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2011 South Orange and Maplewood Artists Studio Tour

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Location: Pierro Gallery of South Orange
5 Mead St, South Orange, NJ
When: June 5, 2011
Time: 11:00am–5:00pm

The 2011 South Orange and Maplewood Artists Studio Tour will be held this year on Sunday, June 5, from 11 am to 5pm.  Artists will be opening their studios to visitors and exhibiting at the many art venues throughout the two towns, in a community-wide, day-long celebration of SOMA’s vibrant art scene.  Presented by 1978 Maplewood Arts Center and the Pierro Gallery of South Orange, this self-guided tour allows viewers to meet local artists in their workspaces, explore the many galleries around town, and have the opportunity to purchase art from more than 60 participating painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, jewelers and craftspeople, many of them new to the tour this year.   Art will also be on view at many local businesses, at 1978, the Baird Center and Pierro Gallery, and at the Maplewood Municipal Building and Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University.

For ticket locations or to browse through images of the artists’ work, visit the Studio Tour website (www.studiotoursoma.org).

Price: $5 in advance (or $7 on the day of the tour)

James Lockhart R&B Jam with CornerPockit

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

R@B Jam with James and CornerPockit.  This event is becomming legendary.  Come on out for a funky fun time! 

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

PidginDroppings, Bigger Thomas

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Location: 459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: May 20, 2011
Time: 9:00pm–10:30pm

PidginDroppings gonna deliver their unique hip hop funky dub in da pidgin english and then Bigger Thomas will bring on the Ska.  Really fun acts.  Buy tickets on line and get a complementary drink.  Check it out.

Phone: 862 252 9147
Email: info@hatcitykitchen.com
Price: $15

Back to the Garden 1969

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Location: 459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: May 21, 2011
Time: 9:00pm–11:30pm

Back To The Garden 1969 recreates, with skill & spirit, the magical music and era that peaked at the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival. Come on down Saturday Night for this great show! Purchase your tickets ahead online and receive a complimentary drink.  Call ahead to reserve lounge seating.

Phone: 862 252 9147
Email: info@hatcitykitchen.com
Price: $15

Back to the Garden 1969

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Location: 459 Valley St, Orange, NJ 07050
When: May 21, 2011
Time: 9:00pm–11:30pm

Back To The Garden 1969 recreates, with skill & spirit, the magical music and era that peaked at the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival. Come on down Saturday Night for this great show! Purchase your tickets ahead online and receive a complimentary drink.  Call ahead to reserve lounge seating.

Phone: 862 252 9147
Email: info@hatcitykitchen.com
Price: $15

2nd Annual Mayapple Festival

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Location: South Mountain Reservation
112 Glenview Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 21, 2011
Time: 6:00am

The public is invited to the second annual South Mountain Reservation Mayapple Festival on Saturday, May 21st.  Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the South Mountain Conservancy, and local businesses, the event will feature activities for the entire family throughout the day at Summit Field.  These include hikes, a nature-themed art show and exhibits, and well-known local musical performers, raffles for camping equipment, and a food consession.   In addition, an ultra-marathon and other long-distance trail races will start from the Locust Grove Picnic area. 

The festival’s events will take place as follows::

 

Location:        Essex County South Mountain Reservation
 Summit Field (Directions:  From South Orange Ave. turn onto Crest Drive for half mile, follow signs for parking.)                                              

Events:           Hikes at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

                        Art Show 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

                                   

Live Music:

Headliner: Livingston Leo, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

West Orange’s Dean Shot, blues combo, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Millburn’s Dean Russo, acoustic guitar, 12:30 p.m.

 

Location:        Essex County South Mountain Reservation

Locust Grove Picnic Area (off Glen Ave., Millburn)        

 

            Events:           Ultra-Marathons, 100K and 50K, 6:00 a.m. start

                                    10 and 20 mile trail races, 8:00 a.m. start

                                    (Registration closes Wednesday, May 18th.  No fee.) 

 See the Conservancy’s Web site, www.somocon.org, for information on all events

 

7th Annual Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn Pond Tour

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Location: Flood's Hill
70 N Ridgewood Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: June 26, 2011
Time: 12:00pm–7:00pm

The seventh edition of the ever popular Maplewood South Orange and Millburn Pond Tour. This year's tour will be held on the afternoon of June 26 and will feature many favorites from past years as well as new ponds in the two towns as well as Millburn and Short Hills. We can still accommodate more ponds on the tour so if you have a pond and are interested in participating drop a line to msopondtour@verizon.net and I'll contact you with the details. If you're just interested in coming along to see the incredible aquascapes that some of your neighbors have created send me your contact info an I'll make sure you get the pond tour info.

Email: msopondtour@verizon.net

Hilltop Grasshopper: Kid’s Bike Race

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Location: Courter Ln & Mountain Ave, North Caldwell, NJ 07006
When: August 20, 2011
Time: 9:00am

Jump on the competition in the Second Annual Kid’s Fun Bike Race in the Hilltop in North Caldwell!

 The Essex County Parks Department and the Hilltop Conservancy  invite all cyclists, ages 4 - 15 to come and ride and race for prizes on a specially prepared 0.6 mile course.

 Helmets are mandatory and lots of cheering is encouraged!

 The spectator friendly course is next to the sports field parking lot on Courter Lane and Mountain Avenue in North Caldwell.  Registration opens at 7:30 AM and competition starts at 9:00 AM for the youngest competitors, K – 1st grade.  There is a $10.00 registration fee per participant which includes a bicycle technical inspection.  Any bike in good working order is eligible to race.  (Net proceeds will be donated to the Hilltop Conservancy)

Classes for boys and girls K – 1st  grade, 2nd – 3rd grade, 4th – 5th grade, 6th  – 8th grade, with prizes for top 3 class finishers.

Pre-Register online at Bikereg.com

Price: $10

Riker Hill Art Park Open House & Sale

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Location: Riker Hill Art Park
284 Beaufort Ave, Livingston, NJ
When: June 4, 2011 / June 5, 2011
Time: 11:00am–5:00pm

The Board of Chosen Freeholders and The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs invite you to see artists at work at the  Riker Hill Art Park Fine and Decorative Arts Open House & Sale.

Essex County’s Free Concert Series: House Music Festival

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Location: Elizabeth Ave & Chancellor Ave, Newark, NJ 07112
When: June 25, 2011
Time: 12:00pm–8:00pm

Essex County’s Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage throughout our historic Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer!

Essex County’s Free Concert Series: Jazz by Denise Hamilton

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Location: S Orange Ave & S Munn Ave, Newark, NJ 07106
When: July 6, 2011
Time: 7:00pm

Essex County’s Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage throughout our historic Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer!

Phone: 973 268-3500

Essex County’s Free Concert Series: Reggae Experience

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Location: S 13th St & 18th Ave, Newark, NJ 07103
When: July 19, 2011
Time: 7:00pm

Essex County’s Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage throughout our historic Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer!

Phone: 973 268-3500

Essex County’s Free Concert Series: Jazz by Gradie Stone

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Location: 170 Mount Vernon Pl, Newark, NJ 07106
When: August 3, 2011
Time: 7:00pm

Essex County’s Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage throughout our historic Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer!

Phone: 973 268-3500

African American Heritage Parade & Festival in Montclair

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Location: Glenfield Park
Bloomfield Ave & Maple Ave, Montclair, NJ
When: June 4, 2011
Time: 9:30am–6:00pm

The  Montclair African American Heritage Committee’s 22nd annual event is Saturday,  June 4, 2011. The Committee is celebrating the theme of Kuumba (Creativity) this year: to do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. It means thinking of ways to make our community better. The committee's symbol this year is Nkyinkyim, symbolic of toughness and the ability to face difficulties.

BWM will participate in the parade and have a vendor table at the Festival.  The parade route will begin at Glenfield Park, proceeding west on Maple Avenue to Woodland Avenue to Willowdale Avenue to Washington Avenue to Orange Road—left around the bend of Orange Road to Cedar Avenue. The festival will take place at Nishuane Park on Cedar Avenue and High Street. Please plan to check-in at 9 a.m. Look for the REGISTRATION sign in the Glenfield Park.

AGENDA for the DAY

 9:00 a.m. Parade Check-in and Line-up

10:00 a.m. Parade Commences

12:30 p.m. - 6:00pm Festival at Nishuane Park (Entertainment, Food and Vendors)

Parade is a Rain or Shine Event BUT the Rain Date for the Festival is June 5

Parade begins at Glenfield Park; Festival - Nishuane Park

African American Heritage Statewide Festival

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Location: Meeker Ave & Elizabeth Ave, Newark, NJ 07114
When: May 27, 2011 / May 28, 2011 / May 29, 2011 / May 30, 2011
Time: 10:00am–6:00pm

18th Annual African American Parade and Festival Memorial Day Weekend features live entertainment, carnival rides, vendors, health pavilion, small business booths, corporate booths,children's village,  free give aways 500,000 to 1 million live audience during the weekend. Additional 2.5 million viewers and listeners on Cablecast and Radio.   KISS FM will be there on the 28th/29th.

Splash Week at West Essex YMCA

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Location: West Essex YMCA
321 S Livingston Ave, Livingston, NJ
When: Daily

West Essex YMCA is offering a "Swim Safety Week" free and open to members AND non-members.

We’re offering 5, 30-minute swim lessons during the week of June 20-24th. Ages: 3-5 and 6-10, nonswimmers and beginners are
all welcome!  All children must register by June 15, 2011. Space is
limited, register early!

For more information, contact Kim Byrne, Aquatic Director, at (973) 992-7500 x108, kbyrne@metroymcas.org or log on to our website: http://www.westessexymca.org!

2011 Essex County Nature Photography Contest - Deadline for submission is Wednesday Sept. 14

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Location: 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
When: May 29, 2011 / June 10, 2011 / June 24, 2011 / July 2, 2011 / July 17, 2011 / August 2, 2011

Grab a camera and enjoy our parks. This contest is designed to highlight the best of what the Essex County Parks have to offer its many residents each year. Anyone with a camera is invited and encouraged to submit photos that capture a part of your visit to the county park system. 

 For rules and regulations, please contact the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.

ESSEX COUNTY PARKS

Anderson Park

Becker Park

Belleville Park

Branch Brook Park

Brookdale Park

Glenfield Park

Grover Cleveland Park

Independence Park

lrvington Park

lvy Hill Park

Monte Irvin Orange Park

Kip's Castle Park

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

Riverbank Park

Vailsburg Park

Verona Park

Watsessing Park

Weequahic Park

West Side Park

Yanticaw Park

Ecology And Garden Values Of Native Plants

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Location: 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
When: July 9, 2011
Time: 10:30am–12:00pm

For Adults.    This presentation will be given by noted ecologist and avid native plant gardener Michael Van Clef of Ecological Solutions, LLC. Propagation, use and conservation values of native plants in the garden will be discussed. Interested participants will walk away with free native plant seedlings.

 Advance registration is preferred in order to secure a place in the class. Meet in Garibaldi Hall.   Fee: FREE

 

Phone: 973-228-8776

Twilight Hike

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Location: 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
When: August 4, 2011
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm

All ages are welcome..  Discover what lives at the Environmental Center after the sun goes down. First we’ll make our own insect repellant, and then we’ll wander in the wooded wetland to look for ‘whoooo’ might be awake.

Advanced registration is required. Fee: $6 per child, $8 per adult

Phone: 973-228-8776

Hands-On Composting at ECEC

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Location: 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068
When: July 9, 2011
Time: 12:30pm–2:00pm

   For adults. - Take "going green" to a whole new level and learn how to compost. In this hands-on workshop with Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension, learn the basics of home composting. Meet in Garibaldi Hall.

Advance registration is required. Fee: $8 per adult

Phone: 973-228-8776