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Howdy peeps, we are in the midst of a heavenly summer and our area has so much to offer including FRESH BLUEBERRY picking over at Terhune. Picking anything yourself always tastes better we think. With lots to do my favorite picks include the summer concert series Thursdaynight over at Princeton Shopping Center but if it rains that won’t work and we might head over to the U. to Richardson Auditorium sans kids to check out the Piano Festival cause our souls need a little stirring music on a stormy night (would be a great date guys…) Friday at 5 is the Art Opening at the Hospital and proceeds are going to benefit a playground at the new hospital. That’s pretty forward thinking to put a playground at the hospital….we love it! There are plenty of farmer’s markets and wine tastings around town so your palette should be amply satisfied this weekend and maybe you should have those friends over you keep meaning to invite….a nice dinner outside watching fireflies drinking wine is right up our alley. Our kids love streams…Saturday morning in Cranbury you can join the Great Steam Exploration (that would be their pick o’ the week) Whatever you choose to do this weekend spend sometime with those you love and maybe make that phone call to the one far away who has been on your list since spring. We promise we’ll do it too.

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Thursday noon Carnegie Center Concert Series , Patio at 502 Carnegie Center, 609-452-1444 Free.

Thursday 6-8 pm Music in the Park Summer Series , Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission , Open Grove Gazebo, Thompson Park, Forsgate Drive, Marlene VerPlanck Trio with Warren Vache present jazz. Bring chair or blanket. Free., 732-521-4400 www.monroetownshipculturalarts.com

Thursday 6-8 pmThe Eric Mintel Band , Arts Council of Princeton , Princeton Shopping Center, Jazz concert. Free., 609-924-8777 www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

Thursday 7 pm Music in the Park Series , Lawrenceville Main Street , Weeden Park, Main Street, The Dads present classic rock. Bring a chair. Free., 609-219-9300 www.LawrencevilleMainStreet.com

Thursday 7 pm Stu Laermer , It’s a Grind Coffee House , 7 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609-275-2919, www.itsagrind.com

Thursday 7:30 pm Jazz Concert , Princeton Public Library , 65 Witherspoon Street, Thursday Night Jazz, a jazz trio, in concert., 609-924-8822 www.princetonlibrary.org

Thursday 7:30 pm Piano Festival , Golandsky Institute , Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Collaboration of a world premier of ‘Music for Athletes,’ a newly discovered Prokofiev work presented by Ilya Itin, a pianist; Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize winning poet; Jenny Scholick, choreographer; and Simon Morrison, Princeton music professor. ‘Peter and the Wolf’ will also be performed with narration by Muldoon. Pre-concert lecture by Morrison, who discovered Prokofiev’s work on a research trip to Moscow. $35., 877-343-3434, www.golandskyinstitute.org

Thursday 7:30 pm Abduction from the Seraglio , Opera New Jersey , Berlind at McCarter Theater, Mozart opera. $59 to $90., 609-258-2787 www.opera-nj.org

Thursday 8 pm Piano Festival , Golandsky Institute , Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton University, Yehi Wyner and Patric Connoly perform selections of Wyner’s piano music. $25., 877-343-3434 www.golandskyinstitute.org

Thursday 9 pm Singer Songwriter Showcase , Triumph Brewing Company , 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855 , Hosted by Frank Thewes., www.triumphbrew.com

Friday 6-9 pm Dick Gratton , Chambers Walk Cafe , 2667 Main Street, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5995 Jazz guitar.

Friday 7:30 pm Beautiful Small Machine , Barnes & Noble , MarketFair, West Windsor, Performance and CD release party., 609-716-1570 www.bn.com

Friday 8 pm The Mikado , Opera New Jersey , McCarter Theater, Gilbert & Sullivan. $15 to $110., 609-258-2787 www.opera-nj.org

Friday 8-10 pm Jazz Is , It’s a Grind Coffee House , 7 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609-275-2919, www.itsagrind.com

Friday 10:30 pm Impossible Kid , Triumph Brewing Company , 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855, $5 cover., www.triumphbrew.com

Saturday 2 pm Abduction from the Seraglio , Opera New Jersey , Berlind at McCarter Theater, 609-258-2787, Mozart opera. $59 to $90., www.opera-nj.org

Saturday 6-9 pm Indie Music Night , Griggstown Pavilion , 373 Bunkerhill Road, Princeton, 609-672-1813, Free., www.sarahdonner.com

Saturday 6:30 pm West African Drumming Workshop , Princeton Center for Yoga & Health , 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, Sharon Silverstein presents djembe drumming workshop, $20; community drumming circle at 8 p.m., $15. $30 for both., 609-924-7294, www.princetonyoga.com

Saturday 8 pm Lucia di Lammermoor , Opera New Jersey , Berlind at McCarter Theater, Donizetti opera. 609-258-2787 $15 to $110., www.opera-nj.org

Saturday 8 pm, Piano Festival , Golandsky Institute , Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton University, Antonio Madruga, 14, a Panamanian jazz prodigy. $25., 877-343-3434 www.golandskyinstitute.org

Saturday 8-10 pm, Bob Orlowski , It’s a Grind Coffee House , 7 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609-275-2919, www.itsagrind.com

FamilyStudiesFAMILY TIME is QUALITY TIME…

Thursday 11 am, 12 pm, & 1 pm New Hope & Ivyland Rail Road:Song & Story Hour Train Children can ride aboard the train while enjoying their favorite stories and sing along songs performed by local musicians.. All Ages.Tickets: $19.50 adults, $14.50 Children, $3.50 under two. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Thursday 6-8 pm Princeton Shopping Center.The 23rd Annual Summer Courtyard Concert Series. Enjoy a Summer Concert sponsored by The Arts Council of Princeton with The Eric Mintel Band. All ages,Free

Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm Juggling in the Park , Plainsboro Recreation Park Ranger Division , Morris Davison Park, Plainsboro Road, For ages five and up using bean bags and tennis balls. Free., 609-799-0909 www.plainsboronj.com

Thursday 7 pm Weeden Park, Lawrenceville.A Summer Series Enjoy fine music in a community park setting! Since the summer of 2001, we have been filling Weeden Park with the sounds of established regional musicians. Bring friends and family to the park for a relaxing evening . and consider bringing a chair, blanket and picnic too.. All ages, Free

Friday 12:30 pm Whole Foods Market.KIDS in the Kitchen. Join Nirit Yadin, Chef of The Whisk and The Spoon, and Nicole Koroghlian Auker, Wholesome Kids Cook and learn to make lunch time a creative learning time. Kids get to make their own healthy lunch with this fun program. Along the way they learn about healthy eating and try new foods. On the menu: grilled veggies pita, hummus..Ages: 3 . 5.Fee: $7 per child.Registration: Required

Friday 6:30-9:30 pm Tiger Hall Play Zone.Pajama Jam: Parent.s Night Out!. Sick of G-rated movies and take out? How about a night out on the town with your spouse or friends! Parents can drop their tots at Tiger Hall for a Pajama Jam that will include dancing, games, crafts, pizza, drinks and a bedtime story! And for those parents who are a bit apprehensive about leaving their little ones, you can opt to dine right next door at Gennaro.s..Ages: 2.5 . 8 (must be potty trained and able to separate easily).Fee: $36 per child; $16 for each additional sibling.Registration: Pre-registration required, please email info@tigerhall.com.

Friday 7 pm Family Night Hike , Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park , Bulls Island, 2185 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton, One-mile hike along the natural trail area for families with children. Register. Free.609-924-5705, http://www.dandrcanal.com

Saturday 8:45 am-10 am Open Bounce , Bounce U , 410 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-443-5867, All ages, $6.95; adults, free., www.bounceu.com

Saturday 9 am Community Yoga , In Balance Center for Living , 230 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 908-369-4949, Mixed level class. $17., www.inbalancecenter.com

Saturday 5-8 pm, Hayrides , Howell Living History Farm , Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299, Horsedrawn hayrides leave the barnyard every 25 minutes. Marshmallow roast, picnic in the grove, self-guided tours. Wheelchair accessible wagon available by reservation. Free., www.howellfarm.org

Sunday 12-3 pm New Jersey Museum of Agriculture.National Ice Cream Day Come celebrate one of the greatest unknown holidays ever! President Ronald Regan, who was a big fan of ice cream, developed national Ice Cream Day in 1984. The day.s activities include History of Ice Cream, Mini Ice Cream Cup Sundaes, Root Beer Float Samples and Ice Cream Themed Craft for Kids.. All Ages, Free

Sunday 12-4 pm Shady Brook Farm.Sunday Funday: Butterfly Fest. Don.t miss this seasonal family fun festival including a Moonbounce & Giant Slide, Kids Crafts, Informational seminars on seasonal and farm-related topics, a Playground, Hayrides ($3), Inflatables, Tryke Track and food, drinks, and ice cream available (for extra fees).. All ages, Free

Sunday 2 pm Palmer Square.Summer Music Series. Live music by B.D. Lenz.. All ages, Free

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Thursday 7:05 pm Trenton Thunder Baseball , Waterfront Park , Route 29, Trenton, 609-394-8326, Portland. $5 to $10, www.trentonthunder.com

Friday 7:05 pm Trenton Thunder Baseball , Waterfront Park , Route 29, Trenton, 609-394-8326, Portland. $5 to $10, www.trentonthunder.com

Saturday 7:05 pm Trenton Thunder Baseball , Waterfront Park , Route 29, Trenton, 609-394-8326, Portland. $5 to $10, www.trentonthunder.com

Sunday 7:30 am Eden Family 5K and Fun Run , Eden Institute Foundation , Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-987-0099, Walkers and runners welcome to benefit the organization providing support for the educational, residential, employment, and outreach services for children and adults with autism. $25 for the 5K; $19 for the Fun Run. Register online. Rain or shine., www.edenfamily5K.org

Sunday 1:05 pm, Trenton Thunder Baseball , Waterfront Park , Route 29, Trenton, 609-394-8326, Portland. $5 to $10, www.trentonthunder.com

Sunday 2 pm Softball Game , Outer Circle Ski Club , Plainsboro Park, 609-799-4674, Pick up game for adults over 21., www.outercircleskiclub.org

LEARN

Thursday 1:30 pm Lunch and Learn , Breast Cancer Resource Center , YWCA Princeton, ‘Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy’ focuses on contributing factors, medications, and rehabilitation. Register. Free., 609-497-2100, www.ywcaprinceton.org

Thursday 7-8:30 pm How to Go Green , Mercer County College , 1200 Old Trenton Road, ‘Green Homes for Everyone’ presented by Robert Wisniewski, a senior sustainable design technical consultant at MaGrann Associates, includes key tips to make a home energy efficient and environmentally sound. Register. 609-570-3311, $20., www.mccc.edu

Thursday 7:30 pm Author Event , Barnes & Noble , MarketFair, West Windsor, Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe, authors of ‘Climate Change: Picturing the Science.’, 609-716-1570, www.bn.com

Saturday 9:30-11 am, Great Stream Exploration , Stony Brook Millstone Watershed , Cranbury Brook, Cranbury, Wet exploration for all ages. Bring old sneakers for wading, a hat, and a water bottle. Register. $5., 609-737-7592, www.thewatershed.org

Saturday 12-3 pm Guided Tour , NJ State House , West State Street, Trenton, Guided tours hourly. Free., 609-633-2709, www.njleg.state.nj.us

Saturday 1-4 pmCivil War and Native American Museum , Camp Olden , 2202 Kuser Road, Hamilton, Exhibits featuring Civil War soldiers from New Jersey include their original uniforms, weapons, and medical equipment. Diorama of the Swamp Angel artillery piece and Native American artifacts. 609-585-8900, Free., www.campolden.org

Sunday 1 pm Card-Making Workshop , Princeton Public Library , 65 Witherspoon Street, Create cards and matching envelopes using stamp sets with Linda Willimer of Stampin’ Up. For 16 and up. Register. $5 materials fee., 609-924-8822 www.princetonlibrary.org

Sunday 2 pm From Revolution to Relativity , Historical Society of Princeton , Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, Classic walking tour of downtown Princeton and Princeton University includes stops at Nassau Hall, University Chapel, Woodrow Wilson’s homes, and Einstein’s residence. Register by phone or E-mail jeanette@ princeton history.org. $7., 609-921-6748 www.princetonhistory.org

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Thursday 8 pm Argentine Tango , Black Cat Tango , Suzanne Patterson Center, Monument Drive, Beginner and intermediate classes followed by guided practice. $10., 609-273-1378, www.theblackcattango.com

Friday 5-7 pm Art Opening , University Medical Center at Princeton , 253 Witherspoon Street, , Opening wine and cheese reception for an exhibition of impressionistic style paintings by Robert L. Iola Sr. On view through September 16. Proceeds from the show benefit the emergency department’s trauma and critical care room and the children’s playground at the new hospital site., 609-497-4069 www.princetonhcs.org

Friday 7:30 pm Jersey Jumpers , Central Jersey Dance Society , Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, Swing lesson followed by open dance. No partner needed. $12., 609-945-1883, www.centraljerseydance.org

Friday 8 pm, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College , 1200 Old Trenton Road, , Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical presented by Yardley Players. 609-570-3333 $16., www.kelseytheatre.net

Friday Day 8-11 pm Ballroom Dance Social , G & J Studios , 5 Jill Court, Building 14, Hillsborough, Standard, Latin, smooth, and rhythm. Refreshments. BYOB. $12., 908-892-0344, www.gandjstudios.com

Saturday 2 pm Highlights Tour, Princeton University Art Museum , Princeton campus., 609-258-3788, Free., www.artmuseum.princeton.edu

Saturday 7:30 pm, Salsa Sensation , Central Jersey Dance Society , Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Road, Princeton, Bachata lesson with Henri Velandia followed by open dancing. No partner needed. $12., 609-945-1883 www.centraljerseydance.org

Saturday 8-11 pm Ballroom Dance Social , G & J Studios , 5 Jill Court, Building 14, Hillsborough, Standard, Latin, smooth, and rhythm. Refreshments. BYOB. $12., 908-892-0344, www.gandjstudios.com

Sunday 2 pm Highlights Tour , Princeton University Art Museum , Princeton campus., 609-258-3788, Free., www.artmuseum.princeton.edu

Sunday 2 pm The Glass Menagerie , Princeton Summer Theater , Hamilton Murray Theater, 609-258-7062, Tennessee Williams drama. $16., www.princetonsummertheater.org

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For our foodies….

Thursday 5-7 pm Farmer Twilight Meetings , Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey , North Slope Farm, 386 Rock Road East, Lambertville, , ‘Vegetable Pest Control Strategies’ presented by Kris Holmstrom, Rutgers IPM Vegetable program; Emily Brown Rosen, author of ‘Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management;’ and Mike Rassweiler. Register. $15., 908-371-1111 www.nofanj.org

Thursday 6 pm Wine Tasting Dinner , Mediterra , 29 Hulfish Street, Princeton, Three-course dinner and wine pairing menu presented by Raul Perez, producer of handcrafted wines from Spain. Register. $75., 609-252-9680, www.terramomo.com

Friday 3-7 pm Farmers Market , Greater Hightstown East Windsor Improvement Project Memorial Park, www.downtownhightstown.org

Friday 5-8 pm, Happy Hours , Hopewell Valley Vineyards , 46 Yard Road, Pennington, Live music. Food and wine available. Free admission., 609-737-4465, www.hopewellvalleyvineyards.com

Friday 7 pm Eric Mintel Quartet , Crossing Vineyards and Winery , 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA, Cool jazz. Rain or shine. Bring a chair. Wine and cheese available. Register. Concert only, $15. Buffet dinner and concert, 215-493-6500, $25., www.crossingvineyards.com

Friday 7 pm Dinner , Central Jersey Dining Out Meetup , First Wok, 295 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor, 609-577-2802, Register., www.diningoutmeetup.com

Saturday 9 am . 1 pmWest Windsor Community Farmers’ Market , Vaughn Drive Parking Lot, Princeton Junction Train Station, Produce, bakery items, meat, coffee, tea, sandwiches, ice cream, pickles, sauces, and flowers. Arts, crafts, children’s activities, culinary demonstrations, entertainment programs, and wellness information., 609-577-5113 www.westwindsorfarmersmarket.org

Saturday 9 am-1 pm Farmers Market , Montgomery Friends of Open Space , Village Shopping Center, Routes 206 and 518, Organic vegetables, breads, flowers, popcorn, honey, and pasture-fed beef and pork., 908-359-9665, www.montgomeryfriends.org

Saturday 9 am-1 pm Farmers Market , Pennington Market , 25 Route 31, Pennington, Local produce, cooking classes, live music, environmental workshops, and demonstrations of earth-friendly products and ideas. 609-737-0058,

Saturday Noon Product Cooking Presentation , Miele Design Center , 9 Independence Way, Princeton, 800-843-7231, Register. Free., www.mieleusa.com

Saturday 2-5 pm Wine Tasting , CoolVines , 344 Nassau Street, Princeton, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay., 609-924-0039 www.coolvines.com

Sunday 9 am-1 pm Farmers Market , Lawrenceville Main Street , 16 Gordon Avenue, Lawrenceville, Vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, meat, and poultry., 609-219-9300, www.LawrencevilleMainStreet.com

Sunday 10 am-4 pm Trenton Farmers’ Market , 960 Spruce Street, Lawrence, Farm vendors, food producers, wineries, cooking demonstrations, and musical entertainment., 609-695-2998 www.thetrentonfarmersmarket.com

Sunday 4-7 pm Farm to Table Dinner , Slow Food Central New Jersey , Griggstown Quail Farm, Princeton, Guided tour followed by talks from the farmer, chef, winemaker, and food artisans about the connection between our palates, our plates, and our planet. Register online. 609-577-5113 , $145., www.sustenanceevents.com

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