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Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund's Freedom to Live Gala March 5

Hopewell Borough, NJ, February 9, 2016— On March 5, 2016, the Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund will host the third Freedom to Live Gala. This year’s Gala, a fundraiser in support of the Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center, will feature live music from the Bobby Bandiera Band, an incredible silent auction, dancing, scrumptious food, and cocktails.

 

The Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center is the world’s oldest and largest suicide prevention and crisis response network. A highly respected international organization, Samaritans supports those who experience distress, depression, and suicidal feelings, as well as their loved ones. The Samaritans Center, though based in New York, is the primary organization that serves victims and loved ones in New Jersey. The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund will donate the proceeds of the Gala to the organization’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, support groups for those affected by suicide, and education programs on suicide prevention for teachers and school officials.

 

In the US, a suicide occurs every 12.95 minutes. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four. This staggering demographic is nothing when compared to all of the lives that suicide touches. Samaritans has made prevention, awareness, education, and the removal of stigma its missions—and so has the Hopewell-based Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund.

 

The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund and the Freedom to Live Gala were founded by the Lisa and Rob Sprague. The Spragues live in Hopewell, NJ, and have six children. In July of 2010, they lost their oldest son, 19-year-old Jordan, to suicide. In the wake of this tragedy, it is the Spragues’ greatest wish to do everything they possibly can to raise awareness and support, and their fund is a legacy dedicated to a vibrant, passionate life. The fund’s mission is to give hope through awareness, understanding, and kindness.

 

To this end, the Spragues and the Life Shines Fund seek to raise as much as possible to fight the ongoing struggle against suicide. The Gala will take place on March 5th from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at the Princeton Elks Lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman, NJ, 08558. The Gala promises to be a fun evening and welcomes any who wish to attend. The Life Shines Fund also welcomes business, corporate, and individual sponsors. To donate, purchase tickets, or become a sponsor, please visit https://samaritansnyc.ejoinme.org/gala2016.

 

For more information on the Samaritans Center, please visit www.samaritansnyc.org. For more information on the Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund, please visit https://samaritansnyc.ejoinme.org/gala2016 or call co-founder Lisa Sprague at 609-439-1548.

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Wedding Invitation Special at The Front Porch

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The Front Porch

24 South Main Street
Pennington, NJ 08534
(609) 737-0071
http://www.thefrontporchnj.com

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D&R Greenway Presents Natural Healing: The Power of Being Outdoors February 25

Princeton, N.J.–Sometimes the best medicine is free. On Thursday, February 25, D&R Greenway Land Trust will present Natural Healing: The Power of Being Outdoors, at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. Former Princeton Township Mayor and D&R Greenway Trustee Phyllis Marchand; Edie Howard, who has preserved land with D&R Greenway;  and horticultural therapist Nancy Minich will talk about how being outdoors—whether to walk around a field, sit by a stream or smell the fresh air—can lift your spirits and promote health and wellness. VOICES Chorale founder and music director Dr. Lyn Ransom will perform songs she composed to help cope with cancer. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; program 7-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Free, please register at rsvp@drgreenway.org 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org

 

Phyllis Marchand, whose slogan “Run Phyllis” took her through 22 years of elected office, including 14 as Princeton Township Mayor, and 16 New York, two Boston and one Philadelphia marathons, is battling a rare form of lymphoma. She leaves her home at 5:30 a.m. for two consecutive days every two weeks to get treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, where she is hooked up to a machine that separates the red blood cells and plasma from the white blood cells to destroy the cancer. She feels tired after the treatment, but undaunted. Marchand has traded her running shoes for walking shoes and understands how exercise helps with outlook and stamina. “D&R Greenway has been marvelous for me,” she says. “I love to walk on the preserved land, especially the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail. It’s not walking for competition—I stop and read the poems, and it’s a beautiful experience.

 

“Being outdoors is the most gratifying thing,” Marchand continues. “Being in nature gives you a perspective, it’s like a spirituality. I don’t need to run 26 miles anymore to get a runner’s high, I just take a walk in the beautiful open space and appreciate the leaves or meadow or sunlight. We are lucky in Princeton to have landscapes like that, and in Hopewell we are lucky to have St. Michaels Farm Preserve, and the marvelous view where you stand on top of that hill and look down.”

 

Greenway Meadows in Princeton, where the poetry trail is located, and St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell are among the 281 properties permanently protected by D&R Greenway Land Trust.  As Vice-Chair of the land trust’s board of trustees, Marchand played a key role in protecting lands where people can enjoy the outdoors. Run, Phyllis, run.

 

Edie Howard, who with her husband Charlie preserved a 35-acre farm in Montgomery, also finds magic and healing in nature. Strong and fit, she was startled to get a diagnosis of cancer. She found it helpful to have a vision of a rainbow with butterflies and flowers and birds and sunsets.

 

“There are times when the human spirit needs to experience the beauty, peace, excitement, mystery and connectivity of the natural world,” says Howard. “By stopping to smell the roses, to stand in awe of a beautiful sunset, to delight in the antics of a flock of bluebirds, and to explore all the emotions unleashed by the rainbow of colors that surround us, our spirits can absorb positive energy. The uplifted spirit becomes a powerful force that makes each day an opportunity for healthier living.”

 

When Lyn Ransom began chemotherapy in 2005, the only place she wanted to be was outdoors. “As soon as I got home from the hospital, I would put on some old clothes, put a chair in the shade and sit still, breathing in nature, thinking no thoughts, just feeling the soft air, the peace of the woods, the comings and goings of butterflies and squirrels,” she says. “I would sit like that for two hours, then I could be ready to eat and carry on with life. The contrast of the infusion room with the outdoors in summer was absolutely essential to my health and well-being.”

 

As the months of therapy progressed nature became more of a symbol of wholesome life for her. “I wrote a lot of songs and poems at the time, and nature images showed up often—geese, foxes, bears, streams, mountains, trees, times of day. In the struggle to accept my compromised situation, I could always pull up an image from nature to help see me through.” At the February 25 Natural Healing program she will sing some of those coping songs including  “Reed Point,” “The Old Grey Goose is Gone” and “Let’s Go Swimming with the Polar Bears.”

 

Ten years after her diagnosis, Ransom continues to spend a half hour every morning gazing at the woods and her pond, running and hiking when she can. “When I get too tired trying to keep up with medical appointments and my life, an hour in the woods brings me back to calm.”

 

Nancy Minich is both a horticultural therapist and landscape architect who frequently speaks on and writes about nature’s healing powers. She has taught at Philadelphia University and Delaware Valley College and currently teaches a program “Designing for Special Populations” at the New York Botanical Garden.

 

“This program is a perfect fit for us at D&R Greenway, since we welcomed the YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center to our conservation campus last fall,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “Our preserved lands offer places to breathe in the air that rustles through the trees, hear the sound of rushing water or the songs of migrating birds, and be in a peaceful healthy environment. Many medical studies have proven the power of nature to heal.  This program will show the reality of that, and bring hope and inspiration to all who attend.”

 

 

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 27TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey.   Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved close to 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.

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Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Partners with Trenton Community A-TEAM to put the art in "pARTy"

WEST WINDSOR, NJ --- On April 30, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is partnering with the Trenton Community A-TEAM (TCAT), a newly formed 501(c)(3) organization, to put the art in "pARTy."

 

The TASK and TCAT inaugural "pARTy" will take place at the Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 6pm–10pm.  The Windsor Athletic Club is the event's primary underwriting sponsor.

 

"TCAT started as a small arts program at TASK and grew so large that the soup kitchen could no longer contain it. So we're now celebrating its next big step together," said Jaime Parker, Board member of TCAT and Manager of Programs at TASK. 

 

"Our April 30 'pARTy' is our first joint fundraising event and we are extremely excited to join them in celebrating their new 501(c)(3) status," said Dennis Micai, TASK Executive Director. "We are enormously proud of this group of talented, self-taught local artists and we are excited for what the future holds for them."

 

Tickets to the event are $50 per person. The "pARTy" will feature savory small-plate offerings from a host of local restaurants and caterers, delicious desserts, exotic nonalcoholic beverages, lots of live entertainment, art by local artists, a silent auction, and more!

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available, as well. For more information, please contact J Steinhauer, TASK Community Relations and Development Coordinator, at (609) 695-5456 ext. 108 or JSteinhauer@TrentonSoupKitchen.org.

 

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Princeton Day School Announces New Varsity Boys Soccer Coach: OLIVER HILLIKER

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director of Athletics Tim Williams announced today that Oliver (Ollie) Hilliker will be the new boys varsity soccer coach at Princeton Day School.

Coach Hilliker comes to PDS, most recently, from New Hope-Solebury High School, where he has spent the past 5 years as head coach of the varsity boys team, winning a state title as well as four District 1 championships.

In addition, Coach Hilliker has served as the Assistant Director of Coaching for Princeton Soccer Association since 2009, where his team won a USL Super Y North American Championship in 2011.

Originally hailing from the U.K., Coach Hilliker also has extensive playing experience, with the semi-professional football clubs Rhyl and Prestatyn Town, and with John Moore’s University in Liverpool. He holds a UEFA “B” Coaching License as well as a Premier Diploma, an Advanced National Diploma, and a Director of Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA.

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Watershed Applauds Action by Princeton Council to Oppose New Pipeline Proposal

February 8, 2016 (Pennington, NJ) –  Members of the Princeton Council adopted a resolution tonight to oppose an application by the Transcontinental Pipe Line Company (Transco) to modify the permit they received from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to construct the Skillman Loop. Transco seeks to eliminate a permit requirement that they use a technique called "horizontal directional drilling" to tunnel under wetlands and steams in neighboring Montgomery Township. The company proposes instead to "trench" through these sensitive habitats, a technique known to cause far more environmental damage.

The resolution highlights concerns over the loss of wetlands and the increased potential for flooding and water degradation. Additionally, the resolution notes that "Transco has also caused noise pollution and violated Princeton and Montgomery's rules on permitted hours of operation."

"The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association would like to thank the Princeton Council for its leadership on this important issue," said Jim Waltman, executive director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. "We are grateful that Princeton's leaders have spoken out against Transco's proposal, which would damage important environmental resources for 1,200 feet of unnecessary pipeline."

A public hearing on Transco's request will be held by NJ DEP on Thursday, February 11 at:

Montgomery Upper Middle School
375 Burnt Hill Road
Skillman, NJ 08558

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Registration is Open for Summer Programs at Princeton Day School

Though it seems hard to believe, with snow currently in the forecast, summer will eventually arrive. Why not focus on the sunnier, warmer side of things by checking out the programs scheduled for this summer at Summer Programs at Princeton Day School.

Registration is Open! Click here.

This year, we are delighted to again offer Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp and Panther Mini-Camp, as well as a wide array of enrichment programs to campers entering grades PreK through 12. Some new programs include Bee-bot Fun, 3-D Printing, Makey Makey Circuitry Camp, Introduction to Birding, and Scrapbooking.

From programs in Creative and Culinary Arts to STEM Camps to Outdoor Adventures to a host of Athletics Camps, there is truly something for everyone, and a million ways to enjoy summer.

Come to an open house to learn more on Sunday, February 28, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. at Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Rink. There will be campus tours, a brief informational session, and a family fun skate. For further questions or to RSVP for the Open House, please call 609-279-2700.

Summer Programs at Princeton Day School is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited program held accountable for up to 300 standards that include and go beyond state licensing.

Think Summer!

Summer Programs at Princeton Day School

 Summer Programs at Princeton Day School 
650 Great Road Princeton, NJ 08540 
Phone: 609.279.2700

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Happy Hour at The Peacock Inn Mon-Fri

Join us for Happy Hour 
Every Monday - Friday 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Featuring Discounted  
Small Plates, Classic Cocktails, & Wine 
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Tequila / Triple Sec /
Fresh Lime Juice / Salted Rim
Happy Hour at The Peacock Inn will only be available at the bar.
The Peacock Inn | (609) 924-1707 | 20 Bayard Lane | Princeton, NJ
 
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Pennington Players Bring "The Diary of Anne Frank" to Kelsey Theatre

 

[West Windsor, N.J.] – The Pennington Players are bringing the classic play, The Diary of Anne Frank, to the stage of Kelsey Theatre.  Performances are March 11, 12, 18, 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm and March 13 & 20, 2016, at 2:00 pm.   Kelsey Theatre is located on the Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on March 11.  There will be a special talk back session with the cast and crew held after the 8 pm performance on Friday, March 18.  

 

A story ingrained in world history, it's easy to forget that The Diary of Anne Frank developed out of the personal journal of a young girl learning to become a woman in 1940s war-torn Amsterdam. Written while she, her family, and four others hid from the Nazis, Anne Frank's diary has prevailed for generations as a tribute to the human spirit.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Tony and Critics Circle Awards for best play, The Diary of Anne Frank was adapted for the stage by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett from the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank.   Wendy Kesselman provided a new adaptation of the Goodrich and Hackett play in 1997.  

 

The haunting and beautiful stories recorded in Anne Frank's remarkable diary have become a significant tool for understanding one of the darkest periods of our history.  A testament to the human spirit and its young author's "boundless desire for all that is beautiful and good," the play illuminates Anne's unwavering belief in justice and love while in hiding for more than two years during World War II.  This moving, true story is essential viewing for every generation.

 

"The Diary of Anne Frank is a great testament to living in the present," shared Judi Parrish, the play's director. "It is set in one of history's darkest time periods, but out of that comes incredible light and hope from the strength of Anne's spirit.  Just imagine the books and commentaries Anne Frank might have written had she survived!  Anne's diary has as much meaning for us today and it did when it was first written.  We should not forget the past, it informs the present and guides the future!   This is a story we are honored to tell."

 

Leading the cast as the inimitable "Anne" is Isabel Kinney of Cranbury.   Isabel was last seen on the Kelsey stage in 2013 as Helen Keller in the Pennington Players' production of The Miracle Worker, which was also directed by Judi Parrish.   Completing the Frank family are Jack Bathke of Robbinsville, as Otto Frank; Sara Thier of Newtown, PA, as Edith Frank; and Gabrielle Cody of Lawrenceville, as Margot Frank.   The others hiding in the attic are Paul Cohen of Newtown, PA, as Hermann Van Daan; Alana Caraccio of Doylestown, PA, as Petronella Van Daan; Evan Braasch of Bordentown as Peter Van Daan; and Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, PA, as Albert Dussel.    The protectors of those in hiding are the kindly Miep Gies who saved Anne's diary, played by Kyla Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, PA; and Mr. Kraler, played by Sheldon Zeff of Newtown, PA.  

 

In addition to director Judi Parrish of West Trenton, the production team includes Sally Page of Princeton as producer and costumer; lighting designer M. Kitty Getlik of Hamilton; properties by Dottie Farina of Hamilton; with Vicki Kaiser of Cranbury as the stage manager.   Set and sound design are also by Judi Parrish. 

 

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children.  Tickets are available online, www.kelseytheatre.net, or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater. 

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Recent Immigration Activity in Princeton

Since earlier this year, the Princeton Department of Human Services has been working with local community organizations to bring information and resources to Princeton's immigrant community regarding the recent wave of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids happening throughout the nation. The purpose was to educate community members on their rights and what to do in the event of an ICE raid.

On Thursday, the Princeton Police Department learned about an ICE raid that occurred on Wiggins street where ICE agents detained two men. The agents were reported to be waiting outside the home, at 5:00 am, waiting for someone to exit. We have been working alongside the Police Department and community partners to get more information about this ICE activity. Human Services and the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) have been in touch with the other residents on Wiggins street to offer assistance and support as needed.

We recognize that these are s tressful times for our community and our residents. While we continue to find more information and assist these individuals, below is some important information:

Helpful information hand outs regarding Know Your Rights and ICE raids is available at the Hum an Services office and on the town's website. These materials can help you and your family/friends/relatives best prepare in the event of an ICE raid.

Difficult as it is, we suggest remaining calm.

Keep personal and important documents in a safe and priv ate place. Do not carry your home country passport or your consular card. This is best to ke pt away as it can raise flags if that document is provided to an ICE agent as form of identification.

When asked for an ID please show your Mercer County ID. If y ou don't have one, the card is offered at the Princeton Public L ibrary on Thursdays from 12 pm – 2 pm and again from 5 pm – 7 pm on the 2 nd floor (Room 232) of the Library. One must bring proof of identification (passport, cé dul a) and proof of address - lease, utility bill, bank statement.

In the event of a raid, please contact the Human Services office. The department can link family members of a detained person to community organizations that can help you. There are services available that can assist you locate your family member, find legal assistance, offer support for those left behind without a parent/spouse/caregiver as a result of a raid. There is assistance available that can help connect you with your family member/relative in the dete ntion center to offer them assistance and support.

If you want more information and have any questions, please contact or visit our office at 609 - 688 - 2055 or at One Monument Drive in Princeton

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The Traveling Barbers - "Hair Professionals For The Disabled" - Come to Princeton

Princeton, New Jersey – As the leaders in in-home hair care for the disabled, The Traveling Barbers "Hair Professionals For The Disabled", have finally arrived in the Princeton, New Jersey area.

The Traveling Barbers "Hair Professionals For The Disabled" aims to provide as many people with special-needs in Princeton as possible with in-home hair care services. These home hair care services are for the people that aren't able to jump in the car and drive down to the local barbershop or salon; and for the ones who may have a disability that is not conducive to the atmosphere in the barbershop or salon.

The Traveling Barbers was founded in the city of Trenton, New Jersey by C.E.O Cory Thomas, whose father happens to be disabled due to having his leg amputated due to complications with diabetes. After his father's surgery Cory saw that his dad wasn't able to do a lot of the simple physical day to day things that he was use to doing. One of the things he had trouble with was walking to the barbershop for his monthly haircut that he'd always get every beginning of the month. He was still experiencing pain and discomfort from his procedure  so him making the usual trip to the barbershop was out of the question. Thats the moment when Cory realized he had had a close friend who just happened to be a barber. His barber friend had proceeded to do him a favor and came to the residence of his father and provided him with a haircut, which turned him back into the groomed guy he was accustomed to being.

Realizing that there had to be others out there with disabilities who also had this problem was when The Traveling Barbers "Hair Professionals For The Disabled" was created. For a small fee disabled males and females no longer have to encounter barriers when seeking professional hair care services. Also, The Traveling Barbers is doing HALF-OFF all services before the Valentines Day holiday.

"These guys have got the right idea, it's a big help for someone like me who can't drive because of my disability," disabled Army Vet Robert Stone.

 

 


 

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Delightfully Ghoulish “Addams Family” Comes to Kelsey Theatre Feb. 26 to March 6

West Windsor, N.J.  – A generation ago, they were the quirkiest, hippest family on television. Today, they are the stars of a Broadway musical that’s coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre in February. “The Addams Family,” in all its devilish and delightful absurdity, is presented by Playful Theatre Productions Friday, Feb. 26 and March 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 27 and March 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 28 and March 6 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening show on Feb. 26.

Meet the Addams Family, the ghoulish misfit clan that is happily insulated from the “normal” world until darling daughter Wednesday brings home Lucas, the boy of her dreams. He’s from an upstanding Ohio family that is about to get a window into a weirder way of life when he and his parents go to dinner at the Addams’ mansion. Everyone will have to give a little – and change a little – if the young couple is going to make it work.  First produced on Broadway in 2010, the show’s original cast starred Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth and was created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The Kelsey cast stars Elio Lleo of Princeton as Gomez Addams; Cat Tierney of Princeton as Morticia Addams; Shannen Doyle of  Kendall Park as Wednesday Addams; Josh Silverstein of Richboro, Pa., as Pugsley Addams; Justin Giachetti of Robbinsville as Uncle Fester Addams; Linda Joan Brown of Newtown, Pa., as Grandma; and Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park as Lurch. Wednesday’s boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, is played by Zach Mazouat of Bloomfield; Jaimie McMillin of Bordentown is his mom, Alice, and Kurt Penney of Pennington is his stuffy dad, Mal Beineke.

Featured in the ensemble as the ancestors are: Kaitlyn Anthony of Bordentown, Rachel Benoit of Trenton, Chris Bey of Hamilton, Vianna Fagel of Lambertville, Lucinda Fisher of Flemington, Matthew Immordino of Pennington, Eric McNeill of Yardley, Pa., Emily O’Sullivan of Hamilton, Sasha Saco of Hamilton, and Liam Smith of Yardley, Pa.

The production team includes Director Frank Ferrara, Musical Director Shannon Ferrara, Associate Musical Director Michael Gilch, Stage Managers Ruth Kresge and Nancy Scharf, Producers Hilary Leboff and Suzanne Smith, and Choreographer Rachel Tovar.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $16 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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This Week at Princeton Public Library

Monday, February 8
7:30 p.m.
Launch Party: "Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems" (edited by Ellen Foos, Vasiliki Katsarou, and Lynne Shapiro)
Selected poems from the new anthology published by Ragged Sky Press will be read. A poem by Nobel Prize-winner Tomas Tranströmer is among the works by established and emerging poets along with poems by Elaine Equi, Tony Hoagland, Naomi Shihab Nye, James Richardson, Charles Simic, Virgil Suárez and many others. Coffee and chocolate will be served. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library, Delaware Valley Poets and the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative.
ALSO ON FEB. 8
11 a.m., Letra Pequena
7 p.m., Intro to Programming: JavaScript
7 p.m., Writing Workshop
 
Tuesday, February 9
7 p.m. 
Book Launch:  Idra Novey
The author, who teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University, reads from her debut novel, "Ways to Disappear." A combination of mystery, romance, noir and humor, the book takes readers on a wild romp from snowy Pittsburgh to sultry Rio.  Ploughshares named "Ways to Disappear" among the best books of the new year and Novey was recently selected as on of Interview Magazine's "16 Faces of 2016."  Novey is the author several poetry collections and her latest effort,"Exit, Civilian," was selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into seven languages and featured on NPR as well as in magazines such as Slate and The Paris ReviewA book signing and reception will follow the talk and reading. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FEB. 9
4 p.m.,  Chess
4 p.m.,  Homework Help
Services Spotlight
 
Once again this year, the library is among locations where free help is available for preparing and filing electronic federal and New Jersey income tax returns. Co-sponsored by the library and AARP,  the help is for seniors and people of low and moderate income by appointment.  Appointments will be scheduled on Monday mornings through April 11. Help is available for non-complex, individual returns only. Participants should bring a copy of their 2014 return and documentation for 2014 current year income and expenses that may be deductible. Appointments may be scheduled through noon by calling 609.924.9529, ext. 1220.
 
Wednesday, February 10
7 p.m.
Holiday Cook, Book and Blog
Select a dessert recipe to make and bring from either "The Pioneer Woman" blog or "The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations" by Ree Drummond. Liz Ferry will lead a discussion on how blogs have changed the world of cooking and baking while we sample your culinary creations. Conference Room
ALSO ON FEB. 10
4 p.m.,  Acting Out
7 p.m., Promoting Yourself Beyond Your Business Card

 
Thursday, February 11
"Freeheld" trailer
7 p.m.
Film: "Freeheld"
Julianne Moore stars as a dying veteran police detective who lobbies county freeholders to allow her surviving domestic partner (Ellen Page) to inherit her pension. Based on the 2007 documentary on the lives of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FEB. 11
10:30 a.m., Fiction Book Group
 
 
Friday, February 12
 
9:45 a.m.
Job Seekers Session: Discovering Your True Purpose
In this highly interactive presentation, Terrence Seamon will guide you through a series of exercises that will lead you in the direction of greater clarity around your calling, your purpose, and the work you were meant to do. With this insight, you will be able to design your own personally branded value proposition. This will be a fun and useful session where you can expand your network, share knowledge with your peers, and take away highly relevant and beneficial insights and perspectives from experts in the marketplace.
 
Co-sponsored by the library and Professional Service Group of Mercer County.
 
ALSO ON FEB. 12
Saturday, February 13
2 p.m. 
Chinese New Year Celebration
Princeton High School Mandarin language teacher Shwu-Fen Lin and the school's Chinese Club Chinese Language classes with the Princeton Chinese Language School host a celebration of the Year of the Monkey with traditional music and instruments, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, dance, games and crafts. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton High School Chinese Club.
ALSO ON FEB. 13
11:30 a.m.,  Spanish Stories
2 p.m.,  Go Between Club
 
 
Sunday, February 14
3 p.m.
Love ... According to the Great American Songbook
Singer Katie Welsh and pianist Emily Whitaker, both 2015 graduates of Princeton University, perform favorite love songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman and more. Community Room
 
ALSO ON FEB. 14
4 p.m.,  ESL Class
 
 
Upcoming
 
Feb. 15, 7 p.m.,   Film: "Burnt"
Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m.,   Advanced Excel
Feb. 17, 7 p.m.,  Angus Deaton
Feb. 19 6 p.m.,  Film: "Paper Towns"
Feb. 20, 2 p.m.,   Wordpress for BeginnersSession 1
 

Mediterra's Valentine's Day Weekend

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend with Mediterra

Saturday: Valentine’s Day menu offered a la carte & as a four course tasting menu

with optional wine pairing

Sunday: Four course tasting menu only with optional wine pairing

$75 per person includes a glass of sparkling Rosé

Same menu available a la carte Sunday in the Bar only

book your table here or call 609.252.9680 seating is limited

Valentine's Day Menu

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February Spa & Stay Package at The Peacock Inn

Enjoy a romantic Spa and Stay Package at The Peacock Inn and Metropolis Spa & Salon during February!

We are offering (2) exclusive packages for couples. See package options.

Metropolis Spa & Salon, located in Princeton, provides a peaceful haven to restore harmony and balance, cultivating health and well being from within.

The package is available for couples only from Tuesday - Saturday through the month of February.

Please call The Peacock Inn to book your romance package!

 

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Valentine's Day Dine & Stay Package 2016 at The Peacock Inn

Make it a memorable Valentine's Day this year and treat your loved one to an intimate dinner & overnight stay at Princeton's exclusive fine dining restaurant & luxury boutique hotel!

We are offering a Valentine's Day Dine & Stay Package starting at $599++! This package includes an overnight stay in our 16-room luxury boutique hotel, 3-course dinner for two at one of the top fine dining restaurants in New Jersey, bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne & chocolate covered strawberries in the guest room, and wake up to a continental breakfast for two.

Package Dates: 2/13/16 & 2/14/16

We look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with you and your loved one! Please call the Front Desk for additional information on pricing and they will assist you in booking your reservation.

 

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Valentine Dining Options at Mistral

Mistral is offering a variety of options for lovers. On Friday, February 12th, choose between their a la carte dinner menu or enjoy their Valentine’s Weekend four-course, prix-fixe menu available through February 14, with optional wine pairing; $85; wine pairing an additional $49. The Mistral Bar will be open for small bites, lunch, dinner and cocktails on Saturday. Brunch will be served on Sunday from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Dinner from 3 to 10 PM. Reservations: 609-880-8808.

 

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FREE Tax Filing AARP Tax-Aide to Hopewell Valley Residents

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be available to help Hopewell Valley residents prepare their 2015 tax returns and answer tax questions. Appointments will be available between 1:30pm and 4:30pm on the following dates: February 24, March 9, March 30, and April 6.

This service is provided by local AARP volunteers with special attention to residents age 60 and over. Residents are asked to bring all relevant financial information and tax forms to their appointments. Appointments are required. Please call (609)737-0605, ext. 668  to make an appointment or for more information. All appointments will be held at the Hopewell Valley Senior Center, 395 Reading St., Pennington.

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Artworks Trenton to Open Three New Exhibitions in March

 
TRENTON, NJ, 2/6/2016 - Artworks Trenton, a leading visual arts center in central New Jersey, is pleased to announce the opening of three new exhibitions in the month of March.
The Main Gallery will host our 3rd Annual Juried Print Exhibition, March 5 - April 2, 2016, with an opening reception on March 5th, from 6-8pm.
Printmakers selected from around the tri-state area will be exhibiting prints created using traditional, hand-pulled media or a hybrid of traditional hand pulled media in this juried exhibition.
Juror: Justin Staller
Justin received his BA from Penn State University, his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and his MS from Villanova University.  Justin specializes in 'non-toxic" or "green" methods of printmaking that are solvent free and focuses on the manipulation of the photo polymer film ImagOn.  Justin was awarded the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project from Bowdoin College, has presented at the PMA, The Print and Picture Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Fleisher/Ollman, Second State Press and the Print Center.  Justin has been a member of the collective studio Space 1026 for 10 years and has shown with space at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ICA Philadelphia, 96 Gillespie, Cinders Gallery, and The Print Center.   In addition to his teaching rotation, Justin also works as the Area Representative for the department of Art and Design, and is certified PA state counselor working with D/A clients.  He lives in Fishtown with his son and two cats.
 
The Community Gallery will host "It's All Wood". A series of Landscape and Cityscapes painted completely using wood stains and a Dremel, March 5 - April 2, 2016, with an opening reception on March 5th, from 6-8pm. 
Artist Sean Carney loves to work with unconventional materials. "I have been able to push the limits of wood stain through experimentation. I create washes using water to thin the stain and gain body by adding wood glue to the stain. I love when the viewer is intrigued by the medium, it creates a memorable moment. Sean's paintings look like traditional paintings from a distance but upon further inspection the gauging of the wood becomes more apparent. It is that textural revelation that brings his work to the next level. Sean has also collaborated with Artist Scott Madsen on a few of these pieces. "Scott is a fantastic artist that brings a different flair to our Art." 

 
The ArtLab Gallery will host the Annual Mercer County Youth Art Month, March 5 - April 2, 2016, with an opening reception on March 5th, from 4-6pm.
This exhibition is an Art Showcase of students, elementary to high school, from around Mercer County.  Arts Educator, Lora Durr, is the curator for this exhibition.
            
 
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ARTWORKS TRENTON
Trenton's visual arts center: connecting community, culture and creativity through the arts.
 
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Artworks, www.artworkstrenton.org, 19 Everett Alley ,at Stockton Street, Trenton, NJ 08611

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Nunsense...A-Men! Returns to New Hope Feb 12 & 13

From left to right: Louis Palena as Sr. Mary Amnesia, Michael Moeller as the Reverend Mother, David Whiteman as Sr. Mary Regina, Damian Bartolacci as Sr. Robert Anne and Jordan Brennan as Sr. Mary Leo in Nunsense...A-men!

 

Don your habits and grab your rulers, the Downtown Performing Arts Center and Curtain Up Productions will present the musical comedy Nunsense...A-men! for three special performances. Scheduled for Friday, February 12 at 7:30 and Saturday, February 13 and 2 pm and 7:30 pm, performances of Nunsense...A-men! will take place at the New Hope Arts Center located at 2 Stockton Avenue in New Hope, PA.

The original Nunsense opened off-Broadway in 1985 and became the second longest running off-Broadway show in musical theatre history, winning Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Book, Best Music and Best Production. With music, lyrics and book by Dan Goggin, Nunsense...A-men! is all of the fun of the original Nunsense with one slight twist, the characters are portrayed by men! Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken as they put on a talent show to raise money for their order. It seems that Sister Julia, Child of God accidentally killed most of the residents of the convent and it's up to Mother Superior, Sr. Mary Hubert along with Sr. Robert Anne, Sr. Mary Regina, Sr. Mary Leo and Sr. Mary Amnesia to raise the funds to bury the dead Sisters. Nunsense...A-men! promises to entertain audiences of all ages and religions and have audiences rolling in the aisles.

The cast of Nunsense...A-men! includes Louis Palena, Jordan Brennan, David Whiteman, Michael Moeller and Damian Bartolacci. All five actors are known to area theatergoers for their performances at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre over the past six summers. Louis Palena plays Sr. Mary Amnesia and was seen at the Open Air Theatre as Bobby Child in Crazy for You and most recently played the title character in Sweeney Todd. Michael Moeller portrays the Reverend Mother, Sr. Mary Hubert and appeared in the Open Air productions of Gypsy as Herbie and La Cage aux Folles as Zaza/Albin.  Jordan Brennan plays Sr. Mary Leo and made audiences chuckle this past summer as Patsy, the King's faithful manservant in Monty Python's Spamalot while David Whiteman who portrayed King Arthur in the same show will play Sr. Mary Regina. David is known for his annual portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Downtown Performing Arts Center's holiday production of A Christmas Carol. Rounding out the cast, Damian Bartolacci appears as Sr. Robert Anne and is seen annually as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol.

The Curtain Up Productions and Downtown Performing Arts Center production of Nunsense...A-men! will be performed at the New Hope Arts Center located at 2 Stockton Avenue in New Hope, PA. Performances are scheduled for Friday, February 12 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, February 13 and 2 pm and 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children age 12 and under and $12 for seniors 65 and older.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.downtownpac.com. All seats are general admission. For more information, directions and more visit www.downtownpac.com

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