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ARTWORKS 2021 Member Exhibition

December 11–January 8

Opening Reception: December 11th, 6-8 pm

Come out to support local artists and be part of Trenton’s lively arts scene at ARTWORKS Trenton’s Annual Artworks Member Exhibition. The members’ exhibit runs concurrently with one of ARTWORKS’ other popular annual exhibitions, the 10×10 Red Dot Fundraising Exhibition. The 10×10 Red Dot Fundraising Exhibition is an opportunity for new and established artists to expose their work to the public and an opportunity for art lovers to build their collections.

The Red Dot shows support of Community Arts in Trenton. Over 100 Trenton area artists create art on a 10”x10” canvas. The works are dynamic, diverse and all created specifically for Artworks. Experienced and novice artists create works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pastel, watercolor, and more. All works sell for $100.00. There will be a 50/50 split on proceeds with the artist. Give the gift of original art to loved ones for the holidays. Artwork purchased at the 10×10 show can be taken home that night.

Artworks Trenton is located at 19 Everett Alley, off Stockton Street near City Hall. For information, please visit www.artworkstrenton.org or call 609-394-9436.

Gallery Hours (during exhibits): Tues. – Sat., 11 am-6 pm (Masks are highly encouraged, required for unvaccinated adults and children.)

Patriots Week 2021

December 26–31

In the Fall of 1776, it was assumed that the British would prevail over rebellious American colonists after a series of American defeats. The British and their Hessian mercenaries regarded George Washington as an unsophisticated fool, and even the Continental Congress had their doubts. Few people, least of all the Hessians, expected the Battle of Trenton. The Old Barracks Museum commemorates the turning-point Battles of Trenton with American, British and Hessian re-enactors, puppet shows, musket demonstrations, readings, and the new “Assunpink Firewalk” with Mayor Gusciora.

Events will take place at the Old Barracks and at Mill Hill Park. Most events are free or suggested a $5 donation. For details, please visit www.barracks.org or www.trenton-downtown.com

Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey

New Year’s Eve Concert

Plan ahead to enjoy a great Trenton New Year’s tradition with the Capital Philharmonic! Trenton’s professional orchestra always puts on a wonderful celebration to bring in the New Year. Maestro Dan Spalding will conduct the full 70-piece ensemble in favorite classics by Johann Strauss, Jr. and others, with more modern compositions by George Gershwin and Elmer Bernstein, Leroy Anderson’s witty The Typewriter, and Richard Rodgers’ Oklahoma. It all happens at the War Memorial, Trenton’s acoustically acclaimed masterpiece of early 20th-century architecture; and it wraps up in time for you to get to your New Year’s Eve party.

Hosted by WWFM’s David Osenberg. Come early (7:30 pm) to hear young virtuoso Brett Miller on the War Memorial’s magnificent theater organ.

Friday, December 31, 8 pm

For tickets and information, please go to www.capitalphilharmonic.org or 609.656.3224

Trenton MOVES: New Jersey Plans to Pioneer Autonomous Vehicles Here

Governor Phil Murphy and NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti have announced plans to develop the Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System (MOVES) Project. Trenton MOVES will work to provide safe, equitable, affordable, and sustainable high-quality mobility through the use of 100 Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) throughout the state capital for the 90,000 residents of Trenton.

“Since taking office, we have worked relentlessly towards making New Jersey the innovation center of America,” said Governor Murphy. “There is perhaps no initiative that embodies this goal more than the Trenton MOVES project, which will attract tech talent from around the country and the world with the mission of creating an autonomous vehicle-based transit system in our capital that will provide a new, affordable transportation solution for underserved areas of Trenton.” The long-range vision is that Trenton MOVES will create a framework that can be scaled throughout the state and the region.

Trenton MOVES “means more safe and equitable transportation options for everyone ranging from students involved in school activities to seniors going to their doctor appointments,” said Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora.

Each vehicle will carry four to eight passengers at a time. The AVs will be low-cost to users in underserved neighborhoods. During the initial launch, there will be in-vehicle attendants to demonstrate the safety and integrity of the service. Full deployment will occur after a detailed planning and testing phase, allowing Trenton’s residents and other drivers to get acclimated to the presence of AVs on the streets. The project is being developed by the Governor’s Office, NJDOT, the City of Trenton, and Princeton University.

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