 924-8777.


The Arts Council of Princeton’s annual sale features a mix of fine art and functional crafts, including paintings, drawings, functional and decorative ceramics, art glass, holiday ornaments, greeting cards, photography, jewelry, hand-knit fashions, felted and beaded work, and more. Everyone is invited to “take a gander” as the sale runs throughout the holiday season. The Arts Council will offer a special members-only discount, where members will receive 5% off their total purchase throughout the duration of the sale. Non-members can purchase a membership online at, via phone at (609) 924-8777, or in-person at the sale, and receive their 5% discount immediately.


“Sauce for the Goose not only makes it possible for Princeton residents to find hand-made arts and crafts objects; it also supports local artists by providing them a valuable outlet for their work,” says Maria Evans, Artistic Director, who organizes the annual sale. “Sauce for the Goose” was born nineteen years ago as an invitational sale lasting only a couple of days, featuring work by ACP ceramics students, and has expanded over the years. The Arts Council of Princeton’s sale, which takes its name from an old nursery rhyme -- “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander” -- provides important income for local artists during the holiday season, while also raising funds to support the ACP’s programs.


The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP), founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region.

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Open Auditions for March 2016 Production of The Diary of Anne Frank December 3 -6

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce open auditions for its March 2016 production of The Diary of Anne Frank.   The show will be performed at the Kelsey Theatre, on the campus at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.   Performance dates are:  March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, with Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00 pm.    NOTE:   There will also be daytime performances on Monday March 14 and Friday March 18 at 10:00 am.    A Talk Back session will be offered after the March 18th performance.     The production will be directed by Judi Parrish.  


About The Play:  In this transcendently powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank  captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through:  "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" 


Audition Dates: 

Thursday, December 3, 2015                    7 PM to 9:30 PM

Saturday, December 5, 2015                     1 PM to 4:00 PM 

Sunday, December 6, 2015                       1 PM to 3 PM   Callbacks Only (as needed; by invitation only) 



Audition Appointment Options:

  • Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre; for maps and directions, please visit   



About The Auditions:   All those auditioning are asked to prepare the monologue(s) provided for the character(s) for which you are auditioning.  Memorization is not required but is strongly recommended.   Other readings from the play may be provided at the time of your audition or call back, if needed.    The audition monologues are available on the Pennington Players' website:    



About Rehearsals The first read thru will be scheduled during mid December, at which time scripts will be handed out and all actors will be measured for costumes.   Rehearsals will begin in earnest in early January and will primarily be scheduled for at least two evenings per week and one weekend afternoon per week, based on actor availability.   It is very important that all those auditioning be as thorough and honest about all known and potential conflicts between December 10, 2015 and March 20, 2016, as the rehearsal schedule will be determined based on those conflicts.


Roles:  We will cast 10 actors:  4 adult males, 3 adult females, 2 teenage girls and 1 teenage boy. Ages represent the age of the "character."  We will not be using accents with onstage characters.  All roles are open. A description of the characters is provided below.


We are also seeking 2 to 3 men who speak fluent German to record several voice-over segments.  There will be no onstage commitment, with only 1-2 recording sessions anticipated.   Anyone interested should email:  and indicate your experience or education with speaking German. 




Anne Frank:  (female, teens) The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Anne is a lively, curious girl of thirteen at the beginning of the play. She remains optimistic throughout the months they are in hiding and always makes the best of the situation she is in. As her diary reveals, she is very introspective and creative and has a vivid imagination.   Looking for an actress who is between 13 & 17 who looks 14.


Otto Frank: (male, early 50's) Anne's polite and practical father, Mr. Frank is the head of the "attic family." His calmness and patience are an asset in the cramped attic and a comfort to Anne, who is very close to him.


Edith Frank: (female, early 40's)  Anne's reserved and nervous mother, Mrs. Frank loves Anne, but she wishes she were more proper and polite, like her sister Margot. Because of her reserved nature, Mrs. Frank and Anne are not close.


Margot Frank:  (female, teens)  Anne's older sister, Margot is much more like her mother than Anne. She is quiet, modest, and reserved: the complete opposite of Anne.  Looking for an actress who is between 15 & 18 who looks 16.


Putti Van Daan:  (male, early 40's) An irritable former business partner of Mr. Frank, Mr. Van Daan's family is invited to stay in the attic with the Franks. He is selfish and openly critical of others, especially Anne.


Petronella Van Daan:  (female, early 40's) Mr. Van Daan's vain and finicky wife, Mr. Van Daan prizes the material things of life, including a fur coat she brought to the attic with her. These traits all make her the center of much of the conflict in the attic.


Peter Van Daan:  (male, teens) The son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan, Peter is a shy, quiet 16 year old boy.  He soon becomes a friend and confidant for Anne, and they share first kiss together.   Looking for an actor who is between 15 & 17 who looks 16.


Jan Dussell:  (male, early 50's) Difficult to get along with, Mr. Dussell joins the Franks and the Van Daans after they have been in hiding about two months.


Miep Gies: (female, mid 30's) A very well-liked, generous secretary in Mr. Frank's office, Miep helps to protect the families in hiding. Along with Mr. Kraler, she brings to the refugees food, supplies, and news from the outside world.


Mr. Kraler: (male, 40's) A businessman who works with Miep to help protect the people in hiding, Mr. Kraler risks his life to help his friends.

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Dodge Foundation Announces the Return of the Jersey Give Back Guide

We are excited to announce the return of the Jersey Give Back Guide, a Jersey-centric online giving guide featuring some of the Garden State’s most effective and respected nonprofits.

It is designed to make it easy for everyone (that means you!) to give back and get involved with New Jersey nonprofit organizations whether you have $5 or $500 to give.

Using the Jersey Give Back Guide’s online “Generosity Generator,” you can choose from four categories — Community, Arts, Environment and Newark — to learn more about this year’s featured nonprofits. Pick one or more that fits your passion, and in just a few quick clicks, you can make a donation that will go directly to the nonprofit.

Each and every nonprofit is worth your investment.

How do we know? The Dodge Foundation and Victoria Foundation, sponsors of the Guide, chose organizations that excel in collaboration, innovation, and community engagement. All have excellent reputations for their work and reflect the programmatic and geographic diversity of the nonprofit sector in New Jersey.

Just look at this impressive list of organizations you can support through the Jersey Give Back Guide:

•   American Littoral Society

•   Arts Horizons

•   Boys and Girls Club of Newark

•   Clean Water Fund

•   Community Soup Kitchen

•   Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

•   Creative New Jersey

•   East Coast Greenway

•   Educational Arts Team

•   Foodshed Alliance

•   Free Press

•   GlassRoots

•   Ironbound Community Corporation

•   Morris Arts

•   New Jersey Repertory Company

•   Nimbus Dance Works

•   Pinelands Preservation Alliance

•   Saint Vincent Academy

•   Trenton Children’s Chorus

This is the third year of the Jersey Give Back Guide. In 2014, you helped raise more than $70,000 to the nonprofit organizations featured in last year’s Jersey Give Back Guide.

Our hope is that you can help us pass the $100,000 mark for the nonprofits part of this year’s Jersey Give Back Guide. We know that with your help, we can get there.

Please help us spread the word about the Jersey Give Back Guide and how simple it is to donate. Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, book club, pick-up basketball team, prayer group, yoga class and happy hour companions. Get them to help you make New Jersey an even better place to live, work and play.

Connect with the Generosity Generator on Twitter @JerseyGiveGuide and use #jerseygives when you tell your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram friends about your donation!

Please check out and get busy giving!


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