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Wednesday, October 15

4:30 p.m.: Free reading by poet Ben Lerner and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Steven Millhauser. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Creative Writing; McCarter Theatre.

4:30 p.m.: Monthly group meeting for Children of Aging Parents, a support group for family and friends caring for an older adult. Learn new information on providing quality care, local resources, and long-distance caregiving. This event is free to attend; Suzanne Patterson Building, Princeton.

7:30 p.m.: Screening of Hitchcock’s early silent film Blackmail at Princeton’s Garden Theatre. The film will be accompanied by live music. Tickets are $13 per person.

Thursday, October 16

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The Princeton Farmers Market returns to Hinds Plaza adjacent to the Princeton Public Library. Seasonal autumn produce, artisan breads, flowers, sauces, and more (repeats every Thursday through Thanksgiving).

6 p.m.: Nigel Smith and Linda Colley in Conversation at Labyrinth Books of Princeton. Smith will discuss his anthology of texts, A Collection of Ranter Writings: Spiritual Liberty and Sexual Freedom in the English Revolution. This event is free to attend.

5 p.m.: Rago Auctions Open House featuring a talk on “Wharton Esherick: The Reluctant Woodworker” by Mark Sfirri, head of the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College. Sfirri designs and constructs furniture and sculpture, mostly in wood. He studied furniture design under Tage Frid at RISD in Providence, RI. This event is free to attend. RSVP to 609.397.9374 ext. 119; 333 North Main Street, Lambertville.

5 to 7 p.m.: Grand Opening of the new Learning Center at Berlitz, located at 264 Nassau Street in Princeton. Participate in a complimentary 20-minute language lesson in French and Spanish. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

7 p.m.: “Don’t Miss a Beat: Getting to the Heart of Arrhythmia” with Eran Zacks, MD. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of cardiac arrhythmias. This event is free to attend; Lawrence Public Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville.

Friday, October 17

10 a.m.: Start of the 2014 Friends of Princeton Public Library Book Sale. Over 10,000 books will be on sale. Tickets to the preview sale (10 a.m. to noon) cost $10. Beginning at noon, admission to the book sale is free. The Bag Sale will take place on Sunday, October 19 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. At this time, a standard grocery bag can be filled with books for $5. Bags will be supplied at the sale; Hinds Plaza, Princeton.

Noon: Free, Lunch & Learn Program on Long Term Care Insurance at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Dave Saltzman will lecture on how to best prepare for the unforeseen challenges of aging. Guests should bring their own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

4:30 p.m.: Former Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Daithi O’Ceallaigh, presents “From the Belfast Bunker: Behind the Scenes in the Peace Process” at the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, located at 185 Nassau Street. This event is sponsored by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies and is free and open to the public.

6 to 11:30 p.m.: 7th Annual Oktoberfest at Princeton Elks Lodge. The Bavarian buffet will feature a wide selection of German classics. There will also be a “Parade of Beer Maids” delivering pitchers of beer to each table. Live entertainment will be provided by the German Hungarian Schuplattiers and the Heimat Klange Orchestra. Admission is $30 for adults. Advance registration is required by calling 609.466.1208 or 609.466.4945; Princeton Elks Lodge, 354 Route 518, Blawenburg.

8 p.m.: Performance of this is an elephant, a new play written and directed by Princeton University student Ava Geyer (also on October 18 and October 22-24); Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street.

8 p.m.: Jazz performance by the Christian McBride Trio at McCarter Theatre.

8:15 p.m.: The Princeton Folk Music Society presents singer Priscilla Herdman and guitarist Max Cohen. Tickets are $20 at the door ($15 for members, $10 for students, $5 for children); Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton.

Saturday, October 18

8 a.m.: Free, public birding field trip at Mercer County Park Central with the Washington Crossing Audubon Society. Guests should meet at the parking lot for the boathouse (enter the park from Hughes Drive or Old Trenton Road) and bring binoculars and a field guide. For more information, call Mark Witmer at 609.730.0826.

9 a.m.: Flea market and community fish fry at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, located at 170 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. For more information, call 609.924.9017.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The West Windsor Community Farmers Market, located in the Vaughn Drive lot at the Princeton Junction Train Station. Occurs weekly through Thanksgiving and features vendors from Central N.J. and Bucks County.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Pennington Farmer’s Market on the lawn at Rosedale Mills (101 Route 31 North in Hopewell Township) features apple butter, sweet corn, flowers, granola, wine, and pastries (through November).

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: South Brunswick Community Blood Drive. No reservations are necessary. Donors must be age 17 and older. First 100 donors receive a free tee-shirt. For questions, call 732.297.7316; The Community Center, 124 New Road, Monmouth Junction.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fall Family Fun Weekends at Terhune Orchards. Pick-your-own pumpkins, pony rides, wagon rides, corn stalk maze, apple cider donuts, and more. Admission is $5 (children under the age of 3 are free). The Winery and Tasting Room are open without admission (every Saturday and Sunday through November 2).

6 p.m.: “Celebration of Life Gala” at the Hyatt Regency, located at 102 Carnegie Center in Princeton. This annual black-tie event benefits the American Cancer Society and includes dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. To purchase tickets, visit www.gala.acsevents.org/acelebrationoflifegala.

8 p.m.: Brooklyn-based band Red Baraat performs a concert of North Indian-inspired music at McCarter Theatre.

Sunday, October 19

Noon to 3 p.m.: “SAVE on the Square,” an animal adoption event in downtown Princeton’s Palmer Square. Dogs and cats will be available for adoption through SAVE, a non-profit animal shelter based in Princeton.

2:30 p.m.: “Masquerade Ball” concert featuring the faculty from The New School for Music Study. Amy Glennon, Rebecca Pennington, and Todd Van Kekerix will perform works by Beethoven, Bolcom, Schumann, and more. Audience members are encouraged to come in costume. Free will donations will be accepted at the door; Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street.

3 p.m.: The Richardson Chamber Players perform an evening of “Russian Treasures” with works by Rachmaninoff at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Learn more at www.princeton
universityconcerts.org.

3 p.m.: Westminster Community Orchestra, conducted by Ruth Ochs, performs “Destinations,” a musical program highlighting distinct regions of Europe. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Westminster Box Office at 609.921.2663; Princeton High School’s Performing Arts Center, Moore Street, Princeton.

7 p.m.: Women’s Rosh Codesh at Adath Israel Congregation. Building on an ancient tradition, Rosh Codesh hopes to create a new venue for women to congregate, connect, and learn (the first of four sessions); Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville.

Monday, October 20

Recycling 

1 p.m.: Meeting of the Women’s College Club of Princeton in the parish hall of All Saints’ Church, located at 16 All Saints Road in Princeton. The guest speaker is Tom Colao, Director of Music at All Saints Church and the associate conductor of the Westfield Chorus. Light refreshments will be served. This meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

Tuesday, October 21

1 p.m.: The Grandparent Group hosts a meeting on the “Delights and Dilemmas of Being a Grandparent.” Come share your experience, knowledge, and questions. This free discussion will be facilitated by Lenore Sylvan; Suzanne Patterson Center, Princeton.

3:30 p.m.: Professor of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinty School, Dr. Jonathan L. Walton, will deliver a lecture on “Performing Prosperity, Promoting Pride!” The lecture is in honor of professor emeritus Geddes W. Hanson, Princeton Theological Seminary’s first African-American professor. This event is free to attend; Princeton Seminary Library, Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room.

4:30 p.m.: Free lecture on “How to Write a Hoax Poem” by writer Kevin Young and presented by the Lewis Center for Arts at Princeton University; James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street.

6 p.m.: Noah Wilson-Rich discusses his latest book, The Bee: A Natural History, at Labyrinth Books in Princeton. He is the founder and chief scientific officer of The Best Bees Company, a Boston-based research organization. This event is free to attend.

7:30 p.m.: Contemporary dance group Abraham.In.Motion performs at McCarter Theatre. Choreographer and company founder, Kyle Abraham, will also perform (also on October 22).

Wednesday, October 22

7 p.m.: PSO Soundtracks Series presents a special lecture with Simon Morrison on “What Does Petrushka Mean?” Morrison is a professor of Music History at Princeton University. He specializes in the relationship between Russian music and Russian dance. This event is free and open to the public; Princeton Public Library.

7 p.m.: Historian Dennis Waters will reprise his lecture from the 2013 Lawrence Historical Society meeting titled, “The Street Where You Live: How Lawrence Became a Suburb, 1900-2000.” This event is free to attend; Lawrence Public Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville.

Thursday, October 23

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The Princeton Farmers Market returns to Hinds Plaza adjacent to the Princeton Public Library. Seasonal autumn produce, artisan breads, flowers, sauces, and more (repeats every Thursday through Thanksgiving).

12:30 p.m.: Kosher West Café at Congregation Beth Chaim. Rabbi Eric Wisnia will discuss current events in Israel and his recent travels. A kosher lunch will be served and registration is required by calling 609.987.8100 ext. 126. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person; 329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction.

6 to 9 p.m.: Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County’s (ICGMC) 7th Annual Shining Lights Award and Recognition Event at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton. The event honors those businesses and individuals who have offered continued support to ICGMC. The evening also includes drinks, appetizers, dessert, a 50/50 raffle, and gift prizes. To purchase tickets, call 609.393.9922 or visit www.icgmc.org.

7:30 p.m.: Screening of Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at Princeton’s Garden Theatre. Tickets are $10.50 per person.

Friday, October 24

6:30 p.m.: Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Trinity Church in Princeton. The cost to attend is $10. Funds benefit Outreach Ministries, serving Central New Jersey and supporting international aid efforts (also on October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

7 p.m.: In honor of National Chemistry Week, learn how candy is related to chemistry with hands-on activities for children ages 5 and older. There will be demonstrations, videos, and a special appearance by Pattie Robinson of Robinson’s Chocolates in Montgomery. The event is free to attend; Princeton University, Frick Chemistry Laboratory.

7:30 p.m.: The Harvard Glee Club visits Princeton for the annual choral face-off with the Princeton University Glee Club. The concert takes place in anticipation of the Harvard vs. Princeton football game on Saturday, October 25 at Princeton Stadium. The cost to attend is $15; Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

Saturday, October 25

7:30 a.m.: Isles, Inc. Haunted 5K Race/Walk and Monster Madness Mile Fun Run. Learn more at www.isles.org

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The West Windsor Community Farmers Market, located in the Vaughn Drive lot at the Princeton Junction Train Station. Occurs weekly through Thanksgiving and features vendors from Central N.J. and Bucks County.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Pennington Farmer’s Market on the lawn at Rosedale Mills (101 Route 31 North in Hopewell Township) features apple butter, sweet corn, flowers, granola, wine, and pastries (through November).

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fall Family Fun Weekends at Terhune Orchards. Pick-your-own pumpkins, pony rides, wagon rides, corn stalk maze, apple cider donuts, and more. Admission is $5 (children under the age of 3 are free). The Winery and Tasting Room are open without admission (every Saturday and Sunday through November 2).

1 p.m.: Historic Harvard vs. Princeton football game at Princeton Stadium. For more information, visit www.goprincetontigers.com.

7 p.m.: Housing Initiative of Princeton’s 5th Annual Rent Party honoring Trinity Church of Princeton. The Latin Caribbean-themed evening includes cocktails, dinner, live music, auction and professionally trained dancers. Tickets may be purchased at www.housinginitiativeofprinceton.org. For more information, call 609.279.6987; The Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton.

Sunday, October 26

1 to 4 p.m.: Free, 10th Annual Autumn Arts Afternoon presented by the West Windsor Arts Council at the Nassau Park Pavilion (between Target and Panera, off of Route 1 South). This hands-on visual arts festival will feature local artists. Autumn arts activity stations are designed to engage people of all ages in art activities.

4 p.m.: Free, two-hour ESL class for speakers of world languages co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and St. Paul’s Church; Princeton Public Library.

7:30 p.m.: Jazz artist Cecile McLorin Salvant performs at McCarter Theatre.

Monday, October 27

10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Senior Fitness Day at the Princeton Center for Health and Wellness. Partake in free fitness classes for seniors such as Latin dance, ballroom dance, tai chi, pilates, and yoga; 1225 State Road, Princeton.

7 p.m.: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and American Civil War historian James M. McPherson discusses his latest book, “Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief.” The event is free to attend; Princeton Public Library.

Tuesday, October 28

10 a.m.: Breakfast with New York Times columnist Paula Span at Green Acres Country Club in Lawrenceville. Span will lecture on “The Years Ahead…Caring For Yourself and Loved Ones: Wellness, Purpose, and What Keeps Us Going.” The event includes a full breakfast and costs $30 to attend. Sponsored by the Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County and Greenwood House. To register, call Beth at 609.987.8100 ext. 126 or visit www.jfcsonline.org.

Wednesday, October 29

6 p.m.: Pie making class at the Terra Momo Learning Kitchen. The cost to attend is $25 per person. To register, visit www.terramomo.com/events.

Thursday, October 30

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The Princeton Farmers Market returns to Hinds Plaza adjacent to the Princeton Public Library. Seasonal autumn produce, artisan breads, flowers, sauces, and more (repeats every Thursday through Thanksgiving).

5:30 p.m.: Dress-up in your best costume for Princeton’s Annual Hometown Halloween Parade. The festivities begin at Hinds Plaza with a performance by the Princeton University Marching Band. At 6 p.m., the marching band and a giant puppet parade will lead the procession of costumed revelers to the Palmer Square Green (furry friends included).

6 p.m.: Amy Jo Burns reads from and discusses her new memoir, Cinderland, about life in a small post-industrial town in Pennsylvania. Burns also teaches at the Arts Council of Princeton. This event is free to attend; Labyrinth Books, Princeton.

7:30 p.m.: Screening of The Shining at Princeton’s Garden Theatre. Tickets are $10.50 per person.

Friday, October 31

Halloween

9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Free, Job Seeker Session at the Princeton Public Library. Guest speaker Laura Craig will lead a discussion on, “What Makes Me Come Alive?”

7:30 p.m.: Live performance of The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa. Audience members are encouraged to come in costume. Ticket prices start at $35 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 215.862.2121. There will be a second showing at 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 1

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The West Windsor Community Farmers Market, located in the Vaughn Drive lot at the Princeton Junction Train Station. Occurs weekly through Thanksgiving and features vendors from Central N.J. and Bucks County.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Pennington Farmer’s Market on the lawn at Rosedale Mills (101 Route 31 North in Hopewell Township) features apple butter, sweet corn, flowers, granola, wine, and pastries (through November).

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fall Family Fun Weekends at Terhune Orchards. Pick-your-own pumpkins, pony rides, wagon rides, corn stalk maze, apple cider donuts, and more. Admission is $5 (children under the age of 3 are free). The Winery and Tasting Room are open without admission (every Saturday and Sunday through November 2).

6 p.m.: “Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit the Princeton Public Library” will include dinner, a silent auction, and guest appearance by author Gary Shteyngart. Learn more at www.princetonlibrary.org.

Sunday, November 2

7 a.m.: Start of the 2014 Princeton Half Marathon. Learn more at www.princetonhalfmarathon.com.