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    Location: Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ 07104
    When: April 17, 2011

    Enjoy a family day in the pink Park! A packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children's activities, live music, a crafter's marketplace, food, and more.

     11am to 5pm.

     Most activities take place around the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center.

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    Location: Village Hall
    101 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
    When: March 17, 2011 / April 21, 2011 / May 19, 2011 / June 16, 2011 / July 21, 2011 / September 15, 2011 / October 20, 2011 / November 17, 2011 / December 15, 2011
    Time: 7:30pm

    The South Orange Board of Health will meet at 7:30pm at Village Hall.  The public is welcome to attend.

    Phone: (973) 378-7715 ext. 7710

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    Location: Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ 07104
    When: Weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

    Listen to eye-opening presentations of various park restorations that have taken place over the past 10 years, while enjoying your morning breakfast. Lectures will take place at the Cherry Blossom Center from Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 15 beginning at 8:15 am.  Coffee and bagels will be served.  

    Monday, April 11: "Cultural Landscape Report: What is it? Why is it important?" by Faye Harwell 

    Tuesday, April 12: "South Division Edge Restoration" by Brad Garner and Faye Harwell  

    Wednesday, April 13: "Replanting of the Caroline Bamberger Fuld Cherry Tree Collection" by Paul Cowie and Brad Garner 

    Thursday, April 14: "Rebuilding the Octagon Shelter" by David Abramson 

    Friday, April 15: "Restoring the Prudential Lions" by Scott Kreilick

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    Location: Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ 07104
    When: April 2, 2011
    Time: 8:30am–1:00pm

    Location: Cherry Blossom Center (north of Heller Parkway, past the tennis courts) Help get the park ready for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will be coming to see the spectacular cherry blossom display. For further information, or to schedule your group the spring field day, please call 973.268.2300 or e-mail anash@branchbrookpark.org.

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    Location: Unique Photo / Fairfield, Branch Brook Park, NJ 07104
    When: April 15, 2011 / April 16, 2011

    Nature Photography Workshop
    The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs proudly presents an annual workshop series with Unique Photo of Fairfield to celebrate Essex County Blooms. Learn to photograph different flowers at their peak while enjoying a day in the Park!

     All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited.  $75/session.

     Part 1: Cherry Blossoms

    April 15 from 6-8pm Lecture  - Unique Photo, 123 US Highway 46W, Fairfield, NJ

    April 16 from 9am to 1pm Photographing (Branch Brook Park)

     Celebrate the arrival of spring by honing your photography skills in the fresh air at Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark.  Rick Gerrity will instruct. Gerrity has a passion for transforming seemingly ordinary, everyday moments into extraordinary images. His client list includes BMW, Canon USA, IBM, Panasonic and Bausch and Lomb.  

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    From 1978, the second “Bits” held at the “Y.”  Pictured from top left are:  Howard Kravitz, Dorothy Goldberg, Alan Costa, Sue Maybaum .  Second row: Liz Adelman, Marsha Costa, Esther Kravitz  Seated on bottom step are Debby Krasner and Marilyn Greene.

    Location: 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: Daily

    It has been 25 years since Bits of Hits and Performers Showcase Café were last performed on the stage of the YM-YWHA (now JCC) in West Orange.  A reunion for both Bits of Hits and Performers Showcase Café is being planned and will be held on Sunday, May 1st at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, 1 PM -4 PM.   Light fare will be served.  The reunion is the brainchild of Michael Seidman who worked as a crewmember on both “Bits” and “Showcase” as a teenager alongside his father, the late Media Specialist Danny Seidman.   

    Please spread the word to anyone you know who participated in either Bits or Showcase.  Come and schmooze with your fellow cast members.  Your families are welcome to attend the reunion with you.

    Calling all “Bits” and “Showcase” alumni, both cast and crew!   Please contact either Michael Seidman at  mseidman@allaccesspasses.com  or on Face Book , Lois Dyer at Penzoe1@comcast.net, or Debby Krasner @ Dkrasner3@optonline.net .  Memorabilia such as photos and playbills are actively being sought.  Contact Michael, Lois or Debby and RSVP by April 15th.  Send your check in the amount of $18 per person, and $15 for children under the age of 8, made out to Debby Krasner, 387 Beech Tree Road, South Orange, NJ  07079.

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    Location: The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
    516 Prospect St, Maplewood, NJ
    When: March 18, 2011
    Time: 7:00pm

    Our own Linda Eckhardt left a trail of 20 cookbooks between Texas and NJ and lived to prosper in the era of the Kindle and the e-book.  She will tell all on March 18 in Maplewood.  Join us.  RSVP.

    Meeting open to members, guests, non-members, and prospective members.

    Please so not park in the driveway. Please bring a beverage of your choice to share.

    Donation $10. 

    RSVP to Jackie Herships Jacqueline@jacquelineherships.com   (973) 763-7555

    or to Michele Hollow    michele@petnewsandviews.com   (973) 762-3854


    P.S.  As with all PIM gatherings, networking is encouraged.  Business cards are expected.

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    Location: Montclair Art Museum
    3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ
    When: March 27, 2011
    Time: 4:00pm–7:30pm

    Montclair residents and Academy Award nominees Susan MacLaury and Albie Hecht, co-founders of Shine Global, will host the benefit to raise funds for the release of Shine Global’s newest documentary, “The Harvest/La Cosecha,” which profiles the journey of three children employed as migrant farm-workers during the 2009 harvest season.

    There are currently an estimated 400,000 children who work long hours without the protection of child labor laws to feed America. “The Harvest/La Cosecha,” tells the stories of Zulema, Victor and Perla, three children who travel across the nation looking for work in the fields. Leaving behind their school, friends, and homes to seek
    grueling and dangerous farm-work picking produce for a few dollars a day, their daily existence is focused on the survival of their families.

    Under current United States child labor laws, children 12 years of age and older are allowed to work in the fields without the same restrictions that protect children in every other industry. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) the minimum age for
    particularly hazardous work in agriculture is currently 16, which is two years younger than it is in other sectors.

    “The Harvest” won a work-in-progress award at the 2009 Hamptons International Film Festival and has screened at the 2010 International Documentary Film Association Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), the 2011 Guadalajara International Film Festival, the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece and it has just been accepeted at the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, N.C.   In 2009, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis screened “The Harvest” trailer for members of the Department of Labor and hosted a panel featuring the film’s Director and child labor experts.

    “Every time you eat a salad, every time you eat a vegetable, you have to think that this might have been picked by a child,” said Executive Producer Eva Longoria. “The children who feed the most well-fed nation in the world, go to bed hungry,” added the star of ABC television’s hit show “Desperate Housewives.”

    “Our newest film, “The Harvest,” tackles a complex and heartbreaking issue,” said Shine Global Executive Director Susan MacLaury.  “The film raises many tough questions and does not offer easy solutions. Our goal is to begin a conversation that leads our country towards enacting legislation such as the CARE Act, which aims to create a mandatory minimum age for child agricultural workers.”

    “I had always believed that the minimum wage covered all workers in the United States and didn’t realize that there were farm worker exemptions,” said “The Harvest” Executive Producer Albie Hecht. “The average farm worker family earns less than $17,500 a year. The children in this film work so hard, their childhoods cut short by the need to provide for their families.”

    Price: Tickets to the benefit are tax deductible and cost $60

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    Location: 364 S Ridgewood Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079
    When: March 16, 2011
    Time: 7:30pm–8:30pm

    Communication is one of the areas that our local government needs to be more proactive about. Let’s start now.

    Join myself and hosts Mary Beth and Frank Zichelli for an in-depth discussion and question and answer session. I’d love to talk about my vision for South Orange and my plans for renewed public safety leadership, but more importantly, I want to hear your thoughts and questions. So, please BYOQ (Bring Your Own Questions!)

    - Alex

    Confirm your spot or learn more: http://www.alextorpey.com

    Phone: 973 287 4159

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  • 03/11/11--22:42: Women's Day 2011
  • Women's Day 2011

    Location: South Orange Vailsburg United Methodist Church
    150 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
    When: March 20, 2011
    Time: 10:00am–12:30pm


    Color to wear: GREEN

    Prayer Breakfast- Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 8-10:30AM

    Movie Night- Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 8PM - "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, 2004 Noble Peace Prize Laureate


    Women's Day Celebration- Sunday, March 20, 2011 @10AM


    Guest Speaker: Rev. Jean Mccullan 

    Lotus Dance Company, NYC "...known for the unconventional movement and fearless physicality of modern dance..."


    AMAZING Vocalist Sharmane Gilliam

    Phone: 973-763-0655
    Email: sorangevailsbburgumc@me.com
    Price: FREE

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    Location: 445 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079
    When: April 8, 2011
    Time: 6:00pm–10:00pm

    Marylawn of the Oranges Academy and The Marylawn Parents Association will be hosting the "Travel with Marylawn" Tricky Tray on Friday, April 8, 2011 starting at 6:00pm. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening with Basket Raffles, Grand Raffles, and an amazing 50/50.

    Your admission ticket price of $10.00 includes light refreshments, but we encourage you bring extra “goodies” for your table.

    What is a Tricky Tray?
    There will be a variety of baskets on display for you to review and decide where you would put one of YOUR tickets. The minimum value of each tier 1 basket is $50. To “bid” on a basket, you put your Tricky Tray ticket into the container attached to the basket. When the bidding is complete, then it is time to sit back, enjoy the company of your friends and family, and hope YOUR ticket will be randomly chosen as a winner of the basket you bid on.

    Seating is limited so reserve your seat early! If you have a group of 10-12 people, please let us know  and we will reserve a table for your group!

    To reserve your table or buy your ticket, you can fill out a reservation form attached here or you can contact Donna Zolli at 973-762-9222 x 12 or dzolli@marylawn.us.

    Phone: 973-762-9222
    Email: dzolli@marylawn.us
    Price: $10

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    Location: 445 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079
    When: March 24, 2011
    Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm

    The Class of 2011 at Marylawn of the Oranges Academy will be hosting a fashion show on Thursday, March 24th. Doors open at 6:30pm. Come see the latest runway trends and get some great ideas for prom!

    Phone: 973-762-9222
    Email: japryasz@marylawn.us
    Price: $5

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    Location: Saint George's Episcopal Church
    550 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJ
    When: March 27, 2011
    Time: 12:00pm–3:00pm

    Finding an ideal bone marrow donor is a challenging  task. Our daughter Miabelle hasn’t found a compatible donor yet.  She and thousands of patients depend on The Be The Match Registry to find a donor that could give them a second chance to live. 

    You Can Save a Life!

    A simple cheek swab is all that is needed to determine if YOU could be the one to save one of these lives.  To Register you only need to be between the ages of 18-60 years,  be willing to donate and meet the health guidelines.  YOU could be the one to save one of these lives. 

    Please consider participating in our drive or go to our web page www.icla.org for other options. 

    Register as a bone marrow donor!

    Please also consider making a financial contribution.  It cost $100 to add 1(one) donor to the registry.  Give what you can!

    Phone: 570-686-3700, the Ghigliotty home

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  • 03/14/11--12:14: Shop into Spring!
  • Location: Trinity Covenant Church
    343 E Cedar St, Livingston, NJ
    When: April 9, 2011
    Time: 10:00am–2:00pm

    The Candle Lighters present an afternoon of fun and shopping!!!  Grab a friend and come and shop the day away!

    Featuring vendors who offer handcrafted gifts, jewelry, clothes, scents and more.   Also well known brands such as Tupperware, Silpada, Avon, Arbonne and more.

    Please come out and support the Candle Lighters!!!

    A portion of all proceeds sold will benefit The Candle Lighters.

    Phone: Tracey Smeragliuolo at 973-667-1667
    Email: shopintospring@yahoo.com

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    Location: 263 Elwood Ave, Newark, NJ 07104
    When: April 9, 2011

    Race through the Park in the Cherry Blossom Challenge, a competitive New Jersey tradition, or cheer on the cyclists while enjoying a day in the fresh, spring air. Various races occur throughout the morning. Registration fees apply to racers. Free to enter the Park and watch!

    Co-sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks,
    Recreation & Cultural Affairs.

    Visit http://essexnjblooms.org/CherryBlossomFestival.aspx


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  • 03/14/11--19:15: SIFH Nationwide Walks
  • Location: 585 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102
    When: Weekly on Saturdays
    Time: 7:00am–8:00am

    Sistas in Fitness and Health is forming walking groups across the country. Contact me to get your Sistas in Fitness and Health Walk group started. The groups can meet any day any time where people can meet up. 

    Email: sandijackosn@sistasinfitnessandhealth.com

    Check out our website and see our hoodies and tee shirts. www.sistasinfitnessandhealth.com

    Phone: 973-868-3858
    Email: sandijackson@sistasinfitnessandhealth.com
    Price: No fee

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    The Writers Circle

    Location: Sages Pages
    300 Main St, Madison, NJ
    When: Daily
    Time: 11:00am–12:30pm

    The Writers Circle is coming to Madison, NJ

    Creative Writing Workshops for Children and Adults

    Two Free Introductory Sessions

    Sunday, March 27

    11:00-12:30 – Story Magic for Kids

    1:00-2:30 – The Writers Circle for Adults

    at Sages Pages, 300 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940

    Full schedule begins in May 2011.

    Advanced registration suggested.

    Phone: 973-243-7899
    Email: info@writerscircleworkshops.com
    Price: Free

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    The Writers Circle

    Location: Sages Pages
    300 Main St, Madison, NJ
    When: Daily
    Time: 1:00pm–2:30pm

    The Writers Circle is coming to Madison, NJ

    Creative Writing Workshops for Children and Adults

    Two Free Introductory Sessions

    Sunday, March 27

    11:00-12:30 – Story Magic for Kids

    1:00-2:30 – The Writers Circle for Adults

    at Sages Pages, 300 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940

    Full schedule begins in May 2011.

    Advanced registration suggested.

    Phone: 973-243-7899
    Email: info@writerscircleworkshops.com
    Price: Free

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    Location: Messy Artist
    60 Valley St, South Orange, NJ
    When: April 21, 2011 / April 22, 2011
    Time: 1:30pm–3:30pm


    April Spring Break Mini-Camps at The Messy Artist

     Keep the Kids Busy when School is Out!


    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

    April 18, April 19 & April  20

    10:00 am-12:00 noon


    Thursday & Friday, April 21 & 22

    1:30-3:30 PM 

    For 3-5 year olds & 6-8 year olds

    Sign up for 1 or more days! This is a Drop-Off Workshop.

    Fee: $40 for one day; $30 for each additional day or siblings


    Are you looking for great stuff for the kids to do when school's out? Join us at The Messy Artist for creative fun and learning during school breaks.

    Each day we will have 2 classes; one for 3-5 year olds and one for 6-8 year olds. Each group will be in a different classroom.

    Younger artists will start the class exploring our station-play activities. Then move on to a group project where the kids are learning new skills and art techniques.

    Older artists will participate in a more traditional fine-arts class. We may work with acrylic paints, oil pastels, watercolors or clay.

    Join us and discover all the art fun!


    Now you can register On-Line!

    Check out our newly designed website: www.TheMessyArtist.com


    The Messy Artist

    60 Valley Street, Rear Entrance
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    973-378-4245  ext. 1

    Phone: 973-378-2425 Ext. 1
    Email: donna@themessyartist.com
    Price: Fee: $40 for one day; $30 for each additional day or siblings

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    Location: 214 Main St, Chatham, NJ 07928
    When: March 31, 2011
    Time: 6:30pm

    Whether getting back in the game means returning to work, getting back to playing sports or just feeling better, the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, can help.

     The ACC will hold a free program titled, Getting Back in the Game: Common Shoulder Injuries, on March 31, 2011, at the Library of The Chathams, located on 214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

     Speakers will include Clifford J. Schob, MD, Comprehensive Orthopaedics, P.A.; John Z. Shumko, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Sports and Physical Medicine Institute, ACC; and Matthew Fields, PT, Physical Therapist, Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, ACC.

     Join our speakers for this discussion about shoulder injuries and pain. To register for this program, please call 1.888.SBHS.123 (1.888.724.7123) and press prompt 4, or email TeamLINK@sbhcs.com and mention the shoulder injuries program.


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