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    Location: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
    68 Elm St, Summit, NJ
    When: January 21, 2012
    Time: 4:25 pm–9:00 pm

    Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is closed today due to snow.

    Price: $0

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  • 01/21/12--15:55: Square Dance Lessons
  • Location: 130 Prospect St, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
    When: January 24, 2012
    Time: 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

    Square Dance Lessons Open to All Communities' Residents

    Sponsored by C/WC Recreation and Caldwell Cross Trail Squares Square Dance Club

    Tuesdays at GCMS from 7:30 - 9PM

    Singles and Couples Welcome  

    Great fun, exercise, and socializing

    $36 for 12 week session

    www.crosstrailsquares.org for more info.

    Give it a whirl!!  See patch video: http://patch.com/A-fbxC

    Phone: 9736189025
    Price: $3 per lesson (12 lessons)

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  • 01/23/12--11:41: Let’s Talk Oscar!
  • Location: South Orange Public Library
    65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
    When: February 21, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm

    "And the Academy Award goes to..."

    Join in a discussion of the Oscar film nominees at the South Orange Library, led by writer and film critic Allen Barra.

     

    Phone: (973) 762-0230
    Price: $0

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    Location: South Orange Public Library
    65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
    When: January 31, 2012 / February 28, 2012 / March 27, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm

    The South Orange Library will host a series of 3 films titled "Food for Thought,”  focused on food and its effects.

    Each film, shown at 7 p.m., will be followed by a discussion with a film expert.


    Scheduled are:

    • Jan. 31 – “Chocolat”
    • Feb. 28 – “Super Size Me”
    • Mar. 27 - “Babette’s Feast”

    Phone: (973) 762-0230
    Price: $0

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    Location: South Orange Public Library
    65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
    When: February 23, 2012
    Time: 6:30 pm

    The NAACP of Maplewood and the Oranges will present a film and panel discussion on George Washington Carver in honor of Black History Month on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

    Phone: (973) 762-0230
    Price: $0

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    Location: South Orange Public Library
    65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
    When: Weekly on Thursdays
    Time: 1:00 pm

    The South Orange Public Library hosts a weekly discussion group on Thursdays at 1 p.m.

    Scheduled topics are:

    • Jan. 26 - “What Makes it Country Music?”

    • Feb. 2 – “South Korea- North and South, Part 2.”

    • Feb. 9 - New York Times reporter Andy Lehren, topic to
    be announced.

    • Feb. 16 – “Words and Music of John Lennon.”

    • Feb. 23 – “Education and Immigration Reform.”

    Phone: (973) 762-0230
    Price: $0

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    South Orange-based trumpeter Claudio Roditi

    Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center
    1 Trenchard Pl, South Orange, NJ
    When: February 12, 2012
    Time: 5:00 pm

    Brazilian-born born trumpet and flugelhorn player, Claudio Roditi kicks-off the first concert of the Jazz in the Loft series at SOPAC. Known for his warm, fluid sound combining post bop and Brazilian elements, Roditi has worked with Herbie Mann, Charlie Rouse, Paquito D'Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra. A current South Orange resident, Roditi has recorded a dozen albums as a leader and has received Grammy Award nominations for his albums Symphonic Bossa Nova and Brazilliance X 4.

    Phone: 973-313-2787
    Price: $15 cover

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    Location: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
    45 Macculloch Ave, Morristown, NJ
    When: March 21, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm

    On Wednesday March 21st Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is pleased to welcome speaker Dr. David Martin in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit “Gone for a Soldier:” Jerseymen in the Civil War.  Presented in partnership with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee this new exhibit brings together for the first time about two hundred objects from the Civil War from nearly thirty museums, historical societies, and private collections. Each month through June the Museum is presenting a lecture relating to the exhibit.

    This March, during Women’s History Month, Dr. Martin will present “Nurses, Spies and Warriors: Women in the Civil War”.  It is estimated that over 500 women fought as soldiers in the Civil War with their sex disguised. Dr. Martin will discuss the careers of famous women soldiers in the Civil War, as well as some of the well-known female nurses and spies on both sides.  He will also include mention of heroic examples from New Jersey, along with an overview of the position of women in contemporary Victorian society.

    Dr. Martin is the author of over twenty-five books on the Civil War and American Revolution, including Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg, The Philadelphia Campaign, and the award winning Gettysburg, July 1, which was a primary selection of the Military Book Club in 1995. He has also written regimental histories of the 41st New York Infantry, 14th New Jersey Infantry, and Fluvanna (Virginia) Artillery. He is Past Commander of the New Jersey Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Vice President of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and President of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, besides serving on the state’s Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He is head editor of Longstreet House Publishers and is a teacher and administrator at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. Dr. Martin will be available to sell and sign books after the lecture. 

    All lectures start at 7pm with tickets available from 6:30pm and are held at the Cincinnati Masonic Lodge No. 3, 39 Maple Avenue (one block from the museum). Tickets for the lectures are Adults $8, Seniors $6, Students (over 12 years) $6. Members of the Museum will receive a $2 discount for these special programs. Memberships can be purchased at the door.  Cash or check only please. Ticket holders to the museum exhibit will receive a $2 discount to the lectures with proof of admission; lecture ticket holders may also receive a $2 discount on a museum exhibit visit. See ticket desk for details.  On the evenings of the Civil War Lecture Series the Museum will have extended exhibit hours from 1pm - 6:30pm.  “Gone for a Soldier” is on display Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons through July 1st 2012.

    The New Jersey Sesquicentennial Committee, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, a volunteer organization working for increased awareness and recognition of New Jersey’s important role in the Civil war, has been recognized by the New Jersey Governor and both houses of the New Jersey legislature. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. For information, call the Museum weekdays at (973) 538-2404 ext 10, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org or find us on Facebook.  Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.  Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation. 

    Phone: 973-538-2404 ext. 10
    Price: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Students (over 12 years) $6. Members of the Museum will receive a $2 discount for these special programs.

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  • 01/23/12--22:00: OLS School Open House
  • Location: Our Lady of Sorrows School
    172 Academy St, South Orange, NJ
    When: January 29, 2012
    Time: 10:30 am–2:00 pm

    Parents interested in learning more about Our Lady of Sorrows School are invited to come for a tour of the school and to meet our teachers and students. 

    Come to the school gym, on Academy street.  Refreshments will be served.

    Phone: 973-762-5169
    Email: info@ourladyofsorrowsschool.org
    Price: $0

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    Location: Seth Boyden Elementary School
    274 Boyden Ave, Maplewood, NJ
    When: January 27, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with jazz music from NJPAC Jazz for Teens band, and a bake sale.  The show begins at 7 p.m. with parents and teachers displaying their talents.

    Price: $5/person or $15/family

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    Location: Messy Artist
    60 Valley St, South Orange, NJ
    When: January 29, 2012
    Time: 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

    Meet the Author & Book Signing at The Messy Artist

    Sunday, January 29, 4:00-5:30 PM

    We are happy to invite you to meet Alidis Vicente, local author and longtime friend of The Messy Artist! Alidis will be reading her book The Cogui and The Iguana.

    We will then create art inspired by her story! Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author!

    For children 4-years-old and up; $15 per Child

    Pre-Registration Required

    This is a Drop-off Program

     

    The Messy Artist

    60 Valley Street, rear entrance

    South Orange, NJ 07079

    973.378.2425

    www.TheMessyArtist.com

    Phone: 973-378-2425
    Email: donna@themessyartist.com
    Price: $15 per Child

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    07052

    Location: 19 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079
    When: Daily
    Time: 9:00 am–7:00 pm
    Phone: 973-900-0415
    Email: info@writerscircleworkshops.com
    Price: $265 for 9 weeks

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  • 01/24/12--11:52: ZUMBATHON
  • Location: 9 Manger Rd, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: February 4, 2012
    Time: 12:00 pm–3:00 pm

    Spa Lady South Orange will be hosting a 3 hour ZUMBATHON at Mt Pleasant School.  All monies raised will benefit the students of Mt Pleasant School. There will be continuous Zumba, 50/50, free body fat testing, and much more!!! A $20 donation is suggested. 

    Phone: 973378-2501
    Email: spaladysouthorange@gmail.com
    Price: suggested donation of $20

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    Location: 350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102
    When: February 18, 2012
    Time: 9:30 am–3:30 am

    Taking Good Care:  A History of Health and Wellness in the Black Community 

    The centrality of health in the history of black Americans will be the focus of the 2012 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series. New Jersey’s largest and most prestigious conference commemorating Black History Month celebrates its 32nd anniversary on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers University’s Newark Campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

    This year’s program entitled Taking Good Care: A History of Health and Wellness in the Black Community, will examine the intersection of health and race in American life. Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States under President Clinton, will deliver the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture, Health Disparities in Black America. Dr. William Owen, president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, will comment on Dr. Elders lecture.

    MTW Lecturer:
    Dr. Jocelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States
    Lecture Title:  Health Disparities in Black America

    Dr. William Owen, president, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
    Lecture Title: “My Genetic Code or my Zip Code: Which Is More Important?”

    Afternoon Speakers:
    Dr. Sharla Fett, associate professor of History, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
    Lecture Title:  ‘You Just Had to Depend on Yourself’: Self-Reliance and the Healing Work of Enslaved Women on U.S. Antebellum Plantations

    Dr. Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Il Lecture Title: Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race and Health

    Phone: 973-353-3891
    Price: Free and Open to the Public

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    Location: Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center
    200 S Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ
    When: February 14, 2012 / March 13, 2012 / April 10, 2012
    Time: 7:30 pm–7:30 pm

    Epilepsy and seizure disorders are complex neurological conditions. Sorting through the medical, educational, social, and emotional aspects of epilepsy can be overwhelming. To help families living with pediatric epilepsy, Saint Barnabas Medical Center offers a free support group generously sponsored by the Greenstein H.O.P.E. Fund.  

     The guest speakers will be Lori Wolf and Mary Browning, attorneys with Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A.  Discussion will address planning lifetime trusts and special needs trusts, guardianships, asset allocations and funding of trusts as well as government programs that are available for special needs children and families.  Ample time will be allowed for questions.  

    Registration is requested by calling 973-322-5856.

    Phone: 973-322-5856
    Price: $0

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    Location: 555 Valley Rd, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: April 1, 2012
    Time: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

    The Writers Circle Speakers Series 

    Monthly Workshops and Talks with Authors and Publishing Industry Professionals

    Reading Your Writing for an Audience with Sandra McLaughlin & Leonie Higgins

    Your words may sing on the page – but sometimes even the best of writers fall flat when reading their own work before an audience. If you mumble, stumble, sway or flail about, read in a monotone or can't raise your eyes from the page for fear of fainting, this workshop will help you improve your public presentation and give you the confidence to read your writing with pride.  Broadway actress/director Sandra McLaughlin and actress/musical theatre director Leonie Higgins of Center Stage Dance and Theatre School, will teach participants how to give their written words the respect, emphasis and flair they deserve not only on the page, but when read out loud.

    Please email the passage you would like to read during the workshop to info@writerscircleworkshops.com.

    Phone: (973) 243-7899
    Email: info@writerscircleworkshops.com
    Price: $25/session if pre-registered; $35 at the door; $20/session for TWC students and parents

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    Location: 587 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
    When: January 28, 2012
    Time: 9:30 am–11:15 am

    Tell a friend!

    Sample a free Mommy & Me class where children ages 1-3 learn Spanish in a playful immersion setting. Taught by Bilingual Buds' warm and nurturing preschool teachers, Spanish is introduced in context through theme-based stories and "minds on" activities. Open to children ages 1-3 with their mommies, daddies or caregivers.

    Class Schedule:
    9:30 AM -10:15 AM for ages 1-2
    10:30 AM - 11:15 AM for ages 2-3

    No registration is required.

    The sample classes will be held at Bilingual Buds Immersion Preschool/Primary School in Saint John's Church. Please pull into the back parking lot and look for the Bilingual Buds sign at the door.

    Questions? Call (908) 598-8088

     

    Phone: (908) 598-8088
    Email: www.bilingualbuds.com
    Price: $0

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    Location: 411 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040
    When: January 28, 2012
    Time: 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

    GAS Gallery And Studio presents a NJMAG | NEW JERSEY METAL ARTS GUILD Jewelry Sample Sale
    ONE DAY Only : Saturday January 28, 2012 | 12p-5p


    GAS Gallery And Studio presents a New Jersey Metal Arts Guild Jewelry Sample Sale on Saturday January 28th, from 12pm-5pm.

    Seven of the NJMAG's members and designers will be present for this ONE DAY only event, featuring an array of unique jewelry and metal arts creations being offered at very affordable prices.

    Featured NJMAG artist/members who will be on site are :

    Thea Clark | theaclark.com/
    - Thea Clark comes from a family of artists and has always been involved in the arts. First as a performing artist, she then began her jewelry practice, studying and apprenticing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she teaches jewelry making at New Jersey Center of Visual Arts, the Newark Museum, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, as well as out of her home studio. She is the founder of the New Jersey Metal Arts Guild.

    Joan Cummings

    Mary Jane Dodd | etsy.com/shop/mairedodd
    - i work from raw materials - metal sheet and wire, enamels, resin, paper, fibers... and do all of the techniques myself... gemstones with specific metaphysical properties in mind are chosen to enhance energy... the result is work that is personal, one-of-a-kind and imbued with intention that i hope you can pick up on...

    Kristina Goldian | sibillagjewelry.com/
    - Sibilla G. Jewelers have specialized in custom designed jewelry for over twenty five years. We are the ultimate source for fine fashion jewelry, including high-quality diamonds, precious stones, custom designer jewelry and much more. Our company was founded by jewelry designer and gemologists with extensive backgrounds in the jewelry industry and a drive to craft quality items that suit everyone’s unique tastes and budgets. We have earned a reputation for great quality and superior service.

    Gayle Mahoney | gaylemahoney.com/
    - I am a jewelry artist living and working in Montclair, New Jersey. I make handmade art jewelry and ceramic sculpture. I offer unique, handmade pieces made right here in New Jersey. My jewelry is made with recycled silver.

    Sylvia Taylor

    Elizabeth Carol Winchester | elizabethcarolwinchester.com/
    - Elizabeth Carol Winchester [ECW] has been exercising her design vocabulary for over fifteen years. She started her career in New York City as a Costumer (wardrobe and prop. Stylist), working with many of the biggest names in fashion, advertising and entertainment. Evolving from the world of fashion, she now focuses her creative energies on Jewelry Design, Encaustic Art, Oil Painting and Photography.



    A "Gift Basket Raffle" will be held to benefit our friends at ARTS UNBOUND | artsunbound.org/.
    - Arts Unbound is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 and incorporated in 2003 as a 501c3 nonprofit. Our mission is to provide arts education, skills building and a variety of vocational opportunities in the visual arts to youth and adults with mental, developmental and physical disabilities.

    - Featuring a CHRISTINE HYDER EVENTS Collaboration - | christinehyderevents.com
    -- Christine Hyder Events LLC.{CHE}, specializes in planning and designing signature weddings and distinctive events throughout New Jersey and the metro New York area.

    - Promotional baked goods provided by THE CUPCAKE CORRAL ! | thecupcakecorral.com
    -- The Cupcake Corral specializes in gourmet coffees, desserts and foods for everyday and special events. This inviting Café has a homey atmosphere with reclaimed barn siding, while paintings of stars like Dolly Parton and Hank Williams line the walls, and communal wooden tables spark conversation between strangers.

    Phone: 973-761-4142
    Email: info@itisagas.com
    Price: $0

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  • 01/26/12--09:35: Story Slam!
  • Jenn Turner Hall and Marcy Thompson chose 12 names from a pot of more to compete in the Studio B Story Slam.

    Location: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
    10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
    When: February 17, 2012
    Time: 8:00 pm

    Story Slam is an open-to-the-public writing contest where brave scribes bring their best 5-minute story, put their name in a hat, and hope to be called.  Three literary agents will listen, chuckle, tear, or snooze - depending on delivery. And at the end of the night a winner will be announced!! Bragging rights (and some door prize we rustle up) will be claimed.

     

    Please RSVP to studiobmaplewood@gmail.com, even if you just want to come and listen!

    Email: studiobmaplewood@gmail.com
    Price: $5

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    Location: 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
    When: February 3, 2012
    Time: 9:00 am–3:00 pm

    JCC MetroWest celebrates National Wear Red Day at “Red Day at the J” on Friday, February 3 and to help fight the Number 1 killer of women—heart disease.

    Wear Red

    Wear red to work and work out.  Raise awareness that heart disease—the #1 killer of women—is largely preventable.

    Log Miles to Fight Heart Disease

    Walk or run on one of the JCC’s dedicated “Red Day
    Treadmills” and log your miles to help us donate to the cause.  Sign up at the JCC Fitness Desk.

    Donate a Heart to the JCC Red Wall

    Support friends and family who suffer from heart disease. Stop by the Steiner Court Reception Desk to donate hearts to our Red Day Wall.

    Visit the Saint Barnabas Wellness
    Institute at the JCC

    9:30am-10:30am
    Dr. Peter Pasley (Internal Medicine) will answer your
    heart health questions.  Blood pressure
    screenings also available.

    11:00am-12:00pm: Deanna Schweighardt
    (Registered Dietitian)

    will answer questions related to eating heart healthy foods.

    All Day: 
    Pick up heart healthy information and registration cards for the Complimentary Women’s Cardiac Risk Assessment.

    Donations will be made to the American Heart Association. For more information on Red Day at the J, contact the JCC Membership Office at 973-530-3443 (Membership@jccmetrowest.org).



     



     

    Phone: 973-530-3400
    Email: membership@jccmetrowest.org
    Price: $0

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