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Friday, February 5

In Search of Owls

The evening begins indoors with a presentation that will introduce you to owls, their calls and adaptations. After a Naturalist-led night hike in search of the nocturnal raptors, we will warm up indoors with a hot beverage. Families (children 6 years and up) and adults, registration is required.  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Stony Brook Millstone Watershed.

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Princeton Community Dance

Princeton Special Sports and the Princeton Recreation Department sponsor monthly dances (with pizza!) for adults and teens with special needs. February’s dance will be in the John Witherspoon School Gym. Registration by 3 p.m. on the date of the dance required. For the season flyer, go to Forms & Flyers at princetonspecialsports.com. February 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at John Witherspoon Middle School. To sign up, click here.

Dance Improv, Live!

A lightly guided dance improvisation with live music. No experience required. $12 (students with ID, first timers, and folks bringing first-timer) $18 for returning folks–details on website.8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, Orchard Hill Center, 88 Orchard Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. For more information go to www.danceimprov.com/ or contact Sue Saponara at sue@saponara.net or phone at 609-610-2744.

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Elektra, presented by Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University presents Sophocles’ Elektra, a dark bloody tale of familial vengeance from ancient Greece, explored anew by professional guest director Alexandru Mihail and featuring senior Evelyn Giovine as Elektra. 8 p.m.,  Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street.

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Saturday, February 6

Montgomery Kid Connection Preschool Open House

teachers Montgomery Kid ConnectionMontgomery Kid Connection will be hosting an open house for new families on Saturday February 6th from 9 a.m. to noon. All are invited to meet and greet teachers, tour the building, and gather info about the exceptional academic offerings and the fun and nurturing learning environment of Kid Connection. Kid Connection teachers will be available to speak to interested parents and give informal tours of the program’s comprehensive academic and social learning environment. Kid Connection makes learning fun and provides a smooth transition to the public school district’s K-2 Orchard Hill Elementary School right next door. Registration materials will be available at the event, if requested.  8:00 a.m. to noon.

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Boy Scout Weather Merit Badge Workshop

Join Jeff Hoagland for this morning workshop designed to help Boy Scouts earn the Weather merit badge. Out on the Watershed Reserve, scouts will examine the effects of Hurricanes Sandy or Irene while exploring the greater world of meteorology. Scouts will visit the Watershed Center’s weather station and examine and interpret recent weather data onsite. 9:00 am to noon.

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Howell Living History Farm Parent and Child Farmhands Info. Session

The Howell Living History Farm will accept applications for parent and child enrollment in its 2016 winter Farmhands Program. The program is designed to introduce children to life on the farm, while parents volunteer time helping the Howell Farm staff work with visitors to the farm. One parent must work at the farm as a volunteer in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. No
experience is necessary. To register, parents must attend an organizational meeting  at 9 a.m. in the Howell Farm Visitor Center. The meeting is intended for parents only. The program starts on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Cook Talks: Probiotic Food Prep with Dorothy Mullen

Join the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health for a Probiotic (kraut and kimchi making) demonstration with Dorothy Mullen, founder of the Suppers Programs. See how easy it is to ferment vegetables at home, sauerkraut with caraways seeds, fermented beets and carrots, kimchi with hot Korean gochugaro pepper. If you would like to set up a jar of kraut to ferment at home, please contact us to learn what to bring. 1 p.m. Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 88 Orchard Road, Skillman, NJ 08558.

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Winter Exploration Geocache

This “event-cache” is a great introduction to the hobby of geocaching as well as the ecology of winter. Track animals, meet winter weeds, talk with birds and much more. Appropriate for beginners or experienced cachers, participants must provide their own GPS unit. Families welcome, light refreshments, donations accepted. 1:30 p.m. at the Watershed.

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MUTTS Cartoonist and Children’s Book Author Patrick McDonnell Visits the Princeton Public Library

Mutts cartoonist McDonnellLocal resident Patrick McDonnell, MUTTS cartoonist and Caldecott Honor winning children’s book author, will be speaking, drawing and taking questions at the Princeton Library on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. His latest book, “Thank You and Goodnight” was a New York Times Notable Book for 2015. SAVE Animal Shelter will also be on-site to let the public know about the animals at their shelter that are available for adoption.

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Sunday, Feb. 7

Welcoming the Refugee: What’s Really Involved?

Is any issue more compelling than the current rhetoric about refugees? Nassau is taking a proactive approach, consistent with 50 years of practice for this community of faith. Come and explore the refugee experience and the current Syrian refugee crisis, gain an overview of refugee resettlement, and talk about our role as people of faith and how we can best welcome a Syrian family. 9:15 am to 10:15 am, Nassau Presbyterian Church.

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Meditation for Beginners

Stress Less.  Now. First session of Meditation for Beginners Sundays at noon at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. Noon to one. It’s a beautiful treat for yourself in a beautiful retreat center.  Get more familiar with the quiet peace inside.  Sure-handed guidance from Brandon Lewin of Ease and Lightness Personal Coaching and helpful energy of others.

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Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Alison Gier Totten

    LOCATION for the geocache event please 😀

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