Here are just some of the things to do this weekend in and around Montclair. Click on the ‘EVENTS’ tab to see even more weekend opportunities. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
WHAT: Montclair Veterans Day Service
WHERE: Edgemont Memorial Park
WHEN: Friday 11am
WHY GO The program will include Township Manager Marc D. Dashield as Master of Ceremonies. Post Commander Cheryl Turner of Crawford Crews American Legion Post 251 will be the speaker. Gabriel Umar of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop No. 12 will provide a reflection. The Rev. Steve Worthing of Unity of Montclair will give the invocation and benediction. Also attending will be representatives from veterans organizations, including the Crawford Crews American Legion Post 251, Lt. Vincent J. Russo American Legion Post 382, Disabled American Veterans, DAR Eagle Rock Chapter, and members of the Montclair Red Cross. The Montclair Community Band will perform immediately prior to and after the ceremony, and the band's trumpeter Carl B. Witzig will sound Taps. The Montclair Honor Guard will open the program with the Advance of Colors and will conclude the ceremony with the Retirement of Colors.
In the event of rain, services will be held in the Council Chambers of the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Ave.
WHAT: “Rhinoceros” presented by the MKA 8th Grade Performance Ensemble
WHERE: Montclair Kimberly Academy Middle School
WHEN: Friday 7:30pm
WHY GO: The play belongs to the school of drama known as the Theatre of the Absurd Theatre. Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceros ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, Bérenger.
WHAT: Pot Luck and Community Sing Along
WHERE: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church Street
WHEN: Saturday 6pm
WHY GO: Evening begins with a pot luck at 6 pm and follows at 7 pm with community singing lead by members of the UU Congregation’s “Dirt Band.” The goal is fun! No judgments made, no particular skill or talent required! If you play an instrument, bring it along. All our welcome. Please bring your voice, your instrument, any music you might want to share, and of course a dish to share!
COST: Suggested contribution $10
WHAT: Paws Annual Holiday Bazaar
WHERE: Commonwealth Club, 26 Northview Ave, Upper Montclair
WHEN: Saturday 10am
WHY GO: Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support this great cause. It's the Pound Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Annual Holiday Bazaar and Tricky Tray Event. PAWS (Pound Animal Welfare Society of Montclair Inc.) is dedicated to finding good homes for the many abandoned and unwanted cats and dogs in our community.
COST: Admission is only $1, and all proceeds will benefit the PAWS Animal Shelter.
WHAT: Turkey Time at Essex County Environmental Center
WHEN: Saturday 10:30am
WHERE: 621b Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ
WHY GO: Have you ever seen a wild turkey? Ben Franklin wanted it to be our national bird. Come prepared for an outdoor walk to try your luck with a turkey “caller.” Bring home a turkey decoration for your Thanksgiving table.
COST: $7 - call to register: 973.226.6082
WHAT: CinéKids in Montclair, NJ: Double Screening & Activities
WHERE: Montclair Art Museum
WHEN: Saturday 3:30am
WHY GO: Double Screening: L'hiver de Léon - Pierre-Luc Granjon, Pascal Le Nôtre, 2007. Color. 26 min. In French WITHOUT subtitles and Le printemps de Mélie - Pierre-Luc Granjon, 2009. Color. 27 min. In French WITHOUT subtitles. Post-Film Fun & Activities - Screening will be followed by a twenty-minute workshop of arts and crafts inspired by the film.
WHAT: Farm to Table Tasting Event
WHERE: Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday 4pm to 7pm
WHY GO: City Green, a community garden and educational programming non-profit organization operating in Clifton, Paterson, Jersey City, and other urban areas, will hold their annual Fall Fundraiser, a “Farm to Table Tasting Event” at the historic VanVleck House and Gardens. There will be live music and delicious seasonal foods, many of which will be harvested from the City Green urban farm in Paterson and the new City Green Schultheis’ Farm in Clifton. Music and refreshments will be served in the beautiful VanVleck mansion and outdoor patio.
WHAT: MABUL (The Flood) NJ Jewish Film Festival
WHERE: The Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange
WHEN: Saturday 7:30pm
WHY GO: As Yoni chants the story of Noah's Ark in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah, his autistic older brother Tomer unexpectedly returns home, forcing the entire family to cope with his presence. Their mother is a gifted day-care worker in a troubled marriage to a crop duster too stoned to fly. Mabul gathered awards in Haifa and Berlin -- Not to be missed.. 101 minutes; Hebrew with English subtitles.
COST: $20 includes screening & reception. Advance purchase recommended - phone: 1-800-494-TIXS
WHAT: Tour the Israel Crane House and the Charles Shultz House!
WHERE: Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Rd, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday 1pm
WHY GO: At 108 Orange Road, tour the Israel Crane House, a home built in 1796 that was occupied first by the Crane family and then by the YWCA of Montclair-North Essex, serving as a social center and home for African American women. Also stop in to see the schoolroom and general store at the Nathaniel Crane House. Next, head over to 30 North Mountain Avenue and tour the remarkable Charles Shultz House. Built in 1896, this 3-story, 21 room Victorian remained in the Shultz family for 3 generations. It’s like stepping into a time capsule. Tours at our Orange Road site begin promptly at 1 and 2 pm; the Shultz House tours begin at 3:30
COST: $8 per adult and $5/child for each property. Visit both for $15/adult and $5/child.
WHAT: The Survivorship Series
WHERE: Montclair Breast Center, 37 N Fullerton Ave, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday 7pm
WHY GO: Reinvent Your Life After Breast Cancer-Gail Tyrrell, Breast Cancer Survivor, Exec Directory Ruby Heals Foundation. Practical Tips for Reclaiming Sexualtiy after Breast Cancer-Dr. Barbara Bartlik, psychiatrist , sex therapist. Managing Fear of Recurrence-Joan Framo Runfola, ACSW, LCSW, oncology social worker. Caregiver & Families-Mary Massaro, MS, NCPsyA, board director American Association of Pain Management Centers. Free and open to public, contact Fanny to register 973-509-1818
WHAT: Little Stitchers
WHERE: Rock Paper Scissors, 15 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday noon
WHY GO: You asked for it so we are starting it - a kid's embroidery group at Rock Paper Scissors! Bring along an embroidery project, or even just an idea for one, and spend the afternoon stitching and chatting with new friends. The stitching revolution has hit the new generation in a big way! See what all the hype is about. Stitching is fun and creative and relaxing. It is a great introduction to the crafting world, very inexpensive to get into and has the added charm of instant gratification for the kids! There is no formal instruction but an adult stitcher will always meet with the group to teach people how to transfer and stitch when they need it.