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    Maplewood resident, Bob Kenselaar, will be at Words on Friday, February 18th at 7:30pm top present his book "Remembering South Cape May:  The Jersey Shore Town That Vanished into the Sea"

    Location: Words Bookstore
    179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ
    When: February 18, 2011
    Time: 7:30pm

    Maplewood resident, Bob Kenselaar, will be at Words on Friday, February 18th at 7:30pm top present his book "Remembering South Cape May:  The Jersey Shore Town That Vanished into the Sea", co-authored with Joseph Burcher, one of the last surviving residents of South Cape May.

    Phone: (973) 763-9500

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    Location: 621 Eagle Rock Ave # B, Roseland, NJ 07068
    When: April 12, 2011 / April 13, 2011 / April 14, 2011 / April 19, 2011 / April 20, 2011 / April 21, 2011
    Time: 12:30pm–4:30pm

    Children in grades three, four and five are invited to participate in Spring Camp on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 through Thursday, April 14, 2011 OR Tuesday, April 19, 2011 through Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Essex County Environmental Center located at 621-B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland.  The cost is $100 per child for all three days or $40 per child per day and includes snack, materials and take-home projects.  Campers will be introduced to nature concepts using stories, hikes, crafts, exploration and hands-on discovery.  For more information, please call (973) 228-8776.

    Phone: (973) 228-8776

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    Location: Let's RISE Life Coaching
    181 Village Rd, South Orange, NJ
    When: Weekly on Mondays
    Time: 4:00pm–5:30pm

    Group designed for girls in grades 3 - 5 to work together to:

    ✤learn the difference between aggressive, passive and assertive behaviors.

    ✤role-play ways of identifying the behaviors

    ✤examine their own behaviors in personal situations.

    ✤devise a plan to change unwanted behaviors to acceptable ones.

    Phone: 862 223 9054
    Email: letsrise@yahoo.com
    Price: $175 for 4 sessions

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    Location: 9 Village Plz, South Orange, NJ 07079
    When: February 25, 2011 / March 25, 2011 / April 22, 2011 / May 27, 2011 / June 24, 2011 / July 22, 2011
    Time: 7:00pm–8:00pm

    The Center for Spiritual Living South Orange is holding its fourth Friday service every month.  This multi-denominational spiritual community is looking for an alternative to "traditional church."  Anyone who is longing to celebrate their own divinity and a God who is ready, willing and available is welcome.  This like-minded gathering takes place at 9 Village Plaza, South Orange.  For further information call 973-821-5280 or visit the website at www.cslsouthorange.org

    Phone: 973-821-5280
    Price: donations accepted

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    Location: 201 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042
    When: March 3, 2011
    Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm

    Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World
    The Parents’ Association of The Montclair Kimberley Academy invites you to join them on Thursday, March 3 for "Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World" a fascinating and thought-provoking evening with Dr. Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. This event, which is open to the public and free of charge, is part of PAMKA’s Academy Forum series.

    Wade Davis has been described as a “ rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University.  His recent work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, from the Arctic to Africa, from Australia to Mongolia, from Polynesia to New Guinea, living for extended periods among indigenous communities, learning and recording their complex rituals and customs, and their uses of plants as food, medicine and psychotropic agents.
    Davis is the author of 14 books including The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), One River (1996), The Clouded Leopard (1999), Light at the Edge of the World (2001), and The Lost Amazon (2004). In 2009 he delivered the CBC Massey Lectures, Canada’s most prestigious intellectual forum, which were published as The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (2009).
    His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel. He is one of 20 Honorary Members of the Explorer's Club, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Member and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the RCGS for his contributions to the fields of anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club. In fall 2011 Knopf will publish his latest book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest.
    This event will take place in The Montclair Kimberley Academy Middle School Auditorium, 201 Valley Road, Montclair, (please enter via the Brunswick Road parking lot) at 7:00 p.m. A selection of the speaker's books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.  Please note: there is a March 10 snow date.  For more information, contact (973) 509-7997 or visit www.mka.org


    Phone: 973-509-7997
    Email: dkozak@mka.org

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    Location: 609 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: March 10, 2011
    Time: 6:00pm

    Teams from the Relay For Life of Caldwell and Relay For Life of Parsippany/East Hanover are joining forces in hosting an American Cancer Society - Relay For Life Tricky Tray!

    The price for admission ($50 per person) includes a Filet Mignon/Chicken Medley dinner and an admission package including a sheet of tickets to be used towards the prizes. Vegeterian meals are available upon request.
    Each table at the event will seat 10 people, and if you are interested in purchasing an entire table, the price is reduced to $450. 
    As this is a Tricky Tray event, we will be having at least 125 prizes!

    For tickets contact:

    Kristin Cox   (973)885-8834   krismariecox@yahoo.com


    Anna Giambattista  (973)650-6951   agiamba1@aol.com

    Phone: (973)885-8834 or (973)650-6951
    Email: krismariecox@yahoo.com OR agiamba1@aol.com
    Price: $50 per person

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    Location: Livingston Mall
    112 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston, NJ
    When: February 17, 2011
    Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm

    The Livingston Mall is joining with Sports Express to offer hockey fans a special meet-and-greet session with the NJ Devils Goalie Johan Hedberg and Center Rod Pelley on Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 6-8 pm. Sports Express is located on the mall’s upper level between Lord & Taylor and Sears. 

    Phone: 973-535-6477

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  • 02/14/11--18:24: School House Rock Live - Jr
  • Location: JCC MetroWest
    760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ
    When: March 24, 2011 / March 26, 2011 / March 27, 2011

    The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is now the basis for one of the most fun, energetic musicals ever to hit the stage.  

    Performances: Kid Stars

    Thursday, March 24 • 7:00pm

    Saturday, March 26 • 8:00pm

    Sunday, March 27 • 3:00pm

    Mini Stars - Sunday, March 27 • 1:00pm

    Ticket Pricing: 

    Kid Stars $13 members/students/seniors,

    $16 general admission

    Mini Stars $8 members/students/seniors,

    $10 general admission

    Tickets are on sale NOW!

    To purchase tickets go to www.boxofficetickets.com/jccmetrowest or call the box office at 1-800-494-TIXS. 


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  • 02/16/11--15:37: Portraiture: Inside Out
  • Location: Seton Hall University
    400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
    When: Weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
    Time: 10:30am–4:30pm


    February 28 – April 1, 2011

    Opening Reception, Thursday, March 3rd 5pm to 9pm


    The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University presents Portraiture: Inside Out, an exhibition of contemporary portraiture co-curated by Museum Professions Graduate Candidates Ruth Ballester, Whitney Fehl, and Lauren Thompson.  Artist Ryan Roa will present stage a public intervention throughout the opening and documentation of the event will be on view for the remainder of the exhibition.  All gallery events are free and open to the public.  A full color exhibition catalogue will be available at the gallery.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30am to 4:30pm.

                Portraiture:  Inside Out examines public expressions of private identity through the display of multi-media works including performance and installation, pushing the limits of portraiture beyond traditional representations of the human form.  Featured artists include Sarah Bliss, Dominic Guarnaschelli, Gwen Hardie, Jenny Hyde, Pat Lay, Greg Leshé, So Yoon Lym, Ryan Roa, Steve Rossi, Jesse Eric Schmidt, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Tonja Torgerson, Peter Whittenberger, Christine Wong Yap and Raphael Zollinger.  The curators selected artists “for their progressive approach to a traditional art genre.” 

                For 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student, mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each other to better the world with integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others. For more information, see www.shu.edu.  The Walsh Gallery is located in the University Library, 400 S. Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079.  If you’d like more information about this exhibition, or to schedule an interview, please contact Jeanne Brasile, Gallery Director at 973-275-2033 or jeanne.brasile@shu.edu


    Phone: 973-275-2033
    Email: jeanne.brasile@shu.edu
    Price: free

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    Location: 78 North Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027
    When: February 19, 2011
    Time: 5:30pm–6:00pm

    South Orange native declananan aka Declan O'Connell will play a solo set of orignal songs and covers at 5:30 PM Saturday February 19.

    Crossroads at Garwood 78 North Avenue Garwood, NJ  (908) 232-5666


    Phone: (908) 232-5666
    Price: $10 Cover

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    Aztec Two-Step

    Location: 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ 07928
    When: March 12, 2011
    Time: 8:00pm

    The Sanctuary Concerts, northern New Jersey’s premier acoustic venue, is proud to host Aztec Two-Step’s 40th Anniversary Concert, featuring friends Buskin & Batteau and emcee Pete Fornatale of WFUV radio.

    As always, admission includes desserts, coffee, and beverages at intermission.


    Phone: 973.376.4946
    Email: boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org
    Price: $25

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    Little Feat Acoustic Duo

    Location: 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ 07928
    When: March 26, 2011
    Time: 8:00pm

    The Sanctuary Concerts, northern New Jersey’s premier acoustic venue, is proud to host the Little Feat Acoustic Duo (Little Feat lead guitarists/singers Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett) in an easygoing acoustic duo concert.

    When they're not touring with Little Feat, lead guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett like to unplug and share a laid-back evening of Little Feat hits and more.  These two dear friends and monster musicians first performed together on the album "Dixie Chicken" more than 25 years ago.  Since then, they've played together or individually on recording sessions for countless other artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and the Wallflowers. 

     As always, admission includes desserts, coffee, and beverages at intermission.


    Phone: 973.376.4946
    Email: boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org
    Price: $25

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    The Hot Club of Cowtown

    Location: 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ 07928
    When: April 2, 2011
    Time: 8:00pm

    The Sanctuary Concerts, northern New Jersey’s premier acoustic venue, hosts an evening of hot jazz guitar and Western swing music, featuring The Hot Club of Cowtown and The Frank Vignola Trio.

     Lovers of red-hot guitar playing and frisky swing music will be especially tickled by this co-bill. 

     The Hot Club of Cowtown are a sassy, high-octane trio that play an infectious combination of Western swing and hot jazz.  They are renowned for their "nostalgic love of western swing, big-band crooning, ragtime, and jazz improvisation" (Soundstage Review) and for "casting aside the audience's daily worries and levitating the room into a dreamy salon of carefree abandon. Even the heartbreak songs are served sunny-side up." (Toronto Globe & Mail).  Called "the world’s greatest little Texas swing band," the trio features Elana James’s vivacious fiddle solos and vocals, Whit Smith’s cunning guitar phrasing and the delicious thump of Jake Erwin’s slap-bass.

     Frank Vignola is a jaw-dropping guitarist who melds gypsy jazz, bluegrass, toe-tapping swing and front porch picking into an eclectic, upbeat sound all his own.  The late Les Paul named him "one of my Five Most Admired Guitarists," and he has toured and recorded with everyone from Madonna, Elton John,  and  Ringo Starr to Lionel Hampton, Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, David Grisman, and Bucky Pizzarelli.  Expect Frank and his trio to deliver white-hot versions of American standards, gypsy jazz jams, and even jazzified covers of Mozart and Black Sabbath.

     As always, admission includes desserts, coffee, and beverages at intermission.

    Phone: 973.376.4946
    Email: boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org
    Price: $25

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    Nitty Gritty Dirt band

    Location: 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ 07928
    When: April 16, 2011
    Time: 8:00pm

    The Sanctuary Concerts presents The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, multiple Grammy-winning pioneers of alt-country and Americana music.

     Their many hit songs include their version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," “Dance Little Jean,” "Workin' Man", "Long Hard Road", “Baby's Got A Hold On Me” and “Fishin' in the Dark.”  They are best known, however, for their pioneering alt-country album "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," which celebrated the legacy of Americana music and featured Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter.  That multi-platinum album is one of only fifty recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.  The band made two more Circle albums, winning multiple Grammy awards and featuring Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt, and Roseanne Cash. 

     Special guest David Massengill, a celebrated member of the Greenwich Village songwriting community that spawned Suzanne Vega and Julie Gold, accompanies his colorfully epic story-songs on the Appalachian Dulcimer.  

     As always, admission includes desserts, coffee, and beverages at intermission


    Phone: 973.376.4946
    Email: boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org
    Price: $30

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    Richard Shindell

    Location: 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ 07928
    When: April 9, 2011
    Time: 8:00pm

     Richard Shindell, who left New Jersey in the 1980’s and went on to be revered as a master song craftsman, will be returning to The Sanctuary Concerts in Chatham.

     From his early days on NJ’s Shanachie Records, to his collaboration with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky as the folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry, to his recent live recording of his greatest hits, Richard has become one of the premier voices of a new generation of singer/songwriters.  More recently, he moved to his wife’s native country of Argentina and released the album Vuelta, featuring the Latin rhythms of that country.  His latest album is Not Far Now

     While studying for the priesthood, Richard began to write profound and carefully-crafted songs, both deeply poetic and highly entertaining (including his best-known song, “Are You Happy Now?”). It didn’t take much to convince the New Jersey-based independent record label, Shanachie, that Richard was a songwriter worth signing. He produced three records under the Shanachie label, including Sparrow’s Point (1992), Blue Divide (1994) and Reunion Hill (1997), which won the AFIM “Best Contemporary Folk Album” the following year in 1998.

     In 1997, he was invited to join Joan Baez on tour and, in 1998, he formed Cry Cry Cry, touring with them until 2000.  Somewhere Near Paterson (2000) was followed by Courier, the live reprise of many of Shindell’s best-loved songs, and Vuelta.

     Special guests will be Mad Agnes, a trio lauded in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for their “ethereal three-part harmonies, quirky lyrics, and superb guitar work.”  Mad Agnes has decided to disband, and this date is part of their farewell U.S. tour.

     As always, admission includes desserts, coffee, and beverages at intermission.

    Phone: 973.376.4946
    Email: boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org
    Price: $25

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    Chris Hillman

    Location: 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ 07928
    When: April 30, 2011
    Time: 8:00pm

    What do The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros., Manassas, McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and The Desert Rose Band have in common?

     Chris Hillman is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, four-time Grammy nominee, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame member, has a star on the County Music Hall of Fame Walkway Of The Stars, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award...and a stack of gold and platinum albums from his five decades as a pioneer of country/rock music.  Expect to hear the many hit songs from his career:  "Mister Tambourine Man," "Eight Miles High," "So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star," "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Sin City," "It Doesn't Matter," and so many more, along with the stories of his remarkable life in music.

     Special guests Barnaby Bright are a charming duo from Brooklyn who combine old-timey instruments (including banjo and harmonium) and gorgeous harmonies with very modern songwriting, to create what they call "lush chamber indie-folk."

     As always, admission includes desserts, coffee, and beverages at intermission.

    Phone: 973.376.4946
    Email: boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org
    Price: $25

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  • 02/17/11--10:52: Oscar Talk
  • Location: Maplewood Theater
    155 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ
    When: February 23, 2011
    Time: 8:00pm

    Presenting the film:  Biutiful  Starring Javier Bardem

    With Guest Speakers Gila Zalon – Producer & Writer & Jeff Larkin – Photographer & Screenwriter.

    After the movie, enjoy coffee & dessert as you share your thoughts with our guests and hear those of others.

    Tickets are $15 per person.  Call to reserve tickets (973) 763-7040

    *A portion of each ticket will be donated to a local charity*

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    Location: 481 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: March 10, 2011
    Time: 6:00pm

    Three notable area professional football players will be on hand when the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hosts its 2011 Sports Dinner on Thursday, March 10th at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J.

    The annual event – which raises funds to support and grow local Boy Scout initiatives in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties – will feature a formal dinner, auction and guest speakers Shaun O’Hare of New York Giants and Dustin Keller of the New York Jets.  Retired New York Giant Karl Nelson will serve as the guest auctioneer for the charity auction which will be highlighted by items such as professional sporting event tickets and autographed memorabilia.

    All three players will participate in a question and answer session and will be available for photos and autographs.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

    The yearly Sports Dinner and Auction generates the money needed to service at risk youths and reach the 35,000 youths in Northern New Jersey the BSA assists in developing physical, mental and emotional skills through programs, training, learning opportunities and more.

    To participate in the event, purchase tickets or for further information, please call Eric Chamberlin at 201-667-1000, extension 15.  Corporate sponsorships are also available.

    Phone: 201-667-1000, extension 15.

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    Location: Columbia High School
    17 Parker Ave, Maplewood, NJ
    When: February 19, 2011
    Time: 7:00pm

    Inspired by the work of Langston Hughes, Sharon Olds, Robert Hayden and Lorraine Hansberry, Columbia students will be performing their own dialogues and confessional poems on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 7:00 pm in the CHS Black Box Theatre. The admission is free.

     The students wrote these performance pieces in Ms. Stacey Lawrence’s drama and poetry classes through a series of teacher led student writing exercises. Joining the Columbia High School performers will be two South Mountain students, Chloe and Sophie Lawrence, who will also be reciting their own work. 

    Phone: 973-762-5600

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  • 02/18/11--08:33: Credit Management Workshop
  • Location: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: February 24, 2011
    Time: 12:00pm

    On Thursday, February 24th, County Executive DiVincenzo and the Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action invite business owners to attend a free Credit Management Workshop. The Credit Management Workshop will explain the influence that a business owner’s personal finances have over their ability to obtain financing or a line of credit for their business. This interactive training program will provide business owners with hands-on experience in developing effective credit management strategies. They will learn credit fundamentals and develop skills that will produce better business results. Among the topics to be covered are: how specific information in a credit report affects a credit score, how to avoid certain credit report entries, how to develop and implement a strategy to improve your credit score, how to complete a personal credit report analysis, how to protect your credit score and an explanation about credit score models and business credit scores.

    Limited space available

    Phone: RSVP by calling 973-621-2011

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