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Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, Sept. 9-11

Music, dancing, crafts and more on Hinds Plaza this Sunday in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Music, dancing, crafts and more will be featured on Hinds Plaza this Sunday afternoon.

Friday, September 9

Art Inauguration: The Rural Painter at Small World Coffee – The Rural Painter is a local business from West Windsor that sells original works of art from Indonesia and Vietnam. The owner, Anu Bhat, visits the artists in these countries, works directly with them and offers an international platform for their work. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Small World Coffee, 11 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. More information

Dancing Under the Stars – The Central Jersey Dance Society hosts a free dance on Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library. No partner needed, all levels and styles. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hinds Plaza, Princeton. Free

Play “Bathing in Moonlight”  – World premiere of play by Nilo Cruz about falling in love, and longing for a place to call home. Directed by Emily Mann. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. McCarter Theatre, Berlind. 91 University Place, Princeton.

Food Truck Friday in Hopewell – Live music, food trucks, ad fun.  Antimos, Cupcake Carnivale, Cubside Creamery, Dos Hermanos Tacos, The Empanada Guy, Four Daughters Franks, Oink and Moo BBQ, Surf and Turf Truck, The Tot Cart, Try Vegan. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hopewell Train Station, 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell.

Saturday, September 10

Princeton HealthCare Annual Kids Marathon, 5-Mile Race, 1-Mile Walk – 1-mile fun walk begins at 10 a.m. and 1.2-mile run for children begins at 10:30 a.m. $20 on-site registration fee for walk, $30 fee for run ($27 for USATF-NJ members).

Sourland Spectacular Benefit Bike Ride – Routes of 23 to 63 miles in the scenic Sourlands. All trips begin and end at the Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, in Skillman. SAG stops, bathrooms, coffee and snacks at the start, gourmet picnic lunch after the ride.Proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy, a non-profit organization working to protect and preserve land in the Sourland Mountain region. The on-site registration fee is $50.

Sunset Hill Flea Market –   Flea market at the Sunset Hill Club House, Griggstown, featuring up to 100 vendors, food, and more. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 113 Forrest Ave. More information

Montgomery Friends Farmers Market – The Montgomery Friends Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. It is located at the Village Shopper on Route 206, just north of the junction with Route 518. Operated by Montgomery Friends of Open Space, the market features local NJ farm products. 1340 Route 206, Skillman. Free More information

Pennington Farmers Market – Coffee, lunch, flowers, organic produce, grass-fed beef, salsa, baked goods, wine and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North, Hopewell.

West Windsor Community Farmers Market – Local produce and goods, live music, free health screenings and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., , 2 Vaughn Drive (next to the Princeton Junction Train Station), West Windsor.

First Baptist Church Block Party – Live music, free health screenings, food, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 28 Green Street, Princeton. Free.

Public Birding Trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society – Join the Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 9 a.m. for a free walk led by Brad Merritt at the Forsythe NWR at Brigantine. “The Brig” offers great viewing access to migrating shore birds, terns, raptors, waterfowl, herons, egrets and the occasional uncommon bird. More information

New Jersey Kilt Fest – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Celtic craft beer, highland games and medieval battles, 2-mile kilt run, children’s entertainment, bagpipe bands, food vendors, and more. Event benefits disabled veterans and prostate cancer awareness. Mercer County Park Festival Grounds, 1638 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. Admission $10 and up.

“Make Someone’s Day Today” Event Honoring Steve Mayer – An event to memorialize late Robbinsville Superintendent Steve Mayer. Dedication ceremony, food trucks, music and more. Robbinsville High School, 155 Robbinsville-Edinburg Road, Robbinsville. Free.

Insect Festival – Games and activities highlight the importance of bugs. Music, hay rides, activities for kids and more. Sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Hopewell. Free.

Quaker Bridge Mall Back-to-School Photo Booth – The Quaker Bridge Mall is hosting a back-to-school photo booth for students on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11. Students can snap a few pictures at the themed photo booth with friends. On Saturday the booth will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday the booth will be open from noon to 6 p.m.  More information

Arts Council of Princeton Fall Open House – The Arts Council of Princeton will host its annual Fall Open House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the Arts Council’s fall classes, workshops, community programs, events, membership, volunteer opportunities, and meet instructors.Noon to 5 p.m., Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Free More information

Oasis Family Farms Apple Festival – Local apples and products for sale, apple pie eating contest, free game activities for  kids, pumpkin picking.10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville. Free admission.

Capital City Food Truck Battle – Food trucks, live music. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Rho Waterfront, 50 Waterfront Plaza, Trenton. $5 admission.

Sunday, September 11

Bird Banding with the Washington Crossing Audubon Society – Free public birding trip at the Featherbed Lane Banding Station. Led by Mark Witmer and Hannah Suthers, the field trip will expose you to the ongoing research conducted for over 35 years by Hannah Suthers and her volunteers. 8 a.m., Featherbed Lane Banding Station, Hopewell. More information

Pure Barre Princeton Open House – Fall Open House. $5 first class for all new clients on Sunday for 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30 a.m. classes. 31 Hulfish St.,  Princeton. More information

31 & Main Farmers Market at Campus Town –  Local produce, live music, cooking demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Route 31 and East Main Boulevard, Ewing. Free.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration – Hinds Plaza will be transformed into a mercado during the three-hour event. Local artisans, restaurants, family-friendly activities and free entertainment including Grupo Folklórico Costa Oxaca. Co-sponsored by the library and Mi Pueblo Lindo, the Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Human Services Commission. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Hinds Plaza, Princeton. Free.

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.

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