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Shop sweet Cyber Monday deals from Dylan’s Candy Bar. 11/28 ONLY: CYBER MONDAY SAVINGS! 25% OFF YOUR ORDER with code STOCKINGSTUFFER

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Arts Council of Princeton’s Executive Director Jeff Nathanson with artist Paul Henry Ramirez

Photography by Erica Cardenas

Dining by Design, the Arts Council of Princeton’s signature annual fall gala, was held at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township on Saturday, November 12. This year’s theme, Eye Candy, was inspired by the art exhibit Rattle by Paul Henry Ramirez on view in Grounds for Sculpture’s West Gallery. The evening featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live modern dance, Party Boards, a multi-course dinner catered by STARR Events, and an exciting live auction. The choreography and direction of the dancers was the work of Dawn Cargiulo Berman, director of The Pennington Studio for Dance and the Creative Arts. Berman engaged dancers from the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company and Pilobolus Dance Theater to be a part of the evening. The event proved to be a major success, raising funds for the Arts Council of Princeton’s many community programs including their scholarship fund, which benefits local students.

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One-night-only Italian truffle dinner taking place at elements Princeton on Sunday, 11/13

On November 13, for one night only, elements will be open on a Sunday evening to tantalize your taste buds with an exclusive six-course Truffle tasting dinner with Italian wine pairings. Course highlights include fresh fluke with olive oil and cider vinegar, duck bolognese over tagliatelle and 48-hour brisket served over rice and mushrooms. more

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Make your Thanksgiving gathering even more memorable with these special gifts. 

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

It’s not even midway through October and many of us are over pumpkin spiced lattes. Luckily, our town is full of unique alternatives to this often-overrated fall treat. We asked some of our favorite Princeton eateries to share their seasonal offerings with us, and boy, did they deliver.

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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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Have your cake, and eat it too…

 

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Think: falling leaves, football games, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day.

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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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Registered nutritionist and dietician Jane Schwartz eases you into school-lunch-packing season with her nutrition tips for parents and their kids

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

How many times have you looked into your child’s lunch bag to find a piece of fruit left behind? Most kids have no problem finishing their Dunkaroos or fruit snacks, but when it comes to eating health foods, they often transform into picky eaters.  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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Today marks day four of the US Open, where big-name celebrities and tennis fans alike flood to Queens, NY to watch some serious tennis before summer’s close. Here, we outline some interesting facts and figures about the highly anticipated USTA event.

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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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Sleek contemporary fire pit with matching cover doubles as coffee table when not in use.

Bring the comfort of home to your outdoor space with these tips from Pavillion Outdoor Furnishings in Montclair, New Jersey

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Co-owners of Pavillion Outdoor Furnishings Lisa Mierop and Frank Contey are the authorities on outdoor living. Each with their own landscape design/build firm in Montclair; the duo has decades of experience outfitting the finest homes in north Jersey and beyond.  more

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Shop for fall during the final days of summer!

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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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What kitchen gift do you get the couple with impeccable taste? Try one of these.

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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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Short Hills resident Leslie Hsu enters the world of fashion-technology with her latest accessory line. 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Leslie Hsu knows accessories. The former fabric research and developer for Calvin Klein has had a hand in designing handbags and accessories for the likes of UGG Australia, True Religion Brand Jeans, Jonathan Adler, Zappos.com, and Barnes and Noble Nook, as well as her own eponymous handbag brand. more