The Philadelphia Art Museum will be offering free admission on February 25 in honor of a month-long celebration of Black history, culture, and art. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a series of programs and activities will be offered to engage visitors of all ages in the work of Black artists and revolutionary thinkers.  more

Join MarketFair Mall on February 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a special Galentine’s Night Out with your favorite friends. This fun evening combines shopping, drinking, dining, and laughter.

Each participant will receive gift bags valued at over $100 compliments of Mystique Hair & Skin, OrangeTwist, and The Lash Lounge. more

The Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) has recently released the course offerings for spring 2023. Beginning in February, the offerings span from Highlights in the History of Philosophy to The French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon and Holding Hands with the Brothers Grimm. The 24 courses in total vary in subject matter to include science, literature, art, history, social studies, and culture.  more

The Princeton Folk Music Society presents a horizon-broadening evening with singer and composer Moira Smiley on February 17 at 8 p.m. Smiley draws from disparate musical traditions including Appalachian, Celtic, early music, and Eastern European. She is a multi-instrumentalist, excelling at banjo, accordion, piano, and body percussion. Moira has toured globally sharing her songs with listeners from Norway to Tasmania.  more

On Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m., McCarter Theatre Center welcomes American soul singer and former public defender Danielle Ponder. In 2020, NPR described her music as “anthemic while compassionate; soulful, while bold and strong. She reverberates with a goosebump-inducing passion.” more

Visit Howell Living History Farm on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn all about the art of maple sugaring and see exactly how it’s done. Hundreds of sugar maple trees line the banks of Moore’s Creek and the nearby by woods at the foot of Baldpate Mountain on Howell Farm’s property. more

Princeton Public Library (PPL) is accepting applications from authors interested in participating in an Author Fair as part of the library’s 12th Local Author Day, to be held on Saturday, April 29. The Author Fair takes place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the library’s Community Room and first floor area. more

Dr. Geraldine Parsons. Photo courtesy Dr. Geraldine Parsons.

On February 3 at 4:30 p.m., Princeton University welcomes University of Glasgow scholar Dr. Geraldine Parsons for a lecture entitled, “The Quiet Girls of Early Ireland: Women in Medieval Irish Literature.” This lecture is free to attend and open to the public. The event will be held at the James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street. more

Montclair Hospitality Group has announced the launch of Ani Ramen House’s ninth location in downtown Princeton at 140 Nassau Street. The brand is excited to bring its popular ramen concept to Mercer County.

In Princeton, Ani Ramen will be open seven days a week, with takeout and delivery options. The restaurant will serve its signature craft ramen featuring custom-made noodles from Sun Noodle, flavorful proteins, and a variety of extras for guests to customize their ramen, including Ani’s “Umami Bomb.” The menu also offers delicious appetizers for sharing: Bao Buns, Kurobuta Sausage, Chili Charred Edamame, and Chicken Karaage. more

Join New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for Philip Roth Unbound, a weekend-long festival that will celebrate, challenge, and explore the life, legacy, and work of novelist and Newark native Philip Roth, on what would have been his 90th birthday weekend.  more

Do you live on a farm or in a rural setting? Do you have a barn or garage that has regrettably become home to some mice? Well, consider adopting a working barn cat from SAVE — A Friend to Homeless Animals.

SAVE likes to remind people that working cats need loving homes, too. While outdoor-loving, barn cats are not a typical adoption, these spayed or neutered athletic felines need a safe space to call home with good (reliable) food, fresh water, and regular veterinary care. In return, they will come to show affection to their owners while keeping the rodent population down.  more

RWJBarnabas Health is reminding parents and guardians to remember to schedule their child’s annual checkup with a pediatrician. These visits are an important part of monitoring a child’s developmental health and can also act as an impetus for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. more

MLK Day of Service 2023 will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 16 at Mercer County Community College’s James Kerney campus located at 102 North Broad Street in Trenton. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Speakers and performers will lead a presentation at 2 p.m. and this year’s keynote speaker is the Rev. Toby Sanders. Sanders will speak on the subject of “First Steps.” more

COVID-19 has had a major impact on food supply chains and the ways we shop, dine, and eat. Restaurants have had to revamp their menus, while many families have learned to stretch the amount of money they typically spend on groceries due to rising food costs.  more

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At a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, New Jersey’s Newark Airport (EWR) gave travelers a glimpse into the new Terminal A, which is now home to Air Canada, American, Delta, JetBlue, and United. Flights will begin leaving the $2.7 billion facility on January 12. Initially, 21 gates will open to travel and the remaining 12 gates will finish later in 2023. This comes at a point when LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport have undergone major makeovers. Now, it’s the Garden State’s turn! more

On Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m., join historian Maxine Lurie at Morven Museum & Garden for an evening exploring her new book, Taking Sides in Revolutionary New Jersey: Caught in the Crossfire. The talk will include a book signing with Lurie and her book will be available for purchase on site.  more

Princeton Public Library will host Sensory Storytime, a program for children ages 2 and up and is especially welcoming to those who are differently abled, on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing issues or feel overwhelmed by noises and crowds. Children are encouraged to bring a favorite toy or fidget. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/3VGQl1b.  more

On Thursday, February 23 at 6 p.m., Labyrinth Books, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, welcomes MUTTS cartoonist and award-winning author Patrick McDonnell as he discusses his new book, Heart to Heart: A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet. This event will be held at Labyrinth Books and is free to attend.

In this tale, a world-renowned religious leader and an American cartoonist join forces to create a whimsically illustrated volume with deceptively simple messages about saving the planet. The Dalai Lama supplies text and McDonnell provides the charming visuals as a panda comes to call on the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamsala, India. For the panda, the Dalai Lama recalls “the scent of wildflowers” from his childhood and the many animals he saw while traveling from the village of his birth to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.  more

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A collaborative research group led by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has been awarded a $788K grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to implement restoration and protection measures for polluted lakes and ponds. 

The grant is part of a $10M allocation announced by the Murphy administration to develop water quality improvement projects across New Jersey, funding for which stems from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan that was appropriated by the state legislature.  more

Join the William Trent House Association on Saturday, December 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. to ring in the New Year the Scottish way! This free event is open to all ages and will be held outdoors in front of the William Trent House Visitor Center located at 15 Market Street in Trenton. more

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On view through April 2, the after-hours, multi-sensory light and sound exhibit “Night Forms: Infinite Wave” is back for a second season.

Designed to engage and highlight the horticultural collections at Grounds For Sculpture, “Night Forms” uses lighting, sound, video, and projection mapping, a process which artistic group Klip Collective pioneered. Building on the success of the first season, some popular works, such as Frog Head Rainbow have returned. The Main Loop path leads visitors through the grounds as more than a dozen installations punctuate the dark. Patterns of light are syncopated to original soundtracks while glitches appear out of the corner of the eye, reminding us that behind every dreamlike visual is an invisible array of computer code. In this way, visitors will be able to analyze what they truly see in unique ways. more

Take part in Atlantic City’s most exciting New Year’s Eve celebration at the Showboat Hotel. The bash comes complete with a five-hour open bar (six hours for VIP ticket holders), multiple party venues, live concerts and performers at the House of Blues, live band room with a light show, catered buffets for VIP members, and a just-refurbished elegant lounge for all to enjoy (the former Foundation Room). Guests will dance the night away at the Harlem Room and relax on huge lounge furniture at the Restaurant Room. The official ball drop from New York City’s Times Square will be projected live on the big screens. more

In May 2022, Rutgers University Press announced the addition of a new series editor to the board of its award-winning scholarly book series, Critical Issues in Health and Medicine. Rana A. Hogarth, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, officially stepped into this new position. more

The Sourland Conservancy (SC) has announced that their staff, community partners, and volunteers have planted another 10,000 trees in 2022. This brings their forest restoration project total to 25,200 planted in the last three years.

Rob Aluck, the Conservancy’s stewardship director says, “We are tremendously grateful for the support of the entire community. Nonprofit organizations, land trusts, counties, municipalities, private residents, volunteers, and donors are all working together to restore the forest and reduce the impact of ash decline.” more

Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad (PFARS) urges families throughout the greater Princeton community to enjoy a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season with a few extra tips. Keeping home and travel safety in mind will help to minimize any unnecessary injuries and hazards. 

Starting from December into the new year, hospitals and emergency departments tend to see an increase in accidents, injuries, and cardiac deaths relating to the holidays. The risk rises due to holiday stress, over-exertion, skipping medications, dietary mistakes, roadway accidents, and falls on the ice. Accidental burns from cooking, falling from a ladder, and allergic reactions from food choices can sometimes lead to injuries and even hospitalization. more

According to the Chinese astrological calendar, 2023 marks the start of the year of the black water rabbit. Water signifies a time of rest and recuperation after the dynamic year of the tiger. The rabbit is a symbol of luck and is often associated with the moon, an aspect of old age and longevity.  more

Shop the Friends of the Lawrence Library January Book Sale for thousands of used, gently read books for readers of all ages. The sale opens to the public on Friday, January 27 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and ends on Monday, January 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Pike in Lawrenceville. Cash or checks only.  more

In advance of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performance of “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber, the Princeton Public Library and the Orchestra present a behind-the-scenes discussion taking place on Thursday, January 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. more

On Sunday, January 8 at 9:45 a.m., visitors are welcome to watch a narrated reenactment of the Battle of Princeton at Princeton Battlefield State Park. Originally fought on January 3, 1777, 2023 marks the 246th anniversary of this pivotal event in American independence.  more

Directed by Jason King Jones and playing now at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ in Madison, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will appear on stage through January 1, 2023. Twelfth Night marks the final production of the 2022 season and since it has been so well-received, the ensemble cast felt that they just had to do more performances.  more