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What's happening in and around the Caldwells.

Here are some of the events happening this weekend in the Caldwells 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.


: Municipal lot between Smull and Personette (behind the Caldwell Cinema)
WHEN:  Friday from 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. From 1 to 2 p.m. this week, be dazzled by professional magician David Corsaro. His enthusiastic blend of magic and comedy will have you laughing while riveted by his every move. 

WHERE:  West Caldwell Library, 30 Clinton Ave., West Caldwell
WHEN:  Friday at 1 p.m.
WHY GO:  Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (R 83 min.)

WHERE:  Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex, 20 Academy Road, Caldwell
WHEN:  Saturday from 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.  

:  Calandra's Italian Village, 234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
WHEN:  Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight
WHY GO:  If you love the music of the 50s and 60s, you will love "Park Ave" coming to Calandras Italian Village. Reservations required. Discount is available with dinner reservations. 
COST: $10

:  Calandra's Italian Village, 234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
WHEN:  Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.
WHY GO: Come see classic cars. Music by DJ Gio. Drink and pizza specials on the patio.
COST: Free 


WHERE: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
WHY GO: In celebration of their new komodo dragon and the year of the dragon, the Medieval Times performers will be there on Saturday, July 14 in search of dragons. Performances at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. (Rain Date is July 21). 
COST: Adults $10; Seniors & Children $7 and under 2 is free.


WHERE:  Morgan Farm, 903 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove
WHEN:  Friday at 8:30 p.m.
WHY GOWith the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. (PG 103 min.)


WHAT: WHERE:  Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad St., Newark
WHEN: Friday at 6:35 p.m.
WHY GO:  FANtastic Fridays – Fireworks after the Game – come early for games and player autographs.
COST: $10. Seniors, 65 years+ take advantage of the Bears Senior Discount, 2 for 1 admission all season.

WHERE: The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington St., Newark  (The James Brown Reading Room)
WHEN:  Saturday from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
WHY GO:  Spiritual author Marc Curtis Little, a native of Newark, will be discussing the Newark Riot of 1967 in conjunction with the release of his latest novel, Magnificent Redemption (CreateSpace/MLPR). The book takes a fictional look at the civil disorder through the eyes of the main character, Desmond Moses Anderson, a Newark native who is convicted in the Deep South in the 1960s for a crime he did not commit. His release after 40 years takes him back to the crime-ravaged community he left as an impressionable honor student and nationally recognized four-sport athlete from the city's South Ward. 

WHERE: Greater Newark Conservancy, 92 Prince St., Newark
WHEN:  Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: Visit our gardens for a peaceful stroll along the trails, followed by a light snack. We'll be providing tea, lemonade and cakes. 

WHAT: “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway”, 
Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad St., Newark
Saturday show starts at 3:30 p.m. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.
An ensemble of the best variety from several popular Broadway musicals, the show will be performed prior to the Newark Bears baseball game.  The show recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century, featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll & Hyde. After the show is a ‘meet & greet’ with the performers.   
COST: $10. Seniors, 65 years+ take advantage of the Bears Senior Discount, 2 for 1 admission all season.


WHAT: WHERE: Brookdale Park, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday at 7:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy Essex County Free Music Series!

WHAT: WHERE: Bloomfield (John A. Bukowski) Animal Shelter, 61 Bukowski Place, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 9 a.m.
WHY GO: All adult cats and dogs will be available for a reduced adoption fee of $25. Older pets over 3 years will be FREE - "If I'm 3  I'm free." 


WHERE:  Montclair Art Museum Lawn, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair
WHEN:  Friday from 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. 

WHAT: WHERE: Yogi Berra Stadium, Montclair State University, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday at 5:35 p.m.
WHY GO: Bring nonperishable food items to donate. They will also accept cash donations and sign-ups to volunteer in cooking or other roles to help provide nourishing and satisfying meals for Montclair's hungry. TD Bank FIREWORKS after the game.
COST: Bleacher seats $9, Box seats $11, Standing Room $5

WHERE: Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair
WHEN:  Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy French wine, sample delicious French food, including a buffet of charcuterie and cheese, dance to live French music by Les Chauds Lapins and best of all, win great prizes featured in the NJ Bastille Day Raffle. Prizes include a Nespresso “Citizdot” espresso machine, gift certificates to local restaurants, free French classes, and more! 
COST: $30. For reservations, call 800-982-2787.

WHERE: 73 See Gallery, 73 Pine St., Montclair
WHEN: Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
WHY GO:  The 73 See Gallery is pleased to present John Kennedy professionally known as "Better Blue". This talented musician, composer, arranger and producer kicks off our exciting line-up for 2012. A cross between Neil Young and Van Morrison with intense spiritual force, "Better Blue" will move you…whether deep in your heart, or to your feet in applause. Featured poet for the evening will be Montclair resident, Niraj Shah, a longtime writer since his youth, but a bona fide newcomer to professional recitation. Niraj is inspired by a deep inner need to create, and mostly writes about emptiness and heartache.
COST: $15

WHAT:  Mark Chernoff Quartet 
WHERE: Trumpets, 6 Depot Square, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight
WHY GO: Come and enjoy the sounds of these wonderful musicians.  
COST: $10 music, $5 minimum

WHERETierney’s Tavern, 136-138 Valley Rd, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday, seating 7:30 p.m., shows from 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. 
COST: $15


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