Friday, September 10

Saturday, September 11

Sunday, September 12

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9-11: The Third Anniversary

The bumper stickers say "Never Forget 9-11!" As if. In fact, wouldn’t

it be lovely. But it’s not going to happen. Certainly not for those

directly affected, but also for anyone who loves New York, who still

looks downtown when crossing a street in the Village, trying to

understand how the twin buildings that anchored the southern sky could

be so totally gone. Remembering – yes, how not to? – how they fell.

Still, three years later, even this close to the city, normal events

are the order of the day for the first time after that Tuesday that

the 11th of September falls on a Saturday. There are soccer games,

football games, plays, and festivals. But there are also ceremonies of

remenbrance. Memorials will be visited, moments of silence will be

observed, prayers will be offered, and voices will be lifted – all in

an effort to make sense of the tragedy. There are any number of

options for observing the day. Here are the details:

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Friday, September 10

Church of Saint Ann, Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-882-6491. Taize

prayers service of peace and healing to remember the third anniversary

of 9/11. Short, simple chants are combined with scripture readings and

silent and spoken prayers. 7:30 p.m.

September 11 Ceremony, Mercer County College, Remembrance Park,

Student Center, 609-586-4800, ext. 3608. At the ceremony the speakers

will be Anna-Kay Thomas, student government president, Brian Hughes,

Mercer County Executive; and Rev. William Coleman, board of trustees.

Colleen Courtney, faculty member, will sing the national anthem and

Donald Jones, a staff member, will sing "God Bless America." 9 a.m.

The event takes place at the college’s Remembrance Park adjacent to

the Student Center, which was dedicated in 2002 to the area’s victims

of 9-11.

Memorial, West Windsor Township, Municipal Building, 609-799-2400.

Candlelight walk and reflection at the September 11 memorial. Meet at

Maurice Hawk School for the walk to the memorial in the Ron Rodgers

Arboretum. Those who do not want to walk may meet at the memorial

site. All participants should bring their own candle. 7:30 p.m.

"We come together for this memorial because we continue to remember

that terrible day and the lives lost," says West Windsor Mayor

Shing-fu Hsueh. "Not only do we remember those lost within the West

Windsor community but also friends and family known to many of us

individually. Together we mourn their loss and honor their memory."

Concert, Church of St. David the King, 1 New Village Road, West

Windsor, 609-275-7111. Contemporary Christian, folk, gospel, country,

and patriotic music features the Contemporary Ensemble of St. David.

The eight-piece band features Michael Dennehy as lead vocalist and

Carol Sullivan on piano. Donations benefit abused and neglected

children through Angel’s Wings. 7:30 p.m.

Although the concert is not truly a remembrance of 9/11, the band

performs "Where Were You" by Alan Jackson, a song that references the

tragic event.

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Saturday, September 11

Operation Restore Hope, Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, Pilgrim and

Ocean Pathways, Ocean Grove, 732-988-0645. Orchestra of St. Peter by

the Sea, conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson presents "Operation

Restore Hope," the finale of the 135th season. Among the selections is

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and a stirring patriotic medley by the

50-piece orchestra. $17 and $22. 8 p.m.

"Operation Restore Hope will be a celebration and remembrance," said

Father Alphonse, noting the third anniversary of 9/11. "In musical

terms, we will express the apex of what humanity achieve, and the

healing power of hope. The message is that hope conquers hatred."

Observing September 11, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road,

Hamilton, 609-586-0616. In honor and memory of those lost on September

11, 2001, the sculpture park will be open free of charge for a day of

contemplation and remembrance. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Swami Ramamnanda, Integral Yoga of Princeton, 122 Carter Road,

609-683-9199. "Transforming Anger and Cultivating Forgiveness," with

the president of the New York Integral Yoga Institute. Register. $25.

9 a.m.

Remembering 9/11, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lily Street,

Lambertville, 609-397-0275. A day of activities and conversation to

commemorate September 11. River Poets presents an open poetry reading.

Art therapist Jennifer Lauricella presents a workshop. 10 a.m.

Annual Picnic, Pride Center of New Jersey, Rutgers Gardens Log Cabin,

Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, 732-350-9509. Third annual picnic with

food, beer, wine, and ice cream. Scavenger hunt. 9/11 remembrance.

Register. Rain or shine. $18 adults; $12 children. Noon to 6 p.m.

A Communal Clearing, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland

Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-924-7294. Fire cleansing ceremony and

rainbow light meditation. Bring your favorite food or drink to share

in the after glow. Free. 7 p.m.

Princeton Writers Block, Paul Robeson Place, 609-426-9539. Program for

9/11 is "Songs for America’s Children" presented by Danny and Kim

Adlerman. Reading, booksigning, and music. 3 p.m.

Commemoration and Protest, Progressive Patriots, Monument Park in

front of Princeton Borough Hall. Narration of the events of 9/11/2001

and a moment of silence corresponding to the times that each of the

four planes hit. Readings from the 9/11 Commission Report followed by

criticism of the Bush administration’s response to the 9/11 attacks.

Voter registration from noon to 4 p.m. 8 a.m.

Madness & Serenity, South Side Grille, 2 Main Street, South Bound

Brook. Art show and sale to benefit Jersey James Fund, a United Way

music education program of New Jersey Program. Works by central Jersey

artist Ned include original oil paintings of the aftermath of the

World Trade Center tragedy, along with more serene offerings. Noon.

The Jersey Jams Fund has raised close to $40,000 since September 20,

2001, through CD sales and benefit concerts. They have given $22,000

in free music lessons and school band equipment to 37 New Jersey

Children o 9/11, produced eight free music mentorship events, and

donated 900 copies of "Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares" CD to 900 New Jersey

families of 9/11.

Born in Plainfield, Nasty Ned began singing and performing during the

1960s. He is associated with Jersey Jams and provides harmonica

lessons for children at Jersey Jams events.

Chicken Barbecue, Titusville United Methodist Church, 1450 River Road,

Titusville, 609-737-1444. 39th Annual Chicken benefit barbecue. The

church commemorates the three-year anniversary of September 11 with a

moment of silence at each barbecue seating. The sanctuary will be open

all day. A portion of proceeds will be donated to local emergency and

rescue workers. Take-out available. Reservations are recommended. $11

adult; $5 child. 5 p.m.

Memorial Service for 9/11, Township of Plainsboro, September 11

Memorial, Plainsboro Municipal Complex, 609-799-0909. A moment of

silence will be held at 8:46 a.m. followed by a lowering of the flag

and the laying of a wreath honoring the three Plainsboro residents who

died on September 11;, 2001. 8:30 a.m.

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Sunday, September 12

Unity Fest, Borough of Highland Park, Raritan Avenue, 732-828-8444.

Remembering 9/11 by sharing cultures and histories of community

members through food, art, dance, music, and crafts. Noon.

Acupressure Yoga, Studio Zen, 57 Hamilton Avenue, Hopewell,

609-466-7787. Self-healing techniques combine acupressure combinations

with traditional Hatha poses. Register. $35. 1 p.m.

Breathwork Workshop, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland

Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-924-7294. Use the breath to induce an

altered state of consciousness for emotional healing and spiritual

experience. Four-hour workshop by Ed Zullo and Jane Martin. Register.

1 p.m.

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