Our Weekend Picks

1390f637c318a610a1a48904b47a96c1Thursday, September 4
Get in the mood for a new school year with open books and familiar faces from our community with the Princeton Public Library’s ‘Literacy Readathon.’ Drop in for notable locals reading aloud from their favorite books! Guest readers include Mayor Liz Lempert, Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane, and Princeton Board of Education President & library director of communications Tim Quinn. FREE, 10am-4pm. www.princetonlibrary.org

Friday, September 5
If you take a stroll around town Friday evening, be sure to stop in to Small World Coffee for your evening espresso (decaf for us, please) and a little local art. It’s the opening reception for the Witherspoon Street cafe’s latest art exhibition, a series of abstract paintings by Katrina Abigail Lowe. You might even recognize this artist – she’s a barista at the cafe! FREE, 7-9pm. www.smallworldcoffee.com

wkfWhole Kids Foundation Fun at Whole Foods Market Princeton
Have you heard about the Whole Kids Foundation? It’s helping ensure healthy lunches for kids across the US, and the cause of a lot of celebration and to-do at Whole Foods Market Princeton! Visit the store for fun that includes:
Weekly Gift Card Raffles
The Cutest Pet Contest
Super Sampling Events
A Book Sale
A Bike Raffle
The Talented Team Member Auction
Learn all about the Whole Kids Foundation (PS: you can make a donation to support the cause at any register in the store!)
Visit the store’s website for more information & fun foodie events.

Saturday, September 6
An annual event that gets us buggin’: the Insect Festival from the Master Gardeners of Mercer County! Head to Mercer Educational Gardens on Federal City Road for an all-ages festival of bugs & gardening! Activities, hayrides, puppet shows, crafts and more make this a fun & educational day for the family. Plus, seven demo gardens will be on display, master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions & chat about the ecosystem in our back yards. FREE, 1-4pm. www.mgofmc.org

Like to bike? Don’t miss the West Windsor Bike Fest! This annual event features a bike safety rodeo in the morning, and a lot of riding! There’s a 1.5 mile ride in West Windsor Community Park, a 7 mile trolley line trail ride, an 11 mile town tour, and 20 or 40 mile routes for the true bike enthusiasts! The registration fees include cue sheets, maps, food & water stops, a post ride party, lunch, entertainment & more. Participants under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. $5-15, Register. 7:30am. Rodeo 9:30-11am. www.wwparks-recreation.com

A little zen is a great way to start the new school year, right? Palmer Square will be om-central on Saturday when the Family Guidance Center presents ‘Happiness Day: Mindfulness, Gratitude, Service & Community.’ It’s all about wellness, with free yoga classes all day from some of our favorite area teachers (and mats provided by Lululemon), along with music, a water lounge, & information and volunteer opportunities from nonprofits in our community. FREE, 10am-4pm. www.fgccorp.org

Sunday, September 7
Stroll the galleries of the Princeton University Art Museum on a free guided tour. The Highlights Tour includes pieces from the museum’s expansive collection of international art, ranging from antiquity to the contemporary. Meet at the museum entrance and take it all in! Also on display right now, “Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds” (which ends in September!) FREE, 2pm. artmuseum.princeton.edu

The stampede is here! You’ve surely seen the colorful painted oxen dispersed on street corners and in front of schools and businesses throughout Hopewell Valley, and on Sunday you can join the community in welcoming one ox to Pennington! The Pennington Business and Professional Association is hosting an ‘Ox Celebration’ to commemorate the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s ‘Stampede’ ox on the corner of Main Street & Delaware Avenue. Painted by Diane Lurano, the ox will be the center of attention in an afternoon with contests. music, refreshments & kids activities. Head to the corner & party with the ox! FREE, 1-3pm.
(PS: Check our Facebook page for a recent post about a local restaurant’s GIVEAWAY related to these colorful oxen!)

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