The air is thick with shifting energies this third weekend in April, as a full moon in Aires gives way to Taurus, the bull of fixed earth. Stubborn and possessive, yet grounded and sensual, the bull prefers to peacefully graze amidst the lush grasses and emergent Spring blossoms, but has an unrelenting lack of chill for those who threaten to disrupt the harmonious, pastoral vibe. This weekend also includes the high holy days of Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Passover and 4/20, with Earth Day falling on Monday – a reminder that these markers of devotion cluster around our natural cycles of renewal, asking for us to recommit with a revitalized sense of purpose and faith. For the Taurus, the path forward when one’s belief has been tested, their sense of justice shaken, or their environment threatened, is to forge ahead with passion, abandon and hard-headed self-righteousness. It doesn’t always yield positive results, but it is definately an effective way of establishing rigid boundaries and keeping potential developers at bay.
Friday, April 19
Short Animated Films by Local Filmmakers: Hosted by Pop Up Anthology, this program of shorts will be followed by a Q&A and reception. The lineup includes: Efeme Onaodowan – “MOON”/Krissy Mahan – “MY AUNT MAME”/Youssef Ksentini – “SHOOTING IN ASTORIA”/Christine White – “LIMINAL SPACE”/James Tralie – “THE PLANETS”/Teagan Nash – “THE SNOWBALL EFFECT”/Sharyn Alice Murray – “DOG AND PONY” . Artworks Trenton, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 7:15 pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
Saturday April 20
Meditation: Hosted by Isha Foundation and Inner Engineering. Isha kriya is a simple and powerful process created by yogi and humanitarian Sadhguru and rooted in the yogic sciences. The physical aspect of Yoga is only one facet of this multi-dimensional science. Yoga is a technology to bring the body and mind to the peak of their capabilities, allowing one to live life to the fullest. This meditation can be learned in one session and requires an investment of 12 – 18 minutes per day. No previous experience is necessary and it can even be done seated in a chair. It is a powerful tool to cope with the hectic pace of modern life. Trenton Free Public Library Academy St., Trenton, Free and Open to the Public, RSVP and Info: innerengineering.com, facebook.com/events
Trenton 4/20 Marijuana Reform Rally: Hosted by Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey. NJ State House, 125 West State St., Trenton, 12pm Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
Sunday April 21
“The Great Egg Hunt”: Hosted by The City of Trenton Department of Recreation Natural Resources & Culture, The Kiwanis Club of Trenton and the Zonta Club of Trenton/Mercer, the Great Egg Hunt has been a Trenton tradition since 1923. Volunteers will hide more than 3,000 eggs across a wide, rolling expanse of Cadwalader Park’s 225 acres. The Easter Bunny will be on hand together with Trenton Thunder mascot Boomer to greet participants and officially begin the hunt. Every child will receive a prize, and three lucky hunters will find “golden” eggs which they can redeem for a bicycle. Participants are asked to enter the park through its Parkside Avenue entrance and join the festivities at the stage located in the park’s center area behind the Civil War Monument. Cadwalader Park, Parkside Ave, Trenton, NJ. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., Hunt at 10 am. Free to all Trenton children ages 3 – 12 with an adult chaperone. For more information: (609) 815-2167, kiwanisoftrentonnj.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: Still from “My Aunt Mame”, by Krissy Mahan, screening at Pop-Up Anthology’s evening of Animated Shorts by Local Filmmakers on Fri. April 19