The Weekender: What's Happening in the Caldwells and Beyond

Take a stroll in Caldwell on Saturday and enjoy Art On The Avenue

Here are some of the events happening this weekend in the Caldwells and neighboring towns. To see all the opportunities this weekend click on EVENTS on the home page. 


WHERE: West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell
WHEN:  Friday & Saturday   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHY GO:  Janet has been a resident of Caldwell for more than 17 years. While she has always been fascinated with nature, and relatively recently that she realized her true creative passion: observing and photographing birds - her art has expanded to include other flying creatures - notably picturesque butterflies and moths, not to overlook her beautiful photos of trees, flowers, landscapes, as well as other animals. 

WHERE:  West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell
WHEN: Friday  1 p.m.
WHY GO:  We Bought A Zoo (PG, 2012) 124 min. Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church.   After the loss of his wife, a father moves his young family to the California countryside to start his life over. He purchases a large house complete with a struggling zoo and plans to renovate and re-open it.  Financial troubles arise and he fights to save the zoo. 

WHERE: Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell 
WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHY GO:  Community members of all ages from near and far are invited to stroll the Avenue sidewalks on June 9 to view the show and enjoy Caldwell’s shops and restaurants along the way.  Event- registered artists and fine crafters will show their work in the categories of fine art in all mediums, photography, and sculpture and fine art crafts. An eight- to 12-foot length of display art fencing will be provided to registered artists, many of whom will be offering their work for sale.  Professional art jurors will select pieces from the show to be presented in the Winners' Circle on the Caldwell Green, located at the corner of Bloomfield and Roseland avenues.

Elite Hair Team, 470 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell
WHEN: Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation supporting Team Courtright for the Great Strides Walk on June 14th at Grover Cleveland Park.  call 973-228-1944 for appointments - walk-ins are welcomed 
COST:  $20 haircuts

 Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex 20 Academy Road, Caldwell
WHEN: Sunday at 10 a.m.
WHY GO: Celebrate with us at a special brunch! For more information, contact Meryl at 973-226-3600, ext. 110.
COST: $36


WHERE: Bnai Keshet, 99 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair
WHEN: Friday 8 to 10 p.m.
WHY GO:  Kabbalat Shabbat service with a Rock & Roll beat. Music by Bnai Keshet adult and teen bands, who will continue to play after the service for listening and dancing.  Everyone is invited to attend.   

Studio Players, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. &  Sunday at 3 p.m.  
WHY GO:   
A sensation on Broadway, this screwball comedy will leave you teary-eyed with laughter. The tenor “Il Stupendo,” is scheduled to sing the lead in Otello, but chaos ensues when his wife mistakes an autograph-seeker hidden in his closet for a secret lover, then is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers and is presumed dead. But somehow, the show must go on! What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identities, backstage shenanigans, double entendres and innuendoes – a roller coaster of fun! 
COST:  $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors age 65 and up

WHERE: MMO Programs, 40 S Fullerton Ave., Montclair 
WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Come join the fun at the second annual MMO Kids' Carnival!  We will have pony rides, bouncy houses, live music, carnival games and food. All proceeds will benefit this non-profit preschool's playground improvement fun. 

WHERE: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday at 1 p.m.
WHY GO Come out to meet Lisa Verge Higgins and pick up a copy of her latest novel, ONE GOOD FRIEND DESERVES ANOTHER. She'll be signing copies & greeting her fans at Watchung Booksellers. 

: The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday at 3 p.m.
WHY GO: Jazz House Kids presents its end-of-year spring concert. Families, friends, and music lovers are invited to come out to hear the award-winning student ensembles. 

: Hillside School, 54 Orange Road, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday  3 p.m.
WHY GO: Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) will present the talented dancers of The Performance Workshop Ensemble, along with other scholarship students from SMAPA. This year SMAPA has chosen to honor Samuel Huber for his consistent commitment and support of SMAPA and the Performance Workshop Ensemble over the past 16 years.  SMAPA is proud to graduate 3 senior members, Marisa Illingworth, Lauren Bomberg and Shannon Toomey all of whom will attend colleges or universities in the fall.This year’s theme is IMAGINE
COST:  $20 General Admission; $10 children (3-17) and senior citizens 


Verona Park, Bloomfield Ave & Lakeside Ave, Verona
WHEN:  Saturday 7 a.m. to noon
WHY GO:  The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. To register go to: ­www.­theva­leriefund.­org/­walk2012
COST:  $25

WHERE: Congregation Beth Ahm of West Essex, 56 Grove Ave, Verona
WHEN: Sunday  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHY GO: Big yard sale. Jewelry, clothing, books, DVDs, household items, more. Browsers welcome.


WHERE:  Peter Francisco Park, Newark
WHEN:   Friday, Saturday, Sunday
WHY GO  Friday, June 8: Festivities kick-off Friday with a concert in Peter Francisco Park by popular Portuguese Folklore singer, Quim Barreiros at 9:30 p.m. 
Saturday, June 9: You will find a Sidewalk Sale by Ferry Street businesses. 
From noon to 11 p.m.– you will find local DJ’s, dance groups and performances at the Peter Francisco Park stage. 
At 3 p.m. they will transmitted on a large screen – the Portugal vs. Alemanha game, part of the European Championship Tournament Cup. 
Sunday, June 10: Sunday morning there will races for adults and children. A 5k race starts at 9 a.m. from the Iberia Restaurant Parking Lot ($20 registration day of race) – winners get a mountain bike.  There are also Kiddie dash starting at 9:45am for children 8 and under. All participants will receive medals. 
The official Parade starts on Ferry Street at 3pm but there will be performance all day from noon to 9 p.m. on the Peter Francisco Park stage. 

WHERE:  Greater Newark Conservancy, 32 Prince Street, Newark
WHEN: Saturday  1 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  A leisure-oriented event. Visit our gardens for a peaceful stroll along the trails, followed by a light snack. We'll be providing tea, lemonade and cakes. Themed guided tours available on request.
COST: $5

WHAT:  WHERE:  Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN:    Sunday at 2 p.m.
WHY GO:  Please join Newark Boys Chorus School for their free Spring Concert.


WHERE: Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Place, Nutley
WHEN: Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
WHY GO: 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.


WHERE: 4th Wall Theatre, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday and Saturday at  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)

WHERE: Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday  2:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Come join “The Dinosaur Troubador” for dinosaur stories and songs in the library, followed by a visit in the courtyard with a 15-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex! Best for ages 4 and up. No registration required


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