There are a lot of great local activities happening this weekend to help you get out of the house and have some fun.
Friday Film: Denial
OLD BRIDGE – The Old Bridge library will show “Denial,” at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. In 1993 Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books published `Denying the Holocaust’. Two years later the English author David Irving sued her for libel on the grounds that her book had ruined his once well-regarded career as an historian by accusing him of deliberately distorting historical facts. The resulting court case puts the onus on her legal team to prove that the Holocaust did indeed take place. Based on a true story. 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge.
Woodbridge Food Truck Festival
WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Center will host Sirocksny.com’s three-day food truck festival from Oct. 4, 5-10 p.m.; and Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, 1-10 p.m. in Sears parking lot. There will be, of course, food trucks, beer garden, live entertainment, kid’s zone with inflatable rides and other activities. $5 for adults. 250 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge.
EAST BRUNSWICK – The Friends of the Library will have a Bunco night on Oct. 4 from 6:30-10 p.m. The event is open to all experience levels. Tickets are $10. Attendees can bring their own appetizers and cash bar is available. VFW, 485 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.
An Evening with Deepak Chopra
FREEHOLD – Is it possible to venture beyond daily living and experience heightened states of awareness? Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he addresses this question and provides practical ways to experience transformation and healing at iPlayAmerica on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. In this highly anticipated talk, based upon his newest upcoming book, Metahuman, Deepak Chopra unlocks the secrets for moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. Tickets $35. 110 Schanck Road, Freehold.
PISCATAWAY – ReThink Theatrical presents an original retelling of the legend of Sleepy Hollow in celebration of the story’s 200th anniversary at the East Jersey Old Town Village on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 and 6 p.m. In this version, a film crew is in production for a historic adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After a series of unexplained on-set disasters caused by mysterious specters, it is at risk of being shut down. Passionate to complete the film, the cast and crew create a one-night-only event for investors to maintain the illusion that “nothing is wrong,” which, inevitably, all falls apart. Visit rethinktheatrical.org/tickets for more information and to reserve tickets. 1050 River Road, Piscataway.
Harvest Hope Festival
SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Spread hope and have fun as the library collects food for the South Brunswick Food Pantry and families in need. Kids and families can enjoy crafts, food, beverages, and tons of fall fun and games at the Harvest Hope Festival at nearby Reichler Park on Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Suggested donation of one non-perishable or canned food item. All donations will go to South Brunswick Food Pantry.
4-H Haunted House and Hayride
EAST BRUNSWICK – The 4-H Youth Center will provide hayrides and a haunted house on Oct. 4-5 from 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for each activity or $8 for the haunted house and hayride. 645 Cranbury East Road, East Brunswick.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The EARTH Center will hold a program offering tips about reducing waste and using composting in gardens on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 732-745-4170 to register. 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.
Metuchen Country Fair
METUCHEN – The Metuchen Country Fair is Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will kicks off with opening ceremonies and features several music acts, food vendors, demonstrations, awards and prizes, vendors and booths from local organizations and businesses.
NORTH BRUNSWICK – The township’s annual Heritage Day kicks off at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Community Park. The nine-hour event will feature food, music, rides, dancing, crafts, a beer garden, petting zoo and pony rides and local vendors. 2053 Route 130 South, North Brunswick.
Halloween Costume Swap
OLD BRIDGE – Looking for a “new” Halloween costume? The Old Bridge library is collecting gently used costume for its community Halloween swap on Oct. 5 from 2-4 p.m. Those who donate a costume can enter the event at 2 p.m. Anyone who does not donate can enter at 3 p.m. 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge.
Hispanic Heritage Cultural Fest
WOODBRIDGE – Celebrate all things about the Hispanic culture on Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at Parker Press Park for Woodbridge Township’s Hispanic Heritage Festival. There will be live music, dancing and food. 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge.
MONROE –Opera, NJ presents “Don Pasquale” at the Monroe Senior Center on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in concert format. $25-$30. This timeless Italian comic opera, written by Donizetti in 1842, tells the story of a conniving old bachelor who plans to marry in order to punish his rebellious nephew Ernesto, who is in love with a young widow. 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe.
East Brunswick Ghost Walk
EAST BRUNSWICK – The NJ Ghost Organization will hold an East Brunswick Ghost Walk on Oct. 5 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the township’s Old Bridge Village Historic District. Built atop a Lenape village, this neighborhood witnessed its first murder in 1727 when an Indian sachem shot and killed the local tavern owner for cheating him out of his land. That was the first recorded death, but certainly not the last. The village was made a historic district in 1976 and dozens of homes date to before the American Civil War and many of them have paranormal activity. The old Herbert Appleby house is a prime example with sightings and dis-embodied voices and dream visitations of the forgotten dead. The former Simpson Methodist Church is also home to spirits, which make their presence known to casual visitors. $8 per person, which supports the fire company. 5 Pine St., East Brunswick.
Storyteller Julie Pasqual
NEW BRUNSWICK – State Theatre New Jersey presents Julie Pasqual for its family-friendly Milk and Cookies series on Oct. 5 at noon. Pasqual entertains audiences with her storytelling through fun, high-energy and silliness. Tickets. 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
MONROE – The Monroe library will show two POV Documentary Films on Oct. 6. At 10:30 a.m. is “Fallen City.” A 2008 earthquake levels Beichuan, Sichuan Province, China. Follow three families as a modern replica quickly rises in its place. A 1 p.m. will be “My Love, Don’t Cross That River.” Together for 76 years, South Korean couple Kang and Jo spend each day like newlyweds, but now must face reality of their aging romance. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.
4-H Open House
EAST BRUNSWICK – 4-H of Middlesex County will hold an open house on Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. Attendees can learn about some of the organization’s programs such as citizenship, healthy living, animals, engineering, science or tech. 645 Cranbury East Road, East Brunswick.
PLAINSBORO – The American Red Cross Princeton Youth Council will lead a program for kids ages 7-12 about what to do in the event of a fire in your home or a natural disaster on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Register. 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro.
Walking Tour of the Battle of Monmouth
MANALAPAN – Take a walking tour of the Battle of Monmouth and learn about the longest battle in the American Revolution on Oct. 6 a. Meet at Visitor Center at 1:30 p.m. at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 Highway 33-BR, Manalapan.
Art Reception: “Ethnic Expo”: Indian Silks
PLAINSBORO – “Ethnic Expo”, an exhibit of Indian textiles, opens at Plainsboro Library on October 5. Curated by Anita Kulkarni, the exhibit is designed as a visual and tactile experience that features both framed art and unframed art that can be touched. A reception will be held on Oct. 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Plainsboro library, where visitors can view a live demonstration of Warli and Madhubani Hand painting styles (3:30-4 pm). 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro.