Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, June 6-8

spark_a_burning_man_story_h_2013Friday, June 6

Ecstatic Journey Dance Gathering for Women – Drum and dance benefit for Womanspace, Inc.  Fifty percent of the ticket price and all the proceeds of a raffle will support Womanspace, Inc. Adults only. Wear layers and bring cash for the raffle and water to drink. 7:30 to 9 p.m., The Drum & Dance Learning Center, 4054 Quakerbridge Road (corner of Village & Quakerbridge). $20 at the door.

With A Song In My Heart: An Evening Cabaret -A lively, song-filled evening in the company of friends to support Princeton Pro Musica. Entertainment for the evening will feature members of Princeton Pro Musica performing a variety of tunes in the tradition of the Great American Songbook. Arrive early to browse our selection of silent auctions and raffles. 7:30 p.m., New Jersey Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, West Windsor. Admission $50.

Film and Discussion: “Spark: A Burning Man Story” – The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the annual weeklong Burning Man event held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The burning of a large wooden effigy is a highlight of the event that is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and self-reliance. Jon La Grace, who is featured in the film and is the founder of the theme camp Play(a)Skool will participate in a post-screening discussion. The film runs 1 hour, 30 minutes. Princeton Public Library Community Room, 7 p.m., free.

Date Night: Dinner and a Movie – Enjoy dinner at one of nine restaurant options at the Princeton Shopping Center and then step outside for a free romantic movie under the stars. This week’s selection will be “When Harry Met Sally,” the second in a series of five Friday nights through June 27th. 8 p.m. Free.

Creative Collective of Mercer County Art Show Opening – Artists present oil, watercolor, acrylic, stone carving, and collage. On view to July 1 at Small World Coffee’s Witherspoon Street location. Reception starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 7

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market – First Montgomery market of the year. Fruits and veggies, and more. Village Shopper, 1340 Rt. 206, Skillman, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pennington Farmers Market – Fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, yogurt, bread, flowers, and more. Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North, Pennington, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market – Produce, flowers, baked goods, music and more. Vaughn Drive Parking Lot, Princeton Junction Train Station, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hopewell Community Closet – Hopewell Community Closet at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20 Blackwell Avenue, Hopewell offers gently used clothing for men, women, and children. Items are not priced. Donations welcome. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

National Learn to Row Day at Princeton University – The Carnegie Lake Rowing Association is hosting a learn to row day. Looking for an excuse to escape the gym and spend time outdoors? Join the friendly rowers from the association for an intro. session at 1 p.m. Princeton University C. Bernard Shea ’16 Rowing Center. Free.

Super Duper Lil Chefs Event – The Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs makes its annual appearance at Quaker Bridge Mall at 1 p.m. Kids will explore the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. The event menu offers a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cooking demonstrations to etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items. Other food-inspired activities include cupcake decorating for the princess & pirate themed event and preparing refreshing, healthy watermelon drinks with Chef It Up Kids, a local kid-friendly cooking class facility that offers themed parties where children act as the master chefs of their own culinary cuisine. As part of the Lil Chefs event, participants are encouraged to help those in need by bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to local food bank, Mercer Street Friends.

The Montgomery Rodeo – The Montgomery Rodeo celebrates 21 years of raising funds for local non-profit organizations at their fun-filled event. The Rodeo will be held at Daube Farm on Sunset Road in Skillman both Saturday and Sunday. It is an action-packed event in and out of the arena with bucking broncos, bull riding, barrel racing and more. There will also be mutton busting and calf scramble events for children and an arcade area of games and more at the kids carnival, as well as the popular mechanical bull. Food, music, cowboy apparel, jewelry, and a 50/50 drawing each day round out the scene. The charities supported by the 2014 Montgomery Rodeo are Crawford House, Drift Family Scholarships, Eden Autism Services, Global Communities of Support, Montgomery Fire Houses, Montgomery EMS,Montgomery Police Benevolent Association, Montgomery Woman’s Club, Princeton Elks Antlers, and Rocky Hill First Aid and Rescue Squad. 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 361 Sunset Road, Skillman. Adults $12.50, seniors and children $8.50.

Princeton Festival – A cappella vocal jazz with Round Midnight, Blue Jupiter, and West Side 5, Princeton Festival, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, 8 p.m. Tickets $25.

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Spring Concert –  The Concert and Symphonic Orchestras are presenting works by  Mussorgsky, Badelt and Del Borgo, Weber, Strauss, Mozart and Rimsky – Korsakov. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University, 8 p.m. Adults $30, seniors $20, students $10.

Sunday, June 8

Anniversary Arts Party at the Grounds For Sculpture – Cake and ice cream, tours with artists, music, dance, workshops, and a peacock calling contest. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $12.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand National Lemonade Days – Hinds Plaza, 65 Witherspoon Street.  Noon. to 5 p.m., Children host event to raise awareness and raise funds for children with cancer.