September activities @ The Bridgewater Library – Click on an image for more info or to register.
Around the Community:
September 9-11, 2016
1. Lil' Athletes Day, Branchburg Sports Complex
2. Fall Festival, Norz Hill Farm & Market
3. Bedminster Fall Fest, River Road Park
4. Meet John Adams, Rockingham Historic Site
5. Bingo- The Winning Musical, Somerset Valley Players
6. Open House, Wyckoff-Garretson Museum House and Carriage Barn
7. Autumn in the Perennial Garden, Colonial Park Perennial Gardens
8. Open House, Jacobus Vanderveer House
9. Somerset Hills Kennel Club Dog Show, North Branch Park
10. Family Nature Walk, Environmental Education Center
Feast your ears and eyes! Come enjoy stories of fantasy, heartbreak, wisdom, and whimsy in a fabulous sculpture park setting on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from noon to 6pm. More than forty New Jersey storytellers will regale listeners with tales for all ages at sites throughout the Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park with more than two hundred and seventy sculptures with works by J. Seward Johnson and other international artists.
A story slam with the theme “Out of the Frying Pan” will begin the fun at noon; contestants will be chosen at random to recount their personal story in five minutes or less. The event’s signature close, the Lightning Round, will polish off the afternoon with 10 tellers who perform two-minute tales in rapid succession. Prior to the festival, workshops are offered from 9:45-11:45 am for educators and others interested in storytelling techniques. Click here for workshop information.
The event will be at The Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton NJ 08619 (GPS use 126 Sculptors Way) 609-586-0616. The Grounds opens at 10 am. Timed Tickets are required and are issued for a specific date & arrival time. Admission tickets are available for purchase online.http://www.groundsforsculpture.org
Come one, come all to the country fair with wagon-rides, food trucks, farm animals, live music, exhibits, old-fashioned games, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that offer something for everyone!
Date:Sunday, September 18 12 noon - 5 p.m. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
Cost:$8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 4 - 16, and $4 per child age 2 & 3, Contact:973.326.7645
Learn about the bats of North America with Dr. Lance Risley of William Patterson University. Use an echolocation device to attract bats as you walk the trails in search for theses elusive creatures. Ages 8 and up.
Date:Tuesday, September 20 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mountain NHA, Intersection of Mars Court & Boonton Avenue, Montville Township
Cost:$6 per person Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130
Illustration by Adam Auerbach
The 2016 Princeton Children’s Book Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hinds Plaza and the Princeton Public Library. The event has recently featured many prestigious children’s book authors and illustrators, such as Aaron Becker, E.B. Lewis, Jerry Pinkney, Steve Sheinkin, Rosemary Wells, and Rita Williams-Garcia, amongst others.
This free, rain-or-shine event offers children and families the opportunity to meet their favorite authors. There will also be many fun, book-oriented activities throughout the afternoon. The well-attended Festival continues to grow every year and promises something for everyone. For additional information, visit http://bookfestival.princetonlibrary.org.
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Why Words are Like Toothpaste -- Thoughts on Starting Middle School from Amy Beth Gardner
My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We've decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube. She began exclaiming things like "But I can't!" and "It won't be like it was before!" I quietly waited for her to finish and then said the following:
"You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander and wound others. You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice; I can think of three times this week I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can't take them back. Use your words carefully, Breonna. When others are misusing their words, guard your words. Make the choice every morning that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness."