Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, Aug. 8-10

Ice-Elation by Dan Komoda at Gallery 14 until Aug. 1.
Ice-Elation by Dan Komoda at Gallery 14 until Aug. 31.

Friday, August 8

Princeton Photography Club Art Exhibit Reception at Gallery 14 – Opening reception for the Princeton Photography Club’s exhibit “Art of the Human Figure.” Photographers: Jay Brandinger, Paul Douglas, Fred Everett, Vita Forlenza, Carl Geisler, Jerry Gerber, Daniel Goldenberg, Ed Hornichter, Herbert J. Horowitz, Dan Komoda, Simon Laufter, Valerie Chaucer-Levine, Larry Parsons, Marty Schwartz, Barbara Warren. 6 to 8 p.m., 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell. Exhibit on display until Aug. 31. Free.

Shabbat Under the Stars – Outdoor musical Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by potluck dinner. Bring a vegetarian or dairy dish or dessert to share. Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Dancing Under the Stars – Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations and lead others in an evening of dancing.  Continues twice monthly through September. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, Princeton Public Library Community Room if it rains. Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.7:30 t0 10:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, August 9

The Montgomery EMS Cadet annual car wash is Saturday.
The Montgomery EMS Cadet annual car wash is Saturday.

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market – 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.

Lifesavers and Suds Car Wash – Annual Montgomery EMS cadets car wash fundraiser. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Montgomery EMS squad building, 8 Harlingen Road, Belle Mead. Rain date is August 10th. Donation is the amount of your choice.

US Rowing Go for the Gold 5k and Fun Run – Run or walk, meet national rowing team members, and support America Rows. The nationwide diversity, inclusion and adaptive initiative is aimed at increasing awareness of rowing and introducing the sport to a diverse group of Americans. The initiative will provide support, both organizationally and financially, to existing and planned programs across the country. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Race starts at 9:30 a.m. at the East Picnic Area of Mercer County Park in West Windsor. $25 for race, $10 for fun run.

Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 – More than 50 graffiti artists painting. Live music, food trucks and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Terracycle Complex, 121 New York Ave, Trenton.

Meditation Meet Up at the Bhakti Vedanta Institute – Discussion, meditation, and Indian vegetarian luncheon. 2 p.m., 20 Nassau Street in Princeton.

Butterfly Festival at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed – Insect zoo, interactive enviro-zones, nature walks, butterfly and bug parade, hay rides, local food and artisans, and local music including The Dadz and Grammy-winning children’s artist Miss Amy. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, Parking across the street at Bristol-Myers Squibb and take the free shuttle to the Watershed. Admission $10 per person, $25 per carload.

Honey Harvest at the Howell Living History Farm – All of the Farm’s bees will be on their best behavior that day according to beekeepers, who have invited the public to meet the queens, drones and workers who are responsible for this year’s crop of clover honey. Visitors will be able to help uncap and extract honey, to taste and buy honey, and to see the insides of working hives. The “bee yard” will open for visits when beekeeper Bob Hughes removes the boxes that contain frames of honey. Visitors who want a close-up view of the action, which involves “brushing” the bees off the frames, should avoid wearing perfume, cologne or hairspray.  Children can help spin honey from the frames by turning the crank of an “extractor”. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville, Free.

Chuck Shaeffer Performs on Palmer Square – The Palmer Square summer music series continues. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to the green and enjoy some live music by Chuck Shaeffer. 2 to 4 p.m. Free.

Avi Wisnia Performs at the Nassau Park Pavilion -Part of the Beat Goes On Music Series sponsored by the West Windsor Arts Council. Performance between Target and Panera Bread on Route 1 South in West Windsor, Wisnia is a singer songwriter with a bossa nova, folk, jazz, and pop mix. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics. 7 to 8:30 a.m. Free.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Foxy Lady Dessert Wine Release Party at Unionville Vineyards – Join Unionville Vineyards for the release of the winery’s popular Cool Foxy Lady Vidal dessert wine, 2013 vintage, from 1 to 4 p.m. Live music by Victor Tarassov, paired refreshments from Brick Farm Market of Hopewell. Tickets $20 at the door. Admission includes glass of 2013 Cool Foxy Lady, souvenir glass, and paired refreshments.

The first ever Super Moon bike ride through Mercer Meadows will take place Sunday night.
The first ever Super Moon bike ride through Mercer Meadows will take place Sunday night.

Supermoon Bike Ride – The Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Parks Commission are hosting the first ever Supermoon Bike Ride at Mercer Meadows. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Rosedale Lake parking area in Hopewell. Riders will cycle around a 6-mile loop along the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, the Maidenhead Trail and the Twin Pines Trail. The ride, expected to take about 45 minutes, will end with water ice and ice cream. August 10 is expected to be a special celestial evening with the supermoon, when the full moon makes its closest approach to the earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon seen from earth. And the night sky will be especially active that evening when as many as 50 to 100 meteors per hour may be streaking across the sky as part of the annual Perseid meteor shower. At the fun bicycle ride, bike decorating will be encouraged and limited glow sticks will be provided to light up participants’ bikes. The ride is for ages 12 and up, and helmets are required for all riders. Rosedale Lake main parking lot off of Federal City Road, Blackwell Road satellite parking lot. Free. Register on site Sunday night.