The Weekender: What's Happening in Cedar Grove, Verona and Beyond

Casino Night at the Grove in Cedar Grove.

Check out some of the events going on this weekend.   Click 'EVENTS' on the homepage to see all the opportunies available.

Cedar Grove

The Grove, 691 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove
WHEN:  Friday 7:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Grab a group of friends and try your luck at Trinity Academy's Casino Night. There will be casino-type gambling, thoroughbred horseracing, and an elegant cocktail reception. More than $100,000 in prizes won last year!  
COST: $95

WHERE: Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove
WHEN: Saturday  8 a.m.  (before library opens)
WHY GO: All are welcome to attend and participate in this relaxing routine that combines breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing and meditation.

WHAT: St. Catherine of Siena Parish 60th Anniversary Mass and Family Breakfast
WHERE: St. Catherine of Siena, Cedar Grove
WHEN: Sunday 10:45 a.m.
WHY GO: In celebration of the feast of St. Catherine of Siena and the 60th anniversary year, there is a special 10:45 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 29, with Monsignor Charles Gusmer as the homilist. A full-buffet breakfast will be served in Siena Hall immediately following. Advanced tickets must be purchased for the breakfast: Please contact MaryEllen O’Haire at (201) 738-3800 or the rectory office at (973) 239-7960 to purchase breakfast tickets. 
COST: $10/adult, $6/child 12 and under and children younger than two are free.


: Verona Community Center Annex, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona
WHEN: Friday 1 p.m.
WHY GO: Drop in on FRIDAYS from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to play or to socialize at the Community Center Annex. No registration required.

: First Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave., Verona
WHEN: Saturday  9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
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. Free workouts are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. 


WHERE: 7 Lane Ave., West Caldwell
WHEN: Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
WHY GO: Closet Sale: Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Handbags, furniture, and much more. Something for Everyone. All for a good cause - KIERSTEN'S KAUSE! Every dollar made on this sale goes directly to Kiersten's Kause Donations. So come down and bring a friend and shop. 

WHAT: WHERE: West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
WHY GO: The county clerk comes to your town. During these cutreach times, we process only NEW Passports, Notary Public Oaths, and Veterans Peddler Licenses. No other services are available.

WHAT:  WHERE: First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, 326 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
WHEN:   Sunday 4 p.m.
WHY GO: The Dapper Dans will present their 2012 Spring Concert DAPPER DANS & FRIENDS on SundayThis year's show will fearture the James Caldwell High School String Consort, Mount St. Dominick Chorus, First Presbyterian Chancel Choir, Piano Soloist John Franek, Vocal Solists Rebecca Monk and Danny Spadaro, 2012 Rahway Valley Quartet Champions Gimme Four and starring The Dapper Dans of Harmony
COST:   $15


 Gallery U, 179 Glenridge Ave., Montclair
WHEN: Friday  7 p.m.–9 p.m. 
Author Tad Hershorn discusses the contribution of the influential jazz producer, impresario and civil rights agitator, Norman Granz. Founder of Verve and Jazz at the Philharmonic. This program is part of the "I LOVE JAZZ" series brought to the community by Jazz House Kids, in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month

WHEN: Saturday 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair  
WHY GO: Essex Pregnancy and Parenting Connection (EPPC), will be hosting a Birth Professional Forum. EPPC will gather birth professionals from the state of New Jersey to educate them about the importance of home visiting programs for expecting families in Essex County, as well as their role in child abuse prevention.The event will feature two community-known speakers, Billee Wolff, RN, CD, LCCE and Jill Wodnick, M.A., Community Doula Coordinator, Hudson Perinatal Consortium and Prenatal Yoga Instructor, as well as presentations and a live demonstration of a home visit.

WHAT: Painting A Song
Studio Arts, 211 Glenridge Ave., Montclair,
Saturday 7 p.m.
“Painting a Song” – Painter Jennifer Levine creates an original work of art to the music of Scott Massarsky.   This is an invitation to the public to watch an ongoing collaboration of the creative process.      

WHERE: Studio Players 14 Alvin Pl, Upper Montclair
WHEN: Performances are at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.
WHY GO:  Two fast-talking con men help a kind, but misguided, emperor learn that the heart – not the clothes – make the man. Full of physical humor and dynamic, lovable characters, this new telling brings zip and zing to the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.
COST: $8

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.

 Tierney's Tavern, 136-138 Valley Road, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday 8 p.m.-10 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.  
COST: $15

WHERE: Cope Center, 104 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
WHEN: Saturday  10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
WHY GO: COPE Center in Montclair presents a two-part parenting workshop about about improving communication with your child called "Leave Me Alone! :  Improving communication and setting boundaries with your child". 
COST: $5

WHAT: WHERE: B'nai Keshet, 99 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair
WHEN: Saturday 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
WHY GO: Jewish ethical commentaries. Led by Zach Lipner


WHAT: WHERE: Bloomfield Town Green
WHEN:   Friday 6 p.m.
WHY GO: We invite you to get involved in this once in a lifetime celebration of our heritage - join us for the planting of the Bicentennial Tree

Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., 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! 

WHERE: Bloomfield Civic Center
WHEN: Offered twice - Friday & Saturday   9 a.m.–11 a.m.
WHY GO: Participants will learn about dog body language, how to assess the risks of a situation and to act appropriately to prevent unsafe interactions with dogs.  For more information about this event or to buy tickets, email adoptatbas@yahoo.com or call the Bloomfield Animal Shelter at 973-748-0194.
COST: $25

WHERE:  Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield
WHEN:   Friday & Saturday   8pm  -  Sunday  2pm  (doors open 30 minutes before show time)
WHY GO: With music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and book by Neil Simon (based on Federico Fellini’s film Nights of Cabiria), the show tells the story of dancer-for-hire Charity Hope Valentine’s sweet and hopeful search for love. The Tony award-winning musical comedy featuring lively choreography, snappy dialogue, and show-stopping numbers including such favorites as “Big Spender,” “Rhythm of Life,” and “If They Could See Me Now” opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 1966.
COST: Tickets for Sweet Charity are $25 for Adults, $22 for Senior Citizens, $15 for Students with a valid ID, and $4 for Bloomfield College Students with a valid ID

WHERE: Brookdale Park, Bloomfield
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHY GO: Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) is having its second annual “Expand Your Horizons” 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds from the event will benefit the agency’s Horizon High School, which serves more than 80 students with multiple disabilities from throughout northern New Jersey.
COST: The registration fee for the run is $25 (and $10 for the one-mile Fun Run). You can register online at active.com 

WHERE: Bloomfield Middle School, 60 Huck Road
WHEN: Sunday  3 p.m.
WHY GO: Join the lifetime celebration of our heritage and come to the Bicentennial Concert performed by The Bloomfield Civic Band

WHERE: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHY GO: Challenge your chess skills and have fun!


: 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: Wesley United Methodist Church, 225 Washington Ave., Belleville
WHEN: Saturday, 3-4:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Our Kids Club is a little bit of Vacation Bible School each week. We play games, do crafts, learn about the Bible. All elementary-aged kids are invited to join.

WHERE: Belleville Public Library, 221 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN: Saturday  2 p.m.
WHY GO: Watch with your friends as Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord.


WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
WHEN: Saturday  12:30 p.m.
WHY GO: The Claire Daly Quartet demonstrates what a melody is, why it's important and why it stands out. Melody is where harmony and rhythm come together. While enjoying music, the listener loves and learns the melody - it's what makes a song memorable. Free Admission - Tickets are handed out in the lobby of each venue on the day of performance only and on a first-come, first-served basis. 

WHERE: Rutgers – Multi Campus Event
WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
WHY GO: Rutgers Day, Rutgers University’s annual welcome to the people of New Jersey, is coming, rain or shine. Rutgers Day will include nearly 500 events, exhibits and activities on the flagship campus in New Brunswick and Piscataway. There will be plenty to stimulate the minds and senses of New Jerseyans of all ages, and all programs are free. Visitors will be able to flex their creative muscles; sample music and culture from around the world; and mingle with Rutgers students, scientists, poets, philosophers and other scholars. Parking is free and buses will be available to shuttle among the College Avenue, Douglass, George H. Cook and Busch campuses. Each campus will offer visitors a rich menu of sights and sounds including:
College Avenue Campus -  Visitors can stage a “getaway” to the ocean, outer space or an exotic locale by having their photos taken against a “green screen;” and student organizations will help kids make bracelets and other crafts.
Busch Campus -  Visitors can explore the largest university-based cell and DNA repository in the world, courtesy of the Department of Genetics. Engineering students will send a robot through an obstacle course. Visitors can take in the Scarlet & White football game – a one-hour scrimmage that caps off the Scarlet Knights’ spring practice.
Douglass Campus - visitors can search the Big Dig – the Department of Anthropology’s mock archaeological dig – to learn how an excavation works and make stone tools and arrowheads.  
George H. Cook Campus - visitors can meet Seeing Eye puppies, create rain barrels and learn about their role in water conservation; visit baby farm animal and watch as a sculptor creates art out of ice with a chainsaw.  

WHERE: United Way, 303 Washington Ave., Newark
WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m.
WHY GO: United Way of Essex and West Hudson is hosting a FREE community health and wellness fair. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with community agencies who will provide resources, educational workshops and health screenings. Bring the family. There will be: Fun activities, giveaways, raffles.

WHERE: Rutgers, 175 University Ave., Newark
WHEN: Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
WHY GO: The Harlem Book Fair (HBF)-Newark launches as a dynamic multi-cultural community based literary festival that has as its theme “Let us Read.” The book fair will engage families, avid readers, aspiring writers and visitors to the city.   Friday’s event schedule, titled “Family Fun,” will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and target students, parents and educators in the following fun-filled activities.   Saturday’s event schedule will run from 10 – 6 p.m. and will feature authors, poets, illustrators and entertainers in the following activities.

WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
WHEN: Sunday  10am – 4:30pm
WHY GO: Meet and interact with ‘Mighty T-Rex’ (provided by Field Station: Dinosaurs), a 15-foot-long, animatronic. Families will also have the opportunity to make fossil rubbings, dig for fossils, join in live animal presentations, and sluice for gemstones.
COST: Children, Seniors & Students with Valid I.D.: $6; Adults: $10; Members: Free


Nutley Little Theater, 47 Erie Place, Nutley
Evening performances are at 8 p.m. on April 26, 27 and 28. Matinees are 2 p.m. on April 28.
WHY GO:  In the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, unfolds this darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties. Mag, her manipulative, aging mother, interferes in Maureen's first and possibly final chance for a loving relationship, setting in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play's terrifying dénouement.

WHERE: Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr, Nutley
WHEN: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
WHY GO: Books, DVDs, CDs and more will be available. Any purchase supports the Friends of the Library and the many library programs they sponsor.)

WHAT:  WHERE: Parks & Recreation Building, 44 Park Ave., Nutley
WHEN: Saturday  7 p.m. (7:45 Bell Time)
WHY GO: Headlining the extravaganza are main event bouts with WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana and WWE Legend The Rocker Marty Jannetty. Santana and Jannetty are former Intercontinental and Tag Team Champions. WWE Legend Young Stallion Jim Powers, a former Survivor Series winner, hosts a meet and greet session.  Nutley High School graduate Kevin Knight will defend the IWF Heavyweight Title.
COST: Tickets are $22 VIP Ringside, $18 Ringside Floor, and $12 General Admission.  Groups of 6 or more save $2 per ticket. 973-284-4966     


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