NBC10, Telemundo62, and NBC Sports Philadelphia are sponsoring their annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption and donation campaign for the ninth consecutive year, now through August 31. As part of the event, these news stations have partnered with local animal shelters and rescues to promote pet adoption and to help raise funds for Philadelphia’s greater animal welfare community.  more

Voices Chorale NJ (VCNJ) invites all singers to attend an open summer sing featuring excerpts from the upcoming 2023-2024 repertoire including Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorioa and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Scores will be provided, and light refreshments will be served.

It’s an opportunity for singers to practice sight-reading; meet the director, Dr. David A. McConnell; and learn some fascinating history and context about the compositions. Meet other singers and consider setting up an audition to join VCNJ. more

On August 15 from 6 to 8 p.m., visit the Princeton Shopping Center for a Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party hosted by the Princeton Public Library.

The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with face painters, a scavenger hunt, and games on the lawn. Stop by a table hosted by Taim Mediterranean Kitchen and spin the wheel for some free samples of their award-winning falafel, hummus, za’atar pita, and tahini sauce.  more

Dean Svecz, a 16-year-old resident of Hamilton Township and a vocal student at School of Rock Princeton (SoR), will be a member of the School of Rock AllStars, which is a touring ensemble of some of the top teen musicians from School of Rock franchises from across the country. Svecz and his AllStars bandmates will perform at venues across four midwestern states from July 31 through August 5 to support mental health awareness as well as raise funds for the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS). more

One of Latin America’s most influential artists, multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lila Downs is known for her charismatic performances and unique compositions that combine genres and rhythms as diverse as Mexican rancheras and corridos, boleros, jazz standards, hip-hop, cumbia, and North American folk music.  more

Interfaith Caregivers of Mercer County congratulates Project Healthy Bones Program Coordinator Maria Sergio on her well-deserved Community Advocate Award from New Jersey’s Interagency Council on Osteoporosis (ICO) for her work in osteoporosis prevention. more

October 26, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Steve Martin and Martin Short’s “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” will arrive at the Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Basie Center Campus in Red Bank, N.J. this fall! Ticket prices range from $75 to $299 and there is a limit of eight tickets per mailing address.  more

September 30, 2023 at 8 p.m.

Fatoumata Diawara is a rarity among Malian singers, wielding her electric guitar to write songs that blend Wassoulou folk music, spiritually centered Afropop, and desert blues. Singing mostly in Bambara, the national language of Mali, Diawara sings about migration, African identity, motherhood, and the struggle of African women. A veteran of screen and stage, she debuted as an actress in the ’90s, appearing in films such as Cheick Oumar Sissoko’s La Genèse and the Oscar-nominated Timbuktu. Since her 2011 debut LP Fatou, she’s collaborated with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bobby Womack, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), who co-produced her latest album London Ko.  more

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce was honored to hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for White Lotus in downtown Ocean City. more

Make memories at Long Branch, N.J.’s Pier Village this summer that will last a lifetime. From classic carousels to high-end arcade games and even virtual reality games, this is a boardwalk experience like you’ve never seen it before. For the adults in the group, test your skills on chance games such as Skee Ball and state-of-the-art crane grabs for that sought-after token prize.  more

Health systems account for nearly a tenth of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, a main cause of climate change. Penn Medicine Princeton Health is dedicated to doing its part to reverse that trend.

In the restaurant at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (PMC), staff members and visitors end their meal by placing trays stacked with plates, utensils, and uneaten food and drink bottles into a conveyor belt that slowly carries them out of sight. more

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Eight members of the Speech and Debate Team represented Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart at the 2023 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Finals taking place on June 13-16, 2023 in Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz. The NSDA National Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world featuring over 6,000 high school and middle school students representing more than 1,500 schools from across the United States as well as participants from multiple U.S. territories and countries around the world.  more

Whether you’re in the mood for a fast casual meal or sit down dining al fresco in the cool of the air conditioning, choose from a variety of options this summer at MarketFair, conveniently located at 3535 US Highway 1 in Princeton.

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Enjoy tropical tastes of the Caribbean. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday-Thursday from 9 p.m. to close. Al fresco dining is available. more

An unveiling of Seward Johnson’s Monet, Our Visiting Artist will take place on the banks of the Delaware River in Washington Crossing State Park of New Jersey on Sunday, July 16 at 3 p.m.

 The Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) and Washington Crossing State Park are happy to be a part of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council efforts to place 10 of Seward Johnson’s life-sized statues all around the Valley. They are also proud to welcome “Monet,” who, through the magic of the Johnson Atelier, will be painting his own version of Washington Crossing the Delaware at the site of the historic event. more

For the entire month of July, Princeton Public Library will offer a free, new series featuring classic movies of the silver screen era. Audiences are encouraged to take a trip down memory lane with images from the 1940s and 1950s. Lemonade and cookies will be served at each of the film showings.  more

On Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m., Morven Museum will host an event with Vaseful Flowers at which attendees will learn how to create their own beautiful bouquets. This event is designed to be a celebration and exploration of summer flowers.  more

If you can’t make it to the Butterfly Festival at The Watershed Institute on August 5, fret not! Visitors can participate in a unique guided tour of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House to view and learn about local butterfly species every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., all summer long. If time and weather allow, staff will also lead attendees in catching and observing wild butterflies in the fields. Cameras are welcome.  more

Blue Curtain, a Princeton summer tradition, returns to Pettoranello Gardens Amphitheater, located at Route 206 and Mountain Avenue, with three family-friendly, free outdoor concerts in July. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.

The series opens with Jimmy Bosch Salsa Masters on July 8. This concert is part of the Jimmy Bosch Tribute World Tour, celebrating 50 years in salsa and Latin jazz. Also known as “El Trombon Criollo,” Bosch is a jazz and salsa trombonist, composer, and bandleader of Puerto Rican descent. Born and raised in New Jersey, Bosch performs all over the state with the goal of making his audiences get up and dance.  more

Step back in time to July 4, 1776 on this Tuesday, July 4, 2023. A special living history event awaits at Washington Crossing Historic Park, where visitors can explore a military encampment and watch colonial townspeople demonstrate and sell their crafts from 12 to 4 p.m. A highlight of the day will be readings of the Declaration of Independence at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.  more

Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township will be hosting the 104th Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of a canned good in support of Rutgers Against Hunger (rah.rutgers.edu). Free parking is also available.  more


The Princeton Senior Resource Center will be offering an informative day trip to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on Thursday, August 10 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art collector Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951) chartered the Barnes in 1922 to teach people from all walks of life how to look at and view art. Over three decades, he collected some of the world’s most important impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso.  more

On Saturday, July 15 from 1 to 5 p.m., join Newtown Brewing Co. for a delightful and impactful fundraiser for Easel Animal Rescue League. There will be paws, pints, and prizes! The trivia fundraiser will enable attendees to test their knowledge while raising money for Easel’s animal rescue efforts. An array of dogs and cats will also be on-site looking for their new home.  more

Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening), Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls), and Noah J. Ricketts (Disney’s Frozen) are the stars of the upcoming Bucks County Playhouse production of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…Boom!, which will run in New Hope, Pa., June 23 through July 15. The production is directed by Eric Rosen alongside Executive Producer Robyn Goodman and Producing Director Alexander Fraser.  more

Summer is in full swing and that means that outdoor movie screenings have returned to Palmer Square Green. These free admission events are perfect for the entire family. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Movies will begin at 8:15 p.m., but feel free to arrive early for dinner and shopping in downtown Princeton. Parking is conveniently located at the Hulfish and Chambers Street garages. The fee is $5 after 4 p.m. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and drinks to the outdoor event. more

Twenty Sailors, assigned to Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), visited their ship’s namesake city June 6-8 to engage with the community, share the Navy’s story, and learn more about the historical connection to their vessel’s namesake.

During the visit, the crew met with the mayor, city officials, and public figures, toured the campus of Princeton University with NROTC representatives, visited important landmarks, and gave presentations at the local schools.  more

Following Baby Storytime on Thursday, June 29, early childhood experts Krista Gervon and Jillian Best Adler will lead an informal discussion and support group for parents of infants and toddlers. This parent-led event, held at the Princeton Public Library’s Story Room, will begin at 12 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. Advance registration is not required, and additional summer dates will be posted.  more

Join Penn Medicine Princeton Health for a special event with cancer survivor and TV host Al Roker on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village.

During this moderated conversation, NBC TODAY’s weatherman and co-anchor Roker will describe his own experience with cancer. Roker was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2020. He shared the news on-air with the TODAY audience and helped to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of screening and early detection.  more

North America’s most popular interactive dinosaur experience is back — bigger and better than ever! New Jersey families can walk among the nation’s largest herd of photorealistic dinosaurs when Jurassic Quest migrates to the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison July 21-23 and the Atlantic City Convention Center July 28-30.

Walk through 165 million years of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods to learn about the creatures that once ruled the earth. In addition to life-like dinosaurs, Jurassic Quest’s classic experiences for the whole family include some of the largest ridable dinosaurs in North America; live dinosaur shows; interactive science and art activities, including a fossil dig and fossil-like items to play with; bounce houses; inflatable attractions; and photo opportunities.  more

On Saturday, July 22, Longwood Gardens will offer a unique introductory class on The Art of Kusamono. Attendees can choose from either a 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. class time.

Often paired with bonsai, kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays selected to suggest a season, place, or natural habitat. The class will be led by U.S. kusamono artist Young Choe, who teaches the art of kusamono worldwide and has exhibited her work at the U.S. National Arboretum and National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, among others. The class will include a lecture, demonstration, methods for creation, guided teaching of kusamono styles, display techniques, and care. Lastly, those in attendance will create their own kusamono to take home and enjoy.  more

State Fair Meadowlands has announced a new Summer Concert Series featuring Latin, rock, pop, and R&B bands. The daily concerts round out the fair’s already robust free entertainment, which includes high wire shows, cycle stunts, magicians, and more.

State Fair Meadowlands, which runs June 22-July 9, is the largest long-lasting New Jersey event of the summer. Fairgoers will have their pick of everything from Latin rock favorites to funky dance tunes, soulful ballads, and popular rock covers. The concerts will take place at 7 and 9 p.m. each day. more