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Maplewood Memorial Day Parade

The parade gets underway from the student parking lot near Columbia High School.
Location: Columbia High School
17 Parker Ave, Maplewood, NJ
When: May 30, 2011
Time: 9:00am

The Maplewood Memorial Day Parade will kick off at the Columbia High School Student Parking Lot at 9:00 AM on Memorial Day.  The parade route is West Parker Avenue to Maplewood Avenue to Baker Street to Town Hall. 

Participants include Veterans, Township Committee, Maplewood Committee for Servicemen and Women, Maplewood Glee Club, Columbia High School Marching Band, Scout troops, Classic Cars: The 1966 Bat Mobile, Rotary, Kiwanis, Maplewood First Aid Squad, Maplewood Fire Department, and many more.

After the parade there will be a ceremony at Town Hall honoring those veterans who are no longer with us.  A roll call of VFW members who died in the past year and the placing of the wreath will conclude the ceremony.

Care Giver Support Group

Location: Arden Courts of West Orange
510 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ
When: May 18, 2011 / June 15, 2011 / July 20, 2011 / August 17, 2011
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm

If you are caring for someone with Altzheimer's disease or related memory impairment, please join us for our caregiver support group meeting.     This is an opportunity for you to care for yourself, too!

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Phone: 973-736-3100

Dreamcakes Cake Tasting

Location: Eden Gourmet - The Marketplace at Eden
1 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: May 14, 2011 / May 15, 2011
Time: 11:00am–2:00pm

Come in Saturday & Sunday  May 14th &15th for a FREE Dreamcake cake tasting.  There will be a special 9/11 tribute cake honoring our firemen who gave their lives nearly ten years ago. The cake will be featuring our South Orange fire station.

While enjoying your cake please enjoy a sample of our Eden Marketplace coffee. 

Phone: 973-762-5200
Email: elyse@edengourmet.com
Price: FREE


Location: 445 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079
When: May 14, 2011
Time: 11:00am–1:00pm

Marylawn of the Oranges Academy will be hosting an Open House this Saturday, May 14 from 11am to 1pm.

Please join us and find out what makes Marylawn students succeed!

Marylawn of the Oranges is an all girls Catholic college prepartatory school dedicated to shaping tomorrow's leaders, one woman at a time.

Phone: 973-762-9222 x 15
Email: fmuhlberger@marylawn.us
Price: FREE

Kids v. Cancer Book Sale Bake Sale

Location: 38 Plymouth Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: May 21, 2011
Time: 9:00am–12:00pm

Kids v Cancer is a foundation formed in memory of Jacob Froman, who lost a very valiant fight against brain cancer a little over two years ago. Our sale this year falls right on Jacob's birthday, May 21st.

Proceeds will once again benefit Kids v Cancer (www.kidsvcancer.org), which promotes, among other amazing projects, getting increased funding put toward finding cures for childhood cancers.

We hope you might be able to contribute some children’s books your family has outgrown, or perhaps a batch of your favorite homemade goodies, to the cause. Or maybe you’d just like to come to our sale. The Kids v. Cancer Book Sale Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 9am to 12 noon, at our place: 38 Plymouth Avenue in Maplewood. If you would like to donate books (children’s only, please), you may give them to us, drop them off on our porch, or ask us to pick them up any time between now and then (the sooner the better, as we’ll organize them by age and type). Please bring baked goods by either that morning or the day before. And please come to our sale that Saturday morning. Of course, John's making lattes, too, which may be the main draw for some of us. If you do think you might be able to contribute something, please let us know so that we can have a sense of what we’ll have.

All books remaining at sale's end will be donated to the Orange Book Pantry, which provides free books to children who otherwise might not have books of their own. It, too, is a terrific organization.

Special Sensory-Friendly Performance of "Stone Soup and Other Stories"

Location: Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ
When: June 11, 2011
Time: 10:00am

Paper Mill Playhouse, in partnership with Pushcart Players, New Jersey’s premiere producer of theater for young audiences, will present a special engagement of the live musical STONE SOUP AND OTHER STORIES on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:00 am.  Designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum, or with other developmental disabilities, and planned in cooperation with Autism New Jersey and The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, the theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.  At this unique presentation, theater lights will remain up, sound volume will be lowered and consistent and children will be free to talk and leave their seat under parental supervision.  The show will run about one hour with an intermission. 

 STONE SOUP AND OTHER STORIES is a charming, well-seasoned blend of select folk tales from around the world that are dynamic, participatory and filled with zesty entertainment!  Reserved tickets are $12-$15. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Paper Mill Playhouse’s website: www.papermill.org

Life Skills: 7 Ways to Wellness

Location: South Orange Vailsburg United Methodist Church
150 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: May 15, 2011 / June 26, 2011
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm

Life Skills Workshop

7 Ways to Wellness

Professionals in the Wellness field will come and share some tips on how to stay fit, relaxed, keep a healthy diet, how to remain balanced mentally, emotionally, physically, etc.

This program is FREE of charge

For youth 11-18 yrs old

Refreshments will be served

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

Frinds of the Library Bag Sale

Location: South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 15, 2011
Time: 2:00pm–5:00pm

Book Sale Bag day -fill a bag (supplied) for $5

Phone: 973-762-0230
Email: friends@sopl.org
Price: $ 5 a bag (supplied

Lucky Me

Location: Burgdorff Cultural Center
10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: May 22, 2011
Time: 3:00pm

LUCKY ME, written by Sachi Parker and Frederick Stroppel, is preparing for a New York production in the fall of 2011 will be presented at the Burgdorff Center of The Performing Arts in Maplewood NJ on Sunday, May 22nd at 3pm as a semi-staged reading with no intermission, and will be followed by a Q & A session with Ms. Parker.

Written with playwright Frederick Stroppel, LUCKY ME is the funny-sad story of Sachi’s long odyssey of self-discovery, as she struggles to reconnect with her mother, Shirley MacLaine, and escape from her imposing shadow at the same time. It spans the Rat-Pack-Vegas-“Mad Men” world of the 60’s through the free-love consciousness-raising 70’s to the New Age self-absorption of the 80’s and 90’s, finally landing in the present wherever-we-are-now. 

Phone: 973 763 4029
Price: $10

Slow Food Northern NJ Spring Wine & Cheese Tasting

Location: Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ
When: May 20, 2011
Time: 7:00pm–10:00pm

Join Slow Food Northern NJ for a tasting of American wines and artisan cheeses at beautiful Van Vleck House, while the wisteria is in bloom, to benefit our school garden program.  Learn about wine and cheese pairing from the experts:  Daniel Epstein, cheese monger at Eden Gourmet; and Steve Lieder, wine educator from Chelsea Wine Vault in NYC.  Pre-registration required.  Must be 21 years of age.   $35.00 Slow Food members; $40.00 non-members.  No walk-ins.

Phone: 973-761-7205
Email: gptonucci@comcast.net
Price: $35.00 (Slow Food members); $40.00 (non-members)

Multi-family Yard Sale!

Location: 256 Walton Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
When: May 21, 2011
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm

We're having a yard sale! Goodies include:

- LOTS of furniture pieces, many of them in great condition, others that would be perfect for people who like to DIY (for example, a table that's sound and solid but maybe needs a fresh coat of paint)

- LOTS of women's clothes sizes M, L, XL -- most of them with TAGS ON!!

- tons of books and CDs, including some jazz/blues/big band collectibles

- like-new binoculars, antique copper teakettles, antique light fixtures, Christmas items

- We will have a $1 table and a 25-cent table

- FREE GIFT with every purchase!

Hope to see you there!

Please email with any specific questions. 

Picnic for Adoptive Families - Turtle Back Zoo

Location: 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
When: June 12, 2011
Time: 11:30am–1:30pm
  • The Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) of New Jersey is holding a picnic for adoptive families on June 12 at the Turtle Back Zoo. Come out and meet other parents and children connected through adoption, and learn more about membership in the APC. All ages welcome.

    Tickets for pre-registered guests are $10 for adults, $6 for children for food. Please enter through the group admissions window.

    RSVP to Laura at: apcnjevents@yahoo.com

    Walk-ins also welcome (though will have to pay separately for zoo admission).

    The Turtle Back Zoo is located at 560 Northfield Avenue West Orange, New Jersey, 07052

Phone: 973-610-8745
Email: apcnjevents@yahoo.com
Price: $10 adults / $6 kids

Summer Art Workshop Enrollment - Express Yourself Studios

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

Potty Mouths Comedy Show

Location: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: June 11, 2011
Time: 8:00pm

STUDIO B is celebrating the end of our first spectacular season with a wash-your-ears-out-with-soap,  rib-achin', thigh-punchin' stand up comedy show:  POTTY  MOUTHS

Dina Pearlman
Laura Booker
Jason Good
Jonny Fido

And! South Orange Native who has appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW, THE COMEDY CHANNEL, and LAST COMIC STANDING: 

This show is going to be SO huge, we're even selling tickets in advance ... so get 'em while they're still digitally available (catchy, no?).


Price: $

Healthy LIFE Super Seminar

Location: Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center
200 S Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ
When: May 24, 2011
Time: 5:30pm–7:45pm

The Pediatric Specialty Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is offering a Healthy LIFE Super Seminar on May 24, 2011, for kids and teens who tend to put on weight more easily than others. This fun and educational one-time seminar will teach many basics of healthy weight management, including nutrition information, behavioral skills, and the importance of enjoyable exercise.

The seminar will be held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. and the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston. The cost is $100 per family. To learn more or register, please contact Dr. Gill, Ph.D. at 973-322-7620 or dgill@sbhcs.com.

Annual Irish Sports Exhibition

Location: The Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh
648 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ
When: June 12, 2011
Time: 2:00pm

This Men’s Hurling and Rugby Highlight Event will promote and introduce the New York metropolitan area to the sports of Irish heritage.

A family day filled with exciting events, sports, vendors, music and food.   This will be  an enjoyable day for all of the family.  Entertainment will be provided by the Eamonn Ryan Show Band, Will O’Connor, and the Shillelagh Pipe & Drums of Essex County.

Game Time: 2 p.m.  (Rain or Shine)

Rugby Match at 2 p.m. 

Opening Ceremony 3 p.m.

Men’s Hurling at 3:30 p.m.

After Party 4:30 p.m.

Phone: Eamonn Ryan, 917-567-5935 (cell)
Email: Eamonn@fcsmetro.com

Secrets to Success with Edible Gardens

Location: Montrose Park Historic District Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 953, South Orange, NJ
When: June 5, 2011
Time: 12:00pm–2:00pm

Join us for a fun and informative educational lecture presented by Geri Miller, Master Gardener and owner of Home Grown Edible Landscapes, with special guest Dan Richer, James Beard Foundation nominated Chef and owner of Arturo's Osteria and Pizzeria.

Topics include:

  • Shhhh...the secrets - soil management, exposure, organic practices
  • Edible landscaping - what is it and how to design one
  • Containers and raised beds
  • A look towards the future of the sustainability movement in the backyard, restaurant and local farm

Attendees will also enjoy:

  • Chef Richer's tasting menu that 'let's the veggies do the talking' and
  • A very special parting gift of a hydroponically grown edible from the non-profit, Arthur & Friends Greenhouse Project, NORWESCAP's successful program training the differently-abled and disadvantaged for jobs in agriculture.

Click on the "Buy Tickets"  link below to register for this event, to be held at a historic Montrose Park residence (address given at registration confirmation). Space is limited, so don't delay!  Registration Deadline is June 1st.

Email: info@MontroseParkSONJ.com
Price: MPHDA Members: No Charge, Non-members: $10.00

Dating Abuse: It Could Happen to MY Child

Location: Columbia High School
17 Parker Ave, Maplewood, NJ
When: May 25, 2011
Time: 7:30pm

A mother and daughter will recount their perspectives of an abusive dating relationship in “Dating Abuse: It Could Happen to MY Child” a special program planned by Columbia High School’s Teen Dating Abuse Club and the NCJW Center for Women. Parents and their children are invited to attend the program May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia HS Auditorium, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood. For information, visit   dgbeni@Verizon.net.

Open Mic @ Hat City Kitchen

Location: 459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: Weekly on Tuesdays
Time: 8:00pm–11:00pm

Anything goes at this open mic. For May we are offering an Open Mic contest. At the end of the month the winners will be invited to a play off for the final winner. The final winner will be booked for a show at Hat City Kitchen.

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

Bears to Host “Hank’s Yanks” for Rare Charity Game

Location: 450 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102
When: May 22, 2011
Time: 1:00pm

Hank’s Yanks are a community youth baseball team sponsored by New York Yankees General Partner/ Co-Chairperson Hank Steinbrenner. The team consists of many talented youths who, for a number of reasons, were never given an opportunity to flourish. Their fieldwork turned out to be astounding. Hank’s Yanks went on to win the championship at Yaphank, LI’s “Baseball Heaven” and capture the first annual “Boss’ Cup” at Yankee Stadium. One player has already been signed to pitch for the Yankees; three more are to be drafted into the major leagues come June.

"Hank’s Yanks is a great program for underprivileged youth,” said Bears General Manager and former Yankees pitcher Mike Torrez. “With some major league talent coming out of the team, I’m sure they will put up a good fight.”

Even though the Yankees will play the New York Mets that day in the interleague Subway Series, Mr. Steinbrenner will be at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium rooting for his youth team.  Also on hand will be former Yankee players.

Bears manager and former Yankees left-fielder Tim “The Rock” Raines is most excited to take part in this special charity event. “It was an honor to play for Mr. Steinbrenner and the vision he represented,” Raines said. “I am proud to be involved in any philanthropy effort that bares the Steinbrenner name. Hank’s genuine dedication to his youth team speaks volumes of his generosity.”

"Some of my fondest memories come from wearing that Yankee uniform and playing for Mr. Steinbrenner,” said Bears pitching coach and former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz. “I look forward to partnering with his youth team and doing my part for the Newark community."

Tickets for the charity game are $10, and can be purchased at the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium box office. Portions of the proceeds will go towards pancreatic cancer research and New Jersey youth programs.

  • Tel: 973.848.1000
  • Fax: 973.621.0095
  • Email: info@newarkbears.com