Interesting things are happening in our corner of Essex County this weekend. Three Kings from the East bearings gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the new-born Messiah will appear in at least 2 local churches Sunday, in pageants celebrating the Christian holiday of Epiphany. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored at a community program hosted by the South Orange Civic Organization. Also around town are fundraisers for organizations such as Memories Live and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Add in a few parenting classes, and we have a full calendar on our hands!
Read on for details of these events and others, and feel free to add your own suggestions for weekend fun to the Comments section.
"Martin Luther King Jr.: Enduring Spirit of Community" will be the theme of the South Orange Civic Organization’s 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Program, to be held at . The Keynote speaker will be Robert Marchman, of Maplewood, Executive Vice President Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Longtime civic leaders Fred Profeta of Maplewood and Arthur Taylor of South Orange will be honored with Community Awards. Free; Sunday at 3 p.m.; South Orange
Marielle Kathleen Bakri, book lover, was a longtime supporter of the Maplewood library. The public is invited to a celebration in honor of her life and a generous donation from the Marielle Bakri Memorial Fund that has funded new shelving for the Teen Zone at the . Refreshments will be served. Free; Saturday at 11 a.m.; Maplewood
Memories Live is a non-profit organizations that helps people with life-limiting illnesses preserve their images, stories and wisdom by creating personalized movies to pass on to their loved ones. Flywheel will host a fundraising spin ride with high energy instructor Stephanie Neiman to benefit Memories Live. All participants receive a Flybarre class, Memories Ride performance shirt by Champion Systems and goodie bag. Millburn businesses have donated terrific prizes for the raffle! Space is limited, so please pre-register at memoriesride.memorieslive.org. $100; Saturday at 11 a.m.; Millburn
Check out some of New Jersey’s best up-and-coming bands and performers at when “Strummin’ for a Cure” raises funds for the purchase of items requested by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Featured acts include Castles, Chromatic Funk, Nardo, Condrad, Wolfman & the Pack, Thats Rugby and Whale Hospital. $5 (larger donations are encouraged); Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Livingston
invites everyone to share in the wonder of their children's Epiphany Pageant. The children will present the story of the Magi visiting the infant Jesus. Free; Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; South Orange
A demonstration is planned in opposition of proposed charter schools and in support of legislation giving local voters control of the charter school approval process. The event will take place inside the main hall of the . Free; Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Maplewood
Watchung Pediatrics is hosting a free class for expectant parents at their temporary Millburn location at 25 E. Willow St, Suite 6, across from Taylor Park. Learn the basics of infant care, in preparation for your expected arrival! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Free; Saturday at 1 p.m.; Millburn
The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, will visit to lead the 9:15 am Family service, which will include a reenactment of the Three Kings arriving from the East bearings gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the new-born Messiah. He will also lead the regular 10:30 am service and a special forum following the coffee hour to discuss what is happening in the Diocese. Everyone is welcome! Free; Sunday at 9:15 a.m.; Maplewood
The arrival of a new sibling can bring major changes to the life of children. The Women’s Health/Parent Education at Saint Barnabas can help the transition with this fun and informative Siblings Class designed for the whole family. Children will learn about new babies, and make a gift to bring home for the new arrival. The class also offers help in reducing children’s anxieties when separating with their mothers at the time of delivery. $40; Sunday at 9 a.m.; Livingston
If you are seeking preschool for your child, check out the open house at . Children are welcome to join their parents, and will be entertained with activities and snacks while the adults tour the facility, meet director Carol Paster, and determine if this is the school for your family. Free; Sunday at 1 p.m.; South Orange