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Ditschman/Flemington Ford-Lincoln recently won Ford's President’s Award for 2015.

   Shop Talk is a weekly notebook that gets the word out and encourages support of businesses in the Packet Media area, while at the same time informing consumers of what special deals and events may be going on in their neighborhood.

   To submit an item, email rfisher@centraljersey.com and put “Item for Shop Talk” in the subject line.

   Here are this week’s items:

   Pets Plus at 111 Lawrenceville Road in Lawrenceville will host a grand reopening to celebrate its transition from selling commercially raised puppies to only offering rescued shelter dogs and puppies for adoption. The dogs will come from shelters in New Jersey, Mississippi, Virginia, Louisiana, West Virginia and various Kentucky rescue groups.

   Adoptable dogs and puppies will be available at the July 17 event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. With Lawrence Mayor David Maffei, Senator Shirley Turner and several other political officeholders on hand, the ribbon cutting takes place at 1 p.m.

   The first 25 customers will receive a free “Stop Puppy Mills” T-shirt. The first 100 customers will receive a “Stop Puppy Mills” button. There will also be giveaways, food, a cash grab machine, face painting, the Pets Plus Rescue Bus and more.

   For more information call 609-278-0888 or visit http://petsplusnatural.com/lawrenceville call 609-278-0888.

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   Pennington Studio for Dance and Creative Arts has opened for classes at 114 Straube Center Blvd., Suite K-2 in Pennington, just off Route 31. The studio is now offering a Teen Dance Camp.

   The school is run by Dawn Cargiulo Berman, former professional modern dancer with the internationally known Momix Dance Company. Ms. Berman holds a bachelor’s in dance theatre from the Laban Centre for Dance and Movement in London. She has also performed with companies in London, Vienna, Philadelphia and New York City. Her international touring during that time gives her a global knowledge of the dance scene, and she also has a wide range of teaching and organizational experience.

   Ms. Berman created and directed the dance program for the Mainland High School and the Middlesex Vocational and Technical High School in East Brunswick. She also has a background in private studio teaching, and has collaborated with many local arts and educational organizations, including the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, The Lawrenceville School, Rider University, and Princeton Ballet School.

   Ms. Berman’s desire is to emphasize the “education” in dance education. The Pennington Studio’s classes for very young dancers are called the ABC program, and involve the dancers in a “teaching across the curriculum” approach to early dance classes, with lots of fun with letters and numbers. Dancers in elementary school are offered a range of dance styles to choose from. Creativity is emphasized, with dancers as young as kindergarten having the opportunity to study choreography and express themselves through movement.

   The Pennington Studio will also offer classes in studio art and vocal music. Gabrielle Shamsey will offer drawing and painting classes, and Elizabeth Sutton will teach voice. The last two weeks of July will be dedicated to camps for dancers ages 11 to 14, centered around dance technique, improvisation, and choreography. A pizza party on July 27 will follow a free-style hip-hop evening. More events, including evening drop-in classes for summer, are currently being scheduled.

   Registration information for summer camps and events, and for the fall, is available at www.thepenningtonstudio.com. A placement class will be held on July 26, and later in the summer. Call 609-737-1264 to reserve space in the free class.

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   Ditschman/Flemington Ford-Lincoln is celebrating its recent achievements, including Ford’s President’s Award for 2015; the Ford One Elite Award for 2016; and the Ford e2 Employee Excellence Certification for 10 exemplary employees.

   ”It’s not often that one automotive dealership is recognized at so many different levels,” said Steve Kalafer, Chairman of Ditschman/Flemington Ford-Lincoln and the Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Brands. “I’ll never tire from saying this, but it’s how we do business every day and always make our customers a priority. Thanks to achievements such as these, we have been able to serve our growing customer base for 40 years, and we’re still going strong.”

   This is the 18th time that Ditschman/Flemington Ford has achieved Ford’s President’s Award, which recognizes dealers for excellence in providing outstanding customer service and satisfaction.

   ”It’s all about us working as a team,” said Jim O’Brien, general manager at Ditschman/Flemington Ford- Lincoln. “Our staff complements each other with their talents and we genuinely respect our customers. I am extremely proud of our staff and commend everyone for a job well done.”

   The One Ford Elite Award distinguishes the top performing dealerships with best-in-class recognition. It is the highest honor in customer satisfaction given by Ford, and this is the second time Ditschman/Flemington Ford has been recognized with the prestigious honor.

   The Ford e2 Employee Excellence award salutes the top-performing employees who have achieved among the highest levels of customer satisfaction in both sales and service. It is designed to recognize and reward success in Customer Satisfaction, Professionalism and Education on an individual basis. Having 10 recipients at Ditschman/Flemington Ford is among the highest number of employees to receive the award from any Ford dealership in the region.

   For more information on Ditschman/Flemington Ford-Lincoln, go to ditschmanflemingtonford.com or call 908-782-3673.

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   Princeton native Cynthia Baker, a CTFA/CASL for Northwestern Mutual, The Office of Art Blick at 731 Alexander Road in Princeton, was recently honored by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce with a Champion for Business Award.

   Ms. Baker graduated from the Rider University School of Business, and started her career at Princeton Bank and Trust as the assistant to the divisional president of the trust department. She has held the titles of trust officer, assistant vice president, vice president, and manager of trust and estate departments of various banking institutions throughout her career.

   She joined Art Blick and Northwestern Mutual in 2007 as the liaison between the Princeton Office and the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, a limited purpose federal savings bank serving the corporate fiduciary needs of the company’s clients throughout the country. Her primary goal is to develop and administer new trust, investment, and insurance relationships.

   In addition to coordinating and participating in various community events, she serves as a member and Past President of the Mercer County Estate Planning Council. She is a member of the Community Options Business Advisory Board, and an Executive Officer of the Rider Women’s Leadership Council. She also chairs the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee and serves on the Independent Business Alliance planning committee.

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   Carter & Cavero Olive Oil Company at 27 Palmer Square West in Princeton is holding summer sales through July 31. Peach Balsamic Vinegar and Calabrian Chili Pepper Olive Oil are both $2 off for 200-ml bottles ($11.95) and 500-ml bottles ($21.95).

   All products by Oasis Olives (Bruschettas and Fig Jam) are $4.95, which is $3 off the regular price. All Olive Wood is 20 percent off and select Cazuelas are on sale. For more information call 609-356-0215 or visit www.carterandcavero.com.

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   SCRAP U, a craft, cook and create company in Hillsborough that allows your creativity to come alive, has a plethora of special workshops this summer in partnership with Suzy at Kreative Kids at 5 Jill Court in Hillsborough. Participants can explore the art of paper crafting, creative art projects and dessert making.

   Summer Camps: Cute Confections Camp, Aug. 8-12 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Crafts in the Summer Sun, craft, snack and scrap, in partnership with Suzy at Kreative Kids, Aug. 22-26; Beach Bums, craft snack and scrap in partnership with Suzy at Kreative Kids, Aug. 29-Sep. 2. There are half-day options and before-and-after care. For more information or to register, visit www.scrapunj.com; email tina@scrapunj.com; phone 732-239-5003. SCRAP U is licensed, insured and bonded.

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   The Sourland Music Festival will be held at the Hillsborough Golf and Country Club at 146 Wertsville Road in Hillsborough on July 23 from 3 to 10 pm. Headlining the show is CC Coletti. Also on the bill are Ten Foot Tall, jazz master Jim Ridl, songstress Christine Havrilla and local bluegrass band the Blue Wave Ramblers. Food stands and a beer and wine garden will be on hand.

   Cost is $25 for general admission online, $35 for general admission at the door, $75 for VIP on line, $90 for VIP at door and $10 for children ages 7-12. To get tickets online visit www.sourlandmusicfest.org/tickets. All proceeds support the Sourland Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region.

The Sourland Music Festival will be held at the Hillsborough Golf and Country Club at 146 Wertsville Road in Hillsborough on July 23 from 3 to 10 pm. Headlining the show is CC Coletti. Also on the bill are Ten Foot Tall, jazz master Jim Ridl, songstress Christine Havrilla and local bluegrass band the Blue Wave Ramblers. Food stands and a beer and wine garden will be on hand. Cost is $25 for general admission online, $35 for general admission at the door, $75 for VIP on line, $90 for VIP at door and $10 for children ages 7-12. To get tickets online visit http://www.sourlandmusicfest.org/tickets. All proceeds support the Sourland Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and preserving the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region.

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   ZOË Pop-Up at 10 Hulfish St. — a new concept store entering its second month across the street from the original Zoe — features a curated selection of designers centered around a theme. It will transform into an entirely new shop every two months. Lower price points and easily accessible fashion is the mainstay for each of the collections.

   The inaugural theme available until the end of June is a beach getaway. Designers include Star Mela, Natalie Martin, Lemlem, Poupette St. Barth’s, Norma Kamali, Malia Mills, the Beach People, Ward Whillas, and others. Everything is in stock for a summer getaway — swimwear, cover-ups, sunglasses, towels, jewelry, and other beach accessories.

   The upcoming concepts are as follows:

   • July/August: Joie, contemporary brands catering to the savvy, fashion-minded, modern woman. Understatedly chic, Joie’s designs are constantly inspired by the Southern California lifestyle and its casual, yet sophisticated way of life.

   • September/October: Vince apparel and accessories for men and women.

   • November/December: Home Chic gift collections just in time for the holidays.

   ”I am so excited to be working on this concept,” Zoe and Zoe Pop-Up owner Lisa Brock said. “The feedback from customers has been wonderful so far, plus it has caught the attention from designers who have reached out to see if they could be part of it.”

   For updates on merchandise, promotions, and pop-up themes, follow Zoe Pop-up www.facebook.com/SHOPZOE.

Mathnasium at 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton, is offering a free trial to see if the math-only learning center for ages K-12 to see if it’s a good fit for a child’s needs. Children are invited to visit the center, meet the instructors and try out the program. This is not an observation session, but a full Mathnasium.

   For further information call 609-256-6284 (MATH), or visit www.mathnasium.com/princeton.

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   Mathnasium at 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton, is offering a free trial to see if the math-only learning center for ages K-12 to see if it’s a good fit for a child’s needs. Children are invited to visit the center, meet the instructors and try out the program. This is not an observation session, but a full Mathnasium.

   For further information call 609-256-6284 (MATH), or visit www.mathnasium.com/princeton.

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   Princeton Photo Workshop will hold workshops during Friday Night Fireworks in Lambertville, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. The composition-on-location workshop provides an opportunity for photographers of all levels to learn how to translate what they see into memorable images.

   The workshop starts with a discussion of composition and camera settings, and the instructor is there every step of the way to look at the work and answer questions. Participants will explore some of Lambertville’s picturesque settings while putting into practice the rules of composition to create memorable images. The night wraps up at the river at 9:30 to photograph and enjoy the fireworks display over the Delaware.

   For more information and to sign up visit http://princetondigitalphotoworkshop.com.

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   America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses at 644 Nassau Park Blvd. in Nassau Park Pavilion is offering two pair of eyeglasses for $69.95 (includes single-vision uncoated plastic lenses and frames priced at $59.95). Find other lens and frame options at America’s Best for an additional cost. Buy two pairs of glasses and get a free eye exam.

   In certain states eye exams provided by independent Doctors of Optometry and Ophthalmology. For more information, call 609-608-1020.

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