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Morning Walk at Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

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Enjoy a quiet morning at the Sanctuary walking the trails with an NJ Audubon staff or Associate Naturalist. Enjoy a quiet morning here at the Sanctuary walking the trails with an NJ Audubon staff or Associate Naturalist. These walks are informal and informative: birds, trees, tracks, wildflowers, reptiles, and amphibians are a few of nature’s wonders waiting for us to discover. The walks are cancelled if there is snow, rain, or weather warnings. Registration required by 4:00 PM the day before the walk. You must pre-register, walk-ins will not be allowed to participate. One person per ticket. COST: Free for members, $5 nonmembers. Interested in becoming a member? Please click on the following link to learn more or join: Become a Member today! IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Raritan Valley Beekeepers Association: Basic Beekeeping

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Basic Beekeeping is a complete three-day course in beekeeping being held March 04 and a field day in April TBA.  The course is presented by the Raritan Valley Beekeepers. Instructors are Master Beekeepers and other experienced beekeepers from RVBA and other NJBA branches. Class materials are based on the curriculum developed by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Landi Simone. Successful completion of this class fulfills the education requirement necessary to legally keep bees in NJ.  Classroom topics covered include: Honey Bee Biology, Beekeeping Equipment, Getting Started with Bees, Keeping Bees in Populated Areas, Bee Plants, Seasonal Management, Honey Bee Pests and Diseases, Harvesting Your Honey Crop, Queens, Queen Problems and Re-Queening.  Day 3, Field Day, takes place in a local apiary and provides students with an introduction to working with the bees. Students will have the experience of opening and inspecting a beehive themselves and obtain hands-on lessons in recognizing the various components of a hive and colony as well as inspection basics such as smoker lighting, protective gear, and correct use of the hive tool. A continental breakfast, box lunch and snacks are included in both days of classroom instruction. Students will receive a copy of the book Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey

Event Series Nature Infused Yoga with NJ Audubon

Nature Infused Yoga with NJ Audubon

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Led by Kristin Mylecraine, Yoga Teacher. Yoga is a great way to relax, connect with yourself, and increase flexibility and strength. Explore the connections between yoga and nature in this 75-minute class. No experience necessary; all levels welcome. For ages 15 years and older. Preregistration is required.  Ticket sales end at 4:30 PM on the Friday before each class. You must pre-register, walk-ins will not be allowed to participate. We are offering an in-person class at the sanctuary and a virtual class online simultaneously. The in-person class has a limit of 10 people. Be sure to purchase the correct ticket. COST: $13 members, $16 nonmembers. Interested in becoming a member? Please click on the following link to learn more or join: Become a Member today! IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring your own yoga equipment for the in-person class if you have it. Equipment will be available to borrow. CANCELLATION: NJ Audubon’s programs require a minimum number of registrants to run. If we cancel, due to lack of participation, severe weather, or unforeseen circumstances, all participants will be notified as soon as possible and are eligible for a full refund. Participants may cancel without penalty if greater than 48 hours in advance. Sorry, no refund

Event Series Nature Infused Yoga

Nature Infused Yoga

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Led by Kristin Mylecraine, Yoga Teacher. Yoga is a great way to relax, connect with yourself, and increase flexibility and strength. Explore the connections between yoga and nature in this 75-minute class. No experience necessary; all levels welcome. For ages 15 years and older. Preregistration is required. There will be no class 4/8, 5/13, and 5/27. Ticket sales end at 4:30 PM on the Friday before each class.  We are offering an in-person class at the sanctuary and a virtual class online simultaneously. The in-person class has a limit of 10 people. Be sure to purchase the correct ticket. COST: $13 members, $16 nonmembers. Interested in becoming a member? Please click on the following link to learn more or join: Become a Member today! IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring your own yoga equipment for the in-person class if you have it. Equipment will be available to borrow.

Ukrainian Pysanka (Easter Egg) Workshop

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During the period of Lent preceding Pascha, or Easter, Ukrainians write pysanky, or decorate eggs, using ancient symbols. From the deep past, these patterns were thought to imbue the egg with magical powers and ward away evil spirits, and they later took on Christian meanings. Join us at the Center to continue this age-old tradition as we get ready to welcome spring. The workshop is open to adults and children 12 and older. All materials included. Seating is limited to 15 participants per session, so register early! The UHEC and the Exhibit "Ukraine 1933: A Cookbook" will be open hours indicated. Questions, contact the UHEC at 732-356-0132 or email education@ukrhec.org

Ceramic Pipe Making Workshop

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Hand sculpt two working pipes using clay under the watchful guidance of experienced clay artists.  Many design ideas are available or bring your own creativity!  Learn to apply various decorative techniques, such as underglaze painting, carving and attaching 3D elements.  Pieces will be available for pick up about 3 weeks later.

Event Series Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet

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A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will they choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Event Series Laser Pop Rock

Laser Pop Rock

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Lasers dance across the dome while we listen to songs you can sing along with.  Songs include "Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Jae Jepsen, and "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift to name just a few.  (recommended for ages 6-12)

The Sky Above – Sensory Friendly

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Welcome to a comfortable and judgement-free zone to learn some astronomy.  This sensory-friendly astronomy and music show is specially designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum and other developmental disorders.  Neurotypical children are welcome as well.  The program is presented on a kindergarten level, but all ages are welcome.  Enjoy music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, Moon, and constellations.  During the show, the doors remain open so children may leave and return if they choose.  Lights are kept dim (instead of dark) and music is at a consistent level.

Opening Reception: Stephanie Napholtz – Artist of the Month

Join us at Gallery on Main for an in-person reception celebrating an exhibition of photographs by Stephanie Napholtz of Greenbrook, New Jersey. Meet the artist, see a selection of her photos, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Admission is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! Stephanie Napholtz’s work will be on view, and available for purchase, at Gallery on Main throughout March 2023. See more.

Event Series Woodcock Watch

Woodcock Watch

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We mark the return of spring by the fanciful flight of the adorable American Woodcock! Take a walk into the fields and meadows of Lord Stirling Park as we look and listen for these elusive and amorous bog suckers.

$11

Astronomy Tonight

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Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)

Zephyr: A Whirlwind Of Circus

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Mechanical wonders, circus gadgetry, and astonishing acrobatics are all part of Cirque Mechanics’ new show Zephyr: A Whirlwind of Circus, inspired by the power of the wind and the human ingenuity that goes into harnessing it. Centered around a giant windmill mounted on a turntable, performers fly, balance, float on air, and defy gravity in an exhilarating whirlwind circus. Fall under the spell of turning gears and whooshing sails in this tale about the unrelenting tug-of-war between man and nature. Experience the artistry and thrill of acrobatic bicycles, foot juggling, hair hanging, and the mysterious wheel of destiny in this all ages show that’ll blow you away.

AMERICAN THEATER GROUP PRESENTS “PARADE”

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American Theater Group, a professional Actors Equity company, presents the musical “PARADE” This Tony-Award winning musical by Jason Robert Brown (Bridges of Madison County) and Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) dramatizes the story of Leo Frank, a factory manager accused of murdering a young employee.  The 1913 Trial of the Century created a media frenzy full of half-truths, innuendo and unabashed bigotry. Directed by Tony Award nominee, Hunter Foster. Hunter Foster is the Artistic Director for the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY where he most recently directed Rent and God of Carnage. He directed The Other Josh Cohen off-Broadway at the West Side theatre in NYC and was named the 2018 “Director of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal for his productions of 42nd Street at the Bucks County Playhouse, and The Drowsy Chaperone at the Goodspeed Opera House. Also at the Bucks County Playhouse he has directed: Clue, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror, Summer of ’42, Million Dollar Quartet and It’s a Wonderful Life. He has also directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for the Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, St. Louis Rep and at many other theatres around the country. Many will know Hunter as an

Event Series Laser Love

Laser Love

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This laser concert celebrating love features such tunes as “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, and “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast. The Tuesday evening performance is for couples age 16 and older only, and the Saturday shows are open to all ages.

Laser Grateful Dead

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Sit back and relax, listening to some of the Grateful Dead’s greatest hits including “Truckin’,” “Touch of Grey,” “Sugar Magnolia,” and “One More Saturday Night.”

Tara and The Porch Pirates Band At Willies!

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Former lead singer Tara from the commonthread band, has joined forces and is now Tara and The Porch Pirates. Come to Willies and dance the night away to all her favorite hits. For more information follow FB @porchpiratesnj

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