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
Skil-Lit Cafe, located at 113 South Warren Street in Trenton, has been voted the best restaurant of 2022 by the Trenton Eat Local Club. Praised for its high-energy atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious brunch and lunch menu, Skil-Lit Cafe is a new community favorite. To view the complete menu, visit https://skillitcafe.com. 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
At the ready, the Y’s Youth Development and Outreach Team are (back row, left to right) ACE Coaches RJ Becton and Alyssa Roman, and Preschool Assistant Teacher and PYA site director Michael Woods (front row, left to right) PYA counselor Lilian Chipix-Lopez, Associate Director of Youth Development and Outreach Claudia Orostizaga, and Director of Youth Development and Outreach Keshon Bennett.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, COVID-19 had significant impacts on the development, emotional and behavioral health, and social well-being of children and teens across the country. The report adds, “Building resilience in children, youth, and families can help promote equity and support recovery efforts.” more
The holiday season has officially begun, so what better time to capture the moment than with a keepsake photo with Santa Claus? Whether it’s with you, your children, or your beloved pet, Santa is ready to pose for a photo at MarketFair Mall.
Pet photos with Santa will take place on December 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. Advance registration is required by visiting https://bit.ly/3B7AvW4. Pets and owners should enter through the main entrance by the clock tower and TGI Friday’s. All pets should be leashed while waiting for their photo to be taken. more
Philadelphia Zoo now presents Lumi Nature — a celebration of plants, animals, and the natural world highlighted by more than a million twinkling lights across 14 illuminated zones throughout the Zoo grounds, on view through January 7. Recognized as the brightest holiday show in the greater Philadelphia area, the Lumi Nature event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on select days. more