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Hopewell Valley Arts Council Announces Fourth Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve Oct 10-14

 

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – In its fourth year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Amazing Pumpkin Carve is a must-not-miss, art-filled weekend of fun in the heart of the Hopewell Valley. The Amazing Pumpkin Carve will run from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Woolsey Park in Titusville.

Visitors will be wowed by massive 150-pound pumpkin sculptures carved by local artists. New this year: the artists have access to electricity! With cool lighting and motion opportunities now added to their creations, this year’s pumpkin carve will be electrifying! Another group of creative folks will adorn scarecrows to add to the display.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is much more than a jaw-dropping display of artistic talent etched in enormous pumpkins. Courtyard fun will include a humongous hay bale playground, pumpkins for sale at the pumpkin patch, paint-a-pumpkin craft tent, fun photo ops, fire pits with s’more kits and cider, goodies to eat, and more! Special events throughout the weekend include a pet costume parade (Wed. and Thurs.), evening storytelling around fire pits (Fri. and Sat.), “Thriller” and “Time Warp” performed by The Pennington Studio for Dance and Creative Arts (Saturday), Hopewell Valley Fire Safety Open House (Sat.), and an ever-popular cornhole tournament (Sun.).

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate autumn in Hopewell Valley while supporting the many talented artists who call this region home. For more information and the full schedule of all this fantastic fall fun, visit the Hopewell Valley Arts Council website at www.hvartscouncil.org.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is open for only five days: Wed. to Sun., October 10-14 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Courtyard entry: Adults, $10; Seniors, $8; Ages 11-18, $5; Under 10, FREE. Come more than once and get a discounted rate! Hours and activities vary, so visit the HV Arts Council’s website for details: www.hvartscouncil.org.

This event is hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Ticket proceeds benefit the HV Arts Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria and to fund other arts-related programs of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

2019 Dates Announced - At the Well Ninth Grade Weekend Intensive & Leadership Academy

Ninth Grade Weekend Intensive
August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019
 
At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy
 
July 21, 2019 - August 2, 2019
 
 
Apply for early admission to the Leadership Academy!
 
Watch your mail for a special invitation in November.
 
 
 
 
Please stay in touch!
646-592-1488
 
 
 

Womanspace Announces Communities of Light Honorary Chair

September 6, 2018 – Pam Mount, owner and operator of Terhune Orchards, has been named the 17th AnnualCommunities of Light™ Peace Begins At Home Honorary Chair. Pam is an avid conservationist and agrotourism leader in New Jersey. Womanspace is thrilled to be working with Pam, a longtime supporter of Communities of Light and active member of the Mercer County community.

 

In addition to her role at Terhune, Pam has served on numerous state and local councils and boards, including the Lawrence Town Council, NJ Clean Air Council, New Jersey Agricultural Society, Sustainable Jersey, Sustainable Lawrence, Lawrence Community Foundation, and the National Guard Family Readiness Council. Pam also served as mayor of Lawrenceville, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the South Pacific. Pam was honored by the New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals (NJSWEP) for her efforts to promote environmental sustainability in the local community and beyond, and has been honored for her Sustainable Jersey work. In 2012, NJBiz Magazine named her one of the top 50 women in business. Pam has three children and nine grandchildren. Her daughters Tannwen and Reuwai are now partners in the farm business.

 

Pam stated, “I look forward to serving as the honorary chair of Womanspace’s 2018 Communities of Light. This annual campaign allows local businesses and residents to come together and shine a light onto the tough issues of domestic and sexual violence. It is important that we support and show solidarity with victims, and encourage the vital and lifesaving work of Womanspace.”

 

The Communities of Light campaign occurs every October in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Beginning with our launch event on October 23, we encourage businesses, neighborhoods, and community organizations to purchase luminary kits, raise awareness of Womanspace’s services, and spread the message that“Peace Begins at Home.” The campaign concludes with a countywide luminary lighting on December 3, which serves as a powerful symbol of hope for those impacted by domestic and sexual violence in Mercer County.

Please join Womanspace for a free reception on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, New Jersey at 5:30 PM. All are welcome, but space is limited. Be sure to register by calling 609-394-0136 or emailing eat@womanspace.org.

ABOUT WOMANSPACE

Founded in 1977, Womanspace is a leading non-profit organization serving the greater Mercer County area and the state of New Jersey by providing a comprehensive array of emergency and follow-up services to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Womanspace is dedicated to improving the quality of life for domestic and sexual violence victims, survivors and their families. Bilingual services and programs include 24/7 crisis intervention, safe, short-term emergency shelter, short and long-term transitional housing, individual counseling and therapeutic support groups for adults and children, court advocacy and the 24/7 crisis hotline (609) 394-9000. Womanspace also operates the 24/7 New Jersey Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 800-572-SAFE. To learn more about Womanspace please visit www.womanspace.org.

The Historical Society of Princeton Announces Fall Walking Tour Schedule

The Historical Society of Princeton has announced its fall walking tour schedule, which features a variety of programs for participants to learn about and enjoy the historic landscape of town. “Walking tours take you to history where it happened, instead of just reading it on a wall,” said Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services. “We’re offering more tours than ever, and we’re thrilled to partner with other community organizations on such a wide variety of topics.”

 

Every Sunday at 2 PM, on the Classic Princeton History Walking Tour, visitors and locals can discover the architectural history behind prominent buildings and landmarks, learn about Princeton’s historic role in the American Revolution and the founding of the nation, and hear stories of some of its most famous residents. Starts outside Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street; tickets are $7.

 

On September 22 and October 20, at 10:00 AM, Clifford Zink, author of Princeton Prospect Foundation’s 2017 book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, will lead an exterior tour of the clubhouses, as well as an interior visit to three clubs. Participants will learn about the architecture, origins, and development of these Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. Starts at Colonial Club, 40 Prospect Avenue; tickets are $20.  

 

On October 6, at 10 AM, the popular Princeton University Architecture Tour explores the phenomenal architecture on campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two-mile walk include the Georgian-style Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility. Starts at Palmer Square’s Tiger Park; tickets are $10.
 

On October 6, at 1 PM, tour Historic Stony Brook: Gateway to Princeton History. This hike explores the lives of Princeton’s early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the “hidden” back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield. Starts at Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road; tickets are $5.


On October 13, at 11 AM, Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at Morris Arboretum, and Roland Machold, former Marquand Park Foundation board member, lead The Magic and History of Marquand Park. They will share the history of the property and highlight the native and exotic trees in the collection. Starts at the Marquand Park parking lot, Lover’s Lane between Stockton and Mercer Streets; free, but registration is required.

 

 

 

On October 26, at 4 PM, get into the Halloween spirit with a 45-minute stroll through Princeton Cemetery, referred to as the “Westminster Abbey of the United States.” Witness the final resting places of Princeton’s prominent citizens, including a U.S. president, vice-president, and Civil War soldiers. Starts at the cemetery entrance at Greenview Avenue and Humbert Street; free, but registration is required.

On October 27, at 10 AM, Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton, will lead a brand new tour, In Her Footsteps: How Women Shaped Princeton. The walk will include an overview of Princeton’s history and focus on some of the women who have helped make Princeton – both town and its namesake University – what it is today. Stops include the new Betsey Stockton Garden, Alexander Hall, and Dorothea’s House. Starts at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street; tickets are $20.

Tickets for all tours can be purchased online at www.princetonhistory.org, or by calling (609) 921-6748 x102. Space is limited.

 

Interested in leading tours for HSP? Training for new guides starts in October! Contact Eve Mandel, at eve@princetonhistory.org or 609-921-6748 x102.

 

 

ABOUT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PRINCETON: Founded in 1938, The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is a museum and research center dedicated to interpreting the history of Princeton, New Jersey. HSP’s headquarters, Updike Farmstead, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and lies within the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Historic District. Visit us at www.princetonhistory.org.

CONTACT of Mercer County Crisis Hotline Announces Volunteer Training Courses

Learn Better Listening Skills and Help Save a Life!

JOIN CONTACT'S SUICIDE PREVENTION VOLUNTEERS

CONTACT'S 40 Hour Training Courses Start on Tues., Sept. 11, 2018 and run weekly through Nov. 11, 2018 with no class on Oct. 16 at the Pennington U. Meth. Church, 60 S. Main St., Pennington, NJ 08534. Sessions 1-6 are open to everyone, without a commitment to volunteer. After finishing Sessions 1-6, you will have met the pre-requisites for CONTACT's higher level of training which will be taught in Sessions 7-10. Following Session 10 there is an Apprenticeship obligation taking calls on CONTACT'S HOTLINE and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). For those completing session 10, additional training will be optional for those who wish to volunteer taking chats and texts online.

The course fee is $35.00 for Sessions 1-6, which includes 2 books and the nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid Training. There is no additional charge for Sessions 7-10 and Apprenticeship. For Info or Register www.contactofmercer.org & 609-883-2880

Lawrence Township Board Announces New Superintendent

The Lawrence Township Board of Education unanimously appointed Dr. Ross Kasun as Superintendent of the Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) at a special meeting on August 8, 2018. The effective date is anticipated to be September 1, 2018. Dr. Kasun replaces Dr. Crystal Edwards who retired at the end of March 2018.

The firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) was hired to assist the Board in the search process. There were 41 applicants, of which six were interviewed by the Board’s Superintendent Search Committee. The committee utilized input gathered from HYA’s focus groups and online survey to help narrow the field of prospective candidates. The Board met with the final three candidates before coming together and reaching a consensus that Dr. Kasun would be the best candidate to lead the district.

Dr. Kasun is currently serving his seventh year as superintendent of Freehold Township School District. In 2017 he was chosen as the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. Students being

leaders of their own learning is a cornerstone of Dr. Kasun’s vision. For his efforts to use technology to foster personalized learning, he was chosen to participate in the first cohort for the Lexington Education Leadership Award. This six-month Fellowship helped create a vision that transformed learning in his district.

This work helped Freehold to be recognized as one of the most innovative in the country and was invited to participate in the League of Innovative Schools. His article about leading a district’s journey toward personalized learning was published in District Administration in January 2017. Dr. Kasun was selected by the White House to attend the Future Ready Summit in Washington, D.C. in Nov. 2014, for his efforts to infuse technology into daily practice.

Dr. Kasun has 23 years of experience in public education, the first five as an elementary school teacher. His administrative career began as principal in South Orange-Maplewood and then principal in Milburn. He then served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Summit and followed by superintendent in Colts Neck for three years before his appointment as superintendent in Freehold.

The Freehold Township School District has an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students in pre-K through eighth grades. There are two middle schools, five elementary schools, and one preschool.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Ross Kasun to Lawrence Township,” said Board President Kevin Van Hise. “Dr. Kasun stood out among the field

of candidates for his experience as an educational leader, strength in collaboration, passion for education, and proven track record in making student-focused decisions that support academic success. We want to thank everyone for their help in this process. We believe that Dr. Kasun will be a visionary leader and a great match for our students, staff, and community.”

Dr. Kasun resides in Middletown, NJ. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision, with a dissertation focusing on servant leadership, MA in Elementary Education, and BS in Business Administration from Seton Hall University. He also obtained a MA in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University.

Dr. Kasun is eager and excited to join the district. “I am honored and humbled to be selected as your superintendent. Throughout this process, I have been incredibly impressed with the Lawrence Township School District, and I am committed to build on the great work that has been accomplished. Creating learning experiences focused on the growth of every student is my passion. I was attracted to the diversity of this community, and I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to provide every student with an exceptional educational experience.”

During the superintendent search process, the Board appointed Dr. Andrew Zuckerman, LTPS Director of Instructional Services, as interim superintendent. Dr. Zuckerman will continue to serve until the end of August and will work with Kasun for a smooth leadership transition.

The Board will host a meet and greet on August 29 at 6 pm in the Lawrence High School Commons so families, staff, and community members may meet Dr. Kasun.

 

Shop Trenton Video Contest Winner Announced

We have a winner of the Shop Trenton video contest! 

 

As part of Trenton City Hall's Shop Trenton Campaign, 11 members of the Trenton community took to the streets to talk about the Trenton businesses that they love. 26 community favorite businesses were featured in eleven videos.

 

The videos collectively received over 12,000 views, which is phenomenal exposure for the 26 featured Trenton businesses. 

 

The video "Come On, Let's Hang Out in Trenton" received the most votes and the top prize.  If you haven't seen it, check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU0EbD1EQ9I

 

The final tally was as follows

 

#1.  Come On, Let's Hang Out in Trenton.  391 likes

#2.  My Feel Good Block.  293 likes

#3.  Three of the Best Trenton Businesses PERIOD!  132 likes

#4.  My 4 Favorite Trenton Businesses.  66 likes.

#5.  Lunch and a Haircut.  20 likes

#6.  Trenton Is My Business.  12 likes

#7.  Best Trenton Nightlife Guide 2018.  11 likes

#8.  Trenton Making.  8 likes.

#9.  Building Communities.  7 likes

 

In addition, "Tour Trenton's Best Businesses in 360 Degree Video" received 309 likes and, if their video hadn't been slightly larger than the allowable length, they would have come in second place.  They had an out-of-the-box promotional plan that involved setting up 360 video booths at the shore and promoting Trenton businesses to shore goers.

 

"Trenton Library Video Goes Viral!"  was submitted by a City employee (he works at the library) and therefore isn't eligible for a prize, but he still felt it was important to participate and support Trenton businesses.  This video received 11 likes.

 

If you want to view all the videos, check them out at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfhBEbYoj_HAJMtMzWuL5sePHCe-p3E9r.

 

This video contest is part of the City Hall's Division of Economic Development's Shop Trenton campaign.

 

For more information, contact Eric Maywar at the City of Trenton, emaywar@trentonnj.org.

 

Kelsey Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

Kelsey Theatre staff members are ready for a great 2018-19 season, kicking off with “Newsies” Sept. 6. From left are Lyndsey Goehrig, Diana Maurer, Michael Almstedt, Artistic Director and Manager M. Kitty Getlik, Dan Spalluto, Jane Coult, Kathryn M. Pinner, Amy Bessellieu, and Sean McGrath.

 

West Windsor, N .J. – Extra, extra. Read all about it! Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre has announced its blockbuster schedule for 2018-19. The curtain goes up on Kelsey’s 45th season Sept. 6 with the award-winning musical "Newsies," followed by other major musicals, dramas, comedies, and shows for the entire family. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible with free parking next to the theater.

“Our patrons come from all over the region,” Kelsey’s Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik said. “They are rewarded with performances that will make them laugh, cry, tap their feet, and keep them on the edge of their seats. We are home to ten regional theater companies, and each and every one of them is committed to delivering top quality performances. We are the little theater that could!”

In keeping with the college’s goal to offer quality, affordable theater for all, ticket prices are a fraction of those at larger venues, with subscription packages available for discounts of up to 44 percent. Subscription packages are on sale now; current subscriber requests will be processed first, followed by new subscribers and those purchasing tickets for individual shows.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets for musicals are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children; tickets for plays are $18, $16, and $14. (There is a small surcharge for order processing.) Orders may be placed by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333, by mail, or online at www.KelseyTheatre.net.

The season kicks off with Disney’s "Newsies, The Musical," presented by PinnWorth Productions Sept. 6 to 16. (Note that in addition to weekend shows, there will be two Thursday evening performances starting at 7:30 p.m.) Based on the Newsboy Strike of 1891, this Disney movie adaptation stars a rag-tag band of teenaged "newsies” who take a stand against newspaper moguls Pulitzer and Hearst. The tone turns darker and more personal in the Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home," presented by Pierrot Productions Sept. 21 to 30. Told from the perspective of a character at several stages of her life, it’s a refreshingly honest, at times heartbreaking, story about seeing one’s parents through grown-up eyes.

Kelsey Theatre turns to rock musical territory when The Pennington Players present Green Day’s "American Idiot," a masterful rock opera of youthful disillusion Oct. 5 to 14. Disillusionment of a different kind is up next in Lorraine Hansberry’s stunning "A Raisin In The Sun," presented by Theater To Go Oct. 19 to 28. Audiences will meet the Youngers, a black working class family struggling to achieve the American Dream in the face of racial tensions and economic disenfranchisement in 1950s Chicago. A tale as old as time will be told next, filled with romance, intrigue and a gorgeous musical score. The Yardley Players present the beautiful, magical Disney classic, "Beauty and the Beast," Nov. 2 to 11.

As the holiday season approaches, Kelsey Theatre is ready to deck the stage. M & M Stage Productions’ "A Christmas Story, the Musical" will touch the heart and the funny bone as an Indiana family counts down to Christmas Nov. 16 to Dec. 2. Other holiday shows for the whole family are "Twas the Night Before Christmas," presented by The Kelsey Players Dec. 7 to 9; "The Nutcracker," a performance by The Dance Connection Dec. 14 to 16; and MPOnstage’s "Snow Day," an interactive live radio show presented in afternoon matinees Dec. 22 and 23.

Audiences will ring in the New Year with plenty of laughs as Maurer Productions OnStage presents "Noises Off" Jan. 11 to 20. It’s a play-within-a-play where everything that can go wrong backstage does. After the laughter comes "Zorro, The Musical," presented by PinnWorth Productions Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, featuring spectacular sword-fighting, flamenco dance, and dazzling magic – enhanced by the red-hot music of the Gipsy Kings.

February says romance and M & M Stage Productions is ready to deliver with "Love Letters" Feb. 8 to 10. It’s a poignant story comprising a lifetime of letters between a free-spirited artist and a dutiful lawyer. Romance takes a decidedly hilarious turn in "Four Weddings and an Elvis," presented by The Yardley Players Feb. 15 to 24. Getting hitched in a Vegas wedding chapel is about to get crazier than usual.

Fans of old-time rock and roll will be ready for the return of Reock & Roll Revue as they present the double album "Chicago II." The event is part concert and part rock history lesson. There are two shows only, March 2 and 3, so get your tickets early. This band has loyal fans!

The Pennington Players will revisit the tale of Peter Pan in "Peter and The Starcatcher," a funny, fantastical backstory of Peter Pan And Captain Hook March 8 to 17. Then the hills come to life with the world’s most beloved musical as Pierrot Productions presents "The Sound of Music" March 22 to 31. From April 5 to 14, the grandeur of old Hollywood gets hauntingly close and personal in "Sunset Boulevard," the Tony Award-winning musical presented by Playful Theatre Productions.

Next up is a trip to outer space when MCCC’s Academic Theatre and Dance Program presents "Return To Forbidden Planet" April 26 to May 5. A B-movie vibe combined with rock and roll hits from the ’50s and ‘60s delivers a fun-filled show loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the classic sci-fi film “Forbidden Planet.” Students are once again center stage as The Mercer Dance Ensemble presents a collaborative concert May 11 and 12. In addition to current students, the show features alumni, faculty members, and community choreographers and dancers in a spelling-binding performance that incorporates multiple genres.

Forté Dramatic Productions takes on evolution versus creationism circa 1920 in "Inherit the Wind" May 24 to June 2. The clash between lawyer William Jennings Bryan, who believes only what he reads in the Bible, and lawyer Clarence Darrow, who defends science and open intellectual inquiry, is a history lesson that still resonates today.

Then it's time for fun, fun, fun as Maurer Productions OnStage presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" June 7 to 16. An eclectic group of tweens signs up for the competition – and so do their parents! It all adds up to the spelling contest of a lifetime and a hilarious theater experience. (Be warned – only the matinees are family friendly.)

Something truly wicked this way comes as Shakespeare ’70 presents "Macbeth" June 21 to 30. When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate. Buckle your seatbelt as all hell breaks loose in Inverness.

Into the summer we go with "Crazy For You," an exhilarating tap dance spectacular presented by M & M Stage Productions July 12 to 21. This Ken Ludwig comedy features plot twists and physical farce, plus classic George and Ira Gershwin music. "Tom Sawyer" is perfect summer fare for the whole family July 26 to Aug. 4. Join The Yardley Players for this highly imaginative adaptation of the Mark Twain classic that celebrates all that is grand and glorious about childhood.

Kelsey Theatre also offers a special series for the younger set. In addition to "Twas," "The Nutcracker,"  and "Snow Day," the Kelsey Kids Series features five original musicals presented by traveling professional companies: "Nugget & Fang," presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre Sept. 29; "Rapunzel," presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Feb. 23; "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," presented by Virginia Rep on Tour March 16; "Jack and the Beanstalk," presented by Virginia Rep on Tour April 13; and "The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System," presented by Theatreworks USA May 4.

Most family shows include Saturday and Sunday matinees; some children’s shows are scheduled for daytime performances on Fridays to accommodate school groups. For more information or to request a printed copy of the brochure, call the Box Office at 609-570-3333 or visit www.KelseyTheatre.net.

Carrier Clinic Announces Year-End Webinar Series

BELLE MEAD, NJ – Carrier Clinic announced today its year-end series of webinars that are designed for the public and clinicians alike. Topics will address a range of seasonal health themes. All webinars are free. Register online at https://carrierclinic.org/webinars. The schedule is:

August
 “Our Students and Their Mental Health – A New School Year for This Critical Classroom Challenge”
Date: Thursday, August 23, 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Stacey Paulis, Ed.D., director/principal,

East Mountain School, a Division of Carrier Clinic.
Notes:  Webinar is intended for parents, educators.

September
“Preventing Suicide Among Our Kids”
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Megan Kelley, licensed counselor and art therapist,
East Mountain Youth Lodge, a Division of Carrier Clinic
Notes: September 9–15 is Youth Suicide Prevention Week


October
“Bullying: What It Is, Why It Hurts”
Date: Thursday, October 11, 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Stacey Paulis, Ed.D.,

director/principal,

East Mountain School, a Division of Carrier Clinic,
and Angela Di Dolce, clinical supervisor, East Mountain School

Notes: October is National Bullying Prevention Month.



November
“Our Military Veterans: Stress Busters and Self Care”
Date: Thursday, November 1, 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Kathleen McClain Glynn, LCSW, LCADC,

residential therapist, Sunflower House,

East Mountain Youth Lodge, Carrier Clinic
Notes: Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11.

December
“Music for Recovery”
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 12:30 p.m.
Presenter: Kathy Moser,
performance artist, Carrier youth and adult programs,
Notes: Go to https://www.kathymoser.com/ for more information.
 


For information on the Carrier Clinic and any of its services, contact the Community Relations Department at 908-281-1513.

 

Carrier Clinic, a private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare system, specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Carrier’s system includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital, detoxification and rehabilitation center, adolescent residential facility, and a fully accredited middle and high school for students classified emotionally disturbed.


 

SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals Announces 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

(Skillman, NJ, July 12, 2018) – SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals' strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. This is the first time that SAVE has earned this top distinction.

 

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity's overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. 

 

SAVE's exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public," according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. "Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world's most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support SAVE.

  

 "It's important our donors trust that we're using their donations wisely to accomplish SAVE's mission to protect the health and welfare of homeless companion animals through our six core programs of Rescue, Shelter, Health and Welfare, Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education," said Heather Achenbach, SAVE Executive Director.  "Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability."

 

SAVE's rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.   More-detailed information about SAVE's rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

 

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

 

About SAVE

Founded in 1941, SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, Inc., is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to protect the health and welfare of homeless companion dogs and cats. Through six core programs of Rescue, Shelter, Adoption, Health and Welfare, Spay/Neuter, and Humane Education, SAVE focuses on the successful rehabilitation and placement of adoptable animals.  SAVE is committed to strengthening the human-animal bond. 

Adath Israel Congregation Announces MOSAIC - A Center for Arts, Culture and Ideas

MOSAIC is a cultural center sponsored by Adath Israel Congregation, bringing the best in music, art, performance and thought, through a pluralistic Jewish lens.  The center reaches out to the entire community to engage in ideas that animate our world today.

Each year MOSAIC will present a season of music, art, politics, dance, cooking and other topics connected to Jewish tradition, with the opportunity to subscribe to the full slate of programs or choose only the ones that are of interest. The general community is invited and encouraged to become  a MOSAIC subscriber.

Our goal and determination  is for our beautiful synagogue to be turned into a performance space that will draw compelling artists and performers. We believe that in the intellectually vibrant Mercer/ Bucks area there is a desire, and a need, for challenging, cutting-edge artistic content. We have already begun to schedule our first season of programming.  Save the dates!

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Cultural Programs for 2018-2019

Sandra Westfall, political writer for People Magazine.

A former White House Correspondent for the Associate Press, Sandra Westfall now writes for People Magazine.  She specialized in high profile interviews from presidents and first ladies to headliners in the news.  Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm

 

Nefesh Mountain, musical performance

Offering melodies of American Bluegrass and traditional Jewish Music

Join us for an afternoon of sheer joy, entertainment and inspiration. 

December 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

 

Cabaret Night, with performances by Ballroom Dancers

Sit back and relax for an evening with friends, wine and appetizers in a cabaret atmosphere. Enjoy the glamour of ballroom dancing and if you choose volunteer to learn some. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Nick Liberato, cooking demonstration and tasting

Master Chef Nick Liberato, Executive Chef of the Venice Whaler Restaurant in Venice, California, has appeared on Top chef Masters on bravo TV.  He has made multiple appearances on Spikes TV hit show, Bar Rescue, and participated in multiple events and festivals around the world.   TBA Spring, 2019.

Look for further information this August on our website:

www.adathisraelnj.org ; click on MOSAIC, or call 609 896 4977

PSRC Announces New Fall Evergreen Courses

Princeton, NJ Ice Age art. Landmark court decisions. Irish and Klezmer music. The Brontës. New developments in medicine. These are a few of the topics offered for the fall 2018 session of the Evergreen Forum, a program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center. The program will offer 27 courses for adults in science, literature, art, history, social studies, and culture starting in September.

 

Evergreen Forum course leaders are not paid; most of them are experienced teachers and former college faculty members who love to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and pleasure with older students who like to learn.

 

Registration opens on Wednesday, July 11, at theevergreenforum.org. Brochures and registration forms are also available the PSRC, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ, 08540. The lottery for over-subscribed courses will be held on Tuesday, August 28, and those affected will be notified as soon as possible.

 

Most courses, which begin the week of September 24, meet once a week for two hours for up to eight weeks. Classes are held in PSRC's Suzanne Patterson Building, Monument Hall, or The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Fees are $85 for six-to-eight week courses. Financial assistance is available to those for whom the fee is a hardship; contact Susan Hoskins, Executive Director of PSRC, to apply for aid.

 

Courses are open to all adult residents of Princeton and neighboring communities. For more information, contact Abigail Meletti, Evergreen Forum Program Coordinator, at ameletti@princetonsenior.org or by phone at 609.924.7108.

 

PSRC, The Princeton Senior Resource Center, is a resource where aging adults and their families find support, guidance, education, and social programs to help them navigate life transitions and continue to be active, healthy, and engaged in the community.

 

The Evergreen Forum is an affiliate of the Road Scholar Institute network. 

Princeton Summer Theater Announces 49th Season Schedule

We are proud to announce that our last season won the 2018 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Award for “Best Small Theater” and we look forward to continuing in PST’s proud tradition of bringing excellent theater to our community!

This summer's season explores self-discovery, as seen through critical turning points in our characters' lives. Whether facing graduation, an unexpected diagnosis, middle age, or a scandal, the challenges these characters face test them and help each one find out what truly matters. With four brilliant takes on responding to adversity and change, these plays push us to closely examine our lives, to dream big, and to fight for those we care about.

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Tick, Tick...Boom

by Jonathan Larson June 21st-24th, June 27th-July 1st, and July 5th-8th
Directed by Victoria Davidjohn

From the genius mind behind Rent, "Tick, Tick…Boom!" tells the autobiographical story of a composer searching for his big break. Fueled by Jonathan Larson’s brilliant rock and pop score, this intimate show pulls back the curtain on the man whose breakthrough would change American musical theater forever in an inspiring appeal to follow your dreams.

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Uncommon Women and Others

by Wendy Wasserstein July 12th-15th and July 18th-22nd
Directed by Daniel Krane

Wendy Wasserstein’s watershed debut play follows a group of graduates from Mount Holyoke College at the dawn of second-wave feminism as they make new friendships, fall in and out of love, and imagine a brighter future for themselves. This comedy tackles what it means to dare to be an Uncommon Woman in a world that constantly tells women to accept less.

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The Children's Hour

by Lillian Hellman July 26th-29th and August 1st-5th
Directed by Maeli Goren

In "The Children’s Hour," one child's lie throws a girls’ boarding school into chaos. This fiery American classic by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes) depicts a world where rules are rigid, rumors fly faster than truth, and the hint of scandal is enough to bring two schoolteachers’ lives crashing down.

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The Baltimore Waltz

by Paula Vogel August 9th-12th and August 15th-19th
Directed by Nico Krell

"The Baltimore Waltz" follows Anna and Carl through Europe on a film-noir inspired trip, filled with mysterious detectives, devious doctors, and alluring men as they search for a cure for Anna’s disease. This comedic fantasy, written by Paula Vogel in response to the AIDS crisis, is a fierce portrait of two siblings’ love and a call to live life to the fullest.

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Our annual Children's Show!

Greetings from Mars

by Annika Bennett July 6th-28th Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 11am Directed by Daniel Krane

Following last year's successful "Amelia Earhart Forever," Princeton Summer Theater is happy to be presenting another original children's show.

For Mars Peculiarity Rover, life on Mars consists of cataloguing rocks and transmitting back to an Earth that feels further and further away all the time - but everything changes the day a star falls and an alien star-catcher comes chasing after it. This romp through the solar system is a playful exploration of scientific discovery, dogs in space, and how friendships can transform even a lonely red planet.

After each performance, actors will come out to meet with children, sign their programs, and talk about their characters and the play.

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Fenwick Hospitality Group Announces Sponsorship of Crossing Vineyards Summer Wine & Music Series

Fenwick Hospitality Group is the proud Sponsor of Crossing Vineyards Summer Wine & Music Series. Performances now through September 7th! VIEW FULL SCHEDULE

Profeta Farms in Hunterdon County Announces Free Public Tours

Profeta Farms, an organic farm located at 803 US Highway 202 in Readington, NJ, will host free farm tours on Sundays at 11 a.m., June 17 through October 21. Tours last about an hour and are rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Registration is strongly recommended, as seating is limited. To register, email katiee@profetafarms.com.

The tours will include a hayride that offers an up-close look at organic vegetable and livestock farming. Tour attendees will park in the parking lot around Profeta Farms’ new Market and meet in the designated tour area.

“We are looking forward to building a trusting relationship with our community through farm tours,” said John Place, co-founder of Profeta Farms. “We want you to have a chance to see what we do here on our organic farm, and we want you to learn why we do it. The only real way to do that is to bring you right out to the fields.”

For more information about Profeta Farms, visit ProfetaFarms.com.

About Profeta Farms

Founded in 2012, Profeta Farms is a Certified Organic farm with land located in central New Jersey and Pennsylvania dedicated to producing food of the highest quality. Focused on regenerative agriculture that not only adheres to, but goes beyond the standards of USDA organic certification, Profeta Farms strives to create a diverse food system that promotes healthy soil, plants, animals, and people. Transforming the definition of a farm market, Profeta Farms is currently constructing a 25,000 square foot onsite full-service Market that will be open seven days a week and will carry a carefully curated selection of farm fresh raw products, as well as foods thoughtfully prepared by our chefs. Once the Market opens, our butchers, cheese mongers, bakers, chefs, and helpful staff will be on hand daily to help you revolutionize the way you eat. Committed to enriching the community, Profeta Farms proudly hosts educational tours, programs, and events. To find out more about what’s happening at the Farm and in the Market, visit ProfetaFarms.com.

Profeta Farms created a short video to announce the free public tours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYFCqI82BH0&feature=youtu.be

Hopewell Harvest Fair Cover Art Winner Announced

Hopewell, N.J. — June 11, 2018: What better way to start the summer than to look ahead to a favorite fall festival: the Hopewell Harvest Fair! A group of local volunteers is definitely thinking fall, ­on Saturday, September 22, 2018, on the grounds of the Hopewell Elementary School.

 

The Hopewell Harvest Fair Planning Committee, led by Chairperson Heidi Wilenius, is paying homage to the Fair’s roots as well as tilling new talent and ideas. Wilenius has more than doubled the size of the planning committee to put together a group of nearly thirty dedicated local volunteers, exemplifying the community commitment to the Fair.

 

“The Hopewell Harvest Fair is a true labor of love, cherished by our community and attracting families from all over the valley,” Wilenius said. “I am proud to step up with the strong support of so many friends and neighbors to make this year’s fair better than ever. We are so excited about some of the new ideas for 2018, as well as many Harvest Fair traditions that we are carrying on.”

 

One of the first projects of the 2018 planning season was a new Cover Art contest, encouraging local artists to create the art for the professionally produced Hopewell Harvest Fair Almanac. This year’s winner, Sara Keeler, captured the essence of the fair beautifully. Upon learning she received the $500 prize, Sara said, “I wanted to create something that felt like the fair, to represent all the local flavors that go in to creating this wonderful community event, to celebrate the rich bountiful history of Hopewell from farm to fair. I am so honored the committee felt my vision fit.”

 

Traditionally, the Harvest Fair brings together local food vendors, small business, and artists, as well as numerous activities from hayrides, to boardwalk-type games, to inflatables, plus multiple contests, including spoon-and-egg races for kids to those highlighting local talent, like baking and photography. One highlight for all is the line-up of local musicians who keep the crowds entertained all day. 

 

In a nod to a favorite, but forgotten, event of the past, this year the committee is bringing back the Harvest Moon, a free live music event the night before the fair to kick off the celebration and set the tone. This year’s Friday night event will feature local band Castle Lane, and will act as a fundraiser for the Harvest Fair. More information will be available on www.hopewellharvestfair.org in the coming months.

 

The impact of the Hopewell Harvest Fair bolsters community spirit during the event as well as throughout the year, by providing scholarships for local students and grants for nonprofit organizations. The Hopewell Harvest Fair Community Grant Program has dispersed more than $200,000 to local nonprofits from Boy and Girl Scouts, to school PTOs, to local nonprofits such as HomeFront. Over the next few months, building momentum for the Fair, past scholarship recipients and volunteers will be highlighted, to spread awareness for the event and the richness of the deep roots of the Hopewell Valley community.

 

The Board of Trustees and Planning Committee would like to extend a huge thank-you to past and current sponsors for their support of the Fair, including Capital Health, Lear & Pannepacker CPAs, Edward Jones, Studio Neue, and Music Together Worldwide. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities for small businesses can be found at www.hopewellharvestfair.org.

 

For more information about the Fair, the people behind it, and ways to promote your business and support the Fair, please visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org or email info@hopewellharvestfair.org.

 

D&R Greenway Announces Two Special Events for Summer: 'Cosmophilia' and 'Emergent Universe Oratorio' serve as a wake-up call for saving Planet Earth

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY—For a limited time only, D&R Greenway Land Trust is presenting a special exhibition by award-winning environmental artist Cameron (Cami) Davis. Cosmophilia* will be on view June 21-July 25 in D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. Reception and Lecture: Thursday, June 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m. RSVP at rsvp@drgreenway.org. Gallery hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.drgreenway.org.  Call 609-924-4646 to be sure galleries not rented at time of daytime visits.

 

The artwork, on large canvases that draw the viewer into the space, "celebrates our human relationship within a whole, living and evolving Earth and Cosmos," says the artist. Her paintings, installations and community art projects "explore the natural world at the edges where inner and outer perceptions meet." Her semi-abstract work explores the boundaries between observable phenomena and intuitive musings and improvisations.

 

Using layers of paint and other media, Davis creates engaging visual imagery as a wake-up call to environmental disaster. A series titled "Endless Spring" is based on a Buddhist term for enlightenment. Davis asks, "Will we truly continue to experience the renewal of spring if we do not address climate change, if we do not address the evolution of consciousness?"

 

This is the first time that all of the works in Cosmophilia are being shown in totality, and will include several new pieces still in development in early June.  When seen at D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center gallery, "the art will move the viewer to experience a visual landscape where clear elements of nature and the abstract combine to inspire thinking beyond our day-to-day encounters," says Linda Mead, President & CEO.  "I am especially excited that the artist and her collaborator, composer Sam Guarnaccia, will share their inspiration and technique in a special lecture at the opening reception on June 21."

 

"Endless Spring" is part of a collaboration with composer Sam Guarnaccia's "Emergent Universe Oratorio." The Oratorio's 100 voiced choir and chamber orchestra libretto and spoken recitatives address the relevancy of the "journey of the universe" to these times.

 

Guarnaccia will join Davis June 21 for a lecture at the opening reception. A month later, on Saturday, July 28, 5:30-11:30 p.m., visitors can join D&R Greenway for a bus trip to Villanova Chapel to experience the Emergent Universe Oratorio, presented for the first time in the Mid-Atlantic region. Cost: $125 per person. RSVP by Thursday, July 12.

 

Davis first met Guarnaccia and his wife, Paula, in 2002 while working to bring a Peace Summit to the University of Vermont. "That was the beginning of a friendship that continues to this day," Davis says.

 

"In 2010 we started talking about finding a way, through music and art, to help raise consciousness about the growing environmental crisis," Davis continues. "Our inspiration came from Bill McKibben's words asking, 'Where is the art and music of this time?' He was calling for an artistic response to humanity's devastation of the Earth. How could we create an expression that reaches the heart, awakens the mind, and evokes the radiant possibilities of a mutually enhancing human presence in our Earth home? Those conversations were the seeds of the Emergent Universe Oratorio project and the Endless Spring painting series."

 

The paintings were part of a three-year collaboration with the Guarnaccias. "We came together with the idea that Sam's music, my painting and all three of us working on the content for the recitative texts, was a way to explore the intensity of our feelings, our sense of urgency to individually and collectively respond to what is happening with Earth."

 

The threesome spent a year, reading, discussing and culling selections from ecological and new science texts that could inform the project. Sam chose poems that he could musically respond to for the major choral pieces. Davis's work resulted in a stage set comprised of 12 large scale paintings.

 

A Senior Lecturer with the University of Vermont's Department of Art and Art History, Environmental Program and a 2013 University of Vermont Sustainability Fellow, Davis teaches painting, drawing and transdisciplinary courses on art, ecology and community. 

Davis earned her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Pratt Institute in 1981 and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Vermont in 1976. She has also undertaken post-graduate studies in ecological thinking at Schumacher College in Devon, United Kingdom, in 1998 and 2015, and has attended artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada. She has exhibited throughout Vermont, New York, San Diego and Cleveland. Her work is in private and public collections nationally.

 

The recipient of the Lee Krasner-Jackson Pollock Foundation grant for painting, the Argosy Foundation and Puffin Foundation grants for painting (in collaboration with composer Sam Guarnaccia), a University of Vermont UVM Sustainability Fellow, and the Lattie Coor award recipient for Strengthening the Environment in the Humanities at the University of Vermont, Davis's paintings, installations and community art projects have followed the climate-change movement for the last decade. She is a member of the ecoartnetwork.org and WEAD Woman Environmental Artists Directory.

 

**Cosmophilia, defined by Duane Elgin in "The Living Universe": "We can expand the feeling of connection and appreciation of life (biophilia) to the entire cosmos—a word that was first used by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras to describe our universe as a living embodiment of nature's order, harmony and beauty. Building on the concept of biophilia, we can create the word cosmophilia. Cosmophilia describes the kinship and affiliation we feel with the totality of nature and our experience of felt connection with the harmony and beauty of our universe." 

 

 

Winners Announced for Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition

Sue Ann Rainey, left, and Claudia Davis, right, pose with the 2018 photography award winners

 

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association presented awards to photographers as part of the kickoff for the 26th annual Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition, which continues through June 24 in New Hope. 

Winners are as follows:  

Best of Show/Best Body of Work: Daniel Goldberg, of Princeton, N.J., “Presence,” “Leaving,” “Please See Me,” “Despair,” “Holding a Torn Universe”

 

Patron’s Awards: Dutch Bagley, of Elkins Park, “The Three”

Peter Hewitt, of Doylestown, “Somewhere in Nebraska”

Matthew Kelly, of Holland, “A Nashville Lake”

Christopher Kennedy, of Doylestown, “Do Not Remove”

Sharon Mastrisimone, of Newtown, “Life is a Dream”

David Yarnall, of King of Prussia, “Hamilton on a Grey Day”

 

 

Judges Award: J. Verni, of Fairless Hills, “Vecchio Muro #2, #3, #4”

 

Spencer Saunders Award: Valerie Chaucer-Levine of Hillsborough, N.J., “Ascending,” “Winding”

 

 

In all, the exhibition features 94 photos.  

 

The exhibition is juried by Wendy Brusca, an award-winning photographer; Valerie Pfaff, an art and photography teacher and award winner; and Henry Rowan, a national award-winning photographer. 

 

If you go 

The 26th annual Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition will be held through June 24 at the Phillips’ Mill Community Association, 2619 River Road in New Hope. The show is open Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for non-members, members are free. The show is being chaired by Claudia Davis. For more information visit https://www.phillipsmill.org/

Waldorf School of Princeton Announces Family Tuition Cap for the 2018-19 School Year

At the Waldorf School of Princeton, we believe that Waldorf Education should be accessible to all families who value and are committed to it regardless of their economic circumstances. In order to make our education more feasible for families with three or more children, this new initiative caps tuition at $50,000 for families of three or more children enrolled at WSP in Nursery through Eighth Grade for the 2018-19 school year.
 
Family Tuition Cap FAQ
 
Can I combine Family Tuition Cap with Tuition Assistance?
You are free to apply for tuition assistance and pay either the adjusted amount or the $50,000 tuition cap, whichever is lower.
 
 
Does the Sibling Tuition Discount apply with the Family Tuition Cap?
The cap is applied after all other tuition calculations have been made.
 
 
Does Family Tuition Cap include Educational Support costs or Materials fees?
The cap applies only to tuition, and does not include materials fees, education support, payment processing fees, or any other expenses.
 
 
Is there a separate application for Family Tuition Cap?
There is no separate application. Eligible families will have the cap applied automatically in TADS, and the enrollment process will take place as usual.
 
 
If you have any questions about the Family Tuition Cap, please send an email to Business Operations Administrator Antoinette Layton.

PDS Announces Recruited Athletes from the Class of 2018

Princeton Day School congratulates its recruited athletes from the class of 2018. From left to right in the top row: Elon Tuckman, Brooks Johnson, Luke Franzoni, Nic Petruolo, Donovan Davis, Chris Kiel. Bottom row from left to right: Sarah Prilutsky, Grace Barbara, Madison Coyne, Bridget Kane, Kate Bennett, and Madison Mundenar. (Not pictured: Kyra Hall, Damali Simon-Ponte, and CJ Uche).

 

Princeton – Princeton Day School is pleased to announce the 2018 roster of seniors who will continue to play sports at their respective colleges and universities.

 

Division 1

Grace Barbara (Yardley): Princeton University, Soccer

Kate Bennett (Newtown): Dartmouth College, Lacrosse

Madison Coyne (West Trenton): George Washington University, Soccer

Donovan Davis (Hamilton): Elon University, Soccer

Luke Franzoni (Robbinsville): Xavier University, Baseball

Madison Mundenar (Yardley): St. Bonaventure University, Lacrosse

Nic Petruolo (Neshanic Station): Union College, Ice Hockey (deferred to 2019)

Damali Simon-Pointe (Monmouth Junction): University of Deleware, Soccer

CJ Uche (Hamilton): Bucknell University, Soccer

 

Division 3

Kyra Hall (Skillman): Swarthmore College, Lacrosse

Brooks Johnson (Princeton): Gettysburg College, Lacrosse

Bridget Kane (Lawrenceville): Franklin & Marshall College, Lacrosse

Chris Kiel (Whitehouse Station): Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fencing

Sarah Prilutsky (Princeton): New York University, Fencing

Elon Tuckman (Princeton): Gettysburg College, Lacrosse

 

 

ACP & Princeton Shopping Center Announce 35th Annual Summer Concert Series

 

The Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Shopping Center present the 35th annual Summer Concert Series, featuring the best in local and regional jazz, folk, world, rock and blues. Join us every Thursday, 6–8 pm, from June 21–August 23, 2018, at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair! 

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Zonta Club Announces LifeTies Awarded the 14th Gourmet Garden Grant

Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer has announced that LifeTies has been selected it’s 14th Gourmet Garden Grant winner.  The $5,000 grant, to be presented on August 9  (6 pm) during the Gourmet Garden at the Trenton Country Club (201 Sullivan Way, Ewing, NJ) , is granted to support a program that supports the enhancement of the status women and children in the region, the mission of Zonta Club. Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased online at www.zontagourmetgarden.com

 

 

LifeTies was established in 1982 to assist older youth (ages 12 -21) involved with the child welfare system.  They provide two 24 hour residential group homes for youth in foster care and includes mentoring, support for youth with health issues and safe havens for LGBTQ youth.  The program receiving funding provides a computer lab for the youth in their Triad House.  The house needed computers to provide additional educational opportunities; high school degrees, commuter college programs and the ability to pursue jobs.  In the life skills learning program, all the youth will learn to understand how to use computers as a tool in diverse educational endeavors.

 

The Gourmet Garden, a food and wine tasting extravaganza, is the annual fundraiser for Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer - a service club of men and women whose mission is to enhance the status of women and children locally and globally through advocacy and service.  Funds from the Gourmet Garden are funneled into community programs,  scholarships and awards to women who exemplify the ideals of Zonta.

 

Additionally, all guests are asked to bring toiletries to be donated to LifeTies youth.  At the end of the evening, a car load of toiletries will be collected to provide for the needs of these youth.  The night is a night of giving of the best kind.

 

Restaurants already signed up to present their delicacies are: Cake Box, Catering by Courtney, Cuginio’s - Cafe 72, D & D Catering, Diamonds Restaurant, Jimmy’s Firestone American Grill, Maninno’s Family, Sprinkles Catering, Trenton Country Club, Triumph Brewery, Jersey Girl Cafe and Padrino’s. Others may be announced soon.  BuyRite of Hamilton and Pennington will provide sampling of wine and beer from international premium manufacturers.  The selections offered at Gourmet Garden are fit for foodies!

 

The 14th Gourmet Garden is expected to live up to its promise to be bigger and more delicious than ever with restaurants who will bring their most delicious delicacies.  “What a great night of food, wine and doing good!,” said Cathy Campbell, Gourmet Garden Chair for Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer, hosts of the Gourmet Garden.  “We have worked for months to gather diverse and sophisticated establishments to share their best food with our guests! We succeeded!  With 300+ guests expected, it will be a great night and the money raised will help so many organizations and people in our community, IMMEDIATELY!”

 

For more information about Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer and tickets to Gourmet Garden, please call 609-865-9200 or go to the website, www.zontagourmetgarden.com.  Tickets are $65 per person and available for purchase online.

 

 

            

Specialized Physical Therapy Announces Runners Analysis Program Using State of the Art DARTFISH

  • Attention Princeton-area runners!  Announcing our Runners Analysis Program using our state of the art DARTFISH program. Available in our Princeton office only.
    • Whether you are looking to improve your running mechanics, decrease your risk for injury or treat an existing running injury, the Specialized Physical Therapy Runners Analysis Program is for you! The Running analysis program is designed for runners of all ages and abilities and will include:
      • Dartfish 2-D running analysis of your running form
      • A complete musculoskeletal examination from head to toe by one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy
      • Functional movement screening to see how you use your muscles and look for running patterns.
      • Recommendations on shoes
      • Corrective exercises to improve your running form and reduce fatigue
      • Receive a 15% discount if purchased before May 31st, 2018
      • Call our Princeton office for more details: 609-497-1000
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Senior Services Announces New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters

New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters, a free, voluntary and confidential program designed to assist people with medical or physical needs who may find it difficult to get to safety in the event of an emergency or natural disasters. People with these needs (or caregivers on their behalf) are encouraged to register through www.registerready.nj.gov. Alternatively, they can call New Jersey's toll-free 2-1-1 telephone service. This service will register people, offer free translation, and provide TTY services for the hearing-impaired. We encourage you and your loved ones to sign up and register! Help us help you, prepare for disasters before they happen!

West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) Announces MATCH Campaign

The match is back! And this time it has been raised to $20,000! Every donation you give through June 30, will be matched dollar for dollar by our generous Anonymous Donor!

The West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) exists because you and your neighbors feel that having an art center is not just a "nice to have." It is a must for kind, thoughtful, and culturally rich interactions within your community. Will you help meet the goal of raising $20,000 to support arts and education programs? Your Donations Make a Difference!

DONATE HERE

Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center Announces Executive Chef Brian Wagner as the IACC Global Copper Skillet Award Winner

Princeton, N.J. – Brian Wagner, Aramark executive chef at the Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center was named the 2018 IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) Global Copper Skillet winner.  The Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference venues around the world and give recognition to their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience. The 2018 event was conducted as a three-part competition held in phases around the world.    The final winners representing IACC Americas, Australia/ Asia Pacific, and European member venues competed for IACC’s prestigious culinary award at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday April 17th.    

The competing chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a "mystery basket" of proteins and other fresh grocery items. They were given 15-minutes to gather ingredients and 30-minutes to create and present their dish to the judges:  Iron Chef Jose Garces,  restaurateur Chef Walter Staib and Steve Poses, the founder of the catering company Frog Commissary were on the competition judging panel.  Chef Brian’s winning dish was Roasted duck breast with five spice, caramelized fennel, orange, baby carrot, and a soy honey glaze

 

IACC Americas President, Sean Anderson, commented on the recent U.S Copper Skillet competition; “Food is such an important element of everything we do. I’m proud to see IACC chefs entertain the audience with a terrific display of creativity, passion and talent! I congratulate all the chefs for being part of this special event.”   General Manager of Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center said, "We are very proud of Chef Wagner and his accomplishment.  To prepare a winning dish under such great pressure is such a testament to not only his culinary skill, but his creativity. We're glad he's on our team."
 

Chef Wagner is a local New Jerseyan.   He was educated at the Arizona Culinary Institute and began his career in several four and five star dining restaurants in the Northeast. From being a tournant to a fish cook, Chef Wagner gained experience early on in his career to develop his culinary skills. He was later recruited to work at Joel Robuchon’s restaurant in Las Vegas as a Master Cook. This unforgettable experience at the three Michelin Star Restaurant allowed Chef Wagner to learn from the very best in the business. After years of refining his culinary skills in the Vegas restaurant scene, Chef Wagner came back to his Jersey roots to take on the Executive Chef role at the Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Chef Brian’s culinary experiences have all contributed to his philosophy of local, and fresh, creative cooking.  

 


 

About IACC

 

Founded in 1981, IACC is dedicated to representing the best meeting venues globally and is, by definition, the future of the meetings industry realised. The association brings together the brightest, most innovative minds from around the globe.  IACC elevates the meeting experience by creating a unique point of entry that is inclusive of the best-in-class meeting venues internationally.  IACC membership is a symbol of meeting excellence and exceptional connections amongst the best in the meeting industry.  This exclusiveness makes IACC’s members part of an elite group representing the most innovative, forward-thinking and results-driven meeting venues globally.  

 

All members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics.  IACC includes over 350 members from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kenya, Nigeria, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Mongolia, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Wales and Scotland.  

Waldorf School Announces Summer Camp 2018 Themes

Session 1- Farm To Fork: The Budding Artist
June 25 - July 6
 
Watch the creative side of your child flourish as they dip their brush into bold colors, mold formless shapes into pieces of their imagination, and combine fresh ingredients to create a tasty masterpiece! Our specialists and Waldorf-certified teachers will guide the students in an exploration of creativity tailored not just for the naturally artistic but also for the child who has yet to tap into their vast artistry.
 

Session 2-Farm to Fork: Woodland Explorers - July 9 - 20

 
Together we will experience our environment through exploring, noticing, and discovering! Campers will explore our diverse campus lands, from the babbling creek at Old Man's Tree, to the smooth running paths of our woods, campers will have the opportunity to play and explore their way through our glorious grounds. On their travels they will discover and collect herbs and plants that can be used to make delicious snacks.
 
Session 3- Farm to Fork: The Natural Chef - July 23 - August 3
 
We are so lucky to have an organic biodynamic garden available on our campus. Campers will visit the garden throughout the session, harvesting and caring for vegetables, herbs, and flowers, cultivating the earth, and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Tasting herbs and veggies, enjoying the beauty of flowers, cooking delightful snacks and making various household items provides campers with an authentic experience of "Garden to Table".
 

Whether you have a Tadpole, Crayfish, Fox, or Hawk, you can still be an Early Bird 

Register online by April 30 and save 10% on each session. Sorry, but we are not able to accommodate
half-session registrations.
 

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Finalists Announced for 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards - Cargot & elements Nominated!

Chefs and restaurants, farmers and food artisans, professionals in wine, beer and spirits, specialty food markets and legends in all things culinary in New Jersey have been named finalists for the 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards (GSCAA).

The awards will be presented by The Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation in a ceremony and reception to be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel.


Following an official welcome from the foundation, the awards ceremony announcing the winners will begin at 6 p.m. on April 29. A gala reception, with dishes that focus on New Jersey ingredients, will follow from 7:15 to 9 p.m. under the direction of 2017 Outstanding Chef winner Drew Araneo, of Drew's Bayshore Bistro in Keyport, and 2017 Rising Star honoree AJ Capella, formerly of the Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station. Students from New Jersey culinary schools will assist the chefs and their culinary captains with prep work, cooking, plating and serving the dishes.

 

The independent juried culinary awards program is the only one of its kind in New Jersey to honor achievement and excellence in a variety of culinary arts enterprises in the Garden State. During the past year, the nine-member GSCA Awards Committee and a statewide body of some 150 judges mined New Jersey for candidates for consideration for the awards. After winnowing down the names in each category to 10 nominees, the committee and judges voted in a first round of independently tabulated balloting.


The top three vote-getters in each category have been deemed finalists; they are listed below. Following a second round of voting, the winners will be selected and announced at the gala ceremony on Sunday, April 29.

 

A limited number of tickets to the ceremony and reception are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets. If purchased by Friday, April 20, tickets are $75 per person; if any tickets remain available after that date, they will be sold for $100 per person. To purchase tickets, visitwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/3395757.

 

 

The finalists for the 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards are:

 

Best Food Market: An established, independently owned retail food market in New Jersey that demonstrates a high level of quality in goods offered, service to its customers and devotion to its community. Must have been in operation for at least five years.
The Cheese Cave, Red Bank: Stephen Catania, owner

Corrado's Family Affair, Clifton: Corrado family, owners

Stockton Market, Stockton: Steven Grabowski and Cheryl Olsten, owners

 

Best Neighborhood Food Establishment: An informal, moderately priced, independently owned eatery in New Jersey with high-quality food that reflects the character of New Jersey and/or its surrounding community. Must have been in operation for at least five years. This award is given in three regions.
 

Central

The Buttered Biscuit Cafe, Bradley Beach: Liz and Dave McAllister, owners

El Tule, Lambertville: Egoavil and Anguiano families, owners

Mustache Bill's Diner, Barnegat Light: Bill Smith, chef-owner

 

North

Al-Basha, Paterson: Yasar Basha, owner

La Isla, Hoboken: Omar Giner, chef-owner

Seabra's Marisqueira, Newark: Joaquim Fernandes, chef-owner; Antonio Sousa and Manuel Cerqueira, owners

 

South

Angelo's Fairmount Tavern, Atlantic City: Mancuso family, owners

Little Saigon, Atlantic City: Ha and Thomas Vu, owners

Louisa's Cafe, Cape May: Will Riccio, owner

 

Best New Restaurant: A restaurant opened in the previous calendar year (2017) in New Jersey that displays excellence in food and service, already has established a distinctive voice and promises to set high standards for years to come.
Cargot Brasserie, Princeton: Jim Nawn, Fenwick Hospitality Group, owner

Hearthside, Collingswood: Lindsay Piperno, owner; Dominic Piperno, chef-owner

Marcel Bakery & Kitchen, Upper Montclair: Meny Vaknin, chef-owner

 

Best Restaurant: A restaurant in operation in New Jersey for at least five years that displays overall excellence and consistency of quality in food, atmosphere and service and has set high standards in the industry.
Elements, Princeton: Scott Anderson, chef-partner; Stephen Distler, partner

The Red Store, Cape May Point: Lucas Manteca, chef-owner

Zeppoli, Collingswood: Joey Baldino, chef-owner

 

Garden State Culinary Legend: A food professional, institution or restaurant with a rich, storied history of high standards, commitment, accomplishment and influence. The contributions of the person, place or institution to the culinary arts in New Jersey must have affected residents in positive ways for at least 10 years.
Ariane Daguin, D'Artagnan; Union

Chris Mumford, Cafe Mumford's; Tinton Falls

Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama and Zafra; Hoboken

 

Outstanding Beer Professional: A beer professional working in New Jersey who has proven skills and talent and has had a significant positive effect on the industry.
Augie Carton, Carton Brewing Co.; Atlantic Highlands

Michael Kane, Kane Brewing Co.; Ocean Township

Ryan Krill, Chris "Hank" Henke and Bob Krill, Cape May Brewing Co.; Cape May

 

Outstanding Chef: A chef in a professional capacity in New Jersey for at least five consecutive years whose accomplishments have served to inspire, educate and set standards in both the state and the industry.
Ariane Duarte, Ariane Kitchen + Bar; Verona

Shigeru Fukuyoshi, Sagami; Collingswood

Dan Richer, Razza Pizza Artigianale; Jersey City

 

Outstanding Farmer: A farmer whose primary income is derived from agricultural pursuits and has demonstrated significant talent and skill in the profession, as well as setting consistent standards of excellence. Must have been working as a farmer in New Jersey for at least five years.
Cherry Grove Organic Farm, Lawrence Township: Matthew Conver

Chickadee Creek Farm, Pennington: Jess Niederer

Forty North Oyster Farm, Little Egg Harbor and Belmar: Matt Gregg and Scott Lennox

 

Outstanding Food Artisan: A food artisan in New Jersey who has demonstrated significant talent and skill in their chosen genre and has set new or consistent standards of achievement and excellence. Must have been working in the genre for at least three years.
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Milford: Nina and Jonathan White, owners

Milk Sugar Love, Jersey City: Emma Taylor, owner

Valley Shepherd Creamery, Long Valley: Eran Wajswol and Debra Van Sickle, owners

 

 

Outstanding Pastry Chef / Baker: A pastry chef or baker working in a professional capacity in New Jersey for at least three years in a restaurant, café, bakery or other public outlet who has displayed overall excellence in pastries, desserts and/or bread-making.
Jennifer Colello Carson, Lillipies; Princeton

Elizabeth Degener, The Bread Lady at Enfin Farms; Cape May

Jess Gaspero, The Farm & Fisherman Tavern; Cherry Hill

 

Outstanding Spirits Professional: A spirits professional working in New Jersey who has proven skills and talent and has had a significant positive effect on the industry.
Danny Childs, The Farm & Fisherman Tavern; Cherry Hill

Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, Stage Left Steak; New Brunswick

James Yoakum, Cooper Rivers Distillers; Camden

 

Outstanding Wine Professional: A wine professional working in New Jersey who has proven skills and talent and has had a significant positive effect on the industry.
Michael Beneduce Jr., Beneduce Vineyards; Pittstown

Sean Comninos, Bill and Penni Heritage, Heritage Vineyards; Mullica Hill

Chris Cree, Pluckemin Inn; Bedminster

 

Rising Star Chef: A chef age 30 or younger as of the previous calendar year whose accomplishments and talent already have served to inspire and impress and promise to set standards for years to come. Must have worked in a professional capacity as a chef for a minimum of three years, includingthe two most recent years in New Jersey.
Robbie Felice, Viaggio; Wayne

Valentina Fortuna, Constellation Collective; Collingswood

Martyna Krowicka, Restaurant Latour; Hamburg

 

Princeton Day School Announces First Annual Empty Bowls Event April 4

Princeton – Princeton Day School announces the first annual Empty Bowls event, a community fundraiser to address hunger in our local community. This event will take place on campus on Wednesday, April 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and tickets will be sold at the door for $25.

Guests to the event will be invited to choose a handcrafted bowl, enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, and then keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. Once soup has been served, there will be an opportunity to purchase individual bowls for $10.  Pitch Perfect, an Upper School a cappella group, will be singing, as well.

All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (www.trentonsoupkitchen.org) and Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org). In America, one in six children may not know where they will get their next meal. By joining us, the community can help make a difference in the fight against hunger.

Started in 1990, Empty Bowls is an international initiative to fight hunger that is personalized by organizations on a community level. At Princeton Day School, ceramics students from the 4th and 8th grades, as well as ceramics students in the Upper School, are making and donating 350 bowls for this event, and local restaurants are donating approximately 35 gallons of soup. 

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Princeton Day School Announces STEM Research Program: PDS REx


7 Students Accepted into Internships for the Summer of 2018

from left to right, are the 2018 PDS REx students: Angela Talusan, Jacob Tharayil, Walter Emann, Lydia Wu, Eleanor Myers, Raina Kasera, Elsie Wang, and Dr. Carrie Norin

 

Princeton – At the beginning of this academic year, Princeton Day School announced the new PDS REx Program, a signature science research experience program for Upper School students.

In the REx program, students in the 11th grade have the opportunity to take a science course where they explore the nature and processes of scientific discovery through guided inquiry, dynamic lessons, and rich discussions. Through independent study, students dive deeper and choose a field that resonates with them. Guided by faculty, students then apply for summer internships at leading professional and academic laboratories across the country. After the internship, students have the opportunity to present the research to the PDS community the following fall. All of these experiences serve to give students a window into the world of scientific research and perhaps develop their passion for a future career in this field.

 

Upper School Biology teacher Dr. Carrie Norin recently announced that all seven of her current REx students have now been accepted into summer internships at some of the nation’s most prestigious university labs this summer.

 

Walter Emann (Hopewell) will do an internship with Dr. Joel Kingsolver in the Department of Biology on plant-insect interactions and phenotypic plasticity at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

 

Raina Kasera (Princeton) will do an internship with Dr. Steven Malcolmson in the Department of Chemistry on the discovery of catalysts for biological molecules at Duke University.

 

Eleanor Myers (Belle Mead) will work with Dr. Daphne Munroe in the Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers University on climate change pressure on marine ecosystems.

 

Angela Talusan (Hillsborough) with do an internship with Dr. Anna Nolan in the Department of Environmental Medicine at NYU - Langone Health on lung function in 9/11 first-responders.

 

Jacob Tharayil (Bordentown) will work with Dr. William DeGrado in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of California - San Francisco on protein design and antibiotic resistance.

 

Elsie Wang (Princeton) will do an internship with Dr. Christine Denny in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University on memory and learning in mice and Alzheimer's disease.

 

Lydia Wu (Princeton) will work with Dr. Robert Anders in the Department of Pathology at the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Johns Hopkins University on liver cancer & cell death, cancer immunotherapy.

 

 

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018-2019 Classical Season Heralding Rossen Milanov's 10th Anniversary as Music Director

Princeton, NJ—The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announces its 2018-2019 season, featuring more concerts than ever before including a six-concert subscription series with new Saturday evening performance options and music ranging from classical Beethoven and Brahms concertos to a celebration of Leonard Bernstein favorites, works by Paganini, Janácek,and Stravinsky, and a Dvorák symphony. There is a recent piece by Missy Mazzoli and a new work by Derek Bermel, co-commissioned by the PSO. Superstar violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianists Inon Barnatan and Dominic Cheli, soprano Meghan Picerno, and guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger grace the PSO stage. Audience favorites Daniel Rowland and flutist Chelsea Knox make highly anticipated return appearances, and an afternoon of music by Falla is accompanied by flamenco dancing. Presiding over all is conductor and Music Director Rossen Milanov, whose 10-year anniversary celebration with the PSO gets underway in early 2019.

The season-opening A Bernstein Celebration concert spotlights Bernstein's popular orchestral works for the Broadway stage, including the spirited "Three Dance Episodes" from On the Town. The West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra is performed by violinist Daniel Rowland, known for his virtuosity and "a restless curiosity ranging across violin repertoire" (Classical Music Magazine). Selections from Candide complete the program, including the energetic showpiece "Glitter and be Gay" featuring soprano Meghan Picerno, described by Anthony Tommasini as a "bright voiced" and "exuberant Cunegonde" (The New York Times?). There are two weekend performances to choose from: Saturday, September 29 at 8 pm and Sunday September 30 at 4 pm.

Through two separately programmed concerts on Saturday, October 27 at 8 pm and Sunday, October 28 at 4 pm, the PSO offers a complete immersion in Beethoven's five concertos for piano and orchestra under the baton of Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger, currently music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Pianist Inon Barnatan, "one of the most admired pianists of his generation" (The New York Times), is soloist for the complete cycle. He'll perform Concertos No. 1, 2, and 4 on Saturday and No. 3 and 5 "Emperor" on Sunday.

On Sunday, November 18, the "no less than spectacular violinist" (The StradRachel Barton Pine plays Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the PSO. Bookending this performance are the Czech composer Leoš Janá?ek's festive Sinfonietta and Stravinsky's theatrical Divertimento, an orchestral suite from the ballet The Fairy's Kiss.

The PSO heralds Music Director Rossen Milanov's 10th Anniversary year on Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm and Sunday, February 3 at 4 pm with two titanic works on the season's Edward T. Cone Concert.  Brahms' massive Piano Concerto No. 1 is played by pianist Dominic Cheli, First Prize-winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with its iconic first four notes, brings the program to powerful conclusion.

On Saturday, March 23 at 8 pm and Sunday, March 24 at 4 pm, former PSO principal flutist Chelsea Knox is welcomed back as soloist to perform Lowell Liebermann's delightful Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. She is currently principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Leading off the concert is Missy Mazzoli's atmospheric Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres). Mazzoli wrote music and performed for the hit television show Mozart in the Jungle which has championed the work of women composers. She is viewed as "one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York" (The New York Times). Dvorák's exuberant Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 completes the innovative program.

Composer and PSO board member Derek Bermel's new Mango Suite headlines the PSO's Sunday, May 19 concert. Critics are dazzled by the "profusion of ingenuity, beauty, and wit he brings to everything he touches" (San Francisco Chronicle). The work is based on Sandra Cisneros' acclaimed novel The House on Mango Street and is co-commissioned by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. The remainder of the concert is devoted to works by Falla, including his well-known Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 1. Concert attendees will also be treated to Falla's El amor brujo and artful footwork by flamenco dancer Griset Damas-Roche during Spanish Dance No. 1 from La vida breve.  

Each classical series concert is preceded by a pre-concert talk hosted by the conductor and ancillary events to enrich the live concert experience and encourage a dialogue connecting the community to the orchestral music heard in the concert hall.

While single tickets go on sale in July, subscriptions to the six-concert 2018-2019 PSO Classical Series with Saturday options are available now. All concerts will take place at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University. Single seat subscriptions are available at $438, $366, $282, and $180. Subscribers are eligible for discounts on PSO POPS! tickets and receive priority reservations for free tickets to the four-concert PSO Chamber Series at the Institute for Advanced Study (Chamber concert tickets become available to the general public three weeks prior to each concert).

To subscribe and receive savings of up to 18% off PSO Classical Series single ticket prices, call: (609) 497-0020 or subscribe online at princetonsymphony.org.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019 Classical Series Calendar

 

A BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

 

Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 8 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 7 pm – Richardson Auditorium

Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Daniel Rowland, violin

Meghan Picerno, soprano

 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN / Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

LEONARD BERNSTEIN West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra (arr. Brohn)

LEONARD BERNSTEIN / Selections from Candide

 

 

BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS

 

Marcelo Lehninger, guest conductor

Inon Barnatan, piano

 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 8 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 7 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN / Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2, & 4

 

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN / Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 "Emperor"

 

 

RACHEL BARTON PINE plays Paganini

 

 

Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Rachel Barton Pine, violin

 

LEOŠ JANÁCEK / Sinfonietta (arr. Stein)
NICCOLÒ PAGANINI / Violin Concerto No. 1
IGOR STRAVINSKY / Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss  

 

BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH Edward T. Cone Concert

 

Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 8pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 7 pm – Richardson Auditorium

Sunday, February 3, 2019 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Dominic Cheli, piano

 

JOHANNES BRAHMS / Piano Concerto No. 1

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN / Symphony No. 5

 

 

 

DVORÁK & LIEBERMANN

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 8pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 7 pm – Richardson Auditorium

Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Chelsea Knox, flute

 

MISSY MAZZOLI / Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) 
LOWELL LIEBERMANN 
/ Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
ANTONÍN DVORÁK / Symphony No. 8

 

DEREK BERMEL'S Mango Suite

 

Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Griset Damas-Roche, flamenco dancer

 

DEREK BERMEL Mango Suite (PSO Co-Commission)
MANUEL DE FALLA El amor brujo
MANUEL DE FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
MANUEL DE FALLA La vida breve, Spanish Dance No. 1

 

           

ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR ROSSEN MILANOV

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, internationally renowned conductor Rossen Milanov was appointed music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in 2009. With an impressive pedigree, including positions at the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has since galvanized the PSO with his energetic and exacting conducting. His exuberant and brilliant performances are characterized by sharp musical intellect, artistic ingenuity, poetic eloquence and critical acclaim.

Mr. Milanov is also at the helm of the Columbus Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinf?nica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain.  At the PSO, his programming embraces the standard repertoire, rarities and premieres performed by emerging and superstar soloists and featuring celebrated American composers.

Mr. Milanov is deeply committed to music education and every season he leads the PSO's BRAVO concerts for thousands of children. He was named Bulgaria's Musician of the Year in 2005; he won a 2011 ASCAP award for new music at the PSO; and he was selected as one of the top 100 most influential people in New Jersey in 2014. He is a graduate of Curtis and The Juilliard School.

 

ABOUT THE PRINCETON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey's finest music organizations, a position established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending their first live orchestral performance. With considerable community support and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts' highest honors. The PSO has been recognized for its commitment to new music with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

Find the PSO online at www.princetonsymphony.org; on facebook at www.facebook.com/princetonsymphony; on Twitter at www.twitter.com/psomusic and on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/princetonsymphony.

 

Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) Announces Family Program April 8

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is excited to host a brand-new family program designed to increase awareness of the town’s rich architectural heritage. Building Princeton will be held on Sunday, April 8 in the Wojciechowicz Barn at HSP’s Updike Farmstead.

 

Using 70,000 LEGO building blocks, fifty teams will each receive a photograph and story of a historic building, which they will build within the 2-hour program. When the models are finished, they will be placed on a 30-foot map of Princeton, providing an amazing aerial view of the town. This program, with adults and children working together, is ideal for children ages 8-12, but all ages are encouraged to participate.

 

Led by Architect Stephen W. Schwartz AIA, of Building Blocks Workshops, Princeton will join other cities that have participated in this program, including Montclair, Morristown, and Summit.

 

At the conclusion of the program each family will receive a copy of “The Princeton Architectural Treasure Hunt Map” and are encouraged to go out as a family and find the real buildings.

 

“We’re so thrilled to offer an experiential, interdisciplinary program that integrates hands-on STEM activities and primary source-based history education,” said HSP Executive Director, Izzy Kasdin. “The end goal is developing community members to be stronger advocates for and stewards of Princeton’s important historic built environment.”

 

This event is made possible by generous community sponsors JaZams, McCaffrey’s Supermarkets, Open Aire Affairs, Pinneo Construction, and Architect Marina Rubina.

 

Tickets are $35 per team (up to four people with at least 1 adult). Pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Registration is available online at www.princetonhistory.org.

 

 

 

 

Carrier Clinic's East Mountain Youth Lodge Announces New Leadership

Carrier Clinic's President and CEO Donald Parker announced new leadership for the organization's East Mountain Youth Lodge, located in Belle Mead, NJ. Pictured left to right are: Sarah Geser, LCSW, who has been promoted to the Director of Clinical Operations; Thomas Costello, who has been promoted to the Director of Administrative Operations; and Dina Calu, who has been promoted to the role of Manager of Quality and Compliance.

 

(BELLE MEAD, NJ: March 12, 2018) Carrier Clinic's President and CEO Donald Parker announced new leadership for the organization's East Mountain Youth Lodge, located in Belle Mead, NJ.

 

Thomas Costello has been promoted to the Director of Administrative Operations of the East Mountain Youth Lodge and Sarah Geser, LCSW, has been promoted to the Director of Clinical Operations of the East Mountain Youth Lodge. Additionally, Dina Calu has been promoted to the role of Manager of Quality and Compliance.

 

"Over the years, East Mountain Youth Lodge has grown from one small co-ed unit to seven independent programs with multiple levels of care," said Parker. "The East Mountain Youth Lodge currently has the capacity to service over 90 adolescents and has over 175 employees. The challenges and opportunities this adolescent population presents to Carrier Clinic are immense. As we are tragically reminded of every day, the need for services for these children has never been more important. Carrier Clinic will continue to be a leader in adolescent behavioral health services, now with a new leadership structure in place. With this new co-director organizational structure, we will be able to leverage the considerable talents of both Tom and Sarah to meet the challenges facing our work."

 

Carrier Clinic's East Mountain Youth Lodge is a comprehensive program that provides 24-hour clinical, therapeutic and educational treatment for patients age 13-18 with psychiatric and/or emotional difficulties. The program's aim is to nurture emotional healing, provide social skill acquisition, and prepare residents for their futures.

 

In the role of Director of Administrative Operations, Costello will be responsible for general operations, security/safety, budget, and administrative policies, ensuring that all residential programs provide high quality treatment in the most cost effective fashion. Costello has a wealth of knowledge in administration, safety and security. He has a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness and a Master of Arts in Human Resources/Training & Development. Costello has years of experience in law enforcement, including being a former Lieutenant for the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department. His law enforcement work included extensive work with juveniles in D.A.R.E programs and juvenile justice programs. He also is a seasoned administrator and has a proven track record developing multiple trainings and processes to address OSHA, safety, and other key administrative functions. Costello has also served as a High School Teacher and College Instructor since his retirement from the Sheriff's Department. He has served as Carrier Clinic's Manager of Security/Life Safety since 2013.

 

"Working with our kids at Carrier Clinic has always been one of the most rewarding parts of my time here," said Costello. "I am excited to be working more closely with them and to have the opportunity to help them shape their future."

 

In the role of Director of Clinical Operations, Geser will develop the therapeutic approaches, behavior modification programs, family programing, admissions, and various other clinical responsibilities, ensuring that all residential programs provide high quality clinical and family treatment. Geser brings an unparalleled level of clinical experience and knowledge to this role. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with certifications in providing clinical supervision. Geser has dedicated her career to the service of adolescents and families in crisis, with work experience in youth shelters, in-home family counseling, and various other services. She has worked at the East Mountain Youth Lodge since 1996, most recently as the Clinical Director. She is EAGALA certified and oversees equine therapy programs for entire campus, providing training and consultation, as well as developing animal-assisted programs.

 

In the role of Manager of Quality and Compliance, Calu will be responsible for developing and monitoring quality measures and helping to ensure that all residential programs meet or exceed all standards set forth by all licensing, governing and funding bodies. She is responsible for oversight of staff training and works closely with the risk and performance departments. Calu is a Licensed Nurse with her BA in Social Sciences. She has worked at the East Mountain Youth Lodge since 2004 when she joined the nursing team. Since then, she has worked in several roles, most recently as the Quality and Performance Supervisor. Throughout her time at East Mountain Youth Lodge, Calu has overseen multiple programs including the Butterfly, Bear and Eagle Lodges with much of her career being dedicated to oversight of the Swan Lodge Intensive Residential Treatment Services.

 

For more information about Carrier Clinic and its programs and resources, visit CarrierClinic.org.

 

About Carrier Clinic

Carrier Clinic, an independent, nonprofit behavioral healthcare system located in Belle Mead, NJ, specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Carrier Clinic's system includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a detoxification and rehabilitation center, an adolescent residential facility, and a fully-accredited middle and high school for students classified as emotionally disturbed. For more information about Carrier Clinic, visit CarrierClinic.org.

 

 

Attitudes In Reverse® Announces 10th Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (March 5, 2018) –Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR™) is pleased to announce its 10th  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 Princeton, NJ based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults 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 30, 2018. Entry forms are available online. All contestants will be recognized during the Seventh Annual Miki & Friends Walk & Run for AIR event on May 19, 2018 at Mercer County Park, East Picnic Area, West Windsor, NJ. Prizes will be an iPad for first place and a $50 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, www.attitudesinreverse.org.

 

The Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest is AIR’s first initiative, which has led to other programs that have become 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. To date, AIR has educated more than 63,000 students in middle schools, high schools and colleges, primarily throughout New Jersey and in several other states. Its Annual Miki & Friends Walk & Run for AIR™ event has consistently attracted more than 600 attendees. For more information about the annual event, including sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, and AIR’s educational programs, please see the Programs tab on www.attitudesinreverse.org.

 

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 63,000 students in middle and high schools and colleges in New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Missouri, Texas and Arizona. AIR also offers Youth Mental Health First Aid instruction and 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, AIR trains and certifies Emotional Support Animals and offers a lunch-and-learn program for businesses. For more information about AIR™, please visit www.attitudesinreverse.org or call 609-945-3200.

 

New Spring Menus Announced at Fenwick Catering

Locally sourced, and mindfully created: that is the commitment behind our family of restaurants: Agricola Eatery, Cargot Brasserie, Dinky Bar & Kitchen, and Two Sevens Eatery & Cantina; and it also inspires the new Spring Menu from Fenwick Catering & Events. Our new menus bring the sensibilities and flavors of our restaurants to your home, company or venue. Combined with the talents of our culinary team and event planners, we can help make any event unforgettable.

Corporate Drop Off - provide lunch at your next meeting - sandwiches, salads, and platters

Entertaining at Home - we bring the food, you supply the FUN

Save Room for Dessert - selection of cookies, bars, mini-pastries

Call us about your upcoming home or company event! 609.921.2777

HVSA Announces Spring Rec Registration is Open

HVSA Spring registration is now open, games start 15APR. Register now to get the best price.

No practices, just games! Sunday afternoons through June 17.

No games Memorial Day weekend.

 

Historical Society of Princeton Announces Spring Walking Tour Schedule

The Historical Society of Princeton announces its spring walking tour schedule, which features a variety of programs for participants to learn about and enjoy the historic landscape of town.

 

Every Sunday at 2 PM, on the Classic Princeton History Walking Tour, visitors and locals can discover the architectural history behind prominent buildings and landmarks, learn about Princeton’s historic role in the American Revolution and the founding of the nation, and hear stories of some of its most famous residents. Starts outside Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street; tickets are $7.

 

On April 7, May 5 and June 2, at 1 PM, tour Historic Stony Brook: Gateway to Princeton History. This hike explores the lives of Princeton’s early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the “hidden” back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield. Starts at Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road; tickets are $5.

 

On March 31 and April 28, at 10:30 AM, Clifford Zink, author of Princeton Prospect Foundation’s 2017 book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, will lead an exterior tour of the clubhouses, as well as an interior visit to three clubs. Participants will learn about the architecture, origins, and development of these Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. Starts at Colonial Club, 40 Prospect Avenue; tickets are $20.  

 

On April 21, at 11 AM, Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at Morris Arboretum, and Roland Machold, former Marquand Park Foundation board member, lead The Magic and History of Marquand Park. They will share the history of the property and highlight the native and exotic trees in the collection. Starts at the Marquand Park parking lot, Lover’s Lane between Stockton and Mercer Streets; free, but registration is required.

On May 12, at 10 AM, the popular Princeton University Architecture Tour explores the phenomenal architecture on campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two mile walk include the Georgian-style Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility. Starts at Palmer Square’s Tiger Park; tickets are $10.

 

On May 26, at 10 AM, Memorials will lead participants to local tributes established for war veterans and famous Princetonians. Starts at the Princeton Battle Monument; tickets are $5.

 

Tickets for all tours can be purchased online at www.princetonhistory.org, or by calling (609) 921-6748 x102. Space is limited.

 

elements Announces Guest Chef Event with Sean Gray and Su Wong Ruiz from Momofuku KO, NYC 3/18

 

elements welcomes Sean Gray and Su Wong Ruiz from KO in New York on Sunday, March 18th, 2018. They will work collaboratively alongside our elements team to bring you a six-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. 

KO, guided by the Japanese kaiseki tradition as well as seasonality and Scott Anderson's Interpretive American cuisine to present a truly memorable evening, here at elements.

Reserve online at www.elementsprinceton.com or call (609) 924-0078

elements Announces Special Dinner With Guest Chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria in Philadelphia

On Thursday, March 8, 2018 reservations starting at 5 PM, elements is excited to welcome guest chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria in Philadelphia, PA. Chef Michaud and Chef Anderson will create a special 6-course menu featuring local ingredients and dishes focused around the larder of Osteria and elements.

6 Courses $99
Beverage pairing tier 1 $65
Beverage pairing tier 2 $99

There is limited seating for this one-time event, reserve your table now so you don’t miss out:

 

Reserve Here or Call 609.924.0078

 

PSO Announces SIERRA BOGGESS - Return Engagement February 10

SIERRA BOGGESS - Return Engagement!
Richardson Auditorium
8 pm
 
Sierra sings an exciting new program of songs from the stage and screen, and John Devlin leads the orchestra in selections from Star Wars, Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Wicked, Romeo and Juliet, and more!
 

Princeton Senior Resource Center Announces Free Tax Assistance for Seniors

The Princeton Senior Resource Center will again sponsor free tax assistance for low and moderate income older adults in the wider Princeton area who are filing personal returns. IRS-Trained volunteers from AARP will be available to prepare New Jersey State and Federal returns. Returns will be filed electronically. The program serves all but help is directed mainly to adults age 60+ as volunteers are particularly familiar with tax regulations and rebate programs that affect seniors.

Assistance is available by appointment at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton St, behind Monument Hall. Call PSRC at 924-7108 for an appointment.

Fridays 8:30am-12:00 noon at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton St, behind Borough Hall.

Participants must bring copies of their 2016 Federal and New Jersey tax returns, as well as all necessary 2017 tax information, including W-2 and 1099 income forms, property tax bill, and receipts for itemized deductions such as medical bills and charitable contributions.

YingHua Announces Chinese New Year Celebration February 10

YingHua International School Announces a Free Chinese New Year event for the community at Princeton High School!

 

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Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) Announces Winners of Photography Contest

First Place: Monika Reimitz, Bridge Vista

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) has awarded prizes for photographs taken at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve during the organization's 3rd Annual Give Thanks for Nature photo contest, which started on OptOutside Friday (Black Friday) and was co-sponsored by outdoor equipment and clothing co-operative, REI. OptOutside is an REI initiative to encourage people to reconnect to the outdoors over the holidays. As part of the initiative, the national outdoor clothing and equipment retailer closes its stores on the day after Thanksgiving.

The Give Thanks for Nature photo contest garnered 41 entries showing the beauty of the Preserve in the late fall, and got local residents outside to enjoy nature during a busy time of year. REI, which has made generous grants to FOPOS for various projects in the Preserve, supplied prizes for the top three photos. This year's winners are:

                  First Place: Monika Reimitz, Bridge Vista
                  Second Place: Jennifer Driscoll, Spring Overflow
                  Third Place: Niels Kistrup, Lake Foliage

First place received a $25 REI gift card with a hiking backpack and water bottle. Second place received an REI tote bag, water bottle, thermos, and neck gaiter. Third place received an REI water bottle and thermos.

Friends of Princeton Open Space is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1969 that works to preserve and protect open space in Princeton, creates and maintains trails in its parks, and conducts educational hikes, classes and camps. FOPOS has its headquarters at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, which it helped Princeton Township to acquire in 1987-88. The Preserve includes streams, lakes, marshes, woods and a native plant garden, and is crisscrossed by trails that are part of an 8.5 mile network through 400 acres of preserved open space and farmland that is the Greater Mountain Lakes Recreation Area. Currently, FOPOS is starting work on an 18-acre forest  restoration project on the west side of Mountain Lake.

REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) was started by a group of 23 mountain climbing buddies and is now the nation's largest consumer cooperative. Each year it donates millions of dollars to support conservation efforts nationwide and sends teams of members, customers and REI employees to build trails, clean up beaches, restore local habitats and work on other outdoor projects. REI's Princeton store on Route 1 is part of this effort and has worked cooperatively with FOPOS on several projects.

PDS Announces Alumni Award Recipients

In photo, clockwise from top left, Barbie Cole, Rob Whitlock, Davon Reed, and Chris Campbell.

Princeton – Princeton Day School is thrilled to welcome back our alumni community on May 18 and 19 for Alumni Weekend. During the weekend, we will honor some of our alums with our annual service, achievement, and outstanding young alumni awards; and we will induct a new member into our Athletic Hall of Fame. We are pleased to announce this year’s award recipients:

 

The John D. Wallace ’48 Alumni Service Award: Barbara Griffin Cole ’78

Barbara Griffin Cole ’78 attended Princeton Day School and St. Paul's School before earning her B.A. and M. Arch. from Princeton University. She is the founder of Barbara Griffin Architects, based in Hopewell, and is the parent of three PDS alumni.  Barbie served on the Princeton Day School Board of Trustees from 2000-2017, ultimately serving as Chair from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that appointment, she served as Vice Chair of the Board and on many Board committees, including: Campus Space; Building and Grounds; Executive; Facilities Steering; Leadership Gift; Diversity; Development; Finance; the Committee on Trustees; Financial Aid Task Force; and the Campaign Cabinet. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Educational Policy Committee and Educational Policy Task Force on Middle States Accreditation and the Mission Fulfillment Committee and the Co-Chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for the Investing in Excellence Campaign.

 

Alumni Achievement Award: Robert C. Whitlock, Jr. ’78

Robert Whitlock ’78 is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects in New York, and is renowned for his role as a designer of high-rise towers, mixed-use developments, and large-scale master plans all over the world. He received his B.S. from the University of Virginia, and his M. Arch. from Columbia University. Since beginning professional practice over 25 years ago, Rob has focused on density, public space, programmatic integration, supertall building, and the influences of these elements on the quality and sustainability of the “global city.” Rob's design for the densely clustered Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore has become an oft-cited model for urban development. Other high-rise projects include Wheelock Square, the tallest building in the Puxi district of Shanghai, the AZIA Center, and the CSCEC Tower, both in the Pudong District, China’s financial and commercial hub. He has been honored with the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Award (2012) and the MIPIM Asia Business Centres Award (2011). Based in New York City, Rob has served on the PDS Board of Trustees since 2016.

 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Christopher C. Campbell ’03   


Air Force Major Christopher Campbell ’03 is the chief F-35 Experimental Test Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and a minor in Japanese language. He received the highest honors in his class and was awarded the Marshall Scholarship by the British Government for two years of graduate study at Cambridge. Chris was deployed to Guam in 2013 where he completed joint exercises with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force. In 2014, he was deployed to the Middle East where he saw combat aiding Iraqi Kurdish forces against ISIS. In 2017, Chris was selected to represent the Air Force as an astronaut nominee.

 

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: Davon M. Reed ’13

Davon Reed ’13 played on the Princeton Day School Varsity Boys Basketball team for four years, scoring more than 2000 points and being named Prep B Player of the Year in New Jersey, All-Area Player of the year twice, and a McDonald’s All-American candidate. After graduation from PDS, he played basketball at the University of Miami where his skill on the court was matched by his success in the classroom. As a senior, Davon was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Team, and earned the Skip Prosser Award for Scholar Athletes. In addition, he was nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his commitment to community service. Upon graduation from Miami, Davon was selected with the 32nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to play for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.

 

HomeFront Announces Week of Hope January 13-20

HomeFront will host their second annual Week of Hope, a week-long effort with a variety of special educational and volunteer opportunities that will enable people to contribute to community change in a meaningful, positive way.  During the Week of Hope, HomeFront will offer guided bus tours, panel discussions on poverty and issues facing the working poor in this area. A large roster of volunteer opportunities will be available for people of all ages including tutoring or reading to children, working in the food pantry or organizing events and drives.

 
A full schedule of opportunities, with online reservations, can be viewed on HomeFront's website at www.homefrontnj.org. For more information, call 609-989-9417 x 133, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm or email getinvolved@homefrontnj.org.  Anyone wanting to contribute to community change is welcome to participate.

Artworks Trenton Announces 5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition

 
Calling all Printmakers!  Artworks in now accepting submissions to our 
5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition.
 
 
 
5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition Prospectus
 
Artworks Trenton is pleased to announce our  5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition which showcases the works of selected artists and printmakers whose works reflect the many mediums of hand pulled printing.   Artists will be selected from all over the country to take part in this exhibition which will be held in our Community Gallery, from March 10th - April 14th, 2018, with a opening reception on March 10th, 2017, from 7-9pm.  
 
JUROR:  Mike Quinn - Owner/Sole Proprietor at Circle A Press 
 
 
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
 
 ORIGINALITY & PRINTS
*All entries must be original work completed within the last three years and not previously shown in any Artworks Trenton show.
*Copies and reproductions of original works of art, whether embellished or not, are not eligible for submission to this juried exhibition. However, prints such as lithographs, woodcuts, engravings, etching, screen prints, or any other method of hand pulled printing are acceptable.  Digital works, giclee prints, photography are not acceptable.  Editions must be numbered.
*Please be mindful of copyright infringements - BE ORIGINAL!
 
 DIPTYCHS & TRIPTYCHS
*A Diptych or Triptych is considered as one submission of artwork and must be priced as one individual piece. It must be submitted, charged, and labeled as such.  The overall maximum size of the triptych or diptych may not exceed 30" x 60".  Any combination of work greater than these dimensions will not be accepted. Please contact the Exhibition Coordinator to discuss any concerns before submission of work.
 
 SIZE
*Maximum size for prints ( including frame ) may not exceed 30x60. This rule is to ensure that there is space enough to hang at least one piece from each accepted artist.
*Any entry weighing over 40 lbs. must be handled by the artist and prior arrangements for its placement made with the Exhibition Coordinator.
 
TWO DIMENSIONAL ART and FRAMING  
*All works must be framed. Glass or Plexi must be clean (inside and out), unscratched and intact.
*Frames must be in good condition (no scratches or loose corners).
*Mats must be clean and smoothly cut.
* Screw eyes and hanging wire MUST be attached firmly to the back of the piece. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS!  Works not wired will not be accepted.
*Art work must be completely dry. 
 
 REVIEW COMMITTEE
*The Review Committee will inspect submissions for condition and adherence to the above policies
*Inclusion in the exhibit is at the sole discretion of the juror(s), Artworks Exhibition Coordinator, Artworks Education Coordinator, and the Artworks Executive Director.
 
WITHDRAWAL
Work accepted for an exhibition may not be substituted, nor will any be permitted to be withdrawn during the exhibition, except in extenuating circumstances, and then only with the approval of the Exhibition Coordinator.  All works must hang for the durations of the exhibition.
 
STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY
All accepted entries are insured from the opening of the exhibition to the close of the exhibition.  Insurance does not cover damage caused by faulty framing or wiring.  Submission of work to any exhibition constitutes agreement on the part of the artist to the provisions set forth.
 
AWARDS 
- First Prize - 125.00
- Second Prize - 75.00
- Third Prize - 50.00
- Honorable Mention - Artworks Artist Membership ( 50.00 value )
 
FEES
All juried exhibitions require a non-refundable entry fee of $25.00 for up to three submissions.
 
SALES
Artworks Trenton will handle ALL sales.  There is a 30% sales commission to Artworks Trenton.
 
SUBMISSIONS
1. Fill out the online application form.  Pay non-refundable submission fee of $25 (for up to three entries)
2. Send an email with a list of artwork and up to three images attached, NOT embedded and NO links, with PRINT EXHIBITION 2018 (ALL CAPS) in the subject line to gallery@artworkstrenton.org. Image files should be JPG files, no more than 10" in height or width, and no less than 72 dpi and no more than 300 dpi. Name each image file with first name, last name and title of artwork. (  Jane_Doe_ArtworkTitle )   Each title within the file name must correspond with the title on the entry form.                                                             
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE STEP WILL DISQUALIFY YOUR SUBMISSIONS.
DROP OFF
 
Art MUST be dropped off by the artist or a representative of the artist on the designated drop off day(s). If artwork is not delivered on the designated day(s), they will not be included in the exhibition. 
Mailed in works MUST be received by the end of the day on the last drop off day. Mailed in works MUST have return postage sent with the original package.
 
PICK UP
Art MUST be picked up within one week after the close of the exhibition. If artwork is not picked up on the designated days, fees will incur on a daily basis. {$5.00/day for every business day starting one week after the pick up date, not to exceed two weeks.  After two weeks, works are considered orphaned and become the property of Artworks Trenton. 
Mailed in works MUST have return postage sent with the original package.
 
 DISCLAIMER
Any exhibiting artist consents to the use of his/her name and the artist's image(s) for purposes of promotion and advertisement by Artworks Trenton.  The artist waives any claim, including any claim for invasion of the right of privacy of copyright, against Artworks, its directors, officers, employees, and volunteers.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
*The Exhibition Coordinator must be notified in advance if an unconventional method of presentation or hanging is required. Policies set forth by Artworks Trenton will prevail.
*Once an accepted piece of artwork is installed in a show, please do not ask to change its location.  It is up to the Exhibition Coordinator and/or Curator of the exhibition to place and hang artwork.
 

 

School of Rock Announces T-shirt Design Contest

 

T-Shirt Design Contest

School of Rock Spring T-Shirt Design Contest
Philadelphia, Princeton, and Doylestown

Calling all artists! For the first time ever, we are calling on YOU to design our Spring Season t-shirt. We are looking for an original design that embodies School of Rock. The winning designer will walk away with the 1st place prize… a free 2018 summer camp! The competition will be fierce; students from Philadelphia, Princeton, and Doylestown are all invited to participate. So, get ready, get creative, and design away

Eligibility:
Open to all School of Rock students.
Design Requirements:
1. Must include at least one SOR logo:


2. Must include the text “School of Rock ” and “Spring 2018”
3. Pick two colors:
One for the design print
One for the actual shirt color
4. May be drawn or created digitally
5. Must not include any copyright-protected images

How to Submit:
Email design to sordelval.design@gmail.com with the subject line “Spring 2018 T-Shirt Submission” or bring a hard copy into the School. All submissions must be received by February 17, 2018.
Judging Criteria:
40% Originality
30% Creativity
30% Embodiment of School of Rock and the Spring 2018 Season

Mercer County Park Announces "Winter Duck Walks" at Roebling Park

HAMILTON, N.J. — Every winter the Abbott Marshlands becomes a popular vacation destination -- for ducks, that is. Join the Mercer County Park Commission Naturalist staff at Roebling Park on Sunday, Jan. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a free Winter Duck Walk.

 

Many species of duck flock to the wetlands and waterways of New Jersey each winter, including our own Abbott Marshlands. Here they can find the food needed to refuel, spend some time bonding with potential mates and rest before their next long trip. Come learn about these migrating waterfowl and their journey, then stop by the Tulpehaking Nature Center to warm up with hot chocolate.

 

Please dress for cold, windy weather. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them; extra binoculars will be available for those who do not. This program is free and appropriate for adults and teens. Register by calling the Nature Programs at (609) 888-3218 or by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms.  

 

The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. It is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information about the Nature Center, programs and schedule of events, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org. 

CONTACT of Mercer County Volunteer Training Announcement

Seeking Good Listeners:  CONTACT of Mercer County, NJ offers a 40 hour training course in Active Listening/Resources, and Crisis Intervention Skills starting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 and running weekly on Tuesdays through April 17, 2018.  There is no class on March 13.  The course has two sections:  Morning Training is from 9:30am-12:30pm and Evening Training is from 7-10pm.  Classes are held in the office building behind the Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 S. Main Street, Pennington, NJ  08534.  There is an initial request for a donation of $35.00 to cover the book and materials.   For more training information, call the CONTACT Office:  609-883-2880 or visit www.contactofmercer.org.

 

HOTLINE training is open to community volunteers who are 18 or older and out of high school.  CONTACT'S HOTLINE Listeners respond to anyone who wants to talk, because talking helps. The service is free and confidential.  Call 609-896-2120, 609-585-2244, and 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for 24/7 suicide prevention.  Online Emotional Support: Visit crisischat.org (available 24/7), TxtToday: Text 609-488-4TXT.  Currently TxtToday is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm-9:30pm.   For more training information, call the CONTACT Office:  609-883-2880 or visit www.contactofmercer.org.

D&R Greenway Land Trust Announces Major Milestone— 20,000 Acres Preserved!

Princeton, N.J.— D&R Greenway Land Trust marks a major milestone—the 20,000th acre has been preserved, with the recent deal to save an historic Sourlands farm from development. 

 

"Our 20,000th acre was not the easiest one to preserve but it was one of our most remarkable success stories," said D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead about the deal, which required complex planning under a tight deadline.

 

The historic Schwinn farm on Hopewell-Amwell Road in Hopewell Township dates back more than 200 years and will include about 20 acres open to the public. Its trails will connect to a large network of neighboring protected lands.

 

In the months between May and September 2017, D&R Greenway put together a lightning-fast deal to preserve it. 

 

The farm has been in existence since at least the late 18th century. Under its last owners, who worked with D&R Greenway to preserve the farm, it had become home to sheep that grazed the green hillsides. Their lives were immortalized by Ruth Schwinn in two children's books she authored (Henry the Lamb and Henry and Dale).

 

Now the farm, nearby the historic Lindbergh estate and D&R Greenway's 700-acre Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve, will be here forever.

 

Saving the 116-acre property, in the northeast corner of Mercer County, catapulted the total acreage that D&R Greenway has preserved since 1989 to more than 20,000 acres.                 

 

Augmenting the Sourlands Landscape

The Schwinn farm adds to an extensive mosaic of preserved woods, meadows and farms in Mercer, Hunterdon and Somerset counties: a rural landscape of extraordinary beauty and rich history. It's a landscape that we can enjoy at our own pace, on two legs. About 20 acres of the Schwinn property will be open to the public, with trails that connect to a large network of protected lands.

 

The property contains headwaters of the Bedens Brook, in the Millstone River watershed. Its conifer hedgerows provide habitat for roosting owls, and its fields attract foraging butterflies. Contributing to the Sourlands' 90 square miles of intact woodlands, its mature forest supports vulnerable raptors such as Cooper's hawk, and migratory neotropical songbirds that depend on these breeding grounds.

 

Doing the Deal That Had to Get Done

Sandy Schwinn and his brother Gregg grew up on the property, along with a third brother. Sandy, his wife Ruth, Gregg and his wife Pat, co-owned the farm, and wanted to preserve it. But when it came time to retire, with no other family members interested in continuing to farm it, and the two couples moving out of state, the Schwinns needed to sell the farm quickly.

 

Luckily, the Schwinn family found the perfect preservation partner. With a September 1 deadline looming, and a development-oriented purchaser preparing to swoop in on the property, D&R Greenway rose to the challenge to get the deal done fast. The compressed time frame demanded nimble footwork to get around obstacles to conventional preservation – most significantly the absence of public funds available on short notice.

 

D&R Greenway brought to the table more than 25 years of expertise in complex transactions, as well as deep connections to preservation-minded individuals in the community. "In a few very short months," Linda Mead notes, "we were able to identify a conservation buyer and arrange the necessary bridge financing, while accomplishing all the necessary due diligence to protect the property with a conservation easement."

 

Ruth Schwinn expresses the family's gratitude to D&R Greenway: "I am so glad we connected and never gave up. The farm will be a precious part of our heart forever."

 

A Farm Embedded in History

Ruth Schwinnexplains that preserving the farm means keeping alive the history that is indelibly written onto the property. High on the gable end of its iconic red barn is a stone monogram carved with 'W/A/R 1810' indicating that it was built over 200 years ago for Andrew and Rebekah Weart (also spelled Wert). Other "crudely carved handwritten initials and dates" memorialize the lives of families who worked this land over centuries. Deeds for the farm go back prior to 1789. Among the property owners are Stouts (the farm's first owners), Voorhees and Wyckoffs, all names associated with nearby buildings, roads and villages. Three generations of Conovers later owned the property.

 

The Schwinn family came into possession of the farm in 1956, one owner removed from the Conovers. Sandy and Gregg's father, a retired executive, introduced the state's first pheasant hatchery on the property and called it Pheasant Run Farm. Ruth relates that he also established a business in developing ecologically safe weed suppression products, for which the farm provided nursery stock.

 

Just south of the property on Province Line Road is the Joseph Stout house (also called Hunt House), used by General George Washington as headquarters to plan for the 1778 Battle of Monmouth.

 

North of Featherbed Lane was the "Highfields" estate of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. When the Lindberghs' 20-month-old son was kidnapped in March 1932, police scoured the surrounding woods and fields for clues and interviewed neighbors. Harry Conover Jr. and his father, who farmed the property, reported that they had seen a car with doused headlights creeping down Featherbed Lane, while Mrs. Conover heard noises from her hen roosts that she assumed were chicken thieves. 

 

Past, Present and Future on the Schwinn Farm

Ruth Schwinn comments, "When you think about the people who came before us, their blood, sweat and tears shed to preserve themselves, their families and their strongly held beliefs, you cannot help but believe preserving the property was the right thing to do. We want to thank the people who made it happen."

 

To learn more, please visit www.drgreenway.org.

Local Specialty Hospital Announces Free Programs for 2018

(BELLE MEAD, NJ: December 11, 2017)  Carrier Clinic, the Belle Mead, NJ-based mental health and substance abuse recovery specialty hospital, has announced the 2018 schedule for free anxiety/depression screenings, free alcohol dependency screenings, and a variety of free family support programs. 

 

"These screenings and programs are a valuable benefit to our community," said Dr. Umesh Mehta, Carrier Clinic's Chief Medical Officer. "One of Carrier Clinic's priorities is to serve our community's needs – including making screenings and programs accessible." 

 

2018 Free, Confidential Screenings

All screenings are held at Carrier Clinic, located at 252 County Road 601 in Belle Mead, NJ. Screenings are held on the dates indicated below, 3-7 p.m. Attendees will receive a free, confidential screening and information/referrals for services.

 

Anxiety/Depression Screenings

January 9

March 13

May 8

July 10

September 11

November 13

 

Alcohol Dependency Screenings

February 15

April 19

June 14

August 16

October 18

December 6

 

2018 Free Family Support Programs

All family support programs are held at Carrier Clinic, located at 252 County Road 601 in Belle Mead, NJ. Specific locations on the campus are included below. 

 

Weekend Codependency Program

This therapeutic educational and guidance program is for family members and friends whose lives are impacted by another's addiction.

Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1p.m. in the Amphitheatre on the Carrier Clinic campus.

 

Bright Futures for Kids

This program serves children (ages 4-12) of families affected by addiction. The clinician-led program is designed to help children express their feelings while learning coping skills, instilling cooperation, responsibility, maintaining a drug-free lifestyle, resisting peer pressure, and encouraging positive communication.

Sundays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Classroom #3 (near Amphitheater) on the Carrier Clinic campus.

 

Parents Support Group

This group, run by Parents Support Group of New Jersey Inc., helps parents to understand and cope with their children's disease of addiction.

Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Chapel on the Carrier Clinic campus.

 

Al-Anon Family Support

Facilitated by Al-Anon, this is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems.

Thursdays, 7 p.m. in the Chapel on the Carrier Clinic campus.

 

Mood Disorder Support Group

Facilitated by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in Middlesex County, this group is an informal forum for education, support, and socialization for patients diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorders, or related mood disorders. Families, friends, and others interested in learning about these illnesses or offering support are also welcomed to attend.

Thursdays, 7:30-9:15 p.m. in the Amphitheatre on the Carrier Clinic campus.

 

For more information about these free screenings and programs, as well as other services available at Carrier Clinic, visit CarrierClinic.org.

 

About Carrier Clinic

Carrier Clinic, an independent, nonprofit behavioral healthcare system located in Belle Mead, NJ, specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Carrier Clinic's system includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a detoxification and rehabilitation center, an adolescent residential facility, and a fully-accredited middle and high school for students classified as emotionally disturbed. For more information about Carrier Clinic, visit CarrierClinic.org.

Borden Perlman Announces Key Additions to Leadership Team

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Marano and Megan Sweigart have joined Borden Perlman.  Jennifer Marano, Claims Consultant and Manager, will lead our team to provide proactive claim and risk management services.  Megan Sweigart, Account Executive, will assist Doug Borden and Jeff Perlman by providing expertise in risk management and provide consultative analysis of our clients' insurance and risk portfolios. 

Jennifer has twenty years of agency claims experience.  She holds the designations of Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR).   Prior to Borden Perlman, Jennifer was the Claim Advocate at Arthur J. Gallagher. 

As the leader of our Claims team, Jennifer will partner with our clients and prospects to collaborate on risk management assessments.   Jen and her team will advocate on our clients' behalf and guide our clients throughout the entire claims process.  Her strengths include carrier negotiations and proactive risk mitigation on complex commercial portfolios.  

Jennifer lives in Hazlet with her husband and two young daughters.

 

Megan Sweigart joins Borden Perlman bringing over thirteen years of experience as an Account Executive and Account Manager.   The majority of her career was with The Graham Company where she was an integral part of her clients' risk management team.

At Borden Perlman, Megan will work directly with Doug and Jeff as an Account Executive.  Megan will be introduced to our clients during the renewal cycle and collaborate with our Marketing team and Account Managers to secure new business.    Her breadth of insurance expertise will provide a technical resource to our team and will contribute to our continuous commitment to excellence in service.  

Originally from Etters, PA, Megan is a graduate of the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and now resides in Fort Washington, PA.   In her free time, she is a spin instructor. 

PDS Announces New Head of Upper School

Princeton – Head of School Paul Stellato announced the appointment of Trixie Sabundayo as Princeton Day School’s next Head of the Upper School, effective July 1, 2018.

 

In her 13th year at Marin Academy – a 9-12, coeducational day school of 410 students in San Rafeal, California – Ms. Sabundayo serves as Chair of the English Department, where she has distinguished herself as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and coach. In her several leadership roles, she has shepherded and participated in critical, school-wide conversations on curriculum development and assessment, faculty evaluation and professional growth, faculty recruitment and retention, and long-range, strategic planning. An accomplished classroom teacher, Ms. Sabundayo has designed and implemented a host of interdisciplinary course initiatives in English and history, all of which have reshaped offerings and requirements in those departments. Demonstrating their regard of their colleague, the faculty of Marin Academy bestowed upon her the highest honor for one of its members: election as their representative to the Marin Academy Board of Trustees.

 

Committed to the enhancement of student experience beyond the classroom, Ms. Sabundayo was appointed by her Head of School to be Diversity Council Chair, Interim Dean of Equity and Inclusion, and Dean of the Sophomore class, responsibilities through which she has encouraged her school’s exploration of the benefits and opportunities within a diverse community. These efforts have strengthened her school and have been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools, through its School Leadership Institute and People of Color Conference; and the Edward E. Ford Foundation, from which she received a leadership grant for travel and study in South Africa.

 

A Baltimore native, Ms. Sabundayo attended Bryn Mawr School and, eager to nourish her love of science and prepare herself for a career in medicine, matriculated at Johns Hopkins University. Along the way, a world of literature and history blossomed before her, and she graduated with degrees in English and Women’s Studies. While at Johns Hopkins, she played varsity field hockey and captained the team in her junior year. During her four years as a member of the varsity lacrosse team, she was chosen captain, elected a member of the All-Centennial Conference First Team, and named a First Team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. In 2002, Ms. Sabundayo was awarded a master’s degree in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Prior to her long, successful tenure at Marin Academy, Trixie taught at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, and Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Josh Frechette, are the proud parents of six-year-old Teaghan and 18-month-old Quinlyn.

 

In his announcements, Mr. Stellato also reflected on the tenure of Jason Robinson, Assistant Head of School for Academic Life and Upper School Head, who will leave Princeton Day School in June to begin his tenure as Head of School at St. Alban’s School in Washington. “I recall well meeting Jason for the first time, in October, 2013; and I remember fondly extending our school’s offer to him in the Behr House living room that December.  How quickly the years have gone, and how much he has made of them. There is no area of life in the Upper School that has not been enhanced and strengthened through his vision and vigor; nor is there a student or faculty member who has not benefitted from his wisdom and counsel. Jason Robinson inherited an Upper School that stood among the finest of its kind. He leaves it better than he found it. It is not surprising, then, that hundreds of independent boarding and day school leaders sought to succeed him.”

 

Womanspace Announces Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award Honoree

 

December 1, 2017 – Womanspace is proud to announce our 2018 Barbara Boggs Sigmund Awards Honoree; L.Y. Marlow, founder and CEO of Saving Promise- a national domestic violence prevention organization.  The event will be on Thursday, May 24th at the Westin in Princeton.   

 

Marlow’s organization is inspired by five generations of mothers and daughters in her family that survived sixty years of domestic violence, including her granddaughter, a little girl named Promise.  Key to Saving Promise’s mission is a partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to launch the Learning Lab-a multi-disciplinary research and development initiative that will translate research findings into strategic evidence-based public education and prevention programs, policies and practices.  L.Y. is an award winning writer of Color Me Butterfly and her new book; Don’t Look at the Monster.  Marlow has spoken at the United Nations, The International Peace Conference and many more.  Her authentic voice- an ordinary woman with an extraordinary story and vision-sets her organization and mission apart. 

 

Please join us for a moving and extraordinary evening honoring Ms. Marlow and her efforts to not only prevent inter-generational domestic violence but to also figure out the root to stop it at the very foundation.  Information on how to purchase tickets will soon be posted on the agency website, www.womanspace.org.  Your support of this event ensures that much needed services are provided to men, women and children who suffer from interpersonal violence.

For more information on the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award including sponsorships, advertising, in-kind donations or general questions please contact Lauren Nazarian at (609) 394-0136 or lan@womanspace.org.

 

ABOUT WOMANSPACE

Founded in 1977, Womanspace, Inc. is a leading nonprofit agency in Mercer County, New Jersey, whose mission is to Prevent Abuse, Protect Families and Change Lives through empowerment and a safety net of supportive services. Womanspace bilingual (English and Spanish) programs include 24-hour crisis intervention through crisis hotlines, response teams, and emergency shelter; counseling for adults and children, court advocacy and housing services. Our goal is to assist survivors both at-the-moment of crisis and throughout their journey of emotional healing and the achievement of economic independence.

Womanspace is one of only eight agencies in the state that is specifically focused on providing potentially life-saving services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking. Last year Womanspace served 11,104 adults and children, impacted by domestic and sexual violence. For more information, please visit www.WOMANSPACE.org or call (609) 394-0136.   

Lawrence Hopewell Trail & REI Announce "Trail Mix" on Black Friday

(Hopewell, N.J.) – The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is partnering with REI Co-op on REI’s Black Friday #OptOutside campaign. On Friday, November 24 LHT’s Trail Mix event is comprised of four recommended routes for trail users, family, friends, new and old, to meet up and walk, run or bike together.

For the last two years, REI Co-op has shut down on Black Friday and paid its employees to get outside. In the world of retail, it’s a controversial move. Instead of driving sales, REI takes a breath in a busy world, to regroup and enjoy precious time outside with friends and family. REI believes this effort can play an important role in bringing people together to celebrate the outdoors to life and share time together regardless of background or belief.

Participants can coordinate with each other using the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s Facebook event pages to meet up with friends who share their enthusiasm for the outdoors and the LHT. The four routes selected for this year’s Trail Mix event differ in length to accommodate the interests of participants. They are: Mercer Meadows-Rosedale Park, Carson Road Woods, Village Park and Maidenhead Meadows Park.

Trail Mix attendees are encouraged to take photos and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag campaigns #OptOutside and #LHTrailMix to be entered to win a free gift provided by the LHT.

For more information about the Trail Mix event, visit https://lhtrail.org/trail-guide/events-along-the-trail/trailmix2017/.

 

For more information about REI Co-Op’s #OptOutside campaign, visit https://www.rei.com/blog/news/optoutside-will-you-go-out-with-us.

 

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22+ mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County, N.J. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support.  It is not supported by local tax dollars. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Trails a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information about the LHT, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

PDS Announces Innovative Middle School Program: The Da Vinci Program

Princeton – This year, Princeton Day School launched an innovative new program in the Middle School: The Da Vinci Program. With the implementation of the new academic schedule this year at Princeton Day School, there was an opportunity to devote a block of time to a course of study where Middle School students could pursue a non-traditional class of their choosing, such as robotics, sustainability, coding, and service learning to stimulate their curiosity.

When announcing the new program, Head of Middle School Renee Price explained, “The Da Vinci program aims to engage students as the captains of their own learning. Each student takes courses that they choose in which they take risks, explore individual passions, develop new interests, and use multiple disciplines to solve problems and create original solutions.”

Middle School Humanities teacher Cindy Peifer took on the newly created role of Da Vinci Program Coordinator, and began building the Da Vinci course options this fall by first surveying the faculty and then the students. Ms. Peifer emphasized how engaged the students have been in the entire process, even creating their own classes in some cases.

From the great range of original possibilities she received, she narrowed the offerings down to 15 Da Vinci courses for the first session, which is currently taking place in the Middle School and will end on November 7.

Among the current Da Vinci offerings is the Instant Challenge with science teacher Alli Treese, where students have the opportunity to solve one or sometimes two problems within the course of the class. This can range from building a car out of simple materials and make it move along a ramp without touching it, to participating in an “egg drop” experiment, ensuring the egg doesn’t break when dropped from the upper balcony. Similar to the challenges encountered in Destination Imagination, this course has been a big hit with the students.

Math teacher Brian Laskowski has run a popular Da Vinci course on Lego Robotics. On a recent day, the students were studying a lego processor that was programmed to solve a Rubik’s cube. Mr. Laskowski will most likely lead a Vex IQ course in the next session, a further iteration of robotics and processing that ties into the new STEAM curriculum launched in the Upper School at Princeton Day School this year. Another big hit with students has been a course on Model Car Building, led by science teacher Jack Madani.

Some other Da Vinci courses in this first session include creating 3D printing projects with Humanities teacher Tara Quigley and Technology Coordinator Jamie Atkeson; taking part in a Mock Trial team with Librarian Sheila Goeke; “Choose Your Own” art projects with art teacher Karen Stolper; learning American Sign Language with Humanities teacher Amy Beckford; Making Art Out of Nature with science teacher Corey Dempsey; and yoga with reading and writing specialist Kimberly Ballinger, to name just a few.

On a recent tour through the Middle School during the Da Vinci block, it was evident that the students have thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the schedule. The quiet concentration and smiles were abundant.

As Ms. Peifer shared the experiences of this first session of Da Vinci, she noted, “The best surprises have come from the kids thinking up these great ideas, and the faculty making these courses come to life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Repertory Ballet Announces 2017 Nutcracker Season

New Venue Added – Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Sensory-Friendly Performance to be held at Union County Performing Arts Center

 

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) announces its 2017 Nutcracker season, November 18 through December 23, at venues across New Jersey: Union County Performing Arts Center (Rahway), McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton), Patriots Theater at the War Memorial (Trenton), South Orange Performing Arts Center (South Orange) and State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick). This season, due to popular demand, ARB adds a sixth venue to its roster – Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park.

 

"Nutcracker is our annual celebration of family and community, of childhood and fantasy, hope and joy," says Douglas Martin, Artistic Director. "It brings us together, slows down the hectic pace of our daily routines and helps us focus on what really matters, family and community."

 

ARB's Nutcracker is a holiday classic set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score with a cast of over 100 performers, featuring the professional, international dancers of American Repertory Ballet and select students from Princeton Ballet School, the official school of ARB. A holiday tradition since 1964, ARB's production is the longest-running Nutcracker in New Jersey and one of the longest consecutively-running in the United States.

 

American Repertory Ballet officially kicks off Nutcracker season on November 18 at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. On November 19, ARB presents a sensory-friendly production of Nutcracker. This abridged, one-hour performance is especially for children and adults with special needs and is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of the UC Sensory-Friendly Theatre series.

 

Nutcracker performances continue at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton during Thanksgiving weekend and at Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton, featuring the Trenton Children's Chorus, on December 2. The performances at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick will feature a live orchestra and Princeton Girlchoir, under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt, December 15 through 17.  

 

A holiday favorite among student audiences. Due to demand, a second School-Time Matinee was recently added at the State Theatre New Jersey and at South Orange Performing Arts Center, December 7 through December 9, the company will perform three School-Time Matinees and three public performances over the weekend.

 

"We are proud to present our Nutcracker at times when schools can bring children to the theater and introduce them to live, professional performance art, ? says Julie Diana Hench, Executive Director. "Nutcracker is a great introduction to ballet, an educational opportunity, and adds to the magic of the holiday season.?

 

With the addition of the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park for three performance, December 22 and December 23, ARB brings the joy of this holiday classic to even more communities throughout the state.

 

Terra Momo restaurant group will once again partner with ARB this season. Terra Momo will offer ARB's Nutcracker ticket holders 20% off a meal at any of its three restaurants: Eno Terra in Kingston, Mediterra in Princeton, or Teresa Caffe in Princeton.

 

Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 499.8226

upac.org

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (Sensory-Friendly performance)

 

McCarter Theatre Center

91 University Place

Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 258-2787

mccarter.org

 

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Alumni Gathering:

The 13th annual Nutcracker Alumni Gathering will immediately follow the November 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m. performance in the McCarter Theatre West Lobby. RSVP: Lisa de Ravel at lderavel@arballet.org or 732.249.1254 x17. Tickets to the performance must be purchased separately.

 

 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

1 Memorial Drive

Trenton, NJ 08608

(877) 987-6487

www.ticketfly.com/event/1535810-american-repertory-ballets-trenton 

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

 

South Orange Performing Arts Center

1 SOPAC Way

South Orange, NJ 07079

(973) 313-2787

sopacnow.org

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.

 

State Theatre New Jersey

Featuring Live Orchestra and Choir

15 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 246-7469

stnj.org

 

Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Axelrod Performing Arts Center

100 Grant Avenue

Deal Park, NJ 07723

(732) 531-9106

Axelrodartscenter.com

 

Friday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

ABOUT AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET AND PRINCETON BALLET SCHOOL

American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB's Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. The performing company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. To learn more, visit arballet.org.   

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

Princeton Day School Announces New Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: KERRY FODERINGHAM

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director of Athletics Tim Williams announced that Kerry Foderingham will serve as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 season.

A 2008 graduate of Kean University, Coach Foderingham is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at Franklin High School.  He was most recently an assistant men’s basketball coach at The College of New Jersey and prior to that coached at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Foderingham also has high school experience coaching at both Franklin High School and at his alma mater, Somerville High School.

Coach Foderingham will assume the head coach role at PDS for the Varsity team who won 18 games in each of the last two seasons and won the NJISAA Prep B State Championship in 2016.

elements Announces Special Dinner With Guest Chef Justin Woodward of Castagna Nov 12

On Sunday, November 12th, elements is excited to welcome guest chef Justin Woodward of Castagna in Portland OR.  Chef Woodward will bring the best of the Pacific Northwest cuisine to elements for a special 6-course menu.

 

ABOUT JUSTIN WOODWARD

Justin brings a wide range of experience to the Castagna kitchen. His career includes time spent at some of the world’s most esteemed restaurants including Chef Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Denmark, San Diego’s L’Auberge Del Mar, and the infamous modernist establishment Mugaritz in San Sebastian. After working under renowned pastry chef Alex Stupak at New York’s WD-50, Justin joined Castagna. He was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef award in 2013, and Best Chef Northwest award in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and continues to push the boundaries of fine dining in Portland.

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At the Well Families Announces Parents as Partners Program

We have completed a successful At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy and Ninth Grade Weekend Intensive. To maintain a program of excellence, we rely upon our wonderful volunteers and parents who lend their extradordinary talents to our program.

As we begin planning our 2018 activities, your help is needed. Please consider providing your skills to assist us in continually increasing the quality of At the Well programs. Join the Parents as Partners Program now.
 
Whether you have a few hours or a few months, your committment is appreciated. Feel free to help with program pre-planning or implementation. We are seeking expertise in the following areas:
 
Fund Development
Social Media Marketing
Volunteer Management
Finances
Event Planning
Research
Administration
Marketing
 
If you would like to serve as a volunteer leading up to and during the At the Well programs, we welcome you.
 
Please complete the Parents as Partners or Volunteer form and email it to us at info@Atthewellconferences.org.
 
 

The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville Announces the Opening of the New Directions Center

The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville is pleased to announce the opening of the New Directions Center, an organization that aims to provide counseling, support, and psycho-educational opportunities to the Lawrence community and beyond.  The New Directions Center is a part of the Community Well—an organization whose goal is to offer services aimed at promoting wellness of mind, body, and spirit and to encourage a sense of purpose. Ultimately, the Community Well also aims to develop community through helping people to help people. 

 

The New Directions Center partners with Council for Relationships, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people understand, respect, and improve the quality of important relationships in their lives by providing unsurpassed clinical care, clinical education, and training. Council for Relationships includes more than 60 therapists at 10 offices and community-based locations in the Greater Philadelphia area, providing counseling to families, couples, and individuals on a sliding fee scale. Currently, four of those therapists see clients at the New Directions Center.

 

In addition, the New Direction Center aims to offer other services such as educational events, support groups, and spiritual direction.  For more information, you may visit our website at communitywellnj.org/new-directions-center.

 

Appointments for counseling can be made by contacting Council for Relationships for an intake session at (215) 382-6680 X1, and requesting counseling sessions at the Lawrenceville New Directions Center.

 

For general questions, or questions about spiritual direction, contact the New Directions Center at newdirections@communitywellnj.org or by phone at (609)896-1212.

 

For information about the Community Well, contact Karen Buda at kbuda@communitywellnj.org or by phone at (609)896-1212.

The Farmhouse Store Princeton Announces Rebrand and Unveils its Name Change to Homestead Princeton

HOMESTEAD

September 15, 2017, Princeton, NJ. — Home furnishings and design destination, Homestead Princeton, formerly known as The Farmhouse Store Princeton, introduced the company’s new name, logo and revamped website.  The rebranding reflects both the evolution of the company as well as its vision for the future. 

 

Homestead Princeton co-owner, Ron Menapace commented: “We’re excited to roll out our new name and new look, and feel it celebrates our aesthetic, our vision and the customers we serve. I am delighted to take this opportunity to announce that The Farmhouse Store Princeton is now rebranded as Homestead Princeton.

 

Since its inception in 2012, Homestead Princeton has been a recognized and lauded leader in home design, furniture and gifts.  Homestead Princeton’s award-winning aesthetic has reflected the taste and preferences of its loyal fan base. 

 

“Our transformation begins with our name,” adds Homestead Princeton co-owner, Kristin Menapace.  “The Farmhouse Store has earned a reputation for a beautiful, yet affordable, design aesthetic and superior customer service.  At Homestead Princeton, we plan to build on these distinctions as we look towards our future”

 

Homestead Princeton’s new logo brings a sharp new visual identity, with an instantly recognizable iconic rooster image.  Often affiliated with honesty and moral fortitude, the rooster is also a universal symbol of renewal because it’s crowing announces the dawn of a new day – and with that, the potential for new possibilities.

 

About Homestead Princeton:

 

Since 2012, Homestead Princeton has established itself as New Jersey's premier independent gift and home furnishings destination.  Located in the heart of downtown Princeton, Palmer Square, Homestead Princeton has become known for affordable, high quality furniture, including its signature in-house brand of custom one-of-a-kind furniture crafted from vintage barnwood.

 

Homestead Princeton celebrates the legacy of old barns, preserving their legacy to give the precious natural resource -barnwood- a second life.  Due, in part, to their socially responsible and sustainable practices, Homestead Princeton is the only furniture store in New Jersey recognized as a "Sustainable Business" by the New Jersey Sustainable Business Initiative (NJSBI). 

 

Homestead Princeton is owned and operated by Princeton residents, Kristin and Ron Menapace. 

 

Homestead Princeton has been named as "Best of NJ" by New Jersey Monthly as Best Home Décor Store.  In 2017, Home Accents Today's honored the store as 1 of their 50 Retail Stars by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry.  Homestead Princeton is the only store honored in New Jersey.

 

Visit www.homesteadprinceton.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopewell Theater Re-opens, Announces Fall Lineup of Music, Entertainment and Indie Films

The landmark Hopewell Theater has re-opened after undergoing an extensive eight-month fit-out renovation, which includes a new lobby, box office, concession stand, as well as a state-of-the-art cinema system with surround sound, prep kitchen, and expanded theater seating area and balcony. Now fully refitted as a deluxe showcase for music, cinema and the performing arts, the Hopewell Theater will serve as an intimate arts venue and gathering place for the greater Hopewell Valley area.

 

The theater lobby now features a full concession stand where patrons can purchase gourmet small plates and deserts along with traditional theater snacks such as popcorn and candy.  The Theater has hand-picked its menu from a variety of local, favorite restaurants that will present special dishes at the concession stand, including Brick Farm Market, The Bent Spoon and The Peasant Grill. Patrons can enjoy a meal or snack during the show in comfortable cabaret-style banquette seats, leather chairs with tables, or traditional plush fixed theater seats. The theater’s sophisticated interior design is a mix of urban-style meets classic country with a sense of casual elegance.

 

The theater’s expanded vision includes a carefully-curated programming schedule that will showcase independent films, some followed by Director Q&A or paired with a reading or concert, and live music on a weekly basis performed by local and regional singer-songwriters.  There will also be TED-style talks and a variety of discussions from books to visual arts to self-improvement and wellness.  Audiences will have access to talent through the intimate productions offered.  Artists will have access to the theater which will be rented out during the day to encourage adult artists, musicians, filmmakers and artist networks who need a home to either practice, show work, or come together to create.

 

The theater’s fall program schedule features a unique blend of musical genres, movies and multimedia experiences including the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, the Alloy Orchestra playing musical accompaniment to the classic film “The Lost World”, performances by literary songsmith Dan Bern, Cajun/Creole musicians The Bunkhouse Boys, and more.

 

Coming to the Hopewell Theater:

 

Music

Sept. 14 - Christine Tobin

Sept. 21 - Kaki King

Sept. 28 – Antje Duvekot

Oct. 5 – The Bailsmen

Oct. 12 – Driftwood

Oct. 20 – Bennett Wales and The Relief

Oct. 26 - Amythyst Kiah

Nov. 2 – Isle of Klezbos

Nov. 10 – Bunkhouse Boys

Nov. 16 – Dan Bern

 

Film

Sept. 8-13 - Whose Streets

Sept. 12 - May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

Sept. 15 - NY Film Critics Series: Year by the Sea

Sept. 15 +16 - The Lure

Sept. 16 + 17 - Napping Princess

Sept. 24 - Arthouse Theater Day: Revolting Rhymes

Sept. 24 - Arthouse Theater Day: Martha & Niki

Sept. 24 - Arthouse Theater Day: The Road Movie

Oct. 7  - Sex & Broadcasting: a film about WFMU + discussion

Nov. 4 - Discovery and Adoption: the Hanji Box

 

Live Multimedia

Sept 22 - Alloy Orchestra Plays The Lost World

Oct. 21 - Experience Pine Barrens: Film + Discussion

 

 

Hopewell’s historic theater is being re-launched by the production team of Sara Scully, and business partner Mitchel Skolnick. Scully oversaw the fit-out renovation and will serve as Executive Director.

 

“Our aim is that this theater will serve a wide range of artists and community members and be a resource and intimate, inviting sanctuary to enjoy the arts,” says Scully.

 

BIO, SARA SCULLY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Sara Scully, ScullyOne Productions has been a Producer and Social Entrepreneur for nearly twenty years, creating comprehensive multi-media projects for clients that build community, increase awareness, and encourage creative participation. ScullyOne founded the ACME Screening Room, an independent cinema space nearly a decade ago, and developed a unique and intimate program that brought the world of indie film to life with screenings and guest artist Q&A’s and exhibitions.  ScullyOne has also provided business and communications planning for arts and community organizations.  Prior to founding ACME Screening Room, Sara Scully worked in documentary film production and children’s educational programming for clients like Scholastic Publishing, WNET and HBO.

 

BIO, MITCHEL SKOLNICK, PARTNER:

Mitchel Skolnick has been partner of Blue Stone Farms since 1997 and a supporter of arts and music.

 

 

About the Hopewell Theater

 

The Hopewell Theater offers a range of unique cultural experiences, from independent film and live music to guest speakers, artists and performances. Patrons can dine-in on small plates from local restaurants or just come for the show. A landing spot, a launch pad, and an incubator, the Hopewell Theater is also a place where artists can play, practice, perform or show their passion project on the big screen. The theater is available to rent, at both hourly and day-rates.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.HopewellTheater.com or at the box office at 5 S Greenwood Ave, Hopewell, NJ.  Box office can be reached by phone at 609-466-1964.

 

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County Announces Launch of New Brand Identity

NATIONAL BRAND ASSOCIATION promises to elevate mission awareness

 

Ewing, NJ (September 2017) – Meals on Wheels of Mercer County, today announced its official launch of its new brand identity to join Meals on Wheels programs across the country in their efforts to build the capacity needed to serve the rapidly growing demand for nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks.

 

The national Meals on Wheels branding, the result of extensive research and development by Meals on Wheels America and Duffy & Partners in 2015, is designed to more clearly and evocatively convey Meals on Wheels as a vital safety net addressing senior isolation and hunger, and to establish a consistent look and feel for programs that historically have not shared a common brand. Since it was introduced, the national brand has gained recognition from Paste Magazine, the Transform Magazine Awards and the American Business Awards.

 

“We are very excited to unveil our new branding to the Mercer County community” said Sasa Olessi Montaño, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Mercer County. “Branding with our national organization gives a visual to our alignment with a broader, national movement. It reaffirms our commitment to maintaining the high standards expected from a national affiliate, and opens up more opportunities for our local organization at the national level.  It also identifies us with other Meals on Wheels affiliates all over the country who have also rebranded.”

 

As part of the rebranding, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County has unveiled a new logo, a new website, new marketing materials, and new colors; blue and green.

 

“This new identity symbolizes the power found in people coming together—a forward movement—where the wheels of urgency generate an energy that is central to the very essence of the organization, just as the ‘M’ and ‘W’ are essential to the most beloved and recognized name that Meals and Wheels evokes,” said Joe Duffy, Creative Director at Duffy & Partners. “In my 30 years in this business, I have never been more proud to extend our hand in using the power of design to contribute to the enrichment of lives for so many." To learn more about the meaning behind Meals on Wheels’ visual identity, watch this video.

 

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County joins more than 100 fellow Meals on Wheels programs serving vulnerable seniors across the country. To learn more about how the new identity will take shape, visit www.mealsonwheelsmercer.org.

 

About Meals on Wheels of Mercer County

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County is a comprehensive nutrition program committed to providing nutritious meals, and related services, which are designed to promote the independence, dignity, health and wellbeing of our homebound customers. We currently deliver meals to over 300 homebound individuals in the Mercer County area, with the help of a large group of caring and committed volunteers. Last year we served over 70,000 meals to the Mercer County community.

Participants receive one hot meal, with an additional small cold meal per day, Monday through Friday, including weekend meals. As a comprehensive nutrition program, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County also offers nutrition counselling and education, shelf-stable groceries once a month, “Blizzard Bags” for inclement weather, and pet food for our recipients’ furry companions.

 

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

Specialized Physical Therapy, LLC Announces the Fitness Athlete Fix

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Mercer County Announces Checks are Still Available for Fresh Produce for Older Adults

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes distributes vouchers for fresh produce at the Mercer County Cooperative Extension site in Lawrence.

TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today there is still an opportunity for older adults in Mercer County to receive fresh-produce checks that will enable them to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands.

 

Representatives from the Mercer County Nutrition Office will offer the checks on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, between 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, 930 Spruce St., Lawrence.  Eligible older adults will receive checks to redeem fresh produce at various vendor sites throughout the county. Each person will receive five $5 checks that total $25 and are valid until Nov. 30, 2017.  Kindly note that checks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as there are limited checks this year.

 

The Farmers Market program was developed to provide low-income older adults with checks they can use to purchase fresh produce grown by New Jersey farmers. The Mercer County Nutrition Program is the lead agency and coordinator in Mercer County for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and has been for a number of years. Qualifications are as follows: a single person’s income must not exceed $22,311 per year or $1,860 monthly; a couple’s income must not exceed $30,044 per year or $2,504 monthly. 

 

Documentation is required for certification that includes:

  • Identity and residency proof
    • Driver’s license, utility/phone bill or birth certificate
  • Income proof 
    • Current income tax return, Social Security statement, Food Stamps/SNAP verification or Medicaid card

 

The Mercer County Nutrition Project reminds older adults of these guidelines:

  • You must be 60 years of age or older and live in Mercer County to receive checks.
  • You must provide proof of income or self-declare your gross income to meet the income guidelines.  
  • You may not pick up checks for anyone other than yourself, unless you are serving as a proxy. (IMPORTANT: Call the Nutrition Office for these details; see number below!)
  • Checks are to be signed in front of the farmers. Do not send signed checks to the market with a friend. The farmer has the right to refuse to honor them.
  • Checks may be used only at certified farm stands -- not grocery stores.  Stands will display a yellow poster indicating that they accept these checks.
  • Only one set of checks per person will be awarded each year.
  • Couples can each receive their own set of checks.

 

For additional information, contact the Mercer County Nutrition Program for the Elderly, Senior Farmers Market Program, at (609) 989-6652.

 

 

Sourland Conservancy Announces New Business Partner: The Bent Spoon

Hopewell, NJ (August 9, 2017) – The Sourland Conservancy is pleased to announce its latest Annual Business Partner, The Bent Spoon.  Since 2004, The Bent Spoon has been making small batch ice cream and sorbets using local and organic ingredients and serving it to loyal "farm to spoon" fans.  This year, riders in the Sourland Conservancy's annual bicycle rally/fundraiser, the Sourland Spectacular on September 9th will enjoy Spectacular's signature sundae featuring gourmet ice cream provided by The Bent Spoon.  "That last hill will be a lot easier – knowing there's Bent Spoon waiting at the end," said Sourland Spectacular Chair, Cliff Wilson.

The Bent Spoon has been included in many "best of" lists including Travel & Leisure Magazine's "Where to Find the Best Ice Cream Across the US" and Food and Wine's "Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S." 

Owners, Gabby Carbone and Matt Errico, believe in strengthening the community.  They support local farmers, use natural and organic ingredients, and help create school gardens. Matt, a Sourland region resident and avid outdoorsman, said, "Gab and I both love the Sourlands! We're glad to help."

The Sourland Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protect, promote and preserve the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region – 90 square miles of forest, wetlands and grasslands, home to many endangered and threatened plant and animal species, and a critical stopover for migratory birds. Covering parts of seven municipalities and three counties within the heavily developed central corridor of New Jersey, the Sourlands are also rich in opportunities for human recreation, refuge and renewal, with hiking trails and historic sites. 

The Sourland Conservancy provides free guided hikes, Train Station Series seminars, and stewardship events.  It also engages volunteers in ecological restorations, advocacy initiatives, and more.  The Conservancy is currently partnering with the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association to create the first African-American museum in central New Jersey, the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.

As a Sourland Conservancy Annual Business Partner, The Bent Spoon will enjoy several benefits including sponsorship of Sourland Conservancy's events including the Sourland Spectacular and the Sourland Music Festival.

For more information, call 609-309-5155, email info@sourland.org or visit their website www.sourland.org.

Arts Council of Princeton Announces Free Workshops at Pop In Space at 10 Hulfish

The Arts Council of Princeton and Palmer Square have teamed up to bring DIY-style public workshops to downtown Princeton. The new Pop In space is located at 10 Hulfish Street, directly across from Halo Pub and next door to jaZams and the ACP’s “energy playground” parklet. The space will be open at posted times for events such as sewing projects, drawing workshops, the art of journaling, robotic demos, creative card-making, bike repair, old movie screenings, and a lot more. So, get up outta your armchair, stop fiddling with your phone, and come on down and make something!
Upcoming Workshops
No pre-registration required – just pop in!


Wednesdays, August 9-30, 6:30-8:30pm – The Art of Journaling
An introduction to the world of art journaling. Learn more!

Thursdays, August 10-31, 11am-2pm – WOW (Wonders of Water!) 
Meet stream critters, learn how to keep our water clean, and get your hands dirty. Learn more!

Thursday, August 10, 5:30-7:30pm – Bringing Light to Re-purposed Threads
Make an LED keychain out of repurposed fabric. Learn more!

Sunday, August 13, 2-5pm – Creative Card-Making
Create cards that can be used for any occasion. Learn more!

Pop In Partners
jaZams, Sustainable Princeton, Princeton Public Library, 
Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association,
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University 
For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777

We look forward to seeing you in our new Pop In Space!

- Arts Council of Princeton Staff

American Repertory Ballet Announces 2017-2018 Nutcracker Performance at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

NEW BRUNSICK, N.J. — American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey’s premier professional ballet company, is pleased to announce it will return to Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton during its 2017-2018 season to present Nutcracker. Led by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, American Repertory Ballet is recognized as presenters of the finest ballet to the residents of New Jersey and beyond. For more information about these performances please visit: www.arballet.org; tickets are on sale now.

 

NUTCRACKER

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for your entire family!

 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $20/35/45

LOCATION: Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton N.J.

 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

1 Memorial Drive

Trenton, NJ 08608

(609) 984-8484

 

American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and beyond through artistic and educational programs, presented by a financially responsible organization.

For more information about American Repertory Ballet and these performances please visit: www.arballet.org

Sourland Spectacular Announces Family Fun Ride September 9

Hopewell, NJ (July 17, 2017) –  Sourland region residents and hard-core cyclists from the tri-state area are well aware of the punishing routes of the Sourland Conservancy's annual bicycle rally fundraiser, the Sourland Spectacular.  Cyclists who complete the legendary climbs earn legitimate bragging rights – and a homemade brownie sundae!

This year, the committee has mapped out four traditional Sourland region routes to challenge riders of all levels: 26.9 miles, 35.9 miles, 52.7 miles and the 65.4 miles.  The longest of these, the Metric Century, includes a total of 3,275 feet of climbing. They've also added a new 4.7 mile Family Fun Ride.

Sourland Spectacular Chair, Cliff Wilson, says, "There are a lot of serious cyclists who love the vertical challenge.  There are also those who would like to participate, but would rather skip the climbs. This year, we're including a new Family Fun Ride that's almost completely flat.  Now, we have routes to really appeal to cyclists of all levels."

Still looking for a new way to avoid huffing and puffing your way up those steep Sourland slopes?  According to the event's website, www.sourlandspectacular.org, "you may ride any human-powered contraption permitted by law.  Electric bikes are OK, too."

Event sponsor, Sourland Cycles, will have their popular electric bicycles on hand at their event booth for folks to test drive.  Their friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions.  In addition, Sourland Cycles will be providing SAG (support and gear) services for event riders.

Cyclists will choose their preferred course and plan their own ride start accordingly. The event begins at 7:00am, but riders may start as late as 10:00.  All participants will plan their rides to end between 11:00am and 1:00pm to enjoy a delicious food truck lunch courtesy of Thai Elephant Food Truck and New World Pizza.  For dessert, riders will enjoy the event's famous homemade brownie sundae topped with Sourland Spectacular secret gourmet chocolate sauce.  Lunch, snacks and SAG services are included in the registration fee.

Riders will follow cue sheets that are available online at https://www.sourlandspectacular.com/routes/ and at registration.  Temporary arrows will be affixed to the roads, marking every turn.  The four traditional routes are marked using different colored arrows.  Bathroom facilities, water and snacks will be available at rest stops along the route.

Volunteers will assist riders all along the way, from registration to dessert! Jim Andrews, Sourland Conservancy Trustee and Spectacular Volunteer Coordinator says, "Volunteers are essential to the success of this event: planning, coordinating sponsors, promotion, making sandwiches, baking brownies, filling water jugs, event registration, test-riding routes, running SAG (support and gear), staffing rest stops, photography, making sundaes, set-up, clean-up and everything in-between! Many return year after year. This is a great opportunity to spend the morning working with old friends and meeting new people. It's also a wonderful way for Scouts, college students, corporate groups and other folks to participate in community service for a great cause. We are very grateful for all of our volunteers.  We wouldn't be able to do it without them!"  Visit https://www.sourlandspectacular.com/volunteer/ to sign up.

 

 

Event registration is open now. Visit https://www.sourlandspectacular.com/tickets/.  Proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protect, promote and preserve the Sourland Mountain region – 90 square miles of forest, wetlands and grasslands, home to many endangered and threatened plant and animal species, and a critical stopover for migratory birds. Covering parts of seven municipalities and three counties within the heavily developed central corridor of New Jersey, the Sourlands region is also rich in opportunities for human recreation, refuge and renewal, with hiking trails and historic sites. 

The Sourland Conservancy would like to thank its business partners, Sourland Mountain Spirits, Sourland Cycles, Kilbourne & Kilbourne and The Ryland Inn for supporting their mission throughout the year. 

 

The sixth annual Sourland Spectacular will begin and end at the Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ - rain or shine - on September 9, 2017 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Parking will be available across the street at Montgomery High School.  For more information, call the Sourland Conservancy at 609-309-5155, email info@sourland.org or visit the event website at www.sourlandspectacular.com

SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals Announces New Executive Director

Skillman, NJ., (June 21, 2017) – The Board of Directors of SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals is pleased to announce that Heather L. Achenbach has been named the new Executive Director, effective June 19.

 

Heather Achenbach brings a wealth of experience to her new role with 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically clinical trial operations management, as well as 12 years of direct experience in people management, including coaching/development, mentoring, customer service and budget management.  For the last 5 years, she led a department of 165 regional employees comprised of both managers and individual contributors. Importantly for her role as SAVE’s Executive Director, Achenbach has been a life-long animals lover, advocate of pet adoption, and active foster and active foster and volunteer for a local NJ rescue. She has adopted both a cat and dog from SAVE and is dedicated to SAVE’s mission. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.

 

The Board of Trustees conducted a national search in February which generated over 60 applicants. “After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the SAVE Board was thrilled to bring Ms. Achenbach on board.” said Pamela Murdoch, Board President. “The positive response and sincere interest from a wide pool of talented professionals is a true testament to the good work SAVE is doing as an organization. The SAVE Board is confident Heather is a perfect fit to lead the implementation of SAVE’s strategic direction and business plan. Murdoch said, “The combination of Heather’s management experience and results-driven, collaborative leadership is the right mix to strengthen and expand SAVE’s work.”

 

Achenbach says of her new appointment, "It is truly an honor to be offered the opportunity to carry on the great work that SAVE does in support of our community and the plight of homeless pets. I am looking forward to working with the talented and caring individuals that make up this wonderful organization, building strong and lasting relationships with our volunteers and supporters. I am confident that together we will identify and implement new and unique ways to strengthen our bond within the community and ensure the health, welfare and successful adoption of the cats and dogs in our care.  I left private industry this past June in search of an opportunity where I could better utilize the leadership and business experience I have gained in support of my passion for people and pets. SAVE is definitely the perfect place!”

 

Founded in 1941, SAVE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to protecting the health and        well-being of companion animals in the greater Skillman and Princeton areas.  SAVE strives to substantially reduce animal overpopulation and the corresponding euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats.  For more information about SAVE, please visit www.savehomelessanimals.org or call 609-309-5214.

 

Princeton University Art Museum Announces Summer Film Series

 

Summer Film Series: British Invasion

Inspired by the British artists featured in the exhibition Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum, this summer’s outdoor film series features British directors, actors, or themes. All films begin at dusk. In the event of rain, films will be shown at 8 p.m. in 101 McCormick Hall.

 

A Knight’s Tale (2001)

Director: Brian Helgeland

132 minutes, rated PG-13

Thursday July 6

In this intentionally anachronistic film, a peasant fueled by his desire for glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. Starring Heath Ledger.

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Director: Andrew Adamson

143 minutes, rated PG

Thursday, August 3

Enchanting fantasy about four children who travel through a wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia. Starring Tilda Swinton and James McAvoy.

 

Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey Announces New Grassroots Director

Grassroots organization announces key hire

 

 

TRENTON, NJ – Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey (AFP-NJ), the Garden State's largest free market grassroots organization, today announced Tony Howley as the new Grassroots Director. As Grassroots Director, Howley will be responsible for driving field strategy and building grassroots relations with political, business, media, and community leaders.

"I am honored to join Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey and advocate for a freer and more open society," said Tony Howley. "Excessive taxation and regulation in New Jersey stunts economic growth and puts an unfair burden on our residents. I look forward to working with our activists to bring about true prosperity in New Jersey."

"We're thrilled to welcome Tony Howley aboard the Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey team as the new statewide Grassroots Director," said AFP-NJ Director Erica Jedynak. "Having managed a regional business chamber with 600 members and cultivated years of experience as a political operative, Tony is expertly equipped to grow our grassroots infrastructure in the state in pursuit of economic freedom and key policy priorities."

Tony Howley is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and has devoted his professional life to politics, government, and building the business community. Tony spent the last 2 years with the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he worked tirelessly to promote local businesses. During that time, Tony served as Executive Director and oversaw a merger of two area Chambers, growing the organization twofold. Tony has also held several positions within Monmouth County government, most recently as Chief of Staff to Freeholder John P. Curley. Tony holds a B.S.B.A in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Thomas Edison State University and currently resides in Freehold Township.



 

 
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 35 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org
 

elements Announces Special Dinner with Celebrated BBQ Chef July 16

Special Dinner With Critically Acclaimed BBQ Chef Tim Rattray from The Granary ‘Cue & Brew’, San Antonio

On Sunday, July 16th starting at 4 PM, elements is excited to welcome guest BBQ chef Tim Rattray of The Granary in San Antonio TX.  Chef Rattray will bring the best of San Antonio BBQ cuisine to elements for a special 6-course menu.  Chef Rattray and Chef Anderson will create a menu featuring traditional and non-traditional dishes focused around fire and smoke.

The Granary was recently featured in EATER:

How San Antonio’s Best Barbecue Spot Is Breaking All the Rules
At the Granary, a chef with a fine-dining background and his beer-loving brother are turning barbecue on its head?
 
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Princeton Summer Theater Announces 2017 Season

We are thrilled to announce Princeton Summer Theater's 2017 season! 

Our line-up this year includes:

  • PIPPIN with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson, directed by Sam Weisberg

Dates: June 22nd-25th, June 29th-July 2nd, and July 6th-9th 

 

  • SPIDER'S WEB by Agatha Christie, directed by C. Luke Soucy

Dates: July 13th-16th and July 20th-23rd 

 

  • THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller, directed by Nico Krell

Dates: July 27th-30th and August 3rd-6th

 

  • APPROPRIATE by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Tatiana Pandiani

Dates: August 10th-13th and August 17th-20th

 

Subscribe & Save:

Become a subscriber and save over 30% off our regular ticket price! For just $79, you receive one ticket to each of our four mainstage shows, based on availability. Subscribe today by visiting www.princetonsummertheater.org/tickets or calling 732-997-0205!

 

HVSA Announces Coaching F License Course in July

We are hosting an “F” Coaching Course July 14-15, 2017 and want to encourage our new coaches to participate.  This is a nine-hour course designed for coaching players from 5-11 years old that combines a classroom theory segment with a field practical session.  The course focuses on methods used in teaching the techniques of dribbling, shooting, passing and receiving, heading, defending, and goalkeeping. Focus is on fun, repetition, and the use of small-sided games.  It contains practical first aid and criteria for running a safe and healthy program.  The course is a requirement for all volunteer travel level coaches as it also meets the NJ State Little League Law N.J.S.A. 2A:62 6 et seq.  The minimum age requirement to be eligible to take this course is 14 years old. 

Registration is currently open online.  Please click https://bit.ly/2qfP2HN to register.  Space is limited!  When registering for a course, first check to ensure you have turned on (enabled) your browsers pop up blocker: otherwise you will be directed to a “wallet” (similar to a Paypal pop up program) and you will not actually be registered for the course.
 
HVSA only has exclusivity for registration for the next 10 days so please register early.  HVSA will reimburse the cost of registration if you provide a receipt.

The Princeton Battlefield Society Announces Memorial Day Events

(Princeton, N.J.) – On Saturday, May 27, organizations from the city of Princeton will offer a variety of activities to commemorate America’s fallen soldiers, including special ceremonies honoring those lost in the 1777 Battle of Princeton. In honor of this time, the Princeton Battlefield Society – an organization devoted to promoting, interpreting, conserving and protecting Princeton Battlefield State Park and the surrounding battlegrounds – presents a schedule of these events.

 

WHAT:          Princeton Memorial Day Activities

WHEN:          Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. ET

WHERE:        Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ

 

The day’s festivities kick off with a Memorial Day parade on Nassau Street at 10 a.m. The parade, which is coordinated by Sprit of Princeton, features veteran groups, marching bands and civic and youth groups, all marching to honor those who have died in military service to their country. At the parade’s culmination, a ceremony at the Princeton Battle Monument on Monument Drive will begin at 11 a.m.

 

Following the ceremony, join the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment at Princeton Battlefield State Park for living history programs and historical interpretation of the Battle of Princeton. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy continental musket drills, living history cooking and encampment demonstrations, the firing of reproduction colonial-era muskets, and tours of the battlefield. Young patriots, ages six to twelve, can drill and march like Continental soldiers, and historic interpretations of the Battle of Princeton will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The state park is located at 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ.

 

At 6 p.m., visit the Princeton Battle Monument on Monument Drive for a 30-minute talk on the history of the monument as well as the Ten Crucial Days Campaign. This critical campaign includes the battles of Trenton and Princeton and played a crucial role in bringing about America’s independence from Great Britain.

 

Finally, at 7 p.m., luminaries will be placed at Princeton Battle Monument Park commemorating the soldiers that fought and died at the January 3rd, 1777, Battle of Princeton.

 

All events are free and open to the public, and donations are welcome. For more information, visit www.pbs1777.org  

 

Hopewell Valley Soccer Association Announces Summer Soccer Camps

The Hopewell Valley Soccer Association is excited to offer these Summer Camp opportunities for soccer players in the Hopewell Valley.  For more information about each camp, click on the appopriate logo.

 

 

CAMP: Next Level Soccer Training Academy
DATESJune 26 - June 30
TIME9:00 am - 12:30 pm
AGES: 6-15 (Boys and Girls)
LOCATION: Washington Crossing Park - HVSA Fields
 
 
 
 
CAMP: Champions Youth Soccer Camp
DATESJune 26 - June 30
TIME: Half Day 9 AM - 12 PM noon, Full Day 9 AM - 3 PM
AGES: Half Day 6-14, All Day 8-14
LOCATION: 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville NJ 08648
 
 
 
 
CAMP: Total Soccer
DATESJuly 10 - July 14
TIME9:00 am - 12:00 pm
AGES: 7-14 (Boys and Girls)
LOCATION: Washington Crossing Park - HVSA Fields
 
 
 
 
CAMP: Hopewell Valley Youth Soccer Camp
DATES: August 7 - August 10
TIME: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
AGES: 6-14 (Boys and Girls)
LOCATION: Hopewell Valley Central High School - Ackerson Turf Field
REGISTRATION LINK: Coming Soon
 
 

Cohen and Fraga Announce Joint Campaign for Council -- 'Many Voices, One Community'

Democrats Leticia Fraga and David Cohen announced they will run a united campaign for the two openings on Princeton Council with the slogan, "Many Voices, One Community." "We want to spend more time listening than talking," said Fraga. "We want to know what people are concerned about."

Cohen noted that the candidates are available every Wednesday, from 8 to 9 a.m., at Bon Appetit in the Princeton Shopping Center for coffee and conversation with constituents. They are also setting up other times to meet in various neighborhoods. "We will be walking throughout Princeton to introduce ourselves and to encourage people to vote in the Primary election on June 6, which is especially important because Democrats will be choosing a candidate for governor," Cohen added. While there are six candidates, polls show three frontrunners, Phil Murphy, John Wisniewski, and Jim Johnson.

Also on the ballot are Democratic candidates for the State Assembly and Senate, including incumbents Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler, and Mercer County Freeholders Lucy Walter and John Cimino.

Born in Mexico, Fraga was raised in Washington State where she worked for a number of years as a mediator in the county office of Civil Rights Enforcement in Seattle. She was also appointed to Seattle's Civil Rights Commission and to the city's Police and Community Relations committee. Since coming to Princeton almost two decades ago, Ms. Fraga has been active on a variety of government and non-profit boards including the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the YWCA, Princeton Community Housing and the Princeton Human Services Commission. Last year she was involved in the successful effort to reconstitute a Civil Rights Commission in Princeton, which she now chairs. Ms. Fraga's husband, Steven Nadler, is an executive at Bristol Myers Squibb. The couple have two children in middle school.

David Cohen is an architect focused on eco-friendly design and the role of the built environment in shaping livable communities. He has used his professional expertise in the service of the town for many years, most recently as a member of the municipal Planning Board and the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee. Cohen believes the rapid pace of growth and change in Princeton must be effectively managed by Council in order to ensure that community priorities are appropriately reflected. Cohen, who decided to run after participating in the Women's March on Washington, said, "With the current dominance of the far right on the national scene, local politics provide a crucial way to advocate for our progressive values and democratic institutions." In their three decades in Princeton, Cohen and his wife, Liz Cohen, a Clinical Hospice Social Worker in the Princeton Healthcare System, have raised three children and been active in local Democratic politics. David Cohen has been a member of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee and served as Treasurer and President of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO).

The Fraga-Cohen campaign is managed by Princeton native Thomas "Tommy" Parker, who has worked at Princeton University since 1979 and is President of Princeton's Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 175. Parker is a Campus Ambassador for the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, and was Co-Chair and a founding member of the Association of Black and Latino Employees at Princeton University. In 2011, Parker received the University's Journey Award for Lifetime Service as an advocate and adviser to co-workers, and dedication to community service. For more than 30 years Parker coached local sports teams and was a co-founder of Committed Princetonians, a youth mentoring and educational support program. Parker has also chaired the Joint Civil Rights Committee in Princeton and facilitated dialogues on race relations, police and community relations, and the minority achievement gap. Other members of the campaign team are Helen Heintz, Treasurer; Mia Sacks, Communications; Andrea Bradley, Outreach; and Scotia MacRae, Chair of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee. # # #

Princeton Day School Announces Ambitious STEAM Initiative for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Princeton – Princeton Day School has announced plans for an ambitious new STEAM initiative, which includes a revitalized interdisciplinary curriculum (with courses in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) and plans for a new STEAM facility for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The plans were announced by a committee headed by Scientist-in-Residence, Dr. Leon Rosenberg, and comprised of faculty from all three Divisions. 

 

STEAM at Princeton Day School: A Definition

 

At Princeton Day School, STEAM is an educational approach to teaching and learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry and critical thinking. The program focuses on integration, collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Its overarching goal is to blend traditional and project-based platforms so that they help all our students to see, interpret, and understand fundamental concepts and to solve real-life problems.

 

The success of this new STEAM program depends on fashioning an intentional, interdisciplinary connection among its core disciplines in each of the school’s divisions.

 

Why STEAM at PDS?

 

In a recent presentation about the initiative, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life Jason Robinson, noted:  “The centerpiece of PDS is the strength of its academic program. The larger national conversation about the future of STEAM education compelled our attention as a leading academic institution. We began to ask fundamental questions about what we teach, how we teach it, and how to align our program with the best thinking and practices in STEAM education.”

 

Princeton Day School’s new STEAM curriculum aspires to make the subjects of math, science, technology, and the arts resonate with students from a young age so they are awakened to the power and relevance of these subjects in their day-to-day experience. All students will acquire a baseline of literacy in STEAM disciplines so they can be engaged, informed participants in a 21st century world increasingly defined by questions at the intersection of science, math, technology, and society. In addition, we will challenge our most motivated, ambitious students with a rigorous program of advanced STEAM electives that will propel them into future professional opportunities as leaders in STEAM fields.

 

The STEAM Curriculum: An Overview

 

The new curriculum includes courses in science, math, technology, engineering, and the arts, which will be taught in an integrated, experiential fashion that mirrors the interdisciplinary manifestation of these subjects in the actual world. As Mr. Robinson noted, “Boundaries will be collapsed, knowledge integrated, and teaching reconceived.” Here are some offerings planned for the Upper School next year.

 

Freshman STEAMinar

As the foundational STEAM program in the Upper School, the STEAMinar is designed to give all 9th graders a baseline of literacy in STEAM disciplines.  Embedded within 9th Grade Math and Science courses, the STEAMinar will explore interdisciplinary topics such as coding, computational thinking, statistical literacy, and biotechnology. 

 

Computer Science

From “Introduction to Computer Science” to “AP Computer Science Principles,” our completely redesigned Computer Science curriculum will endow students with technological literacy and opportunities for advanced study in coding and programming, all within a framework that emphasizes the important role of computer science in modern society.  

 

Robotics and Information Processing

A newly-created Robotics course will give students the opportunity to participate in VEX Robotics competitions, while also situating the study of Robotics within a broader exploration of microprocessors and artificial intelligence. 

 

Engineering

This project-based course will introduce students to engineering in its many diverse manifestations (civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical) and the critical role that engineering plays in modern society. 

 

The New STEAM Facility

 

Princeton Day School is also pleased to announce the creation of a dedicated space for the STEAM initiative. As Mr. Robinson said, “A state of the art STEAM curriculum requires a state of the art facility where our new STEAM courses can realize their full transformative potential.” 

 

Working with architects at ARC Cambridge, Princeton Day School has developed plans for a 2000 square foot STEAM Center, where teachers from math, science, computer science, and the industrial arts will converge to deliver the Upper School’s new STEAM curriculum.  The STEAM Center will be constructed during the summer of 2017 and will open on the first day of school in September. 

 

Within this newly-created space, students will contend with practical problems of the sort that engineers, programmers, researchers, designers, and developers encounter in their professional lives.  Situated at the convergence of our math and science wings and equipped with the latest technologies, the STEAM Center will embody the school’s commitment to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics in a dynamic, interdisciplinary fashion. 

 

Key Faculty and Leadership

 

The STEAM initiative is a collaborative undertaking that draws on the expertise of faculty from Math, Science, Computer Science and the Arts.  In order to coordinate this effort, oversee the curriculum, and manage the new STEAM Center, the school is in the process of hiring a new “STEAM Coordinator” for the 2017-18 school year.  The Coordinator will be an accomplished educator conversant with STEAM disciplines and able to support their full integration, while also guiding faculty and students as they explore transformative potential embodied by the new STEAM Center.

For more, visit: www.pds.org/academics/steam-initiative

 

 

Princeton Ballet School Announces Placement Classes for 2017-2018

 
Princeton Ballet School announces Placement Classes for the 2017-2018 school year, for students ages 7 and up. Students under the age of 7 may register for their age appropriate classes soon (check our website for details www.arballet.org ).
 
Please contact Lisa de Ravel, Dean of Students at  lderavel@arballet.org or at (609) 921-7758 ext 11, to reserve a spot in a Placement Class, or if you have any questions. Placement Class dates are: June 6, June 20th, July 11th, August 1st, August 15th, and August 26th.

Waldorf School of Princeton Announces Annual May Faire May 13

The Waldorf School of Princeton welcomes spring with its annual May Faire,
Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A rain-or-shine, community-wide celebration, May Faire features live music, healthy foods and imaginative activities for children and their families, all on its 20-acre campus minutes from downtown Princeton. The festival also boasts a marketplace for local artisans and independent merchants, and offers opportunities to learn more about school and summer camp programs. 
 
In addition to the traditional Maypole dance offered by Waldorf students, this year's May Faire features an assortment of ticketed activities such as a Treasure Dig and Faerie Tea House. Enjoy browsing the market for jewelry, woolens, handmade toys, and more. The Folk Tale Puppets troupe will present "Urashima Taro" at 3 p.m. in Hagens Hall.
 
Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available onsite as well as along Coppervail Court. For more information, contact Nora Sheehan at 609-466-1970, x112, or e-mail events@princetonwaldorf.org.

The Waldorf School of Princeton is New Jersey's only Waldorf school, educating the heads, hearts, and hands of children from early childhood through eighth grade. Visit the school at 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, or online at www.princetonwaldorf.org to learn more.

SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals Announces its 17th ANNUAL GALA BENEFIT: GO HOLLYWOOF!

 

Princeton, NJ — April 2017 — On Saturday, April 29, from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, is hosting its 17th Annual Gala Benefit, Go Hollywoof!, at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. A festive evening of cocktails and dinner, a live and silent auction, dancing, and a 50/50 raffle will attract over 275 guests. Proceeds from the Gala will support the shelter’s six core programs of Rescue, Shelter, Adoption, Health and Welfare, Spay/Neuter, and Humane Education. Corporate sponsors include The Animal Hospital at Kingston and Blawenburg, Bloomberg, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, The Dittmar Agency, Glenmede, and Whole Earth Center.

Founded in 1941, SAVE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to protecting the health and well being of companion animals in the greater Skillman and Princeton areas. SAVE strives to substantially reduce animal overpopulation and the corresponding euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats. For more information about SAVE or the historic James Van Zandt House, please call 609-309-5214.

More info:  https://www.savehomelessanimals.org/spring-gala.html

 

Princeton Public Schools Announce New Assistant Superintendent

Princeton, NJ – Princeton Public Schools is proud to announce Annie Kosek will be the District’s new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction . The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Kosek to the position at its March 16, 2017 meeting.

Ms. Kosek is well - known in the community for her role as the principal of Littlebrook Elementary School where her focus has been on enhancing the social, emotional, and intellectual lives of her students. During the course of her 14 years at Littlebrook Elementary , Ms. Kosek built lasting relationships with staff and families while establishing a reputation for fairness, kindness, and the highest level of instructional leadership. Prior to joining the Princeton Public Schools, Annie worked for many years in Hopewell Valley, first as an elementary school teacher, later as a K - 12 staff developer, and eventually as a K - 8 supervisor of Language Arts.

“ I am honored by the opportunity to work alongside Annie, ” said Superintendent Steve Cochrane. “She brings a tremendous eagerness to serve and inspire our district.”

Ms. Kosek also brings to her new central office role a broad set of experiences as well as a unique understanding of the people and programs in the Princeton Public Schools. She will continue to serve as the principal at Littlebrook Elementary through the remainder of the school year .

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-2018 Classical Season

Princeton, NJ—The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announces its 2017-2018 season, the biggest yet with a six-concert classical series including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and its life-affirming "Ode to Joy," symphonies by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich, an entire program of Mozart, and exciting PSO co-commissions by Philip Glass and Saad Haddad. The PSO continues to attract quality solo artists with an all-star line-up of pianists Simone Dinnerstein and Shai Wosner, violinist Ilya Kaler, and cellist Joshua Roman performing his own work, Awakening. Collaborations with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and the LARK Quartet set the bar early on for quality performances throughout the season. Music Director Rossen Milanov will conduct all but the March concert, which will be led by guest conductor Teddy Abrams.

 

The season-opening BEETHOVEN's 9th - Edward T. Cone Concert spotlights Ludwig van Beethoven's great masterwork, his Symphony No. 9 in D Minor "Choral" and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's iconic 1812 Overture, Op. 49 performed with the acclaimed Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director. There are two weekend performances to choose from: Saturday, September 16 at 8 pm and Sunday, September 17 at 4 pm.

 

On Sunday, October 29, PSO concertmaster Basia Danilow and fellow members of the LARK Quartet appear with the PSO to perform Erwin Schulhoff's Concerto for String Quartet and Wind Orchestra, WV97 on a program with Ottorino Respighi's Gli uccelli (The Birds) and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 107 "Reformation." LARK delivers string quartet performances of "grace, proportion, and burnished brilliance" (The Washington Post).

The orchestra's All MOZART program on Sunday, November 12 celebrates the prolific musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Israeli-American pianist Shai Wosner's mastery of the composer's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K.414, and performances by the PSO of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.525 and Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K.201.

On Sunday, January 28, superstar pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays BACH and GLASS, spanning styles and centuries with performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's Piano Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058 and Philip Glass' new Piano Concerto, co-commissioned by the PSO. Philip Glass describes Ms. Dinnerstein as "one of the most exciting interpreters of music from the baroque to the very modern." Mason Bates' Auditorium and Maurice Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin complete the program.

Teddy Abrams takes the podium as PSO guest conductor for the Sunday, March 18 BEETHOVEN "Pastoral" concert, the highlight of which is Ludwig Van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68. Drawing attention as an impassioned cellist and composer, Joshua Roman makes his long-awaited return to the PSO stage performing his work Awakening. Also on the program is Joan Tower's celebration of her native country, Made in America.

Powerhouse violinist Ilya Kaler takes center stage at the Sunday, May 20 concert for a magnificent performance of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77. "Kaler displays a complete virtuoso arsenal, rhythmic vitality, warmth of tone and sentiment" (Los Angeles Times). After a triumphant debut appearance with the PSO in January 2017, Saad Haddad returns with a new work, co-commissioned by the PSO, and the orchestra is on grand display during Dmitri Shostakovich's witty Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70.

 

Each classical series concert is preceded by a pre-concert talk hosted by the conductor and ancillary events to enrich the live concert experience and encourage a dialogue connecting the community to the orchestral music heard in the concert hall.

 

Subscription Information

 

New subscriptions to the six-concert 2017-2018 PSO Classical Series are available now. All concerts will take place at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University. Single seat subscriptions are available at $420, $348, $270, and $180. Subscribers are eligible for discounts on PSO POPS! tickets and receive priority reservations for free tickets to the PSO Chamber Series.

 

To subscribe and receive savings of up to 18% off PSO Classical Series single ticket prices, call: (609) 497-0020 or subscribe online at princetonsymphony.org. Individual concert tickets go on sale in July. Chamber Series tickets become available to the general public three weeks prior to each concert.

 

Princeton Symphony Orchestra 2017-2018 Classical Series Calendar

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 8 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 7 pm – Richardson Auditorium

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

BEETHOVEN'S 9th

Edward T. Cone Concert

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director

 

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture, Op. 49

Ludwig van Beethoven / Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 "Choral"

 

 

 

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

MENDELSSOHN "Reformation"

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

LARK Quartet

 

Ottorino Respighi / Gli uccelli  (The Birds)
Erwin Schulhoff / Concerto for String Quartet and Wind Orchestra, WV97
Felix Mendelssohn / Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 107 "Reformation"

 

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

All MOZART

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Shai Wosner, piano

 

W.A. Mozart / Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
W.A. Mozart / Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 12 in A Major, K. 414
W.A. Mozart / Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

Dinnerstein plays BACH and GLASS

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Simone Dinnerstein, piano

 

Mason Bates / Auditorium
J.S. Bach / Piano Concerto in G Minor, BMV 1058
Philip Glass / Piano Concerto (Princeton Symphony Orchestra co-commission)

Maurice Ravel / Le tombeau de Couperin
 

 

 

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

BEETHOVEN "Pastoral"

 

Teddy Abrams, guest conductor

Joshua Roman, cello

 

Joan Tower / Made in America
Joshua Roman / Awakening
Ludwig van Beethoven / Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

 

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

 

BRAHMS Violin Concerto

 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Ilya Kaler, violin

 

Saad Haddad / new work (Princeton Symphony Orchestra co-commission)
Johannes Brahms / Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
Dmitri Shostakovich / Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70

 

 

           

ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR ROSSEN MILANOV

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, internationally renowned conductor Rossen Milanov was appointed music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in 2009. With an impressive pedigree, including positions at the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has since galvanized the PSO with his energetic and exacting conducting. His exuberant and brilliant performances are characterized by sharp musical intellect, artistic ingenuity, poetic eloquence and critical acclaim.

Mr. Milanov is also at the helm of the Columbus Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinf?nica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain.  At the PSO, his programming embraces the standard repertoire, rarities and premiers performed by emerging and superstar soloists and featuring celebrated American composers.

Mr. Milanov is deeply committed to music education and every season he leads the PSO's BRAVO concerts for thousands of children. He was named Bulgaria's Musician of the Year in 2005; he won a 2011 ASCAP award for new music at the PSO; and he was selected as one of the top 100 most influential people in New Jersey in 2014. He is a graduate of Curtis and The Juilliard School.

 

ABOUT THE PRINCETON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey's finest music organizations, a position established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending their first live orchestral performance. With considerable community support and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts' highest honors. The PSO has been recognized for its commitment to new music with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

Find the PSO online at www.princetonsymphony.org; on facebook at www.facebook.com/princetonsymphony; on Twitter at www.twitter.com/psomusic and on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/princetonsymphony.

Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre Announce Auditions for 2017 Season on March 26

Curtain Up Productions and The Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville, N.J. have announced auditions for the 2017 summer season at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, March 26 at the Downtown Performing Arts Center studios located at 54 Mt. Airy Village Rd., Lambertville, N.J.

The 2017 season will consist of 6 mainstage musicals and 6 children's theatre musicals running for 13 weeks from June through August. Upon closing, the company will move into its permanent home, Music Mountain Theatre, the new performing arts venue set to open in Lambertville, N.J. this fall. 

Among the productions for this season at the Open Air Theatre are Ragtime the Musical in Concert, Footloose, Stars n' Stripes, Bonnie & Clyde, Hair, The Wizard of Oz,  Disney's Cinderella Kids, Disney's Aladdin Jr., Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel. All roles are open and non-paying. Actors will be seen according to age with the breakdown as follows:

Ages 7 to 10: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ages 11 to 14: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ages 15 to 18: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
High school graduates and above - please e-mail Louis Palena, Open Air Theatre Artistic Director at oatlou@live.com for an appointment

Those auditioning should bring a headshot/picture and resume and prepare 16 bars of a song - no pop songs please.  Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Anyone age 15 and above should be prepared to dance.

For complete audition information, audition fees, directions and to view the 2017 Summer Schedule for the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre, visit www.downtownpac.com.

Democrats Announce Slate for NJ District 16 Legislative Race

Kingston—Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker announced today his running mates for the 16th Legislative District campaign.  State Senate candidate Laurie Poppe and Assembly candidate Roy Freiman will join incumbent Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker in the 2017 race to represent Legislative District 16. The district was a Republican stronghold until Zwicker defeated Republican Assemblywoman Donna Simon in 2015

Zwicker, a scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, stressed his commitment to evidence-based decision-making in representing the residents of the 16th Legislative District and has a record to back it up.

“Two years ago I promised to be an independent voice in Trenton—to make decisions based on evidence, not ideology,” Zwicker said, “I stayed true to that promise, putting the interests of the 16th Legislative District and New Jersey ahead of politics. I am working with legislators from both sides of the aisle to expand our innovation economy, make college more affordable, and hold the line of taxes. That is why I bucked my Party’s leadership and big special interests to vote against the gas tax. And it is why I go door to door to listen to the concerns of our residents. As a scientist, I know the importance of facts and evidence in making the right decisions. It is why I ran last time and it is even more important now. “

The other candidates echoed this sentiment, stressing their commitment to addressing the challenges facing New Jersey.

“As a businessman, I know the most important factor in succeeding is to provide solutions to customers’ issues. I also know that collaboration is the key to finding the best solutions. Yelling at people who disagree with you doesn’t work,” said Freiman, a former executive at Prudential Financial, “New Jersey faces many challenges, from our broken pension system to an economy that is still struggling to produce the good jobs and the careers our state needs to grow. I will use the principles of collaboration to get to the right solutions in the legislature. Working with Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, we will team up to grow our economy and put the interests of Central Jersey above partisan politics.”

Poppe, a lawyer and social worker, took this a step further, saying, “We need leaders in Trenton who are willing to stand up for what’s right instead of putting special interests ahead of the people they’re supposed to represent. I work with New Jersey families every day, so I know the challenges that hard-working people in our state face, and my experience in collaborative law has taught me how to balance competing interests while moving toward common goals. That’s why I’m proud to run alongside Andrew, who’s always been an independent voice, to implement common-sense solutions that benefit everyone.”

“Mercer County Artists” Award Winners Announced; Exhibit on Display at MCCC Gallery through March 23

The arts community was out in force on Feb. 22 for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for “Mercer County Artists 2017,” now on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) through March 23. The Gallery at Mercer is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  (The gallery is closed during Spring Break, March 13 to 19.)

The show features 43 works by 37 artists in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, mixed media collages, and ceramics. The subject matter varies widely from whimsical to abstract to classic still lifes.

The new director of the gallery is MCCC Professor of Fine Art Lucas Kelly, who introduced himself to the crowd by saying he couldn’t have asked for a better way to start his tenure as director. He noted that the juror, Philadelphia artist and curator Douglas Witmer, was truly impressed with the quality of the submissions. “He tapped into the sincerity and integrity of the arts in our community," Kelly said. "You are the folks who are keeping the arts alive in our county." Kelly curated the show with MCCC student volunteers.

In addition to Kelly, awards presenters included MCCC President Jianping Wang, along with Tricia Fagan of the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Also presenting was Ailyn Green, Executive Director of the West Windsor Arts Council.

James Doherty of Lawrence was awarded the Blick Art Supplies Best in Show for “Pigtails.”

Juror's Choice Awards went to Concetta Maglione of Princeton for “The Announcement" and Ryan Vogen of Plainsboro, an MCCC art student, for “The Subway Scene.” Eleven artists received Honorable Mentions: Larry Chestnut of Hamilton for “Teapot with Wooden Flower,” Salvatore Damiano of Hamilton for “Skinny Dippers and Voyeurs,” Joseph H. Dougherty of Pennington for “Shades,” Phillip Cox Luth of Princeton for “Red Dot Matrix,” Lea Novak of Hamilton Square for “Pennsylvania Hills,” Michael Pietras of Pennington for “Flying Saucer Bowl,” Libby Ramage of Princeton for “Study Wasp Nest #3 and #4,” Meredith Remz of Princeton for “George Washington,” Vijay Sawant of East Windsor for “Adventure,” Jenny Sweetland of Princeton for “Doughnuts,” and Andrew Werth of Princeton Junction for “Center of Narrative Gravity.” Four artists were selected for Mercer County Purchase Awards: Mechtild Bitter of Princeton for “Crater of the Moon II,” James Doherty for “Pigtails,” Lea Novak for “Floating Feather,” and Maxine Shore of East Windsor for “Hiking in the Swiss Alps.” The West Windsor Arts Council Award went to Arlene Gail Milgram of Trenton for “Dichotomy.”

In addition to award winners, other artists featured in the show include: Samita Bhatia of West Windsor, Sean Carney of Robbinsville,Sue Chiu of Lawrenceville, Cornelia Huellstrunk of Princeton, Joy Kreves of Ewing, Phillip Cox Luth of Princeton, Deborah Paglione of Robbinsville, Amber Palecek of West Windsor, Ken Palmer of Crosswicks, Dallas Piotrowski of Hamilton, Bill Plank of Lawrenceville, Helene Plank of Lawrenceville, Shoshana Pofelis of East Windsor, Jules Schaeffer of Belle Mead, Janet Marion Simmons of Princeton, Ruth Strohl-Palmer of Crosswicks, Judy Tobie of Princeton, Megan Uhaze of Hamilton, Dylan Wolfe of Ewing, Christina Young of Hamilton, and Daniel Zimmerman of Hamilton Square.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Wednesday hours extended until 7 p.m.

This exhibit is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. Directions and gallery hours are available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.

Hun School of Princeton Announces Scholastic Art Winners

photo by Sophia Chung '17

Princeton, NJ - Art students at The Hun School of Princeton were recently recognized with Scholastic Art Awards. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program is the nation's longest running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens in grades 7 through 12. Luminaries who received the awards as youngsters include Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol.

 

The Hun School had six New Jersey regional winners who were announced last month. They are: 

 

Rebecca Ning '17, Belle Meade, NJ. Gold Key; architecture

Sofia Weingarten '20, Lawrenceville, NJ. Silver Key, photography

Stanley Bi '18, Dalian, China. Silver Key, photography

Rachel Huffaker '18, Drexel Hill, PA. Silver Key and an Honorable Mention, photography

Sophia Chung '17, Seoul, S. Korea. Two Honorable Mentions, photography

Erika Lee '20, Jakarta, Indonesia. Honorable Mention, painting 

 

Gold Key regional winners go on to compete for national awards and honors, which are announced in March. They include scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Also in March, Gold Key winners' art will be exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey.

 

Hun student Rachel Huffaker was also selected as one of 100 students, out of 13,000, to be featured in Photographers Forum magazine's Best High School Photographers.  

 

"To be an artist involves risk taking, not just in searching for and finding personal expression but in the willingness to share it with the world," said Hun School Visual Arts Department Chair Allan Arp. "Our students took a chance participating in this competition and they were rewarded for it!  I'm very proud of their accomplishments."

 

Princeton Recreation Department Announces Online Reistration for Spring/Summer Programs

The Princeton Recreation Department has activated online registration for 2017 Spring & Summer programs.  Programs include: Day Camp, Teen Travel Camp, Basketball Camps & Leagues, Skate Board Camp, Youth Track Camp, CP Pool Membership, CP Pool Programs, Kid’s ‘Splash ‘n Dash’ Aquathon and many more!

There is an Early-Bird Special Discount on select CP Pool Memberships, Day Camp and Teen Travel Camp registration available until April 7th.  More information can be found online at www.princetonrecreation.com.

American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School Announce New Studio and Administrative Space in New Brunswick

(New Brunswick, N.J.) – American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School is pleased to announce that it plans to be a resident member of a new, state-of-the-art performing arts complex in downtown New Brunswick. The building, which will be known as the New Brunswick Cultural Center, is slated to open in the fall of 2019. ARB operations included in the new facility will be administrative offices, rehearsal space for the performing company, and two studio spaces for its acclaimed DANCE POWER program and an expanded New Brunswick presence of the Ballet School. (The Ballet School will maintain its Princeton and Cranbury studio operations.)

Interim offices and studios will relocate to 80 Albany Street (the organization’s prior headquarters) while the two-and-a-half-year project is completed. 

“American Repertory Ballet has long been committed to the New Brunswick community,” said Charles Metcalf, Chair, Board of Trustees. “With the exciting fruition of the long awaited arts center, we will finally have a true home as New Brunswick’s resident ballet company. The new facility will also permit us to expand the New Brunswick presence of Princeton Ballet School, and better serve our acclaimed DANCE POWER program as it enters its 32nd year in New Brunswick.”

The project is being led by the City of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), Middlesex County and several additional agencies and organizations. Collectively, they will fund the construction of the new multi-purpose building where the Crossroads Building and George Street Playhouse currently reside. Demolition of those buildings is scheduled for May 2016.

Details of the complex itself include two stages: one an intimate-sized space and the other larger, capable of seating 475 people. This bigger space is complete with an orchestra pit and a larger, expanded back stage that will allow for a wide range of productions. Additional amenities include an in-lobby bar, elevators to the balcony level and much more.

By early March 2017, American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School will have relocated to its former address at 80 Albany Street in downtown New Brunswick while the new facility is constructed; it is just a few short blocks from its current space at 7 Livingston Ave. In order to facilitate a quick move, the administrative offices will be closed March 2 and 3. They will reopen for business on March 6. All Princeton Ballet School and DANCE POWER classes during this period will be held at 7 Livingston Ave. through Sunday, March 12. Classes will be held at 80 Albany Street beginning Monday, March 13; all teachers and class times remain the same.

Given the estimated completion date, American Repertory Ballet is planning to open its 2019-2020 season in the new space. “American Repertory Ballet's mission to bring the best of classical and contemporary dance to audiences throughout New Jersey take a giant leap forward with our partnership with the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center,” said Douglas Martin, ARB’s Artistic Director?. “Together with George Street Playhouse, Rutgers University and the Middlesex County Cultural Commission, this performing arts center promises to redefine New Brunswick as center for arts and culture in New Jersey. It has been our dream to have a permanent home in New Brunswick for more than 30 years and ARB is both thrilled and honored that this day has finally arrived.”

The two dance studios will allow Princeton Ballet School and DANCE POWER operations to expand not only in New Brunswick but into surrounding communities. “I am very excited about building our presence in New Brunswick with the new performing arts center,” said Pamela Levy, Princeton Ballet School Director. “By having a permanent home in New Brunswick we will be able to nurture our DANCE POWER program as well as our school, and provide world-class dance instruction for many students throughout Middlesex County.”

The arts development project is being hailed as transformative, not only for American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School, but the entire New Brunswick community. “We could not be more excited about this project,” said Metcalf. “Together, with our partners, patrons and performers, American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School will continue to be the leading ballet organization in New Jersey and use this move and expansion as a catalyst for continued growth.”

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

Howell Living History Farm Announces Farmhands and the Hatchery - A Parent/Child Program

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J.—Howell Living History Farm has announced the schedule for its winter and spring parent-child programs, Farmhands and the Hatchery.

The programs are designed to introduce children to farm animals and farming activities, while parents volunteer time helping the staff with tours and projects. One parent must work at the farm as a volunteer in exchange for one child's participation in the program. Farming experience is not necessary.

The Farmhands Program is a Saturday-only program beginning Feb. 11 for children ages 6 to 8 years and 9 to 12 years. Children participating in Farmhands will have opportunities to help care for animals, help farmers in the barns and field, and join in farm craft programs and games. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 9-to-12-year-olds and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for 6-to-8-year-olds. To participate in the Farmhands Program, parents should contact Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299 or kbrilla@mercercounty.org. 

The Hatchery Program is for children ages 3 to 5 years and features activities such as feeding farm animals, collecting eggs, storytelling and taking a hayride. The program runs one morning per week for 12 weeks, on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, starting March 15, 16 or 17, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents may enroll by attending a registration meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, or Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. Meetings are intended for parents only. Applications for the Hatchery Program will not be accepted by mail or phone.    

Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530.

For more information, contact Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299 or kbrilla@mercercounty.org, or visit www.howellfarm.org  or www.mercercountyparks.org.

David E. Cohen Announces Run for Princeton Council

David E. Cohen has announced that he will seek nomination to a seat on the Princeton Council. "Having participated in the Women's March on Washington and watched the subsequent distressing week in national politics unfold, I have become convinced that local politics offers one of the best opportunities to resist the Trump agenda and rebuild the strength of the Democratic party," he said.

 

A self-employed architect, Cohen has been actively involved in the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) since 2004, when he became a member of the organization's executive board, and has served in a number of roles, including president and treasurer.

 

Educated at Harvard and the University of Virginia, he is particularly interested in the role of the built environment in creating livable communities. He has served on Princeton's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for almost 10 years, and has been a member of the Regional Planning Board for three years. Recently, he has been actively engaged in citizen action and discussions regarding zoning upgrades to preserve neighborhood character in our town, in pursuing updates to Princeton's Affordable Housing plan, and in the preparation of Princeton's bicycle master plan. He has also participated in efforts to find a way to save and repurpose the Valley Road Building.

 

Cohen has lived in Princeton for about 30 years with his wife Liz and three children. His professional focus is eco-friendly architecture and design for religious institutions.

 

"I have worked on developing the art of careful listening and working with lay committees to build consensus, both in my professional and political careers," he said. "My philosophy of government is that change is inevitable – if we don't plan for change, we get change we don't want. Better to think about the future we aspire to for our community, and put in place policies that will help bring that future into being."

 

He also stated that if he was fortunate enough to be elected to serve the people of Princeton, his priorities would be: working to expand the supply of both subsidized affordable, and mid-range housing options in town; continuing to promote alternative modes of transportation, both to protect the environment and to alleviate traffic congestion; and advocating for policies to reverse the trend and alleviate the effects of growing economic inequality. 

 

 

PDS Announces New Board Chair

Princeton – At its January meeting, the Princeton Day School Board of Trustees elected Dr. Rebecca W. Bushnell ’70 to succeed Barbie Griffin Cole’78 as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Bushnell’s appointment is effective July 1, 2017.

 

Professor Bushnell is The School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1982.  Graduating with the Princeton Day School class of 1970, she earned a BA at Swarthmore College, an MA from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.  She also taught English for a year at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr.  An accomplished scholar of wide-ranging interests, Professor Bushnell is the author of many articles and eight books, on subjects ranging from Greek tragedy to English gardening.  At Penn, she has taught courses on literature, theater and culture, and she received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and an NEH grant for Teaching with Technology.

 

Professor Bushnell also has significant experience in academic administration in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn.  As Associate Dean for the Humanities from 1998-2003, she managed academic hiring and budgets in those departments; as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-2004, she oversaw the quality of academic advising and education; and as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2005-2014, she was responsible for every aspect of the School’s finances, strategic planning, fundraising, administration, and faculty affairs.  She is also committed to supporting nonprofit cultural institutions, as a member of the board of the Morris Arboretum, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  Professor Bushnell and her husband, John Toner, the Executive Director of Renew Theaters, which manages the Princeton Garden Theater, reside in Philadelphia.  They are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Ruth Toner.

 

A member of the Princeton Day School Board of Trustees since 2013, Professor Bushnell serves as a member of the Executive Committee, chairs the Mission Fulfillment Task Force, and has aided Princeton Day School’s fundraising activities.  Succeeding Treby McLaughlin Williams ’80 and Barbie Griffin Cole ’78, Professor Bushnell will continue the tradition of alumni leadership of the Board of Trustees. 

 

Barbie Cole ’78 will retire from the Board of Trustees after 17 years of extraordinary service to Princeton Day School.  Board Chair since July 1, 2012, Mrs. Cole has led the School through a sustained period of growth and prosperity, placing the school in an enviable position from which to embark on a series of long-range academic, co-curricular, endowment, and facilities initiatives. Through her wise, careful guidance; and in partnership with Head of School Paul Stellato and the Board of Trustees, the School has achieved record levels in admissions applications and selectivity, annual fund, and other forms of support; it has received local, regional, and national recognition for sustainability, visual and performing arts, writing, athletics, and wellness programming; and it has further cemented its leadership role in the community of independent schools.  Mrs. Cole’s retirement in June will mark the end of a formal relationship with the School that spans nearly four decades and will coincide with the graduation of her son, George ’17.  With her husband, Chris, Barbie Cole is the proud parent of two Panther alumni: James ’08 and Zeeza ’13.

 

In announcing the news, Head of School Paul Stellato noted, “As Princeton Day School was fortunate to be able to turn to two devoted alumni – Treby Williams ’80 and Barbie Cole ’78 – to lead our School, so it looks now to Rebecca Bushnell ’70 to join that august company.  In electing Professor Bushnell, the Board of Trustees has expressed its confidence in her ability to guide our School during this most exciting, promising time and, as she has done at the University of Pennsylvania, to ensure it remains faithful to and fulfills its mission for its students, families, alumni, and faculty.”

 

PDS Announces New Varsity Baseball Coach

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director of Athletics Tim Williams recently announced that Brian Dudeck will serve as the Varsity Boys Baseball Coach.


Coach Dudeck has served as assistant coach of the Varsity Baseball team for the past six seasons. Over that period of time, the Panthers have seen several stellar seasons, as well as four student-athletes committing to play Division I baseball and several others embarking on successful Division III careers. At PDS, Mr.Dudeck has also served as coach of the JV Soccer and Basketball teams.

 

Mr. Dudeck has a long history of coaching in many of the area’s top youth organizations including Nottingham Little League and Babe Ruth leagues. He has also been a coach for the Hamilton A's and Jersey Force travel programs.


A graduate of Trenton State College, Mr. Dudeck has been a certified Health and Physical Education Teacher and coach since 1985. He currently teaches at Ewing High School where he has also served as the Head Varsity Soccer coach and JV Baseball coach.

Villa Victoria Academy Announces Redesign & New Middle School

Ewing, NJ - The following announcement is being made by Mr. Chuck Machion, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Villa Victoria Academy.
 

Villa Victoria Academy, the oldest Catholic all-girls school in New Jersey, is proud to announce the creation of a Middle School encompassing grades 6-8 to be added to the High School grades 9-12 beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.  This will result in an adjustment to Villa Victoria Academy’s academic program for grades 6-12.  The Academy is also planning for enhancements to both the Middle and Upper School including facilities upgrades, technology upgrades and the expansion and development of programs, especially in the area of the fine and performing arts.

 

As part of the realignment of resources, another major change will also occur.  Due to the ongoing trend of decreased enrollment for the lower grades, a Board of Directors sub-committee analyzed the situation, weighed various options, and made a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees.  On January 12, 2017, the Board of Trustees agreed to accept the recommendation of the sub-committee and decided that, at this time, the Lower School will no longer be accepting enrollment beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Girls currently in 4th grade will continue their education at Villa Victoria through 5th grade before entering the Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. Consequently, Villa Victoria Academy is still accepting applications for 5th grade for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Since formally christened as a private academy in 1933, the mission of Villa Victoria Academy, consistent with the vision of the Religious Teachers Filippini, is to educate students to a global view, to uphold the dignity of each individual and to empower students to influence the world in a truly Christian manner.

 

Says Machion, "The school’s focus and mission have and always will be about providing the best educational environment for the success of our girls.” President of the Academy, Sr. Lillian Harrington, added, “We hold true to our tradition of excellence in education, believing that every Villa girl has the ability to learn and reach her potential.”

Mercer County Library System Announces Spring 2017 TrashedArt Competition

Lawrenceville — In Spring 2017 the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System will be hosting our eighth annual TrashedArt Contest. The contest celebrates Earth Day by encouraging patrons to turn ordinary trash into extraordinary art.
    
The contest is limited to one entry per artist. Classes or groups may participate only if they register ahead of time by calling 609-989-6922 or e-mailing jcuddahy@mcl.org. The library will accept artwork no earlier than Friday, March 24, 2017 and no later than Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Selected artwork will be on display throughout the month of April, beginning on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Students in grades 7-12 and adults who reside in Mercer County are eligible to participate.
    
Entries must be original artwork, no larger than 3' by 3' by 3' and no heavier than 25 lbs. Any art medium is acceptable, so long as a minimum of 75% recycled content is used. Some examples of recycled content include metals, paper, rubber, glass (but no sharp shards), plastic and cloth. The criteria for recycled materials is anything that has been manufactured and would have otherwise been thrown away. Non-recyclable materials such as glue, paint, tape, etc. are permitted. Suggestions include newspapers, fabric from old clothing, machine parts, and used building materials. For the purposes of this contest, natural materials such as rocks, dirt, bones and sticks are not considered recycled.
    
Contest entry forms will be available at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch Reference Desk starting January 2017. All accepted art entries will be publicly displayed at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System, located at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Entries will be judged, and winners will be notified by phone or email. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in both adult and student categories. A reception will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to honor the winners and the participants.
    
For more information about the library's programs and events call 609-989-6920, e-mail lawprogs@mcl.org or visit www.mcl.org.
 

HomeFront Announces Week of Hope January 14-21

Lawrenceville, NJ January 5, 2017--In this time of change and uncertainty, HomeFront is hearing from many more folks than usual asking how they can get involved to help those in need in our local community. In response to this, HomeFront will be scheduling a variety of special educational forums and volunteer opportunities during a Week of Hope from January 14th through January 21st that will enable people to contribute to community change in a meaningful, positive way, as well as introduce them to all that HomeFront does.

“This seven day event, spanning both day and evening hours, is a way to seek positive change,” says HomeFront Executive Director Connie Mercer. “Fortunately, the perfect antidote for feelings of helplessness is to be of help, and the perfect place where anyone can go and do that in this area is at HomeFront.”

During the Week of Hope, HomeFront will offer guided bus tours, panel discussions and “lunch and learn” events on poverty and issues facing the working poor in this area. A large roster of volunteer opportunities will be available for people of all ages including tutoring or reading to children, working in the food pantry or organizing events and drives.

“So many people are telling me that now, more than ever, they want to be a pro-active part of something positive, and there is no greater feeling than to be of real help to people who are struggling every day,” explains Mercer. “People who come once and volunteer for a couple of hours usually end up making it a regular part of their life. There is something extremely uplifting about making a connection with people outside of your own experience and discovering the commonality of humor, hope and humanity that we all share. Sometimes, getting involved takes a little courage, but it has the potential to be life-changing! We hope that people of all ages will join us in some aspect of this Week of Hope and bring along a few friends to experience it with them. It’s a very life affirming way to start the New Year.”

A full schedule of opportunities, with online reservations, can be viewed on HomeFront’s website at www.homefrontnj.org. For more information, call 609-989-9417 x 133, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm or email getinvolved@homefrontnj.org

 

Be the change you want to see.

Start where you are.

Do what you can.

Use what you have.

HV Arts Council Announces a NEW Hopewell Valley Pops Orchestra

FIRST REHEARSAL 
This Thursday, January 12

 

Who:
All musicians, ages 13 and up. No audition; no cuts. All welcome.

When:
8 - 9:30pm. Arrive between 7:30 and 8 to set up and be ready!

 

Where:
57 Hamilton Ave, Suite 207, Hopewell, NJ 08525


Rehearsal will be in the studio of the Hopewell Valley Children's Theater. (They have generously offered their space for this new group.) The best place to park is in the parking lot on Somerset St. across from the building. Enter in the door across from TWINE. Head down the hall, make a left, and you'll see the studio!

 

The Hopewell Valley Community of Associated Music Projects (HV CAMP for short) is a new non-profit providing musical ensembles and opportunities for local musicians to play and perform. The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is delighted to be working with HV Camp to help get the word out. If you know any teens or adults who might be interested, please pass along this email!
 
HV Camp was co-founded by Hopewell Valley native Jack Furlong and TCNJ alum Sean Ryan. Furlong is a professional jazz musician who holds a Masters in Music from William Paterson University; Ryan is a professional classical musician who holds his Bachelors in Music Education from TCNJ and is currently completing his Masters.
 
This new community pops orchestra is the first step of HV Camp's plans. The orchestra is open to all competent musicians age 13 and over (although younger musicians will be considered with adequate proficiency) and aims to have a balance of youth and adult players. The group needs a broad mix of instrumentation so please grab every musician you know and come on out!  This ensemble is a no-cut group; all competent musicians who join will be a part of it and will not be excluded or required to audition. This is an opportunity to make music, get some experience and have fun!

P.S. This is a BYOS group: Bring Your Own (music) Stand.

To get involved email Jack Furlong at jack@jackfurlong.com
visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hvcamp and click the "sign up" button to fill out the registration form;
or JUST SHOW UP!

Youth Stages Announces After School Acting Classes

Youth Stages will be offering a series of creative drama sessions with preschoolers at Princeton Playspace in Princeton Junction entitled, Little Actors (3-5 year olds). FREE introductory session, Monday, January 16, 2017 from 5:00-5:45 PM. Six week class available January 23-March 6. For further information contact, Princeton Playspace at (609) 919-9600 or Youth Stages at (609) 430-9000.
 
Youth Stages will be offering acting classes at Johnson Park School in Princeton this winter. There will be a class for 3rd-5th graders on Monday afternoons for six weeks, January 9-February 27 and a class for K-2nd graders on Thursday afternoons, January 12-February 16, 2017. For further information contact Johnson Park PTO at (609) 806-4240 or Youth Stages at (609) 430-9000.
 
Youth Stages will be offering acting classes at Princeton Day School in Princeton this winter. There will be a class for preK-1st graders and another for 2nd-4th graders on Wednesday afternoons for eight weeks, January 11-March 1, 2017. For further information contact Princeton Day School at (609) 924-6700 x1502 or Youth Stages at (609) 430-9000.
 
Youth Stages will be offering acting classes at Orchard Hill Elementary School and Village Elementary School in Skillman this winter. There will be a class for K-2nd graders at OHES on Wednesday afternoons for eight weeks, January 18-March 8 and a class for 3rd-4th graders at VES on Tuesday afternoons, January 17-March 7, 2017. For further information contact Montgomery Recreation Department at (609) 466-3023 or Youth Stages at (609) 430-9000.
 

Morven Announces Groundbreaking Ceremony for Future Education Center

PRINCETON - Over ten years in the making, the Trustees of Morven Museum & Garden announce they have unanimously approved and will soon break ground on the Stockton Education Center. The building, designed by GWWO Architects of Baltimore, will sit lightly in its landscape and provide flexible program space, a dedicated classroom, and visitor amenities. Below grade, new offices, storage, and mechanical systems will support the entire campus. Another of GWWO's many projects involving a National Historic Landmark property is the highly-acclaimed Interpretive Center at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia.
 

"The Board of Trustees has been examining its site needs for over a decade," says Board Chair, Robert Wilson. "With greater space, we can fulfill our mission by providing more robust programming on-site; sharing the remarkable history of Morven and its inhabitants, celebrating the cultural heritage of New Jersey, while accommodating much needed expanded back of house space to make these goals possible."

The firm, C. Raymond Davis, with offices in Princeton, has been chosen as general contractor for the year-long project. Construction is expected to commence in early March, 2017.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned at Morven for Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. All are invited to attend.

Peacock Inn Announces Cocktails for Charity in Honor of National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month

Join The Peacock Inn &  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County

Cocktails for Charity 

Thursday, January 5th 

Bar Opens at 5:00 PM

 

Come show your support!

 

$6 from every "Winter Hero" & "Spicy Pompom" will be donated to

 

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As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.

 

 

 

 
 

 

Winter Hero & Spicy Pompom

 
 

 

Winter Hero

Bourbon, Aperol,
Pomegranate Juice,
Cherry Heering, Tiki Bitters 

$12 

Spicy Pompom

House-Infused Chili Vodka,  

Pama Liqueur, Pomegranate Juice, Lime, Pomegranate Seeds

$12 

 

 

"Winter Hero" & "Spicy Pompom" will be available until January 31st!

 

 

 

 

The Peacock Inn

20 Bayard Lane | Princeton, NJ | (609) 924-1707 | www.thepeacockinn.com

 

 

Specialized Physical Therapy Announces Runners Analysis Program

  • Attention Princeton-area runners!  Announcing our Runners Analysis Program using our state of the art DARTFISH program. Available in our Princeton office only.
    • Whether you are looking to improve your running mechanics, decrease your risk for injury or treat an existing running injury, the Specialized Physical Therapy Runners Analysis Program is for you! The Running analysis program is designed for runners of all ages and abilities and will include:
      • Dartfish 2-D running analysis of your running form
      • A complete musculoskeletal examination from head to toe by one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy
      • Functional movement screening to see how you use your muscles and look for running patterns.
      • Recommendations on shoes
      • Corrective exercises to improve your running form and reduce fatigue
      • Receive a 15% discount if purchased before January 1st, 2017
      • Call our Princeton office for more details: 609-497-1000

Main Street Bar Announces New Promotions

In keeping with the holiday celebrations, we are launching a few new promotions we think you'll enjoy.

 



Starting Monday, December 12th

Monday 
Half-price draught beer

Tuesday  
Half-price bottles of wine

Wednesday  
Half-price signature cocktails and martinis

Princeton Farmers’ Market Announces Dates for Winter Market Season

The Princeton Farmers’ Market is excited to announce the dates and locations of its 2016-2017 Winter Market Season, which are as follows:

Princeton Public Library
Community Room (65 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542) 
December 15th
January 12th
February 9th

March 9th

April 13th

 

New Time: 10am to 3pm

 

Our Winter Market will continue to connect Princeton residents with local foods, offering a variety of goods including local, organic fruits and vegetables, free-range beef, poultry, pork, eggs, cheese, pickles, honey, baked goods, linens, nut butters, chocolate, pasta, and more!

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our regular season farmers’ market attendees as well as our sponsors, most notably PNC Bank, Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, Terra Momo Restaurant Group, and the Princeton Public Library for their ongoing support throughout the year.  We would also like to thank the Nassau Inn for offering us a home for our March market. We exist because of the support of this incredible Princeton community.

For more information about our Winter Market, please go to www.princetonfarmersmarket.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Princeton Farmers’ Market

Holiday Menus Announced at The Peacock Inn

Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24th
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$95
New Year's Eve 2016
Saturday, December 31st
1st Seating
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
$125
 
2nd Seating
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
$160
Complimentary Midnight Toast!
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Call to make your reservation today!
(609) 924-1707

Holiday Menus Announced at The Peacock Inn

Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24th
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$95
New Year's Eve 2016
Saturday, December 31st
1st Seating
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
$125
 
2nd Seating
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
$160
Complimentary Midnight Toast!
_____________________
 
Call to make your reservation today!
(609) 924-1707

Princeton School of Rock Announces Winter Shows

At School of Rock Princeton, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll's greatest hits. Join us for one of our upcoming shows and experience the power of a superior music education.

 

All shows performed at

Whiskey Tango
14000 Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19116

Admission: $10

 

 

December 3

1:00 PM - Tribute to The Rolling Stones

3:00 PM - Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

5:00 PM - Tribute to Prince

December 4

1:00 PM - Tribute to Prince

3:00 PM - Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

5:00 PM - Tribute to The Rolling Stones

December 10

3:00 PM - Modern Rock Show

5:00 PM - Tribute to the music of Devo vs. the music of Talking Heads

December 11

1:00 PM - Modern Rock Show

3:00 PM - Tribute to the music of Devo vs. the music of Talking Heads

 

School of Rock Princeton offers superior instruction to students 6 - 17 in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Call or visit our school and sign up for a FREE trial lesson! Also, ask about our ADULT PROGRAM!

 

Princeton School of Rock
3570 Quakerbridge Road
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
609-890-7090

https://locations.schoolofrock.com/princeton

 

IFMP Announces 2016 Annual Cultural Show December 10

IFMP is proud to announce our biggest event of the year  '2016 Annual Cultural Show'  that is coming up on December 10th, 2016 at the West Windsor Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro NJ.   IFMP committee invites all of you with your family and friends to attend this year's event and witness scintillating dance performances presented by members of the community. 

Come witness the various dance styles listed below and encourage all the participants presenting these dances for their role as cultural ambassadors to keep our culture alive in this adopted homeland of ours..

  • Bhangra
  • Bharatnatyam
  • Bollywood
  • Fusion
  • Hip-hop
  • Kathak
  • Kuchipudi

Below is the list of 18 dance schools and choreographers who are confirmed to participate in the biggest and the largest dance show ever in the State of New Jersey.

  • Archana Nrityalaya Dance Academy - Guru Archana Joglekar
  • Fusion Arts - Archana Savkar
  • Prerna School of Dance - Beena Shah
  • Abhinaya School of Kuchipudi Dance - Gayatri Saripalli
  • Dancing Shiva - Jeanie Beri, Sonam Tailor & Anjali Trivedi
  • Naach Nation - Uma Kapoor
  • Nruthu Aaloka - Meena Venkat
  • Nupur School of Dance - Madhavi Devasthale
  • Nritya Creations Academy of Dance  - Malathi Pentapalli
  • Yogeshwari dance academy - Mohini Bhave
  • Pranavam school of dance - Pranaya Akula
  • Matru Dance Academy - Rachana Patel
  • Sensational Dance Group - Rashmi Kulkarni
  • Exodus Artistry - Rohit Gijare
  • DAZZLING DANCERS - Rubina Nagarkatti
  • Sarita Joshi School of Dance - Sarita Joshi
  • Rangla Punjab Academy - Sukhvir Singh
  • Rhythm dancers -Trupti kotian

For more information on the cultural show and tickets please visit our website https://www.ifmpnj.orgor Email:ifmp@ifmpnj.org

Tickets can be purchased at www.sulekha.com/IFMP or visit our website www.ifmpnj.org. 
 

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 
Date:  December 10th, 2016  Time:  2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where:    West Windsor Plainsboro High School North
90 Grovers Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536, United States

Admission Fees: (Ticket price includes Appetizers & Dinner)
Adults: $20;  Students & Seniors: $15
Tickets can be purchased at www.sulekha.com/IFMP or visit our website www.ifmpnj.org. 


PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
1:30PM - Door Opens
2:00PM – Program starts with Lamp Lighting and National Anthem 
2:00PM - 8:00PM – Various Dance performances, Fashion Show, Appetizers, Stretching Break.
8:00PM -9:00PM - Dinner
 

EVENT SPONSORSHIP/VENDOR TABLE:
If you are interested in sponsoring the event or setting up a vendor booth for this event, please contact us via email at ifmp@ifmpnj.org or phone 609-297-7116 or visit our website www.ifmpnj.org and download the application form.

Brick Farm Tavern Announces Weekend Lunch Hours

After your bike, hike or stroll on a beautiful fall day, swing by the Tavern for lunch, local beer, a long list of wines and cocktails and a sweeping view of the grounds and farm. The menu will feature the finest ingredients but with a more casual approach.
Think pub-meets-farm-to-table.

LUNCH Hours
Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-2:00pm
BAR Hours
Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-11:00pm
(kitchen closed between 2:00-5:00pm)
DINNER hours
Tuesday-Sunday 5:00-9:30pm

We look forward to serving you!

For more information, call 609-333-9200 or email reservations@brickfarmgroup.com

Specialized Physical Therapy Announces Holiday Massage Therapy Special

Got election fatigue? Stress, tired, in pain? We are here to help! Announcing our holiday massage therapy special for Cherry Hill and Princeton offices.
 
: 3 - 1hr massages for $150! (1-hr massages usually $80, that's a $90 savings!)
: Gift certificates available
: Purchase offer expires Friday, December 23rd
: Purchased massages do not expire
 
Give the gift of calmness and relaxation! Unwind, Re-Charge, Enjoy!
 
For Cherry Hill call: 856-424-0993; Princeton: 609-497-1000
-From All of Us at Specialized Physical Therapy

D&R Greenway Announces Land for Life Public Challenge

Among the costumed revelers at D&R Greenway's Moonlight Masquerade at the Down to Earth Ball, from left: Leslie Pell Schluter, Frits Besselaar, Lisa Granozio and Cindy Besselaar.  

Princeton, N.J.— Masked revelers and supporters at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Moonlight Masquerade “Down to Earth” Ball, held October 29 at historic Tusculum, were presented with a surprise announcement at evening’s end: that everyone can join in and benefit from the Land for Life Campaign.

 

“Why Land for Life?” posited D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “Because without all the benefits that preserved land provides—fresh air, clean water, plants and wildlife, farms for food, places to play and renew—we would not have quality of life or even life itself!”

 

During Mead’s announcement, she enthusiastically reported that a supporter awarded a Challenge Gift that very morning: “If we raise $200,000 by the end of January we will receive a match of $100,000 for a total of $300,000,” said Mead. “That enables donors to make tax-deductible gifts in 2016 and 2017 and gets us halfway to our final goal of $600k for the public campaign. Every dollar counts! This is a vision we can all share in and make happen together!”

 

For more than a quarter century, D&R Greenway has been protecting land in the most densely populated state, assuring clean drinking water and landscapes essential to our health and quality of life. “Our work to preserve farms and open spaces and instill a conservation ethic has changed the landscape of New Jersey for generations to come and brings lasting environmental, social and economic benefits,” continues Mead. “We launched our Land for Life Campaign to build our capacity to continue to preserve and care for land. The time to preserve land is now—in 30 years our state will be the first to be either completely developed or preserved. What happens is up to all of us. We have the leadership to get this done, and by reaching the goals of our Land for Life Campaign we will make it happen.”

 

Many are familiar with D&R Greenway’s success in preserving land and offering trails for the public. Land for Life will help support good stewardship of the land, including land in urban areas like Capital City Farm and the Cadwaladar Park Natural Area and Meadow.

 

“Land for Life—there are so many ways to interpret that phrase,” says D&R Greenway Board of Trustees Chair Phyllis Marchand. “I have experienced the importance of walks on our preserved lands as a prescription for physical and mental health—our Poetry Trail is the best medicine!”

 

Did you know that preserving land provides financial rewards? “Open space has a tax and quality of life benefit compared to development,” continues Marchand. “Tax benefits include no additional municipal costs, such as for roads, police, schools and numerous other services. Quality of life benefits include less traffic and flooding from run-off, and more land for the community to enjoy. So ask your children and grandchildren what the phrase ‘Land for Life’ means—the answers can only be inspiring.”

 

“There are many organizations to support in our community but I feel D&R Greenway’s Land for Life campaign should be at the top of everyone’s list because the work it does benefits all of us and every living thing, now and forever,” says Betsy Sands, D&R Greenway Trustee and Land for Life co-chair. “We know how important balance is to nature, health and the future of our Earth so it is essential to preserve open space now in a state where there is so much development. What a lasting legacy… a gift of open space and fresh air!”

 

“What really drew my wife, Emily, and me to D&R Greenway is not only the commitment to preserving land but the organization’s approach to stewardship,” says D&R Greenway Trustee and Land for Life co-chair Johan Firmenich. “The Land for Life campaign is a way for D&R Greenway to fully commit to its vision to permanently preserve land. As Prince famously said, ‘Forever; that's a mighty long time.’ This campaign is about preserving and stewarding land for the next generation and the generations after that one.”

 

Planned giving generates preservation power and the capacity to care for land. “I have made a planned gift to D&R Greenway because our planet cannot provide us with breathable air and drinkable water unless enough land is preserved for it to do so,” says D&R Greenway Trustee Gene Gladston. “D&R Greenway, therefore, is the foundation for my charitable giving—and it should also be yours.”

 

The Land for Life Campaign seeks to raise $8.4 million to ensure preservation of threatened lands and good stewardship of lands protected in the public trust.  Two years into the campaign, $7.8 million has been raised.  The hope is that the remaining $600,000 will come from hundreds of donors, similarly to when D&R Greenway saved St. Michaels in Hopewell with support from more than 900 families, individuals and local businesses.  “After all,” says Mead, “everyone shares in the benefit of open space in our community.  By helping to preserve and care for land, the public really becomes a partner in creating this legacy with us.  It’s true that together we will make a lasting difference in what our community looks like in the future.” 

 

Thousands of acres of commercial and residential development, car trips creating congestion and pollution, millions of gallons of water wasted… can you imagine what our region might be like if it weren't for the 20,000 acres preserved by D&R Greenway?

 

“Give a gift to yourself and your family by supporting the Land for Life campaign,” says Sands.

“Preserving land is forever.”

 

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.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 

 

 

Junior League of Greater Princeton Announces Designer Showhouse 2017

PRINCETON, NJ—November 1, 2016— The Junior League of Greater Princeton (JLGP) is pleased to announce the highly anticipated return of the 19th Designer Showhouse & Gardens held at 75 Cleveland Lane, Princeton.  The home will be open for public tours on Sunday, April 30th.  The event continues Thursday-Sundays through May 27 from 11am-4pm.   Additionally, the Showhouse will serve as a splendid and unique venue for lectures, luncheons and special events.  Proceeds from this biennial fundraiser support the Junior League’s mission and are reinvested back into the community via programs that benefit local women’s and children's initiatives, grants to area community organizations and scholarships for female high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and voluntarism.  The Showhouse event also serves to raise awareness about the rewarding opportunities and valuable leadership training the JLGP provides its volunteer members.

 

Since 1974, the JLGP has produced eighteen Designer Showhouses, showcased more than 500 curated spaces inspiring tens of thousands of home and garden design enthusiasts, invested thousands of volunteer hours and raised nearly $2 million dollars. The JLGP and the exceptional vision of renowned luxury home builder, Jay Grant of Grant Homes, have united to create the ultimate Designer Showhouse experience in 2017. Joining them on this winning ticket is internationally celebrated cabinetry designer and craftsman, Christopher Peacock, who will install his classic British cabinetry to the Showhouse kitchen, a must-see highlight of the Showhouse tour.

 

75 Cleveland Lane is well-known by Princeton insiders and art aficionados alike as a creative hive. The impressive stone house was once home to J. Seward Johnson Jr, sculptor and founder of Grounds for Sculpture and his first wife, Barbara “Kristina” Johnson, a student turned fashion model turned one of America’s Top 100 Collectors of Art and Antiques (1986-1996). After their highly publicized divorce in 1964, Kristina Johnson, along with her daughter Jeniah “Kookie” Johnson, remained in the house up until her death in 2013. Her passion for the arts influenced the transformation of her manse into part home and part museum housing her immense and eclectic collection of fine, folk, ceramic and ethnographic arts.

 

Fast forward to today, contractors, craftsman and carpenters—all artists in their own right—are buzzing inside the hive rebuilding the house inside the stone hull at the direction of Jay Grant, who purchased the property from Kookie Johnson in December of 2015. The view of 75 Cleveland Lane has always invited curiosity—the front of the house positioned away from the street. Passersby have only been allowed to see the back of the house enclosed by a stone wall with a custom wrought iron gate, a sideview of the carriage house, a hint of courtyard and a smattering of whimsical sculptures dotting the grounds. Grant’s plan transfigures the front of the house to face Cleveland Lane, lifting the veil and opening the new front door to Showhouse guests. Tours will include the three floors of the main house featuring 5 BR, 5 BA, 2 powder rooms and 4 fireplaces, the carriage house which boasts a 5 bay-garage and 1 BR apartment and the estate’s gardens and grounds. The carriage house bays will house the Showhouse cafe and boutique.

 

The Junior League is seeking talented, innovative and creative interior and landscape designers to join them in making this Designer Showhouse a success in raising critical funds for the JLGP and its community projects in the Greater Princeton area. A Designer’s Open House will be held on site on November 16th and 17th from 9am to 1pm for interested interior and landscape designers. Designers planning to attend the open house must register online at https://www.jlgp.org/showhouse/ by November 14th to reserve their spot.   Space is limited.

 

The Junior League of Greater Princeton is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Greater Princeton focuses its efforts on the needs of women and children in Mercer and Bucks counties as well as the surrounding areas. Women over the age of 21, committed to voluntarism, regardless of race, religion or national origin are welcome as members. The Junior League of Greater Princeton is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, which includes 293 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain. For more information please visit www.jlgp.org.

 

 

 

American Repertory Ballet Announces 2016 Annual Nutcracker Season

PRINCETON, NJ - American Repertory Ballet’s 2016 Nutcracker Season will run November 19 through December 18 at venues across New Jersey: Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange and State Theatre in New Brunswick. ARB’s Nutcracker is a holiday classic featuring Tchaikovsky’s score and a cast of over 100 performers, featuring the professional, international dancers of American Repertory Ballet and select students from Princeton Ballet School, the official school of ARB. A holiday tradition since 1964, ARB’s is the longest-running Nutcracker production in New Jersey and one of the longest consecutively-running in the United States. 

 

American Repertory Ballet will open the Nutcracker season in New Jersey at Union County Performing Arts Center’s main stage in Rahway on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. On Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m., for the second time annually, ARB will present its Sensory-Friendly Production of Nutcracker. This abridged, one-hour, performance is especially for children and adults with special needs and is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of the UC Sensory-Friendly Theatre series.

 

ARB’s Nutcracker will be in Mercer and Middlesex Counties at McCarter Theatre in Princeton for Thanksgiving weekend, at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton on Saturday, December 3 and at State Theatre in New Brunswick Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18, including one School-Time Matinee performance. The public performances at State Theatre will feature a live orchestra and the Princeton GirlChoir, under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt.

 

The School Time Matinee of Nutcracker at State Theatre is sold out, but educators can bring their students to see this festive production at South Orange Performing Arts Center. ARB’s run of Nutcracker at South Orange Performing Arts Center will be December 7-10 and features four School Time Matinee performances and three weekend performances for the public.

 

Terra Momo restaurant group will once again partner with ARB’s Nutcracker season. They will offer ARB’s Nutcracker ticket holders 20% off a meal at any of their three restaurants: Eno Terra in Kingston, Mediterra in Princeton, or Teresa Caffe in Princeton. On Saturday, November 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., costumed characters will be greeting guests at Mediterra restaurant.

 

American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker 2016

 

Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 499-8226

www.ucpac.org

November 19, 2016 at 2 p.m.

November 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. (Sensory Friendly performance)

 

McCarter Theatre

91 University Place

Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 258-2787

www.mccarter.org

November 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

November 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

November 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

1 Memorial Drive

Trenton, NJ 08608

(877) 987-6487

www.arballet.org/TrentonNutcracker

December 3, 2016 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

South Orange Performing Arts Center

1 SOPAC Way

South Orange, NJ 07079

https://www.sopacnow.org/nutcracker/

December 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (School Time Matinees)

December 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (School Time Matinees)

December 9, 2016 at 6 p.m.

December 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

 

State Theatre *Featuring Live Orchestra and Choir*

15 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 246-7469

www.statetheatrenj.org

December 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

December 17, 2016 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

December 18, 2016 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information about American Repertory Ballet please visit: www.arballet.org

 

Arts Council of Princeton Announces School Break Mini Camps for Ages 5-12

If your child goes to public school in NJ, there is no school on Thursday, 11/10 and Friday, 11/11.

We are offering mini-camps for ages 5-12 during the break from 9:00am-3:30pm.
Extended care available!

Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center (IYCC) Announces Call for Submissions for Poetry Slam Benefit

Princeton, New Jersey, October 23, 2016 – The Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center (IYCC) announces a call for submissions of spoken word, poetry, monologue and short stories for a poetry slam benefit to support the new non-profit yoga community center at the Princeton Shopping Center. Entry guidelines are maximum of 1500 words for spoken word and poetry, not to exceed five minutes for monologue and short stories, and open to the public. Entries must be received by November 2nd via email in PDF format to IYCCPoetrySlam@gmail.com including name, phone number and email address. Selected submissions will be invited to perform their work at the IYCC Poetry Slam benefit on November 12 from 7-9pm at the new Princeton IYCC at the Princeton Shopping Center above McCaffrey's (301 North Harrison Street, Suite 1E).

The Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center is committed to promoting mindful, conscious living and helping people cultivate easeful bodies, peaceful minds, and useful lives.  It is dedicated to nurturing spiritual growth and awakening.  The Princeton IYCC hosts great teachers of spiritual practices in special workshop settings.  The Princeton IYCC offers daily yoga classes, a dedicated meditation space open to all free of charge, kirtan chanting, workshops, study groups, Namarupa spiritual reference library, yoga teacher training, satsangs, and ecumenical events.  Learn more at www.IYIPrinceton.com

Cherry Grove Farm Announces Third Annual Cow Parade Nov 5

A full-farm celebration with tons of fun for families and guests of all ages!

Lawrenceville, New Jersey, October 18th, 2016- Cherry Grove Farm is excited to host the third annual “ Great Cow Parade” on November 5th, 2016 from 1pm-7pm at Cherry Grove Farm. This annual celebration symbolizes another great year of harvest and production on the farm.

Cherry Grove Farm Marketing Manager Kathy Simon says, “Come for the music and food, but stay for the cows!”

For $10 per carload, visitors of all ages can spend the day enjoying live music, good food, an evening bonfire, and tons of on-farm fun! The highlight of the afternoon will be the Great Cow Parade, where guests are encouraged to cheer on the procession as the herd marches from the milking parlour through the scenic organic fields, and across the drive to the front field. Food and beer will available for purchase throughout the day from Jammin’ Crepes Food Truck and Flying Fish Brewery (beer proceeds to support the Stony Brook- Millstone Watershed Association). Fun to be found throughout the day will include live music by Sparkle Pony, full face painting, an old-fashioned bake-off, the cow parade, hayrides, an evening bonfire, and farm tours. There will be a myriad of activities and vendors including a beekeeper, hawk master, hand-wool spinning and drayage demonstrations, educational presentations on cheese-making and pairing, Pinelands musicians, native plant experts, a children's book author for story-reading, and more! The parade and afternoon activities will culminate in the bonfire with local musicians jamming, pumpkin soup, and s’mores making kits.

 

 

Join the staff and friends at Cherry Grove Farm for the full farm experience celebrating and thanking the dairy herd for another great year of grass-fed, organic production. This big end of the season event will be bustling with fun activities, good food, and even greater company.
 

 

 

Cherry Grove Farm is a diversified, sustainable dairy farm and creamery situated on 480 acres of woodland, wetland and pasture in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. We make award-winning farmstead cheeses from our grass-fed cows’ milk. Our cheeses are made in small batches and aged on the farm, with attention paid to the craft of artisanal cheesemaking. Each piece reflects the distinct flavors, aromas and seasonal variations of our unique terroir. Developed from classic European recipes, our cheeses are American originals.

As part of our sustainable ecosystem, we also raise a small number of pigs, lambs, chickens, and beef cattle, producing grass- and whey-fed meats, raised without hormones, antibiotics or steroids.

Our commitment as a farm is to be transparent, to educate and engage with our community, reconnecting our neighbors to the land and the source of their food.

Cherry Grove takes great pride in creating a quality, farmstead  cheese product using milk and that’s produced on the farm. The farm also offers a variety of educational, community, and private events. For more details about Cherry Grove Farm and its events, please visit https://www.cherrygrovefarm.com or like on facebook https://facebook.com/cherrygrovefarm

American Repertory Ballet Announces Nutcracker Master Classes in Trenton, N.J.

(Trenton, N.J.) — In 2015, American Repertory Ballet added Nutcracker Master Classes at community organizations in Trenton, N.J. to its annual Nutcracker performance season. This year’s classes will take place at Jefferson Elementary School (presented by the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County) on November 16, The Conservatory Mansion on November 17, Urban Promise on November 21 and The Children's Home Society of New Jersey on November 28. Class times and location details can be found at the end of this article.

 

Classes will provide students ages 8-14 with an intro to basic ballet vocabulary and technique as well as the fundamentals and history of the art form. Additionally, participants will learn excerpts of choreography performed by the Mice characters in the Battle Scene of Nutcracker. Princeton Ballet School senior faculty member and American Repertory Ballet Workshop Ballet Mistress Cheryl Whitney will teach the classes.

 

As part of this community outreach initiative, Master Class venue staff and class participants will receive tickets to American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker performances on December 3 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial for only $5 each (originally $20-$45).

 

Press photos are available at www.arballet.org/pressphotos

 

American Repertory Ballet 2016 Nutcracker Master Classes in Trenton, N.J.

 

Jefferson Elementary School

(presented by the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County)

1 Whittlesey Road

Trenton, NJ 08611

Wednesday, November 16

4-4:45 p.m. and 4:45-5:45 p.m.

 

The Conservatory Mansion

540 East State Street

Trenton, NJ 08609

Thursday, November 17

5:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Urban Promise Trenton

801 West State Street (Trinity Cathedral)

Trenton, NJ 08618

Monday, November 21, 2016

3:30-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

 

The Children's Home Society of New Jersey
635 South Clinton Avenue 

Trenton, NJ 08611

Monday, November 28, 2016

3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

 

 

Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference Center Announces New Exhibition "Transforming the Ordinary"

Princeton, NJ : "Transforming the Ordinary" brings to the Brodsky Gallery of the Chauncey Conference Center dozens of stone carvings that explore the synergy between art, architecture and landscape. This exhibition of work by local stone artisan Janis Blayne Paul runs now through December 18, 2016.

Educated and trained as an architect, Ms. Blayne Paul now uses stone as her medium, representing a state of permanence in an ever changing world. With careful choices of iconography, she creates meaningful art that gives viewers a new appreciation for the beauty of their everyday world. Her aim is always to transform the ordinary into an experiential journey of inspiration, discovery and learning.

Ms. Blayne Paul uses her creative expression to enhance the natural and built environment. A beacon of inspired engagement and interaction, she seeks to create lasting impressions of places and the imprint they leave in one’s memory.

When Ms. Blayne Paul is not traveling and gaining new inspiration, she can be found in her Hopewell studio, the karmic stone atelier. She shares that space with her husband, Richard, and their two rescue dogs.

“Transforming the Ordinary” is open daily from 9am - 9pm. A “First Friday ” artist’s reception and holiday art sale , which is open to the public, will be held on December 2 , 2016, 4 - 7pm. The Brodsky Gallery is located in the Chauncey Conference Center, ETS Campus, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Visit the artists’ on line galleries at www.karmicstone.com and www.houzz.com/pro/karmicstone . Email the artist at: jblaynepaul@comcast.net

McCaffrey’s Food Markets Announces Its Annual Fights Cancer Day on October 19

Every year, McCaffrey’s Food Markets holds a community-giving day when five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in Newtown, PA (from their PA Stores) and the American Cancer Society (from their NJ Stores). This year’s date is set for Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

With the addition of its two, newest Markets – Simply Fresh by McCaffrey’s in Doylestown and Blue Bell McCaffrey’s – they have added two more beneficiaries: Doylestown Health’s Cancer Institute and Abington-Jefferson Health’s Asplundh Cancer Pavilion. With four locations now in Pennsylvania and two locations in New Jersey, locally owned McCaffrey’s Food Markets believes that supporting the people and communities it serves is a central part of their value and mission.

In honor of the Day, the store offers in-store specials, holds a raffle and has a variety of entertainment, like music, balloon art and face painting. Local health care professionals volunteer during the day as well – selling raffle tickets, bagging groceries and publicizing their services.

“Doylestown Health’s Cancer Institute provides high-quality oncology care and enables our patients and their families to stay close to home,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health. “We are a non-profit health system and therefore especially appreciate the support of our caring community and the generosity of organizations like McCaffrey’s Food Markets.”

“This type of support from local businesses like McCaffrey’s is very important to us. Our patients, employees and physicians appreciate knowing that the community supports important initiatives like the new Asplundh Cancer Pavilion,” adds Jill Kyle, senior vice president, Regional Advancement, Jefferson Health.

The Grocer Fights Cancer Day has been held annually since 1992, when McCaffrey’s President Jim McCaffrey III began the event after his sister was diagnosed with cancer. Since its inception, it has raised nearly $500,000 to fight cancer.

“We delight in donating to worthy causes and organizations,” says Mr. McCaffrey. “It makes it that much more special when the donation meets the needs of the community members from the locations in which we serve.”

For more information about McCaffrey’s Markets, visit their new website at www.mccaffreys.com.

 

About McCaffrey’s

McCaffrey’s is a locally owned Food Market. The first McCaffrey’s Food Market opened in Yardley, PA in 1986. McCaffrey’s currently serves customers in six locations: Yardley, PA; Newtown, PA; Blue Bell, PA; Doylestown, PA; Princeton, NJ; and West Windsor, NJ.

The Princeton Festival Announces New Members to the Board of Trustees

New Princeton Festival Board members include (l to r) Deborah Herman, Sarah Ringer, and Jane DeLung, and Benedikt von Schroder (not pictured).

Princeton, NJ --- The Princeton Festival, www.princetonfestival.org, announces the addition of four new members to its Board of Trustees: Jane DeLung, Deborah Herman, Sarah Ringer and Benedikt von Shroder, all well known residents of the Princeton area. Their immediate responsibilities include overseeing the Festival’s 13th annual season of performing arts presentations, which takes place during June 2017.

“The 2016 season was our most successful ever, thanks in large part to the dedication of our Board,” said Richard Tang Yuk, General and Artistic Director. “The appointment of these four outstanding individuals will further strengthen this crucial resource and help the Festival to continue to grow.”

Board members are appointed to three-year terms, and may serve more than one term.

During the 2016 season the Princeton Festival drew audiences from throughout New Jersey and across the mid-Atlantic region for three and a half weeks of wide-ranging performances including opera, jazz, multimedia, solo recital, and musical theater. Tang Yuk will announce what’s in store for the 2017 Princeton Festival at a wine tasting fundraiser taking place Saturday, October 15 from 4 to 6pm at the Hopewell Castle (registration is available through www.princetonfestival.org).

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Womanspace Announces Annual Communities of Light Event December 5

This fall, Womanspace, Inc. is hosting the annual Communities of Light
event.  This event is a public awareness project and fundraising
campaign to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence and
sexual assault. 

Our Communities of Light event will take place on December 5, and the
Launch event will take place at 5:30 on October 25 at D&R Greenway Land
Trust in Princeton.
  Attached is a flier with more information regarding
involvement in the Communities of Life event, and more information can
be found at our website, https://www.womanspace.org/10272/

Phillips’ Mill Announces Art Show Award Winners

17 award winners were chosen from the pool of 113 accepted art pieces.

In all, 323 artists submitted 297 framed pieces and 33 sculptures for consideration in the 87th annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition.

Of those, jurors selected 93 framed pieces and 20 sculptures for display during the art show, which continues at Phillips’ Mill Community Association through Oct. 29.

Award winners are as follows:

PATRONS’ AWARD FOR PAINTING: Robert Papp, of Quakertown, “Victoriana”

PATRONS’ AWARD FOR DRAWING, PASTEL, OR PRINTMAKING: Dean F. Thomas, of Sellersville, “Green Heron”

PATRONS’ AWARD FOR SCULPTURE: Harry Georgeson, of Lambertville, N.J., “Hermes”

PATRICIA HUTTON GALLERIES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN IMPRESSIONISM OR REALISM: Ty Hodanish, of New Hope, “The Canal at Center Bridge”

CASIMIR A. AND JANE P. SIENKIEWICZ AWARD FOR A TRADITIONAL PAINTING IN THE STYLE OF THE NEW HOPE SCHOOL: Lori Quinque-Quinn, of Perkiomenville, “Below Zero”

AWARD FOR ABSTRACT PAINTING IN HONOR OF JULIA SPEDDING, A FREQUENT EXHIBITOR, GIVEN BY CAROL AND JIM STINNETT: Rita Siemienski Smith, of Elkins Park, “Unplowed Field”

AWARD FOR LANDSCAPE PAINTING GIVEN BY MARY ELLEN AND GUY COOK: Valerie Von Betzen, of Durham, “Sunset on the Delaware”

AWARD FOR A PAINTING OF AN INTERIOR SCENE GIVEN BY DIANA AND JIM RESEK: Larry Chestnut, of Hamilton, N.J., “Oriental Composition - Alla Prima”

THE BUCKS COUNTY HERALD AWARD IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOE T. WINGERT: Csilla Sadloch, of Yardley, “Milkweed III”

PHILLIPS’ MILL ART COMMITTEE AWARD IN HONOR OF JOANN GOODWIN AND EILEEN KELTON: Charles R. Ross, of Schwenksville, “Canal at Lumberville”

 PHILLIPS’ MILL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AWARD IN HONOR OF ASHBY SAUNDERS: Nancy Shill, of Newtown, “Goddess”

AWARD FOR PAINTING IN MEMORY OF DR. ARTHUR J. AND LINDA RICKER GIVEN BY PETER AND LISA RICKER: Kelly Sullivan, of Lambertville, N.J. “Innocence Lost”

IN HONOR OF GRACE, GUS, AND NOLA GIVEN BY KATHY SCHROEHER AND JIM CLARE: Lisa Naples, of Doylestown, “No Escape = Freedom”

CRYSTAL SPRINGS FARM AWARD GIVEN BY KATHY AND TED FERNBERGER: Bryan Brems, of Doylestown, “Rooftops”

AWARD IN LOVING MEMORY OF LINDA SLAUGHTER FOR WATERCOLOR WITH A BUCKS COUNTY THEME GIVEN BY THE TALLY FAMILY: Robert Sakson, of Trenton, N.J., “Swan Creek Bridge”

AWARD FOR SCULPTURE GIVEN BY CAROL AND LOUIS DELLA PENNA: George R. Anthonisen, of Solebury, “Serenity”

AWARD IN MEMORY OF SHAUN MILLER GIVEN BY THE INN AT PHILLIPS’ MILL AND ELEANOR MILLER: Cathy Grygiel, of Souderton, “Fire and Ice”

 

If you go:  The 87th annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition is open daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 29. Cost is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 students. Phillips’ Mill is located at 2619 River Road, New Hope, about two miles north of the New Hope/Lambertville bridge. To view the list of accepted art, click here: https://www.phillipsmill.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016-Accepted-for-Web.pdf.

 

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John Witherspoon Middle School PTO Announces Super Saturday Event October 15

Princeton, NJ, September 15,2016. John Witherspoon Middle School (JW) PTO announced today that it will host its annual Super Saturday event on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 from 11am-3pm on Walnut Street between JW and Princeton High School (PHS).

 

Super Saturday is a carnival of cakes, boardwalk games, food trucks, and a bandstand for music and entertainment.  This fun, community-building event is JW's largest fundraiser and a fantastic way to kick off the school year! Proceeds from Super Saturday help support the 6th grade Environmental Field Trip,  the 8th grade Washington D.C. Field Trip, and other enrichment programs.  Specifically we fund all students who have financial needs to pay for these trips.

 

According to JW Principal Jason Burr, "Super Saturday isn't only our most essential fundraiser of the year.  We host this activity early in the school year to welcome new families, and help students cultivate new friendships.  Schools are an important part of any community.  This is a way that we bring that community close together."

 

The JW PTO is sincerely grateful for the generous support of our Super Saturday event sponsors: Weichert Realtors, Hamilton Dental Associates, Callaway Henderson, The Majeski Foundation, and Gratitude Yoga.


Help Support JW Middle School.

The Historical Society of Princeton Announces Stephanie Schwartz as new Curator of Collections and Research

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephanie Schwartz as Curator of Collections and Research.

 

Stephanie joined the staff of the Historical Society in June 2012, previously serving as Research Assistant and Admissions Associate. As Curator, Stephanie now oversees all collections management operations at HSP, including maintaining the catalogue and online database, supervising the care and conservation of the collection, and fielding acquisitions in line with HSP's collecting priorities. Stephanie works with the Executive Director to develop museum and travelling exhibitions, and continues to manage HSP's research services and assist with educational programming.

 

"During her time at the Historical Society, Stephanie has delved deeply into HSP's collection to assist hundreds of researchers, scholars, and residents in answering their Princeton history questions," said Executive Director Izzy Kasdin.

"Stephanie will carry her incredibly intimate knowledge of HSP's collection into this new role at the Historical Society. We have big plans for making HSP's extensive collection a more accessible, engaging, and enriching resource for the Princeton community, and we are so thrilled that Stephanie will be applying her expertise to those priorities. She is a keen researcher, a passionate historian, and a superb archivist; she is perfect for the job and will certainly hit the ground running!"

 

Stephanie earned her BA in History and a certificate in Museum Studies at Connecticut College. She recently received her MS in Archives Management from Simmons College. Stephanie has also worked at HBO, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New Jersey State Archives, and the Mercer County Library System.

HiTOPS Announces Community Connection Series

HiTOPS is announcing its Community Connection Series, a new effort to create a community of learning and dialog around issues impacting adolescents and young adults. Throughout the year we will bring to life issues that affect us all through a variety of thought provoking mediums.
 
Our first two offerings are films. For the first event, we are partnering with the Princeton Area Community Foundation to show the film, "Paper Tigers",  a documentary focusing on long term effects of childhood trauma. The film highlights a powerful and effective framework for understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma. 
 
Following the documentary will be a panel discussion moderated by HiTOPS' Board President and President of TLP Consulting Group, Tracey Post MSW, LCSW. 
Audience: Youth serving adults, teachers and Administrators, parents, caregivers.
 
You may view the film's trailer here. Please note that both the film and the trailer contain graphic language and images.
 
Paper Tigers
Thursday, September 15
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Film begins at 5:30 pm
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Road, West Windsor
 
Please register online by September 12 here
Our second event will be held on October 22 at the Princeton Public Library. We will show the movie "Jessica Darling's It List", a coming of-age comedy that follows 12-year old Jessica Darling as she maneuvers through some of the social fears of those entering middle school.
 
Several local organizations will be at the event to raise awareness of the resources in our community available for tweens and pre-tweens. 
 
Audience: All Tweens /pre-tweens and their parent(s) 
 
Up Coming Events:Future elements in the series will include movies, speakers and book discussions. If you want to become involved and/or have suggestions on future topics please e-mail us
 
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HiTOPS, 21 Wiggins Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville Announces Fall Season

The Downtown Performing Arts Center (DPAC) of Lambertville, New Jersey has announced its fall session which will begin on September 12, 2016.  Classes in acting and dance are featured for students of all ages and skill levels. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in jazz and yap will be offered as will intermediate and advanced theatre ballet. The Downtown Performing Arts Center is located in the Mt. Airy Village Shopping Center located at 54 Mt. Airy Road in Lambertville, NJ. The professional faculty will again be headed by Louis Palena and Jordan Brennan, co-artistic directors of the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre of Titusville, NJ.

A true, triple threat performer excels at singing, dancing and acting, and the emphasis in DPAC's triple threat class is on Broadway musicals. This class is designed to improve vocal, acting and dance skills. DPAC's musical theatre class will help students to work on scenes and songs from Broadway to improve musical theatre performance skills.

For the younger set, ages 3 to 6, DPAC offers Saturday classes in Kinder Dance and Mini Hip Hop. Both introduce young children to dance, singing and acting.

A costuming class is featured on Thursday evenings. This class serves as an introduction to core costume skills which includes sewing machine use and maintenance as well as hand sewing techniques.

Teen acting will be led by Stephen Stahl. Stahl is an internationally renowned writer and director who has studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. His production and directorial credits include over 150 stage shows around the world including a West End production of Lady Day in London which was nominated for an Olivier Award and won a Bay Critics Award and the National Drama Award.

A Film/On Camera acting workshop will take place on Saturday, September 17 from noon until 4 pm.  For 13 Years, Actor's Technique NY (ATNY) has been training the best young talent for on-camera television and film. ATNY boasts the highest success rate with young actor representation, callbacks and major bookings. During the workshop, students will work on improvisation and prepare on-camera materials and monologues. The workshop will culminate with a critique and Q & A with a top NYC film, TV and Broadway agent. Information about this special workshop can be seen at www.downtownpac.com.

The Downtown Performing Arts Center has something for anyone interested in performance, whether they plan to pursue a professional career or simply want to have fun. For complete details about the fall session which begins on September 12 and to download a printable fall schedule, visit the official website of the Downtown Performing Arts Center at www.downtownpac.com or call 609-397-3337. The Downtown Performing Arts Center is located at 54 Mt. Airy Village Road (off Route 179 North) in Lambertville, New Jersey.

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Pennington Players Announce Open Auditions for "Unnecessary Farce"

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce open auditions for its January 2017 production of Unnecessary Farce.    Auditions are scheduled for:  Monday, September 12, 2016, 7 PM to 9:30 PM; Tuesday, September 13, 2016,  7 PM to 9:30 PM;  Callbacks (invitation only) Thursday, September 15, 2016.  

The show will be performed at Kelsey Theatre, on the campus at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.   Performance dates are:  January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2017, with Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00 pm.   Full details about the show and how to sign up for an audition slot is available on the Pennington Players' website:  www.penningtonplayers.org  

D&R Greenway Announces Fall Native Plant Sale September 16 and 17

Princeton, N.J.— D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Fall Native Plant Sale will be held Friday, September 16, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. to noon, at D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. During the Native Plant Sale, D&R Greenway nursery staff and volunteers will be available to advise on the best choice of plants for gardening projects. Free. Additional fall plant sales will be held on Fridays, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14 and 21, 3 to 5 p.m. 609-924-4646   www.drgreenway.org

 

“Fall is a great time to plant because there is less chance of drought than in the summer,” says Native Plant Nursery Manager Emily Blackman. “You can plant as late as November, depending on when we get our first real frost.

 

“Gardeners should leave the vegetation/seed pods standing on their grasses and perennials at least until the seeds have matured and dispersed from the plant, or been eaten by wildlife,” continues Blackman. “Seeds are a big part of the food resources available to wildlife, and we want the seeds to spread so that we get more native plants. Ideally, grasses/perennials should be left standing all winter to provide cover. They can be cut down in the spring if gardeners prefer a neater aesthetic. Shrubs, of course, will have their woody vegetation standing all winter.”

 

D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants. Eco-conscious gardeners know that using native species provides essential food for wildlife and contributes to a healthy and biodiverse ecosystem, all while creating low maintenance plantings.

 

Native plants are adapted to central New Jersey’s climate, making them more drought-resistant than most exotic plants, and also provide essential food and habitat resources for wildlife. Of particular concern are migratory species that depend on native plants for fuel before and after their long journeys, and for food and nesting materials during breeding season. Current well-known examples include the monarch butterfly and rufa red knot, dependent specifically on the milkweed and the horseshoe crab, respectively, for their survival.

 

Migratory wildlife species must build up their energy reserves in the fall before their long journeys. Fall is a critical time for all wildlife species to have access to food before the winter, whether they hibernate, have food caches for the winter or depend on whatever forage they can find. The majority of this food comes from native species.

 

Because central New Jersey’s native plants and wildlife evolved together, they are highly adapted to and dependent upon each other. Native plant resources are especially critical for wildlife at energy-intensive times of the year, such as spring and fall migration, and during courtship and breeding. In turn, native plants rely upon wildlife for pollination and seed dispersion. Whereas indigenous plants support diversity and disease-resistance, exotic invasive species form monocultures that outcompete other plants. Replacing them with native species, which co-exist, creates a complex, vibrant ecosystem vital to both plants and animals.

 

“D&R Greenway Land Trust has preserved almost 20,000 acres of land in central New Jersey, with a mission to preserve a network of natural lands and open space accessible to the public, and to inspire a conservation ethic through educational programming, including increasing awareness of the benefits of native species,” says Blackman. “Our Nursery provides plants for habitat restoration projects on D&R Greenway managed land, for use by home gardeners, and for native garden projects by schools, municipalities and other conservation non-profits.” 

 

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s plants are grown from locally sourced seed and starter plants, and are raised and sold with the skilled assistance of a corps of volunteers. Plants are available in quart, gallon and two-gallon sized pots from $5 to $15. A full catalog is available online at www.drgreenway.org/PlantCatalog.html. To check species availability, contact Emily Blackman, Nursery Manager, at (609) 924-4646 or eblackman@drgreenway.org.

 

D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery will offer additional fall plant sales on Fridays, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14 and 21, 3 to 5 p.m.

American Repertory Ballet Announces 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Rider University September 23 & 24

New Brunswick, N.J.) – American Repertory Ballet is pleased to announce A Midsummer Night's Dream, part of its 2016 fall series, at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., September 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. The performances will be held in the Bart Luedeke Center Theater. Tickets are currently available and start at $20.

Led by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB will once again present the finest ballet available to the residents of New Jersey and beyond.

Martin's full-length ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, premiered in early 2015 to high praise. Set to an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet brings to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Featuring colorful choreography, costumes and sets, the story portrays the weaving tales of cunning fairies, quarreling lovers and a hilariously amateur acting group as their paths cross in a magical forest.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

 

"Wonderful. I smiled from beginning to end." — Critical Dance

 

 "Feuding lovers, doltish tradesmen, and endearing woodland fairies are the roles that have been taken on by ARB dancers. And it is heartening to see that Martin and his principals have made every role, every sequence count; in fact, they have even addressed and improved upon a few of the weak points in Shakespeare's material." — Broadway World

 

ARB and Rider University have a long history of collaboration on various fronts. This unique partnership allows Rider University dance majors and minors to complete their studio course requirements at Princeton Ballet School while earning an undergraduate degree in Fine and Performing Arts with a concentration in dance.  Students also have the opportunity to double major, combining dance with Elementary Education, Theater, Communications or Business.  Students enroll in classes taught by both Princeton Ballet School and Rider University faculty. Classes can be taken at Princeton Ballet School's Princeton location, and on Rider's Lawrenceville campus. Various techniques, including ballet, modern, jazz, pilates and world dance forms, are studied. The program is adapted to fit each student's interests and abilities, and provides performance opportunities through both Rider University as well as with American Repertory Ballet in Nutcracker, ARBW, and as part of the Princeton Ballet School's pre-professional training program. Rider students also have many internship opportunities with Princeton Ballet School, American Repertory Ballet, DANCE POWER, TEDI, and the Princeton YWCA among many others.

 

American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and beyond through artistic and educational programs, presented by a financially responsible organization.

 

For more information about American Repertory Ballet please visit: www.arballet.org

Princeton University Concerts Announces 2016-2017 Season

Never before in its 123-year history has Princeton University Concerts (PUC) had so much in store in a single season. In addition to twenty-three concerts across three series, PUC also announces a Performers as Teachers series, a Mindfulness with Music series, and the expansion of the groundbreaking PUC125: Performances Up Close series. 

Performers as Teachers

In addition to their performances, several of the season’s artists will offer the community the incredible opportunity of going behind-the-scenes when they coach talented Princeton students in classes free and open to the public. These are chances to delve into the core of the professionals’ understanding of music and witness the process of a musician’s preparation and development. The classes promise to offer everyone, regardless of any proficiency with the instrument, a unique, deep engagement with music from the other side of the curtain.

  • October 7, 2016: Class with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton
  • October 28, 2016: Class on piano ensemble music with pianists Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov
  • March 2, 2017: Clais with Rainer Schmidt, violinist of the Hagen String Quartet
  • April 3, 2017: Lecture and class on physical therapy and musicians with violinist Pamela Frank

and her husband Howard Nelson, a New York City based physical therapist who specializes in analyzing how movements and alignments while playing an instrument can cause pain. 

Please visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org for confirmed times and locations.

Mindfulness with Music

After its popular launch last season, Mindfulness with Music returns, in collaboration with Princeton University Office of Religious Life. Twice in the season—in the fall with the Takács String Quartet and in the spring with violinist Pekka Kuusisto—the community is invited to a free Live Music Meditation and Lunch. Guided by Matt Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, listeners will experience world-class music more viscerally than ever before during a half-hour meditation. Taken outside of the constraints of concert hall etiquette, one’s relationship with the music is simplified to its most personal and sincere.

  • November 16, 2016 12PM: Live Music Meditation with the Takács String Quartet
  • May 1, 2017 12PM: Live Music Meditation with violinist Pekka Kuusisto

Stay tuned for further details at princetonuniversityconcerts.org

PUC125: Performances Up Close

At the heart of PUC125’s mission is to push the concert format to the epitome of music without bounds. Beyond bringing the audience onstage in hour-long interactive programs at diverse times, the series looks to make every aspect of the concert as unrepeatable as the music itself. To this end, this season PUC125 will expand its scope. At each of the four concerts, the Richardson stage will be transformed, tailored to each individual program in collaboration with the musicians and visiting artists from other fields. These include New York City based lighting designer Kate Ashton, and Adobe Creative Resident and Projection Artist Craig Winslow. The curated multimedia environment promises to heighten and extend the listener’s experience of the music in this fusion of art forms. Single tickets for these concerts will be available two months before each concert. At this time, tickets to hear violinist Augustin Hadelich and guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas’ “Histoire du Tango” program on September 29, 2016 are now on sale online, and will go on sale everywhere else on September 6, 2016.

  • September 29, 2016 6PM & 9PM: Augustin Hadelich, violin & Pablo Sáinz Villegas, guitar present “Histoire du Tango” – works by Astor Piazzolla, Manuel De Falla, Eugène Ysaÿe
  • February 14, 2017 6PM & 9PM: Colin Currie, percussion presents “Percussion Alive”solo percussion music by Per Norgaard, Toshio Hosokawa, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis
  • March 30, 2017 6PM: Benjamin Bagby, voice & Anglo-Saxon harp presents

“Beowulf” – the epic book in performance

  • April 30, 2017 5PM & 7:30PM: Pekka Kuusisto, violin & Nico Muhly, piano present

“Breaking Ground” – music by J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Nico Muhly, with Finnish folksongs

 

These special offerings are a part of a season already full of more concerts than ever before. Anchored by the complete cycle of Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets, performed by the Takács String Quartet in a series of six concerts, the season is poised to celebrate the bright spectrum of classical music. In the Concert Classics Series, 25-year-old piano star Daniil Trifonov’s Princeton debut alongside his teacher Sergei Babayan in October will give way in the spring to the return of legendary pianist Murray Perahia. Metropolitan Opera favorite mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, “opera’s nose-studded rock star” (The New York Times) will offer an intimate debut recital in Richardson Auditorium before the 25-voice Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir fills the Princeton University Chapel a few months later. A return of last season’s favorites includes violinist Christian Tetzlaff, joining his long-time friend Pamela Frank in a rare recital of violin duos, family concerts for youngsters 3-6 (“Baby Got Bach”) and kids 6-12 (“Meet the Music”), as well as the cutting-edge PUC125: Performances Up Close  Series with audience seated onstage around the performers in casual, hour-long concerts.

The 2016-2017 PUC season will consist of a total of 23 concerts, including a special event with banjo legend Béla Fleck with his wife and fellow banjoist Abigail Washburn, four PUC125 programs, six concerts comprising the Beethoven String Quartet cycle, and the Richardson Chamber Players series. The Beethoven String Quartet cycle will be hosted with pre- and post-concert lectures by Princeton Emeritus Professor Scott Burnham; supplemented by a course in partnership with the Princeton Adult School co-taught by Professor Burnham and Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács Quartet; and the annual Late Night Chamber Jam will allow the amateur string players to jam alongside the Takács members on the Richardson stage. Each concert on the Concert Classics Series will feature a preview event at 7PM—whether a talk by a distinguished music scholar or a performance by talented students. For a complete listing of these events, please see the Season Overview below.

Events are selling out quickly. Concertgoers are urged to buy their tickets early to ensure availability. Committed to a long-standing dedication to making the world’s best chamber music accessible to all, PUC offers tickets as low as $10 to its concerts. In the words of one loyal patron—“the lowest ticket prices in town for the greatest talent in the world.” Most performances are presented in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, renowned for its exceptional acoustics and considered one of the best venues for classical music in the country. With so much in store, the upcoming series promises to be unparalleled. For a complete listing of events visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org.

Single tickets to all concerts in the 2016-17 Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) Concert Classics Series, Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, All-in-the-Family Series, and Richardson Chamber Players are now on sale, online only, at princetonuniversityconcerts.org. Patrons are now also able to buy single tickets to the Béla Fleck/Abigail Washburn Special Event, as well as the first of the PUC125: Performances Up Close concerts.  These tickets will be available by phone at 609-258-9220 and in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office as of Tuesday, September 6, 2016. 

 

AN OVERVIEW OF THE 2016-17 SEASON (organized chronologically)?

All concerts take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted.

* indicates Princeton University Concerts debut.

Thursday, September 29, 2016  6PM & 9PM (PUC125: audience seated onstage)

Augustin Hadelich,* violin • Pablo Sáinz Villegas,* guitar
“Histoire du Tango” –Works by Manuel de Falla, a world premiere by Lorenzo Palomo, Eugène Ysaÿe, Roland Dyens, Astor Piazzolla and Django Reinhardt – The Grammy-winning violin phenomenon and award-winning Spanish guitarist bring highlights from their popular album, Histoire du Tango, conjuring a dark and sultry night of fiery, hot-blooded dancing.  New York City-based lighting designer Kate Ashton will create an atmosphere that reinforces the character and emotional message of each work.

Thursday, October 6, 2016  8PM

Pre-concert talk at 7PM by Professor Lindsay Christiansen from Westmintser Choir College, free to ticketholders

Class with Barton and Princeton students on the morning of Friday, October 7. Further details TBA.

Jamie Barton,* mezzo-soprano • James Baillieu,* piano

Works by Joaquin Turina, Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvo?ák, Jean Sibelius and Charles Ives – “Hopefully, there won’t be a season she won’t sing at the Met” said Metropolitan Opera’s Peter Gelb. The season opens with a chance to hear the recent Richard Tucker Award-winner in the intimacy of Richardson as she takes the world’s greatest opera houses by storm. 

 

Thursday, October 13, 2016  8PM

Musical Preview at 7PM by alums of the Royal College of Music/Princeton University Exchange program, free to ticketholders

Belcea String Quartet*

Works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms – On a rare tour of the United States, one of the reigning European String Quartets finally makes its long awaited Princeton University Concerts debut.

 

Sunday, October 16, 2016  3PM 

Richardson Chamber Players

“Melting Pot” – An eclectic program of chamber works by Charles Ives, William Bolcom, and Paquito D’Rivera., alongside select American folk songs and modern ballads for brass quintet

 

Thursday, October 27, 2016  8PM
Pre-concert talk at 7PM by Ruth Ochs, free to ticketholders.

Class with Trifonov, Babayan and Princeton students on the morning of Friday, October 28.  Further details TBA.

Daniil Trifonov,* piano • Sergei Babayan,* piano

Works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Sergei Rachmaninoff – Witness the cherished passing of music from one generation to the next as 25-year-old piano superstar Daniil Trifonov joins his teacher to offer the first two-piano program on the series since 1982.

 

Saturday, November 5, 2016  1PM

All In The Family: “Baby Got Bach” A Family Concert for Kids Ages 3-6

A Concert for Kids Ages 3-6 – Back by popular demand, pianist Orli Shaham will introduce pre-school-aged kids to the joy of live classical music played by renowned musicians.

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 8PM • “Beethoven Up Close” seating • Post-concert Talk Back hosted by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham

Thursday, November 17, 2016  8PM • Pre-concert talk at 7PM by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham

Takács String Quartet

Beethoven String Quartets: Concerts 1 & 2 – It is a privilege to host the Takács as they present, for the last time, the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle over six appearances, in three pairs.  The first concert (Op. 18. No. 2; Op. 95 & Op. 130) will feature the Quartet seated directly in the center of the hall and audience surrounding them on all sides, (“Beethoven Up Close” seating).  The second concert (Op. 18, No. 1; Op. 74; and Op. 131) culminates with the tremendous, seven-movement Op. 131.

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12PM

Live Music Meditation with the Takács String Quartet

As part of the Mindfulness with Music series, join Associate Dean of Religious Life, Matt Weiner, in a free guided meditation to live music performed by the Takács String Quartet. Further details TBA.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  8PM • “Beethoven Up Close” seating • Post-concert Talk Back hosted by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham

Thursday, January 19, 2017  8PM •  Pre-concert talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham, free to ticketholders

Takács String Quartet

Beethoven String Quartets: Concerts 3 & 4 – Over the course of two consecutive days, the Takács present six quartets spanning Beethoven’s early, middle, and late periods. The first concert features Op. 18, No. 5; Op. 18, No. 4; and Op 132.  The second features Op. 18, No. 3; Op. 59, No. 2; and Op. 127.  Following the concert on January 19, amateur string players will be invited to the stage to jam with the Quartet members in the annual Late Night Chamber Jam.

 

Thursday, February 9, 2017  8PM

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir* •  Kaspars Putnins, Artistic Director

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CHAPEL

“Northern Land & Spirit,” Choral works by Arvo Pärt, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Veljo Tormis and Jean Sibelius – In their first visit to the Northeast since selling out Carnegie Hall in 2014, the 25-voice Grammy-nominated ensemble will fill the resounding University Chapel with favorites from Northern Europe.

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017  6PM & 9PM (PUC125: audience seated onstage)

Colin Currie*, percussion: “Percussion Alive!” – One of the most internationally sought-after solo percussionists of our time will show music at its most primal, liberating and unexpected as he performs feats of percussion acrobatics. His collaborator for this multimedia event will be projection artist Craig Winslow.  Winslow is currently an Adobe Creative Resident – a program that gives talented, emerging creative professionals the opportunity to spend a full year working on their dream projects.  In this collaboration live projections will bring Currie’s instruments to life in unimaginable ways.

Sunday, February 19, 2017  3PM

Richardson Chamber Players

“England’s Green” – A salute to British composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Gerald Finzi, John McCabe, Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar.

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017  8PM

Musical Preview at 7PM by Princeton University juniors Sarah and Solene LeVan, free to ticketholders

Class with a member of the Hagen Quartet coaching Princeton students on the morning of March 2. Further Details TBA.

Hagen String Quartet

Works by Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich and Antonin Dvo?ák – Heralded by Vienna’s Die Presse as “the highest art of existence” and incontestably ruling the European chamber music scene for three decades, the Hagen’s return to Princeton has been eagerly anticipated for the past five years.

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017  1PM

Meet the Music: A Family Concert for Kids Ages 6-12

“Albert & Wolfgang” – The musicians of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and host Bruce Adolphe return on Pi Day Weekend with a program that honors Princeton’s own Albert Einstein. 

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017  8PM • “Beethoven Up Close” seating • Post-concert Talk Back hosted by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham

Thursday, March 16, 2017  8PM • Pre-concert talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham, free to ticketholders

Takács String Quartet

Beethoven String Quartets: Concerts 5 & 6 – In the first concert (Op. 18, No. 6; Op. 135; Op. 59, No. 3) of this final pair of the Cycle’s concerts, the Takács present the last quartet Beethoven wrote a mere five months before his death. The Beethoven Series closes with three celebrated works from the master’s middle and late periods (Op. 59, No. 1; Op. 130; Op. 133). After this season, the Takács Quartet will no longer perform the Beethoven quartet cycle in its entirety; this performance marks a final bow for the legendary interpreters.

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017  6PM (PUC125: audience seated onstage)

Benjamin Bagby,* voice/Anglo-Saxon harp

“Beowulf: the epic book in performance” – Accompanied by a six-string lyre, the legendary adventures of Beowulf will be recited, chanted, and sung in the original Old English in a production critically-acclaimed for almost two decades. Projection artist Craig Winslow returns to Princeton to collaborate with Bagby on setting the ambience for this monumental tale.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017  3PM

Richardson Chamber Players

“Looking Forward, Looking Back” – From the Renaissance to the Modern Day, works by American composer Augusta Reade Thomas, Marco Uccellini, Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and the premiere of a work by Princeton Composer/Faculty Juri Seo

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017  7:30PM

Béla Fleck,* banjo • Abigail Washburn,* banjo/voice

Music of Appalachia – Béla Fleck is one of the most innovative and influential banjo players of all time, having been nominated for a Grammy in more musical categories than any other artist in history. The collaboration with the soulful singing and claw-hammer style of his wife and fellow banjoist, Abigail Washburn, is one of the most magical in his catalogue. In a season anchored by timeworn masterworks, Fleck and Washburn offer a chamber taste of the newer roots of Appalachia’s great vernacular music in this special event.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017  8PM

Pamela Frank,* violin • Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Musical Preview  at 7PM by Princeton Girlchoir, free to ticketholders

Lecture and workshop with Frank and her husband Howard Nelson on April 3. Further details TBA.

Violin duos by Jean-Marie Leclair, Sergei Prokofiev, Béla Bartók and Johann Sebastian Bach – Two of the most revered violinists of our time come together for a special evening of rarely performed works for two violins.

 

Sunday, April 30, 2017  5PM & 7:30PM (PUC125: audience seated onstage)

Pekka Kuusisto,* violin • Nico Muhly,* piano

“Breaking Ground” – In the last PUC125 program of the season, the Finnish virtuoso with “the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive” (The Telegraph) joins the youngest composer ever commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera for a hallmark program combining the music of J.S. Bach with contemporary fare. 

 

Monday, May 1, 2017 12PM

Live Music Meditation with Pekka Kuusisto, violin

As part of the Mindfulness with Music series, join Associate Dean of Religious Life, Matt Weiner, in a free, guided meditation to live music performed on electric violin by Pekka Kuusisto. Further details TBA.

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017  8PM

Pre-concert reading at 7PM by winners of 2016-17 Creative Reactions Contest

Murray Perahia, piano  PADEREWSKI MEMORIAL CONCERT

Having first graced PUC’s stage at the very start of his career, forty years later Perahia returns to Princeton as one of the most influential pianists in history. It is an honor to have him close the season with one of his trademark unrepeatable evenings.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

SINGLE TICKET PRICES

Concert Classics Series Concerts – 9 Thursday Nights
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano; Belcea String Quartet; Sergei Babayan, piano & Daniil Trifonov, piano; Takács String Quartet (2 concerts); Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Hagen String Quartet; Pamela Frank, violin & Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Murray Perahia, piano.
$50, $40, $25 general / $10 students with valid ID

PUC125 Series – 4 pairs of one-hour concerts presented in the round on the Richardson stage of Alexander Hall
Augustin Hadelich, violin & Pablo Sáinz Villegas guitar; Colin Currie, percussion; Benjamin Bagby, voice/Anglo-Saxon harp; Pekka Kuusisto, violin & Nico Muhly, piano.
$25 general / $10 students with valid ID

Beethoven Up Close Series – performed by Takács Quartet, hosted by Princeton Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham

While two of the concerts in the Beethoven Complete String Quartet Cycle are part of the Concert Classics Series, the remaining four are presented in an intimate in-the-round setup.
$40 general / $10 students with valid ID

Special Event
Béla Fleck, banjo & Abigail Washburn, banjo/voice
$40 general / $15 students with valid ID

Family Concerts – 2 Concerts
$10 adults / $5 kids, buy both and save 10% off single ticket prices

Richardson Chamber Players 3 Sunday afternoon concerts featuring Princeton’s resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students 
$15 general / $5 students with valid ID

 

 

 

HOW TO BUY SINGLE TICKETS:

ONLINE
princetonuniversityconcerts.org

BY PHONE, as of Tuesday, September 6, 2016
609-258-9220

IN PERSON
Frist Campus Center Box Office (open Monday-Saturday, 11am-5pm), after September 6, 2016

SUBSCRIPTION PRICES (the best deal):?

Concert Classics Series - 9 Thursday night concerts, save up to 30%
$310, $255, $140

Make Your Own Series
Choose 3 or more different concerts from all of our offerings, except PUC125, and save 10% off single ticket prices.

Richardson Chamber Players – 3 Sunday Afternoon Concerts
All subscriptions just $39 or add these concerts to a Concert Classics series for just $24

HOW TO BUY SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS:

All subscriptions must be bought through the Concert Office. To subscribe, call 609-258-2800 [Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm] or visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at 609-258-6024 or dkoltuny@princeton.edu

 

ArtWorks Announces Call for Artists & Community Partners for Annual Art All Day Event

Artists: Art All Day 2016 Discounted Early Registration is Now Live
Artists and Community Partners can now get on board Trenton's 5th anniversary open studio and creative space tour coming
 Nov. 12!
 
Artists, you know that there is a new Trenton rising thanks to the creative community here. Sign up for Art All Day 2016 and join the revolution, show your art and sell some too!
 
Events, festivals, exhibits, concerts, film, theater, urban farms, street art happenings and more, have put the Capital City on the map as one of the hotbeds of creative activity in New Jersey. Art All Day is your chance to contribute to this new vitality. Artworks, Trenton's visual art center which brings you the 24-hour Art All Night extravaganza in June, produces Art All Day on the second Saturday in November. Now in its fifth year, Art All Day is one of New Jersey's biggest artist open studio tours. This year Art All Day will take place November 12, and we expect 1,500 art lovers to attend. Register now and don't miss the opportunity to meet these art fans, show them your work, and sell your art. Last year, over $5,000 worth of art was bought at Art All Day!
 
More than just an open studio tour, Art All Day also showcases Trenton's dynamic group of non-profits and creative businesses. Non-profit and for-profit community partners are encouraged to register early too and secure a place at Art All Day and on our map/program, which is available throughout the year as a guide to all things creative in Trenton.
 
Until September 2, registration for individual artists with your own Trenton studio space is $20, $25 for artists from outside Trenton and those without their own Trenton spaces who wish to be paired with a pop-up exhibit site, a $5 discount off last year's registration fees. Non-profit partners register now for $50, a $10 discount, and for-profit businesses register for $100, a $20 discount off last year's fees.
 
For more information and to register:

 

 
 
- call 609.394.9436  
 

Pennington Business & Professional Association Announces New Website

Pennington Business & Professional Association
is proud to announce
OUR PB&PA WEBSITE IS LIVE!

We just went live with the website https://www.penningtonbusiness.com

Also please note if you would like to be part of the featured business of the month on the home page, please send an email with your business name in the subject line followed by PBPA Feature to penningtonpbpa@gmail.com for more information.

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Unnecessary Farce

Non-union, Unpaid

 

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce open auditions for its January 2017 production of Unnecessary Farce.   The show will be performed at the Kelsey Theatre, on the campus at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.   Performance dates are:  January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2017, with Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00 pm.    

 

About The Play:  Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith is a hilarious farce in the vein of Lend Me A Tenor.  Taking place in a cheap motel during a bumbling police sting, this funny show is a high paced chaotic whirlwind that will leave the audience breathless with laughter.  It becomes especially chaotic when the bagpipe wielding hit man shows up with his increasingly unintelligible Scottish accent and no one knows where to go, what to do, or when to do it. 

 

Audition Dates

Monday, September 12, 2016                    7 PM to 9:30 PM

Tuesday, September 13, 2016                   7 PM to 9:30 PM

Thursday, September 15, 2016                  7 PM to 9:30 PM Callbacks Only (as needed; by invitation only) 

 

Audition Appointment Options:

  • Audition forms, monologues, information and the link to the online sign-up form are available on the Pennington Players' website:  www.penningtonplayers.org      
  • Questions: e-mail us at  unnecessaryfarce2017@gmail.com   or call 609-429-0005
  • Appointments are strongly encouraged.  Walk-ins will be seen on a time-available basis.   
  • Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre; for maps and directions, please visit www.kelseytheatre.net   

 

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 via the Pennington Players' website:     www.penningtonplayers.org

  

About Rehearsals The first read thru will be scheduled during the week of September 19, at which time scripts will be handed out and all actors will be measured for costumes.   Rehearsals will begin in earnest after October 24 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 October 29, 2016 and January 29, 2017, as the rehearsal schedule will be determined based on those conflicts.

 

Roles:  We will cast 7 actors:  4 adult males, and 3 adult females. All roles are open. A description of the characters is provided below.

 

Eric Sheridan:  Male, 30s.  A bookish, even-keeled police officer who's thrown into some difficult situations--while not wearing any pants.

 

Billie Dwyer:  Female, 20s/30s.  A police officer. Eric's partner. Although she seems to lack every skill needed for police work, she is enthusiastic and eager to succeed.

 

Karen Brown:  Female, 30s.  An accountant who usually has a very professional demeanor, but seems unable to keep herself in control today.

 

Mayor Meekly:  Male, 40s to 60s.  A sweet, gentle fellow, who seems very Innocent (with a capital I)

Agent Frank:  Male, 20s to 50s.  Town Hall head of Security. Although he can seem confident and even gruff, in moments of crisis he is easily reduced to a very frightened man

 

Todd:  Male, 20s to 50s.  Speaks with a VERY pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man whose accent gets thicker the angrier he gets, until he's completely indecipherable.   You must audition with the Scottish accent!

 

Mary Meekly:  Female, 40s to 60s. The Mayor's wife, small statured, she seems very sweet natured, and a good match for her husband the mayor.

 

 

The Whole Earth Center Announces Fall 2016 Healthy Living Discussion Groups

The Whole Earth Center is pleased to announce that the Fall 2016 Healthy Living Discussion Group will begin on October 5, 2016.  Lively gatherings explore healthy approaches to food, fitness, & wellness, in this free, six session offering. Brief presentations are followed by dynamic discussion on group selected topics. Tools, assessments, fact sheets, recipes, & support are provided to help participants map a healthier life course. Palmer Uhl and Bea Snowdon MS ACN facilitate each group. Advance Registration is required to participate and seating is limited. To begin the registration process, or for more information, please e-mail: ThrivePrinceton@gmail.com or call: 609-924-8021.

Princeton Academy Announces New Director of Admission

Princeton, NJ (August 5, 2016) - Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer Sheppard as its new director of admission. Heading into her twenty-second year as an admission professional, Sheppard assumes leadership of admission initiatives at Princeton Academy with a wealth of experience and a track record of success. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Sheppard has most recently served as the director of admission and enrollment management at George School in Newtown, PA, as well as associate director of admission at The Pennington School. Prior to her work on the East Coast, she served as director of admission at Stevenson School's Carmel Campus (PK-8) in California. In addition, Sheppard also served as Stevenson's director of financial aid, associate director of admission and resident faculty member on the Pebble Beach Campus (9-12), as well as the director of admission and financial aid at the Urban School in San Francisco, CA.

"Jennifer believes in the mission of Princeton Academy and is inspired by the journey that lies ahead. She is excited to return to the K-8 setting where her passion for admission work lies," stated Headmaster Rik Dugan. Further Dugan noted, "her first-hand knowledge of our community and program, combined with her experience and skills, make her the best person to lead Princeton Academy's admission efforts at this time."

Sheppard remarked, "I am thrilled to join the leadership team at Princeton Academy. There is a heart and soul to the community and it brings me great joy to assume the admission role at this wonderful school."

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. To learn more about how we bring out the best in boys, please visit www.princetonacademy.org.

Stuart Announces 2 Workshops in August for Girls in Grades 5-8

August 9-11, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Young Women in Leadership
For girls entering grades 5-8
 
At this three-day workshop, girls will have the opportunity, through problem-based learning activities, to explore and practice leadership skills including:
  • Being a Good Leader
  • Building and Collaborating as a Team
  • Recognizing & Developing Personal Strengths
  • Delivering an Effective Presentation
Cost is $100. Lunch is provided.
 
Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 921-2330 x202
 
 
August 15-19, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Young women in STEM Workshop
For Girls entering grades 5-8
 
Young women in this STEM workshop will explore fascinating developments in science, technology, engineering, and math using creativity and innovation to tackle real-world problems:
  • Design and test a zip-line for descending Mt. Everest
  • Design and test wind turbines for electricity production
  • Design and test a shipping container to help deal with a disease outbreak in the Amazon
  • Work with state-of-the-art biotechnology equipment
Cost is $150. Lunch is provided.
 
Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 921-2330 x202
 
 

MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season - Tickets Now on Sale

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre has announced its upcoming season and it’s a blockbuster by any measure – packed with Broadway hits, family favorites, special holiday performances, and shows for the younger set. Says M. Kitty Getlik, Kelsey’s Artistic Director, “As the college celebrates its 50th anniversary, we have created a lineup worthy of that milestone.” She notes the major Broadway shows on this year’s schedule including “Miss Saigon,” Lin Manuel-Miranda’s “In the Heights,” “Billy Elliot, The Musical,” and Disney’s “A Little Mermaid.” Rounding out the schedule are comedies, dance and the Kelsey Kids Series, offering six shows for the younger set.  PlayFest 2017, the college’s – and the state’s – very first new play festival for current and former community college students takes place in March.

The full-length schedule gets off to a flying start with “Miss Saigon” for three weekends, Sept. 9 to 25.  PinnWorth Productions presents this moving, musical testament to love and the human spirit, set against the harsh backdrop of war and its aftermath.  On a decidedly lighter note is Neil Simon’s “Jakes Women,” about a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life. The show is presented by Maurer Productions OnStage Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. Up next is the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “In the Heights,” presented by The Pennington Players Oct. 14 to 23.  From “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda comes a vibrant slice of life in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.  The mood shifts to another Neil Simon comedy – with a twist – as The Yardley Players present “The Odd Couple – Female Version” Oct. 28 to Nov. 6.  In this go-round, it’s compulsively tidy Florence Unger and incurably messy Olive Madison who are trying to share an apartment -- with neighbors who are about to make matters even worse.

 

From Nov. 11 to 13, Theater To Go presents Roebling - The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge,” a drama by New Jersey playwright Mark Violi about John Roebling’s most famous bridge project, one that spanned 14 years, included 600 workers, and resulted in at least a dozen deaths, including Roebling’s own, leaving it to his daughter-in-law, Emily, to get the job finished and the Roebling legacy secured.

 

As Kelsey Theatre heads into the holiday season, M & M Stage Productions bringsBabes in Toyland” to life Nov. 18 to 27.  Fairytale characters take their fate into their own hands as they battle the wicked Barnaby.  After “Babes,” Forté Dramatic Productions returns with a new “Very Kelsey Christmas,” a variety show mix of music, comedy, skits and audience participation, Dec. 10 and 11.

 

Patrons can ring in the New Year with a blockbuster event.  “Billy Elliot, The Musical” will be presented by Pierrot Productions for three weekends, Dec. 30 to Jan. 15, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Featuring a score by music legend Elton John, this inspiring tale chronicles a young boy's journey from boxing to ballet, battling the odds to make his dream come true.

 

Kelsey Theatre moves into 2017 with lots of laughs.  The Pennington Players present “Unnecessary Farce” Jan. 20 to 29, a madcap comedy featuring two cops, three crooks, eight doors – and one killer in a kilt.  PinnWorth Productions serves up its own kind of mayhem with “God of Carnage” Feb. 3 to 12, as two couples convene to iron out difficulties between their sons.  The laughs continue with “Boeing, Boeing,” presented by M & M Stage Productions Feb. 17 to 26.  This Tony Award-winning comedy stars Bernard, an airline pilot who is juggling three gorgeous flight attendant fiancées, until a newer, faster model of plane changes his flight schedule and his life!


Reock & Roll Revue returns to Kelsey Theatre March 4 and 5 with another tribute concert to the greats of the 1960s and ’70s.  Their shows combine rock history with top notch musicality for an all-around satisfying fan experience.  (Stay tuned for the announcement of the band whose music will be performed.)

 

In a first for MCCC and the state, Mercer presents “PlayFest 2017,” a new play festival for current and former community college students, from March 7 to 12.  Tickets for festival performances go on sale in January, with subscribers receiving a special discount.  More information for playwrights is available at www.mccc.edu/playfest2017.

 

Next up is Theater To Go’s presentation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” March 17 to 26.  With themes of racial injustice, courage and compassion, this riveting drama is the story of tomboy Scout Finch and her lawyer father’s most controversial case.  Kelsey returns to the lights and sounds of Broadway as Playful Theatre Productions presents “Wonderland” March 31 to April 9.  Featuring a catchy score by Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn, audiences will delight in this musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

 

The MCCC Theatre/Dance program, with technical assistance by Entertainment Technology students, journeys into the world of the surreal with “Blood Wedding” April 21 to 30. Federico Garcia Lorca’s masterpiece about surging passions and rebellion is infused with classic Spanish dance forms, including Flamenco, Tango and the Paso Doble.

 

Pierrot Productions brings yet another Broadway hit to the Kelsey stage May 12 to 21. “The Boy From Oz” tells the story of Peter Allen, an Australian boy who grows up to be an Oscar-winning song writer and Radio City Music Hall concert star.  The music continues with a family favorite when The Yardley Players present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” May 26 to June 4.  This beautiful love story stars Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder the Fish, Scuttle the Seagull, Sebastian the Crab and, of course, the Evil Sea Witch, Ursula, plus a musical score including such favorites as "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."

Two classic plays complete the roster of full-length shows.  Maurer Productions OnStage presents The Glass Menagerie” June 10 to 18.  The fragile bonds between a frustrated mother, a daughter lost in her imagination, and a son intent on rebellion are torn apart with the arrival of a gentleman caller who raises hopes that can never be realized.  Shakespeare ’70 closes out the season with Measure for Measure” June 23 to July 2.  Whorehouses, nunneries, betrothals and beheadings are all part of Shakespeare’s Vienna as he explores the arrogance of power in a play that hovers between comedy and tragedy.

 

The Kelsey Kids Series starts off with a children’s opera, “Beloved Prey,” presented by The Traveling Opera Company Sept. 24.  Featuring colorful costumes and masks, this story of an unusual friendship between an antelope and a lioness blends traditional Japanese Noh theater and instrumentation and stylized dance movement.  On Oct. 1, the classic fairytale “The Princess and the Pea” is hilariously retold in Virginia Rep On Tour’s musical version. 

 

In December, it’s time to get festive as The Kelsey Players present “Twas The Night Before Christmas” Dec. 2 to 4, about Santa’s midnight visit as told in Clement Moore’s beloved poem.  An abridged, fully narrated version of “The Nutcracker” follows Dec. 16 to 18, performed by The New Jersey Youth Ballet.

 

On April 22, young audiences take a trip to “The House at Pooh Corner” with Piglet, Tigger, and of course, Winnie-the-Pooh. Virginia Rep On Tour presents this charming production based on the A. A. Milne classic.  On May 20, ArtsPower completes the children’s season with “Biscuit, a musical featuring a frolicking puppy who loves exploring, stirring up mischief – and being part of a family.

Ticket prices for full-length musicals are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students/ children; non-musicals are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students/children.  Ticket prices for the Kelsey Kids Series are $10 for children and seniors, and $12 for adults.  Tickets for special events (“Miss Saigon,” “In The Heights,” “Billy Elliot,” and “The Little Mermaid”) are $20 for all.  Reock & Roll Revue’s concert is $25 for all.

Current subscribers may renew now through August 10 for preferred seating. Discounted subscriber packages include premium seating, exchanges for performances of the same show, special "add-a-show" rates, advance sales of single tickets, and as much as 45 percent off regular ticket prices. Tickets for all individual shows are also on sale by calling 609-570-3333.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and one hour before show time.  Group discounts are also available.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net starting Aug. 20. To request a print copy of the 2016-17 season brochure, email kelsey@mccc.edu or call the box osffice.

Kelsey Theatre has open auditions for many of its productions and welcomes assistance from community volunteers to usher and work behind the scenes. The theater gratefully accepts donations. Call 609-570-3581 or visit the website for more information.

The theater is wheelchair accessible and has secure lighted parking. Funding for performances is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Dodge Foundation Announces $4.5 Million in New Grants

 

At its second board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 95 grants totaling $4.5 million to nonprofit organizations working to strengthen communities in New Jersey.

 

“We are excited to continue our commitment to building a better New Jersey by supporting nonprofits whose leadership, creativity, and innovation never ceases to impress,” said Chris Daggett, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation president and CEO. “Throughout the state, these organizations work across sectors to create vibrancy in their communities by lifting up all voices and celebrating the artistic, natural, and other unique characteristics of their places.”

 

In Arts, Dodge awarded 50 grants totaling $2,015,000. A $200,000 grant to Creative New Jersey supports its community engagement programs and events that fuel creativity and collaboration between highly diverse groups of individuals as essential components of thriving communities. Founded as an initiative of the Dodge Foundation, Creative New Jersey invites leaders to reimagine their community and work collaboratively to find creative solutions.

 

"Creative New Jersey convenings bring together a diverse group of organizations and people across sectors and fields, empowering them to get civically engaged, giving them both a sense of agency and a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves,” said Molly de Aguiar, Informed Communities program director.

 

In Education, Dodge awarded 32 grants totaling $1,467,500. A $215,000 grant to Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania supports the organization’s Creativity Incubator that offers school leaders and teachers innovative arts and arts-integration education model programs to advance teaching and learning goals. The grant also supports the development and implementation of a new sequential theater-integrated curriculum for New Jersey second through fifth grade students.

 

“Young Audiences has a stellar record of creating important arts education initiatives that prepare students for success in school and life,” said Wendy Liscow, Education program director. “Through their new Theater to Learn curriculum, Young Audiences will work with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and theater companies to train teachers and teaching artists to turn classrooms into stages for creativity where students will bring reading to life and develop self-esteem they’ve never known before.”

 

In Environment, Dodge awarded a $370,000 grant to Sustainable Jersey, the first statewide municipal and school certification programs in the country that combine clear standards for action, robust guidance and implementation support, and a suite of incentives.

 

"Sustainable Jersey has mobilized hundreds of municipalities and citizen leaders in communities across the state to work together towards a more sustainable future, with a growing focus on creativity, public information and civic engagement, and resiliency actions focused on green infrastructure and coastal vulnerability," said Margaret Waldock, Environment program director. “The beauty of this program is not just that it fosters virtuous competition among those participating, but it also leverages public and private resources, as well as technical support and training to ensure local success.”

 

In Informed Communities, Dodge awarded six grants totaling $560,000. A $200,000 grant supports Free Press' News Voices New Jersey project, which aims to build relationships through public forums that explore how journalism can improve communities and how community members can improve local journalism. The grant also supports research and civic engagement efforts related to the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction.

 

"With a rapidly changing digital news landscape and plummeting ad sales revenue, the future of local journalism depends on news organizations’ ability to reframe their work around engaging communities," de Aguiar said. "Free Press’ News Voices project is working to build an active and engaged community of consumers, advocates, and citizen journalists around the news in New Jersey and to prove the critical link between community engagement and business viability for local news organizations."

 

Dodge also awarded an additional $180,000 to organizations through its other initiatives, including organizations that provide technical assistance and those that work in its hometown of Morristown. A $40,000 grant to Lead New Jersey and a $25,000 grant to Leadership Newark support the two organizations’ public policy fellowship programs, which identify and develop emerging leaders throughout New Jersey. A $75,000 grant to Morristown Neighborhood House supports its high quality preschool and community educational programming to foster learning and increase academic success for a multicultural community.

 

The Dodge Foundation has three grantmaking cycles each year – in March, June and December, with the majority of grants for each program area made in two of those cycles.

 

About the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation was established in 1974 through the foresight and generosity of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, daughter of William and Almira Rockefeller. For more than 40 years, Dodge has supported leadership, collaboration and innovation, with a focus on addressing the issues most pressing to New Jersey. Dodge also offers a comprehensive technical assistance program geared toward strengthening the capacity of New Jersey’s nonprofit community.

 

Website: www.grdodge.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dodgefoundation
Twitter: www.twitter.com/grdodge

 

Pennington Players Announce Open Auditions for “In The Heights”

West Windsor, NJ – Open call auditions for The Pennington Players’ October show, In The Heights, will take place at The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College on Saturday, July 30th from 9am to 3pm, and on Sunday, August 7th from 2pm to 6pm.

All roles are open and will remain so until the end of auditions. This is a non-equity, non-paying production.

Callbacks will be held Monday, August 8th. Performances will run from October 14th to October 23rd at The Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, New Jersey.

This groundbreaking musical, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the mastermind behind the hit Broadway show Hamilton), is about life in Washington Heights. “This centers around a tight-knit community where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music,” stated Kyrus Keenan Westcott, the musical’s director. “Much like Hamilton, this musical is an audience phenomenon that acclaimed critical success with its universal themes on family, community, change, and self-discovery.”

More information, such as character descriptions and audition instructions, can be found at www.ithpennington.weebly.com Further questions may be directed toward Kyrus Keenan Westcott at ithpennington@gmail.com.

The Pennington Players have been entertaining New Jersey and Pennsylvania audiences since 1951. This non-profit community theatre organization has strived to produce high quality musicals, dramas, and comedies. More information is available at www.penningtonplayers.com.

American Repertory Ballet Announces its 2016–2017 Performance Season

(New Brunswick, N.J.) – American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey’s preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company, is pleased to announce its 2016–2017 performance season. Entering its 53rd year (founded in 1963), New Jersey’s top ballet company will perform throughout the state under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. The company is committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today.

 

Season highlights include world premieres by both Artistic Director Douglas Martin and Resident Choreographer Mary Barton to the stage. ARB will present Martin’s premier, Pride and Prejudice, at McCarter Theatre in the spring accompanied by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Barton’s yet unnamed premier will also be performed in the spring but at Raritan Valley Community College.

 

In November and December, once again ARB will bring the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage, a holiday tradition for more than 50 years. ARB’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.

 

The complete performance schedule is below.

 

Information and mages can be found at: https://www.americanrepertoryballet.org/ARB/Press-photos-0

 

 

2016-2017 Performances

 

FALL

An Evening of Dance

SHOW TIME: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $27 in advance; $30 at the door

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, July 25

LOCATION: McCarter Theatre’s Berlind Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, presents its highly anticipated, annual Summer Intensive performance. This year, 100 dancers from its international audition tour will participate. Students from across the United States, as well as Italy, Switzerland and Australia, have spent the last five weeks in serious dance study, under world-class faculty, in a warm and companionable atmosphere under caring and careful instruction conducive to technical and artistic progress. The culmination of their efforts will be presented in McCarter Theatre’s intimate Berlind Theatre. The program will feature the re-staging of a traditional classical work along with several others created specifically for this year’s Summer Intensive students.

 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SHOW TIMES:

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICE: $20

LOCATION: Bart Luedeke Center Theater

Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J.

American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s full-length ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, premiered in early 2015 to high praise. Set to an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet brings to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Featuring colorful choreography, costumes and sets, the story portrays the weaving tales of cunning fairies, quarreling lovers and a hilariously amateur acting group as their paths cross in a magical forest.

 

Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

 

“Wonderful. I smiled from beginning to end.” —Critical Dance

 

 

Fall Favorites

SHOW TIME: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $25/35

LOCATION: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, N.J.

American Repertory Ballet makes a return engagement to The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, presenting Fall Favorites, a program of mixed repertoire. The Company, fresh off its successful 2015–2016 tour, is proud to present a three-part performance, which includes Shades of Time, ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton’s moving visual work that evokes the passing of time, light and moods of the day; Ephemeral Possessions, ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s compilation of movements captured from memory to reflect vanishing experiences we all encounter; and Rite of Spring, a ballet by Martin, inspired by revolutionary works that the legendary Ballets Russes brought to America in the early 20th century, showing how the relationships of men and women transcend time.

 

Shades of Time

Choreography: Resident Choreographer Mary Barton

Music: Edward Elgar

 

Ephemeral Possessions

Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin

Music: Samuel Barber

 

Rite of Spring

Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin

Music: Igor Stravinsky

 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SHOW TIME: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $27/37/42/52/57

LOCATION: State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.

American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s full-length ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, premiered in early 2015 to high praise. Set to an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet brings to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Featuring colorful choreography, costumes and sets, the story portrays the weaving tales of cunning fairies, quarreling lovers and a hilariously amateur acting group as their paths cross in a magical forest.

 

Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

 

“Wonderful. I smiled from beginning to end.” —Critical Dance

 

 

NUTCRACKER

Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning new sets (new first act scenery!), thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for your entire family!

 

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, N.J.

SHOW TIME: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $20/25/35

 

SHOW TIME: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $8

Sensory-Friendly Performance

 

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

SHOW TIME: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $25/40/49/60

 

SHOW TIME: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $25/45/55/65

 

SHOW TIME: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $25/45/55/65

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $25/45/55/65

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $25/45/55/65

 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, N.J.

SHOW TIME: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

TICKET PRICES: $5

School-Time Performance

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $20/35/45

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $20/35/45

 

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, N.J.

SHOW TIME: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $8

School Time Performance

 

SHOW TIME: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

TICKET PRICES: $8

School Time Performance

 

SHOW TIME: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $8

School Time Performance

 

SHOW TIME: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: Children $25; Adults $30

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: Children $25; Adults $30

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: Children $25; Adults $30

 

State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.

SHOW TIME: Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

TICKET PRICES: $8

School-Time Performance

 

SHOW TIME: Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75

 

SHOW TIME: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75

 

SHOW TIME: Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75

 

SHOW TIME: Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $35/45/55/65/75

 

This performances feature a live orchestra and choir under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt.

 

 

SPRING

Masters of Dance and Music

SHOW TIMES:

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. -- School Time Performance

TICKET PRICE: $8

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $25/35

LOCATION: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, N.J.

A collection of some of the most spirited and bold dance, Masters of Dance and Music is a plethora of style, grace and the boldly new. The program opens with Glazunov Variations, choreographed by renowned choreographer and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Kirk Peterson, and is a highly technical work danced to sections of Alexander Glazunov’s music for the classical ballet, Raymonda. The program also features a new (and secret) world premiere by American Repertory Ballet Resident Choreographer Mary Barton. The evening concludes with the much-loved There is a Time, a deeply evocative work by José Limón, a true pioneer in modern dance and choreography. Limón’s classic work is based on Ecclesiastes 3 and evokes rich feelings from the audiences as it dances its way through the time-worn words familiar to all of us.

 

Glazunov Variations

Choreography: Kirk Peterson

Music: Alexander Glazunov

 

World Premiere

Resident Choreographer Mary Barton

 

There is a Time

Choreography: José Limón

Music: Norman Dello Joio

 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SHOW TIME: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICE: $20

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. -- A Sensory-friendly Performance

TICKET PRICE: $8

LOCATION: Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, N.J.

American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s full-length ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, premiered in early 2015 to high praise. Set to an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet brings to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Featuring colorful choreography, costumes and sets, the story portrays the weaving tales of cunning fairies, quarreling lovers and a hilariously amateur acting group as their paths cross in a magical forest.

 

Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

 

“Wonderful. I smiled from beginning to end.” —Critical Dance

 

The abridged, one-hour, Sensory-Friendly performance of American Repertory Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is especially for children and adults with special needs. The performance is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of the UC Sensory Friendly Theatre series.

 

 

Douglas Martin’s

Pride and Prejudice

SHOW TIMEs:

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. -- School Time Performance

TICKET PRICES: $10

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: $20/34/44/50

LOCATION: McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.

Join us for the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s full-length ballet, Pride and Prejudice. Martin, the innovative Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet, brings the 1813 romantic classic penned by Jane Austin to life, celebrating its beloved tale of love, manners and marriage in the English gentry, a broad social class that includes those who owned land (the country or landed gentry) as well as the professional classes (lawyers, doctors and clergy) who did not. Specifically, it follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. The ballet is supported by the wonderfully melodic music of Ignaz Pleyel, the Austrian-born French composer, with costumes tailored to showcase the fashions of the English Regency period from 1790–1820. This is the seventh world premiere Martin has choreographed for American Repertory Ballet. This performance features live musical accompaniment by Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Rossen Milanov.

 

Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin

Music: Ignace Pleyel

Costumes and Set Design: Christina Giannini

 

This performance features live musical accompaniment by Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of John Devlin.

 

 

Princeton Ballet School’s

Sleeping Beauty

SHOW TIMEs:

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICES: Starting at $35

LOCATION: Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, N.J.

Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the world’s most beloved, and famous, ballet. It is the enchanting story of Princess Aurora who is bewitched by the evil Carabosse and placed, along with her kingdom, into a deep and protective sleep by the benevolent Lilac Fairy. She and the kingdom are awakened by the noble Prince whose kiss breaks the spell. The idea for the ballet came from Ivan Vsevolozhsky, the director of the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the end of the 19th century. He tasked choreographer and ballet master Marius Petipa with creating the ballet, which turned out to be, arguably, his (and some would say the world’s) finest. He also commissioned Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky to compose the music; Tchaikovsky had written the score for Swan Lake 11 years prior. 

 

Original Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs Announces Fall Tutor Training Courses

Volunteer tutors needed to help adult learners increase basic literacy skills

 

 

There are an estimated 60,000 adults in Mercer County who read at the fifth grade level or below. For these individuals, it can be a challenge to fill out a job application, read a utility bill, or follow a prescription label correctly.  Moreover, there is a strong correlation between low literacy skills and the incidence of poverty, unemployment, and poor health.

 

Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs is a non-profit organization, that is helping to improve these neighbors’ lives by providing free, confidential tutoring that is designed to increase basic reading, writing, listening speaking and math skills. We need your help to do this!

 

All volunteer tutors are required to complete a comprehensive, 15 hour training course to learn the fundamentals of reading and writing instruction. Literacy NJ Mercer is offering two fall courses. The first runs for five consecutive weeks starting Wednesday, September 21 through October 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second goes from Thursday, September 29 through October 27, and meets from 6pm to 9pm. Both classes will be given in Princeton.  Upon completion of the training course, the volunteer tutor is matched with an adult learner who has registered with our program. Volunteers provide free tutoring services at a variety of public locations including public libraries, workplace sites, churches and retirement homes. 

Longtime volunteer Michael Thiel describes his experience this way, “I began tutoring with LNJMCP almost 15 years ago.  Over that time I have seen many measurable goals accomplished; a student's first letter to her mother, another learning enough English to get independence through a driver's license, and even more with enough fluency to accomplish their ultimate goal of becoming a citizen of this country. 

What we often don't measure are the emotions and immeasurable assets associated with literacy.  We don't quantify the new found independence or the improvement in quality of life at home.  And while we tend to focus on the students' progress, there is something truly special in a program that keeps me and the other volunteers around for so long.”

To register for the upcoming tutor training course or for more information, please contact our office at 609-587-6027, or email us at cmtich@literacynj.org .  

American Repertory Ballet Announces “Nutcracker in July” Promotion and Ticket Giveaway Social Media Contest

NEW BRUNSWICK/PRINCETON, N.J. – This July 11 through July 31, American Repertory Ballet will celebrate “Nutcracker in July,” offering 15% off tickets for its annual Nutcracker performances at the State Theatre in New Brunswick and McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Additional components of the special July sale include social media contests with prizes such as Nutcracker tickets and gift cards, including for McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Princeton and New Brunswick restaurants The Frog and The Peach, Stage Left and Sophie’s Bistro.

 

Patrons must use the promotional code “JulyNut” at both McCarter Theater and State Theatre. Tickets for all McCarter Theatre Nutcracker performances are eligible for the 15% discount (excluding Zone A seating). Tickets to Friday, December 16 performance at State Theatre are eligible (excluding Zone 1 seating). Patrons can visit www.arballet.org/ARB/Nutcracker-In-July for complete information and to start their ticket-buying process. Tickets may also be purchased at respective ticket offices.

 

ARB’s “Nutcracker in July” campaign will feature social media giveaway contests running from July 11 through the end of the month. “Nutcracker in July” posters will be displayed around downtown New Brunswick and Princeton. To be entered in our social media contest, take a “selfie” with a poster and post on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter with #ARBNutinJuly. Two winners per week – one for McCarter Theatre in Princeton and one for State Theatre in New Brunswick – will be chosen to win a prize package that will include a gift certificate, a pair of tickets to Nutcracker for that market and ARB merchandise. The contest will close on Fridays beginning July 15; the winners will be chosen from all posts during that weekly time frame and announced on Monday.

 

Tickets for all of ARB’s Nutcracker performances can be purchased at arballet.org. Patrons can also find a complete listing of ARB’s 2016-2017 performance season.

 

ARB’s Nutcracker will be performed at the State Theatre on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday December 17 and 18 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. For tickets, call (732)246-7469 or visit the events page at www.statetheatrenj.org.

 

ARB will present Nutcracker at McCarter Theatre Thanksgiving weekend: Wednesday, November 23 at 7:30pm, Friday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call (609)258.2787 or visit www.mccarter.org.

 

For more information about American Repertory Ballet please visit: www.arballet.org

Gourgaud Gallery Announces “Celebration 2!” A Creative Collective and HomeFront ArtSpace Exhibition

Cranbury ,NJ : Gourgaud Gallery, in the Cranbury Town Hall, located at 23 - A North Main Street in Cranbury, NJ, will host an art exhibition featuring members of the Creative Collective and showcasing the artists of HomeFront ’s ArtSpace. The exhibit celebrates the work of local artists and highlights the artists of ArtSpace, which aims to build self-confidence through therapeutic art. ArtSpace is a HomeFront program housed in Homefront's Family Campus, a center for homeless families in Ewing, New Jersey. HomeFront provides a holistic array of services for families who are homeless or at high risk of becoming so. The exhibition creates awareness for this amazing organization and the transformative power of art.

A variety of mediums including oil painting, acrylic paintings, photography, watercolor, stone carving, digital art, and mixed media will be on display. The exhibit runs from August 1 through August 31, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM. Opening Reception Sunday, August 7 , 1 - 3 PM.

To learn more about ArtSpace, visit https://www.artspacenj.org/ . Email inquiries to: artspace@homefrontnj.org or call 609 - 883 - 7500 ext: 316.  To learn more about HomeFront visit https://www.homefrontnj.org/ For more information about Cranbury Arts, visit the gallery website at: https://www.cranburyartscouncil.org/Gallery.html

Princeton Public Library Announces Princeton Student Film Festival July 20-21

The 2016 Princeton Student Film Festival will be held Wednesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 21, at Princeton Public Library. Screenings will begin at 7 p.m. both nights in the library’s Community Room. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance and will answer questions about their films.

 

The festival, in its 13th year, features short works by high school and college students from the Princeton area and throughout the United States as well as international entrants. Final selections were made from nearly 160 submitted works in a broad range of styles and themes. Genres include animation, comedy, dramatic feature, documentary, experimental, personal narrative and thrillers.

 

“There is a strong emphasis on local filmmakers and we also include films from many sources because youth benefit from viewing broad perspectives as well as recognizing universal ideas,” said Youth Services Department Head Susan Conlon who coordinates the event. “The films are inspired, imaginative, and reflect the filmmakers’ commitment to developing their visual and technical craft and the art of good storytelling.”

 

The 2016 festival features 24 short films over two nights created by both new and returning filmmakers, Conlon said. “This is a great chance for student filmmakers to show their work to a live, appreciative audience, share their insight, and get valuable feedback.”

 

The lineup of films by high school students includes “BATHOS” by Evan Bradley and Jacob Lazarow, Lenape High School, Medford, NJ; “Let The Air In” by Justin Boswick, Shawnee High School, Medford Lakes, NJ; “In the Path of My Father” by Ra Wright, homeschooled, Washington, D.C.; “One Step at a Time” by Ian McQueen, Staten Island Technical High School, NY; “Red” and “Something Special” by Chelsea Brecka and Madison Shopene, Point Pleasant Borough High School, NJ; “Sylvia” by Abigail Tulenko, Villa Walsh Academy, Peapack, NJ; and “The Verses of Gamayun” by  Anthony Lagana, New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope, PA.

 

The films from filmmakers who are college students include “Bi-Polar” by Lily Lizotte, Los Angeles, CA, (not currently in school); “Cut to the Chase” by Jesse Lucks, Rutgers University; “Devil in a White Room” by Chris Giuseppini, Montclair State University; “Disha” by Sugandha Bansal, Anglia Ruskin University, India; “Fault Lines” by Mandy Wong, Rhode Island School of Design;  “HALO” by Amit Kumar, State Institute of Film and Television, India; “(If I Care)” by Devon Viola, Pratt Institute, NY; “Immeasurable Nature” by James Tralie, Princeton University; “Mannequin” by Zach McCoy-Davies, New York Film Academy in Australia; “Military Mom” by Aldo Battle, Mercer County Community College; “Paul’s Ride” by Benjamin Davis, SUNY Purchase; “PUNKED!” by Adam McGill, Wesleyan University; “Portrait of a Sand Dancer” by Tatianna  Sims, NYU and Princeton High School alumna; “7 O’Clock” by Nichola Latzgo, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; “Two Wheels” by Ana DeJesus, Princeton University; and “Writer’s Block” by Tyler Crosby, Pace University, NY.

 

Each night the screenings will conclude with an after-party in the library’s café featuring refreshments provided by the bent spoon.

 

 


The festival is intended for teen and adult viewers. Admission is free. For more information, see https://www.princetonlibrary.org/psff.

 

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. The physically challenged should contact the library at (609) 924-9529 48 hours before any program with questions about special accommodations.

 

Opinions expressed during programming at Princeton Public Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the library, its staff, trustees or supporters.

 

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, NJ. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org

 

 

Pinot's Palette Princeton Announces Summer Painting Series for Kids

Looking for something creative and fun for your child to do this summer? Pinot's Palette Princeton is excited to announce their Summer Painting Series of 5 classes for kids for ages 7+!

Kids (ages 7+) will enjoy a creative afternoon of painting fun while learning basic color mixtures, sketching, brush techniques and more! Pinots Palette Princeton will provide a 16"x 20" canvas and their professional art instructors will guide your child step-by-step to complete their masterpiece!

The Summer Series Paintings for Kids kicked off on June 28th with Vincent Van Gogh! Children painted a version of Van Gogh's Starry Night, and learned about his art and life! Van Gogh had a tremendous impact on the art world and on people everywhere.  His art is uniquely recognizable and today this master is considered a genius.

Arrival time for these classes is 12:45 pm. The class will start at 1:00pm, and end at 3:00pm. Please arrive at 2:45-3:00 to pick up your child. A nut free snack and juice or water will be provided.

Visit their website to view all the Little Brushes series and sign up for one, or two or all of them. If you have any questions about the Summer Kids Classes at Pinot's Palette Princeton.

 

Princeton Pinot’s Palette

609-285-2105

Princeton@pinotspalette.com

 

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Princeton University Carillon Announces Summer Concert Schedule

Celebrating 24 years of community recitals, the Princeton University Carillon at the Graduate School located at 88 College Road West, Princeton, NJ 08544 will again host a season of  international summer concerts for the surrounding community.  All concerts start at 1:00PM and are held rain or shine. Admission is free.   Please call 609-258-3654 or visit

https://www.princeton.edu/gradschool/studentlife/residential/gradcollege/directions

for additional information and directions. 

 

“Tuning the Sky!”

2016

 

July 3                Ulla Laage, Denmark

 

July 10              Rachel Perfecto & Jakob DeVreese, Connecticut & Belgium

                                    Guild of Carillonneurs in North America Class of 2015 Recitalists

 

July 17              The Treblemakers – Lisa Lonie & Janet Tebbel, duet carillonneurs

 

July 24              Auke de Boer, The Netherlands                 

 

July 31              Toru Takao,  Germany

 

August 7            Tiffany Lin & Michael Solotke, Washington, DC and New York

 

August 14          Family Fun & Frolic – A children’s program with narration & carillon featuring selections from

                                    Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals and other tunes for the young at heart – Lisa Lonie, Princeton

 

August 21          Daniel Kehoe, Connecticut

 

August 28          Janet Tebbel, Pennsylvania

 

The CARILLON is a musical instrument of 23 or more bells that when sounded produce music.  Carillon bells are hung stationary with only the clapper moving against the lip of the bell.  It is manually played from a console with both fists and feet activating batons and pedals attached to the clappers through mechanical linkage.  There is no electronic assistance to ring the bells.  Remarkable variations in expression are possible and controlled entirely by the carillonneur.   The music can travel great distances in all directions, making it a community instrument for the public.

 

The largest bell of the Princeton carillon weighs 12,880 pounds. Dedicated in 1927 the Princeton carillon is memorialized to The Class of 1892.  The 67 bronze bells were cast in England, France and The Netherlands. 

 

The carillon is a program of University Chapel Music and made possible by an endowment established by the Class of 1892. 

 

Pegasus Theatre Project Announces Auditions for Proof

Pegasus Theatre Project has announced auditions for their September 2016
production of David Auburn’s Proof, directed by Judi Parrish.   The show
will be performed at the West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road,
Princeton Junction, NJ.   Performance dates are:  September 9, 10, 11, 16,
17, & 18, 2016, with Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00 pm,
and Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00 pm.

Pegasus Theatre Project is the new resident theatre company at the West
Windsor Arts Council.  This new and exciting collaboration will provide a
vibrant, unique, and accessible venue for the community to experience all
forms of art, from exhibits to live theatre.  The company’s inaugural
season showcases Proof by David Auburn, running September 9-18, 2016, and
Art by Yasmina Reza, running March 31-April 9, 2017.

Pegasus Theatre Project is an independent, professional theatre company
co-founded by three local theatre veterans, Peter Bisgaier, Jennifer Nasta
Zefutie, and Judi Parrish. Together, they have over 85 years of experience
in all aspects of theatre production and will serve as Co-Producing
Artistic Directors. Born of the desire to produce intimate productions
that are interesting and challenging, Pegasus offers engaging
entertainment that is both compelling and fun.

AUDITION DATES:
Thursday, July 7, 2016    7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday, July 11, 2016      7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2016    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM   Callbacks Only (as needed; by
invitation only)


AUDITION APPOINTMENT OPTIONS:
•  Audition forms, monologues, information and a link to the online
sign-up form are available on the Pegasus Theatre Project website:
https://pegasustheatrenj.org/auditions
•  Questions: e-mail us at  auditions@pegasustheatrenj.org
•  Appointments are strongly encouraged.  Walk-ins will be seen on a
time-available basis.

ABOUT THE AUDITIONS:   All those auditioning are asked to memorize the
monologue(s) provided for the character for which you are auditioning.
The required monologues and sides to be used for auditions are available
on the Pegasus website:  https://pegasustheatrenj.org

ABOUT REHEARSALS:   The first read thru will be scheduled the week of July
18th.   The majority of rehearsals will be held in Cranbury, NJ, and
primarily in the evenings during the week.

ROLES:   We will be casting 3 roles:    Catherine, Hal, and Robert.    The
role of Claire has been cast.    All actors will receive a stipend.

Catherine:  a young woman who inherited at least some of her father's
mathematical genius, and, she fears, his "instability" as well; she gave
up her life and schooling to take care of his father until his recent
death (female/age range 21-28)

Harold “Hal” Dobbs: one of Robert’s last PhD students during the one year
his idol and mentor’s illness was in remission;  he is an unremarkable
mathematician, and he knows it (male/age range 21-30)

Robert:  a recently deceased mathematician who did brilliant work in his
youth, but whose later years were plagued by delusional mental illness; he
is seen in Catherine’s imagination and in flashbacks (male/age range 50+ -
old enough to have 2 grown daughters, but too young to die)

Go to the Pegasus website for complete details:  
https://pegasustheatrenj.org/auditions
 

The Peacock Inn Announces The Macallan 5-Course Scotch Dinner June 9

Join us on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 6:30 pm for the Macallan 5-Course Scotch Dinner.

$150 per person

There will be complimenttary bottle engraving on all bottles purchased at the dinner! This event is community seating and a credit card is required to hold the reservation.

More info:  https://www.peacockinn.com/restaurant/peacock-happenings.htm

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.

Princeton Day School Announces New Jersey Theater Awards and Paper Mill Rising Star Nominations

Princeton Day School student Austin Phares ’16 (Princeton) pictured to the left of Julie Goldberg ’16 (Cranbury), star of the fall production of Our Town, was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama at the 2016 New Jersey Theatre Awards held at Montclair State University on May 16. In addition, the cast of Our Town was named Outstanding Acting Ensemble.

 

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director in Residence Stan Cahill recently announced that Austin Phares ’16 (Princeton), star of the fall production of Our Town, was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama at the 2016 New Jersey Theatre Awards held at Montclair State University on May 16. In addition, the cast of Our Town was named Outstanding Acting Ensemble.

 

Mr. Cahill noted, “This is the third time in four years that PDS has earned this distinction, including last year's win for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.” Productions from 57 schools across NJ were eligible for awards.

 

In addition, the cast and crew of the spring musical The Boy Friend earned three Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Nominations. The Paper Mill Rising Star Awards recognize outstanding achievement in musical theatre across the state of New Jersey. PDS was nominated for the following awards:

 

  • The Educational Impact Award
  • Outstanding Hair and Makeup Achievement: Hope Ammidon, Riley Gudgel, Helen Healey, Nishita Naga, Matthew Kuenne
  • Outstanding Costuming Achievement: Deb Sugarman

 

And the following Honorable Mentions:

 

  • Outstanding Choreography: Ann Robideaux
  • Outstanding Performance by a Chorus: The Boy Friend Chorus

 

 

 

Princeton Ballet School Announces Dates for Placement Classes

 

(Princeton/New Brunswick, N.J.) –Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, announces its Placement Class schedule in order to determine fall classes. Placement classes are conducted for entering students with prior dance training for 1st-5th graders, and for 6th and up. They are not an audition – all are welcome at Princeton Ballet School -- they merely help the School find the most appropriate class for children. Open enrollment for all other students and adults is underway as well.

 

Many dance schools place students in classes based solely on age. At Princeton Ballet School, age is only one factor in determining a student’s placement. Our placement process allows us to place each student in an ability-appropriate class.

 

Placement Class Schedule:

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

1st-5th grade: 2 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 3:30 p.m.

 

All Placement Classes will be held at Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540. We are located in the Princeton Shopping Center above McCaffrey's grocery store.

 

To sign up for a placement class or to discuss other options, please contact Lisa de Ravel, Dean of Students, at (609)921-7758, ext.11 or by email at lderavel@arballet.org.

 

 

What Sets Us Apart

Founded in 1954 by Audrée Estey, Princeton Ballet School is one of the nation’s finest non-profit dance schools.  Many things set Princeton Ballet School apart from the usual dance school, the most important being: our philosophy; our faculty; our affiliation with a professional ballet company; our dedication to live music in the classroom, and our facilities. 

 

Our Philosophy

Princeton Ballet School is known for nurturing developing dancers in a safe and progressive way. We teach age and developmentally appropriate ballet technique classes from a syllabus that allows younger students more time for movement exploration while providing advanced students with the tools to become professional dancers, if they so choose. As a result, all of our students develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong fitness level that will provide a powerful edge in any future endeavor.

 

Outstanding Faculty

Princeton Ballet School has more than 30 specialized faculty members. Many have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won major teaching awards. All are committed to our philosophy of dance education and to helping students achieve their best. Members of our outstanding faculty have performed professionally with companies including: American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet.  For more information about our faculty, please visit our Faculty Biography Page.

 

 

Live Music

Our ballet classes have live musical accompaniment. This is particularly fun for the children’s classes, where frequent improvisational exercises provide an opportunity for students to interact and collaborate with our staff of professional musicians.

 

Facilities

Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton, New Jersey. All studios are wheelchair accessible, and feature state-of-the-art dance floors that are shock absorbent and slip proof. The striking Princeton and Cranbury facilities were designed by the late Ralph Lerner, an internationally known architect and former Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University.  For more on our facilities and studio locations, please visit our Locations Page.

 

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.

 

Caption: American Repertory Ballet's Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer Mary Barton leads a class at Princeton Ballet School. 

 

Open Air Theatre Announces 2016 Season

Titusville, New Jersey's Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre has confirmed its 2016 summer season. Set to open on Friday, May 20, 2016, the popular outdoor venue that has entertained generations of families over the past five decades will open with the hit of its 2015 summer season, Monty Python's Spamalot. Scheduled for three weekends, the musical comedy will be performed on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, June 5, 2016. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Monty Python's Spamalot is a recent Broadway hit and irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. Rude Frenchmen, cancan dancers, the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, killer rabbits, catapulting cows and the somewhat odd knights who say "ni" are just part of the adventures and dangers awaiting King Arthur and his knights of the very very very round table. David Whiteman returns to star in this production after first playing the role of King Arthur last summer.

The Open Air Theatre's 2016 summer season features a full roster of musicals, revues and children's theatre productions with performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 16. Productions to be performed this summer include Little Women: the Musical, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Heathers: the Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Oliver! and Jekyll & Hyde the Musical.  Also included are two musical revues: From Stage to Screen, featuring songs from musicals of the silver screen and the golden age of Broadway and Stars n' Stripes, the annual Fourth of July salute to America's greatest composers. The 2016 season also features a full children's theatre series that includes Disney versions of The Aristocats Kids, Sleeping Beauty Kids and Cinderella Kids along with original productions of Jack & the Giant, Pinocchio, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and The Snow Queen's Frozen Adventure created by Open Air Theatre Artistic Director, Louis Palena.

Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre producer, Ginny Brennan and the actors of the Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville, NJ will take on their sixth season of productions at the historic venue. When asked about the upcoming season, Brennan said, "We're really excited about the variety of shows we're offering in 2016. We're performing several shows for two and three week runs giving our audience more opportunities to join us during the summer. Plus we've managed to keep the ticket price down so that families are able to come and enjoy our shows at the Park without it costing a fortune."

The Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre production of Monty Python's Spamalot will open the 2016 season on Friday, May 20 and continue through Sunday, June 5 with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 12 and under). Group discounts are available for 12 persons or more.   Tickets can always be purchased at the Open Air Theatre Box Office one half hour prior to any performance.

For complete information about the 2016 summer season of mainstage shows and children's theatre productions, directions and more, visit the website at www.downtownpac.com. The Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre is located inside Washington Crossing State Park at 455 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road in Titusville, New Jersey. Box Office phone is (267) 885-9857.

 

New School for Music Study Announces Crescendo Summer Camp

The New School for Music Study announces Crescendo Summer Camp offerings!  SIgn up now for invigorating experiences in music theory, popular music, prepared digital piano, or an introduction to the piano! 
 

 

Cotsen Children's Library Announces Annual Writing Competition

350 for 50

It's time for the Cotsen Children's Library's annual writing competition! We challenge you to write a short, 350-word story that includes the sentence, "It unfurled slowly, then settled." (just 345 words left to go!). Winning stories will be illustrated and published in the Summer 2016 issue of the Picture Book Press, and on our Pop Goes the Page creative blog. Additionally, the authors will enjoy a $50 shopping spree at Labyrinth Books!

Open to ages 9-14

Contest submissions are due by 3:00pm on Monday, May 9

For rules and submission information, go to: www/princeton.edu/cotsenevents

Questions? Contact Dana Sheridan: danas@princeton.edu / 609-258-2697

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ArtWorks Announces Family Art Making Day This Weekend and Next

TRENTON, N.J. – April 27, 2016 – Artworks invites families to bring their children out this Saturday and next for Art Making Day, at three locations in the Trenton area. Candle art, printmaking, collage, drawing and painting are some to the activities taking place. Children can make art to hang at the 10th anniversary Art All Night, coming up on June 18-19, or just participate in fun and creative activities. All materials and activities are free.

 

Family Art Making Day will take place this Saturday, April 30 at Artworks’ 19 Everett Alley galleries in Trenton, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next Saturday, May 7, Art Making Day will take place at two locations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Spruce Street Community Center at 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrenceville; and the New Jersey State Museum at 205 West State Street in Trenton. In addition to Artworks partners Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County and the New Jersey State Museum, Art Making Day is a partnership with the I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Jerry’s Artarama of Lawrenceville.

 

“For years Art Making Day has given kids the ability to create a piece of art for free, to hang at our wildly popular Art All Night event,” said Artworks Executive Director Lauren Otis. “Last year, we had over 500 children at Artworks for Art Making Day, so this year we’ve expanded to two new partner locations on a second Saturday. This gives families the maximum opportunity to take advantage of this great, free program,” he said.

 

For more information on activities at each location, contact:

Jesse Vincent at Artworks – education@artworkstrenton.org, 609.394.9436

Kelly Watts at the Boys & Girls Club – kwatts@bgcmercer.org, 609.392.3191, ext. 127

Melissa Kelly at the NJ State Museum – melissa.kelly@sos.state.nj.us, 609.292.6310

Princeton Day School Announces Partnership with SOCCOM on Climate Change Project

7th Grade Science Students Will Analyze and Track Data

 

Princeton – The 7th grade science students at Princeton Day School are fortunate to be working with the Princeton-based Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project to learn how the Southern Ocean influences global climate change.

 

The Southern Ocean circles Antarctica and is the one ocean on earth where all the waters of the world mix. By deploying 200 autonomous floats directly into the Southern Ocean, SOCCOM is able to track and gather crucial data about how this ocean affects carbon and heat circulation around the world.

 

MS Science teachers Ron Banas and Jack Madani initially connected with Greta Shum from SOCCOM and made a plan to “adopt” three floats—christened Huey, Louie, and Dewey—so that our own 7th grade students would be able to track and analyze data, which is downloaded via satellite.

 

In March, the 7th grade was also honored to welcome to campus Princeton professor Jorge Sarmiento, who is the director of the project, for a presentation on the important work SOCCOM is doing, and how these floats are able to provide critical information about climate change trends and future impact on marine and, ultimately, human life.

 

As Mr. Madani noted, “Our immediate plan is to develop investigations for our 7th grade students that will let them interpret SOCCOM’s float data and develop a greater understanding of how natural global systems are interconnected.”

D&R Greenway Announces Spring Native Plant Sale May 20, 21

Princeton, N.J.— D&R Greenway Land Trust's Spring Native Plant Sale will be held Friday, May 20, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon, at D&R Greenway's Native Plant Nursery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. During the Native Plant Sale, D&R Greenway nursery staff and volunteers will be available to advise on the best choice of plants for gardening projects. Free. 609-924-4646   www.drgreenway.org

 

Eco-conscious gardeners know that using native species provides essential food for wildlife and contributes to a healthy and biodiverse ecosystem, all while creating low maintenance plantings. D&R Greenway's Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants.

 

Native plants are adapted to central New Jersey's climate, making them more drought-resistant than most exotic plants, and also provide essential food & habitat resources for wildlife.  Of particular concern are migratory species that depend on native plants for fuel before and after their long journeys, and for food and nesting materials during breeding season. Current well-known examples include the monarch butterfly and rufa red knot, dependent specifically on the milkweed and the horseshoe crab, respectively, for their survival.

 

Because central New Jersey's native plants and wildlife evolved together, they are highly adapted to and dependent upon each other. Native plant resources are especially critical for wildlife at energy-intensive times of the year, such as spring and fall migration, and during courtship and breeding. In turn, native plants rely upon wildlife for pollination and seed dispersion. Whereas indigenous plants support diversity and disease-resistance, exotic invasive species form monocultures that outcompete other plants. Replacing them with native species, which co-exist, creates a complex, vibrant ecosystem vital to both plants and animals.

 

"D&R Greenway Land Trust has preserved almost 20,000 acres of land in central New Jersey, with a mission to preserve a network of natural lands and open space accessible to the public, and to inspire a conservation ethic through educational programming, including increasing awareness of the benefits of native species," says Native Plant Nursery Manager Emily Blackman. "The Nursery provides plants for habitat restoration projects on D&R Greenway managed land, for use by home gardeners, and for native garden projects by schools, municipalities and other conservation non-profits." 

 

D&R Greenway Land Trust's plants are grown from locally sourced seed and starter plants, and are raised and sold with the skilled assistance of a corps of volunteers. Plants are available in quart, gallon and two-gallon sized pots from $5 to $15. A full catalog is available online at www.drgreenway.org/PlantCatalog.html. To check species availability, contact Emily Blackman, Nursery Manager, at (609) 924-4646 or eblackman@drgreenway.org.

 

D&R Greenway's Native Plant Nursery will offer summer plant sales every Friday, from June through August, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Arts Council of Princeton Announces Spring Art Party Pinot to Picasso | Vintage 2016 April 29

Princeton, NJ March 24, 2016 - The Arts Council of Princeton’s signature spring art and wine fundraiser, Pinot to Picasso | Vintage 2016, will be held on Friday, April 29 from 6-10pm at the Technology Center of Princeton, 330 Carter Road, Princeton. Approximately 400 guests are expected to attend the festivities, which include a salon-style exhibition, gourmet tastings, wines from around the world, and dancing.

 

One of the highlights of the evening is the “Tombola,” a drawing of beautiful original works of art contributed by talented local artists. The number of Tombola tickets available is limited to the number of pieces of art. Tombola ticket holders, having already previewed the available choices, make a quick decision when their number is drawn. In the end, each Tombola ticket holder takes home an original work of art.

 

Guests will indulge in gourmet tastings prepared by Blawenburg Café, Capital Corn & Confections, Chez Alice Catering Company, Despaña Princeton, Dish Catering, Fenwick Hospitality Group, House of Cupcakes, Jammin’ Crepes, Mediterra Restaurant, Olsson’s Fine Foods, and Provence Catering. World wines will be selected by CoolVines, Mediterra Restaurant, Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop, and Public Beer, Wine, & Spirits.

Princeton Online is proud to be sponsoring Pinot to Picasso this year!

 

Tickets for Pinot to Picasso are $125 for a Taster (event) ticket and $300 for a Tombola entry. Sponsorship tickets are available for $500, $1,000, and $2,500. Purchase tickets online at artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777 x 109.

 

A committee of creative artists and designers will transform raw commercial space into a festive, multi-dimensional party environment, and in addition to the displayed Tombola art, guests will have the opportunity to create art on site. The theme of this year’s event is “ARTronix,” merging the arts with the modern aesthetics of technology. Providing dance music for the event is DJ Darius.

 

“Pinot to Picasso is a unique opportunity for guests to mingle with local artists in a cocktail party setting exposing their work to new audiences,” said, Jeff Nathanson, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Executive Director. “We are pleased this ‘art party’ remains so popular and attracts a diverse group of people from the Princeton area and beyond.”

 

Attendees may preview the donated artwork by visiting the online Tombola Gallery on artscouncilofprinceton.org and at the Art Council’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts from April 21-27 with a special Preview Opening Reception on Thursday, April 21 at 5pm. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777. Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages and at metered parking spots along Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place.

 

Revenue raised from Pinot to Picasso contributes in part to the Arts Council’s Anne Reeves Fund, which supports Community Arts initiatives and the Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Generous contributors to this event include corporate sponsors Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, SureTech, Bai Brands, and Wells Fargo Private Bank.

 

The Arts Council of Princeton, 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, designed by architect Michael Graves, 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 a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.

 

Waldorf School of Princeton Announces Annual May Fair Featuring Live Music, Local Eats, Children's Activities

The Waldorf School of Princeton welcomes spring with its annual May Fair,
Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A rain-or-shine, community-wide celebration, May Fair features live music, healthy foods and imaginative activities for children and their families, all on its 20-acre campus minutes from downtown Princeton. The fair also hosts a marketplace for local artisans and independent merchants, and offers opportunities to learn more about school and summer camp programs. 
 
In addition to the traditional Maypole dance offered by Waldorf students, this year's May Fair features an assortment of ticketed activities such as a treasure dig and fairy tea house. Enjoy browsing the market for jewelry, woolens, handmade toys, and more. The Folk Tale Puppets troupe will present "The Queen Bee" at 3 p.m. in Hagens Hall.
 
Each year, the community anticipates May Fair, which coincides with the end of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's Screen-Free Week, as a favorite unplugged experience for the whole family.
 
Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available onsite as well as along Coppervail Court. For more information, contact Jamie Quirk at 609-466-1970, x112, or e-mail events@princetonwaldorf.org.

The Waldorf School of Princeton is New Jersey's only Waldorf school, educating the heads, hearts, and hands of children from early childhood through eighth grade. Visit the school at 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, or online at www.princetonwaldorf.org to learn more.

 

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market Announces 2 Day Event April 2 & 3

TRENTON, N.J. – March 28, 2016 – What cities spring to mind for world-class flea markets? London, Paris, Trenton. Trenton? Move over Portobello Road and Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt, here comes the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, where on April 2 and 3, New Jersey flaneurs can get lost in a sea of hard-core creativity and one-of-a-kind objects for sale.

 

Get a custom tintype portrait of yourself taken by photographer CJ Harker using a photo process that is over 100 years old. Never got over Nintendo? Then stop by the 8bit Fusion table where Leigh Milligan has turned her Nintendo obsession into a line of wacky wearable art. Slake your thirst for unique flasks at Wrong World Ceramics’ table, where Chase Brown turns out kiln-fired liquid containers emblazoned with amazing designs and rich textures that are fully functional.

 

Harker, Milligan and Brown are just a few of the hundreds of unique vendors who fill every inch of the historic Roebling Machine Shop on South Clinton Ave. in Trenton during the new two-day version of the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each day will feature a whole new lineup of vendors, with the $5 admission good for both days. In addition to hundreds of vendors, TPRFM Founder and Director Joseph Kuzemka has curated a lineup of over a dozen food trucks each day. “Creative people, creative food, creative wares, it all adds up to a perfect way to spend your weekend,” said Kuzemka.

 

For off-beat, out-of-step, lovingly-crafted products that cannot be obtained anywhere else, the TPRFM is the place. “We deal in the realm of street art, taxidermy/bone art, pop art, decoupage, repurposed/recycled, assemblage, silkscreen art and more,” said Kuzemka. “We have makers that are creating artisanal soap and other bath and body products out of all natural, animal-friendly and vegan products; handmade jewelry makers; 3D printers, candle makers; wood carvers, you name it. You kind of have to see it to believe it,” he said.

 

As in the past, giving back to charity is an important component of the TPRFM. Kuzemka will donate a percentage of income from the event to the A-TEAM arts collective non-profit, which will also have a complementary table at the event. The event is also donating tables to other non-profits such as the Lady Margaret Animal Foundation and Eden Autism Services. Kuzemka said the TPRFM receives $1 per ATM transaction, all of which they donate back to Eden Autism Services, something the TPRFM has done for the last four events.

 

The next Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market will take place at the Historic Roebling Machine Shop, 675 S. Clinton Ave. in Trenton, on April 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with over 200 different vendors and a dozen different food trucks each day. $5 admission is good for both days. Web site: www.trentonpunkrockfleamarket.com.

 

 

JFCS Announces April Senior Programs

PRINCETON, NJ -- Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) has announced the topics for its April Senior Programs: 

 

JEWS IN THE NEWS

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction)

Join us for coffee, a nosh and lively conversation on the latest news and trends related to Jewish politics, businesses and more.  Free and open to the community.  

 

AGING IN PLACE:  HOW TO DO IT

Kosher Café East

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

This talk covers some of the issues one needs to consider when planning to age independently and safely in your own home. Presenter Melissa Sodowick, MSW, LSW is an experienced and certified geriatric care manager, working at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County in the Senior Services Department.  A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 4/8.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

 

NEW!  PRE-KOSHER CAFÉ CRAFTING

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Rd. East, Princeton Junction)

Bring your projects – knitting, crochet, scrapbooking, art supplies, crosswords, whatever you’re working on – and join us for a few hours of coffee, conversation and crafting.  We will end at 12:30pm in time for the Kosher Café West…

 

What the four children teach us

Kosher Café West                            

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Rd. East, Princeton Junction)

The wise, the wicked, the simple and the one who does not know how to ask – all these people sit with us at our Passover Seder table – and at meals throughout the year. Join Anne Berman-Waldorf for a look at what our texts teach us about dealing with different personalities.  A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by 4/8.  RSVP to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. The program is open to all and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.

 

 

The Kosher Café programs provide a kosher lunch to older adults and presents an informational speaker each month.  Meals are prepared by the Natalie and Robert Marcus Greenwood House Home for the Jewish Aged under the supervision of Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski.

 

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (501(c)(3) is a community service agency that strengthens individuals and families by empowering people to care for themselves and each other.  This is accomplished through a wide range of high quality social services and programs including therapy, information and referral, support, education and advocacy.  For further information on Jewish Family & Children’s Service and our programs, please call (609) 987-8100.

The Watershed Announces 10th Annual Stream Cleanups on April 16th & 23rd

March 17, 2016) – On April 16th and 23rd, volunteers from 11 local communities and towns will join together to make local rivers, lakes, and streams safer, cleaner, and healthier during the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association's 10th Annual Stream Cleanups. This year the Watershed Association is excited to announce its Earth Day partnership with following local communities: Plainsboro, Millstone, Cranbury, Hopewell, West Windsor, Hightstown, East Windsor, Franklin, Montgomery, Monroe, and Princeton.

 

The Watershed Association invites members of local Environmental Commissions, Department of Public Works, municipal leaders, and volunteers to meet at county specific locations.  For participation dates, times, and meet-up locations, please refer below:

 

Saturday, April 16th

Cranbury Township

9-11AM

Village Park

38 Maple Wood Ave.

 

Millstone Township

9AM-12PM

Municipal Court Bldg.

215 Millstone Rd.

 

Plainsboro Township

9AM-12PM

Lenape Trail at George Davidson Rd.

South of intersection with Plainsboro Rd.

 

Hopewell Township

1-3PM

Pennytown

Park in old lot north of QuickCheck On Rt. 31 N.

 

Franklin Township

1-3PM

Weston Canal

 

West Windsor Township

1-3PM

Port Mercer Canal House

Quaker Rd. and Province Line Rd.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 23rd

East Windsor Township

9-11AM
Etra Lake Park

Off Disbrow Hill Rd.

 

Hightstown

9-11AM
Peddie Lake Parking Lot

 

Montgomery Township

9-11AM
Montgomery Park

Off Harlingen Rd.

 

Monroe Township

1-3PM
Ahmed Farm

1405 Perrineville Rd.

 

Princeton

1-3PM
Grover Park

Behind Princeton Shopping Center

Each year thousands of pounds of trash and pollutants are washed from streets and yards into our rivers and streams, eventually flowing into New Jersey's bays and the ocean.  "It takes the combined efforts of citizens, volunteers, neighbors, and families working side by side to make a difference in cleaning up our water," said Mike Pisauro, Policy Director for the Watershed Association.  "This is a time when our community is focused on their impact to our waters.  Our wonderful volunteers take a few hours to connect with these local places and protect them," he added.  

In 2015, over 400 volunteers from these 11 different towns helped to keep our waterways safe by gathering and disposing 7,759 pounds of trash from surrounding areas. To date, the Stream Cleanups have been effective in clearing 39 short tons of trash and unwanted waste from local streams and rivers.

 

The cleanup is not only a great way to honor Earth Day (Friday, April 22nd), but also gives people a hands-on opportunity to take responsibility for their environment, to make a difference and to interact with fellow community members. To volunteer, come visit one of our locations or contact Watershed Association Policy Director, Mike Pisauro at (609) 737-3735 ext. 18 or mpisauro@thewatershed.org.  Volunteers should wear boots, long sleeves, gloves, and bring a water bottle.  Rain gear is encouraged for inclement weather, but we'll be cleaning rain or shine.  T-shirts are provided as well as water and snacks.  To learn more visit: www.thewatershed.org.

The Watershed Association thanks Bloomberg, Clean Communities, American Rivers, and Aztec Graphics for their continued support in 10 years of Earth Day Stream Cleanups.

Gretalia Hospitality Group Announces its Newest Venture Trattoria Procaccini in Princeton

For years, Osteria Procaccini customers in Kingston, Pennington and Crosswicks have enjoyed the fresh salads, hot panini and authentic pizzas made in ovens imported direct from Modena by the restaurants’ owners, Gretalia Hospitality Group.  “Customers love this concept,” says John Procaccini, an owner of Gretalia. “But they are always asking us to add pasta to the menu. So now we are creating a new restaurant just for them!”

 

The mission of Gretalia Hospitality Group across its family of restaurants is a simple one: to create homemade dishes that are all natural, from the freshest ingredients. This honors the long tradition of the owners’ family recipes. Owner Procaccini says “Everything we do comes from our family’s love of Italian traditions and specialties, and each of our unique dishes reflects our admiration for true artisan techniques. We are always looking for more opportunities to share our family’s traditions with our extended family—the customers.”

 

Trattoria Procaccini will be an authentic Italian trattoria: offering a wider selection than an osteria, but not as formal as a ristorante. The menu of Trattoria Procaccini will feature garden-fresh soups and salads, perennial favorites like the owner’s Mamma’s meatballs, papardelle Bolognese and vegetarian favorite cacio e pepe (pasta tossed with cheese and pepper), plus healthful but flavorful chicken dishes.

 

The owners envision a friendly place for eating any day or night of the week and also for special events and date nights. Families will enjoy that the restaurant has a children’s menu. “In this past year, I’ve become more focused on eating healthfully and this will be a “Natural Italian Kitchen” with farm-to-table offerings so you know your family is getting food that is safe and delicious,”says the owner.

 

Gretalia explored numerous concepts to express the commitment to freshness, thinking it would open a new restaurant solely based on that. “Our customers kept clamoring for an Osteria with pasta and changing entrees, as well as a moderate price point lunch menu,” says Procaccini. “So we listened to our customers and are transforming North End Bistro’s great location to hone in on what we do best: giving the authentic tradition new life. I’m terrifically excited to bring authentic Italian food in this style to Princeton. I see it as a way to help families grow together.”

 

The restaurant that Gretalia is transforming into the new venture is located at 354 Nassau Street at the corner of Harrison. It is in the same complex as the Whole Earth Center, which also caters to foodies who prize healthful eating and good flavor. Trattoria Procaccini will offer reservations on OpenTable.com and will offer a take-out service as well. The restaurant will also have free parking, a rarity in Princeton. For more information, customers should visit www.trattoriaprocaccini.com.

 

In addition to operating Osteria Procaccini in Kingston, Pennington and Crosswicks, Gretalia Hospitality Group operates Dolceria (gelato and desserts) and Porta Via (take-out panini and salads) in Princeton and PJ’s Pancake House on Nassau Street and in West Windsor.

Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment Announces 2016 Honorees

he Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment is pleased to announce the annual Giving Back, Stepping Forward Afternoon Tea on May 15, 2016, 2:30 PM at the Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrence Road,  Lawrenceville NJThe Giving Back, Stepping Forward Tea recognizes community and business leaders who have, over many years, worked to improve education, business, and promote better access to healthcare training and careers.  These leaders have been advocates, often overcoming challenges themselves in order to give back.  At the same time this tea establishes a path for obtaining training and continuing education and mentoring through our scholarship program.

The 2016 honorees are Elsie Pilgrim, RN, Pioneering Nurse, Sa Mut Angela Scott, CEO, Mama Yoga's Wellness, Community Education Partner and Dr. Joseph Youngblood, Dean and Vice President, Thomas Edison State University , Education/Community Business Leader.   The Wind Beneath My Wings award is being presented to Jeffrey Robins and the Family Guidance Corporation for their continuous and enabling support over the past ten years.

 

We are actively looking for sponsorships which will be used to create scholarship opportunities.  Call 609-388-1867 or e-mail iwwweinfo@gmail.com for more information.

 
Gloria B. Frederick, Ph.D., Executive Director
Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment
P.O. Box 7869
West Trenton, NJ  08628

PNRA Announces 2016 Mercer Lake Regatta Schedule

In 2016, National Champions will be crowned, Olympians and Paralympians will be made and thousands of athletes will have a chance to test their ability to row at Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park. The Princeton National Rowing Association ("PNRA") will host 10 major events including two national championships, Olympic/Paralympic/World Championship trials, and several regional and conference championships on Mercer Lake this year.  The Mercer County Park rowing venue has been characterized as "arguably one of the best regatta courses in the country" by USRowing.  The fairness of the course and the level of regattas bring people from around the country to compete and watch rowing competition.  These events provide over $10 million of economic impact to the region each year according to studies performed by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and PNRA.

 

"PNRA has worked hard to develop a race course and overall regatta experience that is nationally recognized as being one of the best. It's exciting to be the host venue for so many prominent events this spring" stated Events Manager, Hilary Gehman.  "The Mercer County Park facilities and the great volunteers in the area have allowed us to build this reputation."

 

2016 marks the third year that PNRA has hosted the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship Regatta.  The IRA scheduled for June 3-5, 2016, is the National Championship for the collegiate open men, lightweight men and lightweight women which are not NCAA championship sports.  First raced in 1870, the IRA National Championship came into its current form in 1895 and figures prominently in the bestselling book "Boys In The Boat." Last year saw the University of Washington edging out California-Berkeley and Princeton for the open men's championship with Cornell and Stanford taking the lightweight men's and lightweight women's National Championships respectively.

 

USRowing's Youth National Championship will take place June 10-12.  This event brings together the top scholastic and club teams from throughout the United States to crown the National Champion in 18 different events.  Last year's Youth National Championship Sarasota, FL, featured 163 teams from 39 states.  PNRA's Mercer Junior Program will work toward improving last year's second place finish as they compete on their home course.

 

PNRA's Mercer Junior Rowing Programs will also be competing in the Mercer Lake Sprints, April 16-17 and the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships, May 7-8.  Both of these events are for high school aged athletes representing both clubs and scholastic programs.  The Mercer Lake Sprints will bring 2,500 athletes from as far away as Georgia and Illinois to compete in the two day event.  New in 2016 is the Sweep Sprint Championship Event. This will be the last event of the regatta on Sunday and will be limited to the top 6 teams. Teams will be selected based on performance in their Women's Varsity 8, Men's Varsity 8, Women's Varsity 4, and Men's Varsity 4. Each of these 4 boats will race 500 meters in relay style to determine the overall Sweep Sprint Champion.  The Mid-Atlantic Championships will feature approximately 1,500 athletes and serve as the qualifying event for the 2016 USRowing Youth National Championships.

 

The Knecht Cup scheduled for April 9-10, is one of the largest collegiate regattas in the country. This regatta is a 2 day collegiate regatta that attracts 70 teams from as far away as San Diego, CA, and Florida.  On May 15, the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and Ivy League will share Mercer Lake for their Conference Championships.  The winners of each of the conference championships will earn a berth at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships.

 

As a U.S.A. Olympic Training Site, PNRA will host 3 sets of trials races to select teams for international competition in 2016.  On April 6-7, PNRA hosts the trials to select the USA Paralympic TA2x team that will compete in Gavarate, Italy, in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic regatta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 9-12.  June 20-22 will see the trials for the US Olympic Rowing Team pairs (2-) to determine who will represent the Unites States in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, August 6-14.  The teams for the Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships will be selected in races scheduled for July 18-22.  The Championship will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, August 20-28. 

 

The Mercer Lake race course will also host several smaller dual races between the programs that row out of the Caspersen Rowing Center.  Among these is the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championship on May 14.

 

The 2016 calendar is as follows:

April 6-7: US Paralympic TA2X Team Trials.

April 9-10: Knecht Cup

April 16-17: Mercer Lake Sprints.

May 7-8: USRowing Mid-Atlantic Junior Regionals.

May 14: Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championships.

May 15: Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships and Ivy League conference Championships

June 3-5: Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships.

June 10-12: USRowing Youth National Championships.

June 20-22: Olympic Trials II (2- trials)

July 18-22: Junior/U23/Senior World Championship Trials.

November 5-6: Collegiate Small Boat Championship

November 12-13: Frostbite and Braxton Regatta Regattas

 

Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Events Manager Hilary Gehman at hgehman@rowpnra.org or call 609-799-7100 x106 for more information.

 

About the Princeton National Rowing Association

The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey.  The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation's elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs.  PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA has received generous support from Wells Fargo Investment Advisors Gould Group, JLRacing and Killarney's Publick House.

 

For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-977-1094, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

 

New Full Merit Scholarships Announced at Princeton Montessori School

Princeton Montessori School announces the Explorer and the Scholar Merit Awards for new students entering first through sixth grades.

The Trustees of Princeton Montessori School are pleased to announce two new 100% merit-based scholarships open to a limited number of new students entering first to seventh grade.

The scholarships will be renewed annually through eighth grade. Applications are available on the Princeton Montessori School website and should be submitted by March 15, 2016.

Dr. Montessori’s method is time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.  Her tenants and practices, now popular in many of today’s educational models,  have been promoted by noted educators and scientists across time and place.

Montessori education provides children with opportunities to develop their full potential; they are encouraged to become engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.

Scholarship application materials can be found online at https://princetonmontessori.org/admissions/scholarship/

Families are welcome to set up an appointment to visit the school and learn more about these two new scholarships any weekday.

 

Zoe for President: New Candidate Announces Her Run for Commander in Chief In 2064

Princeton, NJ — Today YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the Princeton Family YMCA launched Zoe for President, a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation's Commander in Chief...in 2064.  The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they're nurtured properly and supported along the way. Through Y initiatives like childcare, academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep, job training, and more, kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president. The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.

 

Like all candidates, Zoe has her own campaign website, ZoeForPresident.net (www.ZoeForPresident.net), where users can donate to her campaign, watch videos to learn her stance on issues and shop for swag. When users donate to Zoe's campaign, they are donating to their local Y and supporting the programs and services that enable kids like Zoe to thrive from childhood through retirement.

 

"While Zoe for President is a breath of fresh air during a heated campaign cycle, every child— regardless of background—needs support and guidance to reach their full potential," said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA. "Zoe's campaign addresses actual issues that America's communities are faced with each day like access to early childhood education, safe space, meal assistance, and the Y's role in solving the challenges head on."

 

Zoe for President is the second phase of the Y's For a better us™ campaign, a multi-year, multi-faceted effort to engage more people with the Y and its mission as a nonprofit.  Earlier this year, the Y launched two powerful television commercials, Places, and Idle Hands, each spotlighting a different problem communities in America face today.  Both spots closed with the Y's nonprofit work on the ground, engaging and enriching kids and families through safe spaces, mentorship, education, meal programs and more.

 

"The Y works to ensure all kids have the support they need to achieve their full potential," said Denise Soto, Development and Communications Director, Princeton Family YMCA. "We work here in Princeton to provide services addressing our most critical social issues such as addressing the achievement gap with programs like Princeton Young Achievers which provides homework assistance and educational support daily after school to 80 children in Kindergarten through 5th grade; and our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program which helps cancer survivors regain their strength after treatment.

 

Those interested in donating to the Princeton Family YMCA can visit ZoeForPresident.net or call 609-497-9622 x209.

 

About the Y

 

The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofit strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.princetonymca.org

“Mercer County Artists” Award Winners Announced; Exhibit on Display at MCCC Gallery through March 24

West Windsor, N.J. – A colorful and creative feast for the eyes greeted more than 100 artists, their supporters, students and county officials who turned out for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for “Mercer County Artists 2016” on February 24.  The exhibit is on display through March 24 at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  (The gallery will be closed for Spring Break, March 14 to 18.)

The show features 69 works by 55 artists in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as mixed media collages and 18 sculptures.

Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe announced the award winners with fellow presenters Pat Colavita, Jr., Mercer County Freeholder, and Tricia Fagan of the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. “This exhibit once again affirms the wealth of talent and ingenuity that surrounds us," Wolfe observed. "Our art community inspires us to see the beauty in even the simplest things." Wolfe curated the show with the assistance of MCCC student volunteers.

Wolfe thanked juror Jesse Vincent, Education Coordinator at Artworks Trenton, for immersing herself in a challenging jurying process.  “There were many tough choices.  Jesse strove to create an exhibit that reflected multiple mediums and subjects.” Vincent selected from 215 pieces submitted by 121 artists. Wolfe also acknowledged the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission for its continuing support of the exhibit, which selected three paintings for the permanent collection of county created, county owned artwork.  Also on hand was Ailyn Green, Executive Director of the West Windsor Arts Council, who presented awards to West Windsor artists.

Janis Purcell, of East Windsor, was the recipient of The Best in Show Award, sponsored by Blick Art Materials, for “Diva,” a wood and mixed media sculpture inspired by African art.  Juror’s Choice Awards went to Chris Cooper, of Lawrenceville, for “Self-Portrait” and Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser, of Lawrenceville, for “That Night.”  Honorable Mentions went to Joseph Dougherty, of Pennington, for “Stick”; Roseann Kanter, of Lawrenceville, for “Leopard”; and Lucretia McGuff-Silverman, of Roosevelt, for “Winter Road at Sunset.”  Mercer County Purchase Awards were presented to John Brecko, of Ewing, for “Daybreak”; Sean Carney, of Ewing, for “First Snow”; and Leni Morante, of Mercerville, for “Van Cumpen Brook – Delaware Water Gap.” West Windsor Arts Council's prizes were presented to Allison Singer, of Princeton Junction, for “Deep in the Park” and Andrew Werth, of Princeton Junction, for “Sierpinski Squared.”

Photos are available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156598158145302.1073741985.176024195301&type=3

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Wednesday hours extended until 7 p.m.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. Directions and gallery hours are available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.

YMCA and YWCA Announce Reorganization of Paul Robeson Place Campus

Princeton, NJ - Princeton Family YMCA and YWCA Princeton have been community partners for more than 60 years.  For many, it will not be a surprise that a group of volunteer board members from both organizations have been working for almost two years to devise a plan that will redefine their services.  The reality is that over time, as the respective organizations' national missions have developed and expanded, the two non-profits have been challenged by managing similar services in shared facilities.   "The good news is that after a lot of thoughtful and dedicated work on the part of many," YWCA CEO Judy Hutton explained, "we have developed a solid plan that will refocus our programming by reorganizing our campus -- so we can continue to enrich the quality of life for everyone in our community."

"The reorganization will clearly divide the YMCA and YWCA buildings, which will reduce some of the confusion that many of us have experienced," said Kate Bech, CEO of the Princeton Family YMCA.  The YWCA will repurpose the one-story Program Building on the corner of Bayard Lane and Paul Robeson Place. This building is adjacent to Bramwell House, the property purchased and endowed by the Friends of the YWCA in 1975.  Concurrently, the YMCA will take over the Athletic Building on Paul Robeson Place that houses the indoor swimming pool, the Dodge Gymnasium, and the recently updated Jim and Nancye Fitzpatrick Wellness Center, as well as the adjacent field.

YMCA Board Chairman Paul Biondi and YWCA President Heather Kisilywicz, along with a team of volunteer leaders, have worked closely to achieve this agreement.  "We wanted to ensure that both organizations have what they need to be sustainable and thrive into the future," said Kisilywicz.  Biondi added that the new arrangement will give each non-profit the opportunity to put even more resources toward mission-driven initiatives.  "While the YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women," he noted, "the YMCA's cause is to strengthen the foundations of community with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility."

The two organizations have been working since 2007 to reduce duplication and confusion for the community.  In 2008, Judy Hutton and Kate Bech and a volunteer task group started the process, resulting in the YWCA taking over the dance programs, and the YMCA charged with offering fitness and youth sports.

"This next step is really an extension of those earlier conversations.  All of our programs will continue, with just a handful under new management.  By September 2016, the YWCA will oversee all preschool childcare programs on the campus in the Program Building, and the YMCA will manage the aquatics, sports and summer day camp programs in the Athletic Building and adjacent field," Hutton explained. 

"This is a major achievement for both organizations, and we are very excited by our collective potential to engage our members and community better, and have even more impact with our respective missions," added Ms. Bech.

The clearly-divided property will also allow for facility management modeled by condominium associations. This will provide opportunities for each organization to invest in capital improvements to develop and expand programming and respond to community needs more effectively.

The transition period will begin in June and be completed by September.  Those looking for more information can visit each organization's respective web site:  www.ywcaprinceton.org, www.princetonymca.org, or follow the social media pages on Facebook and Twitter (#ywcaprinceton, #princetonymca.)

 

Princeton Academy Announces New Director of Summer Programs

Princeton Academy Announces New Director of Summer Programs

Princeton, NJ (February 23, 2016) - Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is proud to announce the appointment of Kristen Dabrowski as its new director of summer programs. Dabrowski attended Stuart Country Day School, Franklin & Marshall College, The British-American Drama Academy and Oxford School of Drama (UK). She has taught English, Drama and Film at Convent of the Sacred Heart, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Montclair State University, The Dalton School, Franklin High School, School of Fashion Industries, East Side Middle School, PS 58, McCarter Theatre and The Actors Institute. For eight years, she was the associate director of Creative Arts & Athletics Camp in New York City. Dabrowski is also the author of 25 theatre books for children and teens published by Smith & Kraus, and worked for several years in publishing at Princeton University Press and John Wiley & Sons. She is a member of Actors' Equity and Dramatists Guild.   

"It is an honor to announce that Kristen will be joining the Princeton Academy team as our new director of summer programs. Her impressive experience and background will bring our program to even greater heights - it is going to be an exciting summer at the Academy!" states Headmaster Rik Dugan.

Dabrowski echoes Dugan's enthusiasm, "I am thrilled to bring my eight years of experience running a summer camp in New York City to the beautiful, 50 acre grounds at Princeton Academy. We want children to have a place where they feel at home and where they are constantly growing. Campers can indulge in their favorite activities and discover skills they never knew they had. This is going to be an action-packed and adventure-filled summer!"

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in kindergarten through grade 8. Our summer camp is for boys and girls between the ages of five and fourteen. Camps begin in June and run through August. To learn more about Princeton Academy Summer Camp, please visit www.princetonacademy.org.

 

Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School Director, Announces Retirement After 35 Years of Service and Leadership

Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School Director,  Announces Retirement After 35 Years of Service and Leadership

(New Brunswick/Princeton, N.J.) – American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School announce the retirement of school director Mary Pat Robertson. Ms. Robertson began teaching at Princeton Ballet School in 1980, and became director in 1986. She is only the third director in the school’s 62-year history. While a nationwide search for a new director is underway, Ms. Robertson will continue in her position through June 2016 to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

 

According to Patrick Bradley, Chair of the organization’s Board of Trustees, “Princeton Ballet School has been guided by Mary Pat’s extraordinary leadership for 30 years. The steadiness, depth of instruction and overall stewardship she provided made Princeton Ballet School one of the most highly regarded dance schools in the nation.”

 

“Mary Pat’s tenure at Princeton Ballet School has been transcendent,” says Vanessa Logan, Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School. “The commitment demonstrated across her career is unrivaled, and her reputation second to none. The Princeton Ballet School family, from the children to the parents to her peers, will miss her valued leadership. We all wish her continued happiness in retirement.”

 

During her 30-year tenure as director, she helped Princeton Ballet School achieve a national and international reputation, especially for its Summer Intensive program. Other significant achievements include the creation of a complete ballet syllabus unique to the school; the successful application to the U.S. Government to be recognized as a school which can accept foreign students for advanced study; and the Trainee Program, an apprenticeship program that links Princeton Ballet School with its affiliated professional company, American Repertory Ballet. Ms. Robertson helped establish the Princeton Ballet School/Rider University program, unique of its kind in the United States, which provides Rider students with access to a degree in dance in part through classes taken at Princeton Ballet School. Additionally, Ms. Robertson has continued to teach and share her love of the art with generations of young dancers.

 

Educated at Wellesley and Stanford, Ms. Robertson moved to Princeton in 1980 after several years of study and performance in New York City. She started teaching for Princeton Ballet School immediately, while also teaching at Princeton University, New York University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and the Lawrenceville and Peddie Schools. Ms. Robertson was founding director of Teamwork Dance, a modern dance repertory company, and has choreographed work for numerous New Jersey arts organizations, including Opera New Jersey, Opera Festival of NJ, Princeton Pro Musica and VOICES. She has been the recipient of a Choreographic Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, and has been honored by the Arts Council of Princeton and the U.S. Congress for her service to the field. She has also been a consultant to NJPAC, the New York State Council on the Arts and Education Testing Service.

 

“It has been a great pleasure to have been able to work with so many talented colleagues and young dancers over the years,” says Ms. Robertson. “I delight in seeing my former students dancing with our company, as well as with New York City Ballet and a multitude of other groups, and I also am so happy to know that others are finding fulfillment in their lives, both through participating in the arts or enjoying them. I look forward to continuing my contributions to the arts in this vibrant community in many ways.”

 

“I have had the great pleasure of working closely with Mary Pat Robertson as both educator and director for over 22 years,” says Douglas Martin, American Repertory Ballet’s Artistic Director. “She is highly respected, nationally and internationally, as an educator and the director of one of the largest ballet schools in the country, and I am proud to have worked alongside her to help produce one of the most respected training grounds for professional dancers as well as for dance lovers. Mary Pat has been an inspiration to generations of students and will be dearly missed by all of us.”

 

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. It currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age three, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, CardioBallet and CoMBo (Conditioning for the Mind and Body). Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the United States and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway.

 

For more information about Princeton Ballet School, please visit: https://www.americanrepertoryballet.org/PBS/Princeton-Ballet-School

For more information about American Repertory Ballet, please visit: https://www.americanrepertoryballet.org/ARB/American-Repertory-Ballet

 

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.

Woman's Club of Cranbury Announce $2,000 Scholarship for Women

The Woman's Club of Cranbury is offering a $2,000 Woman's Scholarship for a woman returning to school and pursuing postsecondary education.  The deadline for applying is April 30, 2016.  The commitment to further education for a woman who is pursuing post-secondary education after having experienced a time away from attending school fulfills the mission of The Woman's Club of Cranbury by making a difference in the lives of women and helping them to increase their opportunities to grow and support themselves and their families. This award is based on financial need as well as the applicant being able to define her goal in seeking further education. We are looking forward to having applicants that will value our Club's commitment to further education.  The application for this scholarship is found on the Cranbury Woman's Club web site; www.womansclubofcranbury.org
 
The completed application should be mailed by April 30, 2016 to The Woman's Club of Cranbury, Attn: Woman's Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box.  If you need further information, call 609-395-0314.

American Repertory Ballet Announces Spring Performance Season

(New Brunswick, N.J.) –American Repertory Ballet is pleased to announce it spring performance season. Performing at venues across the state of New Jersey, the company, led by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, will once again present the finest ballet available to the residents of New Jersey and beyond. Tickets to all performances are currently available.

Titles included in this season is:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friday March 18 at noon (school-time performance) and Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 3 p.m. Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, N.J.
  • Spring Into Dance, Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Sate, Rahway, N.J.
  • Masters of Dance & Music, Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J.
  • Echoes of Russian Ballet, Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. State Theatre, New Brunswick, N.J.

 

 

PERFORMANCE DETAILS:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin's full-length ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, premiered last spring to high praise. Set to an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet brings to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Featuring colorful choreography, costumes and sets, the story portrays the weaving tales of cunning fairies, quarreling lovers and a hilariously amateur acting group as their paths cross in a magical forest.

 

Spring Into Dance: American Repertory Ballet returns to Hamilton Stage with a variety of thrilling works. It is an incredible opportunity to see this world-class troupe of professional dancers up close in this lovely, intimate venue performing highlights from the company’s full season!

 

Masters of Dance & Music: American Repertory Ballet returns to McCarter Theatre to present works created by masters of ballet and modern dance, featuring music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alexander Glazunov. A world premiere by American Repertory Ballet Resident Choreographer Mary Barton will travel through Beethoven’s creative process against the majestic musical landscape of his infamous Symphony No. 7, played live by the Princeton University Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt. Glazunov Variations, choreographed by renowned choreographer and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Kirk Peterson, is a highly technical work danced to sections of Glazunov’s music for the classical ballet Raymonda. Alongside this classical ballet, American Repertory Ballet will showcase There is a Time, a deeply evocative work by José Limón, a true pioneer in modern dance and choreography.

 

Echoes of Russian Ballet: With Echoes of Russian Ballet, American Repertory Ballet presents an evening of ballets inspired by infamous, revolutionary works that the legendary Ballets Russes brought to America in the early 20th century. The ambitious program features: Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s Firebird, set to a compelling score by Stravinsky, Martin's Rite of Spring, also set to music by Stravinsky, and Kirk Peterson’s Afternoon of a Faun (L'après-midi d'un faune), set to Debussy's provocative score. This performance recommended for ages 13 and up due to limited mature themes.

 


American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and beyond through artistic and educational programs, presented by a financially responsible organization.

For more information about American Repertory Ballet please visit: www.arballet.org

 

 

 

 

NSMS Announces Students Performing in Carnegie Hall

Four students from The New School for Music Study will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m.  These students are winners of the Music Development Program's Tri-State Certificate of Excellence.  Each of these four students received the highest marks for their respective exam level in the May 2015 assessments of the Music Development Program.  The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

 

Henry Banta, a 13-year-old student at Franklin Middle School, has studied the piano for 4.5 years and will perform L'adieu, Op.100 No.12, by Johann Friedrich Burgmüller.

 

Daanial Haris, 11, is a student at the Noor-ul-Iman school in Monmouth Junction and has studied the piano for four years.  He will play Midnight Escapade by Melody Bober.

 

Kristina Khaw, a sophomore at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, has been studying piano for 10 years and will play Song Without Words Opus 30 No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn.

 

In addition to the Tri-State Certificate of Excellence, Nina Austria has been awarded the National Medal for achieving the highest Level 5 score in the country.  Thirteen-year-old Nina attends Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and is in her seventh year of piano study.  She will play selected Romanian Dances by Bartok.

 

The teachers of these four students include Marvin Blickenstaff, Kristin Cahill, Emily Lau, and Denitsa VanPelt.  NSMS congratulations these students on their high achievements!

 

The New School for Music Study is one of the country's leading centers in piano education and provides a variety of programs and classes for piano students. Our school is conveniently located in the Princeton area of central New Jersey, offering piano lessons for students Somerset, Middlesex, and Mercer counties.  Lessons and classes are held in the historic district of Kingston, NJ.

 

Tribute to Women Honorees Announced by YWCA Princeton

The YWCA Princeton will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the prestigious Tribute to Women Awards on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

Tribute to Women was established by the YWCA Princeton in 1984 to honor women of excellence who live or work in the greater Princeton area, and have made significant contributions to their professions and community. More than 300 women have been honored by the YWCA through the Tribute to Women Awards program since its inception. Honorees demonstrate a high level of leadership and exceptional talent and embody YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

 

2016 Event

Karen Jezierny, Director of Public Affairs at Princeton University and Anna Lustenberg, noted Public Affairs Professional, are serving as event co-chairs. Honorees are nominated by colleagues and peers in the workplace and in the community each fall. A selection committee of past honorees, community members and YWCA staff and board evaluates all those nominated on criteria highlighted by a commitment to the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The event has grown significantly over the past three decades with nearly 500 community leaders and business representatives attending the event annually.

 

Wells Fargo has signed on as the first-ever Presenting Sponsor of this signature event. Joining Wells Fargo are Collaborating Sponsors Capital Health and PSEG and Supporting Sponsors Merrill Lynch, NJM Insurance Group, PNC and RWJUH-Hamilton. Other in-kind sponsors include Gellman Images, Global Planners Inc., Hamilton Jewelers, Hyatt Regency Princeton, Mary Harris Events, Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Company, Princetonian Graphics, Tap Snap 1011 and The Times of Trenton. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling (609) 497-2100 ext. 316.

 

This event raises crucial funds allowing YWCA Princeton to continue offering services such as English as a Second Language classes, breast cancer support, year-round bilingual nursery school, and afterschool programs to families in need in Princeton and the surrounding areas.

 

 

2016 Tribute to Women Honorees

The 2016 honorees represent women who have transformed and enriched the lives of countless individuals and organizations in their communities, leading the way for others to follow. YWCA Princeton is proud to honor and recognize them for their contributions.

 

Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award

Cecelia B. Hodges

  

Waxwood Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Doodie Meyer

Lisa Breza – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

Stacey Geurds - Mercer County Prosecutor's Office

Shannon Greco - Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Lenora Green - Educational Testing Service

Sharon Pfluger - The College of New Jersey Athletics

Jane Silverman - Jane Silverman and Associates, LLC

Elizabeth Protage Walsh - PNC Wealth Management

Marcia Wood - Trenton Community Music School

 

Professor Cecelia B. Hodges will receive the Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award. The award was established in 2009 and is given periodically to a person who has made significant contributions towards the goal of racial justice and equality, a key mission of YWCAs across the country. Doodie Meyer, President of Meyer Educational Consultants, will receive the Waxwood Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor the YWCA Princeton bestows upon a person and is given to a woman who, over the course of many years, has made a truly distinguished contribution to the YWCA.

 

Sponsorships/ Honoree Acknowlegements/ Tickets

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available by calling Nancy Faherty at 609-497-2100 ext. 316. To add a congratulatory message or place an advertisement in the program book in honor of the award recipients, please contact Joanne McGann at (609) 497-2100 ext. 333 by February 8. Tickets to the Awards Dinner will go on sale January 19.  The cost is $150 per person. Reserved full and half tables are also available. Price per ticket increases by $25 after February 18, 2016. For more information on this event, visit www.ywcaprinceton.org/tribute.

 

Media Coverage

For additional information about the YWCA Princeton’s Tribute to Women Awards Dinner, honoree photographs, to set up an interview, or to attend on March 3 to cover the event,  please contact Arthi Tamilselvam, at (609) 497-2100 ext. 343 or by email at atamilselvam@ywcaprinceton.org.

 

YWCA Princeton

Established in 1922, the YWCA Princeton is a local not-for-profit organization with thousands of members. It serves Mercer County and Central NJ through educational and recreational classes, social services, advocacy, and leadership development. Programs include summer camps, aquatics, arts and crafts, breast cancer resources, community events, dance, early childhood education, English as a Second Language, martial arts, American Red Cross and lifeguard certification classes, and Newcomers group for those new to the area. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world with affiliates in over 120 countries and with 250 associations in the U.S. It is a safe community building strong women leaders, empowering women, and eliminating racism. For more information, call (609) 497-2100 ext.316 or visit www.ywcaprinceton.org.

 

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Announces PSO BRAVO! Masterclass Offered in New Partnership with Westminster Conservatory

Princeton Symphony Orchestra  Announces PSO BRAVO! Masterclass Offered in New Partnership  with Westminster Conservatory
Henry Crocker of Montgomery High School

Princeton, NJ — The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announces a new PSO BRAVO! masterclass partnership with Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of the Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. The orchestra’s Saturday, January 23, 2-5 pm PSO BRAVO! Master It! class with PSO principal horn player Douglas Lundeen is the first of a series of masterclasses to be offered in partnership with the Conservatory. The masterclass is open to the general public, and will be held at the Westminster Choir College’s newly refurbished Robert L. Annis Playhouse. Attendees will observe four horn students from area schools as they are coached by Mr. Lundeen on polishing repertoire pieces for performance. The students are Elizabeth Ferrara of Thomas Grover Middle School; Matthew Li, of Crossroads Middle School South; Katrina Luo of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South; and Henry Crocker of Montgomery High School.

 

“PSO masterclasses are opportunities for young musicians to receive guidance and insights from internationally renowned guest artists and orchestra members,” said PSO Executive Director Marc Uys. “Joining forces with the Westminster Conservatory will allow us to present these events - fascinating afternoons for participants and audience alike - more frequently. This will benefit the entire Princeton area.”

 

PSO BRAVO! Master It! horn coach Douglas Lundeen is equally at home as a soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician on the modern horn. He is also well known as a performer on the valveless natural horn. Since winning First Prize in the Natural Horn Division of the 1987 American Horn Competition, he has gone on to play principal horn with leading period instrument orchestras in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Montréal, Boston, and Washington, D.C, and has recordings on the Sony, Koch, Titanic, Centaur, and Musical Heritage Society labels. Dr. Lundeen is principal horn of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and is Associate Professor of Horn and Chair of Performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He received his doctorate of musical arts from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he was a student of Lowell Greer.

 

The student musicians selected by their teachers to participate in the masterclass are:

 

Elizabeth Ferrara (11), 6th grade at Thomas Grover Middle School
Performance Piece: Koepke – La Chasse
Elizabeth has been playing horn since she was nine. She performs with her school’s sixth and seventh grade bands and the Grover Pops. In addition to the French horn, she plays the piano, sings, dances, and is involved in theater. EJ comes from a long line of musicians and may possibly be a fourth generation band director one day. She is currently a student of Shannon Ferrara.

 

Matthew Li (12), 7th grade at Crossroads Middle School South
Performance Piece: Ostransky – Two Outdoor Scenes
Matthew has been playing the French horn since the 4th grade and is currently a member of Wind Ensemble in his school. He played in the Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey Park last year. He was inspired to play music by his brother who was the drum major of the South Brunswick High School marching band. He is currently a student of Craig Levesque.

 

Katrina Luo (17), 12th grade at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
Performance Piece: Dukas – Villanelle
Katrina is a senior in her school’s Wind Ensemble. She has played in the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey and the Bravura Youth Orchestra. This year will be her third year in the New Jersey Region II Orchestra. Although originally a pianist and a flutist, she is now settled on French horn. In the future, she hopes she can continue her musical activity in college while pursuing a career in engineering. She has studied with Shannon Ferrara for six years.

 

Henry Crocker (17), 12th grade at Montgomery High School
Performance Pieces: Schumann – Adagio (from Adagio and Allegro) and Françaix – Canon in Octave
Henry has been playing French horn for 7 years. He is a member of his high school’s Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Marching Band, and is Principal Horn in the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. He has also played in pit orchestras for school musical productions and in the Youth Orchestra of the Princeton Opera Alliance. He currently studies with Dr. Craig Levesque at Westminster Conservatory, where he is also a Young Artist in the Conservatory’s Honors Music Program.

 

The PSO BRAVO! Master It! masterclass with Douglas Lundeen is free and open to the public. Reservations for free tickets can be made online at princetonsymphony.org and by phone at (609) 497-0020.

 

The PSO encourages masterclass participants and attendees to purchase tickets to the March 13 Beholding Brahms concert, Sunday, March 13, 4 pm at Richardson Auditorium. Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, which contains prominent solo passages for horn, is featured on the program alongside works by Sibelius and Caroline Shaw. Tickets are available at princetonsymphony.org.

 

 

ABOUT PSO BRAVO! EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed PSO BRAVO! education programs reach more than 10,000 students each year. Meet the Orchestra! establishes PSO musicians in teaching partnerships at more than 30 public, private, and special-needs elementary schools throughout Central New Jersey, and stages full-orchestra performances for elementary school students each spring. At the middle school level, Listen Up! invites students to attend Classical Series concerts and create visual art and literary works in response to the music they hear. Through Master It!, advanced high school and college instrumentalists participate in public masterclasses with world-renowned artists. In October 2011, in partnership with the Princeton University Art Museum, PSO BRAVO! presented the first Festival of Music and Art, an afternoon of cultural activities for families to enjoy together. From kindergarten through college, PSO BRAVO! inspires the next generation of musicians and audiences.

 

The PSO offers deep discounts to BRAVO! families to encourage attendance at the orchestra’s Classical Series concerts. Currently, over 35 area schools participate in PSO BRAVO! programs. While all these programs are offered at no cost to the schools and families, they are not free to produce, manage, and administer.  PSO BRAVO! is funded privately through foundations and individual donations. If you’d like to show support, consider a gift via princetonsymphony.org/support.

 

 

About the Princeton Symphony Orchestra

 

Whether performing classical masterworks, introducing music by modern-day masters, or hosting students at their first live orchestral performance, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey’s finest music organizations. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest quality, as well as lectures and other events to complement these concerts. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and innovative education programs, carried out in partnerships with local schools and arts organizations. With considerable community support and funding for excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ highest honors. In addition, the PSO has been recognized for its commitment to new music with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University. Find the PSO online at www.princetonsymphony.org; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/princetonsymphony; and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/psomusic.

 

School of Rock Announces SPRING SHOW SIGN-UPS

That moment you've been waiting for is upon us! Sign ups open this Sunday, December 20 at 12:00pm!
Click the button below to access the sign up form and rehearsal/show info!
 
SPRING 2016 SHOWS

Princeton Day School Announces New Interdisciplinary Couse on Raritan River

Princeton Day School Announces New Interdisciplinary Couse on Raritan River
Pictured here are PDS photojournalism students at the Raritan with photographer teacher Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick

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.

 

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 www.JerseyGiveBackGuide.org and get busy giving!

    
 

HSP Announces Izzy Kasdin as New Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

HSP Announces Izzy Kasdin as New Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is pleased to announce the hiring of Isabel (Izzy) Kasdin as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.

 

Overseeing all collections management operations, Izzy is also responsible for establishing and enforcing HSP's collecting priorities. She also plans, researches, and executes all of HSP's exhibitions, on-site and in other area businesses and locations. As an overall advocate for HSP's holdings, Izzy is passionate about centering HSP's programming and public presence around its incredible collections in innovative and unexpected ways.

 

"Izzy has arrived at HSP at the perfect time," said Executive Director Erin Dougherty. "As we launch our exciting new headquarters at Updike Farmstead in January, Izzy is already putting her great knowledge, experience, and love of Princeton history to use in our moves and future plans."

 

Izzy earned her BA in History at Princeton University, where she focused some of her independent work on local Princeton histories. In addition to graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Izzy received the prestigious Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, as well as the Lawrence Hutton Prize in History and the C.O. Joline Prize in American History. She recently earned a Masters degree (MPhil) in Archaeological Heritage and Museums at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

 

While attending Princeton High School, Izzy volunteered as a docent in HSP's museum at Bainbridge House and served as Research Assistant in 2014.

 

"I am thrilled to be back at the Historical Society in this new role," said Kasdin. "Working as a high school docent at HSP is what cultivated in me a passion for museum and public history work, and interfacing with HSP visitors everyday demonstrated to me the importance and power of local history.

 

"I am so happy to be able to curate the stories of a town where I have spent so much of my life and that originally endowed me with a love of history. I feel I am truly blooming where I was planted."

 

 

Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Announced

WEST WINDSOR, N.J.— The Friends of Mercer County Parks is proud to announce the Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016. This year's five ambassadors who have achieved great accomplishments within the tennis industry and helped to expand the awareness and popularity of the sport are Bill Kurtain, Edgar Levy, Bill Mountford, Albert Stark, and Judy Vogt. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on January 23, 2016 at an awards dinner at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park.

 

"This is the first year that the Friends of Mercer County Parks will be hosting this induction dinner," said President of the Friends of Mercer County Parks Joseph Schmeltz. "We are honored to participate in this prestigious event and to recognize some of the great contributors to the game of tennis."

 

The Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame was initiated in 1992 by the Mercer County Tennis Council to recognize persons with ties to the Capital County who have made outstanding contributions to the sport. The Mercer County Tennis Council has been dissolved and the Friends of Mercer County Park have taken on the responsibility of selecting candidates who may have been recognized for their involvement in competition, education, officiating, recreation, media or industry, or for having advanced interest in tennis. Induction ceremonies are held every four years and honorees are elected by blind ballot by leader in the area's tennis community. Criteria for induction stipulate that, "The record of achievement must be balanced by a reputation that can be admired and respected. Membership is intended to represent a highly selective group." Any proceeds from the Hall of Fame dinner will be used to support Mercer County Tennis programs and events.

 

The Class of 2016 includes a USPTA Middle States Hall of Fame Member who brought the first tension fabric tennis structure to the area (Kurtain); a passionate tennis enthusiast who helped bring tennis exhibitions and activities to Mercer County (Levy, awarded posthumously); a collegiate all-conference player, challenger tour player turned tennis executive who has made his everlasting mark on tennis around the world (Mountford); an accomplished tennis player from the age of nine who went on to beat the 1963 Men's Singles Champion of Wimbledon, NJTL Board President (Stark); and a distinguished club owner, tennis coach and volunteer who has given back to the sport in so many ways (Vogt). As Hall of Fame Committee Chair, Marc Vecchiolla, commented, "This year's inductees are some of the best innovators, players and teachers of the game of tennis and they are all from Mercer County. The Hall of Fame dinner should be inspirational and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating these amazing people."

 

Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner are $80 per person. For more information or to receive an electronic invitation, please contact Marc Vecchiolla at mvecchiolla@mercercounty.org or call (609) 448-2088.

 

The Friends of Mercer County Parks is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports all the parks in Mercer County. Founded in 2013 the Friends of Mercer County Parks has helped to enhance and expand the many offering throughout that the Mercer County Park system, from programs to equipment and education of the staff.

Forrestal Village Fitness November Announcements

CLUB ONE MEMBERS PROMOTION: Forrestal Village Fitness is extending a special rate to all members of Club One. Please visit or call FVF for details. Offer expires 11/30/2015.

 

NEW MEMBER OFFER: $100 off enrollment fee for the entire month; Join with a friend and each of you save an additional $50. Offer ends November 30. 

 

REFERRAL OFFER: Refer a friend and you get a $50 credit. Your friend gets a $50 credit, too! Offer ends November 30.

 

FORMER MEMBER OFFER: This is a one-time only opportunity to re-join on a month-to-month membership with a special promotion. Call now for details! Offer ends November 30.

 

 

Sports Performance School

Forrestal Village Fitness Sports Performance School provides unparalleled sport-specific training, with a strong focus on injury prevention and confidence building. For more information on this stellar program, visit https://www.fvfitness.com/classes/sports-performance

 

 

Member Rewards Program

As part of our newly launched Member Rewards Program, you simply present your membership card to any of the many participating vendors in the Princeton area to gain access to a wide range of discounts and benefits. Visit www.fvfitness.com/membership/member-rewards for more information.

 

 

SPECIAL CLASSES

 

5-WEEK TOWER SERIES  

Begins Saturday, November 7 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join Liza McCune for a 5-week Tower Series that will combine essential mat work with the benefits of the Pilates Tower equipment. Fee involved. More details

 

FUSION FITNESS 

Wednesday, November 11 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join Marci Resnick to train every muscle in your body. Fee involved. More details.

 

RESTORATIVE YOGA 

Friday, November 20 | 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Join Forrestal Village Fitness’ nationally certified Yoga Alliance instructor, Ryah Dekis, for this yoga practice using soothing, supportive poses that allow the mind and body to rest and relax. More details

 

MINDFUL MEDITATION

Wednesday, November 25 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Join Lisa Wolfe, the only authorized Ashtanga instructor in New Jersey, to unwind and fill up with gratitude. More details

 

TURKEY DAY BOOT CAMP 

Thursday, November 26 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Marci Resnick for this extreme outdoor workout. If you are up to a test of your endurance, strength and willpower, Turkey Day Boot Camp will give you a workout that you won’t forget! Meet at Studio 1.

 

TURKEY BURNER SPIN 

Thursday, November 26 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  

Spin away those turkey dinner calories in the AM and enjoy the rest of the day, guilt free! Friends are welcome! More Details

 

90-MINUTE SPIN CLASS 

Saturday, November 27 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Enjoy this 90-minute spin class lead by FVF instructor, Joe Kylao.

HiTops Announces New Mission

A year ago, HiTops made the decision to close its health clinic. That decision began a process for HiTops to evaluate its mission and impact, and determine how best to focus its resources to serve the health needs of young people today. Aligning our 27 years of expertise and experience with national priorities in adolescent health, HiTops is now strongly positioned to address the highest risk behaviors of youth ages 10 to 26 years.
 
Today, we are excited to share with you HiTops' new mission and desired outcomes.
 
Mission
HiTops is a health education and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring every adolescent safe passage to adulthood by providing comprehensive sexuality education and promoting healthy relationships and supportive connections.
 
HiTops Implements its Mission to Achieve the Following Outcomes
  • Reduced rates of HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
  • Reduced rates of intimate partner violence (including sexual assault and dating violence).
  • Reduced incidences of self-harm as well as physical assault, harassment and bullying, with particular attention to LGBT youth.
  • Healthy and supportive connections of peers and adults.
What Will Remain the Same?
HiTops will continue to implement youth-focused educational programs that are inclusive and effective. As ever, HiTops will listen to youth and those individuals serving youth, to develop responses to their expressed needs and concerns. HiTops will maintain its expertise and listening ear to continue serving as a trusted resource for adolescents and young adults, ages 10-26.
 
We will continue to offer:
  • Support groups for LGBT youth and survivors of sexual assault,
  • Educational programs for youth in schools, juvenile justice centers, organizations, churches,
  • Trainings and professional development for youth-serving adults,
  • Education and resources for Parents.
 
What is New for HiTops?
HiTops will expand its service footprint to serve youth with the highest health risks throughout the state. Aligning with state and national priorities in adolescent health helps HiTops (and you!) know that we are addressing the highest needs and setting measurable goals that will keep us accountable to achieving our intended impact.
 
We will leverage our 27 years' experience in the field of adolescent health to advocate on behalf of youth and ensure policies that support our goals. For example, New Jersey's new anti-bullying legislation was designed to protect youth in schools, however in practice there are devastating unintended consequences for LGBT youth-and HiTops is part of the effort to change this. Also, HiTops will work with legislators and partners to engage schools in ensuring that all youth have access to inclusive, comprehensive sexuality education. We will work with family planning providers to reduce barriers that young people experience in accessing services.
 
HiTops will scale its work throughout the state by expanding training efforts and teaching more adults how to implement effective, age-appropriate educational programs in their communities. As a result, thousands more youth will benefit from increased knowledge, skills, and informed, supportive adults.
 
We will continue to provide vulnerable youth populations-youth who experience victimization, poverty, mental health disorders, substance abuse, sexual trauma or assault, and unstable family systems-with resources to address high risk health behaviors around sexual health and violence. By focusing on our goals and extending services beyond our own backyard, HiTops will have a powerful, positive affect on the health outcomes for youth in New Jersey.
 
If you have questions or would like to talk about HiTops' future, please contact Elizabeth Casparian at 609.683.5155 x215 or ecasparian@hitops.org.

Princeton Academy of Martial Arts Announces Two Day Filipino Martial Arts Camp Nov 7 & 8

Princeton Academy of Martial Arts

Two Day Filipino Martial Arts Camp

Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

4 Modules

$40/Module

$70/Day

$120/All 4 Modules

 

Taught by Filipino Martial Arts Expert and PAMA Director Michael Lee We are proud to introduce our Filipino Martial Arts Camp. Taught by Guro Michael Lee, Owner and Director of the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts, our camp will consist of individual modules covering various different areas of Kali. Guro Mike has over 20 years of martial arts experience in Filipino Martial arts under Guro Rick Tucci and is a certified instructor under both Guro Tucci and Guro Dan Inosanto, protege of the late Bruce Lee. Filipino Martial Arts, unique in its diversity of combat, have been proven effective worldwide by military, law enforcement, and security forces. Each module in our camp will be 2.5 hours in length and can be purchased separately or together for a special price.

 

Spots are limited.

Call 609-452-2208 to register.

 

51A Everett Drive, Suite A-50 ? Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 ? (609) 452-2208 ? info@pamausa.com

www.pamausa.com

 

American Repertory Ballet Announces 2015 Annual Nutcracker Season

American Repertory Ballet Announces 2015 Annual Nutcracker Season

PRINCETON, NJ - American Repertory Ballet’s 2015 Nutcracker Season will run November 21 through December 20 at venues across New Jersey: Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, and State Theatre in New Brunswick. ARB’s Nutcracker is a holiday classic featuring Tchaikovsky’s score and a cast of over 100 performers, featuring the professional, international dancers of American Repertory Ballet and select students from Princeton Ballet School, the official school of ARB. A holiday tradition since 1964, ARB’s is the longest-running Nutcracker production in New Jersey and one of the longest consecutively-running in the United States. 

 

American Repertory Ballet will open the Nutcracker season in New Jersey at Union County Performing Arts Center’s main stage in Rahway on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00pm with the company’s first-ever Sensory Friendly performances on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00pm.  ARB’s Nutcracker will be at McCarter Theatre in Princeton for Thanksgiving weekend: Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30pm and Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 at 2:00pm and 5:30pm. On Saturday, December 5 at 11:00pm, the production will be at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.

 

In another first, ARB will bring its production of Nutcracker to South Orange Performing Arts Center with two performances on Sunday, December 6 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm. The company will bring this holiday classic to Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan on Saturday, December 12 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm and on Sunday, December 13 at 3:00pm. The closing weekend of ARB’s Nutcracker will be at State Theatre in New Brunswick, with performances on Friday, December 18 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm. These performances at State Theatre will feature a live orchestra, conducted by Maestro Michael Pratt, and the Princeton GirlChoir.

 

Terra Momo restaurant group will once again partner with ARB’s Nutcracker season. They will offer ARB’s Nutcracker ticket holders 20% off a meal at any of their three restaurants: Eno Terra in Kingston, Mediterra in Princeton, or Teresa Caffe in Princeton. On Saturday, November 21 between 12:30 pm to 2:30pm, costumed characters will be greeting guests at Mediterra restaurant.

 

Nutcracker sponsorships, partnership opportunities, and playbill advertising opportunities are still available. For information about these opportunities, please contact Lisa de Ravel: lderavel@arballet.org , 609.921.7758 x11.

 

Playbill ad artwork is due November 6.

 

American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker 2015

www.arballet.org/Nutcracker

 

Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 499-8226

www.ucpac.org

November 21, 2015 at 2:00pm

November 22, 2015 at 2:00pm (Sensory Friendly performance)

 

McCarter Theatre

91 University Place

Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 258-2787

www.mccarter.org

November 25, 2015 at 7:30pm

November 27, 2015 at 2:00pm and 5:30pm

November 28, 2015 at 2:00pm and 5:30pm

 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

1 Memorial Drive

Trenton, NJ 08608

(877) 987-6487

www.arballet.org/TrentonNutcracker

December 5, 2015 at 11:00am

 

South Orange Performing Arts Center

1 SOPAC Way

South Orange, NJ 07079

https://www.sopacnow.org/nutcracker/

December 6, 2015 at 1:00pm & 5:00pm

 

Algonquin Arts Theatre

60 Abe Voorhees Drive

Manasquan, NJ 08736

(732) 528-9211

www.algonquinarts.com

December 12, 2015 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm

December 13, 2015 at 3:00pm

 

State Theatre *Featuring Live Orchestra and Choir*

15 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 246-7469

www.statetheatrenj.org

December 18, 2015 at 7:30pm

December 19, 2015 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm

December 20, 2015 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm

 

About American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School

American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. The performing company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. Its rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields, Melissa Barak, Patrick Corbin, Trinette Singleton, and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. ARB has been designated a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council.  ARB was voted the Jersey Arts People’s Choice for “Favorite Dance Company” in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2015.  

 

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Under the direction of Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age three, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz,  hip-hop, CardioBallet, and CoMBo - Conditioning for the Mind and Body.  Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway.


The Access & Enrichment wing of American Repertory Ballet reaches out to the community not only through its DANCE POWER program and signature On Pointe series, but also with free programming, master classes, residencies, lecture demonstrations and School-Time Matinees throughout the state.  In 1985, American Repertory Ballet partnered with the New Brunswick Board of Education to create DANCE POWER.  Today, it’s the longest-running uninterrupted arts/community partnership in New Jersey. The legendary Gregory Hines was DANCE POWER’s Honorary Chair for 18 years before his untimely passing in 2003. In 2001, Mr. Hines endowed a scholarship at Rutgers University that earmarks annual funds for a DANCE POWER student to attend the university.

 

Princeton Girlchoir Announces Two Special Upcoming Concerts

HELPING OTHERS THROUGH MUSIC:  Princeton Girlchoir's  
8th annual Children Making a Difference benefit concert
 
The idea that "everyone can make a difference" is the inspiration behind the PGC's 8th annual Children Making a Difference benefit concert.  Associate Director Melissa Malvar-Keylock started the tradition of the benefit concert in memory of her mother Adrienne Todd Keylock, who died in 1998.  According to Melissa Malvar, her mother "spent her professional life as a social worker, and her free time at church singing in the choir, so helping others and singing were her great joys. To honor her memory, I combined her lifelong passions, and began the Children Making a Difference benefit concert to help teach our singers that everyone can make a difference by using their time and talents to help others."  Each year, the benefit concert raises money for a different charitable organization in our community, and educates audiences about services the non-profits provide.
 
This year the concert will raise funds for KIVA, non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.  The children will experience first-hand how to use their beautiful, powerful, communal voices to help others and make the world a better place.  Since the first Children Making a Difference concert seven years ago, approximately $18,000 has been raised for area non-profits.  Singing and Service is thus joyfully and jointly brought together in these choirs and their collaborative efforts.  The connections and partnerships that Princeton Girlchoir values and promotes in its singers, with the goal of social empowerment, are also evident in KIVA's idea of "social performance," which allows for positive outcomes, in communities it serves. This year's CMAD will no doubt demonstrate to the choristers that the connections we forge will go a long way in making the "big world" seem like a "little village."
 
To be held on November 14, 2015, 5:00 pm, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, the 8th annual Children Making a Difference benefit is one of Princeton Girlchoir's signature concerts.  Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. All donations directly benefit KIVA.
 
Another concert to look forward to at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, is a performance titled, Songs from the Soul. Taking place on Saturday, October 24, 2015, 6:00 pm, the evening promises a musical and historical journey of African American folk songs with uplifting messages of courage, faith, and hope. PGC's own Quarter Notes, Concert Choir, and Ensemble will be joined by celebrated mezzo-soprano Deborah Ford in this impressive collection of music.
 
For further information, please contact the Princeton Girlchoir office at 609-688-1888, or visit www.princetongirlchoir.org.
 
For more information on KIVA, visit www.kiva.org.
More About Deborah Ford
 
Deborah Ford is an award winning Mezzo-soprano who has traveled the world performing in various venues. Some of her awards include the gold medal in Savannah's On Stage American Music Competition, first prize at the New Jersey State Opera competition and the AIMS European Vocal Competition in Graz Austria. She holds degrees from Westminster Choir College in Performance and Sacred Music and completed post graduate studies at the European Seminars Vocal Institute in Germany, as well as the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz Austria. Currently, Ms. Ford is the Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, NJ and is the music teacher for Trinity Academy, an Abbott preschool housed at Trinity Cathedral.  She has been newly appointed to the board of the Capital Singers of Trenton New Jersey. Recently, Ms. Ford was a participant in the Concert of Spirituals featuring Kathleen Battle. In addition, in July of 2015 she was honored by the Gospel Music Workshop of America of Central Jersey for her contribution to Gospel Music. Deborah is committed to sharing her music with everyone and she is pleased to support the efforts of this evening of song.
 
More About the Princeton Girlchoir
 
Where girls make powerful, graceful, and joyous music, and music makes powerful, graceful, and joyous girls.
 
Fueled by the power of a girl's voice, Princeton Girlchoir presents extraordinary performances at home and throughout the world, while educating the musician, building confidence, and fostering a life-long love of singing together. Founded in 1989 as an after-school activity for girls interested in choral music, Princeton Girlchoir has grown into the area's premier training and performance choir for girls, with over 270 choristers participating each year.  The organization is made of six choirs, with girls in 3rd through 12th grade.  Choristers come together each week from September through May to rehearse, and perform some four to twenty concerts throughout the year, depending upon their choir level. The choirs present music from a wide array of genres, conductors and composers.  While honing their musicianship, our choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.
 
The Princeton Girlchoir has been honored to perform in a wide array of venues for audiences both nationally and internationally. Notable performances include the swearing-in ceremony for New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt in Washington, DC; singing in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with Yo-Yo Ma in the North American Premiere of Tan Dun's Symphony 1997, singing for dignitaries such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush, and Sandra Day O'Connor; performing the national anthem at several professional sporting events; and debuting at Carnegie Hall as guests of the New York Choral Society in 2014. The Princeton Girlchoir has performed at several professional conferences, such as the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Regional Conventions, the Kodály Eastern Division Conference and the New Jersey Music Educators Association Conference.

PDS Announces 15 National Merit Commended Students

PDS Announces 15 National Merit Commended Students

Princeton – Princeton Day School is proud to announce the following 15 students have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program: Max Adam, Sophia Bernardi, Kevin Deng, Adrien Farhat, Victor Gan, Julie Goldberg, Nicholas Ioffreda, Jorina Kardashi, Anna Kovacevich, Sarah Lippman, Garret Monfre, Caroline Okun, Rajiv Potluri, Peter Sanderson, and Noam Yakoby.

Commended Students were chosen from the more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October. They are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the test used for program entry.

Hamilton Jewelers Announces New Boutique - H1912

PRINCETON, October 7, 2015:  There’s a new hot spot in town and it’s poised to take Princeton by storm.  H1912, part of the Hamilton Jewelers family of brands, will be opening at the former Forest Jewelers location at 104 Nassau Street.    Planned to open on Saturday, October  10th, the boutique is one of eco-friendly retail therapy with a strong selection of vintage, estate, and pre-owned jewelry and watches.

Guests to the newly renovated storefront will enjoy a tremendous array of ‘vintage luxury’.  All items offered at H1912 are inspected by jewelry and watch professionals, issued a Certificate of Authenticity, and accompanied by a 1-year warranty.   The boutique will also assist clients in selling their unwanted jewelry and watches.

H1912 shares Hamilton’s social responsibility commitment and support of philanthropic causes in the Princeton community, and will be donating a portion of all sales to a worthwhile organization in the region.  For October, the selected charity is HOMEFRONT in Trenton, dedicated to ending homelessness in Mercer County.

Hamilton Jewelers is a family-owned and operated firm with locations in Princeton and Palm Beach, FL.  Since 1912, Hamilton has provided successive generations of families and friends with impeccable service, value, and selection.  All items are responsibly sourced with care for the environment and communities.  For more information, please visit www.hamiltonjewelers.com.    VISIT WWW.H1912.COM  for more info.

D&R Greenway Land Trust Announces New Preserved Property in East Amwell

D&R Greenway Land Trust Announces New Preserved Property in East Amwell

Princeton, N.J. – D&R Greenway Land Trust announces the preservation of 10 acres of forest on South Hill Road, East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County.  The property was preserved in partnership with East Amwell Township and Hunterdon County Open Space Programs. The parcel is an addition to D&R Greenway's 140-acre Cattail Brook Preserve in the Sourland Mountains.

 

The preserved property is an addition to large intact forest which contains a diverse range of ecosystems, including wetland and upland forest, edge and interior forest, headwater stream corridors, vernal pools and boulder fields. Its location in the eastern end of the Sourland Mountain Ridge makes it an important addition to a number of other properties that have been preserved in the vicinity.

 

"Preserving properties in the Sourland Mountains enables us to maintain the forest cover and prevent forest fragmentation in the region," says D&R Greenway Land Trust Vice-President Jay Watson. "The Sourland Mountains are the largest contiguous forested area in central New Jersey and maintaining that contiguity is most important for interior forest dwelling and breeding species. The deep forest ecosystem is an especially important stronghold for deep forest-breeding neo-tropical migrant songbirds including a number of species of warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, vireos and others." 

 

"The Sourland Forest is Central New Jersey's most important migratory stopover for species coming north from Mexico, and Central America," says Linda Mead, President and CEO of D&R Greenway Land Trust. "These species have been utilizing this forest for their very survival for millennia and every parcel that we preserve ensures that this habitat that is so critical for them remains intact forever."

 

This property increases public access to the forest for visitors entering the preserve from South Hill Road.

 

"We are very happy to complete the preservation of this tract of land that adjoins the Cattail Brook Preserve in East Amwell Township," says Mayor David Wang-Iverson. "This acquisition, which took several years to complete, builds upon the network of preserved lands in our Sourland Mountain District. This is the latest example of East Amwell's long-term and highly successful partnership with D&R Greenway Land Trust to preserve critical open spaces in the township. Many future generations of our residents will benefit from our preservation partnership."

 

"Hunterdon County is pleased to help the effort by East Amwell Township and D&R Greenway to provide improved access and heighten the public's enjoyment of Cattail Brook Preserve," says Hunterdon County Open Space Coordinator William Millette.

 

Background:

 

The Cattail Brook Preserve lies within a large unbroken tract of deciduous forest and is part of a deep forest ecosystem including nearby large forested properties under permanent preservation by D&R Greenway Land Trust and other entities. Additional preserved lands nearby are owned by Hunterdon County Parks, the State and East Amwell Township. This property faces onto South Hill Road.

 

The forest is made up of deciduous hardwoods of medium age including tulip poplar, oaks, ash, red and sugar maples, hickories, black gum, American beech, hornbeam, and others. The native under-story shrubs and trees include spicebush, ironwood, viburnums, flowering dogwood, witch-hazel, and several invasive species including multiflora rose, Japanese barberry, Asian wineberry, several invasive honeysuckle species, ailanthus and autumn olive.

 

The herbaceous plant community includes many native spring ephemerals, including trout lily, bloodroot, may apple, rue anemone, dwarf ginseng and Canada mayflower. Additional herbaceous plants in the woodland include various grasses, asters, goldenrods, jewelweed, Christmas fern, wood ferns, lady fern and others. Wetland areas along streams have additional wetland species including skunk cabbage and cardinal flower. Herbaceous invasive species include garlic mustard and Japanese stilt grass.

 

The Sourland Mountains have been designated as an "Important Bird Area." The deep forest ecosystem of the Sourlands is an important stronghold for deep forest-breeding neo-tropical migrant songbirds including a number of species of warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, vireos and others. The Sourlands support up to 65 documented species of breeding neo-tropical migrant songbirds and provide stopover habitat for these species plus about 51 other species of stopover migrants. A very detailed and extensive study of breeding and migrant birds within one mile of Cattail Brook Preserve has been conducted by Hannah Suthers. Most of the breeding and migrant bird species documented by Suthers would be expected to be present on this site. In addition, the deep forest character of the site provides habitat for many wintering and breeding temperate species such as wrens and woodpeckers and 'temperate migrant" species such as brown thrashers, towhees and American robins and American woodcock.

 

The Sourland Mountains are defined as a 90 square mile area extending over five townships (East Amwell, West Amwell, Hopewell, Hillsborough and Montgomery) and three counties (Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer) in central New Jersey. The Sourland Mountains consist of the main Sourland ridge with an elevation ranging from 300 to 600 feet, and several geologically similar adjoining areas including Baldpate Mountain, Mount Rose and Pheasant Hill.

 

The Sourland Mountains remain as the largest "wilderness" in central New Jersey, containing about 20,000 acres of contiguous forest. The Sourlands have been called a "node of biodiversity in central New Jersey" because the intact forests support many interior forest species and species sensitive to habitat fragmentation that cannot survive in the fragmented woodlots and suburban landscape of the surrounding areas. The intact forest is largely a result of the geology of the Sourlands which consists of hard and impermeable shale bedrock of the Lockatong Formation and the igneous diabase boulder formations of the Sourland ridge. These rock types crop out at the surface which has prevented clearing of the land for farming and residential development. The groundwater recharge is poor, well yields are low and septic systems costly and difficult to construct.

 

The forested Sourlands include and protect the headwaters of many of central New Jersey's streams including the Stony Brook, Alexauken Creek, Swan Creek, Moore's Creek, Rock Brook, Bedens Brook, Back Brook, Neshanic River and South Branch of the Raritan River. The Alexauken Creek has been designated as a New Jersey C-1 stream. The Swan Creek watershed provides drinking water for the city of Lambertville while the Stony Brook, Bedens Brook, Neshanic and South Branch are sources of raw water for approximately one million people throughout central New Jersey.

 

The deep forest ecosystem is an important nesting area and migration stopover habitat for "interior forest passerine birds" including more than 110 species of neotropical migratory birds. Many other temperate forest birds, including rare and threatened species of raptors such as red-shouldered hawks and barred owls,  also nest in the Sourlands. The flanking valleys are a stronghold for agriculture and one of New Jersey's most important remaining habitats for endangered grassland birds. New Jersey Audubon has designated the Sourland Mountains as one of New Jersey's Important Bird Areas. The large size of the contiguous forest also supports some mammals such as black bear and bobcats which are otherwise rare in central New Jersey.

 

The perched water table of the Sourlands has produced an extensive system of wetlands and an exceptional concentration of vernal ponds on the Sourland ridge, particularly on the north slope. There are many more vernal ponds per square mile on the Sourland Ridge than in the valleys below. The streams and vernal ponds support large populations of obligate vernal pond species including wood frogs and spotted salamanders as well as New Jersey threatened species such as wood turtles. These vernal pond areas also support many wetland-adapted native plants such a skunk cabbage, cardinal flower, marsh marigold and blue flag iris as well as particular State-listed plants associated with diabase such as wild comfrey.

 

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D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 26TH 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 more than 18,750 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City's Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.

 

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway's home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 

 

Homework-Free Schedule Announced at PPS

Princeton Public Schools superintendent Steve Cochrane has outlined a homework-free schedule for students across the district during winter and spring breaks as well as other designated weekends throughout the year. The announcement came hand in hand with the approval of a Board resolution at the September 29 meeting that calls for breaks to be "true holidays from assigned and suggested schoolwork for children."
 
There will be no homework assigned over the long weekend of the NJEA Convention, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks and Mother's Day weekend. To preserve the intent of the scheduled breaks, no projects will be due or tests given immediately upon return from these holidays.

 

At a time when students across the nation are reporting unprecedented levels of stress, these breaks will allow students to "mentally step away from focusing on homework, projects and studying for tests," said Cochrane. He underscored the importance of unstructured time so students can read for pleasure, explore topics about which they might be passionate, spend time with family, and engage in outside and extra-curricular activities.

 

"Last year, homework was a focus of many our Wellness Committee meetings," said Cochrane. "Students also raised the issue prominently in surveys and focus groups." Discussions centered not just on perceptions about the amount of homework, but upon how homework connects to learning, and the way that homework is posted and graded.

 

In the coming year, Cochrane will continue to work with district teachers and administrators to identify other ways to ensure that homework enhances both learning and balance for students.

 

"This is a relatively small step, but it's part of a significant shift in thinking and practices, here in our community and across the nation," said Cochrane. "It signals to all of us that meaningful changes are coming."
 
Visit the Board website at www.princetonk12.org/Board to download the September 29 Board Resolution.

Princeton Day School Announces Three National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Princeton Day School Announces Three National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Photo, from left to right: Aiden Jones ’16, Devika Kumar ’16, and Nick Chen ’16

Princeton – Princeton Day School is proud to announce the following three Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program: Nick Chen ’16 (Monmouth Junction), Aiden Jones ’16 (Princeton), and Devika Kumar ’16 (Branchburg).

These students were among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists named in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the spring.

Princeton Day School is an independent, coeducational school educating students from
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12.

Mercer County Announces “Just a Hike” Programs This Fall

HAMILTON, N.J.--Enjoy the spectacular show Mother Nature puts on as summer slips into fall and Mercer County Naturalist Jenn Rogers leads you on “Just a Hike.” These Friday afternoon hikes are a great way to spend time outdoors connecting with the natural world around you.

These casual, laid-back hikes have neither focus nor theme. Walk beneath the trees as their leaves fade and fall to the forest floor. See if you can spot the deer, fox and other wildlife preparing for the long winter ahead. If while meandering along the trail, you spot a curious critter or plant, point it out! Ms. Rogers is always eager to educate, explore and explain the parks’ various plants and wildlife. The possibilities of what you may discover and learn are endless.

“Just a Hike” walks will be held on the following Friday afternoons starting at noon and lasting about two and a half hours: Sept. 18 at Mercer Meadows Pole Farm; Oct. 16 at Fiddler’s Creek Preserve; and Nov. 20 at D&R Greenway’s St. Michael’s Preserve, Princeton Avenue. These walks are free for adults and teens; please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or
e-mail natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs Announces Fall Tutor Training Course

Volunteer tutors are needed to help adult learners increase basic literacy skills for native English speakers and ESOL students

 

 

There are an estimated 60,000 adults in Mercer County who read at the fifth grade level or below.  Importantly, there is a strong correlation between poverty, unemployment, crime and low reading skills. Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs (LNJMCP), a non-profit organization, is helping to decrease this number by providing free, confidential tutoring that is designed to increase basic literacy skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) throughout Mercer County.  Volunteers are greatly needed to help us accomplish this goal.

 

Volunteers provide free tutoring services at a variety of public locations including public libraries, workplace sites, churches and retirement homes. 

 

All volunteer tutors are required to complete a comprehensive, 15 hour training course to learn the fundamentals of reading and writing instruction. LNJMCP is offering a fall course that runs for five consecutive weeks starting Tuesday, September 29 through October 27. Two classes are being offered - a day class held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an evening class held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Upon completion of the training course, the volunteer tutor is matched with an adult learner who has registered with our program. “Without question, it is truly an extraordinary experience to help someone learn to read,” said volunteer tutor Isabel Hazel. “When you are fortunate enough to have this skill, you may take it for granted.  However, when you realize how often you need to read every day and how vital this skill is for survival, there is a certain pride in helping others.” 

 

To register for the upcoming tutor training course or for more information, please contact our office at 609-587-6027. 

Hopewell Valley Chorus Welcomes New Director, Announces Fall Season

Hopewell Valley Chorus Welcomes New Director, Announces Fall Season
Heather Mitchell, Artistic Director

Heather Mitchell joins the Hopewell Valley Chorus this fall as its new artistic director. Ms. Mitchell holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Arizona and a master of music degree from Saint Cloud State University, in both choral and orchestral conducting. She has been sought out as a clinician and judge for many choral festivals and her broad conducting experience includes choirs and orchestras in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. She earned the Emerging Conductor Award from the Minnesota Chorale and received three consecutive awards as Outstanding Conductor and Outstanding Achievement in Choral Music. In addition to her position with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, Ms. Mitchell serves as assistant conductor of the Manhattan Choral Ensemble

The chorus begins its 56th season on September 21 at 7 PM. Weekly rehearsals for the December concert, "A Rose in Winter," will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Hopewell Valley Central High School, 259 Pennington-Titusville Rd., Pennington, NJ.  The chorus particularly seeks tenor, baritone and bass singers this season. There are no auditions. The concert will feature winter-themed pieces by Brahms, Paulus, Praetorius, Randall Thompson and more. Dues are $45/season. For further information, go to www.hvchorus@wordpress.com or email hopewellvalleychorus@gmail.com.

New Coaches Announced at Mercer Rowing Program

We are pleased to announce the addition of Steve Baranoski and Maddie Alden to the Mercer Rowing Program Coaching Staff.  Mr. Baranoski joins the program as the Varsity Girls Head Coach and Masters Coach. Ms. Alden joins the staff as the assistant rowing coach. Additionally, Justin Ochal will take over the role of Rowing Programs Manager filling the position vacated by Ted Sobolewski's departure to Northeastern University. Mr. Ochal will continue to be the Varsity Boy's Coach.
 
Steve Baranoski joins the Mercer Rowing Program coaching staff after coaching at Old Lyme High School and the Blood Street Sculls Rowing Program where he was the Head Coach and Director of Rowing.  While at Old Lyme/Blood Street, Coach Baranoski's junior boys 4+ finished in second place at both the 2014 Head of the Charles Regatta and the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, FL. 
 
Coach Baranoski coached both the Men's and the Women's teams at Wesleyan University where he was also in charge of recruiting.  At Wesleyan, he worked both in the athletic department and as a graduate teaching assistant.  Steve has also coached at the Northeastern Rowing Center, Craftsbury and the Hartford's RiverFront Program. 
Coach Baranoski began his rowing career in high school and continued it at Marietta College.  He continues to compete as a Master's rower.
Maddie Alden began her rowing career as a coxswain with the Mercer Junior Rowing Program. She is a graduate of Princeton High School. While at the University of California Los Angeles she coxed the UCLA crew for 4 years.
Please join me in welcoming these additions to the PNRA/Mercer Coaching Staff.

 

 
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Princeton Pong Announces Fall Junior & Adult Lesson Schedule

Princeton Pong is officially starting Fall Group Lessons for Juniors and Adults. We have classes for all skill levels and open availability every day of the week except Tuesdays because of our open league nights. We have 3 incredible coaches on staff who all teach beginner, intermediate and advanced players. Full bio's of each coach are available to view on www.princetonpong.com. You can check lesson schedules and register for classes online @ Princeton Pong. Hope to see you at the club! 

Princeton Pong Announces Fall Junior & Adult Lesson Schedule

Fall Junior Group Lessons

Beginner~Intermediate

After School Monday/Wednesday

4:00-5:00 PM

(Twice week X 5 weeks starting Sept.9th)

Members $160   Non Member $185

 

Coach Fabian Vallejos

 

Wednesday: 6:00-7:30 PM

(10 sessions starting Sept.9th)

Members  $200  Non Member $225

 

Coach David Zhuang

 

Friday: 7:00-8:30 PM

(10 sessions starting Sept.18th)

Members  $200  Non Member $225

 

Coach Ying Peng

 

Saturday: 3:30-5:00 PM

(9 sessions starting Sept.12th)

Members  $180  Non Member $205

 

Coach Ying Peng

Sunday: 11:00- 12:30 PM

(10 sessions starting Sept.13th)

Members  $200  Non Member $225

 

Coach Fabian Vallejos

 

 

Reminder: Junior League on Sunday Night starting September 13th!

This is a competitive setting where players are grouped based on their skill levels and play matches against all of the other players in their group (usually 4 to 5 matches). USATT singles league rating points are won or lost in each match and ratings are updated on the USATT web site. All tables are typically in use during Leagues.

Register Today @ www.princetonpong.com


Princeton Pong. 745 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ  609.987.8500

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ADULTS

Fall Table Tennis Group Lesson Schedule

Register Today @ www.princetonpong.com

Princeton Pong. 745 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ  609.987.8500

After School Monday/Wednesday

4:00-5:00 PM

Junior Beginner~Intermediate

(Twice week X 5 weeks starting Sept.9th)

Member $160   Non Member $185

Coach Fabian Vallejos

Wednesday: 6:00-7:30 PM

Junior Beginner~Intermediate

(10 sessions starting Sept.9th)

Member  $200  Non Member $225

Coach David Zhuang

 

Friday: 7:00-8:30 PM

Junior Beginner~Intermediate

(10 sessions starting Sept.18th)

Member  $200  Non Member $225

Coach Ying Peng

 

Saturday: 3:30-5:00 PM

Junior Beginner~Intermediate

(9 sessions starting Sept.12th)

Member  $180  Non Member $205

Coach Ying Peng

Sunday: 11:00- 12:30 PM

Junior Beginner~Intermediate

(10 sessions starting Sept.13th)

Member  $200  Non Member $225

Coach Fabian Vallejos

 

Saturday: 9:30- 11:30 AM

Junior Advanced~Rated 800+

(10- 2 hr. sessions starting Sept.12th)

Member  $270  Non Member $305

Coach Fabian Vallejos

 

Wednesday: 8:00-9:30 PM

Adult Beginner~Intermediate

(10 sessions starting Sept.9th)

Member  $200  Non Member $225

Coach David Zhuang

 

 

Thursday: 4:00-5:30 PM

Adult Beginner~Intermediate

(10 sessions starting Sept.10th)

Member  $200  Non Member $225

Coach Fabian Vallejos

 

Saturday: 5:15-6:45 PM

Adult Beginner~Intermediate

(9 sessions starting Sept.12th)

Member $180  Non Member $205

Coach Ying Peng

 

 

Sunday: 9:00-10:30 AM

Adult Beginner~Intermediate

(10 sessions starting Sept.13th)

Member  $200  Non Member $225

Coach Fabian Vallejos

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Announces "aMAZing Pumpkin Carve" in October

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council, creators of the Hopewell Valley Stampede of 69 life-sized oxen sculptures crafted by area artists and installed throughout Hopewell Valley, is on the march again, this time in partnership with Howell Living History Farm. This October, the Arts Council is bringing massive carved pumpkins to the Howell Farm 2015 Corn Maze, one of the largest and the longest-running corn mazes in New Jersey.  From October 9-11, the peak of the 8-week corn maze extravaganza, the Arts Council will mount “The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve,” an exhibition of 50 giant pumpkins, each carved and crafted by area artists and artisans, each sponsored by local businesses and residents throughout the Valley.

 

The weekend event for folks of all ages will launch with The aMAZing Pumpkin Preview Party the evening of October 8th,, a ticketed event, and open to the public on Friday the 9th.  Visitors throughout the weekend will be treated to a labyrinth outdoor gallery of colorful, distinctive, and gigantic organic sculptures immediately adjacent to the 4-acre corn maze, fun for both kids and their parents before or after stalking the corn maze. The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve will include carving demonstrations, prizes for the most distinctive creations, and surprises for the kids.  

 

Admission is $5. Children under 10 are free.  Hours are 5-8 on Friday the 9th, 12-8 on Saturday the 10th, and 12-4 on Sunday the 11th. Tickets for the aMAZing Pumpkin Preview Party, which includes a BBQ dinner with pumpkin carve artists and sponsors, as well as an opportunity to preview the giant pumpkins before the event opens to the public, are $50. For further information on all the ways to support and enjoy The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve as well as the Howell Farm 2105 Corn Maze, visit www.hvartscouncil.org, www.cornmazenj.com, or www.mercercountyparks.org.

 

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is proud to cosponsor the Howell Farm 2015 Corn Maze, one of the largest and the longest running in New Jersey and to enhance it with the only major giant pumpkin exhibition in the region. The HV Arts Council is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to “celebrating the arts in the everyday” and serving all the communities in and around Hopewell Valley with a diverse annual roster of innovative arts programs and events for people of all ages and interests. For further information about upcoming council events, visit the Arts Council’s website at www.hvartscouncil.org.

 

 

Tulpehaking Nature Center Announces "First Friday Story Time" This Fall

Tulpehaking Nature Center Announces

HAMILTON, N.J.—This fall, the Mercer County Park Commission’s Tulpehaking Nature Center will be hosting a new program series to encourage family bonding through a love of nature. First Friday Story Time will take place at 10:30 a.m. the first Friday of every month, starting Sept. 4. Geared for families with children between 4 and 8 years old, First Friday Story Time offers a great way to spend time with your child while they have fun learning about the natural world around them.

 

The Mercer County Park Commission’s Naturalist staff and educators have selected the very best stories to foster the imagination and help children appreciate nature and the legacy of the Lenape Indians who lived in the Abbott Marshlands. A craft or activity will follow to encourage further exploration of the story’s theme. Story time will be held rain or shine, whether outside in the open-air classroom of nature or inside by the warm and welcoming fireplace.

 

First Friday Story Time sessions are free with donations accepted to benefit the Friends of Mercer County Parks, which supports education programs at the nature center.

 

The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. Starting September 2015, the nature center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

 

The nature center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. It is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information about the nature center, programs and schedule of events, call (609) 888-3218 or go to www.mercercountyparks.org.

 

 

 

VSA New Jersey Announces Fall Music and Art Workshops for Children with Autism

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, August 19, 2015 - New Brunswick, NJ – VSA New Jersey announces fall program offerings for children with autism ages 3 to 21 and their family members. 

Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism

Now in its 33rd year, the Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism is a signature program of VSA New Jersey.  Through participation in weekly workshops in the visual and performing arts, young people will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts while developing skills essential for academic and personal growth.  The family arts experience offers unique opportunities to engage children, siblings, and parents in enjoyable and enriching activities that will support communication and interaction in the workshop setting and at home.

The Parent/Child Workshops in the Arts for Children with Autism or Autistic Behaviors is offered on Saturdays, October 3 – December 5, 2015 in New Brunswick (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).  Each ten-week workshop meets for one hour per week. 

 

About VSA New Jersey

Founded in 1978, VSA New Jersey is dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities.  The organization is an affiliate of VSA, a program of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Statewide programming and services include arts education, professional development, award competitions, exhibits, festivals and performances. 

Major funding for VSA New Jersey is provided in part by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders; New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State (a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts); United Way of Central Jersey, and additional corporations, foundations, and individual donors.

There is a $50 registration fee for families who receive class placement in this program.   Fee waivers are available upon request.  For information and registration applications, contact VSA New Jersey, 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, (732) 745-3885, (732) 745-3913 TTY or info@vsanj.org.  Visit VSA New Jersey online at www.vsanj.org.  Application deadline is September 10, 2015.

 

Jammin’ Crêpes and Cherry Grove Farm Announce 'Preservin' & Servin' Classes This Fall

Wednesday, September 19th

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location:  Jammin’ Crepes, 20 Nassau Street, Princeton

Join Jammin’ Crêpes and Cherry Grove Farm for a wonderful evening of Preservin' & Servin'!

Learn to preserve the venerable Jersey Tomato harvest with Jammin’ Crêpes Co-Founder & Cornell University Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver, Kim Rizk. You will be guided through the recipe steps as you chop & cook, and go through the basics of water bath canning. We will then have the experts from Cherry Grove Farm pairing our Tomato Preserves with their Award Winning Cheeses!  All participants will go home with the recipes and canning details, as well a jar of each recipe made that day – at least one being shelf stable. We hope you can join us! Space is limited!

Go to link below to sign-up:

https://www.cherrygrovefarm.com/hands-on-learning/

Price: $50 per person per class

 

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Wednesday, October 14th

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location:  Jammin’ Crêpes, 20 Nassau Street, Princeton

Learn to preserve the local Fall Apple & Squash harvests with Jammin’ Crêpes Co-Founder & Cornell University Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver, Kim Rizk. You will be guided through the recipe steps as you chop & cook, and go through the basics of water bath canning. We will then have the experts from Cherry Grove Farm pairing our Apple Preserves & Squash Pickles with their Award Winning Cheeses!  All participants will go home with the recipes and canning details, as well a jar of each recipe made that day – at least one being shelf stable. We hope you can join us! Space is limited!

Go to link below to sign-up:

https://www.cherrygrovefarm.com/hands-on-learning/

Price: $50 per person per class

 

Millstone River Gallery Announces "Color and Light" Exhibit August 29 - November 20

What:   Art Exhibition

            COLOR AND LIGHT WATERCOLORS AND PASTELS

            Gail Bracegirdle and NJ DeVico

                                                                       

When:   August 29 through November 20, 2015

             Opening Reception: September 3, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Where:  Millstone River Gallery

Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center

100 Plainsboro Road

Plainsboro Hamilton, NJ 08536

 

Contact:          Sheila Geisler (Exhibit Curator) at 732-422-3676

 

 

The Millstone River Gallery in Plainsboro, NJ is hosting an art exhibition entitled “Color and Light.”  The exhibit features the works of artists Gail Bracegirdle and NJ DeVico working in the mediums of watercolors and pastels.

 

The opening reception is scheduled for September 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public.  The exhibit and reception venue is the Millstone River Gallery located at the Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, 100 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ.  The gallery is wheelchair accessible.  For more information or directions, contact Sheila Geisler at 732-422-3676.

 

American Repertory Ballet Announces its 2015-2016 Performance Season

PRINCETON, NJ - American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company, will perform throughout New Jersey - in Princeton, New Brunswick, Lawrenceville, Branchburg, Rahway, Manasquan, South Orange, and Trenton - and at the Joyce Theater in New York City from September 2015 through April 2016. The performance season will open on September 24 at Rider University Bart Luedeke Center with an open rehearsal and State of the Art Address, celebrating 5 years of Artistic Director Douglas Martin's artistic leadership.

 

"It has been a fantastic first five years, and we are looking forward to many more," says Martin. "This season we are bringing back some of my favorite works from my first season as Artistic Director. We are also adding to our roster of repertory one of modern dance pioneer Jose Limon's signature works and what's sure to be a stunning new work by our Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, set to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. It's going to be an exciting year."

 

The company traditionally begins its performance season with a residency at Rider University. This year, this residency will serve as a special celebration of Douglas Martin's 5 years at the helm. In addition to the annual master classes for Rider University dance students and ARB's Friday and Saturday evening performances at the Bart Luedeke Center, the week's festivities will include a "Meet the Dancers" On Pointe event, Open House Dress Rehearsal, and a State of the Art Address - ARB's first public meeting. The "Meet the Dancers" On Pointe will be held on September 23 at 5:15pm and will provide attendees a unique opportunity to meet the company's international, professional dancers and see excerpts of the upcoming performance season. The Open House Dress Rehearsal will be on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 4:30pm, and the State of the Art Address will immediately follow at 6:00pm. All events will take place in the theater.

 

The company will perform Season Premiere at Rider University's Bart Luedeke Center on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm. Season Premiere will feature three highlights from Martin's first two years of leadership: Martin's lyrical and poignant Ephemeral Possessions, set to Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings; internationally acclaimed choreographer Kirk Peterson's highly technical Glazunov Variations, set to sections of Glazunov's music for the classical ballet Raymonda; and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton's imaginative and thrilling Straight Up With a Twist, set to music by contemporary folk music composer Kaila Flexer. On October 9 at 7:30pm, American Repertory Ballet will present these three works in A Night of Dance at Union County Performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ.

 

American Repertory Ballet is honored to be a part of the José Limón International Dance Festival at the Joyce Theater New York City on October 20-22 at 7:30pm. This dance festival is presented by the José Limón Dance Foundation to commemorate the Limón Dance Company's 70th anniversary season. Limón Dance Company dancers, guest artists from acclaimed international professional companies, including ARB, and dancers from among the world's finest education programs like The Juilliard School will join forces to bring Limón's signature pieces to life. ARB will be performing Limón's deeply evocative There is a Time.

 

American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker, New Jersey's longest-running Nutcracker production and one of the longest-running in the nation, will take the stage just a month later, running November 21 through December 20, 2015 at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, and State Theatre in New Brunswick. The performances at State Theatre will be performed to live music, played by an orchestra and choir under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt.

 

This year, as a step toward realizing its organizational vision of entertaining, educating, and inspiring an increasingly broad audience, ARB has added to its Nutcracker season: a brand new Sensory Friendly production at Union County Performing Arts Center, a new venue - South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), and added School-Time Matinee performances at McCarter Theatre and SOPAC. ARB's Sensory Friendly Nutcracker will be an abridged version of the full ballet that makes the performance accessible to individuals with autism.

 

On March 18 at 12:00pm and March 19 at 3:00pm, ARB will bring Douglas Martin's A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ. Broadway World called the 2015 premiere of this production a "delightfully kinetic take on the Bard's own A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "even address[es] and improve[s] upon a few of the weak points in Shakespeare's material." This full-length ballet brings Shakespeare's magical comedy to life in a performance that is perfect for the entire family. ARB will host fun family activities in the theater lobby on March 19 starting at 2:00pm - directly before the 3:00pm performance.

 

ARB will return to Hamilton Stage in Rahway with Spring Into Dance on April 1 at 7:30pm, presenting a unique collection of favorite signature works. In a glowing review of ARB's spring 2015 mixed repertory performance at Hamilton Stage, Patrick Kennedy of Broadway World noted that in seeing a this type of variety in a performance, both frequent ARB spectators and newcomers alike will, "realize that this is a company of immense, wonderfully individualized energy, an asset shared by the performers and the in-house choreographers."

 

ARB will premiere Masters of Dance and Music at McCarter Theatre in Princeton on April 8 at 8:00pm. In this one-of-a-kind performance, the company will present works created by masters of ballet and modern dance in a performance featuring music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alexander Glazunov, played live by Princeton University Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt. A world premiere work by American Repertory Ballet Resident Choreographer Mary Barton will travel through Beethoven's creative process against the majestic musical landscape of his infamous Seventh Symphony. Peterson's Glazunov Variations will also be on the program. Alongside this classical ballet, American Repertory Ballet will bring Limón's There is a Time from their performances at The Joyce Theater to McCarter audiences.

 

On April 15, 2016, the company will bring Echoes of Russian Ballet to the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick. This performance features ballets inspired by infamous, revolutionary works that the legendary Ballets Russes brought to America in the early 20th century. The ambitious program features: Artistic Director Douglas Martin's Firebird, set to a compelling score by Stravinsky, Martin's Rite of Spring, also set to music by Stravinsky, and Kirk Peterson's Afternoon of a Faun (L'après-midi d'un faune), set to Debussy's provocative score. Broadway World has described the program as "a revisitation of the balletic past that was taut, nimble, and modern." CriticalDance Magazine calls the program "impressive," "fabulous," and "visual dynamite" with "intelligently fresh choreography."

 

In addition to its public performances, American Repertory Ballet presents School-Time Matinees and special programs for schools and groups. Please contact Lisa Beth Vettoso, Director of Educational and Community Programming, for more information: lvettoso@arballet.org, 732-249-1254 x19.

 

View all performances and links to ticketing at www.arballet.org/15-16season.

 

Fall 2015

 

Season Premiere

September 25 & 26 at 7:30pm

Rider University's Bart Luedeke Center

Lawrenceville, NJ

609.896.7775

 

A Night of Dance

October 9 at 7:30pm

Union County performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage

Rahway, NJ

732.499.8226

 

José Limón international Dance Festival

October 20-22 at 7:30pm

The Joyce Theater

New York, NY

212.691.9740

 

Nutcracker

 

Union County Performing Arts Center

November 21 at 2:00pm

November 22 at 1:00pm++

732.499.8226

 

McCarter Theatre 

November 25 10:30am* & 7:30pm

November 27 at 2:00pm & 5:30pm

November 28 at 2:00pm & 5:30pm

609.258.2787

 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

December 4 at 10:30am*

December 5 at 11:00am

732.249.1254 x15

 

South Orange Performing Arts Center

December 6 at 1:00pm & 5:00pm

December 7 at 10:00am*

973.275.1114

 

Algonquin Arts Theatre

December 12 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm

December 13 at 3:00pm

732.528.9211

 

State Theatre

December 18 at 10:30am*

December 18 at 7:30pm

December 19 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm

December 20 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm

**Featuring a live orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt

732.246.7469

 

++Sensory Friendly - an abridged version of the performance accessible to individuals with autism

* School-Time Matinee

 

Spring 2016

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

March 18 at 12:00pm & March 19 at 3:00pm

the Theater at Raritan Valley Community College

Branchburg, NJ

908.218.8867

 

Spring into Dance

April 1 at 7:30pm

Union County Performing Arts center's hamilton stage

Rahway, NJ

732.499.8226

 

Masters of Dance & Music

April 8 at 8:00pm

McCarter Theatre

Princeton, NJ

**Featuring the Princeton University Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt

609.258.2787

 

Echoes of Russian Ballet

April 15 at 8:00pm

State Theatre

New Brunswick, NJ

732.246.7469

 

 

About American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School

American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB's Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. The performing company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. Its rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields, Melissa Barak, Patrick Corbin, Trinette Singleton, and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council.  ARB was voted the Jersey Arts People's Choice for "Favorite Dance Company" in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2015. 

 

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Under the direction of Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age three, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz,  hip-hop, CardioBallet, and CoMBo - Conditioning for the Mind and Body.  Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway.

 

The Access & Enrichment wing of American Repertory Ballet reaches out to the community not only through its DANCE POWER program and signature On Pointe series, but also with free programming, master classes, residencies, lecture demonstrations and School-Time Matinees throughout the state.  In 1985, American Repertory Ballet partnered with the New Brunswick Board of Education to create DANCE POWER.  Today, it's the longest-running uninterrupted arts/community partnership in New Jersey. The legendary Gregory Hines was DANCE POWER's Honorary Chair for 18 years before his untimely passing in 2003. In 2001, Mr. Hines endowed a scholarship at Rutgers University that earmarks annual funds for a DANCE POWER student to attend the university.

Mercer County Park Festival Grounds Announces Lee Brice Concert August 13

(TRENTON, NJ – August 5, 2015) Mercer County Park Festival Grounds announced country singer LEE BRICE And Special Guests will perform at the new amphitheater on August 13, 2015.  Located in West Windsor, NJ, Mercer County Park Festival Grounds opened earlier this summer with Piano Men, Barenaked Ladies, R5 and other successful concerts and special events.. 

 

Tickets to see Lee Brice are on sale now via www.AXS.com, 888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), or www.AEGLive.com. For more information on Mercer County Park Grounds and upcoming events visit https://www.mercercountyparks.org/facilities/festival-grounds-MCP.

 

This show, produced by AEG Live, is part of Lee Brice’s 2015 Tour in support of his latest album release.  A chart-topping Nashville-based vocalist and acclaimed songwriter, Lee’s first sales milestone from his #1 debuting 'I Don't Dance' was its title track which made an industry statement by being the fastest Platinum certifying country single of 2014.  The song also won “Song of the Year” honors at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

A 2015 ACM "Single of the Year" nominee as well, Lee received his second RIAA certification in less than six months with his current single "Drinking Class" certifying Gold as a Digital Single on March 23. 

 

“The new Mercer County Park Festival Grounds enhances an award-winning Parks system and provides the perfect setting for Mercer County residents to enjoy live entertainment outdoors,” said Claudio Oliveira, Chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mercer County Sports and Entertainment Committee. Oliveira, who also serves as General Manager at the Spectra-Managed Sun National Bank Center, adds “We are thrilled to work with the Mercer County Parks Commission and AEG Live on the first major concerts to play the Festival Grounds and to showcase the potential this new venue can bring to our region for years to come.”

 

Located in West Windsor in Central New Jersey, Mercer County Park Festival Grounds opened this summer with a full calendar of live shows and special events. Mercer County Park Festival Grounds encompasses over 200,000 square feet of venue space with a 2,200 square foot, state-of-the art performing arts stage with a wide array of electrical, lighting, sound and rigging capabilities.

 

 

HiTops Announces 12th Annual GSA Forum November 14, 2015

This exciting conference-like event is a collaboration between HiTOPS  and GLSEN of Central NJ. It is intended to be a safe gathering space and place of learning for young LGBTQIAP people seeking information, community and connection.

Sponsored by: HiTOPS & GLSEN CNJ

Accepting workshop proposals until October 5th 2015

Please contact Daniel Fernandez (dfernandez@hitops.org) with questions regarding proposals

Attendees will include LGBTQIAP middle & high school students, parents & family members, school staff, and advisors.

 

We are specifically looking for workshops in the areas of:

 

  • Health & Wellness 
  • Multi-cultural Awareness
  • Religion & Spirituality  
  • Dating, and Healthy Relationships
  • Anti-Bullying   
  • LGBTQ School Rights   
  • Coming Out, Being Out & Being Stealth
  • Enrichment: Community, Arts, & Self-Expression
  • Student Leadership 
  • Advocacy

 

We are seeking proposals for workshops that are 70 minutes in length, interactive, and geared specifically for LGBTQIAP youth, their parents, family members, school staff and GSA advisors. Workshops may also take the form of a panel discussion; the individual submitting the proposal should serve as the panel coordinator and facilitator. We value workshops that are solutions focused (i.e., learning skills, options, resources, best or “better” practices).

Please contact Daniel Fernandez (dfernandez@hitops.org) regarding workshop proposals.

Other questions/concerns? Contact: Carol Watchler (carolwatcher@comcast.net, 609-529-1389), and Corrine O'Hara (corrine@hitops.org, 609-683-5155 x217)

Please submit your proposal by midnight on October 5th, 2015 using our online form at https://bit.ly/NJTYFproposals

 

* Required

Workshop Title:  *

 

Name of lead presenter:  *

 

Names of co-presenter(s):

 

Organization/agency affiliation:

 

Contact information:  *

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Workshop Description (100 words maximum):  *

 

Is this session intended for (check all that apply):  *

Middle School Students (Ages 11-14)

High School Students (Ages 14-18)  

Parents

School Staff

Other

 

Which area, see page 1, would your workshop best fit in?  *

 

Please tell us about your background working with LGBTQIAP youth and about your expertise in this area:  *

 

Goals for your session:  *

 

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Pennington Players Announce Auditions: Violet – The Musical August 19 & 22

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce open auditions for a fall 2015 production of the musical Violet, by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori. The show will be performed at Kelsey Theatre, on campus at Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ), November 6-8 and 13-15 (Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00PM; Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00PM).     Information available on the Pennington Players website:  www.penningtonplayers.org  

 

About the Audition

 

Preliminary auditions will be held on Wednesday evening, August 19 (7:00PM – 10:00PM) and Saturday, August 22 (11:00AM – 4:00PM); callbacks, as required, are tentatively scheduled for August 26 and/or 29. Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre; for maps and directions, please visit www.kelseyatmccc.org. In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended.  To make an appointment, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4dafa72ca4ff2-violet (recommended) or call 609-737-PLAY.

 

Auditioners are asked to prepare one complete song from musical theatre, and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.  No dancing will be required at the initial audition. 

 

All roles are open. A summary of available roles is provided below.

 

Violet will be produced by the Pennington Players (producer Jennifer Gregg), with direction by Frank Ferrara, musical direction by Shannon Ferrara and Michael Gilch, choreography by Nicole Farina-Machin, and stage management by Vianna Fagel.  Rehearsals are expected to begin in early September, and run 3-4 times per week until the show's opening at the beginning of November.

 

About the Roles

 

A total of 11 actors (5 female, 6 male) are sought.  In general, adult actors (age 16+) of any age will be considered; however, younger female actors will be considered for the role of Young Vi (please see below).  The cast does not include a traditional ensemble; the small group of non-principal actors will play a very large number of key roles, as described in the outline below. 

 

Violet (female, mezzo soprano with very strong high belt): The protagonist, she carries a scar from a childhood injury; the degree of her deformity is uncertain to us but it is certainly drastic to Violet.  She is 25 years old but a life of worry has left her looking older and wearier.  Cynical but not yet bitter, reserved but not yet withdrawn, Violet is an observer and a chronicler; she hasn't yet given up the hope that she might get to participate in the world at some point... but it's flickering.  Need an outstanding singer and actor with wide vocal range and considerable physical and vocal stamina; Violet does not leave the stage for the run time of the show.  Southern accent (North Carolina) required.

 

Grady "Flick" Fliggins (male, tenor): An African-American U.S. Army Sergeant in his late 20s.  He is black man traveling through the American South in the early 1960s, with all that implies about his life and experiences.  Flick is stable, direct, easy-going, and perceptive.  He has a "seize the day" philosophy that he only sometimes actually puts into practice.  Dynamic singer needed. 

 

Monty Harrill (male, baritone): A white Army paratrooper in his early 20s, Monty is brash, arrogant, impulsive, immature, and loud – but he is an essentially good and decent person, which makes the overall package charming rather than repellent.  Need a charismatic and energetic performer with a strong high baritone sound.

 

Young Vi (female, belter): Violet as she was at age 13, forever frozen in time at the moment of her injury.  She is inquisitive and aggressive, and utterly unintimidated by anything or anyone.

 

Father (male, baritone): Violet's father, a widower in his late 30s.  He is a plain man who achieved and then lost his plain dreams, leaving him constantly a little sad and a little anxious.  He is uneducated but not ignorant, and strongly convinced of the value of education.

 

The Old Lady / Hotel Singer / Others (female, mezzo soprano): As the Old Lady, a woman in her sixties, who serves as a sort of guardian angel and Greek chorus for Violet as she travels.  Sharp-witted and quintessentially Southern.  Also plays a much younger dissolute hotel singer of questionable virtue; need a very versatile performer with a wide vocal range who can hold harmony.

 

Mabel / Music Hall Singer / Others (female, mezzo soprano): Any age – needs a powerful voice for a lengthy Gospel solo, as well as a second jazz solo. 

 

Preacher / Bus Driver / Radio Singer / Others (male, bass-baritone): As the Preacher, he is slick and cynical but not without true faith, a man in his late 30s or beyond.  Also plays multiple other roles.

 

Radio Soloist / Leroy Evans / Waiter / Earl / Others (male, tenor): As the radio soloist, a Country singer with a gentle sound; any age.  Also plays multiple other roles.

 

Virgil / Radio Singer / Bus Driver / Others (male, baritone): As Virgil, plays the Preacher's neurotic and overwhelmed stage manager; in his mid-to-late 20s or early 30s.  Also plays multiple other roles.

 

Landlady / Gospel Soloist / Others (female, soprano): As the Landlady, an African-American woman in her 30s or 40s, jaded and sharp.  Also plays multiple other roles.

 

Kelsey Theatre Announces Adventurous 2015-16 Season

Kelsey Theatre Announces Adventurous 2015-16 Season
The Kelsey Theatre staff, front row from left, Dan Spalluto, Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik and Diana Maurer; back row from left, Amy Bessellieu, Kate Pinner and Jane Coult.

West Windsor, N.J. – The 2015-2016 season at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre promises to be one of adventures that span history and continents!  Nineteen full-length dramas and musical productions come to the Kelsey stage, along with eight shows offered through the Kelsey Kids Series.   “Little Women – The Musical” (Pierrot Productions) kicks off the season Sept. 11 to 20.

Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Orders are now being taken for discounted series packages; subscribers receive over 45 percent off regular ticket prices.  Subscriptions are also available for the Kelsey Kids Series.  Current subscribers must renew by Aug. 10 to receive priority seating.  New subscriber orders will be filled after Aug. 15.  Tickets for all single shows go on sale Aug. 20.

In addition to “Little Women - The Musical,” the fall schedule includes: “The Fantasticks” (PinnWorth Productions) Sept. 25-Oct. 4; “Around The World In 80 Days” (Maurer Productions) Oct. 9-18; Neil Simon’s “Rumors” (The Yardley Players) Oct. 23-Nov. 1; and “Violet – A Musical(The Pennington Players) Nov. 6-15.

Kelsey Theatre will be a wonderful place to make holiday memories.  M&M Stage presents “It’s A Wonderful Life” Nov. 20-29, followed by a Forté Dramatic Productions’ premiere of “A Very Kelsey Christmas” Dec. 11-13.  Children and their grown-ups will enjoy “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” from Dec. 4-6 (The Kelsey Players) and a special abridged, fully-narrated version of “The Nutcracker” (The New Jersey Youth Ballet) Dec. 18-20.

Family themes take center stage in the new year with “August: Osage County” (PinnWorth Productions) Jan. 8-17, followed by a decidedly lighter look at family dysfunction in “Arsenic And Old Lace” (M&M Productions) Jan. 22-31.  Three comedies continue to keep the mood light: “Zombie Prom – The Musical” (The Kelsey Players and Tomato Patch Workshops) Feb. 5-7; “Room Service” Feb. 12-21; and “The Addams Family” (Playful Theatre Productions) Feb. 26-March 6.

Other spring shows include: “The Diary Of Anne Frank” (The Pennington Players) March 11-20; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (MCCC Theatre, Dance and Entertainment Technology programs) April 1-10; “Disney’s Mary Poppins” (The Yardley Players) April 22-May 1; “City Of Angels” (Maurer Productions OnStage) May 6-15; “Dancer Diaries” (Mercer Dance Ensemble) May 21-22; “Hamlet” (Shakespeare ’70) June 3-12; and “Bonnie & Clyde – The Musical” June 17-26.

Kelsey Theatre also offers productions for children and their grown-ups.  Presented by professional traveling troupes, the 2015-16 Kelsey Kids Series includes: “Alice In Wonderland” (Kaleidoscope Theatre) Sept. 19; “Curious George & The Golden Meatball(TheatreWorks/USA) Oct. 3; “Hiawatha” (Theatre IV) Nov. 14; “T- Bone’s Camp Muckalucka” (Tom Stankus) March 5; “Little Red Riding Hood” (Kaleidoscope Theatre) May 14; and “Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide To School” (TheatreWorks/USA) June 4.

Ticket prices for full-length musicals are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students/children; non-musicals are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students/children. Ticket prices for the Kelsey Kids Series are $10 for children and seniors, and $12 for adults.  (“Mary Poppins” is $20 for all.)

Discounted subscriber packages include premium seating, exchanges for performances of the same show, special "add-a-show" rates, advance sales of single tickets, and as much as 45 percent off regular ticket prices. Group discounts are also available; daytime performances are available for select shows.

Patrons may purchase a subscriber series or tickets to individual shows by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Tickets for all shows go on sale Aug. 20 and may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net.  Tickets may also be purchased by mail with checks payable to MCCC/Kelsey Theatre, P.O. Box 17202, Trenton NJ 08690, or by ordering in person at the box office.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and one hour before show time. Gift certificates are available in any amount. To request a print copy of the 2015-16 season brochure, email kelsey@mccc.edu or call the box office.

Kelsey Theatre has open auditions for many of its productions and welcomes assistance from community volunteers to usher and work behind the scenes. The theater gratefully accepts donations. Call 609-570-3581 or visit the website for more information.

The theater has free, lighted parking and is wheelchair accessible. Funding for performances is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Isles, Inc. Announces New Board Members

Trenton, N.J. – Isles, Inc., a  community development nonprofit headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey, elected three new Trustees at its June Board Meeting. Marty Johnson, Isles’ President and CEO, says, “As part of a long range strategic plan, Isles has expanded our board of trustees from 15 to 20 leaders. The trustees guide and support Isles, while also representing those we serve throughout the region. We are honored to work alongside them.” New Trustees include:
 
 
 
Steven P. Goodell is a partner at Herbert Van Ness Cayci & Goodell, concentrating his practice in the areas of municipal law, litigation in all courts, zoning and land use. Mr. Goodell received his A.B. from Bucknell University, with honors, and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Goodell, a former Mercer County assistant prosecutor, is active in various community and professional organizations. He is also a trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. Mr. Goodell served as Chair of the Isles Board of Trustees from January 2010 to December 2013.
 
 
 
Ronald B. Stark is an accounting and finance professional who has held executive level positions with several area companies, including NRG Energy, Pegasus Communications, and Berlitz International, and began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He most recently served as NRG’s VP, Chief Accounting Officer with responsibility for directing all financial accounting and reporting activities company-wide.  Ron is a certified public accountant and received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Hofstra University and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in Newark.
 
 
 
Jacquelyn León, MPH is a Program Analyst at the New Jersey Department of Education.  In this role, Ms. León works to catalogue “what works” in the area of school preparedness. She provides direct technical assistance and training to equip school administrators with the knowledge and tools to develop a high-quality emergency operations plan and the skills to exercise their plans to assess readiness during an emergency. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. León consulted with various agencies focused on positive youth development. Ms. León is a resident of Trenton.
 
 

YWCA Princeton & Princeton University Announce Competitive Girls Robotics: Information Sessions

YWCA Princeton, in partnership with Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science, is hosting the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics Teams for girls, ages (9-14). Informational sessions are scheduled in August for interested girls and families to meet the coaches, register and learn more about the program. These session are free and open to all. Adults can participate as a coaches, mentors, or subject matter experts to the YWCA Princeton FLL teams.

 

Information Session Schedule

Dates & Times:

Saturdays, August 15 & 22, 11am-1pm Mondays, August 17 & 24, 6pm-8pm

Location:

Friend Center Convocation Room, Princeton University

Cost:

Free and open to all

More Info:

robotics@ywcaprinceton.org

www.ywcaprinceton.org/robotics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robotics Demo Day: Sunday September 13, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

For those that are unable to attend the Demo day or would like further details about joining the YWCA Princeton Girls’ Robotics Teams, a Robotics Demo Day is scheduled on September 13 (9:00 am-4:00 pm) at the "W Center" at YWCA Princeton. Local and national Robotics Competitive champions will perform demonstrations and share best practices for the upcoming completion season. This is also an opportunity to meet the coaches, mentors and other potential team-mates. A suggested donation of $10 will be applied at the door.

 

 About FLL Robotics:

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) encourages kids to celebrate research, science, and discovery in a fun and supportive team-like environment. In addition to creating robots using LEGO® Mindstorms®, each year FLL releases a new challenge based on current scientific issues. Participating teams can learn more about the science behind the challenge theme and use their creativity to design a solution (or modify an existing solution) to solve a real-world problem. This year, the challenge theme is called “TRASH TREK”. A preview of the theme is available on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/le49pjz. While FLL teams work on the Robot Game and the Project each year, they are guided by the FLL Core Values, which encourages participating children to respect their teammates, coaches, and their “competitors”, all while learning and having fun.

Great Road Farm Announces Organic Certification

We are now officially Certified Organic. Using the practices of organic agriculture for the past three years has made the transition smooth. I have become a better farmer because of the process. Record keeping, paying close attention to crop rotation, and contemplating and improving our farm strategy have all benefited the farm’s overall health. We are also concentrating on producing nutrient dense foods that are packed with flavor. This year we amended our tomato field with sea salt to yield a more flavorful tomato. Once they ripen we will let you know if it was successful! The weather has been nice to work in, however we have missed a couple opportunities to plant because of rain. When the fields are wet we do not work them because that causes compaction. Our CSA is entering it’s sixth week of pickup and our market at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market has been great. Weeds are popping up all over our fields, but we learn to live with them. After we make sure our crops are established, which requires weeding with tractors, scuffle hoes, and hand pulling, we let the weeds go. I have noticed the kale stays a little more tender when shaded by weeds. We try to maintain a balance on the farm for the land we care for, the people that work it, and what we reap. These practices and the proper balance produces great tasting vegetables!

Sourland Cycles Announces Beginners Road Riding Group - Starts 7/15

Starting July 15 and for the next 3 Wednesdays in July there will be a ride leaving the store at 9:30, called "Getting Comfortable on the Road." Anne Biber will lead this group.

Princeton Public Library Announces 2015 Princeton Student Film and Video Festival July 22 & 23

The 2015 Princeton Student Film and Video Festival will be held Wednesday, July 22, and Thursday, July 23, at Princeton Public Library. Screenings will begin at 7 p.m. both nights in the library’s Community Room. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance and will answer questions about their films.

The festival, in its 12th year, features short works by high school and college students from the Princeton area and throughout the United States as well as international entrants. Final selections were made from nearly 200 submitted works in a broad range of styles and themes. Genres include animation, comedy, dramatic feature, documentary, experimental, personal narrative and science fiction.

“There is an emphasis on local filmmakers, but we include films from all over because youth benefit from sharing broad perspectives as well as recognizing universal ideas,” said Youth Services Department Head Susan Conlon who coordinates the event. “The films are inspired, imaginative, and reflect the filmmakers’ seriousness about developing their visual and technical craft and the art of good storytelling.”

The 2015 festival features 12 films each night, created by both new and returning filmmakers, Conlon said. “This is a great chance for student filmmakers to show their work to a live, appreciative audience and get valuable feedback.”

The lineup of films by New Jersey high school students includes “8.3 by Talia Zinder, Princeton High School; “Do The Right Thing” by Khalid Khalil, Piscataway High School; “I Am Human” by Taylor Clark, Both Hands Artlet, Trenton;  “Passions by Isaiah Jimenez-Mackson,” Scotch Plains Fanwood High School;  “The Presenter” by Darcy Thompson, Highland Park High School; and “The Word Search” by Justin Boswick, Shawnee High School.

The films from filmmakers who are college students include “Adrift” by Chris Ortega, SUNY Purchase; “Apples” by Betsy Chao, Rutgers University; “Plastics Are Forever” by Louise Bartolotta, SUNY Purchase;  “Dead Flowers” by Jessica Dotson, Rutgers University; “Geno” by Phillip Stankus, University of the Arts; ”Jolo’s Kitchen”  by Brandon Barr, SUNY Purchase; “No Sleep” by Alexa Werrlein, Raritan Valley Community College; “Pieces of Belmar” by Zack Morrison, Columbia University; “The Pilot” by Jonathan McGuire, University of the Arts; “Sissy Can’t Sleep” by Jesse Lucks, Rutgers University;  “Underneath” by Jessica Marcus, University of the Arts; and “Wolf of the Woods” by Evan Maron,” University of the Arts.

The festival will also feature six international films made by university students including, from Ireland, “Model Life” by Tom Reynolds; from Kurdistan, “It Hit Upon The Roof” by Teymour Ghaderi; from the Philippines, “My 2014 Neighbor” by Anya Zulueta; from Slovakia, “Rosso Papavero” by Martin Smatana; and, from Spain, “Desintegración” by Álvaro Martin and “Horseface” by Marc Martínez Jordán.

The festival is intended for teen and adult viewers. Admission is free. For more information, see https://www.princetonlibrary.org/psfvf.

 

 

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. The physically challenged should contact the library at (609) 924-9529 48 hours before any program with questions about special accommodations.

Opinions expressed during programming at Princeton Public Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the library, its staff, trustees or supporters.

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org

NSMS Announces Exciting Opportunity for Kindergarten Students this Fall

Calling all Kindergartners! The New School for Music Study is now enrolling for The Piano Detectives Club, a unique opportunity for kindergarten students to find success and fun in their first experience at the piano.  The Piano Detectives Club will meet on Mondays at 4:15-5:15 for the 2015-2016 school year.  The class includes a short private lesson for each student and involves learning through games, music, and hands on activities.  Students will gain a solid foundation at the piano while having fun through movement and music! Students in the Piano Detectives Club will participate in a fall Parents Class, NSMS Piano Progressions, and a Spring Recital.  The class is co-taught by NSMS faculty members, Dr. Rebecca Pennington and Ms. Emily Lau.  For more information and to register, please write us at admissions@nsmspiano.org.  

 
Rebecca Mergen Pennington has been on the faculty of The New School for Music Study since 2007, and currently serves as the Administrative Director.  Dr. Pennington holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas, where she studied with Jack Winerock.  Dr. Pennington performs as a solo and collaborative artist and enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.  
 
Emily Lau is in her third year on the faculty of The New School for Music study.  Ms. Lau holds a Master's Degree from Roosevelt University and is a regular contributor to pianopedagogy.org.  Ms. Lau brings an exciting and vibrant teaching style to NSMS.  She enjoys working with young children.  
 

The New School for Music Study is one of the country's leading centers in piano education and provides a variety of programs and classes for piano students. Our school is conveniently located in the Princeton area of central New Jersey, offering piano lessons for students from Princeton, Plainsboro, East Windsor, West Windsor, Kingston and other surrounding communities.

The Peacock Inn Announces a New Restaurant Manager

The Peacock Inn's new restaurant manager

 
Jessica brings over a decade of restaurant experience along with a true passion for food, beverage, and excellent service. Jessica started her fine dining career in Washington D.C. as a lead server and in 2010, made the move to New York City. Working alongside some of the best chefs in New York City, such as Bill Telepan and Bobby Flay, Jessica eventually worked her way up to Service Director at Michelin Star restaurant Oceana in Midtown New York. Now with the responsibility of running the dining room at The Peacock Inn, Jessica's experience and knowledge is sure to enhance the culinary experience of every guest who dines at the historic Inn.
The Peacock Inn| 20 Bayard Lane | Princeton, NJ | (609) 924-1707 |
www.ThePeacockInn.com

Princeton Academy Announces New Director With New Directions for Summer Camp

Princeton – July 25, 2015 – The Princeton Academy Summer Program 2015 started off with a bang last week with close to 30 offerings for children aged 3 to 15.  From nature hikes and fishing to 3-D printing, and from athletics to marine biology, youngsters attending the Princeton Academy Summer Program this year are enjoying a newly enhanced variety of experiences.  Each has been thoughtfully designed and supervised by some of the area's top educators who are assisted by a cadre of experienced counselors.
 
Princeton Academy is very pleased to welcome this year Summer Program Director, Jacqueline Giuliano.  A veteran educator known for her extensive volunteer work as a parent in area public and independent schools, Giuliano says that Princeton Academy's Summer Program not only infuses a healthy sense of play alongside academic and athletic enrichment programs, but it also keeps the needs of working parents in mind by offering early morning and afternoon extended care.  "Our new Day Camp for Pre-k-4th grade has had a great response both from the kids and parents who are looking for a structured, safe, fun and meaningful program."  
 
Giuliano reports that the some of the most popular offerings this year include Nature and Survival, Baseball, Basketball, Day Camp, and Chess, new this summer.  Another favorite is a once-a-week off campus bus trip for day campers.  For the more academically oriented, Princeton Academy's Summer Program program offers courses like Adventures in Reading and Writing, a new technology program called "Minecraft," pre-Algebra, and a new SSAT prep.  "We're here to provide an enjoyable, well-rounded program that encourages young people to explore new things and balance their day with a mix of academics, arts, sports, science, and nature.  I'm so excited to be here," adds Giuliano.  
 
Princeton Academy's summer program will run through August 7, and parents can register online at www.princetonacademy.org/Summeror call 609-921-6499.

American Repertory Ballet Announces “Nutcracker in July” Promotions and Ticket Giveaway Social Media Contest

PRINCETON, NJ – July 1 through July 31, American Repertory Ballet will be celebrating “Nutcracker in July,” offering discounted tickets for Nutcracker performances at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Additionally, ARB is celebrating the July kick-off of ticket sales for this holiday classic with community partners in downtown Princeton, who will be involved in ARB’s social media contest. The contest winner will receive 4 complimentary tickets to Nutcracker at McCarter Theatre.

 

Using the promotional code “ARBJulyNut” at McCarter Theatre will allow patrons to purchase tickets to ARB’s Nutcracker for 10% off the original price. ARB will present Nutcracker at McCarter Theatre Thanksgiving weekend: Wednesday, November  25 at 7:30pm, Friday, November 27 at 2:00pm and 5:30pm, and Saturday, November 28 at 2:00pm and 5:30pm. Call 609.258.2787 or visit www.mccarter.org and use the promo code.

 

Nutcracker in July” posters will be displayed in various shops and restaurants in downtown Princeton. Take a “selfie” with each poster and post on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter with #ARBJulyNut to be entered in a drawing for 4 complimentary tickets to one of ARB’s Nutcracker performances at McCarter Theatre. Participating merchants are: Olsson’s Fine Foods, PJ’s Pancake House, Princeton Record Exchange, The Bent Spoon, Triumph Brewing Company, and more. The winner of the contest will be drawn on August 1, 2015 and will be notified via social media.

 

All “Nutracker in July” information and updates will be posted at www.arballet.org/NutcrackerInJuly starting on July 1.

Princeton Public Library Executive Director Leslie Burger Announces Retirement

Princeton Public Library Executive Director Leslie Burger Announces Retirement

The Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees announced that Leslie Burger will retire in January, 2016, after 16 years as executive director of the Princeton Public Library.

 

"This is a bittersweet moment for the Princeton community," said Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees President Kiki Jamieson. "We're very happy for Leslie as she starts a new chapter of her life, but we will sorely miss her leadership, vision, hard work and dedication to the Princeton community and public libraries in general. During Leslie's time here, a library that was well loved by the community grew to become a recognized, national leader for library service and innovation. There can be no greater testament to Leslie's tenure and contributions than the fact that leading municipal libraries across the country look to Princeton Public Library as a thought leader in the ever-evolving role of public libraries."

 

In anticipation of Ms. Burger's retirement and to ensure a seamless transition for both library customers and staff, the library's Board of Trustees will retain the services of a top-tier executive search firm to conduct a national search for Ms. Burger's successor.

 

 

MS. BURGER'S LEGACY

 

During Ms. Burger's tenure as Executive Director, all library usage statistics, including overall attendance, circulation of materials, growth of technology and digital collections, and public programming attendance, either doubled or increased dramatically. Her leadership was marked by the establishment or strengthening of ties between the library and all key sectors (public, private, nonprofit and educational) of the Princeton community.

 

"Being Executive Director of a library in a town that places a premium on reading, learning and community engagement has been the highlight of my career," Ms. Burger said. "In 42 years as a librarian, I've seen the profession evolve from one marked by slow, deliberate planning to one driven by technology to rapidly meet the ever-changing and growing demands of library customers."

 

In addition, Ms. Burger led Princeton Public Library through an unprecedented period of growth highlighted by the design, construction and opening of the Sands Library Building in 2004 and a successful campaign to build a $10 million endowment to support innovation. In all, Burger led development efforts resulting in more than $25 million in private funding for the library.

 

While Princeton's Executive Director, Ms. Burger served a yearlong term as President of the American Library Association from July 2006 through June 2007. She is also a former President of the New Jersey Library Association.

 

Before joining the Princeton Public Library, Ms. Burger served as a development consultant at the New Jersey State Library where she focused on developing leadership and marketing initiatives within the state's libraries. She served as Executive Director of the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, which served Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. She also worked at the Connecticut State Library as the LSTA Coordinator, Director of Planning and Research, and Director of Network Services. Her library career began at the Bridgeport, CT., Public Library when she was hired to develop a community information and referral service.

 

After retiring, Ms. Burger will turn her attention full time to Library Development Solutions, the private consulting firm she founded in 1991 with her husband, Alan. LDS has worked with more than 200 urban, suburban, and rural public libraries, academic, special libraries, state libraries and library cooperatives across the U.S. in strategic planning, facility assessment, program implementation and evaluation and organizational development.

 

 

2REIMAGINE - SECOND FLOOR RENOVATION PROJECT

 

Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees approved a second floor renovation plan called 2Reimagine that highlights flexible space and is expected to include a dozen new Collaboration Rooms more suitable for co-working and/or individual study; a new 60-seat quiet Reading Room; a dedicated quiet magazine room, dubbed The Newsroom, with seating for 30 people; a Technology Discovery Center for hands-on digital exploration; an Information Commons, with the latest technology and functional instructional space for classes; a more robust wireless network to better manage the ever-increasing digital load; an enlarged Living Room Space, with more comfortable lounge seating; a Business Center equipped with technologies to even better support those working away from home or office; and a new 40-seat Event Space.

 

"This is an ambitious and much-needed project that will deliver a 21st century library space where traditional library values of books and quiet space will coexist with the technological tools our community needs," Burger said. "I'm confident that we can get this project well under way by the time of my departure. The library has always been able to rely on an engaged and generous community to maintain the difference between a passive library as a repository of information and an innovative and empowering community library, and I have no reason to doubt this will continue when my term as executive director ends."

 

Ms. Burger's announcement comes as the library is in the midst of a campaign to raise $3 million in private funding for the planned renovation of the second floor. She hopes to have all funds secured and for the project to be under way at the time of her retirement.

 

"I cannot think of a better way for Leslie to complete her legacy as executive director of the Princeton Public Library than by her overseeing the funding and launch of this planned renovation," said Ms. Jamieson. "Her vision and inspiration will forever be part of our community and a reimagined second floor is a wonderful and enduring gift from Leslie to all of us."

 

West Windsor Arts Council Announces Line Up for "And the Beat Goes On" FREE Summer Music Series 2015 at Nassau Park Pavilion

 

Minas Trios, Dukes of Destiny, Tie Dye Hillbilly Dance Party & Sarah Donner
 
 
Princeton Junction, NJ June 8, 2015: The West Windsor Arts Council invites the community to celebrate summer 2015 with its annual concert series featuring local and regional artists spanning the musical spectrum - from Brazilian jazz and the blues to "newgrass" and folk pop (details about each act below). 
 
Concerts are scheduled on select Saturdays from June thru August, 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Nassau Park Pavilion (Nassau Park Shopping Center off of Route 1, located between Target and Panera Bread).  Free and open to the public - BYO-picnic dinner and chair encouraged:
 
June 27:    MINOS TRIO (Brazilian Jazz)
July 18:    THE DUKES OF DESTINY (Blues)
August 1:    TIE DYE HILLBILLY DANCE PARTY (Newgrass)
August 15:    SARAH DONNER (Folk Pop)
 
The 2015 "And the Beat Goes On" free Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of DDR Corp. (Nassau Park), New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Richard Eland of Title Village Title Agency, Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission/New Jersey State Council on the Arts and West Windsor Arts Council. Check West Windsor Arts Center website for event details and weather contingencies at www.westwindsorarts.org 
 
ABOUT EACH ARTIST:
Minas Trio:

With original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Minas Trio uses Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative.  Audiences enjoy timeless and engaging performances that range from from ballads to folk with Bossa Nova pulse, upbeat Sambas with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling. 

 
Dukes of Destiny: 
Calling Philadelphia home, the Dukes of Destiny have been entertaining fans of the blues for more than 28 years. With a mix of their own arrangements of obscure blues standards and powerful original songs, the Dukes continue to grow, develop and inspire their fans. 
Appearing at top music festivals including the River Blues Festivals at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia Blues Machine, the YO Philadelphia Festival, the Pocono Blues Festival and, most recently as the back up band for Terry Evans at TRAMMPS, NYC and the Penn State Festival of the Arts. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dukesofdestiny?fref=ts
 
 
Tie Dye Hillbilly Dance Party:
Hailing from New Hope, PA, the Tie Dye Hillbilly Dance Party stays true to their name and offers traditional, newgrass and jam-band inspired bluegrass guaranteeing that audiences will "leave your seat and move your feet." Fiddle (Larry Wohl), madolin (Mike Sumichrast), bass (David Haneman), guitar (Rob Chesbro) and banjo (Bob Sutor) make up this party taking inspiration from Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Grateful Dead, Hot Rize and In the Way. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TieDyeHillbillyDanceParty/info?tab=page_info
 
Sarah Donner:
A "weblebrity," locally based in Princeton, NJ, Sarah Donner is an indie folkpop artist with five studio album releases and a YouTube sensation with over two million views of her videos. Donner is known for her powerful vocals, energetic instrumentals and playful on-stage presence. Her music has been featured on Conan O'Brien's blog, NPR, Showtime, and CBS News. Website: www.sarahdonner.com
 
 
About the West Windsor Arts Council:

The West Windsor Arts Council's mission is to provide professional quality community arts programming in order to support, educate, inspire, and promote the arts and art appreciation.  Founded in 2002, the West Windsor Arts Council opened the doors of the new West Windsor Arts Center on September 25, 2010 in the historic Princeton Junction Firehouse at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.  For information on the West Windsor Arts Council and West Windsor Arts Center, please visit www.westwindsorarts.org. Call 609.716.1931 or write info@westwindsorarts.org.

West Windsor Arts Council Announces Line Up for "And the Beat Goes On" FREE Summer Music Series 2015 at Nassau Park Pavilion

 

Minas Trios, Dukes of Destiny, Tie Dye Hillbilly Dance Party & Sarah Donner
 
 
Princeton Junction, NJ June 8, 2015: The West Windsor Arts Council invites the community to celebrate summer 2015 with its annual concert series featuring local and regional artists spanning the musical spectrum - from Brazilian jazz and the blues to "newgrass" and folk pop (details about each act below). 
 
Concerts are scheduled on select Saturdays from June thru August, 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Nassau Park Pavilion (Nassau Park Shopping Center off of Route 1, located between Target and Panera Bread).  Free and open to the public - BYO-picnic dinner and chair encouraged:
 
June 27:    MINOS TRIO (Brazilian Jazz)
July 18:    THE DUKES OF DESTINY (Blues)
August 1:    TIE DYE HILLBILLY DANCE PARTY (Newgrass)
August 15:    SARAH DONNER (Folk Pop)
 
The 2015 "And the Beat Goes On" free Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of DDR Corp. (Nassau Park), New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Richard Eland of Title Village Title Agency, Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission/New Jersey State Council on the Arts and West Windsor Arts Council. Check West Windsor Arts Center website for event details and weather contingencies at www.westwindsorarts.org 
 
ABOUT EACH ARTIST:
Minas Trio:

With original music and a collection of over 100 songs, Minas Trio uses Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative.  Audiences enjoy timeless and engaging performances that range from from ballads to folk with Bossa Nova pulse, upbeat Sambas with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling. 

 
Dukes of Destiny: 
Calling Philadelphia home, the Dukes of Destiny have been entertaining fans of the blues for more than 28 years. With a mix of their own arrangements of obscure blues standards and powerful original songs, the Dukes continue to grow, develop and inspire their fans. 
Appearing at top music festivals including the River Blues Festivals at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia Blues Machine, the YO Philadelphia Festival, the Pocono Blues Festival and, most recently as the back up band for Terry Evans at TRAMMPS, NYC and the Penn State Festival of the Arts. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dukesofdestiny?fref=ts
 
 
Tie Dye Hillbilly Dance Party:
Hailing from New Hope, PA, the Tie Dye Hillbilly Dance Party stays true to their name and offers traditional, newgrass and jam-band inspired bluegrass guaranteeing that audiences will "leave your seat and move your feet." Fiddle (Larry Wohl), madolin (Mike Sumichrast), bass (David Haneman), guitar (Rob Chesbro) and banjo (Bob Sutor) make up this party taking inspiration from Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Grateful Dead, Hot Rize and In the Way. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TieDyeHillbillyDanceParty/info?tab=page_info
 
Sarah Donner:
A "weblebrity," locally based in Princeton, NJ, Sarah Donner is an indie folkpop artist with five studio album releases and a YouTube sensation with over two million views of her videos. Donner is known for her powerful vocals, energetic instrumentals and playful on-stage presence. Her music has been featured on Conan O'Brien's blog, NPR, Showtime, and CBS News. Website: www.sarahdonner.com
 
 
About the West Windsor Arts Council:

The West Windsor Arts Council's mission is to provide professional quality community arts programming in order to support, educate, inspire, and promote the arts and art appreciation.  Founded in 2002, the West Windsor Arts Council opened the doors of the new West Windsor Arts Center on September 25, 2010 in the historic Princeton Junction Firehouse at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.  For information on the West Windsor Arts Council and West Windsor Arts Center, please visit www.westwindsorarts.org. Call 609.716.1931 or write info@westwindsorarts.org.

Arts Council of Princeton Announces Opening of First-Ever Princeton Parklet with a ‘Village’ of Collaborators

Arts Council of Princeton Announces Opening of First-Ever Princeton Parklet with a ‘Village’ of Collaborators
Architect Kirsten Thoft, ACP Artistic Director, Maria Evans, Professor Michael Laffan, Princeton University, and Small World Coffee Supervisor, Theis Hoekstra, enjoying the Princeton Parklet

Princeton, NJ- Princeton’s first ‘parklet,’ a public seating platform built to transform curbside parking spaces into beautiful, lively spaces for the community to enjoy, was installed last week. Also known as "street seats,” parklets provide a means for the community, artists, art organizations, schools, residents and business owners to participate in designing and repurposing a parking space into a public art-based space.  Located in front of small world coffee on Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton, the parklet is the first of its kind in Princeton.

“A ‘village’ of collaborators had a hand in creating the Princeton Parklet,” said Maria Evans, ACP’s Artistic Director. Mayor Liz Lempert and the Town of Princeton approached the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) to assemble a team to facilitate the creation of a parklet in Princeton, similar to those found in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Evans, also an art teacher at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, recognized that the parklet project could provide a wonderful teaching opportunity for Stuart art students. Ms. Evans and her class collaborated with a team comprised of Princeton Government's Lee Solow, the Princeton Public Works crew, George Akers of Material Design Build, architect Kirsten Thoft, Mike Hathaway of Revival Construction Co, landscape artist Peter Soderman, and small world coffee owner Jessica Durrie, to make Mayor Lempert’s vision a reality and build a beautiful parklet for the town to enjoy.

The parklet will be in place for 2-4 months. An official opening ceremony and dedication of the parklet will be held on June 4th at 5pm at the site on Witherspoon Street in front of small world coffee.

The Arts Council of Princeton, 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, designed by architect Michael Graves, 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 a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.

 

YWCA Princeton Announces Competitive All-Girls Robotics Teams

PRINCETON, NJ - YWCA Princeton is proud to introduce a new program that exposes young girls to science and technology in a fun environment through FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics. This exciting new opportunity is offered as a part of an initiative hosted by Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Girls who are interested can join one of two YWCA Princeton Robotics Teams and compete in the upcoming FLL season.

About FLL

FIRST® LEGO® League encourages kids to celebrate research, science, and discovery in a fun and supportive team-like environment. In addition to creating robots using LEGO® Mindstorms®, each year FLL releases a new challenge based on current scientific issues. Participating teams can learn more about the science behind the challenge theme and use their creativity to design a solution (or modify an existing solution) to solve a real-world problem. This year, the challenge theme is called “TRASH TREK”. A preview of the theme is available on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/le49pjz. While FLL teams work on the Robot Game and the Project each year, they are guided by the FLL Core Values, which encourages participating children to respect their teammates, coaches, and their “competitors”, all while learning and having fun.

About YWCA Princeton Robotics Program

Dr. Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman, consultant, YWCA Princeton Tribute to Women Honoree, Board member and Princeton Grad, is spearheading this initative. “My expectation for the program is to create a positive exposure to young, potential scientists by showing them a path to an interesting range of careers. I want these girls to know that a career path in science should not be arduous but should be fun!”