Here are 13 things to do this weekend in Middlesex County to get you out of your house and have some fun. And to all the moms, happy Mother's Day.
Movie: First Man
MONROE – The Monroe library will show the film “First Man” on May 10 at 2 p.m. The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost — on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself — of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Biography/Drama/History, Rated PG-13, 2h 22m. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.
Friday Film: The Front Runner
OLD BRIDGE – The Old Bridge Library presents "The Front Runner" on May 10 at 1:30 p.m. starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga. Gary Hart, former senator of Colorado, becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart’s intelligence, charisma and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life. 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge.
Beauty and the Beast
NEW BRUNSWICK – American Repertory Ballet in collaboration with Princeton Symphony Orchestra present Beauty and the Beast at State Theatre New Jersey on May 10 at 8 p.m. Enter into a magical world full of beauty and enchantment with one of the best loved stories of all time. Set to a lyrical score by Tchaikovsky, this tale — a celebration of the transformative power of love — is a heartwarming story that will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets. 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
Spring Flower Fair
NEW BRUNSWICK – Rutgers Gardens presents its Spring Flower Fair May 10-12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair is a garden plant sale to provide community members the chance to buy a variety of plants for their garden. Selections this weekend will include herbaceous perennials and hardy ferns, annuals, succulents and tropical, grasses and bamboos, trees, shrubs and vines, herbs, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits. 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick.
Too Heavy for Your Pocket
NEW BRUNSWICK – The George Street Playhouse presents “Too Heavy for Your Pocket” May 10-12. Tennessee-born Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones — and himself — that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. Tickets and times. 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The EARTH Center at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park will host a program about backyard beekeeping on May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. The lecture will introduce attendees to the art and offer a hands-on tutorial with basic equipment. To register, call 732-398-5262. 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick.
The Man Who Planted Trees
NEW BRUNSWICK – State Theatre New Jersey presents The Man Who Planted Trees on May 11 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The 3 p.m. show is an Autism Friendly Relaxed Performance. State Theatre New Jersey’s Autism-Friendly Relaxed Performances allow families with children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities to enjoy high quality live entertainment in a safe, welcoming, sensory-friendly environment. Performances will take place in the State Theatre’s Studio space. Tickets are $15. 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
Centennial Founders Day celebration
PLAINSBORO – The township Centennial Founders Day celebration will start at 12:30 p.m. with a parade on May 11. The event was cancelled May 5 due to rain. The parade will begin on Edgemere Avenue and continue to the municipal grounds adjacent to the Municipal Building. After the parade, there will be a re-opening and dedication of the historic John Van Buren Wicoff House. The celebration will continue with a live band, inflatables, foods, centennial merchandise and more. Plainsboro was incorporated May 6, 1919.
POV Documentary: Minding the Gap
MONROE – The Monroe library will show “Minding the Gap” on May 11 at 1 p.m. Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age story about three friends bonding together to escape volatile families in America’s Heartland. 2019 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary, Winner, Sundance Film Festival, Winner, Critics’ Choice Award. 83 minutes. This film is presented in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series P.O.V. (www.pbs.org/pov). Registration is not required. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.
Swarm Robotics Demonstration
PLAINSBORO – Come see the GearChangers, a local robotics team, demonstrate Swarm Robotics at the Plainsboro library on May 11 from 2-4 p.m. No registration required. Swarm robotics is a new approach to the coordination of multi-robot systems which consist of large numbers of mostly simple physical robots. When multiple robots interact with each other and coordinate they can achieve tasks that are impossible or difficult to achieve by humans. 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro.
Ken Lelen Presents 'She Did It Her Way'
OLD BRIDGE – The Old Bridge hosts guitarist and vocalist Ken Lelen's tribute to Big Band Hits by popular female vocalists such as Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald and Kate Smith on May 11 at 2:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable, unexpired food donation for the Old Bridge Food Bank to this free event. 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge.
HIGHLAND PARK – The Highland Park Chamber Orchestra presents “Spring Concert of Mostly Baroque Masters,” featuring recorders, strings and harpsichord. The concert will perform music by Bach, Brahms, Boismortier, Pepusch, Purcell, Piazzolla and Telemann. The concert is May 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 South 2nd Avenue.
Mother's Day Movie: Steel Magnolias
SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The South Brunswick library will show "Steel Magnolias" on May 12 at 2 p.m. directed by Herbert Ross, and starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts. Rated PG, 117 minutes. Six women come together in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, friendship, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. 110 Kingston Lane.