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The New Jersey Water Color Society Presents 74th Annual Open Juried Exhibit this Fall

The New Jersey Water Color Society is proud to present the 74th Annual Open Juried Exhibition Sept.26 – Oct.30, 2016 at The Middletown Arts Center(MAC).  Entries will be accepted through our online entry process only from May 24 - August 8. See our website for prospectus www.NJWCS.org

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Celebrate Hopewell Cruise Night at Brick Farm Tavern June 3

Hopewell Cruise Night is Friday, June 3!

 

Doors open early at 4:00pm for the Lounge
and Outdoor Terrace

 

Come to the Brick Farm Tavern
for our take on a few classic cocktails.
Try one of these special bar offerings for $5.00:
 
~ BLINKER
~ SIDE CAR
~ OIL CHANGE
*see facebook for a list of ingredients...


130 Hopewell-Rocky Hill Road
Hopewell, NJ 08525
609.333.9200
brickfarmtavern.com

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Entrepreneur Brings WABOWLS to Pennington Market

Local Business Owner Offered Exceptional Opportunity

Wally Jacob, the founder of Wabowl, and the Pennington Quality Market, recently celebrated one month of offering his balanced meals to customers.

“When I first came into the Pennington Quality Market with my products, it was my first time pitching Wabowls to a grocery store. I was new to the business and nervous,” said Wally Jacob. “But I didn’t feel that way for long. They welcomed me into their family, helped me when I asked for it, and encouraged me to distribute samples as often as I could. It’s a special place where I feel just as much at home selling my product as the customers do who are buying them.”   

“Over the years we’ve partnered with local entrepreneurs and their products and have enjoyed watching them and their brands blossom into what they are today,” said Charlie Coward, PQM Store Manager. “A lot of our customers want healthy, tasty, and easy. Wally fills that demand with his All Natural and Vegan Wabowls. He’s a good salesman without being too aggressive. And, just like many of the small business owners who got their start here, he’s part of our family here at the Pennington Quality Market.”

About Wabowl:

After 15 years of creating and improving meals he couldn’t find outside his own kitchen, Wally Jacob offers you his All Natural and Vegan Wabowls, - affordable, nutritious, tasty, and balanced meals of greens, grains, beans, seeds, and protein, to go, with close to a 1:1:1 ratio of calories from carbs, protein, and fat. They are currently available at the Pennington Quality Market in Pennington, NJ, and PEAC Health and Fitness in Ewing, NJ.

About Pennington Quality Market:

Your community supermarket, where quality, service and selection are always available, every day of the week. Here at the independent, family-owned Pennington Quality Market, our focus is providing all sorts of top-quality food and specialty items.

For more information about Wabowl or the Pennington Quality Market visit www.wabowl.com or www.pqmonline.com

 

 

PHS Senior, Alumna Find Success as Authors

PHS senior Claire Schultz is recipient of a national writing award from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in recognition of her work "Requiem," which was ranked among the top one percent out of 32,000 submissions nationwide this year. Claire earned a Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2016 and has been identified by panels of creative professionals as the one most talented young artists and writers in the nation for her writing.

 

Keren Eisenzweig (PHS '08) has published a series of bilingual (French/English) children's books, adapted from the work of her favorite childhood author, Le Comtesse de Segur. Keren, who teaches elementary school age children English in France, completed a graduate degree in film in Paris after completing her undergraduate degree from Rutgers. She developed the bilingual series as a creative educational support for foreign language instruction. Among her inspirations were PHS English teachers who encouraged her from early on to write fiction.  For more information about Keren's books, visit  http://www.chattycat.fr/


 

 

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Summer Youth Ultimate Frisbee League in Mercer County Parks

Our youth league will be on Wednesday evenings starting June 29-August 17, from 6:30pm-8pm at the Quakerbridge fields. This is for boys and girls ages 10-15, and will include skills, drills and scrimmages for the first few weeks, with skills and league play over the last few weeks.  The cost for this league will be $60 (siblings get 10% off), and includes a disc and a jersey. There will also be games during the league picnic Saturday, July 23rd.  Rain make ups will be on Friday nights. There will be a skills clinic on June 22. This clinic will teach the basics of ultimate and is open to all kids whether you are registered for the league or not. Bring a friend and come try it out!

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WORTH Summer SAMPLE SALE Starts Today

Summer SAMPLE SALE starts today!
Everything is 40% off the rack

Tuesday 12noon - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 4pm - 8pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - by appointment

I have lots of clothes, size 2 - 14, so come and bring your friends!

 

1781 Stuart Road West, Princeton
cell: 415-637-7878

Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts Announces 49th Season of Free Concerts

Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts announces its 49th season of free chamber music concerts in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus.  Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets online this year!!

Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts will offer four free chamber music concerts to the public again this summer in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus.

This season features the Aizuri Quartet (with commentary by Prof. Scott Burnham) on Thursday, June 23; the Prima Trio (with piano, clarinet and violin) on Tuesday, June 28; the Ensõ String Quartet on Monday, July 18;  and Calmus, a vocal quintet on Wednesday, July 27.

Summer Chamber Concerts was founded in 1968 by music journalist, pianist and cellist Barbara Sand.   In the early years Ms. Sand readied the outdoor performance space by pruning tree branches. She recruited local children to sell lemonade and collect contributions. During the concerts the children sometimes perched in the trees to hear the music. To this day audience members recall sitting on the Graduate College lawn with blankets and picnic baskets.                                       

Renovations at the Graduate College—and the inconvenience of insects, imperfect acoustics and soaring humidity—prompted a change of venue in 1991 to Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.    

Funding for Summer Concerts is provided by individual contributors, foundations, local corporations and a grant from the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission.                    

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the Princeton University campus. 

Tickets are free and for the first time will be available online one week before each concerts through their website at www.princetonsummerchamberconcerts.org.  Remaining tickets will also be available “first come, first serve” at Richardson Auditorium Box Office on the night of each concert at 6:00pm. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Further information, including ticket information for those with disabilities, is at www.princetonsummerchamberconcerts.org or (609) 570-8404.

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Proposed D&R Canal Water Trail to be Unveiled at Annual Meeting

A proposed D&R Canal water trail will be the focus of the annual meeting of the D&R Canal Watch, to be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Muletenders’ Barracks in Griggstown.

 

Barbara Ross, Canal Watch vice president, and Don Griffin of the Mohawk Canoe Club will lead the audience on a fast-paced paddle down the D&R Canal of the future.

 

The illustrated talk will take the audience from Bulls Island to Lower Ferry Road in Ewing on the feeder canal and then from Cherry Tree Lane in Lawrence to DeMott Lane in Franklin along the main canal.

 

Recommendations for new trailheads as well as bridge modifications, portages, launches and signage will be highlighted as well as existing canal structures, communities, landscapes and waterways along the route.

 

The program is designed to introduce the public to the proposed D&R Canal Water Trail and gather suggestions and comments before it is presented to regulatory agencies. It is important that paddlers and other park users have a stake in the new venture.

 

Following the PowerPoint talk, the audience is encouraged to remain for refreshments and discussion of the future of both the canal park and the D&R Canal Watch.  Those interested in helping to promote, enhance and preserve the park are especially urged to attend. A brief business meeting will precede the program.

 

The barracks is located a 4 Griggstown Causeway, beside the canal, between River Road and Canal Road in Griggstown, Franklin Township.

 

 

 

 

 

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This Week at Princeton Public Library

MONDAY, MAY 30
 
The library is closed for Memorial Day.

 
TUESDAY, MAY 31
 

4 p.m.
Chess
Children can learn to play and practice chess at these weekly drop-in sessions led by Princeton High School Chess members. Story Room
 
 
DATABASE SPOTLIGHT
Looking for your next favorite book? Along with the readers-advisory skills they gain on the job, and their personal reading canon, our knowledgeable librarians rely on some external resources to provide customers with books they may never have discovered on their own. One such resource is NoveList, a comprehensive database of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, lists, author read-alikes and much more. Available anywhere and at any time of day, NoveList makes it easy to browse and find a book that matches your personal reading style. Browse by genre for current and forthcoming selections and even find a book with a certain feel or mood by browsing by appeal. Each selection also has a "Check the library catalog" link that will tell you whether the item is currently on our shelves. The menu bar provides quick access to these features, other popular pages and a "How Do I?" menu. Young readers will be happy to discover NoveList K-8, a resource that can be searched by genre and mood for teens, 9- to 12-year-olds and age 8 and under. Featured read-alikes are accessible, too. To find NoveList and NoveList K-8, choose Explore at the top of the library's home page. Then, under Research, select Databases A-Z.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
 

4 p.m.
Acting Out
Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to engage in dramatic activity (but only the good kind of drama), including discussions, games, and other fun activities. No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Story Room

ALSO ON JUNE 1
4 p.m., Homework Help

 
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
 
 
7 p.m.
Princeton Festival Preview
Singers from the opera and musical will perform scenes from "Peter Grimes" and "A Little Night Music." Discussion with the directors will follow. Community Room
 
Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.
Noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Mercer County ID Card Program
4 p.m., Homework Help
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
 
"The Lady in the Van" trailer
 
6:30 p.m.
Film: "The Lady in the Van"
In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years. 1 hour, 44 minutes. Part of the First Friday Feature series. Community Room
 
ALSO ON JUNE 3
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
 
 
11 a.m.
Cover to Cover Book Group
This reading group for fourth- and fifth-graders meets the first Saturday of every month during the school year to discuss books, short stories and other interests related to books. Activities include group reads, writing short book reviews and learning to post booklists in Bibliocommons. Registration is not required. Study Room 354
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
 
Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Original songs and covers of some favorites are performed by singers and songwriters from Central New Jersey in a showcase hosted by Rich Bozic of Bozic Voice Studio. Local favorites including Helen O'Shea, Garry Pearsall, Faith Chambers and the acoustic duo Autumn Dragonfly will be featured. Part of the Listen Local series. Community Room
 
ALSO ON JUNE 5
2 p.m., Mercer County ID Card Program
 
UPCOMING
 
June 6, 6 p.m., Film: "Six by Sondheim" 
June 7, 7 p.m.,   Princeton Festival Lecture
June 8, 7 p.m., Khalil Gibran Muhammad
June 9, 6 p.m.,   Film: "He Named Me Malala"
June 10, 6 p.m.,   Code for Princeton Civic Hackathon
June 11, 2 p.m.,   Go Between Club

French Jazz Violinist Returns to Hightstown June 10

Friday, June 10, 2016
Concert at 7:30 p.m.        Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
                 
Tavern on the Lake
101 N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ
                 
Cost
$20 per person
 
Jazz violinist Scott Tixier will perform at the Tavern on the Lake in Hightstown on Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Says virtuoso violinist and composer Jean Luc Ponty, "I have heard Scott's recordings, seen his live performances, and I think that he stands above the crowd of current jazz violinists around the world." The event is hosted by REJS Entertainment.            
 
Tixier is an inspired innovator and is quickly becoming known as the new voice of jazz violin. An award-winning recording artist, he was awarded "Rising Star Violin" in a recent Annual Downbeat Critics Poll.
 
He grew up in a suburb of Paris where his mother was a jazz dancer, his father an actor and producer. He began studying classical music at age three, and at age 13, he took up the jazz violin and never looked back.
 
Tixier has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of artists, including
Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Anthony Braxton, Josh Groban, Joss Stone, Gladys Knight, Ariana Grande, and Natalie Cole. His venues include Carnegie Hall, at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Apollo Theater, and the David Letterman Show.
 
He now lives in Brooklyn and travels the world as a performer. Guitarist Pat Metheny says Tixier "has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians." Two-time Grammy winner Marcus Miller reports that Tixier is "making an international name for himself."
 
The June 10th concert takes place at Tavern on the Lake, 101 North Main Street in Hightstown, NJ, in the large private nightclub-like upstairs room. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 first set. Drinks and dinner can be purchased. Cost of the concert is $20.
 
Check out REJS Entertainment's website: rejsjazz.com. In the past several years, REJS has been featuring acclaimed and upcoming jazz artists. The four REJS partners are Eric Thomas, Rich Jackson, James Freeman, and Jacque Howard. Howard hosts the radio program, "Trenton 365."

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Youth Stages Offers Local Summer Camps

Youth Stages is offering a summer camp at Millstone River School in Plainsboro- ACTING: Definitely Not Disney: Rapunzel, June 20-June 24 for ages 5-7. There are two sessions available: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00-4:00 PM. For more information, contact the West Windsor Plainsboro Community Education at 609-716-5030.
 
Youth Stages is offering a summer camp at the Otto Kauffman Community Center in Skillman- ACTING: Definitely Not Disney: Rapunzel, June 27-July 1 from 8:30-11:30 AM for ages 5-7 and 12:00-3:00 PM for ages 8-10. For more information, contact the Montgomery Recreation Department at 609-466-3023.

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June Community Events—Princeton HealthCare System

MONROE—Weight-loss Surgery: Is It Right for Me?
Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 6–6:30 p.m.
Location: 2 Centre Drive
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Join Lisa Dobruskin, MD, FACS, board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, for an overview of traditional and minimally invasive procedures—including laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic stomach banding—to help you make the choice that's right for you.

ROBBINSVILLE—The Aging Eye
Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Robbinsville Library, 42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Learn about how age impacts your eyes at this informative presentation led by Colleen Coleman, MD, board certified in ophthalmology and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System.

PRINCETON JUNCTION—Health Screenings at West Windsor Community Farmers' Market
Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Princeton Junction Train Station, Vaughn Drive Parking Lot (Alexander Road & Vaughn Drive)
Cost: Free

Health professionals from Princeton HealthCare System will offer free health screenings and information to area residents at the West Windsor Community Farmers' Market.

PRINCETON—Varicose Veins: Now You See Them, Now You Don't
Date: Tuesday, June 7
Time: 7–8 p.m.
Location: Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, 1225 State Road
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Join Elliot Sambol, MD, FACS, double board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, for an informative discussion on the latest minimally invasive and noninvasive treatment options for varicose veins and an overview of the Institute for Surgical Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton.

HAMILTON—AARP Smart Driver
Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Community Education & Outreach at the Hamilton Area YMCA, John K. Rafferty Branch,
1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 100, Conference Rooms A & B
Registration: Please call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members

Led by an AARP instructor, this program focuses on defensive driving techniques and other invaluable skills, and could result in a reduction in car insurance premiums and possible removal of up to two points from participants' New Jersey driving records.

MONMOUTH JUNCTION—Simple Steps to Healthier Living
Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: South Brunswick Municipal Center, 540 Ridge Road
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Join Jose Vigario, DO, board certified in internal medicine and Medical Director of South Brunswick Wellness Center; Lisa Dobruskin, MD, specializing in bariatric surgery, Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP); Jessica Wolcott, RD, certified in weight management; and a representative of Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center for an interactive discussion featuring practical advice as well as information about services offered through UMCP to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

HAMILTON—CarFit Checkup
Date: Thursday, June 9
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Community Education & Outreach at the Hamilton Area YMCA, John K. Rafferty Branch, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Parking Lot
Registration: Please call 1.888.897.8979 to schedule an appointment
Cost: Free

Drive your vehicle to this invaluable program designed for older motorists, and let a CarFit technician help you adjust your ride for a better fit, providing you with greater comfort and better vehicle control.

PRINCETON JUNCTION—Healthy Cooking Demonstration at the West Windsor Community Farmers' Market
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Location: Princeton Junction Train Station, Vaughn Drive Parking Lot (Alexander Road & Vaughn Drive)
Registration: None required
Cost: Free

Jane Schwartz, RD,
Outpatient & Community Education Dietitian at University Medical Center of Princeton, will be at the West Windsor Community Farmers' Market, whipping up delectable, springtime dishes using locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables available right there at the farmers' market.

EAST WINDSOR—Get Balanced: Don't Fall
Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 2–3 p.m.
Location: Hickory Corner Library, 138 Hickory Corner Road
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Attend this valuable session, led by Carolyn Schindewolf, Health Educator with Princeton HealthCare Community Education & Outreach and Matter of Balance instructor, to learn how to improve your balance and what you can do to prevent falls.

HAMILTON—Weight-loss Surgery: Is It Right for Me?
Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 6-6:30 p.m.
Location: Community Education & Outreach at the Hamilton Area YMCA, John K. Rafferty Branch, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 100, Conference Rooms A & B
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Join Lisa Dobruskin, MD, FACS, board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, for an overview of traditional and minimally invasive procedures—including laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic stomach banding—to help you make the choice that's right for you.

MONMOUTH JUNCTION—What You Need to Know About Hypertension
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 12:30–1:15 p.m.
Location: South Brunswick Wellness Center, 540 Ridge Road
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Attend this program, led by Srujana Polsani, MD, board certified nephrologist, and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, to learn what you can do to manage your blood pressure and the importance of taking control of your health.

HAMILTON—Free Vision Screenings
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 4–7 p.m.
Location: Community Education & Outreach at the Hamilton Area YMCA John K. Rafferty Branch, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 100, Conference Rooms A & B
Registration: Please call 1.888.897.8979 to make an appointment
Cost: Free

Princeton HealthCare System and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind: Project Prevention Unit will offer free vision screenings to uninsured or underinsured adults and children.

EAST WINDSOR—Are My Thyroid Issues Cause for Concern?
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: Hickory Corner Library, 138 Hickory Corner Road
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979.
Cost: Free

Weight gain, fatigue, depression, muscle aches, sleep problems, high cholesterol and low libido can all be signs that your thyroid is not working properly. Join Joseph A. DeBlasio Jr., MD, specializing in internal medicine, for an overview of common thyroid diseases including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid nodules. Dr. DeBlasio is a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System.

PRINCETON—Spirituality and the Lifecycle
Date: Friday, June 17
Time: 12–1 p.m.
Location: Suzanne Patterson Center at Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Join the Rev. Amy Seat, Hospice Chaplain, Princeton HealthCare System, to explore some of the spiritual challenges and opportunities that arise throughout different stages of life, with a special emphasis on the spirituality of older adulthood.

PRINCETON JUNCTION—Health Screenings at West Windsor Community Farmers' Market
Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Princeton Junction Train Station, Vaughn Drive Parking Lot (Alexander Road & Vaughn Drive)
Cost: Free

Health professionals from Princeton HealthCare System will offer free health screenings and information to area residents at the West Windsor Community Farmers' Market.

MONMOUTH JUNCTION—Pediatric Asthma: What You Need to Know
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Location: South Brunswick Wellness Center, 540 Ridge Road
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: Free

Learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for pediatric asthma at this informative program presented by Koel Guha, MD, a pediatric hospitalist and board certified pediatrician with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Newborn and Pediatric Care at University Medical Center of Princeton.

HAMILTON—Safe Sitter
Date: Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Community Education & Outreach at the Hamilton Area YMCA John K. Rafferty Branch, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 100, Conference Rooms A & B
Registration: Visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar or call 1.888.897.8979
Cost: $65 per child

This two-day class teaches adolescents, ages 11–13, the skills needed to ensure that Safe Sitter babysitters can keep the children in their care out of harm's way while their parents are away.

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Summer Camps @ Princeton Pong

8 Weeks to choose from beginning June 20th through September 2nd.
Camps for Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Children, Ages 8-14
Morning Session: 9 am - 12 pm, Afternoon: 1 pm - 4 pm, Full Day 9 am - 4 pm.
After care available until 6 pm for an additional fee.
Register now @ www.PrincetonPong.com or Call 609-987-8500
 

Sunday June 12th: Princeton Pong is having an Open House from 12 pm – 3 pm. 

Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy FREE open play and instruction from our coaches. 

As an added bonus, anyone who sign's up for a monthly or yearly membership that day will have the initiation fee of $45 waived from the contract. 

Any questions call 609-987-8500 or email ben@princetonpong.com.

 

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The Princeton Festival Opens 12th Season - 3 Weeks of Opera, Jazz, Film, Dance

The 2016 season of The Princeton Festival starts rolling this week with the best of a cappella vocal jazz, the preliminary rounds of the Festival’s annual Piano Competition for Young Performers, and two free events, an Artists Round Table and a Festival Preview.

 

The weeks ahead will be filled to the brim with Benjamin Britten’s great opera Peter Grimes, Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy A Little Night Music, jazz vocalist Cécile McLoren Salvant, Concordia Chamber Players, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Passion of Joan of Arc/Voices of Light, the classic silent film accompanied with a live performance of Richard EInhorn’s oratorio, baroque orchestra and choral concerts, an organ recital by Kristiaan Seynhave, and more free lectures and events

 

Festival events start moving on Wednesday, June 1 with an Artists Round Table. Members of the opera’s cast, director and production staff informally discuss how they work to make Peter Grimes come to life on stage.  Marian Burleigh-Motley, Head of Academic Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, moderates the discussion in the Erdman Center, Princeton Theological Seminary at 6:30pm.

 

The next evening, Thursday, June 2 brings another free event for Festival-goers, a preview of Peter Grimes and A Little Night Music with scenes performed by members of the casts and commentary by the directors at 7pm in the Princeton Public Library.

 

Break from Blue Collar and The Fonic present the best in all-male a cappella on Saturday, June 4 at 8pm in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall on the Princeton University campus. Break from Blue Collar’s mix of barbershop and rock and roll recently won awards at the Barbershop Harmony Society, Mid-Atlantic Division competition. In contrast, The Fonic, a five-man vocal band from New York City mixes pop, rock, and soul, and does them all with high style and beautiful blend.

 

Young pianists from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond gather on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 in the Clark Music Center at The Lawrenceville School for preliminary rounds of the Festival’s Piano Competition for Young Performers. They compete in six age categories for trophies and cash. The preliminary rounds for these amazing young pianists are free and open to the public from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The final round will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 3pm in Clark Music Center.

 

For more information about the three weeks of the Festival and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theater), visit www.princetonfestival.org. To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Students Participate at First Annual NBT Science Symposium

The first annual NBT Science Symposium  was  held at North Brunswick Township High School on Sunday May 22, 2016. The objective of the science fair was for students from the North Brunswick area to prove their talents  in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Pairs of students presented their hypothesis, demonstrations, and research to judges, parents and audiences. Our own CHPS grade 5 and 6 students were superstars! Aarav Gupta  teamed up with his friend, Aarav Hathiramani from Chapin School in Princeton, to win 2nd place in the middle school competition. Aarav and Aarav researched the Magnus Effect on spheres, then took it further to see if the effect held true on discs. With repeated trials and detailed study of data, Aarav and Aarav proved the Magnus Effect to not hold true to discs. Two of our fifth graders, Agni Rajinikanth and Anush Polamraju celebrated an esteemed first place for Best Research in Middle School.  

Brilliant work to all! Proclamations will be awarded to the winners to recognize their hard work in the coming weeks.

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New Exhibit at Morpeth Contemporary June 4 -30

The Oiseaux Sisters + Jane Dennis
June 4 - 30, 2016| Reception: Saturday, June 4, 5 - 7 pm
 
 
Rumpus:  Wishful Thinking, Civil Discourse features the work of the Oiseaux Sisters (Carolyn Fellman and Susan Andrews) and Jane Dennis, including their "colorful responses" to questions around politics, culture, the environment, and human interaction.
 
The Oiseaux (French for birds) Sisters migrate seasonally from their Cayuga County, New 
York studios to Gulfport, Florida with periodic detours abroad to Mexico, Europe and Asia. Their deliberately low tech, mixed media objects have been shown for decades in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Contemporary Craft Show.  Known for its humor and metaphor, their work is part toy shop, part stage set, part library, and part school.

Jane Dennis, who resides in Ithaca, NY, creates sculpture from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, paper, fabric, and acrylic paint, as well as recycled elements that add an element of uncertainty to the process. "The artist can't be in complete control," she says, "and used materials can create a new direction or refuse to budge."

Together in this exhibition they ask:  How to be a visual artist in this time of upheaval and change?  "Engage," the artists encourage. "Change comes. We are all agents of change. Look to your borrowed feathers. Locate those purloined gloves. Stop, look, listen and love anyway. Savor, salvage, spot the switcheroo.  Let the rumpus begin!"
 
above: The Contrarians: Ship Of State    
Susan Andrews & Carolyn Fellman, Carved and painted wood, modeling compound, toy parts, stamps, beads, found objects. 
This piece was made listening to campaign rhetoric on the studio radio.  The cart moves in either direction, capable of leadership by the elephant or mule.  The figures are repositionable, allowing Rachel Carson or the dice to also move into leadership positions.  Inspired by a vintage pull toy in our collection, this piece speaks to our frustration with the pandering and posturing of the candidates and the suspicion that the one being played with is we, the citizen-voters.
below: Gaurdian Birds, Carolyn Fellman, jumping jack, repurposed kitchen implements
 
 
43 West Broad Street Hopewell NJ 08525  |  609.333.9393  |  info@morpethcontemporary.com
 

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American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School and Westminster College of the Arts Are Dance Partners This Summer

Princeton, N.J. — Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University has added a Summer Dance Institute to its repertoire. Rider's established relationship with Princeton Ballet School will open the doors for students to experience their renowned classic ballet technique, while appreciating and exploring the rich diversity of the dance world. This newly offered 2-week program is developed for young dancers, ages 14-18, with varying skill levels and disciplines. Each day focuses on solid dance training to include bodywork, ballet, contemporary, and a completely different form of dance, all with ballet as the base.

 "Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, has been a leader in dance education for more than 60 years," says Vanessa Logan, Executive Director. "Our reputation, which is built upon our unique, philosophy that dance is for everyone with each individual nurtured in a safe and progressive way, is what attracts students of all levels to our programs. Based upon our successful international Summer Intensive program under the leadership of Artistic Director Douglas Martin, and our existing relations with Rider University, the newly established Summer Dance Institute couples Rider's distinguished dance program with Princeton Ballet School methods in an effort to expose even more young people to the wonderful world of ballet."

 The partnership between ARB's Princeton Ballet School and Rider University began over 20 years ago. This unique relationship has provided Rider University's collegiate dance majors and minors with enriching educational and artistic opportunities that may inspire these young students to pursue dance further. "The collaboration between two world class institutions—Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University and Princeton Ballet School—will allow us to train a future generation of artists and allow those interested in dance to delve into a wide variety of dance genres in a fun, supportive, and healthy environment," says Matthew Shaftel, Dean, Westminster College of the Arts.

 

The Summer Dance Institute will run from July 10 to July 23, Monday through Friday, 
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Rider's Lawrenceville campus. 
Tuition is $1,995 and includes room and board. To register or learn more about the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University Summer Dance Institute, visit rider.edu/summerarts
For additional information call 609-924-7416 or email summer@rider.edu.

 

For more information about American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School please visit: www.americanrepertoryballet.org/

 

American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

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Mercer County Park Commission Summer Nature Programs

Mercer County Park Commission

Summer 2016 Nature Programs

 

 

Kayak Tours of Mercer Lake

Friday, July 1, 8 & 29

Friday, August 12 & 26

Friday, September 9

Tours are from 9:30-noon, weather permitting

Rates:    In county- $25/person

                Out of county- $30/person

Enjoy a morning of paddling, exploration, and wildlife viewing during a Kayak Tour!  Participants will kayak along the lake shore and in the creeks and coves to encounter basking turtles, feeding songbirds and even carnivorous plants!  We provide all of the supplies needed for a morning of kayaking including binoculars and life vests.  Basic kayak instruction is provided before the tour.  For adults and children over 16 years old.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Pontoon Boat Nature Tours on Mercer  Lake

Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28

Thursday, August 4, 11 & 25

Thursday, September 1

                Tours run noon - 1:30 p.m. and 2 - 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Rates:

                In-County– Adults $10/person, Children & Seniors $8/person

                Out-of-County– Adults $12/person, Children & Seniors $10/person

This popular boat tour is a relaxing way to experience the flora and fauna of Mercer Lake.  View great blue herons, painted turtles and rose mallow in bloom from your seat on the boat!  Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Marina beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the tour.  Children must be at least 6 years old.  Boat seats 15 people.  For more information, please call (609) 448-4004.

 

First Friday Story Time

June 3, July 1 &  August 5  

10:30 a.m.

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

Donations Welcome

Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside, or outside if the weather is nice! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Bird In The Hand: Songbird Banding Program

Sunday, June 5, 19, &  26

8 - 10 a.m.          

Fiddler’s Creek Preserve

Adults-$20, Children (ages 6-14)-$10 

In May of 2016, a brand new bird banding station opened at the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve in Titusville! In addition to our scientific research goals, education and outreach are a major focus.  On specified Sunday mornings, we will open the bird banding operation for adults and families to experience the banding process first-hand.  Programs will provide the unique opportunity to visit an active banding station, learn from friendly field ornithologists, and see wild birds up close.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Family Bird Excursion: Naturally Friends

Sunday, June 5  

1 - 3 p.m.            

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

Join our Teacher Naturalist for family-style birding and discover some of the ways that our feathered friends help out with the farm chores. Children will participate in a “Bird Spotting Challenge”. Binoculars will be available.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Birds & Bagels

Friday, June 10  

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Hopewell Borough Park

Donations to Sourland Conservancy

Enjoy before school birding and bagels as part of Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play. On this morning, we’ll be surveying breeding birds in Hopewell Borough Park. Kids and adults are invited to experience field work, bird identification, and assist with bird counting.  The data collected during this survey will be used in the American Woodcock Habitat Restoration Project.  Binoculars and bagels will be provided. Registration required, email lcleveland@sourland.org.  Co-sponsored by the Sourland Conservancy.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Beetles in the Spotlight: Naturally Friends

Friday, June 24 

7:30 - 9 p.m.      

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

Meet a new suite of insects – those that appear for a nocturnal summer show!  With the farm fields as our stage, we’ll be inspecting all of the Farm’s bright lights for these radical bugs.  Join us for some shared time in the spotlight. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Lichen Walk

Saturday, June 25  

10 a.m. - noon  

Mercer Meadows @ Curlis Woods          

Free

Join lichenologist Dennis Waters for two hours of fun field work and learn how to identify some of the common lichens of Mercer County. Gain insight into the interesting lifestyles and ecological importance of lichens. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Turtle Tea Party

Sunday, June 26  

2 - 3:30 p.m.      

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

$5/person or $20/family

Enjoy a “turtley” awesome afternoon with your child at this tea party hosted by Tully and Cube, the Tulpehaking Turtles. Guests will play games, create their own party favor to take home, and enjoy a choice of herbal tea or juice and treats to eat while waiting for their up-close and personal visit with the live turtles themselves. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Christmas in July

Saturday, July 16  

1 - 4 p.m.            

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)

Donations Welcome

Give a gift to animals! The nature center will be accepting wish list items on behalf of two local wildlife charities to celebrate Christmas in July. Bring your donation for free admission to our holiday celebration with refreshing beverages, cookies, and the chance to make gifts for wildlife in your own backyard. Benefitting: The Mercer County Wildlife Center and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Annual Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 23

Afternoon (time TBD)   

Howell Living History Farm          

Free

Join our County Naturalist for the North American Butterfly Association’s (NABA) annual butterfly count!  During the survey, we’ll identify and tally individual species in the fields at Howell Farm.  The NABA count has been around since 1993, and monitors butterfly populations throughout the U.S.  For adults and children over 16 years old. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Butterfly Bonanza: Naturally Friends

Sunday, July 24  

1 - 3 p.m.            

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

As summer warms and the days lengthen, butterflies mix and mingle throughout Howell Farm’s fields. Get up close and personal with many different species and find out how these colorful, delicate insects benefit the farm with a butterfly net and scavenger hunt. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Dragonfly Walk

Sunday, July 31 

2 - 3:30 p.m.      

Spring Lake Entrance of Roebling Park   

$5/person or $20/family

Attune your eye to dragonfly behavior and diversity on this Naturalist-guided walk. With voracious appetites, dramatic lifestyle and flying ability, these predators in the sky are sure to please! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Artifacts Show-n-Learn

Saturday, August 13  

1 - 4 p.m.            

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

Free

Think you might have discovered Native American or historic artifacts in your own backyard? Bring your finds to be identified by archaeologists from the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. Noted archaeologists who excavated at the nature center and around our region will talk about important local sites and present displays of Native American and historic artifacts. No monetary appraisals will be given. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Night Hike: Naturally Friends

Friday, August 26  

7:30 - 9 p.m.      

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

The horses and sheep may be in for the evening, but that doesn’t mean the farm is asleep!  Tune up your night vision and join our naturalists and farmers for a walk through the barns, fields and lanes where the animals with nocturnal schedules are just starting their day! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.


 

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Come Together For Reunions & Graduation at Elements

Elements welcomes back Princeton University’s alumni and congratulates the class of 2016!  We will be open for dinner on Sunday May 29th and Monday May 30th, offering a five-course graduation dinner menu at $125 per person. Reservations are available from 4:00PM – 9:30 PM.

To reserve, call us at 609.924.0078 or click below

Check Out The Menu

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Streets of Princeton to Dazzle with Sounds of Antique, Elaborate Mechanical Organs Aug. 6 & 7

Princeton, NJ, August 6-7, 2016; Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA) and Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA) will combine with a band organ rally, and annual international convention to bring 100-year old large, ornate, elaborate mechanical organs to the streets, squares, and parks of Princeton for a wonderful weekend of music.

Normally originally associated with carousels, fairgrounds, skating rinks and other art and musical venues, these magnificent instruments are owned by collectors in all parts of the country and the world who lovingly maintain and restore them. During the summer, the enthusiast organizations to which most of these people belong bring them to various cities and sites for a musical and art cultural exhibition of sights and sounds for each other and the public to enjoy.  Princeton for the first time will be the beneficiary of this event!

The instruments range from small “crank, grind or monkey organs” which one cranks to make music from the organ pipes and percussion, to the largest trailer-mounted organs that duplicate the feat of large marching bands or concert orchestras.  All play from large paper rolls or punched cardboard.

The music ranges from old, vintage, period tunes and standards to today’s greatest hits in popular, classical, dancehall, and all types of music.  Visitors are not only mesmerized by the great orchestral sounds, but also by the elaborate, colorful, and beautiful carved facades.

These instruments will play 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7.  There will be interpretive desks and exhibits to educate and inform the public what they are seeing and hearing, and even the chance to join the two sponsoring organizations, AMICA and COAA.

On Saturday morning at 10 am, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, located across Nassau Street from Palmer Square, a one-hour multi-media presentation and orientation will be presented to the public to learn all about this wonderful music, the organizations, and their history.

During the week, AMICA will be holding its convention at the Nassau Inn, taking tours of the area, visiting notable collections of these instruments, and having a hospitality room at the Nassau Inn.  That room will be open to the public most days and will display several of the coin-operated nickelodeons that make up another part of this great music and history. A docent will be available to explain and demonstrate these instruments.

Several hundred members of the two organizations will be visiting Princeton and the surrounding area for nearly a week to enjoy these activities.

This event is produced and organized by notable collector Glenn Thomas for both organizations, with the cooperation and support of the Princeton Arts Council, Palmer Square, YMCA, and several other merchants and civic organizations.

More information on the web sites of the two organizations: www.amica.org and www.coaa.us

Contact:

Glenn Thomas

Wurlitzer165@gmail.com

908 447-9724

 

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