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Thursday, January 30

It’s opening night for the Princeton Environmental Film Festival! This year’s lineup includes some of the most critically acclaimed and thought provoking films, on a range of topics such as conservation and GMOs, to the tiny-house movement, wild horses, one special sea otter and some parrots with personality. Panel discussions from experts – including filmmakers and activists – a lecture on wine from the folks at CoolVines and a ‘zero waste breakfast’ hosted by Sustainable Princeton will round out the festival. See the full list of films and events here: http://community.princetonlibrary.org/peff/schedule/

The Master Gardeners of Mercer County present a workshop on Community Gardens. What is a community garden? How do you get involved in one? What plants are best suited for community gardens? Get answers to these questions and more at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (near Trenton Farmer’s Market.) Register in advance. $3. 7-8pm. www.mgofmc.org

Friday, January 31
Kick start your weekend with a coffee tasting extravaganza at Small World on Witherspoon Street. They’re hosting a birthday celebration in honor of Melitta Bentz, the woman who invented the first coffee filter back in 1908! The cafe will have three pour-over brewing stations: a coffee and food pairing table, a varietal showcase with samples of different locally roasted coffees, and a hands-on Melitta brewing station so you can try your hand and perfect your hand poured coffee brewing. FREE, 5-6pm. www.smallworldcoffee.com

Head to the Johnson Education Center for the D&R Greenway’s opening reception of ‘Wild Creatures: 40 Years Protecting Endangered Species.’ The multi-media art exhibition highlights creatures on the brink of extinction, some that are gone forever, and some that have been able to make a comeback. FREE, 5:30-7pm. www.drgreenway.org

engine2_fbgraphicComing Up at Whole Foods Market: Kick Start Your Healthy Eating Commitment!
Engine 2: 28-Day Get-PlantStrong Program
Visit the Healthy Eating Center at Whole Foods Market Princeton on February 4, 8, & 9 between 1-3pm to sign up for a challenge that could change your life – a PlantStrong diet based on the ‘Engine 2’ diet. Each week you will be supported with meet-ups, fb recipe exchanges, photos and success strategies. Meet-ups will include check-ins, videos, demo/tasting and Q&A. Questions? E-mail their Healthy Eating Specialist Aly at alyssa.luning@wholefooods.com.

Saturday, February 1
Groundhog Day is Sunday, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that he will be shadow-free (six more weeks of winter is more than we can handle, right now.) Kids can learn all about these furry forecasters with the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed’s Groundhog Day Celebration. Play a game about hibernation, make a Groundhog Day craft, and take a hike to visit groundhog burrows with the naturalists (and put in a request for some 60 degree days, won’t you?) Register, $5. 1pm. www.thewatershed.org

Join Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and the gang at the Bucks County Playhouse for a screening of ‘Grease’ – complete with a sing-along. Pink Ladies jacket optional. Register. $15. 7pm. www.bcptheater.org

Sunday, February 2
Who will be the Oyster Bowl champ? It’s Nassau Street Seafood’s annual throwdown, where competitors see how many oysters they can slurp in 2 minutes. Not competing? There’s also a raffle and kids activities – and all the proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 11am-2pm. Register to compete or learn more at www.oysterbowlnj.com

Mercer County Wildlife Center invites you to meet the animals this Sunday. The center, located on Rt. 29 in Titusville, rescues and rehabilitates our wild neighbors – everything from turtles and squirrels to hawks and skunks. Visit with animals that hibernate or migrate. (Can’t stop by and say hi? The center always accepts donations of household supplies and more.) Register, $6. 12-2pm. http://www.wcinc.org

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