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E-Reader Seminar

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

Thinking of getting an e-reader? Don't know how to use one? Want to know how you can place library books on them?

Come to one of our e-reader classes, where all your questions will be answered!

South Orange Public Library

Monday, December 5 & 26, January 9

All classes at 7 p.m.

Feel free to bring your own e-readers or tablets!

Phone: 973-762-0230
Email: librarian@sopl.org
Price: $0

Free Art Exhibit Reception at SOPAC 11/9

Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 Trenchard Pl, South Orange, NJ
When: November 9, 2011
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm



Reception Wednesday 11/9



In an effort to promote and nurture
another genre of art, SOPAC continues its visual arts initiative with The Herb
+ Milly Iris Gallery.  SOPAC’s lobby sets the stage for year-round
rotating art exhibitions dedicated to bringing contemporary art to the
community by featuring local artists and providing them with opportunities to
reach new audiences.   SOPAC officially unveils the latest exhibition
at a free reception this Wednesday 11/9.  On display will be Visual
Rhythms -
large scale acrylic paintings and giclée prints by Nancy Bergman
Pantirer which will be on view from 11/9 to 3/31.

The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery is the
creation of SOPAC Board Member Milly Iris, a South Orange resident and arts
advocate.  In addition to the exhibitions, the Gallery will host an “Art
About Series” which will include artist talks, gallery tours, educational
programs, etc… The artwork on display is for sale with proceeds supporting

November 9th @ 7:00PM – 9:00PM

the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) located at One SOPAC Way, South
Orange, NJ, 07079

First come, first served.  For more information, please visit http://www.SOPACnow.org
or call 973.313.ARTS. 

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Phone: 973.313.ARTS
Price: $0

St. George's Annual Reading of "A Christmas Carol"

The first edition of Charles' Dickens' A Christmas Carol was published on Dec. 19, 1843. The popular classic has been retold by many, including the Muppets.
Location: Saint George's Episcopal Church
550 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: December 4, 2011
Time: 6:00pm

"The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can."  - Ebenezer Scrooge

And so can we! On Sunday, December 4th at 6PM, we will gather again for St. George's (6th?) annual reading of  "A Christmas Carol".

As many as would like to come to read or to listen are welcome. We gather at 6:00 and begin to read around 6:30. We usually finish  around 9:30 and celebrate with plum pudding and a glass of smoking bishop.  Along the way, there's plenty of food, drink and a cozy fire. And the company...the company is grand.

Please RSVP to Jane.Cates@fitchratings.com

Email: Jane.Cates@fitchratings.com
Price: $0

The Postmistress with Sarah Blake

Location: 179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: November 9, 2011
Time: 8:00pm–9:00pm

“A beautifully written, thought-provoking novel.” -#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Stockett

[words] is proud to present bestselling author Sarah Bake coming to discuss her highly acclaimed novel The Postmistress. Don’t miss this one-time event!

Phone: 973-763-9500
Email: events@wordsmaplewood.com
Price: FREE

How Can You Not Laugh at a Time Like This? with author Carla Ulbrich

Location: 179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: November 10, 2011
Time: 7:30pm–9:00pm

Reclaim your health with humor, creativity and grit with this collection of short essays that help people thrive and celebrate life despite illness.

Phone: 973-763-9500
Email: events@wordsmaplewood.com
Price: FREE

Macculloch Hall's Civil War Christmas

Macculloch Hall Christmas Tree_Courtesy of Stan Freeny
Location: 45 Macculloch Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
When: December 3, 2011 / December 4, 2011
Time: 12:00pm–5:00pm

Macculloch Hall’s Civil War Christmas - Holiday Open House, Decorations & Gift Shop


Morristown, NJ - Macculloch Hall Historical Museum invites you to join us this holiday season.

Step back in time and enjoy this beautiful historic home at this special time of year. Decorated for the holidays in traditional style by the Garden Club of Morristown, the gorgeous historic home provides a lovely setting to kick off the holiday season in luxurious surroundings. Visitors will find more than twenty five of Thomas Nast’s well-known original Santa and Christmas images throughout the museum’s galleries and period rooms. Find unique gifts created just for the museum's expanded holiday shop.  Special items include Thomas Nast Christmas cards, wrapping paper and limited edition ornaments, along with other traditional toys and unique stocking stuffers. Memberships to the Museum will also be available for purchase and make a great holiday gift as recipients can enjoy visits to the museum and current and upcoming exhibits through June 2012.

Join us for a Macculloch Hall’s Civil War Christmas, on Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd and 4th from 12 noon - 5 pm. See the decorations, upstairs gallery Christmas exhibit, iconic Thomas Nast Christmas images and enjoy special tours of the period rooms.  The new exhibit “Gone For A Soldier:” Jerseymen in the Civil War which the museum is presenting in partnership with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee (NJCWSC) will be open both afternoons. The exhibit brings together about two hundred objects from nearly thirty museums, historical societies, and private collections and is a truly unique display of an array of items relating to the role of New Jerseyans in the Civil War. On Saturday afternoon Bernard Olsen will be signing copies of his book Upon The Tented Field and A Billy Yank Governor: The Life & Times of New Jersey’s Franklin Murphy. On Sunday afternoon Joe Bilby will be on hand to sign copies of his books New Jersey Goes to War: 150 Biographies of New Jerseyans of the Civil War Era, New Jersey's Civil War Odyssey: An Anthology of New Jersey Civil War Stories and Freedom to All: New Jersey's African American Civil War Soldiers.

Beginning December 7th the museum will be open for tours of the home and exhibits and to view the decorations or shop in the store on Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.  The last tickets for admission are sold at 3 p.m. The Museum closes for the holiday break on Friday December 23rd 2011 and reopens for tours on Wednesday January 4th 2012. Visitors can see the decorations and shop in the store during normal touring hours throughout the remainder of January.

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. It is located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District. For complete admission prices and membership information please visit our website www.maccullochhall.org. Consider a membership as a gift this to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum this holiday season. School tours, adult/senior tours and rentals may be scheduled by appointment.  For information, call the Museum weekdays at (973) 538-2404, 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 x 15
Email: khollywood@maccullochhall.com
Price: Admission is Adults $6; Seniors & Students $5; Members & Children under 12 are free

Who Am I Now? & The Strong Emotions of Motherhood

Location: Oheb Shalom Congregation
170 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: November 17, 2011
Time: 9:15am–11:00am

Moms’ Discussion and Lecture Series 2011-2012:

Sponsored by  The Slutzky Parenting Center

Geared toward mothers with kids ages 0-10


Who Am I Now? & The Strong Emotions of Motherhood

Rita Desnoyers-Garcia

Coach & Mentor


Please RSVP to nurserydir@ohebshalom.org

or call Iris at 973-762-7069

This workshop will allow mothers to explore the demands that rearing kids puts on moms, and how to deal with the emotions of  anger, guilt, fear that plague us when we’re presented with the demands of motherhood. The workshop is aimed at working through these emotions and being able to access the calm, inner peace and happiness that is yours. 

Price: $0

Sleep Away Camp Open House

Location: 906 Ridgewood Rd, Millburn, NJ 07041
When: November 20, 2011
Time: 2:00pm–4:00pm

Camp KinderRing Overnight Camp Open House

Are you looking for an overnight camp for your kids? Meet the directors, speak to other KR families, and learn what makes Kinder Ring such a special place. Camp
KinderRing is a co-ed Jewish overnight camp (kids learn culture, but not prayer) located in the Hudson Valley, less than 2 hours from here. They offer 3, 4 or 7 week sessions. Contact me: Andrea Sadow: asadow@comcast.net for more information. 

Price: $0

Non-Perishable Food Drive!

Location: Cait & Abby's Daily Bread
15 Sloan St, South Orange, NJ
When: November 11, 2011
Time: 12:00am–12:00am

What: The ONE Campaign at Seton Hall is holding a food drive for Hunger and Homelessness Week in which we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank in Hillside, NJ. 

Why: ONE is an advocacy organiztion dedicated to fighting poverty and preventable disease.  As a campus off-set, we are looking to bring our efforts to those in need right here in NJ.We are asking for your help in the fight against hunger by asking you to help us reach our goal of 3,000 items

How: If you would like to participate in the food drive, please just bring any non-perishable items to our drop-off locations (Cait and Abby's @ 15 Sloan Street or The South Orange Public Library). Items left here will be picked up on November 17.

or if you can't drop off, no worries!  We will come to you!

Please arrange a pick up leave any food items outside your door in a bag, box or any container with the word “Seton Hall” written visibly. We will be collecting items Nov. 11-17

To schedule a pick up, please call 973-886-0938 or email alyana.alfaro@student.shu.edu

Website: http://one.org
Phone: 973-886-0938
Email: alyana.alfaro@student.shu.edu
Price: $0

Turkey Time at Essex County Environmental Center

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

Have you ever seen a wild turkey? Ben Franklin wanted it to be our national bird. Come prepared for an outdoor walk to try your luck with a turkey “caller.” Bring home a turkey decoration for your Thanksgiving table.

All family programs are designed with children in mind, are hands-on, and include an outdoor experience. All family programs take place at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. Programs are designed for children in kindergarten to 5th grade.

Please call 973.226.6082 or e-mail kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org to register.

Phone: 973.226.6082
Price: $7

NJEA Days Cartooning Workshops at The Messy Artist

Location: Messy Artist
60 Valley St, South Orange, NJ
When: November 10, 2011 / November 11, 2011
Time: 1:00pm–3:00pm

NJEA Days Cartooning Workshops at The Messy Artist

Thursday & Friday, November 10 & 11

1:00 - 3:00 PM

For Children in 3rd - 5th Grade


Join us in a superhero adventure during our upcoming cartooning workshops. Students will learn how to draw and create comic book heroes of their very own.  We are thrilled to have professional cartoonist, Doug Baron, join us for this workshop.  Doug will offer drawing instruction, of course, but will also teach the stories behind the drawings and explain how the stories and the illustrations work together to bring these fictional characters to life.  Students will both draw and write comic stories to create a fantastic new world of comic fun!


Fee:  $40 for 1st Day, $30 for 2nd day or 2nd child

Pre-Registration Required


The Messy Artist

60 Valley Street, Rear Entrance

South Orange, NJ 07079



Phone: 973-378-2425
Email: donna@themessyartist.com
Price: Fee: $40 for 1st Day, $30 for 2nd day or 2nd child

Free Teen Summer Expo

Location: 901 Rt 10, Whippany, NJ 07981
When: December 6, 2011
Time: 1:00pm–9:00pm

A free Teen Summer Opportunities Expo will be held on Tuesday, December 6th, 7:30-9:00PM at the Aidekman Campus; 901 Rt. 10; Whippany, New Jersey.  Teens and their families will be informed about a wide array of Jewish summer programs-locally, across the US, in Israel, and around the world – including camp, teen tours, travel programs, Israel experiences, internships, volunteering and more.  Over 30 organizations will be on hand to share information.  Families will also learn about grants and scholarships to help make these experiences more affordable.  The program is sponsored by United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, JTEENmw, One Happy Camper NJ, MetroWest ABLE and The Legow Family Israel Program Center and is open to the community.   Families can rsvp to Rabbi Shmulie Greene at: sgreene@thepartnershipnj.org.  Walk-ins are welcome.


The following organizations will have representatives presenting their respective programs:

·         Adamah Adventures
·         American Jewish World Service
·         Alexander Muss High School in Israel
·         American Jewish Society for Service
·         BBYO
·         Camp Deeny Riback
·         Cerebral Palsy NJ
·         Drisha Institute
·         Eden Village Camp
·         Friendship Circle
·         Habonim Dror/Camp Galil
·         Hashomer Hatzair/Camp Shomria
·         Israel Way (formerly Oranim)
·         JVS
·         March of the Living
·         NCSY
·         NFTY (represented by Camp Harlam & 6 Points staff)
·         NJJN
·         NJY Camps
·         PassportNYC
·         The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life - Teen Department
·         Tzofim - Israel Scouts
·         UJC - Community Relations Committee
·         URJ 6 Points Sports Academy
·         URJ Camp Harlam
·         USY
·         Yachad
·         Young Judaea

    Email: sgreene@thepartnershipnj.org
    Price: $0

    The Writers Circle Speakers Series

    Judith Lindbergh, Founder/Director of The Writers Circle
    Location: 12 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079
    When: February 5, 2012
    Time: 2:00pm–4:00pm

    The Writers Circle Speakers Series 

    Monthly Workshops and Talks with Authors and Publishing Industry Professionals

    Using Your Senses in Writing
    Judith Lindbergh & Michelle Cameron

    Writing is more than just characters, dialogue, and action. A well-written story draws you in so deeply that you almost believe you're in the story yourself. To create such a rich narrative world, a writer must master the art of deep observation. One way to practice is through writing with all of your senses. 

    In this workshop, Judith and Michelle will share exercises that demand keen observation, isolating each of your five senses and maybe playing with your sixth. You'll use prompts to tap into memory, imagination, rhythm, sensation and more, opening a whole new compartment in the writers' toolbox that you may not have even known was there. 

    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; $150 for all 10 Speaker Series sessions!

    South Orange Chamber of Commerce Meet and Greet - Networking Event

    Location: 1 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
    When: November 10, 2011
    Time: 5:30pm–7:30pm

    Time to chat with old friends and make new friends and promote your business!

     Cash Bar

    Price: Contribution $5.00 to the Chamber

    West Essex Art Association Juried Show Prospectus

    Location: Caldwell College
    120 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ
    When: January 9, 2012



    The West Essex Art Association is now fulfilling requests for prospectus for their Annual Open Juried Exhibition at the Vincent Visceglia Arts Center to be held January 9-20th at Caldwell College.

    Prospective entrants must obtain a prospectus to pre-register by December 27th. To receive a prospectus, please send a SASE to Kirsten Agesen, 10 White Oak Drive, North Caldwell, NJ 07006  phone: 973-226-6810

    All Cash Awards. Work to be judged by Vincent Nardone.

    Price: $0

    South Orange Lions Club Presents Diabetes Awareness

    Location: Cryan's Beef & Ale House
    24 1st St, South Orange, NJ
    When: November 18, 2011
    Time: 6:00pm–9:00pm

    The South Orange Lions Club presents a diabetes fundraiser at Cryan's on November 18.  There will be an open Bar for 3 Hours (6-9pm) with wristbands.  Cost is $20.  All proceeds will be donated to a diabetes charity.  Please come help support diabetes awareness.

    Phone: 973-763-7114
    Email: southorangelions@yahoo.com
    Price: $20

    Drop-In & Play at The Messy Artist

    Location: Messy Artist
    60 Valley St, South Orange, NJ
    When: November 12, 2011
    Time: 3:30pm–5:30pm

    Drop-In & Play at The Messy Artist

    Saturday, November 12, 3:30 - 5:30 PM


    Catch Art Fever!

    Get inspired with an hour of creative learning!


    A perfect option for children aged 18 months - 5 years and their caregivers. No pre-registration necessary, just drop in and get messy!


    Families enrolled in our current session will enjoy a special discounted price of $10 for one child and $5 for siblings.   Families not currently enrolled in classes pay the regular price of $20 for one child and $15 for participating siblings.


    The Messy Artist

    60 Valley Street, rear entrance

    South Orange, NJ 07079


    Phone: 973-378-2425
    Email: donna@themessyartist.com
    Price: $10 for one child and $5 for siblings, if currently registered for classes


    Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
    36 Park Pl, Newark, NJ
    When: December 4, 2011
    Time: 7:30pm

    The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra – led by Conductor Keith Lockhart – returns for its annual holiday concert in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall on Sunday, December 4 at 7:30 pm.  The Orchestra will be joined by pop vocal group Rockapella for a rare foray outside the group’s traditional a cappella performances.     

    Tickets for the performance are $35 - $125 and may be purchased by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, or by visiting the NJPAC website at www.njpac.org.  Programming is made possible, in part, by Capital One, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Discover Jersey Arts.

    At NJPAC, Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a traditional holiday program, drawn from a repertoire of Christmas classics, Broadway show tunes and American standards. Lockhart and ensemble welcome Rockapella for the performance.  Rockapella member Scott Leonard, who helped create special arrangements for the concert for both Rockapella and the Pops, said of the performance “It’s a thrill to have that wall of sound coming from behind you. Besides it gave me a chance to satisfy my urge to arrange for new instruments and indulge my fascination for Glenn Miller-style Big Band arrangements that I loved growing up.” 

    Phone: 1-888-GO-NJPAC
    Price: $125 - $35

    MUN Rages Bunny's

    Location: Bunny's Sports Bar
    12 W South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
    When: November 12, 2011
    Time: 10:00pm–2:00am

    The band MUN is coming to Bunny's!

    MUN is a quartet from Brooklyn, NY that evolved out of the need to experiment and expand the conventional limitations of music. They explore many genres ranging from free jazz, to hardcore techno, to trance Middle-Eastern vibes.

    The improvisational element of the band as well as their complete lack of fear of being in the moment is what gives MUN their unique raw sound.  Mentioned in the Old Testament as the supernatural sustenance that followed the wandering tribe through the desert, MUN descends from the heavens and can become anything you desire!

    Phone: 973-763-1377
    Price: Free

    Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble

    Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center
    1 Trenchard Pl, South Orange, NJ
    When: November 20, 2011
    Time: 3:00pm

    The beautiful dancing of this group will captivate audiences of all ages.  Sixteen young dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform an interactive show to delight everyone.

    Phone: (973) 275 1114
    Price: $30 - $40
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