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    Location: Turtle Back Zoo
    560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ
    When: February 2, 2012
    Time: 11:00 am

    Did you ever wonder where and how the Groundhog Day tradition got started? 
    What do a badger and a hedgehog have to do with it? 
    Will Turtle Back Zoo’s groundhog “Essex Ed” see his shadow this year? 
    Hear the prediction and join in the activities which include crafts, coloring and more!  Free with paid zoo admission.

    Zoo Hours: 10am to 3:30pm

    Price: ZOO ADMISSION: Adult $8; Children & Seniors $6; Under 2 years is free

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    Location: Luna Stage Theatre Company
    555 Valley Rd, West Orange, NJ
    When: Weekly on Sundays
    Time: 3:00 pm

    The world premiere of Reparation by Gino DiIorio, Directed by Jane Mandel

    An African-American investment banker who has made a career by playing the race card finds himself out of options and out of friends. His last hope is an old flame with a hot real estate venture. But he soon learns that there are secrets buried beneath the land, secrets that will force him to come to terms with past transgressions, reconsider his loyalties, and determine his own legacy.

    Price: $20

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    Location: Luna Stage Theatre Company
    555 Valley Rd, West Orange, NJ
    When: February 26, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm

    The Religion of Bebop: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

    Featuring Bassist John Lee.   Mr. Lee will be accompanied by Trumpeter Bruce Harris and Guitarist Yotam Silberstein

    Dizzy Gillespie often compared music to religion. “It doesn’t reveal all of itself at one time,” he said, explaining the development of bebop in the early 1940s. “We had no way of knowing that the time was right. There was no assurance about anything. The one thing we did know is that it was time to make a change in the playing of our music.”

    In this 90-minute concert, South Orange-based Bassist, John Lee, along with Trumpeter Bruce Harris and Guitarist Yotam Silberstein will play music associated with Gillespie. John Lee spent eight years with the Dizzy Gillespie quintet and big band. He also helped create the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars. Trumpeter Bruce Harris studied under Gillespie’s protégé, Jon Faddis, at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Guitarist Yotam Silberstein is a current member of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars.

    Phone: 973-395-5551
    Price: Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door

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  • 01/18/12--05:31: HUGE CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE
  • Location: 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078
    When: February 4, 2012
    Time: 9:00 am–1:00 pm

    CHRIST CHURCH in SHORT HILLS ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE

    Great sale at great prices! Furniture, jewelry, clothing for all, small appliances, household items, linens, art, baby items, bikes, electronics, THE BOUTIQUE, and more!  Room after room of items in great shape. Come one, come all!

    Price: $0

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    Location: JCC MetroWest
    760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ
    When: January 28, 2012
    Time: 7:30 pm

    Director: Ami Drozd
    Israel, 2011     96 minutes
    Languages: Hebrew, Polish with English subtitles

    Set in Poland in the mid 60’s, Helina, a struggling single mother, works to provide for her twelve and fifteen-year old sons. When she discovers that her streetwise, fatherless boys have joined a neo Nazi gang, she decides to tell them the truth: she is a Jew who survived the Holocaust and raised them in the Catholic faith. To escape the dangers they face, Helena informs them that they are moving to Australia, while in truth, they are immigrating to Israel. My Australia explores the struggles of finding one’s identity, while building a new life in a foreign land. 

    Post Screening Discussion with Andrew Silow-Carroll, Editor-in-Chief, New Jersey Jewish News.

    TICKETS 
    Online: www.boxofficetickets.com/jccmetrowest
    By Phone: 1-800-494-TIXS (8497)
    At the Door: The JCC Box Office opens 45 minutes prior to the screening. Subject to availability.

     

    Price: $18 - advance purchase recommended

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    Location: 86 S Harrison St, East Orange, NJ 07018
    When: February 4, 2012
    Time: 9:30 am–4:00 pm

    Our Kids Need You!

    The Kid Connection Program is looking for committed volunteers to mentor, skill build and spend quality time with children and families.  Volunteers will be thoroughly trained and are asked to commit themselves to a child or family for a minimum of one year, about 8-10 hours per month.  Prospective volunteers must be a least 18 years of age.

    Kid Connection staff will pair a volunteer with a child or family based on their mutual interests, needs and location.  We are looking for volunteers to tutor, lend a hand with school projects, and share activities, interest or hobbies that they enjoy with the child or family.  Volunteers will have the on-going support of Kid Connection staff.

    The one day training course will be held on February 4, 2012 in East Orange at 9:30 am until 4:00 pm.  For more information, please contact Loredana Henry, Volunteer Program Coordinator (lhenry@fisnj.org) or Penny Dragonetti, Volunteer Program Assistant (pdragonetti@fisnj.org) at 973-324-7880.

    The Kid Connection Program serves 150 children and their families in 9 counties.  It is a collaboration between Family Intervention Services (www.fisnj.org) and YCS (www.ycs.org), organizations that support the well-being of children and families across New Jersey.  By volunteering you can help promote stronger, healthier and more successful children, families and communities.  Please join us. 

    You can change the life of a child!  

    Phone: 973-324-7880
    Email: lhenry@fisnj.org
    Price: $0

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  • 01/18/12--09:50: Horticulture for Seniors
  • Location: 621a Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
    When: January 23, 2012
    Time: 1:00 pm

    "Horticulture for Seniors" is for senior citizens. Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County for this horticulture class especially designed for senior citizens. This month's topic is Artistic Recycling. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. This is a free program. Advance registration is required one week prior to program. For information, call 973-379-5488 or 973-731-0717.

    Phone: 973-379-5488
    Price: $0

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  • 01/18/12--09:57: New Jersey Woodturners
  • Location: 621a Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
    When: January 23, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm

    "New Jersey Woodturners" is for adults. Learn to turn with the NJ Woodturners Association. Discover the wonders of creating art from found pieces of wood. Topics vary month to month. Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Cost is $8 per adult and free for NJWA members. For information, call 973-228-8776

    Phone: 973-228-8776
    Price: $8

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    Location: 621b Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
    When: January 26, 2012
    Time: 8:00 am

    "Birding Hike in Essex County Becker Park" is presented by New Jersey Audubon and is geared for adults and children over 12. This is one of the best places for birdlife in the county with a mixture of meadow and woodland habitats. Meet in the parking lot of the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland where we will carpool to the hike location. This hike is free. Space is limited. Hikes take place unless trails are impassable due to snow or ice. Hikes will be canceled is there is heavy rain or snow. Contact Kelly Wenzel at 973-226-6082 for more information and to register.

    Phone: 973-226-6082
    Price: $0

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    Location: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: May 6, 2012
    Time: 8:30 am–12:00 pm

     

     

     

    MAKE A PROMISE... MAKE A DATE... MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2012 SUSAN G. KOMEN NORTH JERSEY RACE FOR THE CURE®

     Approximately 10,000 people (runners, walkers, visitors, volunteers and staff) are expected to be at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange, NJ for the Fifth Annual Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. Race Day activities will include a 5k timed run, a 5K walk and a 1.5 mile walk. There will be a special Survivor Tent, Survivor Procession and Ceremony, an Expo area with free give-aways, an I AM THE CURE® booth to learn more about breast self-awareness, food, a Komen for the Cure merchandise tent, and a Kids for the Cure® area with face painting, a Moon Bounce, sand art, clowns and a coloring station. Throughout the day, the ultimate American show band The Infernos will be performing from the Main Stage. After the Race, participants may want to stick around—there is plenty to do nearby with Codey Arena, the Turtle Back Zoo and Safari Mini Golf easily accessible from the Race site.

    The Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure brings together thousands of women, men and children from northern New Jersey and beyond to raise funds that support life-saving education, screening and treatment services to uninsured and underinsured men and women in the Affiliate’s 9-county service region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties). Since its founding in 1997, Komen North Jersey has awarded over $13 million in local community grants, and has directed approximately $5.9 million to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program for breast cancer research.

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN ONLINE. For additional information, to register, volunteer, start a team, or make a donation, visit www.komennorthjersey.org/race, or call 908-277-2904, ext. 14.

    Phone: 908-277-2904, ext. 14
    Email: cure@komennorthjersey.org
    Price: Runners -$35, Walkers -$30, Teens (ages 11-17)-$20, Kids (ages 10 and under)-$15

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  • 01/19/12--09:28: Preschool Open House
  • Location: Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Beth El
    222 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ
    When: January 29, 2012
    Time: 1:30 pm–3:00 pm

    The Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Beth El will hold its Open House on Sunday, January 29 from 1:30 - 3:00pm. Parents can see our classrooms, talk with our teachers and chat with other parents; kids will have a blast at our Sunday drop-in PlaySpace. Our indoor facility offers opportunities for climbing, sliding, running and riding.

    Parents may take advantage of free WiFi in this new, comfortable setting. Light snacks and gourmet coffee & tea are available for purchase in the “Beth El Café”. The Preschool is located at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Avenue, South Orange, NJ. Questions? Contact Preschool Director Sandy Sachs at 973-763-0113 or sandysachs@bethelnj.org. More info at www.bethelnj.org.

     

     

    Phone: 973-763-0113
    Email: sandysachs@bethelnj.org
    Price: FREE

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    Location: 351 W Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522
    When: February 16, 2012
    Time: 6:30 pm–10:30 pm

    The Lupus Foundation of America, New Jersey Chapter, is presenting its 2nd annual Valentine Dinner Dance on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Brownstone, 351 West Broadway, Paterson, N.J.  Enjoy an evening of great music by The Brotherhood Band, and a family style dinner.  A wonderful evening to share with someone special.  $75.00 per person, Jacket and Tie-dress attire.  For reservations call 973-379-3226 or visit our website at www.lupusnj.org.  Reservations and Purchases are accepted through February 10,2012.

    Phone: 973-379-3226
    Email: info@lupusnj.org
    Price: $75.00 per person

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    Location: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
    10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
    When: January 27, 2012 / February 3, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm

    A children's theater production by Sharon Quinn, directed by Sharon Quinn.

    Phone: (973) 761-8453
    Price: $7

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    Location: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
    10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
    When: January 28, 2012 / January 29, 2012 / February 4, 2012
    Time: 2:00 pm

    A Children's Theatre Production, an original play by Sharon Quinn, directed by Sharon Quinn

    Phone: (973) 761-8453
    Price: $7

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    Location: 265 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: February 8, 2012
    Time: 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

    When it comes to marketing and promotion, businesses are having to do more with less. Non-profits have the added burden of needing to develop long term relationships with individuals who also share their vision.

    See how four local non-profit organizations are using new and traditional forms of networking to appeal to a wider range of donors and supporters, and how their techniques can help you grow your business.

    Make new contacts and have a night out!


    When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
    6:00PM to 9:00 PM


    Where:
Pal’s Cabin — 265 Prospect Avenue (corner of Eagle Rock & Prospect Ave) West Orange, NJ

    Our Distinguished Panel of Speakers Include:


    Allen Feehan, Director-Gift of Life

    Jeremy Goodman- Director at Turtle Back Zoo


    Stephanie Jelley-Director, HK Foundations Center


    Shayne Miller- Director of Press & Public Relations at Paper Mill Playhouse 
and President of Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce

    $22 Meeting and Registration Fee
(Includes buffet dinner, beer, wine, seminar and networking)


    RSVP to  righttrackbni@gmail.com


    For additional information please contact:
    Sherri Winters 908-403-2896, Michael Pilla (914) 473-0791 or Yoav Efron (908) 247-7471

    Price: $22 Pre-Register / $25 at the Door

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    Location: Village Hall
    101 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
    When: January 23, 2012
    Time: 6:45 pm

    The South Orange Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. at Village Hall.  The public is welcome to attend.

    Price: $0

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    Location: 51 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040
    When: January 23, 2012
    Time: 10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Maplewood/South Orange Professionals in Transition this week:

    “Career Transitioning Support and Networking” – “Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors”

    Monday, January 23, 2012
    10 A.M.

    Tony Calabrese will be introducing participants to a new opportunity in “Career Transitioning Support and Networking,” which will be coming to Maplewood beginning February 1.  Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors was started by John Fugazzie in January of 2011 in his home town of River Vale, NJ, when he was in job search.  John immediately recognized the power of conducting his job search as part of a group of fellow job searchers holding each other accountable on a weekly basis. He structured a weekly meeting which had attendees both get comfortable presenting what they were looking for next in their career, but to also be held accountable to their fellow members for the progress they had made in their search the past week. 

    Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors has a format which allows everyone to both share their progress and receive guidance and tips from fellow neighbors.  John himself found a job in a few months after founding the group, as did several of the participants.  However, knowing the need for how great support was for job seekers (and those going through a transition in their life like career change or retirement), John not only helped continue the group, but spread it to over a dozen libraries throughout Northern NJ. 

    Come on Monday to learn about the concepts of Neighbors Helping Neighbors in this interactive Maplewood/South Orange Professionals in Transition session.  We’ll also have time for open networking.  All are welcome. 

    Maplewood Library

    51 Baker St.
    Maplewood, NJ

    Maplewood/South Orange Professionals in Transition is part of
    Northern NJ Professionals in Transition
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NNJ_PIT/

    Pass it on…

    Phone: 9737621622
    Email: NNJ_PIT-owner@yahoogroups.com
    Price: $0

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    Location: 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: February 12, 2012
    Time: 10:00 am–12:00 pm

    From doo wop's earliest harmonies to punk's anti-melodic anthems to today's eclectic mix, Jews have played an integral role in rock 'n' roll's development. Join rock and pop culture maven and Beatles expert Susan Ryan for a rousing session on Jewish disc jockeys, promoters, managers, songwriters and performers and their contributions to the music that's shaped three generations. Whether you're a hard-core fan or a mere music lover, you'll tap your  feet, sing along and leave this program with a new appreciation for the Jews who've made this music their own!

    Hosted by progressive Jewish writer and scholar Bennett Muraskin, this free monthly session of the Jewish Cultural School & Society's (JCSS) adult education series is open to all.

    Visit jcss-nj.org for more.

    Phone: 973-734-1972
    Email: bmuraskin@optonline.net
    Price: $0

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    Location: SAGE Eldercare
    290 Broad St, Summit, NJ
    When: Weekly on Thursdays
    Time: 9:00 am–4:00 pm

    In a press release from SAGE Eldercare, they announced:

    Free tax counseling and preparation for middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those who are 60 years and older, is available at SAGE Eldercare, located at 290 Broad Street in Summit, on Thursdays from Feb. 16 through April 12.  The assistance is provided by AARP as part of a national Tax-Aide program through its foundation in conjunction with the IRS.  Area residents in Essex, Morris, and Union counties do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use the service. 

     

    During the nine-week program, SAGE will host trained volunteer tax preparers from AARP, who are trained by the IRS through the AARP Tax Aide program.

     

    Registration for this service is required. Taxpayers should bring a copy of their 2010 Federal and State income tax returns; 2011 income tax packets; 2011 real estate tax bill; Federal information forms for 2011 (W-2 forms; SSA-1099 form; 1099s for interest, dividends and other income; 1099 for pension, annuity and IRA distribution; 1099-B forms for assets sold during the year); receipts or cancelled checks if itemizing deductions; and, Social Security numbers for dependents.  

     

    This is a confidential service and preparation is by appointment only.  To avoid end of tax season rush, late February, early March appointments are encouraged.  For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call SAGE InfoCare at 908-598-5509.

     

    SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services.  Founded in 1954, SAGE is both the oldest and one of the few nonprofit eldercare agencies in the United States that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes.  SAGE Eldercare programs include: HomeCare; Meals on Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; PREP caregiver support group; and SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  SAGE Eldercare serves over 5,000 older people and their families annually in Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset counties.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

    Price: $0

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    Location: 19 Harrison Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
    When: April 28, 2012
    Time: 7:30 am–10:30 am

    Our third annual 4-mile race and 2-mile fun run/fitness walk are on the beautiful tree-lined rolling hill streets of historic Roseland and Essex Fells, NJ. The 4-mile race course is USATF sanctioned and certified. It is also part of the Grand Prix Series (500 points). All proceeds will benefit Cure Alzheimer's Fund (www.curealzfund.org).

    4-mile Race

    This course is beautiful! The first mile is challenging, but NOT too much so. The second mile has another hill or two. The ENTIRE second half is either FLAT or DOWNHILL!!!

    2-mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk

    Last year's 2 mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk was a big hit! You can walk at your own pace OR self-time the 2 miles for an extra challenge. Hesitant to do a whole 5k? Why not team up with a friend, spouse or child and try the 2-mile Fun Run?!

    Phone: 9738969263
    Email: info@running4answers.com
    Price: $30/$25

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