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The Weekender: What's Happening in South Orange and Beyond

Dance Party and Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library

Here are some of the events happening this weekend in South Orange and neighboring towns.   To see all the events click on EVENTS at the top of this page.   Log into Patch and add your events anytime.


WHERE:  Ladies Workout Express, 65b South Orange Ave, South Orange
WHEN:  Saturday  9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
WHY GO:  Can't workout because you have kids?  Ladies Workout Express now offers ZumbAtomics, zumba for kids at the same time as your Zumba class on Saturday mornings.  That way all of you moms, big sisters and kids up to age 12 can get your Zumba on.
COST:  $10

WHERE:  The Episcopal Church of St. Andrew & Holy Communion, 160 W. South Orange Ave, South Orange
WHEN:  Sunday  6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  Fun Djembe classes for all ages.  Our teacher is Yahaya Kamate, teacher at Alvin Ailey. Yahaya is from the National Ballet of the Ivory Coast, Africa.
COST:  $10

WHERE:  Seton Hall University, South Orange
WHEN:  Sunday  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHY GO:  The Seton Hall University student organization Village Liaisons is now offering one-hour walking tours to community members to see the campus, learn about its history, and discover the resources available to them.  




WHERE:  Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood
WHEN:  Friday  4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Are you ready to Cha Cha slide at the library?  Want to do the chicken dance too?  We’re going to have an awesome time learning some fun new dances and old favorites!  Ages 5 & up – registration required.

WHERE:  Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Ave, Maplewood
WHEN:  Saturday  4 to 6 p.m.
WHY GO:   "Family Fun Night of Art" every Saturday 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Families join us for 2-hours of studio time, one (1) guided art project, pizza, beverages and all materials required to facilitate the workshop.  
COST:  $20 per person (4 or more participants the workshop fee is $15 per guest.) 

WHERE:  Maplewood Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood
Monday  7pm
Join your stuffed animal for a storytime and then tuck it in at the library for the night.  Pick up your stuffed animal between 11-5 on Tues Aug 14th and see what it was up to all night!  Please make sure you do not need your stuffed animal that night!  Ages 5 and up – Registration Required



WHERE:   Farmers Market, West Orange
WHEN:  Friday  3 p.m.
WHY GO:  Drop by the Farmer’s Market in the municipal parking lot for a free craft time for children. Presented by the West Orange Public Library in partnership with Downtown West Orange.

:  Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange
WHEN:  Friday  7 p.m.
WHY GO:  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free, outdoor concert by the Garden State Concert Band, live at the Eagle Rock Reservation.

:  Parking Lot behind Town Hall
WHEN:  Friday   Noon to 6 p.m.
WHY GO:  Local farmers including Stony Hill Gardens and Valley View Farms, will be back with loads of fresh produce, including delicious Jersey-grown tomatoes and sweet Jersey corn. Gourmet Dried Fruits and Nuts will also be back with their great selection of goodies.

WHERE:  B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange
WHEN:  Sunday   10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHY GO:  A family fun day for all the kids and prospective members here at B’nai Shalom. All are welcome to enjoy a "Breakfast of Champions" and Olympic-style games and races. Everyone is a winner, as we enjoy flag ceremonies, medals, and games for all abilities.  



WHERE:  375 Millburn Ave, Millburn  -  Behind Town Hall
WHEN:  Friday  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHY GO:  Farmers include:  Alstede Farms, Ort Farms, Vacchiano Farms and E & R Organic.   Specialty vendors include:   Hoboken Farms, Gina's Bakery, Dr. Pickle and Paolo's Kitchen.  

:  Millburn Public Library,  200 Glen Avenue, Millburn
WHEN:  Saturday  1 p.m.
WHY GO:  Have fun and learn or improve your chess game.

WHAT US Weekly Invites you to be Treated like a Hollywood Mom
WHERE:  The Mall at Short Hills, lower level – near Bloomingdales
WHEN:  Saturday  12 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  US Weekly treats Moms and their families to a celebrity-worthy photo shoot.  Enjoy complimentary pictures, children’s activities, as well as treats and give-aways.



Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston
Friday  1:30 p.m.  AND  Sunday  2 p.m.
  Meryl Street won an Academy Award in her role as Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of England. One of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere tosmash through barriers of gender and class in a male-dominated world. The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Dame Margaret Thatcher.   (PG 13   105 min)

Temple Beth Shalom ,193 E Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston 
WHEN:   Friday  6:15 p.m.  
WHY GO:  The clergy at TBS will lead this program created as a warm, nurturing, and supportive environment for families of all abilities.  At this interactive service you will be encouraged to dance, play instruments and pray from your heart, without being concerned about distracting anyone with a family member's physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral issues. Everyone is welcome!

WHAT:  Blood Drive
  Livingston Public Library, 10 Robert H. Harp Drive, Livingston
WHEN:  Monday  2 to 6:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  Help save lives with the Blood Center of NJ.   Remember to bring I.D.



Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield
Friday  11 a.m.
WHY GO:   Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, quilt?  Then come to the Bloomfield Public Library Friday mornings and share your patterns/techniques with other crafters!   Beginners welcome! 

:  Bloomfield High School, 160 Broad Street, Bloomfield
WHEN:  Friday & Saturday   8 p.m.
WHY GO: The Charles Seller Foundation's Talent Time performs the musical "The Wedding Singer," based on the New Line Cinema film of the same name. All proceeds will go to benefit Jessica Pastore, a 16-year-old Bloomfield resident who was left blind after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. 
COST:  $15 for general admission, $12 for K-12 students and seniors

: 41 Broughton Ave, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday   8:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Come join the fun with a Great variety of Songs and Talent.  Call for reservations 973-748-6590.

:  Oakeside Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield
WHEN:  Saturday  7 p.m.
WHY GO:  Everyone is a passenger of the SS Libido, which has anchored off the imaginary little Island of NoGo PoGo.  All of the passengers have come to visit the only nightclub on the island, and be a guest at the "Bali Hi Variety Show."  All is not well in Paradise, however, as the Island music is interrupted by . . . Murder! It will be up to the clever passengers to help solve the murder and make it back to the ship alive in this wacky Island-themed mystery
COST: $64.95 per person. Includes show, dinner, dessert, coffee or tea. Cash bar available. Reservations are required.



Montclair Art Museum Front Lawn, 3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair
WHEN:  Friday  7 to 8 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy music, food, and fun for free, sponsored by the Montclair Art Museum and Whole Foods Market Montclair. MAM is excited to welcome Mary’s Basement for the second of our summer concerts. 

:  Tapestry Restaurant, 12 Church Street, Montclair
WHEN:  Friday  7 to 10 p.m.
WHY GO:  Romeria Flamenca, a flamenco song and dance troupe led by singer/guitarist Reynaldo Rincon, and featuring Flamenco dancer Willa Bronce as solois returns to Tapastry Restaurant. For reservations, call 973-233-0216.  Enjoy authentic Spanish tapas (small plates), paella and sangria while watching a world class performance.  There is no cover charge.

:  Park Sports Bar & Restaurant, 30 S Park Street, Montclair
WHEN:  Saturday  9 p.m. to Midnight
WHY GO:  Presented by the US Marines & only showing at Park Sports the world lightweight fight between Henderson & Edgar!

: 86 Walnut Street, Montclair
WHEN:  Saturday  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHY GO: Variety fruits and vegetables; organic produce; baked goods; eggs; cheese; frozen meats; seafood; pickles; honey; roasted coffees; specialty food purveyors.

WHERE: The Café at the Montclair Public Library
WHEN: Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: All ages and skill levels are welcome to play chess on Saturday afternoons. This is a drop-in group, no registration is required.

WHERE:  Tierney’s Tavern, 136-138 Valley Rd, Montclair
WHEN:  Sunday   Seating 7:30 p.m. --  Show 8 to  9:45 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy some of the area's best rising stars with Special Guests from Comedy Central, HBO, Network TV, XM/Sirius radio, major comedy clubs, casinos, etc.  Comedy -- Fun -- Free Stuff giveaways!
COST:  $15



WHERE:  Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plz, Cedar Grove
WHEN:  Friday   2 p.m.
WHY GO:   Muppets from Space    Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. He is kidnapped and it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help reunite him with his long-lost family.  (G  87 min)

WHAT: Cedar Grove Community Church Thrift Shop
WHERE: 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove
WHEN: Saturday  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHY GO: The Thrift Shop of the Community Church of Cedar Grove will be open for business on Thursdays from 10am to 3pm and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..  Donations are accepted during shop hours.  For more information, call 857-2762 during shop hours.

WHERE:  Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
WHEN:  Monday  6:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  CG Library hosts a Knitting Club.  All are welcome.



WHERE:  1st Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
WHEN: Saturday  9  – 10:30 a.m.
WHY GO: Our mission starts and ends with helping you achive your weight loss or fitness goals in a fun, supportive, community rich with people who will encourage you towards your goals. Our free workouts are on Thursdays @ 7pm and Saturdays @ 9am 

:  First Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
WHEN:  Sunday  10:15 a.m.
WHY GO:  Children's Summer Fellowship begins after the Children's Message on Sunday.   It’s a mini vacation bible school each week.   There will be a craft, snack, fun and of course, God-time!   Have your kids bring a friend!  

WHERE: Verona Yoga and Wellness Center, 546 Bloomfield Ave, Verona
WHEN: Sunday  7 to 8 p.m.
WHY GO:  The idea is to relax, let go and restore.   The room is dark and candle lit, music is soft and relaxing.  You have a full hour of relaxation postures with the help of props, blocks, blankets and pillows to make you comfortable while you open your hips, chest, shoulders and your mind. This class is Free but we will accept donations each month for a different worthy cause. 



: Municipal Lot between Smull and Personette (behind the Caldwell Cinema)
WHEN:  Friday   Noon to 6 p.m.
WHY GO: The market is a seasonal open air market featuring Jersey fresh produce in season as well as specialty vendors offering farm raised meats, locally produced cheeses, pies, breads and other fresh baked goods, gourmet nuts, olive oils, freshly made pastas, and prepared foods.

  35 Wright Way, Fairfield
WHEN:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHY GO:  “Aluminum Overcast,” the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber, returns to the sky on August 10, 11, and 12 at Essex County Airport in Fairfield, NJ as part of the 2012 “Salute to Veterans” national tour.    Members of the EAA Warbirds of America who are experienced in World War II airplane operations fly the airplane, which is painted in the colors of the 398th Bomb Group. The airplane’s crew is available at each stop to answer questions.   
COST:  $10 for ground tour, $435 for ride    (1-800-359-6217)

WHERE:  West Caldwell Library, 30 Clinton Ave, West Caldwell
WHEN:  Friday  1 p.m.
WHY GO:  "MIRROR MIRROR".   A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer as the Prince, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. (PG 106 min)

WHERE:  Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex, 20 Academy Rd, Caldwell
WHEN:  Saturday  9 to 10 a.m.
WHY GO:  The weekly Shabbat Morning Parsha Study group meets with Susan Werk to study the weekly Torah Portion.  There is hidden meaning and learning within each parsha.  Our active, engaged group of adults dissects the words searching for the true meaning of the text, and often applying it to our every-day lives.  

:  Franklin Steak House, 318 Passaic Ave, Fairfield
WHEN:  Monday  4:30 to 11 p.m.
WHY GO:   Come see classic cars. Calandras Monday Cruise Night has moved to Franklin Steak House going through Sept 2012 weather permitting.



WHERE:  Ivy Hill Park, 173 Mt Vernon Place, Newark
WHEN:  Saturday  4 to 9 p.m.
WHY GO:   Now for the 13th year in a row, the sharing different foods from different cultures and ethnicity  is here again.  And even more, the jazzy time is on again. With non-stop music and everyone from Grandma to grandchildren can get up and shake it.   Everyone is asked to bring more food, chairs and umbrellas -- we’ve got the great music!   There will be games for the youngsters including face painting as well as a popcorn machine.  For grownups there will be services such as health tips including having blood pressure taken.   Also International food will be offered and the chance to join with friends in this grand outing. 

WHERE:  Just Fish Café Express, 57 William Street, Newark
WHEN:  Friday  4 to 8:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  Leisa Brown is a one woman band. She sings, plays the Windcontroller and gives sweet sounds as you sit back and enjoy your tasty meal.

WHAT:  Seventh Sons Theatre, Inc.
Newark Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN:  Saturday   9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m
WHY GO:  Actor’s Workshop Rehearsal.  Free and open to the public.

Newark Planetarium at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday    1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  The Newark Museum's Dreyfuss Planetarium is a dynamic  interactive digital theater for learning about space and science.  Two exciting planetarium shows will be offered to kids and adults Wednesday through Sunday  through August 19.  The Planetarium will feature Zula Patrol 2 at 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. In their latest adventure, a routine fossil-hunting mission launches The Zula Patrol on a rollicking ride into Earth’s past!  (Recommended for children ages 5 to 9; 35 minutes)    At 3:30 p.m.  Heart of the Sun examines the Sun up close, describes how it creates the light that warms us and makes life possible here on Earth, and is used as a source of renewable energy. (Recommended for adults and children ages 10 and up; 35 minutes)
COST:   Planetarium Admission - $5.00

WHAT:  Dream Big: Read  Summer Reading Programs
Main Library: 
Friday  10:30am - Moonstruck Arts & Crafts; 3:00pm - Quiet Reading Hour
Branch Brook Branch: Friday  10:30am - Surprise Activity; 3:00pm - Bingo
Clinton Branch:  Friday  10:30am-Space Lingo Bingo;  12:00pm - Reading Time;  2:30pm - Board Games & Puzzles
Vailsburgh Branch:  Friday  10:30am – Games;  10:30am - Daylight Gardening for Adults; 3:00pm - Sparkling Stars Craft 
North End Branch: Friday  10:30am - Go Batty for Puzzles & Table Games;  2:30pm - Movies to Dream About
Weequahic Branch: Friday  10:30am - Dream to Feel Good Aerobics; 2:30pm - Dreamer Features Movies
Van Buren Branch:
 Friday 10:00am - Imagine That! Creative Arts;  3:00pm - In The Night Kitchen with Chef Adam



:  Senior Citizens Building, Belleville 
WHEN: Friday 12:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Belleville Seniors meet every Friday, with coffee, buns and bingo following.  New members are always welcome.

WHERE:  Belleville Library, 221 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN:  Friday  2 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Wii, board games, cards…  friendly competition is a good thing!  Gaming for teens every Friday!

:  Belleville Library, 221 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN:  Friday  2 p.m.
WHY GO:   Enjoy “Night at the Museum ”   in the air conditioned library.

WHERE: New Life Body of Christ, 393 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN: Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHY GO: The Thrift Shop at Christ Church sells donated items of new and gently used clothing, household items, and some furiniture. All items are sold at very reasonable prices.

MDN Latin Dance Studio, 289 Main St, Belleville
WHEN:  Sunday  3 to 5 p.m.
WHY GO:  Come out and join TNT Fitness and its amazing team of instructors as they host a Zumbathon® in support of the Lupus Foundation of America.  Wear purple in support of the foundation and to help raise awareness. Event price: $25.00 per person / $15.00 for ZIN® Members.  Donation will be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, NJ Chapter, Springfield,NJ.

: Brunswick Zone, 679 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN: Daily
WHY GO:  Students 18 and younger get one free game of bowling every day in June, July and August.  Join the Bonus Zone and GET FREE GAME coupons right in your inbox.



WHERE: Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley
WHEN:  Friday  2 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: Come enjoy  “Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island”  in our air conditioned library.

:  44 Park Ave, Nutley
WHEN:  Friday   9 a.m.
WHY GO:  The Old Guard meets weekly at the Frank A. Cocchiola Parks Building.  New members always welcomed. Stop in at any Friday meeting and say hello.

WHERE: Municipal Parking Lot #1, behind Janette Shop, off of William Street
WHEN:  Sunday  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHY GO:  The Township of Nutley and the Greenutley Committee are proud to announce the return of the Famers Market!    Patrons will once again be able to purchase fresh produce, cheese, artisan breads, organic coffees and teas, pickles and olives and more.   

Capoochino's Grooming Galleria and Daycare, 21 Franklin Ave, Nutley
WHEN:  Sunday  1 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Home Again Microchipping Clinic for dogs and cats, at Capoochino's Grooming Galleria and Daycare!  No appointment necessary.  $20 donation goes to the Bloomfield Animal Shelter Medical Fund. 


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