Handpicked Events for August 11-14, 2011

You never quite know how much energy you’re going to have at the end of a long August work week. Sometimes you want to sit back with a class of wine and nice music and sometimes you want to jump up with the kids and dance the night away. This week we bring you a wide variety of events, from concerts to kids’ shows to midnight meditation, for a wonderful weekend no matter how taxing your week.

From last year's Butterfly Festival (see below) courtesy of buckslocalnews.com

Thursday

The Girl Effect Charity Event
The Girl Effect is a fantastic charity that aims to get young girls out of poverty and break the cycle that put them there. They believe that girls in developing countries can be more than victims, unwed mothers, and sex workers. This Thursday, they are hosting a fundraising event at Mercer County Park by the marina from 6-10 pm. Donations to Girl Effect go to educational seminars and tuition for girls around the globe. The event charges only a $10 cover with food from Brother’s Pizza, On the Border, and Rita’s Water Ice. Entertainment from more than ten local singers and groups will keep the party going all night. More information about The Girl Effect HERE.

Summer Courtyard Concert Series 
The weekly outdoor concerts at the Princeton Shopping Center are a great way to have a lovely meal and let the kids run around ’till they’re exhausted. This week singer/songwriter Sandy Zio is the featured performer. She is known for her smooth alto voice and and adult contemporary sound and also for being accompanied by some of the finest musicians in the world. Bring a blanket and pick up some sandwiches from Bon Appetite- I recommend #33, turkey and brie with mango chutney; it’s to die for- and let the kids dance it out while you relax with a lovely picnic. 6:30-8 pm. Free.

Friday

Rumpelstiltskin at the Off-Broadstreet Theater
We love Off-Broadstreet as a place to go on a weekend night for some post-dinner theater and dessert, and while it’s a great place for grown-ups, they also really know how to entertain kids! Their children’s shows are known for quirky takes on classic fairy tales. The shows are designed for children ages 3-7, and with lots of singing and audience participation even the most hyper kid can find theater fun. 10 am. $4 per person. More information and tickets HERE.

Restaurant Supported Agriculture at Tre Piani
It is truly wonderful to see a restaurant really embrace the idea of quality local ingredients. Every Friday since April, Tre Piani, a great Italian restaurant in Forestal Village, has been offering a prix fixe menu of all local ingredients. To take advantage of what’s in season, the menu changes every week and occasionally will also feature a special wine tasting or cooking demonstration. Their menus in the past have featured amazing local heirloom tomatoes, meats from local farms, and home made gelato. The menu costs $45 at the door or you can pre-order online and save $10. 6:30-9 pm. More information HERE.

RENT at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theater
For some slightly more grown up theater, check out this new production of the modern Broadway classic RENT. Vive la vie boheme for a night with this show presented by the alumni of the Downtown Performing Arts Center. As always at this open air theater, bring lawn chairs or a blanket and bug spray. Picnics are welcome before the show and light snacks will be sold at intermission. 7:30 pm. $15. More information and tickets HERE.

Saturday

Stuff the Bus
Whether we want to admit it or not, school is fast approaching. Unfortunately for some families, this can mean anxiety beyond what teacher you’ll get and who you’ll sit next to at lunch. The United Way of Greater Mercer County is looking to start the year off right by putting together backpacks full of school supplies for kids who need them. They’ll be stationed outside the Walmart on route 1 from 10 am to 3 pm so as you do your shopping, pick up an extra set of pencils or a notebook and drop it off with them. The first 75 donors get free Rita’s Water Ice and other prizes will be handed out as the day goes on. WPST will be broadcasting live from the event from 11 to 1 pm. More information HERE.

Butterfly Festival and Green Fair
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed has had a summer of fantastic events, from nature walks and butterfly tea parties to educational camps for kids. This weekend they do it all again with a fabulous festival and fair. Naturalists will be around to guide kids and parents through their amazing butterfly house. There will be live entertainment all day, local food, and activities and demonstrations to show kids all that the Watershed Reserve has to offer. The event runs from 10 am-4 pm and costs $5 per person or $15 per car-load. More information about the festival HERE.

Full Moon Meditation
Himalayan Full Moon Yoga features very specific moves designed to react to and involve the movement of the moon. Acharya Girish Jha promises a very authentic yoga experience including a brief talk about the methods and theories behind full moon yoga. However, beginners should not be discouraged! As with most yoga classes you are free to move at your own pace and at the end you can request an mp3 recording of the class to practice at home. The class runs from 9:30-11 pm in the Holsome Holistic Center in downtown Princeton. More information HERE.

Sunday

New Hope Auto Show
The New Hope Antique and Classic Car Show has become a showplace for this regions finest classic cars. 250 vehicles each day will be on hand as you flash back to days when a car was more than a number of cup holders and a crash safety rating. Whether from the dawn of the Model T or the Detroit golden years, these cars are there to be gawked at. As you enter, you’ll be given a ballot to vote for who you think deserves the People’s Choice Award at the end of the day. 9 am- 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 per person and kids under 12 are free. More information about the show HERE.

  Compiled for PrincetonScoop by Grace Rosen


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