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Events for Sunday December 16, 2018

Christmas Bird Count, Kingston Greenway

Sunday December 16, 2018
7:30 AM

The Kingston segment of this year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count begins at 7:30 AM at the Locktender's House in Kingston and goes until noon. After a break for lunch at Palace of Asia in Kingston, the count continues in the afternoon. Join us for morning, afternoon, or both. Experienced birders and novices are equally welcome to participate. Dress warmly, and bring binoculars if you have them. If interested, give Karen Linder a call (609-683-0483) or register

About the Christmas Bird Count:

Prior to the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition--a "Christmas Bird Census"--that would count birds in the holidays, rather than hunt them. So began the Christmas Bird Count.These days, more than 50,000 observers participate in the Annual Christmas Bird Count each year. The results of these efforts are compiled into the longest-running database in ornithology, representing over a century of data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas.

Family Krav Maga Program, The Jewish Center Princeton

Sunday December 16, 2018
2:00 PM

Come to a family Krav Maga program and learn some self-defense moves based on those used by the Israeli Defense Forces led by David Kahn.

The program is open to the community. FREE for members, $18 for community members.

For more information and to register please contact Sharon Diamondstein at

The Jewish Center Princeton,  435 Nassau Street, Princeton

“A Winter’s Night”, Voices Chorale NJ

Sunday December 16, 2018
3:00 PM

For its first concert of the 2018–2019 season, Voices Chorale NJ will present “A Winter’s Night” two times in December: Saturday, December 8, at 4 PM, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ, and Sunday, December 16, at 3 PM, at Pennington Presbyterian Church in Pennington, NJ. Tickets are available at

“A Winter’s Night” will feature works by Nicholas Myers, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and more. Included are six carols by English composer Bob Chilcott, described in The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British choral music.”

Winter Concert, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra

Sunday December 16, 2018
3:00 PM

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO) Community Concert. GPYO presents its annual winter concert, open to the public with free admission. The Symphonic and Concert Orchestras are presenting works by Elgar, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Meyer under the baton of Mr. Kawika Kahalehoe and Mr. Christopher Beckett. This will be a delight to all as well as an inspiration to upcoming musicians in the area. The concert is being presented at the Performing Arts Center, Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ. Sunday, Dec 16, 3 pm, phone: 609-683-0150. FREE

MOSAIC - Adath Israel Congregation

Sunday December 16, 2018
3:00 PM

1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville - 609-896-4977 -

Nefesh Mountain presents American bluegrass and traditional Jewish music. MOSAIC presents music, art, performance, and thought through a pluralistic Jewish lens.

Choral Reading ofHandel's Messiah, Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs

Sunday December 16, 2018
4:00 PM

Conductor: Frances Slade

Choral singers welcome. No auditions. Vocal scores provided. Refreshments at intermission. $10 admission for singers (or annual membership). Free for students and non-singing guests.

4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, Rt 206 at Cherry Hill Road, Princeton NJ

Members of the community gathered together for the common and joyful enterprise of making music, to sing through for their own pleasure the great works in choral literature, with chorus, orchestra, and soloists as the works require. The meetings are informal readings in which any musically interested person may join the chorus. There are no separate rehearsals and no auditions. Conductors usually do some preparation with the chorus before the sing-through. This varies from minimal snatches for well-known pieces to a complete review for unfamiliar works.

For further information please email

'Skeletons in Your Genealogy Closet', Mercer County Genealogy Society

Sunday December 16, 2018
7:30 PM

On Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm, the Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor, Mercer County Genealogy Society presents 'Skeletons in Your Genealogy Closet'. Sometimes, when digging through documents and records, you may unearth sensitive information. This information could range from adoptions to conversions to multiple marriages – you might even discover a criminal in your family tree! Caryn Alter and Steve Cohen will discuss potential "skeletons", using some of their own colorful examples and genealogical tools for verifying or debunking "family legends". Caryn and Steve, both founding members of the genealogy club at Beth El Synagogue, recently published What's in a Name? A Young Person's Jewish Genealogy Workbook.

Beth El Synagogue is located at 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520; 609-443-4454;

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