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Meet the Artist: SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS by Suzanne Bradbeer

Location: 165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
When: May 25, 2011
Time: 7:30pm

DREAMCATCHER REPERTORY THEATRE, professional Theatre in Residence at the Baird Center in South Orange, presents a new play by Suzanne Bradbeer, SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS, a comedy about a frustrated New York actress who decides to take an offer to perform with a new classical company in Las Vegas, with hilarious results.

Directed by John Pietrowski, Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the reading will feature Dreamcatcher company members Laura Ekstrand, Scott McGowan, and Jessica O’Hara-Baker, joined by guests Jaclyn Ingoglia and Matt McCarthy.

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

Bandina, Heeby Jeebies @ Hat City Kitchen

Location: 459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: April 30, 2011
Time: 9:00pm–11:30pm

South Orange natives, Bandina playing at Hat City Kitchen this Saturday followed by the Heeby Jeebies with local legend Lee Martin bringing this rockin' combo up from Charlottesville, VA. You will be amazed.

Phone: 862 252 9147
Email: info@hatcitykitchen.com
Price: $10

Spring Concert

Location: Youth Orchestras of Essex County
70 N Ridgewood Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 1, 2011
Time: 2:00pm–4:00pm

Spring Concert of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County features the works of Schubert, Brahms and John Williams, among others.  Performance is in Sterling Hall of South Orange Middle School. The youth orchestra serves young musicians from ages 8-18 in three ensembles. 

Concert is free to under 18 and a $5 donation for adults funds our scholarship program.

Auditions are May 16/17.  See www.yoec.org for details.

Phone: 973-506-9632
Email: admin@yoec.org
Price: Free to under 18; $5 donation for adults


Previous Spring Concert
Location: 200 Hartshorn Dr, Short Hills, NJ 07078
When: May 7, 2011
Time: 9:00am–2:00pm

Clothes, Toys, Housewares, Furniture

Community Congregational Church

Hartshorn Drive and Parsonage Hill Road

Saturday, May 7th from 9am to 2pm

All Proceeds Benefit Charity!

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Monthly Meeting

Location: 100 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
When: May 7, 2011
Time: 10:00am–11:00am

The Northern New Jersey chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (www.ovarian.org) is holding its monthly meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in Morristown Memorial Hospital. Open to all. For more information or questions, bgeiger@ovarian.org.

Phone: 862-210-9289
Email: bgeiger@ovarian.org
Price: n/a

Race to Nowhere Screening at Tuscan School

Location: Tuscan Elementary School
25 Harvard Ave, Maplewood, NJ
When: May 6, 2011
Time: 7:30pm

RACE TO NOWHERE takes a close look at the pressures facing today's students (as well as their teachers and parents) in our achievement-obsessed culture. The film explores the hidden world of over-burdened schedules, student suicide, academic cheating, and young people who have checked out. Students feel they are pushed to the brink, educators worry students aren't learning  anything substantive, and college professors/employers are concerned that today’s youth lack the skills needed to succeed in the business world. Being screened nationwide, this film is raising awareness on this critical issue and spurring positive changes.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance online at http://j.mp/rtntuscan
($15 at the door)
A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the Tuscan PTA.

Media Mix Workshop – Express Yourself Studios

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. 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 .
Location: 1912 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: Weekly on Wednesdays
Time: 4:30pm–5:30pm

Express Yourself Studios, located at 1912 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood offers a Media Mix workshop Wednesday evenings 4:30pm - 5:30pmThis engaging and dynamic program is perfect for the child age 5-8 who wants to learn many art techniques, while creating diverse and imaginative projects.


Each student will create different, unique and individualized art pieces through a variety of themes and subject matter. Projects will include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, clay and numerous mixed media-based concepts, using an array of fun and tactile materials and techniques suited to each age group.


Students will also be introduced to various techniques and artists from art history.


To enroll in this workshop please contact Express Yourself Studios 973-763-5256, info@expressyourselfstudios.com or www.expressyourselfstudios.com.


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.  As well as a space where artist are welcome to display their work and create utilizing the studio’s space, tools and tables.  The Studio also offers a Summer Art Camp and hosts birthday parties and art events throughout the year.  For more information about the studio visit www.expressyourselfstudios.com or read Express Yourself Studios’ Blog at http://expressyourselfstudios.blogspot.com to learn about the Studios’ events & happenings!

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

Opening Day! Newark Bears vs Rockland Boulders

Location: 450 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102
When: May 26, 2011
Time: 11:00am

Thirsty Thursdays – 2 for 1 beer and 2 for 1 soda.

The Newark Bears will play the 2011 season in the Canadian-American professional baseball league, after spending 12 years in the Atlantic League. The Can-Am League, which also features neighboring rival the New Jersey Jackals, runs its season from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The Bears are scheduled to begin their stint in the Can-Am League on May 26 at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

For more information about the Bears and tickets for the 2011 season, call the Bears’ office at (973) 848-1000 or log on to www.newarkbears.com.

OLS School presents Oliver Twist

Location: Our Lady of Sorrows School
172 Academy St, South Orange, NJ
When: Daily
Time: 7:30pm–9:00pm

The students of Our Lady of Sorrows School will be presenting Oliver Twist this coming Thursday and Friday nights.  These performances will be held in the OLS School Gym, at 172 Academy Street.  Tickets purchased before the event are $9 for adults and $7 for chldren; tickets can also be purcahsed at the door for $10.


Oliver Twist is a musical play with music, lyrics, and book by Lionel Bart.
The play is based on a novel by the great Charles Dickens, and is set in
London, England about 1850.

Dickens takes us through the journey of a young orphan boy living in a
workhouse/orphanage.  When he tries to escape, he is caught and sold to an
undertaker to work as a coffin follower, and his bed is a coffin!  He
escapes again only to find himself with Fagin, a common thief, and what's
worse he teaches homeless children to steal for him.  Oliver goes out to the
streets of London for his first theft and ironically a "twist" of fate leads
him to his real grandfather.

Dickens is able to shed light on the actual poverty of these times and even
manages to give back a conscience to some of his immoral characters.

Oliver won three Tony Awards in various categories in 1962-1963 on Broadway
and was first presented in London with a revival there in 1994 at the
Palladium.  It was also one of the few musicals to successfully be turned
into a movie by Hollywood.

Price: $9 adult, $7 child, $10 at the door

Conversations on Race: Who Are We Now?

Location: Congregation Beth El
222 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: May 18, 2011
Time: 7:30pm–9:00pm

Conversations on Race: Who Are We Now? is a community-wide conversation on integration, featuring a special screening of the award-winning film The New Metropolis, on Wednesday, May 18th, at 7:30 pm at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Avenue, South Orange, NJ. This year we celebrate 15 years as a community that is not afraid to talk about race!

Film director Andrea Torrice will be with us for this important dialogue about the benefits of intentional integration. She uses compelling, personal stories in her films to facilitate a national dialogue on intentional integration and how it helps communities handle demographic and economic change. 

The New Metropolis explores the challenges faced by first suburbs, and the film's experts call for new strategies and policies that promote intentional (or stable) integration and balanced growth. Some of the issues associated with being a first suburb that are current concerns of our towns are: aging infrastructure; high taxes; maintaining high quality schools and eliminating the achievement gap; green/environmental sustainability efforts; transportation issues; public safety issues—a regional challenge that has direct impact on the quality of life in South Orange and Maplewood and our neighbors.

Conversations on Race: Who Are We Now? will be a dialogue about the benefits of intentional integration and the on-going challenges faced by a community 15 years into the process. Our goals are to develop a renewed community commitment to intentional integration, to develop new strategies for achieving multiracial community engagement, and to develop pro-integrative strategies not in isolation from but in connection with other communities. 

Event is free and open to all; registration requested, but not required, at www.twotowns.org

Phone: 973-761-6116
Email: info@twotons.org
Price: Free

Meet and Greet with Alex Torpey, Candidate for Village President

Location: Spiotta Park
S Orange Ave & Village Plz, South Orange, NJ
When: April 30, 2011
Time: 1:00pm–3:00pm

Come out to learn more about the camapign, meet Alex and talk with your neighbors and community members!

Phone: 973 287 4159

"iPods, Individualization, & Innovation" Math Night for Parents

Location: Jefferson School
518 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: May 3, 2011
Time: 7:30pm

The South Orange-Maplewood School District is hosting two parent nights about K-5 math titled, "iPods, Individualization, & Innovation."  The programs will be held on Tuesday, May 3, at Jefferson School and on Wednesday, May 4, at Seth Boyden. Both programs will begin at 7:30 PM. All district parents are encouraged to participate.

The presentation will address math curriculum needs identified by staff and the independent audit completed in 2010.  K-5 Supervisor of Math & Science, Kimberly Beane, will explain the district's multi-year plan for curriculum change, and K-5 Math Specialist, Katie Costello, will share iPods and math apps being piloted this year. 

Fish and Chips Dinner to Benefit Habitat for Humanity Newark

Location: Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church
600 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: May 22, 2011
Time: 5:00pm–7:00pm

Join us for a family-friendly fish and chips dinner to benefit Habitat for Humanity Newark. Enjoy a scrumptious meal of fish, side orders and dessert. An alternative chicken dish will be available.

Tickets are $15/adult plate and $7.50/children's plate. Eat in or carry out!

Contact Sarah Macyshyn SarahZM@aol.com or call 973-960-9513 for tickets, reservations or information.
We will enjoy our dinner outside this year (weather permitting), so bring a blanket if you prefer picnic style!

Phone: 973-960-9513
Email: SarahZM@aol.com

iEvening VC MiniConference at NJIT

Location: 150 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ 07103
When: May 19, 2011
Time: 4:00pm–8:00pm

Need to raise a $1 million? How about a $100 million?  Join some of New Jersey’s growing number of start-ups and successful business owners as they perfect their pitches and present their plans to a panel of investors from some of the top investment firms in Metro New York, Thursday, May 19th at NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center in Newark.  Hear Newark’s tech-savvy Mayor Cory Booker discuss his transformative vision for the future of Newark, and the central role of technology in job creation and opportunities for emerging firms in this evolving city.  Attend an afternoon workshop and evening pitch event that will crystallize your business strategy, introduce your business concept to influential connections and investors ready to fund.  VC Pitching slots are limited. Submit your business plan: http://bit.ly/eoQ50u For additional information, visit www.ibreakfastnj.com

 What:    ENTREPRENEUR iEVENING MiniConference at NJIT  Featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Where:  Campus Center at New Jersey Institute of Technology        150 Bleeker Street, University Heights Newark, NJ 07102-1981

When:             Thursday, May 19th, 2011, 4:00 – 8:00 PM 

  •     Power Pivot Workshop ………………………….4:00 -- 6:00 PM
  •     Registration, networking and light buffet...6:00 – 6:30 PM
  •     Entrepreneur Event ……………………………….6:30 – 8:00 PM with Special Keynote by Mayor Cory Booker   

Investor Panelists

John Ason, Angel Investor

Stephen Brotman, Managing Partner, GSA Venture Partners

Mike Segal, Joshua Capital

Chris Fralic, First Round Capital


$30 in Advance

$40 at the Door

Phone: 917-656-1837
Email: ibreakfastnj@gmail.com
Price: $30

Free Community Seminar

Location: 270 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
When: May 10, 2011
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm

Free Community Seminar May 10, 2011

Insuring the Uninsured? A Professionals In Media (Pim) Program

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

Freelancers and the self-employed used to be able to get wonderful health insurance in N.J.  I know because I was one of the insured (dental and vision, too). Then came an early round of ‘reforms’ and that was the end of that. And things have only gotten worse. Many are being sidelined. Jobs w/ W2s are becoming a thing of the past. Freelancers are hired w/ no benefits (sometimes no pay). Part-time work. Multiple jobs. Health Care ‘reforms’ are contributing to the creation of an ominous morass of haves and have-nots all trying to negotiate a system which continues to morph.

Now the marketplace is responding, as it tends to do, with new approaches. ‘Discounted medical care plans’ and ‘voluntary benefits’ are a new financial interface w/ the medical establishment, still in its infancy. Do they hold out promise to the growing armies of disenfranchised workers?

Our speaker, Ciro J. Giuè, is an independent insurance & benefits specialist who specializes in advising the working uninsured and providing supplemental insurance & benefits coverage plans in all states. He will describe the overview and discuss the new medical discount plans that allow people some respite if they can’t afford medical insurance. It’s not a perfect world, but come on the 18th and find out what’s available.

Meeting open to members, prospective members and guests. Bring your business cards and a beverage of your choice to share.

Please do not park in the driveway.

Phone: RSVP to (973) 763-7555
Price: Donation $10

Environmental Film and Discussion at Library

Location: South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 5, 2011
Time: 7:00pm

Screening and discussion of Crude: The Real Price of Oil. The film examines a lawsuit by indigenous Ecuadorians against oil company Chevron which, they claim, systematically polluted their country. It will be followed by a discussion led by Professor Frank Popper of Rutgers University.  Sponsored by the NJ Council on the Humanities.

Phone: 973-762-0230


Location: Seton Hall University
400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: May 19, 2011
Time: 6:00pm–10:00pm


Join us for a light reception beginning at 6pm, followed by the screening of "Scrappers" at 7pm. This 82-minute media project focuses on the vital importance of the home front's 1942 scrap metal campaign during World War II, contrasting it with more recent efforts in the war on terror. The grassroots campaign used every possible means of persuasion to convince Americans to find and turn in over 5.3 million tons of scrap metal, necessary for the rapid production of munitions.

Produced and Directed by Seton Hall professors  Thomas R. Rondinella and James J. Kimble.

Phone: 973-378-9849
Email: meghan.codey@shu.edu
Price: Free

Jodie Levinson, Joe Taino Trio

Location: 459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: May 7, 2011
Time: 9:00pm–11:30pm

Brooklyn based songwriter Jodie Levinson will warm up the crowd with her signature blues style, then Joe Taino will blow the roof off with his smoking hot mix of Blues, R&B, Latin Jazz, Reggae, Calypso & Classic Rock. Joe has played with Gregg Allman, Jaco P, Santana, the list goes on.  He is a local from Vauxhall.  Guitar players come out to see how this guy does it and walk away shaking their heads.  $10 at the door, buy your admission ahead of time & you get a free drink; come on you can beat that with a stick.

Phone: 862 252 9147
Email: info@hatcitykitchen.com
Price: $10

Hospice Nurse Dispels Misconceptions and Myths of End-of-Life Issues

The deadline to apply for the Rockland Long Term Care Ombudsman program is Oct. 15.
Location: 432 Wyoming Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041
When: May 22, 2011
Time: 11:15am–12:30pm

Who decides when it’s the right time for hospice?  What is the difference between a living will, an advance directive, and power of attorney?  How will you ensure the kind of care your love one needs at the end of life?  Negotiating end-of-life care is fraught with misconceptions and myths, on top of the emotional distress caused by witnessing illness and decline. 

Learn what you need to know about end of life to make informed decisions and learn to be an advocate for yourself or loved ones in the setting of terminal illness.  Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place you go.  Learn more through a presentation of a short film and audience led discussion.

Laura Tauscher RN BSN CHPN is a community hospice liaison with Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center.  She has been in the hospice nursing field for over ten years and has experienced firsthand the frustration many families feel when they are faced with difficult decisions in our modern medical maze . 

Phone: 9733763066
Email: wyoming.pcusa@verizon.net
Price: FREE
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