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Government and the Arts Highlights for Feb. 21-27

A guide to events during the upcoming week in Lawrence Township and around the region.

What follows is a digest of activities, events and political discussions that will occur during the week of Feb. 21-27. For more local events, visit the Lawrenceville Patch events calendar.

Monday, Feb. 21

Presidents Day, municipal, county, state offices and schools are closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Governor’s annual budget address, 2 p.m., Assembly Chambers, State House, Trenton. Gov. Chris Christie will present the outlines of his proposed 2011-2012 budget to a joint session of the state Legislature.

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Park plan review, Mercer County Park Commission, 5:30 p.m., Mountain View Golf Course clubhouse, Ewing. Presentation by consultant ETM Associates regarding interpretive plan for Mercer Meadows (formerly known as Mercer County Park Northwest).

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Relay for Life of Lawrence Township will hold a Relay for Life Kick-Off Celebration in the Commons at Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23. A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life is described as “a life-changing event that brings community together with the common goal of eliminating cancer. [At the relay] teams of people take turns walking around a track – with every step, we are helping save lives.” The second annual Lawrence Township Relay for Life will be held at the high school from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 20.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Lawrence Township Board of Education will hold a special meeting concerning the budget for the 2011-2012 school year at 6 p.m. in the Commons at Lawrence High School at 2525 Princeton Pike.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Naturalist Rick Dutko will host a Nature Walk through Drexel Woods during which he will discuss the many different types of trees and how to identify them. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 from the Lawrence Nature Center at 481 Drexel Ave. in Lawrence Township.

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Celebration of Dr. Seuss, 11 a.m., Hightstown Memorial Branch, Mercer County Library, 114 Franklin St., Hightstown.

Sunday, Feb. 27

Lawrence Township Historian Dennis P. Waters will give a presentation about the two trolley lines that operated in the township between 1899 and 1940. His talk, which will be accompanied by historical photographs, will take place during the annual meeting of the Lawrence Historical Society to be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Commons at Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike. The meeting, which is open to the public, will also feature a birthday cake celebrating Lawrence Township’s 314th Birthday.

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Black History discussion, 2 p.m., Cranbury Library, 23A N. Main St., Cranbury. Frank Marlowe will lecture on President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Movement.

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