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.
WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
WHY GO: "The Dark Side of Chocolate" exposes the on-going trafficking of children, slave labor and exploitation in the West African cocoa industry. Fair Trade chocolate will be available for tasting and for sale.
WHERE: , 99 S Fullerton Ave.
WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Glen Ridge’s Noreen Connolly, one of two volunteers selected to accompany New York Times Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof to sub-Saharan Africa on a fact-finding trip, will report on her extraordinary experience.
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.
WHY GO: The program will feature a 20 Man Battle Royal, in which the winner will wrestle the ECPW Heavyweight Champion, Jeff “The Future” Coleman, later that same evening for the title. The event will also feature a no-holds barred contest between 2 former WWE Superstars as the legendary Chavo Guerrero will face off against “Bad Boy” Nunzio.
WHERE: Montclair Art Museum
WHEN: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
WHY GO: This exhibition features the work of decorated combat photographer and award-winning photojournalist Stacy Pearsall. Seventeen of her photographs from Baqubah, Iraq, will be shown in the Arcade Gallery, outside Leir Hall.
WHERE: Grace Presbyterian Church, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHY GO: Grace Presbyterian Church of Montclair is having a garage sale to raise funds for our mission and youth programs. Come for great bargains!
WHERE: Turtle Back Park Picnic Grove
WHEN: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
WHY GO: Hike the Turtle Back Trail in its entirety. About 4 miles at a moderate pace. Meet at the Turtle Back Rock picnic grove, off of Walker Rd. 0.1 mile in from the traffic light on Northfield Ave. a little east of Turtle Back Zoo.
WHERE: Watchung Booksellers, Montclair
WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
WHY GO: Bill Westheimer explores the personal stories of dozens of private and public figures, through im ages of their hands. Westheimer captures the lives and loves of people from a wide range of cultures and diverse backgrounds, who use their hands in vastly different activities
WHERE: Montclair High School
WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.
WHERE: 6 Lloyd Rd., Montclair
WHEN: Saturday, 2 p.m.
WHERE: 80 Park St., Montclair
WHEN: Sunday, 6 p.m.
WHY GO: The adopted child and teen often face challenges in the school environment that are specifically related to adoption. Among the greatest challenges are issues of self-esteem and identity. These issues can interfere with the child’s school performance as well as their social network. Let’s discuss these issues and other related school issues with clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Stango who specializes in working with children and adolescents, families, parents and adults.
WHERE: , 65 Chestnut St, Montclair
WHEN: Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WHY GO: Montclair Cooperative School opens its doors to the community, with its first Independent Book Fair, created with the experts at Watchung Booksellers. The books on sale are handpicked by the Watchung Booksellers’ team, and present a mix of contemporary titles they love as well as not-to-be-missed classics. Beyond book sales, this festive day includes live family-friendly music with the country-influenced Weevils performing from 3:30-5:00 pm, book-related crafts, a mouth-watering variety of sweets and savories for sale, and a lineup of fabulous author readers.
WHERE: Israel Crane House: 108 Orange Rd. and Charles Shultz House: 20 North Mountain Ave.
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m.
WHY GO: Step back through 200 years of American history at the Montclair Historical Society’s historic properties. It’s like stepping into a time capsule.