The Weekender: What's Happening in Newark and Beyond

Enjoy Riverfront Boat Tours this Weekend!

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

Be sure to check out the "Butterfly Tent Safari" at the Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland.  The Safari is open from Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 27  from noon to 3 pm.  The Butterfly Tent Safari is for all ages.  Flutter on over and visit the live butterfly tent.  All are welcome to participate in table activities and make a take-home butterfly craft.   There is a $2 suggested donation to the Essex County Parks Foundation.  For information, call 973-228-8776.



WHAT:  Dream Big: Read  Summer Reading Programs
Main Library:
Friday  10:30am - Moonstruck Arts & Crafts; 3 pm - Quiet Reading Hour
Branch Brook Branch:
Friday  10:30am - Surprise Activity; 3 pm - Bingo
Clinton Branch:  Friday  10:30am-Space Lingo Bingo; 12 pm - Reading Time;  2:30pm - Board Games & Puzzles
Vailsburgh Branch:  Friday  10:30am – Games;  10:30am - Daylight Gardening for Adults; 3:00pm - Sparkling Stars Craft 
North End Branch: Friday  10:30am - Go Batty for Puzzles & Table Games;  2:30pm - Movies to Dream About
Weequahic Branch: Friday  10:30am - Dream to Feel Good Aerobics2:30pm - Dreamer Features Movies
Van Buren Branch: Friday
10:00am - Imagine That! Creative Arts;  3 pm - In The Night Kitchen with Chef Adam

:  Weequahic Park, 658 Elizabeth Ave, Newark
WHEN:  Saturday  11 am to 9 pm
WHY GO:  This year’s Pride Festival will be in collaboration with the 14-year Community Cookout hosted again by the legendary Ms. Theresa. The festival will feature a variety of vendors including LGBT agencies, service providers, local businesses and advocacy groups at an event with food and live entertainment for 10 hours. Entertainers include a combination of local, homegrown and regional talent with a focus on performers who are members of the Greater Newark LGBT community.

WHERE:  Greater Newark Conservancy, 92 Prince St., Newark
WHEN:  Saturday  2 to 4:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  Spend a very historical afternoon with us exploring Newark’s colonial roots with a plant walk through the newly renovated Colonial Garden (featuring the practical, the pretty, and the forgotten flowers), followed by a hands-on workshop with Dena Corbin of Natural Ground 1, focusing on old culinary, medicinal, and cleaning product recipes. 
COST:  $15

Military Park, Broad St & Park Pl, Newark
WHEN:  Saturday  Noon
WHY GO:  Metro Ward Rally 7!  Bring your flyers.  Share your event information.   Lift up Jesus over Newark.  All Ministry Leaders will be heard.  Free Food, music, prizes.

WHERE:  Riverfront Park, Newark
WHEN:  Saturday:  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 11 am to 2:30 p.m.   Sunday:  12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  Enjoy a fun and affordable riverfront boat tour.   These tours travel 7 miles of Newark’s riverfront, focusing on its dramatic past and how Newarkers are shaping its future.    
COST:  $5

:  Barat Foundation, 765 Broad St., Newark
WHEN:  Sunday  6:30 to 8 pm.
WHY GO: This year's Newark Gay Pride will conclude with a fashion show of interpreting symbols within the LGBTQ community into style and artistic expression.
COST:  $20

:  New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 323 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark
WHEN:  Wednesday,  July 25   7 pm
WHY GO:  CAUTION! HEARTACHE AHEAD: Chelsea Greene, a young mother, struggles with her decision to stay with her husband after she learns of his infidelity. Her struggle exists mainly because she thought she had done everything to avoid this very thing.  (30 minutes) Speaker: Dornycya Suggs, Filmmaker.   MINDS OF MEN: A very candid and honest depiction of how men think — spoken straight from the mouths of various men of different cultures.  (31 minutes)  Speaker: Usman Sharif, Filmmaker



:  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:  Belleville Library, 221 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN:  Friday  2 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Wii, board games, cards…  friendly competition is a good thing!  Gaming for teens every Friday!

:  Belleville Library, 221 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN:  Friday  2 p.m.
WHY GO:   Bring the family and enjoy the film  “THE WIZARD OF OZ”.

River of Life Assembly of God, 174 Holmes St, Belleville|
WHEN:  Saturday   11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  For Kids 5 - 12 Years Old.  Inflatable Game, Carnival Games, Crafts, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Juice, Interactive Story Time, Play money to buy gifts, PLUS, Chance to win a GRAND PRIZE!  Register: http://www.riveroflifeweb.com/KidsSummerFun.htm
COST:  $5

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.

: Brunswick Zone, 679 Washington Ave, Belleville
WHEN: Daily
WHY GO:  Students 18 and younger get one free game of bowling every day in June, July and August.  Join the Bonus Zone and GET FREE GAME coupons right in your inbox.



WHERE: Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley
WHEN:  Friday  2 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: Enjoy  “THE VOW”  in the air conditioned library.  A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.   (PG 13    104 min)

WHERE:  Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley
WHEN:  Friday   2 to 3 p.m.
WHY GO:  Wii, Xbox, or bring your own DS to play each other.

:  44 Park Ave, Nutley
WHEN:  Friday   9 a.m.
WHY GO:  The Old Guard meets weekly at the Frank A. Cocchiola Parks Building.  New members always welcomed. Stop in at any Friday meeting and say hello.

WHAT:   Saturday Story Time
:  Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley
WHEN:  Saturday  11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHY GO:  A local area author will read to the children.

:  Starlight Ballroom, 7 High Street, Nutley
WHEN:  Saturday  8 p.m.  
WHY GO:  Wear something tropical.  Salsa Workshops starting 8 p.m. (Beginner & Interm. levels).   Dancing until 2 a.m.
COST:  $15 in advance; $20 at door

WHERE: Municipal Parking Lot #1, behind Janette Shop, off of William Street
WHEN:  Sunday  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHY GO:  The Township of Nutley and the Greenutley Committee are proud to announce the return of the Famers Market!    Patrons will once again be able to purchase fresh produce, cheese, artisan breads, organic coffees and teas, pickles and olives and more.

:  Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive,  Nutley
WHEN:  Monday  7 to 8:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  Come to the library and enjoy Family Game Night with Mrs. Lorriane.



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! 

  Temple Ner Tamid, 936 Broad St, Bloomfield
WHEN:  Friday  6:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Jim Axelrod, a resident of Montclair and current member of Temple Ner Tamid will speak following the Kabbalat Shabbat service,  This presentation is a continuation of Temple Ner Tamid’s summer-long series of community members and leaders addressing the community on issues of political, social and religious significance. Jim Axelrod is a CBS News national correspondent.  He anchors the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News and reports for other CBS news programs. 

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

WHERE: 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.

: Bloomfield (John A. Bukowski) Animal Shelter, 61 Bukowski Pl, Bloomfield
WHEN:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday  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." 

:  Watessing Park, Bloomfield Ave & Conger Street, Bloomfield
WHEN:  Saturday  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Open Free to Public. Most Major Insurance Companies will be represented.  Health Mobies, Organic Vegetable stand, Health Screenings, Massage, Social Services. Come out for a healthy fun day in the Park!   

WHERE:  Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green, 147 Broad Street, Bloomfield
WHEN:  Saturday  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Outdoor event with over 50 merchandise & collectible vendors.  Come have breakfast or lunch and shop. Held in the park on Broad St. across from the high school. 



WHERE:  Cedar Grove Library, 1 Municipal Plz, Cedar Grove
WHEN:  Friday   2 p.m.
WHY GO:   Need a break from the heat?  Enjoy a family film with the kids every Friday this summer in the cool of the library.  No sign-up necessary.  This week, an old favorite  – “The Wizard of Oz”!   

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

Morgan Farm, 903 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove
WHEN:  Friday  8:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  This Friday is Christmas in July with  “ARTHUR CHRISTMAS”.    On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission.  (PG  97 min)

WHAT: Cedar Grove Community Church Thrift Shop
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 10am to 3pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm.  Donations are accepted during shop hours.  For more information, call 857-2762 during shop hours.



WHERE:  Verona High School, 151 Fairview Ave, Verona 
WHEN:  Thursday & Friday  7:30 p.m. 
WHY GO: Verona’s summer music program is in full swing. The kids are learning new instruments, perfecting old ones, singing up a storm–and working this summer musical. 
COST:  $10

WHERE: 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.

WHERE:  1st Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
WHEN: Saturday  9  – 10:30 a.m.
WHY GO: 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 @ 7pm and Saturdays @ 9am 

:  First Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
WHEN:  Sunday  10:15 a.m.
WHY GO:  Children's Summer Fellowship begins after the Children's Message on Sunday.   It’s a mini vacation bible school each week.   There will be a craft, snack, fun and of course, God-time!   Have your kids bring a friend!  

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. This class is Free but we will accept donations each month for a different worthy cause. 



WHERE: Municipal Lot between Smull and Personette (behind the Caldwell Cinema)
WHEN:  Friday   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.

WHERE:  West Caldwell Library, 30 Clinton Ave, West Caldwell
WHEN:  Friday  1 p.m.
WHY GO:  “War Horse”.   Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. (PG-13   146 min)

:  Art @ 1275 Studio and Gallery, 1275 Bloomfield Ave, Fairfield  (Building 1 #3  Free Parking)
WHEN:  Friday   1 to 5 p.m.
WHY GO:  Come and enjoy a "cool" afternoon viewing the art work - a fun family event.  All welcome. 

WHERE:  Mount Saint Dominic Academy, 3 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell   (Byrne Performing Arts Center)
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday   7:30 p.m.
WHY GO:  The Junior Company of the 2012 New Jersey Summer Theatre Workshop (NJSTW) is excited to present a fully-staged production of the biblical rock musical written by the man behind "Wicked," Stephen Schwartz. Soak in the hippie vibe, the positive message, and great tunes like "Day By Day" and "Beautiful City."  Don't miss it!
COST:  $8.50 to $18.00

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

WHERE:  DanceSport4You, 31 Westville Ave., Caldwell
WHEN:      Saturday   7 to 11 p.m.
WHY GO:   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 experience. Our DJ and instructor, El Tordo, makes every effort to incorporate authentic Argentine Tango's from period composers.  
COST:  $15 Regular admission.  For more information call: (281) TANGONY.

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



WHERE:  Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair 
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.   Sunday at 2 p.m. 
WHY GO: This summer, NJPAC and NJYT are taking their show on the road, presenting Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue, at Montclair State University's Alexander Kasser Theater.  Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a nostalgic, neon-lit juke box musical that collects the timeless hit list created by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  Set in an idealized 1950’s era, the show spotlights a golden age of American music and pop culture with electrifying renditions of titles like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” “Charlie Brown,” “Love Potion #9,” and dozens more. 
COST:  $20 to $35

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 94 Pine St. Montclair
The festivities begin on Friday evening, 6 to 11 p.m. and continue on Saturday and Sunday 4 to 11 p.m.
WHY GO:  There will be plenty of good food, a wine & beer garden, rides, games of chance, 50/50’s. There will be entertainment every evening as well. Bring your own chair. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be street fair with over 40 vendors.    Vespers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will be celebrated on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.  On Sunday, there will be a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Noon, and the statue of Our Lady will be carried through the streets from 5 to 7 p.m..

Power Stretch Studio (side entrance), 594 Valley Road, Montclair
WHEN:  Friday  7 to 9 p.m.
WHEY GO:  30 Minute gentle group Stretch Class, Wine, Cheese, and networking!  Join Us for our monthly "Sip-N-Stretch" sessions.  Relax and unwind in our gentle 30 minute stretch class and release tension that’s been held in the body.  Afterwards, Sip some wine, eat some cheese, and network. 
COST:  $10 – A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local family in need caring for an autistic child.

:  119 Grove St, Montclair, NJ 07042  (On the shady Oak tree knoll overlooking the baseball field)
WHEN:  Friday  6 to 8 p.m.
WHY GO:  Montclair Mud Fun's second annual celebration. Join us for an evening of mud, live African drumming and refreshments. Featuring the barefoot mud stomping dance, the mud blob passing dance, and mud building and sculpting.  Join the audience or join in the activities.  Learn about unfired earthen masonry which includes adobe and cob. Our skin loves mud and this is the proof. Soft, mushy, gooey, sloppy, virgin clay-rich subsoil from upper Montclair. We will be adding to the structure we started last summer. This event is for the general public and all ages.

WHERE: 86 Walnut Street, 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.

Montclair Animal Shelter, 77 N. Willow Street, Montclair
Saturday   Noon to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Open to all, the street party promises succulent food, a bunch of fun activities for the kids and great, groovy music – plus the chance to meet all the sweet, affectionate neighborhood animals needing and deserving new homes.  Admission is free, though a small monetary donation will be required for food and activities. Residents are also encouraged to bring in-kind donations: items such as cat litter, pet food, pet toys, laundry detergent, old newspapers, and used-but-unsoiled linens like blankets, towels and pet beds are always appreciated.   Local vendors on-site will donate a portion of their proceeds from the day.  All proceeds raised from the outdoor event will go towards helping the shelter’s animals.

Montclair Unity Church, 84 Orange Street, Montclair
WHEN:  Saturday  Noon to 6 p.m.
WHY GO:  Come join us for our 3rd annual Holistic Wellness Fair and enjoy a full day of holistic wellness from our practitioners.   A $25 pass will grant you access to: Nutrition~Self Care~Healing Drum Circle~Reiki~Yoga, Spiritual Readings~Massage Therapy~Pliates, Homeopathy~Chiropractic Care~Acupuncture, Signature Analytics & more! 
:  $25

WHERE:   Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 94 Pine St. Montclair
WHEN:  Saturday  4 to 10 p.m.
WHY GO:  Help save a life during the summer blood shortage.

WHERE:  Yogi Berra Stadium, Montclair State University, Montclair
WHEN:  Friday 7:05 p.m., Saturday  6:35 p.m., Sunday 2:05 p.m.
WHY GO:  There will be Fireworks after Saturday’s Game and Sunday is Family Fun Day with $1 Hotdogs and games for the kids
COST:  Bleacher seats $9, Box seats $11, Standing Room $5




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