Common calendar, Packet papers, January 7 – centraljersey.com

East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.
Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.
For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.
 
 
Mercer County’s Notary Nights will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 3-7:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Connection satellite office, 957 Route 33, Hamilton.
The dates for 2022 are Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.
Sessions will also be held on business days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, 209 S. Broad St., Trenton.
A mask or face covering must be worn to enter. 
To be sworn in by Mercer County Clerk’s Office staff as a new notary, prospective notaries must apply and have their applications signed by a legislator. If you file your application online it will be sent to your legislator electronically.
After the State of New Jersey processes your application, you will be sent your commission by mail.
You must take your oath of office.
The fee is $15; checks and money order are accepted.
Prospective notaries will also need a photo ID and their certificate on hand to be sworn in.
After July 2022, all notary applications will have to be completed electronically, and an education component will be required for new notaries due to a change in state notary laws.
The Clerk’s Office also has new updated Notary Handbooks, which are available for pickup at the office at 209 S. Broad St. in Trenton.
For more information about notaries public and for updates on office openings and closings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/notary-public, or call the office’s main number at 609-989-6465.
 
 
Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Intensive is an internationally acclaimed program, in person or online, designed to nurture a dancer’s technical and artistic progress.
To be eligible, students must be at least 13 years old, with at least one year of pointe experience, when the program begins on June 27.
Auditions are scheduled across the country, but locally on Jan. 22 in Princeton and Feb. 6 in New Brunswick.
Virtual and video auditions are available at arballet.org/class-division/summer-intensive/
Schedule options are June 27 to June 29 with a performance opportunity, July 11-29 with a performance opportunity, or June 27 to July 8.
Post High School Summer Intensive students may also be considered for the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School year-round trainee program.
Princeton Ballet School is authorized and accredited to accept foreign students.
All students must pre-register for in-person and virtual auditions.
School director is Aydmara Cabrera.
For more information, contact Carol Bellis at cbellis@arballet.org
 
Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water announces its 2022 grant program for volunteer fire departments and emergency responders (ambulance and first aid squads) located within the company’s service areas.
Grants may be used to cover the costs of personal protective equipment, communications gear, first aid equipment, firefighting tools, vehicle maintenance and other materials that will be used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations.
Reimbursement for specific training courses, including the cost of training manuals, student workbooks, and instructors is also eligible.
To apply, organizations must complete the online application, located at www.newjerseyamwater.com, under News & Community, Community Involvement.
The maximum grant amount awarded to any organization is $2,000 and the deadline to apply is March 31.
Interested applicants can find more information and apply online at www.newjerseyamwater.com/community.
Grant recipients will be notified by the end of April.
 
 
The U.S. State Department is experiencing longer than usual delays in the processing times of passports.
For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. The current wait times for passport services is 10 weeks for expedited services and up to 14 weeks from the time of submission for a regular application. This delay is likely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/passports or call the clerk’s passport office at 609-989-6473; for Spanish, call 609-989-6131 or 609-989-6122.
Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Mercer County Connection, call 609-890-9800.
All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. Delays in appointment availability may be experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
 
While Somerset County residents are waiting to receive the 2022 Recycling Schedule in the mail, the curbside calendar is available on Somerset County’s website and on the Recycle Coach App.
Visit https://bit.ly/2022RecyclingCalendar to view the 2022 Recycling Schedule and the Recycling How-to Guide.
Residents also can look up their town’s recycling schedule at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle-coach.
Download the Recycle Coach App at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle-coach to access the recycling schedule, pickup reminders, “What Goes Where” search tools and more.
For more information about recycling, contact the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363 or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.
To stay up-to-date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe 
 
Mercer County’s Swift911 system notifies the public in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information via phone, text or email.  
All calls will have the caller ID of “Mercer County Alert.”
Personal information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.
To sign up, visit www.mercercounty.org/departments/emergency-management-public-safety/mercer-county-emergency-notification-system
For assistance with registration, email OEM@mercercounty.org
Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at www.cancellations.com/ and www.fox29.com/closings 
 
 
 
The Cranbury Arts Council will present the exhibit “Connected” by Elaina R. Phillips at the Gourgard Gallery, inside of Town Hall, 23-A N. Main St., Cranbury, throughout January. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Phillips is a resident of Cranbury. She attended Cranbury School and two of her paintings are on display in the Cranbury School art gallery.
Her watercolor painting of the Princeton High School tower hangs in their main office.
In conjunction with the Gourgaud, during January, 20% of art sales from Phillips’s show will go to the Cranbury Arts Council to support its programs that support arts in the community.
Sales will be accepted through her Etsy store. For more information, visit www.etsy.com/shop/ElainaRPhillips
 
 
The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) will reopen the museum at Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton.
Museum hours are Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is $4 per person.
At this time, masks are required of all guests, regardless of vaccination status.
To celebrate the reopening, all visitors during January will receive a free Albert Einstein T-shirt; size and style are subject to availability.
Exhibitions inside the museum include the “Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery,” which paints a comprehensive picture of Albert Einstein’s years in Princeton, including up-close encounters with furniture from his home.
“Princeton’s Portrait” showcases vintage photographs of Princeton’s farming history.
Works by painter/educator Rex Goreleigh, the A-Team Artists of Trenton, and the Princeton Photography Club are also on view.
Outdoors, visitors can explore the Farmstead History Trail, which tells the stories of the Native Americans, Quakers, and family farmers that inhabited the area, and the Garden State History Garden, a multimedia interpretation of New Jersey’s agricultural past.
Updike Farmstead was once part of a 1200-acre parcel purchased by Benjamin Clarke in 1696 to create the Quaker settlement at Stony Brook. Listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, the property is along the route followed by Continental troops on their way to engage British soldiers at the neighboring Thomas Clarke farm on Jan. 3, 1777, in what would become the Battle of Princeton.
 
 
 
Burlington County residents can bring their live Christmas trees to the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex at 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road in Florence to be chipped and composted.
The county’s “Treecycle” service is offered weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.
The complex cannot recycle artificial, bagged or flocked (artificial) trees. 
Since trees are chipped into mulch, they must be bare. All stands, lights, tinsel, wires, ornaments and garland must be removed.
Holiday lights should not be discarded in recycling cans but can be brought to the Resource Recovery Complex to be recycled.  
Several municipalities also offer curbside collection and/or dropoff for discarded trees.
In Bordentown City, residents can set their live trees curbside on Wednesdays. Trees must be bare.
In Bordentown Township, live trees will be accepted curbside; trees must be bare. The township accepts Christmas lights at its recycling depot.
In Florence, trees can be set curbside if bare. Flocked trees are accepted as long as they are separated.
In Mansfield, curbside pickup ends Jan. 21. Four Seasons and Homestead residents will have collections on Jan. 14, 18 and 21.
Residents should contact their local town to verify when collections occur and any special requirements or restrictions.
Information about curbside tree collections is also available on the county’s Recycling Coach app. The free app has information about the county’s recycling program and accepted materials, as well as updates and alerts about collection schedules for each town and tips and advice about recycling. The Recycling Coach app can be downloaded from iTunes or the GooglePlay app store.
For more information, call 609-499-1001, ext. 271 or 272, or email recycle@co.burlington.nj.us.
 
 
 
 
 D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to experience nature through the art exhibition “Emergence,” on view through Feb. 3.
David O. Anderson,  former  president of the Princeton Photography Club,  and long-time member of the land trust’s Photographers of Preservation,  is exhibiting a  new  collection of fine art  photographs  of nature seen from the viewpoint of children.
The Olivia Rainbow Gallery, named in memory of 5-year-old Olivia Kuenne, has been transformed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Pl., off Rosedale Road, Princeton.
All photographs are for sale, a percentage supporting D&R Greenway’s land preservation and stewardship mission in Central Jersey and along the Delaware Bay.
Open viewing hours for the Garden State Watercolor Society’s “Recovery” Juried Exhibition and “Delaware River – River of the Year 2020”  lobby installation are Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Jan. 7 in the same location.
Visitors are asked to follow COVID safety precautions, remaining masked inside the 1900 barn.
 
 
 
 
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is recruiting volunteer tutors to teach literacy skills to adult learners in Somerset County. 
Training is provided to all LVSC volunteer tutors through a required 4-week virtual workshop. 
The first step in becoming a volunteer LVSC tutor is to attend a Tutor Information Session. The schedule is 3 p.m. Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 3 p.m. Jan. 14, all virtually via Zoom.
After attending an information session, the next step is to attend LVSC’s 4-week Tutor Training Workshop which is held virtually on Zoom. Sessions are scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, and Feb. 4 and 11.
Participants must also complete online training modules prior to each Zoom session.
Upon completion of the 4-week training, tutors are matched with an adult learner. Depending on public health guidance, you and your student will choose to either meet weekly at the library or you will work together virtually using Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc.  
To register, visit www.literacysomerset.org/get-involved/tutor/information-sessions/register 
For more information, visit www.literacysomerset.org or call 908-725-5430.
 
 
The 60th annual Colonel Edward Hand Historic March re-enactment, complete with a musket firing and a two-mile walk to the Shabakunk Creek at Notre Dame High School, will kick off at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Lawrence Township Municipal Building, 2207 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence Township.
Before the marchers begin their trek, attendees will be treated to a short talk by Noah Lewis, who is a historical reenactor. He portrays Ned Hector, a free Black man who served with Col. Thomas Proctor’s 3rd Pennsylvania Artillery during the Revolutionary War.
The marchers will begin their walk to the banks of the Shabakunk Creek, following Lewis’ talk. Once they arrive at the creek, they will watch as a real cannon is fired.
Then, they will be treated to light refreshments served outside at the Lawrence Nature Center at 481 Drexel Ave., near Notre Dame High School.
The Col. Hand Historic March is a re-enactment of the American patriots’ delaying tactics before the Second Battle of Trenton on Jan. 2, 1777.
 
 
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association is encouraging students to submit entries to the Garden State Film Festival’s student submission category, “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short” by the Jan. 8 deadline.
This category is reserved for works that are written, directed and shot by New Jersey high school students. Films must focus on some aspect of their hometown, including topics like profiles of interesting persons, places, time periods or subjects related to the arts.
This film submission category has been created to encourage young filmmakers’ creativity while instilling a sense of pride in their hometowns and state, according to information provided by the NJSBA.
Students are encouraged to submit entries on their own or through their school by the Jan. 8 deadline. The Garden State Film Festival’s professional jury will select winning films in various categories. The festival will take place from March 23-27 in Asbury Park. For more information, visit GSFF.org
 

The Off the Wall Holiday Market is open through Jan. 8 at West Windsor Arts in Princeton Junction, and its satellite gallery at Whole World Arts at the Princeton MarketFair Shopping Center, featuring 80 original artworks for sale.

In addition, more than 200 handmade items can be found at the MarketFair location.
Items can also be purchased online at westwindsorarts.org.  
For more information about ongoing activities and classes at West Windsor Arts and Whole World Arts, visit westwindsorarts.org or call 609-716-1931.
 
The Arts Council of Princeton will exhibit “Traces of Time,” an exhibition by Princeton-based photographer Eileen Hohmuth Lemonick, from Jan. 8 to Feb. 5.
The opening reception on Jan. 8 has been canceled due to an increase in COVID cases. Instead, the public is invited to a closing reception from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Arts Council, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton.
“Traces of Time” addresses a lifetime of memories, love, sexuality, family, beauty, decay, fragility, longevity, vulnerability, sickness, health and death. It has to do with moments and people that are gone.
The project started when Hohmuth-Lemonick fractured her pelvis, was immobile, and could only get around with a walker. Friends sent bouquets, and with severely limited motion, she began to photograph them on her kitchen table, finding beauty in their decay.
From that initial work, she has continued in many directions: among them portraits, flowers frozen in melting ice, images created with a scanner, combining live and dead flowers, painting on vegetation, and observing the passage of time in nature.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
 
 
Hear Our Voices Magazine, a student-run Asian American magazine, will host a Q&A speaker event over Zoom from 6 -7 p.m. Jan. 9 with Eileen Huang, a senior at Yale who received national attention with her op-ed about anti-Blackness in the Asian community after the murder of George Floyd.
The speaker event will focus on the new movement of progressive Asian Americans combatting right-wing political disinformation on WeChat, a popular messaging app in the Asian community, and providing alternative perspectives about widely circulated issues like affirmative action, policing, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Led by Princeton Day School junior Kyler Zhou, Hear Our Voices Magazine publishes literature by Asian American youth who write about the Asian American experience and AAPI issues. Since its beginning in October 2020, the magazine has garnered around 2,500 monthly readers.
Huang is the second speaker in the magazine’s new speaker series.
 
 
 
 
Festival of Trees 2021 will be presented by Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 9.
Morven’s annual holiday tradition continues for its 16th year with a juried collection of themed trees and mantels displayed throughout the museum’s galleries decorated by talented members of Garden Clubs and Organizations.
Decorators include American Spaniel Club, Contemporary Garden Club, Mount Laurel Garden Club, Neshanic Garden Club, New Jersey Audubon Society, Nottingham Garden Club, Princeton Public Library, Stony Brook Garden Club, The Garden Club of Princeton, The Present Day Club and West Trenton Garden Club.
Reserve a timed admission. Limited walkups will be available.
Cost is $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students, free for Friends of Morven, free for children under 6, and free for active military.
 
The museum is located at 55 Stockton St., Princeton.
To register, visit www.morven.org/festivaloftrees21
 
Pennington School’s Middle School will hold a virtual open house at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.
Head of School Chrissie Knight and Middle School Dean of Students Lisa Houston will lead an informative session for parents of prospective students.
Register at https://pennington.schooladminonline.com/portal/public_calendars/middle_school_information_session
 
 
 
 
 
West Windsor Arts Council and Art Against Racism will present “Manifesting Beloved Community,” a juried exhibit of work exploring the relationship of community health with race, racism and efforts to create an antiracist society, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 26 at both West Windsor Arts, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction; and at Whole World Arts at MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, Princeton.
A virtual and in-person reception is planned for Jan. 16.
Selected work will be shown in an online gallery viewable at artagainstracism.org
 
 
The Jewish Center Princeton will offer a virtual presentation with Billy Grenis through Great Minds Salon titled Billy Bitcoin: An Introduction to Bitcoin & Blockchain Technologies, at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 12.
Grenis is the manager of Business Development & Partnerships at the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), an organization that seeks to create equitable access to the global financial system.
Grenis wrote his website Billy Bitcoin to help bring Bitcoin and blockchain understanding to a broader audience.
Open to the community.
RSVP by emailing info@thejewishcenter.org with your full name and the course code “Billy Bitcoin.” For security reasons, registration is required for all programs. Registration closes 24 hours before the class.
 
 
The American Red Cross will hold blood drives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 and from 2-7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Room 320, Laurel Hall, of the Mount Laurel Campus of Rowan College at Burlington County, 900 College Circle, Mount Laurel.
To register, visit https://rcbc.edu/events
 
 
The Anne Reid ’72 Gallery at Princeton Day School presents Photography is also an act of love, an exhibition of artwork by Naima Green, Allen Frame and Zachary Lucero, from Jan. 12 through April 8 at Princeton Day School, 650 Great Road, Princeton.
The exhibition takes its title from the opening sentence of “Ghost Image” by Hervé Guibert, a book of 63 prose poems about photography that reference Guibert’s observations and experiences as a gay artist relating to family, friendship, memory and desire.
The three featured artists in this exhibition speak to very different geographically-based experiences of queerness and belonging. They center sensitivity in their work and move fluidly between mediums, both found and created, to speak to memory and to unpack histories of chosen and inherited family.
Due to the possibility of changing COVID protocols, exhibition reception and events will be updated at www.pds.org/the-arts/anne-reid-gallery.
To schedule a private viewing, email annereid72gallery@pds.org.
 
 
 
Join the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) on Jan. 17 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 10 a.m. to noon.
A free community bagel breakfast will begin at 10 a.m. and attendees of all ages are invited for hands-on art and history activities including an Emblem Making and Protest History with the Historical Society of Princeton.
In addition, the Arts Council will be leading a poster and lawn sign-painting station celebrating King’s teachings. Participants will decorate signs featuring well-known quotes from King to take home to display on their lawns or in their windows, creating a town-wide celebration of his legacy.
In acknowledgement of the 27th year of the MLK National Day of Service, attendees are invited to bring with them non-perishable items for a canned food drive to benefit RISE NJ Food Pantry, whose mission is to help families and individuals overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential by providing them with services and facilitating community partnerships.
To recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2021, the Arts Council, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Princeton and neighborhood historian Shirley Satterfield, created a limited-edition coloring book to learn about the impact and influence of Black Princetonians from history. Included in the project are accomplished business owners, politicians, and educators, in addition to King’s visits to campus in the 1960s. Free copies of the coloring book will be available for pickup at the 2022 event while supplies last, and a free book download is available 24/7 at artscouncilofprinceton.org.
The Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts is located at 102 Witherspoon St. in Princeton.
Free and open to the public. Masks are required.
For more information and to RSVP, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
 
Tenors and Basses are particularly needed to join Voices Chorale NJ, although all voice parts are welcome.
The first in-person rehearsal for the Spring 2022 season is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Music Together Worldwide, 225 Pennington-Hopewell Road, Hopewell.
Rehearsals are held weekly from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in preparation of a varied repertoire for the spring concert “A Prayer for Peace.”
Vaccinations are required to participate. Following CDC guidelines, singers will be asked to wear masks and the chorale will provide a special plastic mask insert that makes breathing more comfortable.
Contact audition coordinator Jenny Goings at jengoings8@gmail.com.
 
 
The West Windsor Arts Council will hold an MLK Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-day-of-service-2022-tickets-223585098047 to sign up for one or more service projects.
The programs will adhere to COVID safety guidelines.
 
 
 
 
Join Rabbi Matt and the crew of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor as they explore Space: the Final Frontier, and other modern Halakhic issues, at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19. This class will focus on Death and Life Support.
This is a Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 897 003 3588, Password 1234.
Open to the community.
For more information, call 609-443-4454 or visit www.bethel.net.
 
 
Sarah Brandon Rodriguez was born into slavery in Barbados in the late 18th century. She converted to Judaism and married into New York’s Jewish elite. Hers is a story that touches on many issues that are common in today’s headlines: race, class, women’s rights and multiculturalism.
The life and legacy of Rodriguez will be the subject of a Zoom presentation by Professor Laura Arnold Leibman at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20.
Leibman, a professor at Reed College, the author of “Once We Were Slaves,” will trace the life and family history of Rodriguez and tell the story of multiracial Judaism in early America.
This event is free and open to all.
It is sponsored by the Congregation Beth Chaim Racial Justice Task Force and Sisterhood, The Jewish Center of Princeton, the Flemington Jewish Community Center and the Ernestine Urken Social Action Committee of Adath Israel Congregation.
To register, email bethchaimrj@gmail.com.
 
 
 
Orlando, an exhibition of contemporary photography guest-curated by award-winning actor Tilda Swinton, is on display through Art on Hulfish, a new gallery space from the Princeton University Art Museum.
Art on Hulfish showcases a roster of exhibitions led by photography that will consider issues of profound impact on 21st-century life. Located in downtown Princeton, it encompasses some 3,000 square feet of exhibition space and another 2,000 square feet for public programming, ranging from drop-in activities to scheduled work with artists.
Admission is free.
The gallery will present four exhibitions each year until late 2024, when the museum’s new building designed by Sir David Adjaye is projected to open.
 
“Orlando” is inspired by the themes of Virginia Woolf’s revolutionary 1928 novel “Orlando: A biography,” the story of a young aristocrat who lives for three centuries without aging and shifts gender along the way; and Sally Potter’s equally groundbreaking 1992 film “Orlando,” which featured an androgynous Swinton in the starring role.
The resulting exhibition of more than 50 photographs includes baroque inventions by Mickalene Thomas, layered images by Carmen Winant, and fragmented figural studies by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, among others.
 
“Orlando” will be on view at Art on Hulfish through Jan. 23.
Art on Hulfish joins Art@Bainbridge, the museum’s other satellite gallery in Princeton’s Bainbridge House, a revolutionary-era building retrofit to present primarily solo installations by emerging and early-career artists throughout the year.
 
 
 
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, announced the launch of the 10th annual Protect Me With 3+ poster and video contest.
 
The contest challenges New Jersey youth in middle and high school to raise awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations including tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) and flu vaccines. Additionally, the contest has expanded to include entries for COVID-19 vaccination awareness.
Middle school and high school students can participate in the contest by submitting a hand-drawn poster or an original computer-generated poster that integrates key facts about one of the adolescent vaccines listed above. High school students also have the option to submit a video up to 30 seconds long instead of a poster.
In addition to accepting posters via mail, the contest is also accepting poster and video submissions electronically at www.protectmewith3.com/submit.
If a student is selected as a finalist, the agency will provide them with a pre-stamped envelope to mail their original poster.
Judges will then select the top three winners in each category.
The submission deadline is Jan. 23. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in the video and poster categories, and the winning entries will be showcased during various statewide immunization awareness activities.
Additionally, students who submit entries by Jan. 1 will be entered into random drawings to win prizes courtesy of Protect Me With 3+ event sponsors.
For more information about Protect Me With 3+ sponsorship opportunities, visit www.protectmewith3.com/sponsors.
The top five finalists in each of the three categories will be posted on www.protectmewith3.com for public voting in March. The winners will then be announced and honored at an awards ceremony in May.
New Jersey teachers are encouraged to make the Protect Me With 3+ contest a class project. As an added incentive, prizes will be awarded to the classrooms with the most eligible submissions in each of the three categories. For more information on lesson plans and interactive materials for schools, visit http://www.protectmewith3.com/schools.
Information regarding eligibility, video and poster submission guidelines, and contest rules can be found at www.protectmewith3.com.
 
 
On Feb. 1, the Lunar New Year will be celebrated around the world. Welcome the Year of the Tiger with award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Grace Lin and the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) during a virtual program on Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m.
During the program, students in grades K-3 will digitally connect with Lin as she shares samples of her works; explains customs and stories around the Lunar New Year commemoration; and leads participants in an interactive drawing demonstration and Q&A session. 
Attendees are encouraged to read Lin’s books “The Year of the Dog” and/or “Bringing in the New Year” prior to the program. 
For more information or to register for the virtual program, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/5663371.
In addition to the author program, on Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m., the Somerville branch, located at 35 W. End Ave. in Somerville, will host a drop-in program about tigers to celebrate the 2022 Lunar New Year for children ages 4-7. For more information, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/5787976
 
 
 
Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) James Kerney Campus (JKC) Gallery announced its next photography exhibit entitled “Homecoming 2021,” which showcases the works of photography students who graduated during the pandemic.
“Homecoming 2021,” is a FUJIFILM-sponsored collaboration between Booksmart Studio (Eric Kunsman) and Float Photo Magazine (Yoav Friedlander and Dana Stirling), along with JKC Gallery Director Michael Chovan-Dalton and artist Alanna Airitam.
The show celebrates the hard-fought creative triumphs of students around the globe whose final years as undergraduate and graduate students were disrupted by the pandemic.
The free open worldwide call to “Homecoming 2021” invited 2020-2021 photography graduates to submit their work. All work will be published and select images will be exhibited at Mercer County Community College’s JKC Gallery. 
For more information about the artists, visit https://jkcgallery.onnline/homecoming-2021.
Gallery hours are Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by reservation. Register the visit at least one day in advance at JKCGallery.online.
To learn more about the show, the reception and registration requirements, including Zoom links, visit JKCGallery.online.
 
 
The New Jersey State Museum will present “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” a touring exhibition, opening Jan. 29. The exhibition explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts. 
Presented in the museum’s main first floor gallery through May 22, the exhibition was organized by the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and curated by Deborah Willis, PhD, University Professor and Chair of the Department.
The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections: “Constructing a Pose,” considers the interplay between the historical and the contemporary, between self-representation and imposed representation, and the relationship between subject and photographer. “Body and Image” questions the ways in which contemporary understanding of beauty has been constructed and framed through the body. “Modeling Beauty & Beauty Contests,” invites a reflection upon the ambiguities of beauty, its impact on mass culture and individuals, and how the display of beauty affects the ways in which we see and interpret the world and ourselves.
Artists in the exhibit include, among others, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Jamal Shabazz, Renee Cox, Edwin Rosskam, Hank Willis Thomas, Anthony Barboza, Bruce Davidson, Mickalene Thomas, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Gordon Parks and Wendel A. White. 
The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 W. State St. in Trenton. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. General admission is free, and donations to the NJ State Museum Foundation accepted. 
All visitors over the age of two are required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth.
For more information, visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov.
 
 
 
 
 
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s Annual Juried Photo Exhibition has a scheduled opening for March 26.
All photographs must be made within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. The reserve is found in portions of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties. All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment.
Submission date is Jan. 30.
More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for First Place Best in Show; $350 each for First Place Landscape, Flora & Fauna, and Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc).
Photographs submitted for exhibition will be selected by a credentialed jury with final selections chosen by Michael Yamashita, an acclaimed National Geographic photographer.
Acceptance notification is planned from Feb. 14-18. Awards, including cash prizes, will be announced at the reception on March 26.
All selected photographs will be exhibited at the historic Bishop Farmstead in Southampton from March 28 through April 30, and all submitted photos will be on display in the online gallery opening by April 15.
A total of six images can be submitted per photographer.
All participants must use the Smarter Entry system to register. Photos must be JPEG format, and files cannot exceed 8MB in size.
Learn more at www.PinelandsPhotoExhibit.org or email entries@pinelandsalliance.org.
 
 
Born in Amwell Township to a free Black mother, Jacob Francis lived his 82-year life in a world of revolutionary change. He became caught up in the rising tide of revolution in the 1760s and ’70s and served in the Continental Army, including at the Battle of Trenton, and then the New Jersey militia.
Establishing himself as a farmer, he married an enslaved woman named Mary, freed her and they raised their eight children in the vicinity of Flemington during a period of rising interest in abolition.
Larry Kidder will offer a virtual online presentation at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 via GoToMeeting, or reserve a seat in the Community Room at the Hopewell Branch Library to view a livestream broadcast of the program. To reserve a seat, call 609-737-2610 or email hopeprogs@mcl.org.​
Register at https://tinyurl.com/francisJacob
Co-sponsored by Hopewell Valley Historical Society, The Hopewell Museum and the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library.
For more information on Kidder’s projects and books, visit wlkidderhistorian.com.
 
 
 
 
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present a Sibelius Violin Concerto at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 or 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.
For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/calendar/2022-spring-season-subscription
 
 
Meet the mayors of Cranbury, Metuchen, Monroe, Jamesburg, Helmetta, South Brunswick and Plainsboro from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Crowne Plaza Princeton, 900 Scudders Mill Road, Plainsboro.
Learn about economic development opportunities, arts and culture, travel and tourism, and sustainability.
To register, visit www.mcrcc.org/event/meet-the-mayors-2021-part-1/
Sponsored by the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Each school year, Bordentown Regional High School accepts nominations for induction into the Academic Hall of Fame. The school coordinates this induction with its annual Scholastic Awards Banquet, where seniors who have maintained an academic average of at least 86% for their first seven semesters are honored.
This year’s banquet will be held on May 3 at the high school.
A committee composed of community members, faculty and administrators reviews nominations and selects the alumni to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. BRHS would like to elicit more input from the community in this year’s selection process. Therefore, any community member who would like to nominate someone for induction into the Academic Hall of Fame is asked to contact Melissa Guido at Bordentown Regional High School by Feb. 11. She can be reached at 609-298-0025, ext. 1102 or mguido@bordentown.k12.nj.us. 
Nominees must have graduated from William MacFarland High School or Bordentown Regional High School and have distinguished themselves in their personal and/or professional life.
 
 
Princeton University Concerts (PUC) shares initial plans for transitioning the series’ concert offerings to a live, in-person format.
Although the kinds of gatherings possible on-campus in the coming year is not yet known, PUC is actively working with Princeton University officials to lay the groundwork for a Spring 2022 season.
The current schedule is as follows:
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Takács String Quartet & Julien Labro, Bandoneón
March 10, 7:30 p.m.: Mark Padmore, tenor, and Mitsuko Uchida, piano
March 24, 7:30 p.m.: Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mitsuko Uchida, piano
March 31, 7:30 p.m.: Ébène String Quartet
April 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Dover String Quartet
April 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Tetzlaff String Quartet
April 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
All planned events will be realized in accordance with concurrent scientific, state, and university guidance, with the safety and health of the community in mind.
In the meantime, patrons are urged to mark their calendars and explore the planned offerings on PUC’s new website, puc.princeton.edu
 
 
 
The Nerds will perform at 8:30 p.m. March 4 at Bordentown Elks Lodge 2085, 11 Amboy Road, Bordentown.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 each. Limited to 300 guests.
Food will be available for purchase.
Must be 21 to attend.
For tickets, call Ken Jewell at 609-203-7375.
For more information, visit https://bordentownelks.org/paypal/Nerds.html
The concert will benefit the Elks lodge.
 
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present Ferrandez Plays Dvorak, an Edward T. Cone Concert, at 8 p.m. March 5 and at 4 p.m. March 6 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.
For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/performances/ferrandez-plays-dvorak/2022-03-05
 
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present Brahms & Scriabin at 8 p.m. March 26 and at 4 p.m. March 27 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.
For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/performances/brahms-scriabin/2022-03-26
 
 
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present Milanov & Jackiw at 8 p.m. May 7 and at 4 p.m. May 8 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.
For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/performances/milanov-jackiw/2022-05-07
 
Mercer County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offered in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, allows individuals meeting various income qualifications to apply for bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance and energy-related home repairs.
LIHEAP is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.
This year, the application period is Oct. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.
To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Applications, forms and information can be found on the Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs page on the county website. Mail to County of Mercer LIHEAP/USF Programs, 640 S. Broad St., Room 106, P.O. Box 8068, Trenton 08650; fax to 609-278-2758; email housing@mercercounty.org; or drop off at Mercer County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton.
If an in-person appointment is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email heatingappt@mercercounty.org to schedule an appointment at the County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton; or Mercer County Connection, Hamilton Square Shopping Center, 957 Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton.
For more information, contact Home Energy Assistance at 609-989-6959 (Spanish: 609-989-6736).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.
Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.
Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at http://co.burlington.nj.us/611/Marriage-Services.
There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.
For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.
 
 
 
The Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit invites any licensed health care professional, practicing or retired, who lives or works in Mercer County and any community volunteer who lives or works in Mercer County who has an interest in health and emergency preparedness issues to join.
MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources to prepare for and respond to emergencies at a local level. All volunteers receive free training.
Sign up at https://njlmn.njlincs.net/jsp/mrc-index.jsp or call 609-989-6887 for more information.
 
 
 
Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking compassionate volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families.
Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their home, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. Visits can be virtual and are during the day or early evening. Volunteers may also assist with administrative work in the hospice office.
To sign up for a virtual training class, contact Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email Deborah@dovehs.com
 
 
 
Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.
Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.
Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.
For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit www.bentleycommunityservices.org
Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marketfair Princeton launched a Mall Rewards App that’s one of only two shopping centers in the state to offer such as technology service.
Marketfair Rewards is an app-based loyalty program where members can accumulate points in a variety of ways and use those points to redeem gifts such as discounts, gift cards to retailers, restaurant and wellness services and more in a shopping cart environment.
Download the app to a mobile device where the customer will receive 200 points for signing up. After every purchase, the customer has up to seven days to submit their receipt through the app which will immediately store the receipt for future use while also providing the guest with 1 point for every $1 spent.
Current participating retailers include Anthropologie, William Sonoma, Orange Twist, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Francesca’s, Athleta, Club Pilates, GAP, Eastern Mountain Sports, White House Black Market, Barnes & Noble and AMC.
Restaurants include Corners Bakery Café, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and TGI Friday’s.
 
 
 
 
 
The collaborative oral history project, Voices of Princeton, is seeking to preserve community members’ pandemic stories.
This collecting initiative is being led by the Princeton Public Library and the Historical Society of Princeton as part of the Voices of Princeton project.
Community members can record a conversation with a family member, friend, or neighbor, or can record a monologue reflection. Comprehensive instructions, including technology tips and question prompts, are available in a pandemic oral history guide on the Voices of Princeton website. No oral history experience or special equipment is needed.
Questions probe reflection on pandemic life, including day-to-day activities, emotions, family, activities, new hobbies, coming out of isolation, vaccination, and hopes and plans for the future.
All recordings will be archived at the Historical Society of Princeton and will be made available on the Voices of Princeton website. Stories already shared over the past year are available now as part of the COVID-19 Collection on the Voices of Princeton website.
For more information, visit www.princetonlibrary.org
 
 
 
 
 
Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.
The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.
Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.
The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.
To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email jdanyus@saintpetersuh.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sign up at https://forms.gle/nxuZUi5AMJe1RcyJ8
 
 
NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.
To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email ioov@naminj.org
Presentations are available in English and Spanish.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.
The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.
Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email marcia.glatman@scorevolunteer.org
 
 
The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.
The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.
To sign up as a donor, visit www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.
 
 
 
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