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Free College Planning Workshop

Don't Let This Happen to You!
Location: 250 S Livingston Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039
When: June 5, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Planning for college can be unbelievably stressful, but it doesn't have to be! Come to one of CBRG's free college planning workshops where our experienced advisers will cover: 


*Standardized tests: what they mean to colleges, how your student should prepare, and important information about the SAT writing section

*What to look for in selecting the college that is right for your student

*How colleges selectively shape their incoming freshman class

*The 5 questions you need answered before applying to a college

*How to increase your chances of getting into your dream college

*How to pay for college: an overview of financial aid and student loans

*How to position your student to receive scholarships from the college of choice

*How to pay for college with pre-tax dollars and receive a "tax scholarship"

*How to balance the cost of education vs. the value of the degree earned

*How to position your finances to receive merit aid

*A timeline for success

*How to save THOUSANDS of dollars on college tuition!

*And more!


To find out more about CBRG and to register for an upcoming workshop, visit CBRG.info or call 888-802-2740 

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Phone: 888-802-2740
Email: info@cbrg.info
Price: $0

JLMN Membership Open House

Discover the Power of Volunteering!
Location: 40 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
When: June 18, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

The Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. (“JLMN”) will hold a prospective member open house on Monday, June 18th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. (PLEASE CONTACT US FOR EVENT LOCATION.)

This casual, informational session will provide prospective new members with an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the volunteering, educational, and social opportunities that the JLMN provides to its members. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring a friend.

For more information about the open house, please contact our office at mail@jlmn.org or 973-746-2499.

The JLMN is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLMN members direct their volunteer efforts to children at risk in our communities.

Through the hands-on volunteer activities the JLMN provides its members, as well as its collaborative efforts with other volunteer organizations and its tradition of community advocacy, the JLMN has created a supportive environment for training tomorrow’s community leaders and enabling its members to forge lasting friendships.

The Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who have reached the age of 21 and who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to volunteerism. To learn more about the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. visit our website at www.jlmn.org.

Phone: 973-746-2499
Email: mail@jlmn.org
Price: $0

Women's Wellness Day

Location: 70 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042
When: May 20, 2012
Time: 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Take charge of your wellness! Come experience our new services and nourish your most radiant self because YOU DESERVE IT.

Mini Sessions of our services, food and drink, yoga, raffles, and promotional discounts.

As this is a free event, please invite your friends and loved ones. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience by sending us an email or calling the office.

Healthy Food & Cooking 
with Alma Schneider of Take Back the Kitchen

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Demonstrations 
with Patti Safian, MS, LAC  of NJAFC

Mini-Organic Facials 
with Shan Massucco of  So Healthy and Natural Skin Care

Chair Massages 
with Grace Pizarro, Licensed Massage Therapist

with our yoga teachers at  NJAFC

Aromatherapy Samples 
with Alana Greenberg & Beth Greenberg of Anjali Aromatics

Psychic Readings 
with Kat of Goddess Heal

Phone: 973-233-1195
Email: info@­njferti­lityacupuncture.­com
Price: $0

Summer Creative Writing Workshops - REGISTRATION

Location: The Writers Circle Creative Writing Workshops
555 Valley Rd, West Orange, NJ
When: Daily
Time: 9:00 am–7:00 pm

Creative Writing Workshops

in South Orange, Maplewood and Summit!

SUMMER SESSIONS: July 9-August 19

for children

Our innovative approach uses movement, music, role-playing, tactile observation and group dynamics to actively engage children in the creative experience of writing.

-Storytellers Circle (K-2nd grade)

-POP-UP BOOKS! (1st-3rd grade) - NEW!

-Story Magic (3rd-5th grade)

-A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words! (3rd-6th grade) -  NEW!

-Story Magic II (5th-7th grade)

-For Boys Only! (3rd-6th grade)

-Out of this World! (4th-6th grade)

-Teen Writers Circles

-The Young Storymakers (for kids who can’t stop writing!)

for  adults

Morning & evening classes, mixed genre and specialized workshops. Ongoing critique, companionship and inspiration move each writer toward their own best work.

-Adult Writers Circles

-Mastering the Children’s Picture Book

-Writing for Young Adults

-Race to the Finish: Completing Your Novel

-Writing Your Life - Especially for Seniors

Classes held at:

Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ

MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ

St. George's Church, 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ

Phone: 973-900-0415
Email: info@writerscircleworkshops.com
Price: $175

bookBgone's First Annual SOuth Orange Book Swap

Location: 352 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
When: May 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 am–3:00 pm

If you like to read or are clearing out space you'll want to join us Saturday, May 19th at South Orange's wonderful Blue Plate Special as bookBgone holds our first annual SO book swap. 

Sample Laura's yummy croissants and biscuits and savor a cup of coffee or tea as you browse the books.

Bring us a book and take a different one home.  No limit on amount of books you can bring/bring home.

Phone: 908-912-6652
Email: info@bookBgone.com
Price: $0

Special Needs Baseball Clinic

Location: Memorial Park
299 Valley St, South Orange, NJ
When: May 20, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Special Needs Baseball Clinic at Memorial Park. Please RSVP to somaspedpto@gmail.com or 973-868-7595. Parents are expected to stay at location. In case of inclement weather clinic will be held at Maplewood Middle School Gym 7 Burnett Ave, Maplewood (Enterance on Baker St.)


Come on out and play some ball!

Phone: 973-868-7595
Email: somaspedpto@gmail.com
Price: $0

Rutgers St. Multi-Family Garage Sale

Garage Sale
Location: 26 Rutgers St, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: May 19, 2012 / May 20, 2012
Time: 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Come to the Rutgers St. Multi-Family Garage Sale

Rutgers Street (Between Springfield Ave. and Tuscan Rd.) in Maplewood. 

Lots of houses selling stuff from Toddler race car beds and other furniture to children's and adult clothing, TV's, DVD's, high-quality baby and nursery items, toys, puzzles, books, and tons of other great stuff! 

From 9am-3pm on both May 19th & 20th. 

Price: $0

Campus Open House

Location: 20 Just Rd, Fairfield, NJ 07004
When: June 12, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm

StenoTech Career Institute

20 Just Road

Fairfield, NJ  07004

Phone: 973-287-3633
Email: csasso@stenotech.edu
Price: $0

Foreign Film Series at SOPL

Location: South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: May 29, 2012 / June 26, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm

The South Orange Public Library is continuing its foreign film series on Tuesday, May 29th with Los Olvidados, directed by Luis Bunuel.  The film is about a group of street kids who live a violent and crime-filled life in the slums of Mexico City. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Gerard Amsellem. 

The theme of the series is “Youth on Their Own,” and each film explores issues involving disaffected, abandoned or rebellious youth.  Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by a film expert.

The final   film in the series is City of God, to be shown on June 26 at 7 pm.

All are welcome and refreshments will be served.  For further information please contact Phyllis Kalb, Program Coordinator at the South Orange Public Library at (973) 762-0230.

Phone: (973) 762-0230
Price: $0

SOPAC Spring Benefit featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr. & the New Stylistics

Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 Trenchard Pl, South Orange, NJ
When: June 1, 2012
Time: 8:00 pm

Celebrating its 6th consecutive season, SOPAC hosts its Annual Spring Benefit in a one-night only staging of the soulful vocals of Russell Thompkins, Jr. & the New Stylistics.

Led by The Stylistics’ original lead singer, Russell Thompkins, Jr., the New Stylistics showcase the classic R&B hits that made the group one of the most successful soul bands of the 1970s.  Audiences will be swooned by lush ballads such as “You Make Me Feel Brand New”, “Stop, Look, Listen”, and “Break Up to Make Up”, to name a few.

Phone: 973.313.ARTS
Price: $55; $10 discount for all SOPAC Members + residents of South Orange/Maplewood

South Orange Town-wide Garage Sale

Location: Village Hall
101 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
When: May 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 am–2:00 pm

Residents across South Orange will conduct garage sales Saturday, as part of a town-wide sale day.  From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. homes listed on the attached map will offer bargains for eager shoppers.

Addresses of Participating Sales (as of press time):

 Section A:

660 Brentwood Drive

179 Glenview Road

640 Longview Road

Section B

21 Harding Drive

27 Harding Drive

331 Harding Drive

455 Harding Drive

191 N. Wyoming Avenue

261 N. Wyoming Ave.

454 Tillou Road

222 Underhill Rd

Section C

357 Beechspring Road

5 Hart Drive North

253 Highland Road

282 Melrose Place

363 Melrose Place

Section D

416 Clark St

240 Irving Avenue

377 Meadowbrook Lane

409 Meeker Street

416 Meeker Street

507 Page Terrace

64 Raymond Avenue

30 S. Kingman Road

179 Scotland Road

282 Scotland Road

215 Vose Ave.

269 Vose Ave.

298 Vose Ave.

324 Vose Ave

Section E

11 University Ct.

164 Charlton Ave

Section F

114 Rynda Rd

229 South Ridgewood Road

Section G

59 Massel Terrace

66 Massel Terrace

78 Massel Terrace

268 Prospect St.

434 Prospect Street

150 South Orange Avenue

264 Tichenor Ave. 

Section H

13 Riggs Place

75 Ward Place

325 Irvington Ave, Corner of Ward

Section I

134 Mercer Place

30 S. Kingman Rd 

105 S. Kingman Rd

Price: $0

Mothers & More Presents: Kidstock!

Location: Clinton Elementary School
27 Berkshire Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: June 2, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

The South Orange Maplewood Chapter of Mothers & More is excited to present, for the first time ever, Kidstock!

Join us on Saturday June 2, 2012 from 1-3 pm at the Clinton Elementary School for live music and dancing. Music will feature Sister Sing Sister String and StingRay of StarFish, and other local musicians and acts. A student dance troupe from Lydia Johnson Dance will also be performing. There will be a bounce house and face painting! We will also have popcorn and cotton candy, as well as drinks. A few local businesses such as Artistic Laminations, Other Mothers, and Macaroni Kids will have tables. Watchung Pediatrics is also doing an informational table on sun safety.

The first fifty grown ups will receive a Mothers & More tote bag.

We're hoping to enable members to meet each other and for the community to get to know more about Mothers & More. Plus, we want everyone to have fun and provide a family friendly event. 

Admission will be $5 per child; adults are free. This event is open to the public.

Price: Admission will be $5 per child; adults are free.

Greenwood Gardens’ Annual Jazz Picnic

Location: The Greenwood Gardens
274 Old Short Hills Rd, Short Hills, NJ
When: June 9, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm–7:30 pm

Enjoy a summer evening listening to live jazz music at Greenwood Gardens with your friends and family. Bring your own picnic and Greenwood will provide soft drinks and cupcakes. This year we will also be ordering prepared picnic baskets for those that that wish to purchase one. Please call for more information about ordering a picnic basket. Reservations are required for the picnic.

Phone: 973-258-4026
Price: Free to members/non-members: $12 for adults and $8 for children.

Fragrance In the Garden

Location: The Greenwood Gardens
274 Old Short Hills Rd, Short Hills, NJ
When: June 2, 2012
Time: 10:30 am–11:30 am

Fragrance is one of the pleasures of a garden. On our stroll through the garden, we will "stop and smell the roses," and discover many other delightful scents found throughout Greenwood’s 28-acre landscape.

Phone: 973-258-4026
Price: Free to members/$10 non-members.

2012 SOMA Artist Studio Tour

Tara O'Leary Encaustic
Location: 170 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
When: June 3, 2012
Time: 11:00 am–5:00 pm

The Tenth Muse Gallery will feature the work of award winning Tara O'Leary, a South Orange artist who teaches in Tuscany, Italy, Suzy Arrington-acclaimed Maplewood jewelry designer who specializes in silver and pearl pieces, and Nancy Gad-Harf, who with her partner Lisa Imberman started Late for Dinner Designs to showcase their innovative woven bead pieces.

Visit the Gallery to see the newest collections of Tara O'Leary, Suzy Arrington, and Nancy Gad-Harf.

Phone: 973-313-2722
Email: info@thetenthmusegallery.com
Price: $0

Nominations Being Accepted for 2012 Entrepreneur/Leadership Symposium - Platinum Minds

Location: 95 W. Main Street Ste. 5-166, Chester, NJ
When: Daily

In a press release Platinum Minds will host the Spring 2012 Entrepreneur/Leadership Symposium for young men on Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 9:15 am to 4 pm at a private site in Elizabeth.  Participants will include qualified students from Elizabeth, Newark, and the surrounding area.

The Spring 2012 Entrepreneur/Leadership Symposium is a day-long event for young men age 11 to 17, featuring informative workshops, presentations and exhibits designed to strengthen students’ leadership, empowerment and community development skills.  Qualified students will network with business and community leaders, who will offer their success stories and challenges, with the goal of providing more young men with knowledge of their value and role in revitalizing their community.

Participation is free-of-charge, and qualified students must be nominated by a member of the student’s school administration or faculty, or local church administrators. Applicants must:

· be young men age 11-17
· live in an “environmentally challenged" neighborhoods  (pressure to join gangs or take or deal drugs, threats of physical violence to, from, or in school)
· have a B average or higher, or be strongly motivated to learn
· have no major drug or discipline problems, and no criminal record; and
· arrange transportation to and from the Elizabeth, NJ site

Platinum Minds is seeking small business and corporations that would like to contribute financial donations for the Spring 2012 Entrepreneur/Leadership Symposium.  Inquiries should be sent via email to David Messineo at dmessineo@platinuminds.org.  Please indicate “Elizabeth ELS Donor” in the subject line.   The deadline for nomination is Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

Email: dmessineo@platinuminds.org
Price: $0

Ladies Boot Camp

Location: 128 Irvington Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
When: Weekly on Saturdays
Time: 7:00 am–8:00 am

Group Fitness is a fun way to tone, lose weight, burn fat, burn calories, boost your energy, network & most importantly obtain a healthier body.

Our program is Extreme – Exciting – Intense - Insane!

Come try our intense strength training & cardio workout!

 No More Excuses…

  • 1 FREE CLASS - (New guest only)
  • Drop in Class $20 
  • Drop in with a friend $15 per person 

Contact us today 908-447-9703 to reserve your spot.

Vist our website for more details.

Phone: 908-447-9703
Email: rushfitness2011@verizon.net
Price: $0

Friday Afterwork Zumba Party

Zumba Party and Wine Tasting!  Dance the Night Away!!
Location: 65b S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079
When: June 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm–10:00 pm

Join Benita Perkins, Adesina Sampson and Ladies Workout Express for an Afterwork Zumba Party! Resident wine expert Hank Zona will be on deck along with delicious, healthy h'odeorves!!

June 8, 2012 from 7:00PM - 10PM

Have a glass of wine and get your Zumba on!

  • Fabulous Instructors
  • 3 Hours of Zumba
  • Refreshments!

Bring your friends and dance the drama away!  Where you go after the party is on you!

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Phone: 9733133993
Email: benita@benniegirl.com
Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

The Writers Circle Speaker Series

Location: The Writers Circle Creative Writing Workshops
19 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ
When: Daily
Time: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

The Writers Circle Speakers Series: Monthly Workshops and Talks with Authors & Industry Professionals

JUNE 10TH, 2012

All workshops are on Sundays from 2:00-4:00 PM

Advanced registration is suggested. 

Literary Time Travel: Adventures in Writing Historical Fiction with Susanne DunlapStephanie CowellMichelle Cameron & Judith Lindbergh

"There is no frigate like a book," said Emily Dickinson, "To take us Lands away." Historical novels not only transport us, but fully immerse us in different epochs and geographies, inviting us experience lives our modern sensibilities can hardly imagine.

Authors Stephanie Cowell (Claude and Camille), Susanne Dunlap (In the Shadow of the Lamp), Michelle Cameron (The Fruit of Her Hands), and Judith Lindbergh (The Thrall’s Tale) will take you from medieval Paris to Elizabethan London, from Victorian Crimea to Viking Greenland and beyond. While sharing their their insights into writing and research, they will reveal what moves them to write about such different historical milieu. They will also offer participants a chance to play with their own ideas for imaginative historical journeys. Bring a notebook, pen or laptop and be ready to take your first literary steps into past glories.

Located at Sparkhouse Studio, 19 Scotland Ave., South Orange, NJ

Phone: (973) 900-0415
Email: info@writerscircleworkshops.com
Price: $25/session if pre-registered; $35 at the door; $20/session for TWC students and parents

Joan Garry Talk at St. George's Church

Joan M. Garry
Location: Saint George's Episcopal Church
550 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJ
When: June 3, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Noted civil rights leader Joan M. Garry will give a special Noon Forum in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 am service entitled "LGBT People, Bullying, and the Deeply Held Religious Belief Card” to mark the beginning of Saint George’s celebration of Gay Pride Month. Ms. Garry is former Executive Director of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and came to prominence in 1993 by successfully challenging New Jersey’s second-parent adoption law to become the first lesbian in the state to adopt her partner’s biological children.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications and writes a blog for The Huffington Post.

Phone: (973) 762-1319, x. 1
Email: parish-office@stgeorges-maplewood.org
Price: Free
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