Our Weekend Picks

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*Save the date for a one-day-only trunk show at Hamilton Jewelers! On Tuesday the 16th, Hamilton Jewelers will host an Elizabeth Showers Trunk show featuring almost 200 pieces from the new collection. Think fantastic chandelier earrings, bangles, rings, and fabulous every day necklaces. (Psst: many will be one-of-a-kind or exclusive to the trunk!) Don’t miss this. 10am-6pm at 92 Nassau Street. http://www.hamiltonjewelers.com

Thursday, September 11
On the anniversary of 9/11, Mercer County Community College hosts an annual commemoration ceremony in the Memorial Garden. The event will include a tribute to the 30 Mercer County residents who lost their lives on 9/11, along with a wreath laying ceremony on the college’s memorial bench. Major Emma Swearingen will speak, and locals Celina Hicks and Irvel Jean will sing. 11am. www.mccc.edu

“She was the seductive queen of Egypt and he one of the generals of Rome. Their tempestuous love affair would tear empires apart.” McCarter Theater presents Antony and Cleopatra – the Shakesperian tale of history, tragedy and romance – on the stage at Berlind Theater. Catch the play on opening night, or throughout the month of September. Get the Scoop on the play & special dates and events here.

Friday, September 12
The musical masterminds of So Percussion perform live at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium this weekend, playing works by Steve Reich, John Cage, Bryce Dessner, along with their own compositions. Not familiar with this group? Check them out! With a variety of found objects and instruments, they create highly entertaining, hypnotic and mesmerizing sounds. FREE, 7:30pm. princeton.edu/music

Movie night! Catch the sci-fi film ‘Divergent’ at Princeton Public Library. Starring Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd & Kate Winslet, the film based on the popular YA book follows Tris, a ‘divergent’ teen who does not fit into any one of the futuristic world’s four ‘factions.’ FREE, 6:30pm. www.princetonlibrary.org

The D&R Greenway Land Trust is holding their Fall Plant Sale this weekend, featuring shrubs, perennials, grasses & sedges that are indigenous to our area. Stop by the Johnson Education Center on Friday or Saturday to scoop up plants and support the organization. Friday hours 3-6pm. http://drgreenway.org/PlantSales.html
5%DayShop Whole Foods Market on 9/16 to Support the Whole Kids Foundation
Have you heard about the Whole Kids Foundation? It’s helping ensure healthy lunches for kids across the US. Help by just doing your grocery shopping! The store is hosting a 5% Day on Tuesday 9/16, where 5% the store’s net sales for that day will be donated to the nonprofit. Do your shopping at any point on Tuesday and you’ll be making a difference! Learn all about the Whole Kids Foundation (PS: you can make a donation to support the cause at any register in the store!)

Saturday, September 13
We are super excited for this one: Princeton Pong is celebrating its Grand Opening! Yes – a ping pong center is opening on Alexander Road. How better to celebrate the day than with demos & exhibitions from table tennis pros like Olympic athlete David Zhuang? Think you can challenge him? Donate & try your hand! Visit their site to learn more about Princeton Pong & register for this fun family event. FREE, 1-4pm. princetonpong.com

Happy 4th Birthday, West Windsor Arts Council! The day will be marked with a showcase of art for all ages, art demos, Bollywood dance, capoerira, acting, drumming, storytelling & more. Community organizations like Music Together, Science Seeds, and more will be on site, along with refreshments from local eateries. Join the party! FREE, 1-4pm. www.westwindsorarts.org

Hey, when’s the last time you took a steamboat ride? Never? OK! Visit Lambertville for Steamboat Splash and experience a ride on a vessel similar to the riverboats that used to navigate the Delaware River circa 1880. $5, 12-6pm.  www.steamboatclassroom.org

Sunday, September 14
Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy of the hit show Bar Rescue will be at the Community Park School to accept a challenge… Bring the family as Chef Duffy takes ingredients generally available to low-income families, to create an affordable, easy to prepare, nutritious & tasty meal. Chef Duffy will also help local kids cook a meal of their own, as a way of demonstrating the personal connection between cooking and nutrition. Hosted by Send Hunger Packing Princeton, a volunteer initiative addressing child hunger in Princeton. FREE, 3-5:30pm http://www.shupprinceton.org/