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

Disney's "Tangled" at Kip's Castle on Friday.

Here are some of the events happening this weekend in Cedar Grove, Verona and neighboring towns. To see all the events click on EVENTS on the home page. 


WHERE: Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove 
WHEN: The artwork will be on exhibit from May 24 through July 24
WHY GO: An art major in college, Hall has been practicing her craft for more than 40 years. Working in opaque watercolors, the exhibit will feature 13 pieces painted between 2002 and 2011.  

WHAT: 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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donations are accepted during shop hours. For more information, call (973) 857-2762 during shop hours.


First Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
WHEN:  Saturday  10 a.m. to Noon
WHY GO: Get Dad’s car washed for Father’s Day. Fundraiser to help fix the church steeple.
COST: $5 Car; $10 Van

: 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.

Kip's Castle Park , 22 Crestmont Rd, Verona
WHEN: Friday  7 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy an outdoor screening of Disney's Tangled in the shadow of Kip's Castle!  Princesses will make appearances at 7 p.m. Film will begin at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

: 1st 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. Our free workouts are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. 

Verona Inn, 624 Bloomfield Ave, Verona
WHEN:  Friday & Saturday  Noon to 1:30 a.m.
WHY GO: Come celebrate with the new "V.I." after 65 years in the town of Verona! Live Bands • Drink specials  • Giveaways • Special Prizes

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. Essential oils and scented eye pillows will enhance your experience incorporating the relaxing sense of smell into your practice.  This class is Free but we will accept donations each month for a different worthy cause.


: Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell
: Friday  10:30 a.m.
WHY GO: Did you know that the average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night for peak performance? Studies show that sleeping less than 7 hours a night on a regular basis may lead to serious health risks such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and weight gain. A sleep disorder can be any medical condition that interferes with your ability to sleep restfully on a consistent basis. 

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Caldwell, 257 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday  9 a.m.
WHY GO:  Suffering from Diabetes Burn Out? This is what may happen when you (or parent or mate) just get tired of the diabetes struggle, feel overwhelmed and just need a new, big attitude adjustment to get you/them excited and motivated again. Come learn about The Effective Personal Leadership or EPL program was developed over 40 years ago by Paul J. Meyer in his company Leadership Management, Inc. based in Waco Texas.  

WHERE: Caldwell Community Center,1 Provost Sq, Caldwell (Gym)
WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO YES it is safe to donate blood!  Generally, people in good health are eligible to donate. Blood donors must be 16 years of age or older. There are no upper age limits. You should eat meals at regular times

DanceSport4You, 31 Westville Ave, Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday 7 to 11 p.m.
WHY GO: Tango Entertainment brings Argentine Tango to Caldwell, NJ.   Find yourself feeling the spirit of Buenos Aires, circa 1930.  Mingle with flamboyant Tango dancers.  Allow the romance of period music to move you.  Enjoy some finger foods and Malbec between tandas.  Your evenings hosts "El Tordo" and "El Zurdo" are dedicated to an authentic and enjoyable Tango exepreince.  Our DJ and instructor, El Tordo, makes every effort to incorporate authentic Argentine Tango's from period composers.
COST:  $15

 West Essex First Aid Squad, 642 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell
WHEN: Sunday  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHY GO:  Support the First Aid Squad
COST:  $10 per car


WHERE: Edgemont Elementary School, 20 Edgemont Road, Montclair
WHEN: Friday 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Join Girl Scout Troop 548 and the Edgemont and Bradford PTA for a free film screening of 'What's On Your Plate", the witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. 

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 55 Montclair Ave, Montclair
Friday  Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m.
The Allman Brothers mix of blues, jazz, country, r&b, and even classical made the Allmans one of America's most influential bands when they emerged in 1969 - and they continue to be one of the most respected acts today. Join us as we jam our way through some of the Allman's most important music, as well as a steaming stack of Southern-fried hits by Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Gregg Allman, and more.
COST:  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 17 and under.

WHERE: 544 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (Former Screening Zone Theater)
WHEN: Saturday  11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHY GO: "Keep Calm Shop On" is a day long sale and special event showcase in eclectic downtown Montclair, featuring some of the area’s best entertainment, caterers, retailers, stylists, vendors, and small businesses. Participants include: Bobbi Brown Studios, Indigo Smoke restaurant, Cabana Life Swimwear, Trend Boutique, Cookie Bella Bakeshop, Hungry Hungry Hippo Clips & Toddler Finds, in addition to celebrity makeup and hairstylists, photographers, florists, stationary and paper goods, jewelers, entertainment, and a special appearance by TV and Broadway entertainer Kathy Brier. Keep Calm Shop On is free for all shoppers. Please register online to be guaranteed a gift bag and entered in to win door prizes and other treats at www.tinyurl.com/keepcalmshoponevent .

WHERE: St. Cassian, School 190 Lorraine Ave, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday  6:30 p.m.
WHY GO Includes all-you-can-eat filet mignon,dessert and entertainment.  BYOB! There will also be silent auctions, raffles and a 50/50
COST: $50

Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave, Montclair
WHEN:  Saturday 2 p.m.
WHY GO:  Dinosaur Troubador reads Syd Hoffs "Danny the Dinosaur" and leads a sing-along about the mighty T-Rex. Afterwards meet the Troubador's 15 foot T-Rex friend. Registration required: 973-744-0500  x2236

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: 86 Walnut St., 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: Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday 10 a.m.
WHY GO: The Sanctuary Choir under the direction of Eric Olsen will present Mozart Requiem in D minor, Parts I through VII during the 10:00 AM service. Mozart’s last composition is the culmination of his beautiful artistry. Performed at the memorial services for Haydn and Beethoven, the Requiem is complex, fusing elements of classic and baroque style. Mozart was able to fully complete the first seven sections of this transcendent work before his untimely death.  This is a tribute to his incomparable musical spirit, which lives on in his immortal Requiem. 


WHERE: Newark Symphony Hall, 1030 Broad St, Newark
WHEN: Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday  3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
WHY GO: "In Praise" is a unique theatrical dance experience. The collaboration of dance, music and theater provide an uplifting excursion that questions, inspires, and moves an audience. It is a story of the power of faith. Real life issues of fatherlessness, manhood love and addiction no problem is too large for the power God. In Praise is an anointed musical theatre experience... pure joy!
COST:  $28

WHERE: Best Western Robert Treat Hotel 50 Park Pl, Newark
WHEN: Friday 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHY GO: The Peru to the World Expo & Gastronomic Fair will consist of a general tasting open to the public and culinary competitions by leading Peruvian chefs, Emmanuel Piqueras and Marita Lynn for the Best Ceviche and Best Quinoa Dish and Melanie Asher for Best Pisco drink.
COST:  $20

WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St, Newark
WHEN: Friday  4 to 7 p.m.
WHY GO: This event will serve as an opportunity for teachers, families and children to engage in  meaningful activities that support learning at home and assist with preventing summer learning loss. Community agencies will be present to provide families with information on resources and programs that support children and families citywide. During the evening, the Newark Museum will offer families tours of their exhibits. This event is free and light refreshments will be served. Parents can register with their Parent Liaison or Family Worker.

: Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN: Showing through July 21, 2012
WHY GO: Prints, Photographs, Artists' Books and More.  Visit this exhibition of recent acquisitions of the Special Collections Division.

: Greater Newark Conservancy, 32 Prince Street, Newark
WHEN: Saturday  2 p.m.
WHY GO: Participants will start outside with a plant walk to experience the specific scented plants our various gardens feature. Then  Dena Corbin of Natural Ground 1 will lead a hands-on indoor workshop to explore their culinary and medicinal applications. Participants will go home with fresh herb cuttings, recipes, how-to-grow guides to start personal gardens, and a healthy helping of tea and scones.
COST:  $15

WHERE: Gallery Aferro, 73 Market St, Newark
WHEN: Saturday  1 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: There will be a silent auction and unsilent party, with live jazz by the William Spaulding Quartet.  This festive event features hundreds of artworks for bid, novel entertainments, homemade local foodstuffs and strong signature cocktails as well as icy beer from Hunterdon Brewery. All proceeds make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications and expanding education program. More than 80 artists have donated artworks and experiences, including personal portrait sessions, a custom 140-character “tweet” done as a letterpress print, artist-led tours from Iron Maiden Artist Tours and other offerings impossible to classify but sure to thrill.
COST:  $20

 260 Norfolk St, Newark
WHEN: Saturday   11am – 2pm  
WHY GO: Hip Hop Learning "Hip Hop 4 Life" is a 6 week course of action that teaches students about the impact that Hip Hop Kulture has on societies in America and throughout the world. The Hip Hop Arts and Sciences will be taught utilizing multi-media technology presentations to guide students to find their life purpose from a Hip Hop perspective. There will be guest presentations and performances from other Hip Hop professionals as well. For more information, contact JahJah Shakur, 908-548-7652.

: Skippers, 304 University Ave, Newark 
WHEN: Sunday   5:30pm – 9pm
WHY GO: Come enjoy our Sunday Jazz Matinee every Sunday featuring a variety of well known and respected regional/local artists including Frank Noviello, Yotam Silberstein, Annette St. John, Marvin Horne, Bill Saxton, and more.
COST: There is a $10.00 minimum purchase during live performances.


: 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: TNT Fitness, 86 Union Ave, Belleville
WHEN: Saturday  11:15 a.m. to Noon
WHY GO: TNT Fitness studio located at 86 Union Ave. in Nutley is offering Ballet / Creative Movement classes for young children between the ages of 2-8. The session is an 8-week session with a recital in August to showcase what our students have learned from our experienced dance instructors.
COST: $12

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, which makes them affordable to local area residents and The Care Closet participants.


Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley
WHEN: Friday  3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: Wii, Xbox, or bring your own DS to play each other.

WHERE: Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Dr., Nutley
WHEN: Friday 2 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy a hilarious Woody Allen film. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

WHERE: Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Place, Nutley
WHEN: Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
WHY GO: “Sordid Lives”: A black comedy about white trash! This raucous comedy was nominated for over 30 awards during its long run in Los Angeles. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover's wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas. This play contains adult language and themes, and is not suitable for children.  
COST: Tickets are $15, with a $2 discount for senior citizens and students with ID.


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! 

WHERE: 224 Broad St, Bloomfield  (Location of the NTNN Family Day Nursery)
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHY GO: In an age of increasing budget cuts and difficult economy, it's important to spread the news to all pertaining to Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN) which is doing our best in providing assistance to the less fortunate visit their website:  http://www.n2n.org/aboumainxxzxqma305.cfm. The NTNN & Bloomfield Animal Shelter is holding a yard sale in the parking lot at 224 Broad Street on Saturday and Sunday, 6/16 and 6/17. If anyone has items to donate please drop them off on Saturday morning.  Donations of towels are also needed for the animals at the shelter. Kittens will be available on site for adoption.

WHERE: 4th Wall Theatre, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday and Saturday  8 p.m.
WHY GO: PARADE (Book by Alfred Uhry, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown) is the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in 1913 Georgia, who was put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.  Through the difficult process of proving his innocence, Leo and his wife find a new way to love and support each other. 
COST: $24 (Gen), $20 (Srs), $15 (Students)

: 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.

WHERE: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday  2 to 3 p.m.
WHY GO: Challenge your skills in chess.

: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street
WHEN: Saturday 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Introduction to POWERFUL techniques that increase your well-being through:
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased health & well being
  • More ease & joy in personal relationships
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Greater creativity and clarity of mind
  • A deeper sense of community


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