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Voter’s Forum for Village Trustee and Candidate for Village President Janine Bauer

Location: Cryan's Beef & Ale House
24 1st St, South Orange, NJ
When: April 20, 2011
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm

Cryan’s Restaurant on First Street in South Orange is hosting a Voter’s Forum for Village Trustee and candidate for Village President Janine Bauer on Wednesday, April 20 at Cryan’s Restaurant in South Orange from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

The forum will give voters and supporters an opportunity learn more about Ms. Bauer’s candidacy and her goals for the Village’s future. There will also be an open Q&A session where voters can ask questions and have their specific concerns addressed. The event will include a dinner buffet with for $10 per person (children are free).

For additional information on Pure Progress and Janine Bauer, including information on volunteer activities, hosting candidate “coffees,” a schedule of events and to make a campaign contribution, visit www.pureprogress.org.

Summer Art Workshop 2011 Enrollment - Express Yourself Studios

Join Express Yourself Studios, located at 1912 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood every Saturday from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm for Studio Saturdays.  Come and participate in a guided art project, a new project each week exploring a different art master and medium.  Studio Saturdays are open to children ages 5-12, $15 per child.  For more information call 973-763-5256, www.expressyourselfstudios.com.
Location: 1912 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: Daily
Time: 10:00am–5:00pm

Express Yourself Studios located at 1912 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood has begun its Summer Art Workshop 2011 enrollment.  The Summer Art Workshop program is open to children ages 5-12.  Children will experiment with a variety of media in a fun and supportive environment.  Participants will be encouraged to use their imagination freely as they learn about Master Artists.  The Summer Workshop runs June 27 – August 26.

 Workshop attendees will create 10-15 art projects per week.  The projects will be inspired by a different Master Artist.   The 2011 9-week schedule includes the following artists: Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Children will learn about the Artists through discussions, examples, and art-making. Projects will include painting, drawing, mixed media collage, sculpture, printmaking and paper mache.  An exhibition and reception featuring students' artwork will be held at the conclusion of each week.

To reserve a spot for your youngster please contact Express Yourself Studios 973-763-5256, info@expressyourselfstudios.com or visit us online www.expressyourselfstudios.com .


Children Ages 5-8       9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children Age 9-12       1:30 pm –   4:30 pm

Weekly Schedule - $175 Weekly***

Week 1    June 27 - July 1    Alexander Calder (Sculpture)

Week 2    July 5 - July 8*    Pablo Picasso

Week 3    July 11 - July 15    Wassily Kandinsky

Week 4    July 18 - July 22    Georgia O'Keeffe

Week 5    July 25 - July 29    Paul Cezanne

Week 6    August 1 - August 5    Vincent VanGogh

Week 7    August 8 - August 12    Roy Lichtenstein

Week 8    August 15 - August 19    Andy Warhol

Week 9    August 22 - August 26    Jean Michel Basquiat 

*   $140 (rate reduction this week only, no class Monday, July 4 )

***$150 per week if registering for 2 or more weeks

 Express Yourself Studios is an art studio and art gallery dedicated to being an outlet for children and adults to express themselves creatively via classes in arts and crafts.  The Studio offers a Summer Art Camp as well as host birthday parties. Additionally it is a space where artist are welcome to display their work and create utilizing the studio's space, tools and tables.  For more information about the studio and its offerings visit www.expressyourselfstudios.com.


Phone: 973-763-5256
Email: info@expressyourselfstudios.com

8th Annual Essex County Walk to End Hunger 2011

Location: Washington St & Washington Pl, Newark, NJ 07102
When: May 6, 2011
Time: 12:00pm

The Walk-a-thon to help feed hungry children! 

Meet at Washington Park, Newark, New Jersey at 12:00 noon.  After a brief rally, we will walk south down Broad Street to 50 Walnut Street.  We will return on Broad Street to Washington Park.  Elect a captain and gather your co-workers, church members, family and friends.  For details, pledge envelopes or to volunteer call 973-266-7941.

 You will be helping 22 emergency food pantries to provide hundreds of meals to needy children and families in Essex County during the summer months when supplies are at their lowest. 

Together we can make a difference.

Sponsored by Catholic Charities Emergency Food and Nutrition Network and Meeting

Emergency Needs with Dignity (MEND), 37 Evergreen Place, East Orange, NJ 07018

Jersey Cares Day

Location: 165 Mulberry St, Newark, NJ 07102
When: May 7, 2011
Time: 8:30am–2:00pm

Saturday, May 7thwill be the 13th annual Jersey Cares Day. Jersey Cares Day is a true partnership of volunteerism and community building. Individuals and teams from across New Jersey will unite around the common goals of building, enriching, and revitalizing our communities.  The day will bring together over 2,500 volunteers working in Newark, Plainfield, Pottersville, Edison, Jersey City and Trenton. For the past twelve years, thousands of volunteers have traveled to schools, parks and community groups. There, they completed meaningful projects including:  painting murals in classrooms, planting gardens, cleaning city parks, landscaping, and organizing school libraries.

Phone: 973-424-1091
Email: jerseycaresday@jerseycares.org
Price: $0

Endangered Species Day At the Turtle Back Zoo

Location: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
When: May 20, 2011
Time: 11:00am–3:00pm

Celebrate Endangered Species Day at Turtle Back Zoo.

Many zoo residents represent their endangered  "brothers and sisters in the wild".  Visit them, and learn about ways you can get involved in helping conserve animals and their habitats.  Free handouts and coloring pages about endangered animals.

Phone: 973-731-5800

Sheep Shearing Day at the Turtle Back Zoo

Location: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
When: May 30, 2011
Time: 11:00am–2:00pm

Watch  this Memorial Day as sheep welcome in the summer by losing their wool coats. A professional shearer will be doing continual demonstrations at the Essex Farm Petting Zoo area from 11am-2pm.

Included with admission to the zoo.

Phone: 973-731-5800

Night Moves at the Turtle Back Zoo

Location: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
When: June 2, 2011
Time: 8:00pm

Come see the zoo in a different light!  Learn all about what animals do at night on this unique guided tour.  Don't forget your flashlight! (This tour is not recommended for children under 5)
Tours begin at 8pm and are sent out in 10 minute intervals thereafter.  Admission window open from 7:30 - 8:30pm.  Average tour time: 1 hour *Pre-Registration required (there will be no registrations allowed the night of the event)*

Registration is non-refundable. In the event of a cancellation, registrants will be notified with a rain date.

Phone: 973-731-5800 x223
Price: Adults: $7 Children: $7 Zoo Members: $7

Grow Your Own Salad @ Essex County Environmental Center

Location: 621b Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
When: May 4, 2011
Time: 7:00pm–8:30pm

Join Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County as they introduce the basics of creating a small vegetable/salad garden. Harvest your own tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers this year to enjoy with your family and friends.

Advance registration is required - 973.228.8776


Price: $8 per adult

Auditions for Youth Orchestras of Essex County

Location: South Orange Middle School
70 N Ridgewood Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 17, 2011
Time: 6:00pm–9:00pm
  • The Youth Orchestras of Essex County, comprised of four performing groups: the Essex County Symphony Orchestra, the Junior Symphony, Overture Strings and Chamber Ensembles are holding auditions for the 2011-2012 season.
  •  All musicians between the ages of 8-18 who are currently studying with a private teacher are invited to audition.  Full orchestra performances are held twice yearly, in December and in May.
  • Auditions must be scheduled in advance at www.yoec.org  Monday May 16 from 3:30-9 p.m. auditions will be held for ALL string instruments for all orchestras.  Brass, woodwinds and percussion and Overture Strings musicians MUST audition on May 16 unless other arrangements are made.  Auditions for Junior Symphony String players and ECSO strings players will also be offered on Monday, May 17 from 6-9 p.m. Please visit www.yoec.org for audition requirements and to schedule an audition time online.

Blues in the Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 Trenchard Pl, South Orange, NJ
When: May 1, 2011
Time: 5:00pm–9:00pm

Join the South Orange International Blues Festival (SOIBF) and the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) as they present “Blues in the Loft” on Sunday May 1, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the SOPAC Loft.

“The Blues in the Loft” will feature Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, a cutting-edge premier contemporary blues band and one of the headliners from the 2010 SOIBF.  World-renowned guitarist Dave Stryker, another featured performer from the 2010 SOIBF, will also make a special guest appearance. Additionally, featured youth and adult musicians from the 2010 SOIBF “Blues Battleground” competition will perform.

One of the main objectives of the SOIBF is to cultivate a passion of blues music among younger generations.

This is a blues event for all ages!

Phone: 973.313.ARTS (2787)
Price: $20


Location: Springfield Ave & Indiana St, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: May 15, 2011
Time: 11:00am–5:00pm

Second Annual CLASSIC CAR SHOW Sponsored by the Springfield Avenue Partnership, Maplewood, NJ

This ten-year signature event includes live music, kid rides and activities, demonstrations, over 125 vendors, artists, crafters and civic associations. The event is held on Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ, which is closed for the day between Indiana Street and Princeton. The festival attracts between 4000 to 5000 attendees.
It’s convenient to reach. There are no registration fees involved.
The Classic Car Show is presented as part of the Springfield Avenue MayFest, a festival of food and activities, sure to please classic car owners, their families and friends.

A $10 gas card to each of the first 40 classic car owners who arrive at the site.

Car show participants will also compete for the titles of Best Overall, Most Awesome and A Cool Ride and can win gift certificates at local restaurants.
The prize and dining gift certificates are provided through the generosity of the Springfield Avenue Partnership businesses and commercial property owners as part of our welcome to all Classic Car Show participants.
This will be a very popular small show, with limited space, so reserve now! You must contact Diana Vitrano to register by calling 973 763-6011 ext. 11 or email diana@commercialdistricts.com.
Visit www.SpringfieldAvenue.com for more information about the event and other programs and services provided by the Springfield Avenue Partnership.

Seventh Annual International Tasting

Location: 305 N Ridgewood Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079
When: April 27, 2011
Time: 6:30pm–9:00pm

FAMILYConnections is a non-profit counseling and family service agency with more than 30 specialized programs for all ages from infants to seniors.  This evening of music,  food and wine will benefit over 4,400 children, adults and families in Essex and surrounding counties with professional therapeutic and skills-building services.

The evening's foods will be donated by area restaurants and caterers, including Serenade, Basilico, Fiorino Ristorante, Dabbawalla, Legal Sea Foods, Hat City Kitchen, and Martini Bistro & Bar. In addition, there will be wine and cheese tastings provided by Amanti Vino and Whole Foods West Orange.

Phone: 973-380-0418
Email: mkhoury@familyconnectionsnj.org

Cougars Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs Montville High School

Cougars Girls Varsity Softball vs Newark Academy

"Timeless Trilogies" - Maplewood Glee Club Spring Concert

Location: 646 Prospect St, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: May 7, 2011
Time: 8:00pm–10:00pm

    The Maplewood Glee Club has scheduled its spring concert for Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m.  The group, now in its sixty-fifth year, has chosen the theme Timeless Trilogies for this concert, featuring classic songs of knighthood, renaissance, remembrance – and even Broadway.

     Appearing with the club will be the winner of this year’s John A. Plumer Memorial Scholarship, Timothy Laciano of New Providence High School.  Tim is an honor student as well as an accomplished pianist, oboist and composer.  He will perform on the piano and also will conduct a group performing of one of his own compositions.

     In addition, the doo-wop group Nostalgia will present classic songs representing the three main genres of the 1960’s – Rock & Roll, the British Invasion, and the Protest era.

     The concert will be conducted by our director, Candace Wicke, who is also president and principal conductor of the Continuo Arts Foundation in Westfield.  Pianist/composer John Conte will return as our accompanist.

     The performance will take place at the Prospect Presbyterian Church, 646 Prospect Street, Maplewood.  Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.

     More information is available on the Club’s website: http//www.maplewoodgleeclub.org

Email: president@maplewoodgleeclub.org
Price: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors

You are cordially invited to the Royal Wedding...

Location: The Episcopal Church of Saint Andrew & Holy Communion
160 W South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: April 29, 2011
Time: 5:00am–7:00am

You are cordially invited to the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey via the 122 inch TV screen at St. Andrew & Holy Communion Church, South Orange.

Please join us for the marriage of Catherine Middleton and Prince William.

This Friday, April 29th, starting at 5:00 a.m. St Andrew & Holy Communion will be a large-screen viewing location for the royal wedding, complete with hymns and communion. We welcome one and all from the neighborhood and beyond as we celebrate the royal wedding and our church’s ties to the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The screening is free and open to the public. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us.

Phone: (973) 763-2355
Email: Sandyea@aol.com

Vanishing Heritage Photography SHow

Location: 1025 S Orange Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078
When: April 29, 2011
Time: 6:30pm

A photography show by artist Steven Selenfriend capturing the changing Lower East Side. The SHow will run at the LIppman Gallery at COngregation B'nai Jeshurun until June 5th, 2011

Author Michael Gabriele at SOPL

Location: South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 17, 2011
Time: 7:00pm

The South Orange Public Library, in partnership with the South Orange Maplewood Bicycle Coalition, presents author Michael Gabriele, author of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey at 7pm.

Free and open to the public!

Phone: 973-762-0230

Banjo Music at SOPL

Location: South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 12, 2011
Time: 10:00am

Come to the South Orange Public Library on May 12th at 10am for banjo music with with Dusty and Lucky!

Phone: 973-762-0230


Location: 165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
When: May 11, 2011
Time: 7:30pm

DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, presents a reading of RANDOM HORRIBLE THOUGHTS ABOUT LOVE by David Lee White, the Associate Artistic Director of Passage Theatre Company in Trenton. 

This is a collection of five short comedies that were developed independently and performed for the first time together here.  This script will be directed by Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand, and will feature DRT company members Clark Carmichael, Harry Patrick Christian, David Miceli, Jessica O’Hara-Baker and Harriett Trangucci, with special guest Angela Della Ventura.

Visitors can enjoy the spring blooms on the beautifully cultivated grounds of the Arboretum before repairing to the Wisner House for the evening play readings.  Admission is free.

Phone: 973-378-7754, ext. 2228
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