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Photography by Erica Cardenas

Beyond Words, the annual fall gala hosted by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library took place on Saturday, September 17. This year’s special guests were Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz who spoke at Nassau Presbyterian Church.  After the talk, guests gathered at Hinds Plaza for a book signing and cocktails followed by a silent auction and dinner. more

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Throughout one of the hottest summers in history, a highly pregnant Jennifer Poe was hard at work in her Newtown, Pennsylvania interior design store, Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor. Merely weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, Poe is back at it, heading some of the most sought-after interior design projects in the Greater Philadelphia area.

This type of work ethic is nothing new for the recent mother of four. Since the age of 19, she has had a hand in the purchasing, gutting, and renovating of homes, quickly establishing her visionary talent. After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Poe founded Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor, a full-service boutique firm with cosmopolitan sensibilities. Her storefront may be located in Newtown, but her clientele spans from Philadelphia’s most discerning neighborhoods to Bergen County. more

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Friday, September 9

5 to 9 p.m.: Food Truck Friday. Live music and food trucks at 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell (rain or shine).

Saturday, September 10

8 a.m.: 5 Mile Road Race at ETS, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton. Hosted by Community Education and Outreach of Princeton Healthcare System and Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center. Learn more at www.princetonhcs.org.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Doylestown Arts Festival, celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking art in Doylestown, Pa. Includes more than 160 artisans, live music, and food courts (also on Sunday, September 11). more

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Friday, September 2

6:30 p.m.: Screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) at Princeton Public Library. The biographical drama is based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel.

7 p.m.: Open Mic Night at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20 Blackwell Avenue, Hopewell. Open to all musicians, beginner to advanced.

Saturday, September 3

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Pick-your-own apple season returns to Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville. Also, fresh apple pies, fresh pressed cider, cider donuts, apple butter, and more.  more

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Friday, August 26

3 to 5 p.m.: Native Plant Sale at D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Sean Allen is a financial analyst by day and an up-and-coming spray paint artist by night. A master hustler, he can even be found doing spray paint demos outside popular happy hour locations in Philadelphia while still in his business suit. Although Allen assured me that he’s careful not to stain his outfit, it’s clear that this money-savvy artist has a hard time staying away from his paints. more

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Friday, August 19

10 a.m.: Free, tour of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, 100 Stellarator Road in Princeton.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer). more

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Friday, August 12

9:30 a.m.: Kayak Tours of Mercer Lake at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Includes kayak instruction followed by the tour. Registration is required by calling (609) 888-3218. The cost to attend is $25-$30.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer).

7 p.m.: Free, Dancing Under the Stars at Hinds Plaza in downtown Princeton. more

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These fitness-friendly devices will enhance your summer workout routine. 

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Friday, August 5 

10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Sidewalk Sale at stores around Palmer Square in downtown Princeton (through August 7).

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer).

9:30 p.m.: Free, Friday Night Fireworks over the Delaware River in New Hope and Lambertville (occurs weekly through August 31). more

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Rosé – fabulous to wear, even more fabulous to drink. Shop one of this season’s hottest colors.

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Move to the head of the class with these stylish products.

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Friday, July 29

1 to 10 p.m.: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport, located at 30 Thor Solberg Road in Whitestation. Balloon rides begin at 6:30 p.m. Musical group Third Eye Blind performs at 8 p.m. General admission is $35.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer). more

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Take this weekend to new heights at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From female human cannonballs to 115-foot-tall balloons, the 34th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is going to be a sight to see. The three-day event will paint the Hunterdon County skies with 100 hot air balloons from around the world, including the UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand. more

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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. more

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It’s time to roar! Be the leader of the pack in these leo-inspired fashions.

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From Barkboxes to Broboxes, there seems to be a subscription box for just about anything or anyone. While we appreciate the thrill of receiving any package with our name on it, the staff at Urban Agenda Magazine has a proclivity for our Birchboxes. Not only do they give us the chance to try new products, but they also make it feel like it’s our birthday every. single. month. Whether or not you’re ready to gift yourself with this monthly indulgence, Birchbox offers full-sized versions of all their samples online. Here, we outline some of our favorite products from Birchbox. more

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Friday, July 22

Noon to 4 p.m.: Open House and Open Studio at Pinot’s Palette Princeton, located at 127 Village Boulevard at Princeton Forrestal Village.

3 to 5 p.m.: Native Plant Sale at D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer). more

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Modern rings for a modern woman. 

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Pictured: Special Exhibition Tour at Princeton University Art Museum: “Ansel Adams to Edward Weston – Celebrating the Legacy of David H. McAlpin” on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. Free to attend. Tours meet at the entrance to the Museum.

Friday, July 15 

10 a.m.: Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Tour, 100 Stellarator Road, Plainsboro.

11 a.m.: Princeton Summer Theater presents “The Owl and the Pussycat” at Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer). more