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WHAT’S GOING ON: July 17, 2015

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Fri., July 17 

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Visit Temple B’nai Abraham for an open house and a Friday night family service. Tot Shabbot will take place from 6-7:15 p.m. and the family service will start at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterward. The temple is located at 58 Crosswicks St. in Bordentown. Call Kim at 609-298-1527 for more information. 

Sat., July 18 

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During the Truck-A-Thon a collection of trucks and emergency vehicles will gather in the Cranbury School parking lot. Youngsters can tour the cabs, climb in and grab the wheel, and of course get some good photo ops. This year will feature large farm equipment, fire, EMT and police vehicles, a sleep-in cab from a big rig, and others. The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Adult admission costs $5 and children admission costs $3. 

Sun., July 19 

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The Cranbury Museum, located at 4 Park Place East, is open from 1-4 p.m. The current special exhibit is “Stults Farm, Est. 1915: 100 Years of Family Farming.” Guided docent tours are available. Donations are appreciated.

“Simply Diamond” will perform tributes to all of the most popular Neil Diamond songs at 6 p.m. at Etra Lake Park in East Windsor. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School auditorium. 

Mon., July 20 

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“Grandparenting 101” will be held at the Hickory Corner Branch of the Mercer County Library System, located at 138 Hickory Corner Road in East Windsor. Health educator Carolyn Schindewolf of Princeton Healthcare System will present a fun, interactive session that includes the latest in baby and child care, transitioning from parent to grandparent, and family dynamics when grandparents retire. The class is free and open to the public. Please call the library to register at 609-448-1330. 

Wed., July 22 

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Join in the “Sock Puppet Superhero Sleepover” from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System and discover what happens in the library when the doors are locked. This program is for children of all ages. Light snacks will be served. Online registration is required.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater New Jersey Chapter will host “How to Better Communicate with Your Loved One with the Disease” in the Monroe Township Senior Center at 12 Halsey Reed Road in Monroe Township from 2-3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Call 973-586-4300 to register for the program, which will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and to identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. 

Thurs., July 23 

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“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: New Jersey’s Civil War Generals” will be discussed at 7 p.m. at the Hickory Corner Branch of the Mercer County Library System, located at 138 Hickory Corner Road in East Windsor. Dr. David Martin, author of over 25 books on the Civil War, will present an illustrated lecture on New Jersey’s Civil War generals, from the famous (Phil Kearny and Judson Kilpatrick) to the good but not so well known (Joseph Karge and George Bayard) and from the controversial (George McClellan) to the awful (Joseph Revere and others). This event is sponsored by Friends of the Hickory Corner Library. Call the library to register at 609-448-1330.

“Nature’s Superheroes” with will be held at 7 p.m. in the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. See some of nature’s true superheroes with the amazing animals from Eyes of the Wild. This program is for children ages 6 and up. Online registration is required.

“Sisters in Pain” by Myra Danonjemma Nigh Productions takes a satirical look at one woman’s reaction to her husband’s unexpected announcement of his retirement from his career, and his eagerness to spend more time together. The show will start at 7 p.m. in the Twin Rivers branch of the Mercer County Library at 276 Abbington Drive in East Windsor. 

Fri., July 24 

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Jehovah’s Witnesses will hold their annual convention at the Sun National Bank Center through July 26 starting at 9:20 a.m. each morning. They extend an open invitation for all to attend. The theme of this year’s program is “Imitate Jesus!” The “Imitate Jesus!” conventions will examine Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Bible, and emphasize how all — regardless of their background, lifestyle, or religion — can benefit in practical ways from his example and teachings. A highlight of the program will be the keynote address on Friday morning, entitled “Concealed in Him Are All the Treasures of Wisdom.” There is no admission fee. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations.

“Toddler Tunes” will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. This music program is for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. Online registration is necessary for this program. 

Sun., July 26 

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The Historic Cranbury Walking Tour will start at 2 p.m. at the Cranbury Museum at 4 Park Place East, Cranbury. A $5 per person donation is requested. For reservations, call tour guide Richard Moody at 609-651-0693.

The Cranbury Museum, located at 4 Park Place East, is open from 1-4 p.m. The current special exhibit is “Stults Farm, Est. 1915: 100 Years of Family Farming.” Guided docent tours are available. Donations are appreciated. 

Mon., July 27 

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Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 280 Crosswicks Road in Bordentown, will be having its annual Summer Vacation Bible School this week through July 31. There will be a morning session for children age 3 to kindergarten and an evening session for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The theme for this year is “Everest” and children will embark on an icy expedition and overcome obstacles with God’s power. Kids will be anchored in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life’s challenges. To register, go to www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/2015HCLC/gpgs/Home.aspx. 

Wed., July 29 

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children of Mercer County is currently seeking new volunteers. CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who speak up in family court for the best interests of children that have been removed from their families due to abuse and/or neglect. An information session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at 1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill Duffy at jduffy@casamercer.org or 609-434-0050. Visit www.casamercer.org for more information.

“Playing with Polymers” with Mad Science will be held at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. Giant molecule chains called polymers are vital to modern civilization, and they can be lots of fun for kids. In this slimy class, kids will explore, create and play with the most entertaining and useful molecule known to science, and discover its many shapes and forms. This program is for children ages 4 to 6. Online registration is required. 

Thurs., July 30 

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“Superheroes” with Sciencetellers will be held at 7 p.m. in the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. Throw on a lab coat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have kids laughing, learning and having fun. This program is for children ages 6 and up. Online registration is necessary for this program. 

Thurs., July 30 

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“Sing Along With Jumpin’ Jamie” will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. This music program is for children of all ages, accompanied by an adult. Online registration is necessary for this program. 

Sat., Aug. 1 

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Upward Sport Basketball Clinic, sponsored by Power House Kingdom Ministries, will be held in the Carslake Community Center at 207 Crosswick St. in Bordentown from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The basketball clinic is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 13 years old. Each basketball player will enhance their skills while developing and training the fundamentals of a well-rounded athlete. Onsite registration will be taken from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or pre-register at PHKM.org. For more information, call Traline Bacon at 609-239-0898 or Terry Johnson at 609-298-8930. 

Sun., Aug. 2 

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“Bronx Wanderers” will perform at 6 p.m. in Etra Lake Park in East Windsor. Their tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Dion will feature favorites such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Run Around Sue,” “The Wanderer,” along with the current sounds of Coldplay, Bruno Mars and many more. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School auditorium.

The Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor Seniors will host its summer opera program, “Opera’s Bad Girls and Their Victims” at 3 p.m. The afternoon will contain musical selections by Georges Bizet, Gaetano Donizetti, Jules Massenet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppi Verdi. Performers include Cecillia Chaisson, soprano; Eve Edwards, soprano; Constance Kyriacos, soprano; Maroush Paneyan Nigon, soprano; Dr. Dora Schnur, soprano; David Hobbs, tenor; Mark Cotton, lyric baritone and Joseph Krupa, pianist. Admission is $5 per person. To RSVP, call Beth El Synagogue office at 609-443-4454 no later than July 27. Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road in East Windsor. See www.bethel.net for more information.

This August the Plainsboro Library presents an exhibit by Watercolorists Unlimited, a group of highly experienced watercolor artists from the regional area. The show will provide an excellent look at traditional watercolor techniques and styles. An art reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. during which the artists will be available to answer questions about their work. The exhibit runs Aug. 1-26. Present members include Barbara Cox of West Windsor; Fran Crandall of Princeton; Jean Dunham and Eleanore Newell of Monroe Township; Sue Ewart and Jonnylee Gore of Pennington; Bernice Fatto of Hillsborough; Mary Kramarenko of East Windsor; Beverly Nickel of Hamilton Square; and Dale Smith, Lisa Walsh, and Ginny Swanagan of Cranbury. The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897. 

Mon., Aug. 3 

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“Waltens Acrobatic and Performing Dog Show” will be held at 6 p.m. at the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. Please note this program includes live animals. In case of inclement weather, this show will be presented on Monday, Aug. 10. Registration is not required. This program is for children of all ages. 

Tues., Aug. 4 

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Groups and businesses are invited to participate in National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. at the East Windsor PAL Complex, 30 Airport Road, East Windsor. This annual fun and educational township event, sponsored by Mayor Janice Mironov and council members in conjunction with Police Chief Harry Marshall, features crime watch information, emergency services equipment, music, booths and displays by area groups and businesses with information and giveaways supporting the National Night Out theme. Area community groups and businesses who wish to participate can contact Det. Joseph Gorski at 609-448-5678, ext. 231 or gorski@ewpd.com. 

Wed., Aug. 5 

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“Penny and the Puppettes” will be held at 6 p.m. in the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System. This live, interactive, musical-comedy puppet show is for children ages 4 and up. Online registration is necessary for this program. 

Fri., Aug. 7 

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An “American Girl Tea Party” will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Robbinsville branch of the Mercer County Library System for children ages 5 and up. This event will feature crafts, food, and special games. Moms and special dolls are invited too. Online registration is necessary for this program. 

Sat., Aug. 8 

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The Hightstown High School Class of 1975 will celebrate its 40th reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. Contact Paula Reid Falencki or John Karpiscak via Facebook for details. 

Sun., Aug. 9 

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The “B Street Band,” an original Springsteen tribute band, will perform at 6 p.m. in Etra Lake Park in East Windsor. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School auditorium. 

Wed., Aug. 12 

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The Roebling Museum will host its annual summer day camp today through Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The Emily Roebling STEAM Day Camp will explore technology and history on the grounds of the Roebling Museum. The camp is open to middle school girls and boys in 5th through 8th grades. Email Varissa McMickens Blair, museum administrator and camp director, at varissa.mcmickensblair@roeblingmuseum.org for more information. Registration forms are available online or at the museum. Camp tuition, including lunch and snacks is $150 for non-members and $130 for Roebling Museum members. For more information on this and other upcoming programs, group tours, facility rentals, and volunteer opportunities, please call the museum at 609-499-7200 or visit our website at www.roeblingmuseum.org. The museum is located on 100 Second Ave. in Roebling.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Mercer County is currently seeking new volunteers. CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who speak up in Family Court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their families due to abuse and/or neglect and placed in the foster care system. There will be an information session for potential volunteers at 10 a.m. in the CASA offices at 1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill Duffy by email at jduffy@casamercer.org or phone 609-434-0050. Visit www.casamercer.org for more information. 

Thurs., Aug. 13 

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Sisters in Pain” by Myra Danonjemma Nigh Productions takes a satirical look at one woman’s reaction to her husband’s unexpected announcement of his retirement from his career, and his eagerness to spend more time together. The show will start at 7 p.m. in the Monmouth County Library Headquarters st 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan. 

Fri., Aug. 14 

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Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor invites the public to celebrate Shabbat on the Lake on Friday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. at the gazebo on Lake Drive in Robbinsville’s Town Center. This program will be held outside at the gazebo, 1132 Lake Drive East, Robbinsville. Please bring chairs and/or blanket, as limited seating will be available. RSVPs are requested but not required. Call the synagogue office or email programming@bethel.net to RSVP. Members and non-members are welcome. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at the Robbinsville Senior Center, 1117 Route 130, Robbinsville. Visit www.bethel.net or call the synagogue office after 1 p.m. on Aug. 14 for updates. Beth El Synagogue is a family-oriented, conservative synagogue located in East Windsor at 50 Maple Stream Road. Call 609-443-4454 or visit www.bethel.net for more information.

Sisters in Pain” by Myra Danonjemma Nigh Productions takes a satirical look at one woman’s reaction to her husband’s unexpected announcement of his retirement from his career, and his eagerness to spend more time together. The show will start at 2:30 p.m. in the Monroe Senior Center. Attendees must be a Monroe resident and a registered member of the Monroe Senior Center. Registration is free. 

Sat., Aug. 15 

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Miles for Mikey, an escorted motorcycle ride and street fair gala sponsored by the Jamesburg Elks 2180 MC, will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. Kickstands will go up at 11:30 a.m. and party will take place at the Jamesburg Elks Lodge at 74 West Railroad Ave. in Jamesburg from 1-6 p.m. The cost is $20 for food and beverages. Proceeds will benefit the recovery of Mike Nichols. For more information, contact Lori Zimmerman at 732-688-0668 or Lori11671@comcast .net. Vendors wanted. The rain date is Aug. 16. 

Sun., Aug. 22 

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“Family Night in the Park” will take place in Etra Lake Park in East Windsor and will feature a large-screen viewing of the movie “Big Hero 6.” The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with free inflatable rides, games, and vendors. 

Sat., Sept. 19 

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Rockin’ the Park, a benefit concert for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, will take place from 3:30-10 p.m. in Village Park, located on Maplewood Avenue in Cranbury. The rain date is Saturday, Sept. 26. Six New Jersey bands will be performing and food will be available from local vendors.Sat., Oct. 31 

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The Jamesburg Elks Lodge 2180 will host its 52nd annual Charity Ball for special needs children at Radisson Freehold from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $80 and include dinner, a five-hour open bar and dancing. This year the ball will have a masquerade theme. For ads, tickets, and boosters, call Della at 732-672-4230 or Joe at 732-521-5024. 

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Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool: Registration for the 2015-16 school year for both Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs continues to be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Preschool Director Kathy Schroeder at 609- 298-2880 ext. 101 for availability.

Community dinner: Rise and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen offer free hot meals at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 N. Main St., Hightstown, on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the First United Methodist Church, 187 Stockton St., Hightstown, on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All meals are provided free on an unconditional, no-questions-asked basis. Volunteers are welcome.

Food Pantry: The Rise Food Pantry is open 52 weeks a year from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 5 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Baby care items, personal products and all nonperishable and perishable food items are needed for local families. The pantry welcomes locally grown fruits and vegetables. Food can be donated directly to the pantry at 225 Franklin St., Hightstown, during operating hours or to the Greater Goods Thrift Store, 114 Rogers Ave., Hightstown. Contact info@rise-community-services.org for more information.

The Greater Goods Thrift Store at 114 Rogers Avenue in Hightstown is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Recycle gently used clothing, furniture and household items with a tax-deductible donation. Proceeds support the Rise Food Pantry, youth programs and provides social services to local struggling families and individuals.

Women bowlers meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoons for the Pin Spotters League at East Windsor Lanes. No experience needed. Call 609-448-0279 for more information.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 455 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet takes place every first Sunday of the month and benefits the community, veterans and their families. The event goes from 7 to 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 455, 2 Meadowbrook Lane (across from Agway), New Egypt. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-12.

The Bordentown City Green Team meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Carslake Community Center, 209 Crosswicks Road. Meetings are open to the public. Reach the team at bordentowncitygreenteam@gmail.com.

“Country Western” night is held every Thursday at the Bordentown Elks. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. with a $7 donation. Dinner buffet is included with the entrance donation; bottled water will be sold for $1.Call Tom Pitcherello at 609-462-3758. Find updates at www.bordentownelks.org/cal/calendar.

Zumba classes take place Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center in Bordentown Township. The cost is $5 per class. Call 609-304-9865 for more information.

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