The Weekender: Birds of Prey, Snow White, Pirates and More

What's happening in and around the Caldwells this weekend.

Here are just a few of the events happening in the area this weekend. Click on “EVENTS” on the Home Page to see all the possibilities.

WHERE: Rock’n Joe, 339 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ
WHEN: Friday 5:30 to 10 p.m.
WHY GO: Rock'n Joe will host a night of music to benefit the American Cancer Society. Featured bands include Funkenstein, Conrad Womelsdorf, the Kronics, Split Statement, Gngr, the Retromen and special guests. Organized by Team No Surrender;

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

: Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair
WHEN: Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.
WHY GO: This classic, Pulitzer Prize winning, heart-warming comedy gives you a glimpse into the life of the eccentric Sycamore family where things like daily preparation of homemade chocolates in a ballet tutu and firework explosions in the basement are the norm.
COST: $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors age 65 and up

: H.B. Whitehorne Middle School, 600 Bloomfield Ave., Verona
WHEN:  Friday, 7 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
WHY GO: "Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining as its predecessor from 1879, The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty."
COST: Adult tickets: $10; Children/Student tickets: $5

: North Caldwell Fire Department, 151 Gould Ave., North Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m.
WHY GO: A 12-hour scrapbooking event to raise funds for Venture Crew 59. The $45 entrance fee includes light breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert, goody bags, and Crew members to carry your scrapbooking supplies in and out of the crop area. Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 21.
COST: $45

Essex Valley School, 1 Henderson Drive, West Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday at 10 a.m. If it rains, the hunt will be in the gym.
WHY GO: Special appearance by the Easter Bunny and Polka Dot the Clown. Don’t forget to bring your basket! West Caldwell /Caldwell residents only.

: Woman’s Club of Caldwell, 31 Westville Ave., Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday, 8 to 11 p.m.
WHY GO: Ashley Pettet Jazz Trio, Latin, Swing & Smooth Dance and great Dinner.
COST: $35

WHERE: Van Vleck, 21 Van Vleck Drive, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m.
WHY GO: Meet a barred owl and a red-tailed hawk at Van Vleck. A staff member from Tenafly Nature Center will present a family-friendly program to demonstrate how these amazing feathered friends are equipped to survive.  Participants will also learn what’s fact and what’s fiction about the raptors living in our suburban back yards.
COST: $5

 Verona Community Center Annex, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona
WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m.
WHY GO: Satisfy your curiosity about the Hilltop Reservation and learn about its past, present and future by hiking with local naturalists. You’ll see Prisoner’s Pond, historic White Rock, wetlands, the meadow and old growth forests. You’ll also learn about all the wildlife in the Hilltop. Hike is approximately two miles and will be postponed if rain is falling.

WHERE: Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair
WHEN: Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
WHY GO: Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK) will host its annual fundraiser "Men Are Cooking", a fun adult evening filled with delicious food, wonderful music, wine and great company. The men of the MCPK including dads, grandpas and staff, serve as the chefs for the evening, serving up their specialties for all to savor.
COST: $30

The Café at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair
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.

: Temple Sholom, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove
WHEN:   Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.
WHY GO: The Youth Group of Temple Sholom of West Essex will be holding a Kids Night Out!  Parents get to go out and enjoy their evening while the kids are having their own fun filled evening of games, arts & crafts, and more led by amazing trained teenagers. Dinner and snacks are served throughout the evening. Registration is required; contact Erin (Youth Group Director) at 973-441-7091 or ermp@aol.com.
: $15

: , Westville Ave., West Caldwell
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m.
WHY GO: Roseland Performing Arts Company is debuting Snow White. This two-act show is a classical ballet that will feature dancers from the Roseland Performing Arts Company (West Caldwell) and four professional dancers, including world-renowned ballet dancers Tanner Schwartz (Milwaukee Ballet) as Prince, Michael Crawford (American Repertory Ballet), Joshua Kurtzberg (American Repertory Ballet) and Jessica Lavorgna (Roseland PAC director).
COST: Tickets at the door $25; in advance $15 by calling 973-941-5385.

Temple Sholom, 760 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove
WHEN: Sunday, 10 a.m.
WHY GO: Please join Rabbi Groffman and Gail Nalven for a special Tot
Passover Seder. This brief model Seder will feature children's Passover songs, a child friendly Haggadah and the symbols of the Passover Seder meal. This event is geared towards children of presechool age and their parents. RSVP is required to office@sholom.net

Tierney's Tavern, 136-138 Valley Road, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday, 8 to 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: United Way, 60 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair
WHEN: Day, evening, and weekend hours are available by appointment only: 201-952-4235 or 201-952-4040
WHY GO: United Way of Northern New Jersey is partnering with the IRS, AARP, and other community organizations to provide low-income residents with free tax preparation from IRS-certified volunteers. To learn more, visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org.
WHO: This free service is available only to families and individuals
with a simple return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, Schedules A & B). The service is
not applicable to businesses, stockholders or landlords.



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