May in Montclair Calendar of Events

May
1
Thursday

Free Coffee Day

Free Coffee DaySponsored by Java Love Coffee Roasting Co.. 244 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 6:00 a.m. Java Love Coffee Roasting Co sponsors an annual, customer appreciation FREE COFFEE DAY! Come on in to the shop and grab a small, hot cup of LOVE! It is also the anniversary of our grand opening so come celebrate with us. For more info: javaloveroasters.com, info@javaloveroasters.com, 973-744-2122. Free.

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The Garden Club of Montclair Plant Sale

108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. The Garden Club of Montclair's wannual plant sale will benefit the Nishuane School gardens. The sale specializes in a wide variety of deer resistant plants, perennials and hanging baskets. For more info: holly.korus@verizon.net. Free.

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Annual Herb Sale

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Stop by and pick up your herbs for the garden. Top quality, unique herbs are always available at this not-to-be missed sale. Pre-order forms available on our website in April. Historic house tours and workshop activity for families on Saturday, May 3. For more info: montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796.

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MAY BASKET COMPETITION

Sponsored by Garden Club of Montclair. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The competition takes place in all business districts of Montclair, with judging between 11 and 1. All local businesses are encouraged to participate. For more info: 973-744-1045. Free.

MAM Free First Thursday of the Month

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 5 - 9 p.m. MAM invites you for a night out at the Museum. Enjoy dynamic programming, art activities, live music and a full-service bar. Visit montclairartmuseum.org for updated information on special programming! For more info: 973-746-5555. Free.

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Strategies for Building Positive Growth and Reducing Parent/Child Stress

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. Glenfield Middle School, 25 Maple Ave., Montclair, NJ. 7 p.m. Parents will be able to help their children by building on the following tools: trusting relationships, empowering structures and rules, role modeling and encouragement. These tools become strategies to promote children’s self esteem and self-trust and reinforce their resilient character and critical thinking abilities to achieve and master the challenges they face at school and in the world. Reservations / registration required. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $15.

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Carnegie's Gift to Montclair: The Story of the Bellevue Avenue Library

Carnegie's Gift to Montclair:   The Story of the Bellevue Avenue LibrarySponsored by Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library. MAM, Whitehead Conf Rm, 3 S Mountain Ave., Montclair, 07043. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. In this centennial year, the Montclair Public Library system celebrates the 1914 opening of the Bellevue Avenue Library. This slideshow tells the story behind the creation of this Carnegie library, examines its architecture and the library’s role in Upper Montclair, and explores the “free library” movement as an agent for social change. Presented by Lisanne Renner, historian for Friends of Anderson Park. Part of the Museum’s Free First Thursday Night presentations. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. Free.

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Montclair State University (MSU) Department of Theatre and Dance Presents: The Big Meal

L. Howard Fox Studio Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 7:30 p.m. By Dan LeFranc, winner of the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. Directed by Susan Kerner. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $15.

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Montclair Film Festival

Third Annual Montclair Film Festival April 28-May 4 Over 70 feature length films Over 30 short films Over 50 special guests Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Music on Film, New Jersey Spotlight, New Jersey Shorts, Family, Conversations Plus: House Party celebrating Black Cinema on Friday, May 2 Filmmaker Party on Saturday, May 3 Reservations / registration required. For more info: montclairfilmfest.org.

May
2
Friday

MAY IN MONTCLAIR OPENING CEREMONIES

Sponsored by Township of Montclair. Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ 07042. 12:30 p.m. Join your neighbors and enjoy performances by various elementary schools: May Pole Dance with first grade students from Edgemont Montessori School; Bluehawks Band from Northeast Elementary School performs; Watchung School Chorus sings. This is the kick-off ceremony for the entire May in Montclair festivities. All are welcome. Free.

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Montclair Film Festival

Third Annual Montclair Film Festival April 28-May 4 Over 70 feature length films Over 30 short films Over 50 special guests Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Music on Film, New Jersey Spotlight, New Jersey Shorts, Family, Conversations Plus: House Party celebrating Black Cinema on Friday, May 2 Filmmaker Party on Saturday, May 3 Reservations / registration required. For more info: montclairfilmfest.org.

The Garden Club of Montclair Plant Sale

108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Garden Club of Montclair's annual plant sale this year will benefit the Nishuane School gardens. The sale specializes in a wide variety of deer resistant plants, perennials and hanging baskets. For more info: holly.korus@verizon.net. Free.

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Rutgers Essex County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale

Presby Memorial Iris Garden, 474 Upper Mountain Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Annual Master Gardener plant sale and expert advice. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, small trees, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, hanging baskets and more. The local beekeeper will be on hand selling local honey. For more info: mgessex.org, 973-228-2210. Free.

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Watchung School Community Tag Sale

Watchung School Community Tag SaleSponsored by Watchung PTA. N. Fullerton and Garden Street. 12 - 4 p.m. Also May 3: 9am - 12:30pm. $5 bag sale on May3 from 1pm - 2pm. Come and be a part of the longest continually running tag sale in the country. For information on how to register to sell your items, please email WatchungTagSale@gmail.com. For more info: WatchungTagSale@gmail.com. Free.

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Closer Look Tour

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 - 2:30 p.m. Join us for informal 20-minute gallery talks that provide in-depth examination of one to two works of art on view in the galleries. Tours are led by MAM educators and docents. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. Free.

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MSU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents: The Big Meal

L. Howard Fox Studio Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 7:30 p.m. By Dan LeFranc, winner of the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. Directed by Susan Kerner. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $15.

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Chris White Music Night

Sponsored by Trumpets Jazz Club. 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ 07042. Shows at 8 and 10 p.m. A night of music honoring bassist Chris White, one of Montclair's finest jazz musicians. Chris performed and recorded with many jazz artists most notably Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone. Performers include drummer Warren Smith, vocalist Olivia Foschi, saxophonists Lou Caputo and Marty Fogel and guitarists John Ehlis and Matt McDonald. Reservations suggested. For more info: trumpetsjazz.com, 973-744-2600. $15.

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In the Heights

Sponsored by School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair HS. The Little Theatre, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 p.m. Montclair High School's SVPA, directed by Brenda Pepper, presents IN THE HEIGHTS, the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about family, love, and belonging. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical will showcase the rap, vocal and hip-hop talents of 42 Montclair High actors; production designed by the student tech crew and supported by student musicians. Shows are the first two weekends in May at the Little Theatre, MHS: May 2, May 3 at 8pm, May 4 at 3pm; May 9, May 10 at 8pm, May 11 at 3pm. Tickets on sale starting April 8th at seatyourself.biz. Reservations / registration required by 04/08/2014.

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May
3
Saturday

Montclair Film Festival

Third Annual Montclair Film Festival April 28-May 4 Over 70 feature length films Over 30 short films Over 50 special guests Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Music on Film, New Jersey Spotlight, New Jersey Shorts, Family, Conversations Plus: Filmmaker Party on Saturday, May 3 Reservations / registration required. For more info: montclairfilmfest.org.

Huge Rummage Sale

Sponsored by First Congregational Church of Montclair. 40 South Fullerton St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. FCC will host a huge rummage sale - rain or shine! Stop by the front yard and browse a wide selection of items at great prices. All proceeds benefit the youth group's service trip to Belize this summer. Lunch and Fair Trade goods will be available for purchase. If you'd be interested in selling your wares, tables are available for rental. For more info: firstcongmontclair.com, debbieduhamel@hotmail.com, 857-891-0951. Free.

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Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., May 3-9. Join us at the 11th Annual Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories all in one location. Plants go fast and people line up early for the best selection. Rain or shine. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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The Garden Club of Montclair Plant Sale

108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Garden Club of Montclair's annual plant sale will benefit the Nishuane School gardens. The sale specializes in a wide variety of deer resistant plants, perennials and hanging baskets. For more info: holly.korus@verizon.net. Free.

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Rutgers Essex County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale

Sponsored by Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners. Presby Memorial Iris Garden, 474 Upper Mountain Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Annual Master Gardener plant sale and expert advise. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, small trees, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, hanging baskets and more. The local beekeeper will be on hand selling local honey. For more info: mgessex.org, 973-228-2210. Free.

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The High Line and Architectural Boat Trip around Manhattan

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. 10 a.m. Take a walk on the High Line, New York City’s newest park, built on a section of the former New York Central Railroad elevated spur. Learn about the history, the repurposing and the impact on the community while you ride the bus into the city. After lunch on your own at Chelsea Market, you will step aboard an elegant 1920s style yacht, the Manhattan, and enjoy a three-hour narrated cruise around Manhattan. Register @ www.adultschool.org Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2014. For more info: info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $115.

Get-On-Up-and-Move-a-Thon

Sponsored by Sister to Sister of Montclair Mentoring Group, Inc. 55 Washington Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 p.m. Please join us to support Montclair's premier team mentoring program. With a delicious blend of yoga, cardio Kick-Boxing, African dance, zumba and our many vendors.... For more info: stsbutterfly@gmail.com, 973-680-4402. $20.00.

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Yoga and Nutrition for Healthy Bones

Sponsored by Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair. 292 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd Flr, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Yoga and nutrition are two keys to optimal bone health. Learn how to improve the quality of your bones by stimulating the cells that create bone tissue with safe weight-bearing yoga postures. Explore what foods support life-long bone health and what foods are detrimental to your bones. Reservations / registration required by 04/20/2014. For more info: yogainmontclair.com, diamond5246@gmail.com, 973-746-6191. $50.

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Know Your Trees

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. Brookdale Park Rose Garden, Grove Street entrance, Montclair NJ 07043. 10 a.m. Enjoy a tree-identification walk where you will learn to identify common and not so common trees. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $25.

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Uncommon Causes of Back Pain (and how to prevent and treat it without: Doctors, Drugs, and Surgery!)

Uncommon Causes of Back Pain (and how to prevent and treat it without:  Doctors, Drugs, and Surgery!)Sponsored by Advanced Fitness Concepts. 125 Gates Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. Is back pain keeping you from living your life, being fit, and spending time with family & friends? Do you wish you could move, exercise, and live PAIN FREE! You can!(and it does not require drugs and surgery). Over 80 million people suffer at some point in their life from back pain; many never realize what the true causes are and the simple fixes they can implement to become PAIN FREE! Join Gordon Waddell, PES,CSCS,CES Montclair's premier health & fitness expert for an interactive workshop discussing and demonstrating the role of: Posture, Breathing, Workplace Ergonomics, Nutrition, and Exercise selection in the cause and cure of back pain WITHOUT: Doctors, Drugs or Surgery. Reservations / registration required by 5/01/14. For more info: Advanced-Fitness-Concepts.com, gordon@advanced-fitness-concepts.com, 973-865-6691. Free. Rain date: 05/04/2014.

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Easy Method Marbling

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Traditional marbling is a fairly involved process requiring a lot of prep work before you even get to the fun part of color and pattern application. Learn an easy way to marbleize on paper and fabric using shaving cream, and leave the workshop with several pieces of fabulous marbleized papers and fabric to use in crafts, sewing projects, bookbinding, gift wrapping, and more! Materials fee of $12 payable to the instructor, Miriam Jacobs. Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $90 Mem/$110 NonMem.

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Historic Walking Tour of Upper Montclair Business District

Historic Walking Tour of Upper Montclair Business DistrictSponsored by Montclair Historical Society & Friends of Anderson Park. 275 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this 2 ½-hour walking tour of the historic Upper Montclair Business District, which will chronicle the development of the area from rural settlement in the 1880s to burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s. Rain date confirmation or day-of-event queries: 973-495-9589. Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2014. For more info: MontclairHistorical.org, info@FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, 973-744-1796. $5. Rain date: 05/04/2014.

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Frustrative Parenting Workshop

Frustrative Parenting WorkshopSponsored by Mothers In Training. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 12 - 1 p.m. Are you a frustrated mom? Did you have dreams of a parenting role that has become less than wonderful? Join us to discuss common parenting challenges and emotions. Take home some parenting tools and tips to use immediately for positive change in the home. Certified Parenting Coach Loyla Louvis, mother of four, motivational speaker and founder of MIT will offer you suggestions that produce results! For more info: mothersintraining.org, mothersintraining.org@gmail.com, 973-493-6918. $10.

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Yoga Sampler for Beginners: Chair Yoga

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. JaiPure Yoga, 575 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 1:30 p.m. A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting or standing using a chair for support. Reservations / registration required. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $24.

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Kentucky Derby Day Celebration

Sponsored by COPE Center, Inc.. Montclair Art Museum, Leir Hall, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 5 p.m. Come dressed in your most festive, fun hats and Derby Day attire. A long-cherished tradition in the Montclair community, join in making COPE's annual Kentucky Derby Day fundraiser a success. This event promises a celebration of “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” with guests invited to enjoy Mint Juleps, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres while watching the race on a giant screen. Reservations / registration required by 04/25/2014. For more info: copecenter.net, info@copecenter.net, 973-783-6655. $70.

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John J. Cali School of Music Presents: MSU Opera Workshop

Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 p.m. Enjoy Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi", a comic opera in one act. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $20.

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MSU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents: The Big Meal

L. Howard Fox Studio Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 p.m. By Dan LeFranc, winner of the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. Directed by Susan Kerner. For more info: peakperfs.org, (973) 655-5112. $15.

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In the Heights

Sponsored by School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair HS. The Little Theatre, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 p.m. Montclair High School's SVPA, directed by Brenda Pepper, presents IN THE HEIGHTS, the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about family, love, and belonging. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical will showcase the rap, vocal and hip-hop talents of 42 Montclair High actors; production designed by the student tech crew and supported by student musicians. Shows are the first two weekends in May at the Little Theatre, MHS: May 2, May 3 at 8pm, May 4 at 3pm; May 9, May 10 at 8pm, May 11 at 3pm. Tickets on sale starting April 8th at seatyourself.biz. Reservations / registration required by 04/08/2014.

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May
4
Sunday

Montclair Film Festival

Third Annual Montclair Film Festival April 28-May 4 Over 70 feature length films Over 30 short films Over 50 special guests Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Music on Film, New Jersey Spotlight, New Jersey Shorts, Family, Conversations Ends today. Reservations / registration required. For more info: montclairfilmfest.org.

Make Many Minis

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - noon. Make miniature ceramic pots on the pottery wheel! Learn the “throwing from the hump” technique, making several one-of-a-kind mini pots in the process! Students will select glazes during the workshop and return to pick up their fired pots a few weeks later. Prior wheel-throwing experience required. Reservations / registration required by 05/03/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $80 Mem/$100 NonMem.

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Mosaics: Beautiful Pictures from Tiny Pieces

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn the exciting art of mosaics! In this one-day workshop, design, cut, glue, and grout vitreous glass tiles to create an original 6" x 8” work ready for framing. Bring in your own simple design, or pick one of the designs provided in class. Learn about the Picasiette (broken plate) method and other techniques! All materials are included in tuition. Reservations / registration required by 05/03/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $120 Mem/$140 NonMem.

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Serial Monotypes and Vinyl Stencils

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Maximize your image creation and explore your ideas in depth while creating a series of similar monotypes. Using clear vinyl shapes, easily cut with scissors or mat knives for the matrix, students will paint, ink with rollers, and layer the stencils on plexiglass for a first print. Ghosting, utilizing both sides of the stencils, and experimenting with the same image in surprising ways will create the subsequent prints in the series. All prints will be press printed on a Charles Brand Etching Press. All levels are welcome! Materials fee of $25 payable to the instructor, Donna Conklin King. See montclairartmuseum.org for a list of additional supplies. Reservations / registration required by 05/03/2014. For more info: 973-259-5139. $90 Mem/$110 NonMem.

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Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Join us at the 11th Annual Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories all in one location. Plants go fast and people line up early for the best selection. Rain or shine. Continues through May 9. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Block Party Health Festival

Block Party Health FestivalSponsored by New Jersey Center for Healthy Living. 292 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd Flr, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 - 5 p.m. A free event in partnership with the “Eat. Play. Live… Better” movement to improve our community’s health and well-being. Festival features chocolate and wine tastings, book signings, free smoothies, organic garden start-ups, T’ai Chi Chih demonstration, valuable raffles, exotic cars on display. For more info: NJCHL.com, NJCHLnews@gmail.com, 973-746-6191. Free.

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Historic House Tours

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road/30 North Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 - 4 p.m. Visit the 1796 Israel Crane and Nathaniel Crane Houses and discover life 200 years ago. At the 1896 Charles Shultz House, see the transformation Montclair was making during the turn of the century. Guided tours reveal the history of the houses in relationship to its inhabitants and the history of Montclair. Food historian Carolina Capehart demonstrates hearth cooking in our historic kitchen. For more info: montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. $8/adult; $5/child/senior.

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In the Heights

Sponsored by School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair HS. The Little Theatre, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 p.m. Montclair High School's SVPA, directed by Brenda Pepper, presents IN THE HEIGHTS, the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about family, love, and belonging. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical will showcase the rap, vocal and hip-hop talents of 42 Montclair High actors; production designed by the student tech crew and supported by student musicians. Shows are the first two weekends in May at the Little Theatre, MHS: May 4 at 3pm; May 9, May 10 at 8pm, May 11 at 3pm. Tickets on sale starting April 8th at seatyourself.biz. Reservations / registration required by 04/08/2014.

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Architectural Walking Tour of Montclair's Historic Town Center

Architectural Walking Tour of Montclair's Historic Town CenterSponsored by Montclair Historic Preservation Commission. Corner of Church Street & Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 p.m. The Montclair Township Historic Preservation Commission, in association with the Montclair Historical Society and the Montclair Center BID, is hosting an architectural walking tour of Montclair's historic Town Center. Barton Ross, an architect and historic preservation professional, will lead the tour and provide commentary on the people and places behind the history of Montclair Center. For more info: montclairnjusa.org, jtalley@montclairnjusa.org, 973-509-4953. Free.

MSU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents: The Big Meal

L. Howard Fox Studio Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 2 p.m. By Dan LeFranc, winner of the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. Directed by Susan Kerner. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $15.

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Powers and Hall and Friends

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 46 Park St., Montclair NJ 07042. 3 p.m. Join Bill Powers, Jonathan Hall, Jessica Goodson and friends for a program of innovative classical music for organ, piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute and who knows what else? All welcome. For more info: cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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NJ Youth Chorus Concert

Sponsored by Music at Immaculate. 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 p.m. Founded in 1992, the NJ Youth Chorus is an auditioned treble choir for those in grades 1-12 which encourages young people's love of choral music and nurtures their individual growth and development. The concert will also include the Choristers of The Church of the Immaculate Conception. For more info: icmusicministry.org, music@mtcimmaculate.org, 973-744-5650. $15/ages 12 and under Free.

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John J. Cali School of Music Presents: MSU Opera Workshop

Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 3 p.m. Enjoy Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi", a comic opera in one act. For more info: montclair.edu/arts/cali-school-of-music, 973-655-5112. $20.

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Screening of the award-winning documentary "PROJECT CENSORED:THE MOVIE"

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 4 p.m. Project Censored is an investigative journalism project on 27 college campuses, started 37 years ago. This documentary exposes the dumbing-down of our "news" and the presentation of some of the most important undereported news stories of the year. Walter Cronkite said that "Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism." Produced by Montclarians Christopher Oscar, Janet and Richard Oscar. For more info: Projectcensoredthemovie.com, Janet@oscarbenefits.com, 973-403-3438. Movie and refreshments $5.

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May
5
Monday

Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Join us at the 11th Annual Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories all in one location. Plants go fast and people line up early for the best selection. Rain or shine. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Flowering Ground Covers

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 p.m. Many spreading perennials will do the job of protecting the soil, crowding out weeds and also providing lots of color throughout the season. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $25.

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MSU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents: The Big Meal

Sponsored by Montclair State University. L. Howard Fox Studio Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 7:30 p.m. See May 1. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $15.

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Mookie Wilson Book Signing

Sponsored by Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. Campus of Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043. 6 - 8 p.m. Former NY Met Mookie Wilson signs copies of his new book, "Mookie: Life, Baseball and the '86 Mets." Free with purchase of book at Museum (attendees can bring a guest free of charge.) For more info: yogiberramuseum.org, 973-655-2378.

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May
6
Tuesday

Tuesday Morning Tai Chi at Van Vleck

21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is a centuries-old internal Chinese martial art that has been shown to enhance health and relaxation. Tai Chi practice may be adapted to suit nearly anyone, regardless of physical condition. Purchase 4-class pass ($85 Friends/$95 Others) or single tickets ($22 Friends/$25 Others). For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752.

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Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us at the 11th Annual Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories all in one location. Plants go fast and people line up early for the best selection. Rain or shine. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Strong Women, Powerful Financial Strategies

Sponsored by Christine Frole & Associates. Halcyon Brasserie, 114 Walnut St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 6:30 p.m. Join us for a special educational event. Learn ways to take control of your finances. Appetizers and cocktails will be provided. Please RSVP for you and a guest. This is an informational event and there is no cost or obligation. Reservations / registration required. For more info: 973-532-6200. Free.

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Motherless on Mother's Day

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. 100 Chestnut St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 p.m. Mother's Day can be very painful if the parental relationship is toxic, or if your parent is deceased. Come learn practical and meaningful ways to ease that pain, to empower your healing and to cope with this challenge. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $25.

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MSU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents: The Big Meal

L. Howard Fox Studio Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ. 7:30 p.m. See May 1. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $15.

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Bullock's Blooming

Sponsored by Charles H Bullock School. 55 Washington St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. All grade levels of Charles H. Bullock Elementary School will compete for the "bloomingest" planters lining Washington Street. Free.

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Discussion Group

Sponsored by Socrates Cafe of Montclair. The Office Bar and Grill, 619 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7:30 p.m. Rediscover the art of intelligent conversation. Come join us for thoughtful, creative discussions while meeting new, interesting friends. All ages and previous experience levels welcome. We honor the curious, inquiring mind. This is our 18th year of continuous operation. For more info: ronhilliard2@yahoo.com, 201-488-3254. Free.

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92nd St Y Live Simulcast: Ruth Reichl

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. 100 Chestnut St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 8:15 p.m. 92nd St Y Live Simulcast. Ruth Reichl has been the restaurant critic for The New York Times, the editor of Gourmet magazine, and a bestselling author. Join her as she talks about a meaningful person, place and thing in her life—as well as her first novel, "Delicious!" For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $15.00.

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May
7
Wednesday

Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

Sponsored by V. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us at the 11th Annual Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories all in one location. Plants go fast and people line up early for the best selection. Rain or shine. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Flower Find

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 1 - 2 p.m. Flower Find: Garden Discoveries classes are designed to inspire children ages 3-5 years old about the natural world around them. Every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $7 Friends/$12 Others.

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May
8
Thursday

Coffee and a Cause

Sponsored by Salvation Army. 13 Trinity Place, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Fundraising and informational event about the work of the Salvation Army, both locally and internationally. Local vendors; light lunch will be served. For more info: montclaircitadel.org, matt.hodgson@use.salvationarmy.org, 973-744-3312. Free.

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Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us at the 11th Annual Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories all in one location. Plants go fast and people line up early for the best selection. Rain or shine. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Sponsored by American Red Cross. 63 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07043. 2:30 - 7:30 p.m. Please register ahead of time if you are able. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS, option 2. For more info: 800REDCROSS, Option 2. Free.

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Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation

Sponsored by American Red Cross. 63 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07043. 6 p.m. Please register ahead of time if possible so that we have enough space for all interested volunteers. For more info: redcross.org, 973-746-1800. Free.

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Bellevue Avenue Library Program: Montclair Art Museum Turns 100

Sponsored by Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library. 185 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 7 - 9 p.m. This audiovisual presentation explores the Montlair Art Museum’s Centennial Exhibit, “100 Works for 100 Years.” The program includes a showing of the Museum Centennial Film. Presented by Judy Hinds, archivist for the Museum's 2014 Centennial. For more info: montclairlibrary.org, balfriendsgroup@aol.com, 973-744-0500, Ext 2221. Free.

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Montclair Community Pre-K Gala

Montclair Community Pre-K GalaSponsored by Montclair Community Pre-K. The Loft at Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 p.m. The Montclair Community Pre-K has a lot to celebrate at our annual gala this spring! The school is 16 years strong this year, and in 2013 earned accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a distinction granted to fewer than 7 percent of preschools in New Jersey, and 8 percent nationwide. It is the 10th anniversary of The Garden Project, and of course, we have welcomed our new Executive Director, Stephanie Fitzgerald! Never content to rest on our laurels, this year MCPK will push ahead to expand and enrich its curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, a wonderful way to use our children's natural curiosities to develop critical 21st Century Skills. We're moving full STEAM ahead! The honorees for this year's gala are Joyce Michaelson, a long-time supporter of the MCPK, and the United Way, which, through its Success by Six initiative, is focused on early childhood education--working to ensure that all children, regardless of family income, are given a fair chance to meet their full potential. Reservations / registration required by 05/08/2014. For more info: montclairprek.org, sfitzgerald@montclairprek.org, 973-509-4500. $150.

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May
9
Friday

National Public Gardens Day at Van Vleck Gardens

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. Dawn to Dusk. Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a stroll through the Gardens. The wisteria will likely be blooming on the rear terrace, and plants will be available for purchase. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us at the 11th Annual Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories all in one location. Plants go fast and people line up early for the best selection. Rain or shine. Sale ends today. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom Season

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom Season474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. Presby’s Bloom season begins its 4 week annual display through June 6 starting with our “minis” bearded collection then to our famed tall bearded irises and ends with our non-bearded irises. The Bloom Room Gift Shop is open for 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.. Visitors may purchase potted and bare-root irises from our collection and reserve summer grab bags 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check our website for peak bloom status. A suggested donation is requested during the season. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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Plant Sale at Presby

Plant Sale at PresbySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Purchase potted and bare-root irises from our collection through June 6. Pre-order summer grab bags. Best selection available Mother's Day weekend. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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MMO Programs: Pre-K Art Show

Sponsored by MMO Programs, First Congregational Church of Montclair. 40 South Fullerton Ave. (Guild Room), Montclair, NJ, 07042. 1 - 3 p.m. Enjoy our pre-school students' renditions of art after studying various artists and art mediums. View the rich and loving learning environment that is MMO Programs. All are welcome! For more info: mmoprograms.org, info@mmoprograms.org, 973-744-6521. Free.

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Beauty Block Party

Sponsored by New Jersey Plastic Surgery. 29 Park St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 4 - 8 p.m. Women and Men are invited to attend an all star beauty event where guests will have access to a variety of top shelf beauty industry specialists all in one place. Informal consultations, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks, goodie bags and raffle prizes. RSVP to Natalia at 973-509-2000 to reserve your deluxe goodie bag! For more info: newjerseyplasticsurgery.com, cdibernardo@njpsmd.com, 973-509-2000. Free.

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Richard Barone with very special guest tba

Richard Barone with very special guest tbaSponsored by Outpost in the Burbs. 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 p.m. Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, NJ as frontman for The Bongos, Barone has produced countless studio recordings and worked with artists in every musical style. Rolling Stone described his first solo album "cool blue halo" as 'chamber rock’, helping give rise to the popular genre. Recent collaborators and cohorts include Lou Reed, Tony Visconti, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Sean Lennon, folk-rock legend Donovan, and American icon Pete Seeger. He scores shows and stages all-star concert events at such world-class venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. His memoir Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth was published by Hal Leonard Books. His most recent studio album, Glow (Bar/None), was produced by Visconti. A deluxe CD/DVD set, “'cool blue halo' 25th Anniversary Concert” and the legendary “lost” Bongos album, Phantom Train were released in fall 2013 on JEM Records. Barone lives in Greenwich Village, NYC where he was recently appointed as a Professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. For more info: outpostintheburbs.org, stevecutaia@outpostintheburbs.org, 973-744-6560. tbd/please check website.

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Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir

Sponsored by First Congregational Church, Bnai Keshet, GreenFaith, WISE UP. First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 p.m. A 75-minute show by this NYC-based, Obie award-winning performance community of 50 entertainers who are gospel shouters and urban activists devoted to the land and the environment. For more info: eileenmsweeny@gmail.com, 973-744-4856. $10.00 suggested.

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In the Heights

Sponsored by School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair HS. The Little Theatre, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 p.m. Montclair High School's SVPA, directed by Brenda Pepper, presents IN THE HEIGHTS, the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about family, love, and belonging. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical will showcase the rap, vocal and hip-hop talents of 42 Montclair High actors; production designed by the student tech crew and supported by student musicians. Shows are continue this weekend: May 10 at 8pm, May 11 at 3pm. Tickets on sale starting April 8th at seatyourself.biz. Reservations / registration required by 04/08/2014.

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May
10
Saturday

Annual World Fair Trade Day Celebration

Annual World Fair Trade Day CelebrationSponsored by Terra Tea and Fair Trade. 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. Time to be announced. A free event for all ages. Tastings of fair trade food, chocolate, tea and coffee. Live music. Many fair trade gifts for sale, just in time for Mother's Day. For more info: terramontclair.com, terramontclair@yahoo.com, 973-744-6600. Free.

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Historic Walking Tour of Anderson Park

Historic Walking Tour of Anderson ParkSponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. 274 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:30 a.m. Discover how this Olmsted-designed Essex County park was created a century ago and how it shaped Upper Montclair and led to the formation of other Montclair parks. Also hear about efforts to rejuvenate the landscape of this park on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet at the boulder at the park's northeast entrance south of Bellevue Avenue, just west of the train tracks. Light rain does not cancel, but heavy rain reschedules. For more info: FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, lisanne@FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, 973-477-7207. Free. Rain date: 05/11/2014.

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Spring Merchant Extravaganza Scholaship Fundraiser

Spring Merchant Extravaganza Scholaship FundraiserSponsored by The Molaika Motley Scholarship Foundation. 30 Park St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 12 - 4 p.m. A fun afternoon of shopping on the patio at Just Jake's from local artisans, and crafters featuring (but not limited to) jewelry, handmade soaps, stationary and more while supporting the Molaika Motley Scholarship Foundation at Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair. The foundation provides scholarships to young ladies attending Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, NJ. We also strive to provide health, wellness, and breast cancer awareness to women of all ages. Reservations / registration required. For more info: angelofgoodfortune.com, barbarahughes@remax.net, 973-509-2222. Free.

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Anderson Park Community Spruce-Up

Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. 274 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 1 p.m. Help with springtime mulching, weeding, litter collection, debris removal from Toney's Brook, and invasive-plant removal. Bring gloves, shovels, rakes and other tools if possible. Meet by the bathrooms near Parkside Road at the southeast corner of the park. For more info: FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, info@FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, 973-477-7207. Free.

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Yoga Sampler for Beginners: Chair Yoga

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. JaiPure Yoga, 575 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair NJ 07042. 1:30 p.m. A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting or standing using a chair for support. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $24.

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2nd Annual Mini Golf Day

2nd Annual Mini Golf DaySponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 p.m. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) invites community members to “tee off” with their friends and family at the second annual Mini Golf Day at the MPL! This event will consist of 9 holes of fun throughout the 3rd floor Children's Department. Kids and their adults are all invited to flex their golf skills on TAB-created obstacles. Top scorers will be awarded official "bragging-rights" certificates. Don’t miss out on all the excitement. Let the games begin! For more info: montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@bccls.org, 973-744-0500 Ext. 2238. Free.

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Coiscéim Dance Theatre Presents: Swimming With My Mother

Sponsored by Montclair State University. Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 p.m. Regional dance premiere directed by David Bolger. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $20.

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In the Heights

Sponsored by School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair HS. The Little Theatre, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 p.m. Montclair High School's SVPA, directed by Brenda Pepper, presents IN THE HEIGHTS, the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about family, love, and belonging. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical will showcase the rap, vocal and hip-hop talents of 42 Montclair High actors; production designed by the student tech crew and supported by student musicians. Shows continue through tomorrow, May 11, at 3pm. Tickets on sale starting April 8th at seatyourself.biz. Reservations / registration required by 04/08/2014.

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May
11
Sunday

Mother's Day at Presby

Mother's Day at PresbySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. Enjoy the day with Mom at Presby. Free music program from 1-3 p.m. Montclair food trucks will be on hand for lunch. Bring a blanket or use one of our picnic tables. Treat her at our Bloom Room Gift Shop. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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Mother's Day Concert

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 1 - 3 p.m. A brass quintet from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra offers a selection of tunes to please Mom and all the family. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. Fair weather only. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Concert at Central

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 46 Park St., Montclair NJ 07042. 3 p.m. Celebrate May in Montclair with another Sunday afternoon concert. Today's program is a delightful surprise--come and be regaled with music! All welcome. For more info: cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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In the Heights

Sponsored by School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair HS. The Little Theatre, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 p.m. Montclair High School's SVPA, directed by Brenda Pepper, presents IN THE HEIGHTS, the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about family, love, and belonging. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical will showcase the rap, vocal and hip-hop talents of 42 Montclair High actors; production designed by the student tech crew and supported by student musicians. This is the final performance. Tickets on sale starting April 8th at seatyourself.biz. Reservations / registration required by 04/08/2014.

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Coiscéim Dance Theatre Presents: Swimming With My Mother

Sponsored by Montclair State University. Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 3 p.m. Regional dance premiere directed by David Bolger. For more info: peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112. $20.

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May
12
Monday

Monday Morning Yoga at Van Vleck

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Focus the day and week ahead with harmonizing yoga. Classes are open to all levels of experience. Bring your own mat. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $18 Friends/$22 Others.

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May
13
Tuesday

Tuesday Morning Tai Chi at Van Vleck

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is a centuries-old internal Chinese martial art that has been shown to enhance health and relaxation. Tai Chi practice may be adapted to suit nearly anyone, regardless of physical condition. Purchase 4-class pass ($85 Friends/$95 Others) or single tickets ($22 Friends/$25 Others). For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752.

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Discussion Group

Sponsored by Socrates Cafe of Montclair. The Office Bar and Grill, 619 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ. 7:30 p.m. Rediscover the art of intelligent conversation. Come join us for thoughtful, creative discussions while meeting new, interesting friends. All ages and previous experience levels welcome. We honor the curious, inquiring mind. This is our 18th year of continuous operation. For more info: ronhilliard2@yahoo.com, 201-488-3254. Free.

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Guest Concert

Sponsored by Montclair Music Club. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 p.m. Award-winning Julie-Anne Hamula was praised as a "lovely lyric soprano" by Musical America and has performed many opera roles, including Susannal and Pamina in the "Magic Flute". For more info: schoch.clarissa@gmail.com, 973-777-6464. Free.

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May
14
Wednesday

Park Bench

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Parents with young children will enjoy MAM Park Bench, a program that introduces children to the Museum and serves as an artistic social outing. Get acquainted with other parents and young children, work on fun art projects, and take a guided tour of the Museum. Storytelling provided in the galleries courtesy of the Montclair Public Library. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $18 per Family/$6 Family Mem.

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Art in the Afternoon

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 - 3:30 p.m. MAM invites area seniors for an artistic social outing each second Wednesday of the month. Participants enjoy an opportunity to learn about and creatively respond to art from the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Each session will feature tours and engaging conversations in the galleries and thematically related art activities in Leir Hall. Refreshments served. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $10 Seniors/FREE Members.

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Container and Annual Plants: Landscape by the Yard -- Practical tips for the home gardener

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Use of seasonal annuals and tropicals has exploded into its own universe of creativity and floral display. Explore some of the new and unusual options available today, along with ideas for great containers and planting tips to help maximize and prolong the show while minimizing maintenance. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $30 Friends/$35 Others.

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Montclair High School (MHS) Orchestra Spring Concert

MHS Auditorium, 100 Chestnut St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 p.m. For more info: montclair.k12.nj.us, 973-509-4100. Free.

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Montclair Bird Club Ruth Webster Lecture

Montclair Bird Club Ruth Webster LectureSponsored by Montclair Bird Club. 176 Cooper Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 7:30 p.m. The Montclair Bird Club will host its first Ruth Webster Lecture. Kevin Karlson will present a visual and musical program based on his book "Visions: Earth's Elements in Bird and Nature Photography". Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer. He is the author of many birding magazine articles and several books on birding and natural history. Please join us, at the Union Congregational Church, for a riveting ride through the world of birds and nature. For more info: www.montclairbirdclub.org. Free.

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May
15
Thursday

Home School Days

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 12- 2 p.m. Home School families are invited for a fun and educational afternoon. This two-hour program for ages 9-13 includes a gallery tour and studio art project led by MAM educator Peg Kenselaar. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $18 per Family/$6 Family Mem.

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Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 4 - 8 p.m. Feed your need to read! On sale 30,000+ gently-used hardcover, paperback and audio books, sorted by subject to make shopping a breeze. Sale continues through May 18. For more info: LacoBookSale@msn.com, 973-744-1156 Ext 27.

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Montclair High School (MHS) Band Spring Concert

MHS Auditorium, 100 Chestnut St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 p.m. MHS Band presents its spring concert. For more info: montclair.k12.nj.us, 973-509-4100. Free.

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7th Annual Benefit Inside the Jazz Note

7th Annual Benefit Inside the Jazz NoteSponsored by TD Bank. Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7:30 p.m. Jazz House Kids presents the 7th Annual Inside the Jazz Note, a night of music and conversation hosted by Grammy-winning bassist CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE with special guests seven-time Grammy Award-winner AL JARREAU AND six-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist DAVID SANBORN. All proceeds benefit Jazz House Kids student assistance at the Jazz House and in-school programming. For more info: jazzhousekids.org, info@jazzhousekids.org, 973-744-2273. $30-125.

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May
16
Friday

Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. On sale 30,000+ gently-used hardcover, paperback and audio books, sorted by subject to make shopping a breeze. Sale continues through May 18. For more info: LacoBookSale@msn.com, 973-744-1156 Ext 27.

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Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom Season

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom Season474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. Presby’s Bloom season continues its 4 week annual display through June 6. See May 9. A suggested donation is requested during the season. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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Plant Sale at Presby

Plant Sale at PresbySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Purchase potted and bare-root irises through June 6. Pre-order summer grab bags. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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MMO Programs: Dinosaur Museum

Sponsored by First Congregational Church. Gym, 40 South Fullerton Ave. Montclair, NJ, 07042. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy a presentation of our students' interactive learning experience derived from their study of dinosaurs. View the rich and loving learning environment that is MMO Programs. All are welcome! For more info: mmoprograms.org, info@mmoprograms.org, 973-744-6521. Free.

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Home School Days

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 12- 2 p.m. Home School families are invited for a fun and educational afternoon. This two-hour program for ages 4-8 includes a gallery tour and studio art project led by MAM educator Emily Kenselaar. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $18 per Family/$6 Family Mem.

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Closing Luncheon

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07043. 12:30 p.m. Come and find out about our wonderful club. Meet new faces. Have lunch and hear a concert by Opera Theater of Montclair. Reservations / registration required by 05/15/2014. For more info: 973-226-6043. $25.00.

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Opera Theatre of Montclair

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union St., Montclair, NJ 07043. 1:30 p.m. Members of "Opera Theatre of Montclair" will perform selections from the great works. For more info: 973-226-6043. $5.

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Bargain Book Sale

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 2d flr Education Bldg., 46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 - 8 p.m. Thousands of gently-used hardcover books and paperbacks on many topics, including history and biography as well as fiction by popular authors. For more info: centralpresbyterian.net, cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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Fledglings and Eggs: Guided Birding Hike for Families

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Learn about eggs, how they hatch and what to do if you find a baby bird. Read a story, look at a variety of eggs, and look for young birds while we walk through Van Vleck’s gardens. Dress for the weather! For families with children ages 5 and up. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $5 Friends/$7 Others.

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Nature and the Native Americans

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Join archaeologist and educator John T. Kraft of Lenape Lifeways, Inc. as he recalls a time when the Lenape Indians lived on the land we now call New Jersey. Examine numerous artifacts and objects in an amazing display showing how Lenape Indians depended on nature and its many resources for survival. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $7 Friends/$10 Others.

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A Little Night Art XIII

Sponsored by Montclair Center BID. Downtown Montclair. 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy an evening celebrating Montclair's visual arts community. This self-guided art walk will feature tours of MAM's current exhibits and original contemporary art in multiple venues around Montclair. For more info: MontclairCenterBID.com, lydia@montclaircenter.com, 973-509-3820. Free.

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Flower Show

Flower ShowSponsored by Essex Fine Arts Gallery. 13 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 6 - 9 p.m. Essex Fine Arts Gallery exhibits a "Flower Show" for spring. The gallery will be filled with flowers rendered in every medium - watercolor, oil, pastel and photography. For more info: essexfineartsgallery.com, essexfinearts@verizon.net, 973-783-8666. Free.

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Music for May in Montclair by Montclair Community Band

Sponsored by Montclair Recreation and Cultural Affairs. MHS Auditorium, Park St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7:30 p.m. Jim Wasko conducts the Montclair Community Band, a band of 60 adult musicians performing show tunes, marches and band classics. Bring the family. For more info: MontclairCommunityBand.org, barbara.rudy@comcast.net, 973-744-1454. Free.

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May
17
Saturday

Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. On sale 30,000+ gently-used hardcover, paperback and audio books, sorted by subject to make shopping a breeze. Continues through tomorrow. For more info: LacoBookSale@msn.com, 973-744-1156 Ext 27.

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Bargain Book Sale

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 2d flr Education Bldg., 46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thousands of gently-used hardcover books and paperbacks on many topics, including history and biography as well as fiction by popular authors. For more info: centralpresbyterian.net, cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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Discover the Lenape Trail

Sponsored by Bike&Walk Montclair, Mtclr Historical Society, Mtclr Environmental Com. Brookdale Park, Montclair, NJ 07043. 9:30 a.m. Join us for a leisurely 2 hour walk along the Montclair portion of the Lenape Trail. We will pass through Brookdale, Yantacaw Brook and Tuers Parks. The walk will feature history of the area, as well as indigenous plants and trees. Enter Park at Bellevue Ave. Park in first lot on left near soccer fields and bleachers. Walk will begin from northern end of parking lot. For more info: bikewalkmontclair.org, walk@eatplaylivebetter.org. Free.

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Family Garden Party

Family Garden PartySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. A free mini festival in the Gardens hosted by the Essex County Park System. Enjoy refreshments, music, educational activities and children’s entertainment. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free. Rain date: 05/18/2014.

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Flatten Your Abs Forever

Flatten Your Abs ForeverSponsored by Advanced Fitness Concepts. 125 Gates Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. Can't flatten your stomach, have an annoying "pooch", look swollen & bloated all the time? Come learn the TRUTH and REAL SECRETS of how to tighten, tone, and strengthen your abdomen! Join Gordon Waddell, PES,CSCS,CES Montclair's premier health & fitness expert for an "eye-opening" workshop on how: food, posture, footwear, and exercise selection affects the appearance of your abs. Learn why "Crunches & Situps are USELESS and dangerous exercises and can NEVER flatten your stomach (but can cause serious back & neck injuries!) Find out what commercial gyms & fitness magazines DON'T want you to know...look great for the summer! Reservations / registration required by 05/15/2014. For more info: Advanced-Fitness-Concepts.com, gordon@advanced-fitness-concepts.com, 973-865-6691. Free. Rain date: 05/18/2014.

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Emotional Wellness & Spirituality Ecumenical Service

Sponsored by Union Baptist Church. 114 Midland Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30 a.m. 5th Annual "May is Mental Health Month" Emotional Wellness & Spirituality Ecumenical Service. All are welcome. For more info: deacon578@verizon.net, 973-571-4000 Ext 130. Free.

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Shooting Natural Light Portraits on Location

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair NJ 07042. Noon - 3 p.m. In this workshop we will explore using natural light, reflectors, and fill flash to create exceptional outdoor portraits. Instructor Ellen Denuto will use Van Vleck's classic architecture and gardens as backgrounds for our portraits. Topics we will cover include: finding, controlling, and working with natural light; selecting a background for your portrait; controlling depth of field; taking full body, three quarter, or head and shoulder portraits; lens selection; posing techniques; and when to use reflectors and diffusers. Reservations / registration required by 05/16/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $75 Mem/$95 NonMem. Rain date: 05/18/2014.

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Organic Vegetable Garden Tour

Sponsored by Cornucopia Network. 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 - 5 p.m. A variety of approaches to raising vegetables in and near Montclair will be demonstrated. Other locations to be announced. For more info: cornucopianetwork.org, cornucopiaNJ@gmail.com. Free.

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Mayfair At Nishuane

Sponsored by Nishuane PTA. 32 Cedar Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. An annual carnival celebration for the whole town to enjoy. Rides, games, arts & crafts, raffle baskets, live music, a dunk tank and fab food! Event is held on the Nishuane School grounds rain or shine. Enjoy unlimited fun with $10 wristband for kids over 2. Adults and kids under 2 are free. A great day out for the whole family. See you there! For more info: montclairpta.org/dynamic/htmlos.cgi/pta/pag, Ptapres@nishuanepta.org, 973-509-4222. $10 per child over 2. Rain date: 05/17/2014.

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Family Art Adventure

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 - 3 p.m. Come to MAM for an hour-log, drop-in gallery program for children 5 and up and their adult companions. Explore and discuss artworks and engage in fun activities in MAM’s galleries and sculpture garden. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $15 per Family/$6 Family Mem.

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Parkour World

Sponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 p.m. The Movement Lab challenges young adults to GET UP & MOVE! Instructors certified in Parkour/Free-running will demonstrate their philosophy and accomplishments through tricks and flips, as well as Parkour movements. Learn how to overcome physical obstacles in training as well as any obstacle that may come into your life. For more info: montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@bccls.org, 973-744-0500, Ext 2238. Free.

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“The Sweetest Sounds of Richard Rodgers and Friends”

“The Sweetest Sounds of Richard Rodgers and Friends”Sponsored by Union Congregational Church. 176 Cooper Ave., Montclair, NJ. 8:00 p.m. Jane Seaman is a veteran Broadway performer, equally at home on the operatic stage.  She has appeared on Broadway in Lincoln Center's Anything Goes, The Secret Garden, Big River, and National Tours of The Sound of Music and Man of La Mancha.  This concert includes music from the classic musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  Come hear Jane use her considerable vocal and interpretive skills to help keep the Golden Age of musical theater alive--plus a little jazz on the side! Eric Olsen on piano. For more info: unioncong.org, infoucc@unioncong.org, 973-744-7424. Free.

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May
18
Sunday

Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. On sale 30,000+ gently-used hardcover, paperback and audio books, sorted by subject to make shopping a breeze. Ends today. For more info: LacoBookSale@msn.com, 973-744-1156 Ext 27.

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Raku Firing

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This workshop explores the concept of post-fire reduction known as Raku. Led by MAM Ceramics Studio Manager Steve Jaskowak, students explore techniques such as traditional Raku, tinfoil sagger, horsehair embellishment, and slip resist. Students are required to bring bisque-fired pieces to glaze and fire during the workshop. Details provided after registration. Reservations / registration required by 05/17/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $100 Mem/$120 NonMem.

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Imagery Through Collage

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. Noon - 3 p.m. If you love collage but didn’t think you could do it, this workshop is for you. Using magazine imagery, learn how to layer and design unusual compositions with surprising results. This process allows you to tap into your subconscious and work more intuitively. Students should bring scissors or an X-ACTO knife, permanent glue sticks and high quality drawing paper. Magazines will be provided for images. Reservations / registration required by 05/17/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $40 Mem/$60 NonMem.

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Historic House Tours

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road/30 North Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 - 4 p.m. Visit the 1796 Israel Crane and Nathaniel Crane Houses and discover life 200 years ago. At the 1896 Charles Shultz House, see the transformation Montclair was making during the turn of the century. Guided tours reveal the history of the houses in relationship to its inhabitants and the history of Montclair. Food historian Carolina Capehart demonstrates hearth cooking in our historic kitchen. Free admission for members. For more info: montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. $8/adult;$5/child/senior.

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Legendary Locals of Montclair Discussion and Book Signing

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum and Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library. 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 - 4 p.m. In honor of The Montclair Art Museum and the Bellevue Avenue Library’s Centennial Celebrations, the two organizations will co-host with The Adult School of Montclair a discussion about Montclair history. Legendary Locals of Montclair author Elizabeth Shepard was the Montclair Public Library local archivist from 1995 to 2001; coauthor Mike Farrelly has been Montclair’s official historian since 2004. Together they will discuss famous Montclair personalities. Book signing to follow. Book available through your local library or available for purchase through The Store at MAM. Register through Adult School of Montclair. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $20 MAM Mem/$25 NonMem.

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Saul - a Music-Drama by G. F. Handel

First Congregational Church, 40 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ, 07042. 2 - 3:15 p.m. Saul is a music-drama in one act by Georg Friederich Handel based on his oratorio, performed, edited and arranged by Andre Taylor, accompanied by Stephen Wu at the piano. This version is a kind of mind-scape, where Saul, King of Israel, recalls past events through his warped point-of-view. Located in FCC's Guild Room. The content is suitable for all ages. For more info: handel_solo@netzero.com. Free.

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Foggy Minded Boys!

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 46 Park St., Montclair NJ 07042. 3 p.m. The Foggy-Minded Boys, Montclair's own bluegrass ensemble extraordinaire, lift your spirits with a program of down home musical entertainment. The program, which couldn't be less formal if it tried, will be in Central's landmark sanctuary, unless weather permits an outdoor performance. For more info: cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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Beyond Words

Sponsored by Schola Cantorum on Hudson. Church of the Immaculate, 30 N. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 5 p.m. Schola Cantorum on Hudson is a highly acclaimed 35-voice choir with a reputation for beauty of tone and unique programming style. Over a half century ago, New York icon Leonard Bernstein initiated a series of fifty-three different teaching concerts designed for young people. The first question he addressed with the children packed into Carnegie Hall in January of 1958 was: What does music mean? His conclusion is our starting point with this concert. And the evocative nature of music couldn’t better be demonstrated than with the Maestro’s own beloved, forever-fresh, forever-powerful Chichester Psalms. Reservations / registration required by 05/11/2014. For more info: scholaonhudson.org, christophergreene@scholaonhudson.org, 1-888-407-6002. $25.00.

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May
19
Monday

Monday Morning Yoga at Van Vleck

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Bring focus to the day and week ahead with harmonizing yoga. Classes are open to all levels of experience. Bring your own mat. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $18 Friends/$22 Others.

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On Being Human: 92Y DVD Screening & Discussion

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair NJ 07042. 10:15 a.m. A panel of leading experts explores the biological and emotional aspects of the human memory and what it means to be human, with a focus on healing, feeling, fortitude and fitness. View a DVD of the pre-recorded program from the 92nd St. Y in NYC and then participate in a group discussion, led by a seasoned facilitator. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $20.

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Botanical Studies in Gouache

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair NJ 07042. 1 - 4 p.m. Create beautiful, colorful studies of the blooms and plants in gouache with instructor Kristine Lombardi. Gouache is a very vivid, intense pigment that is perfect for capturing the hues of spring flowers. Reservations / registration required by 05/18/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $50 Mem/$70 NonMem.

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May
20
Tuesday

Tuesday Morning Tai Chi at Van Vleck

21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is a centuries-old internal Chinese martial art that has been shown to enhance health and relaxation. Tai Chi practice may be adapted to suit nearly anyone, regardless of physical condition. Purchase 4-class pass ($85 Friends/$95 Others) or single tickets($22 Friends/$25 Others). For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752.

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Mount Hebron Middle School Spring Art Show and Sale

173 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Visit the "Art Gallery" in the Mount Hebron lobby. Original works of watercolor, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital art, painting and mixed media created by students, faculty and parents will be on display and for sale. Proceeds benefit the school's Visual Arts Programs. For more info: aleard@montclair.k12.nj.us. Free.

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Discussion Group

Sponsored by Socrates Cafe of Montclair. The Office Bar and Grill, 619 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ. 7:30 p.m. Rediscover the art of intelligent conversation. Come join us for thoughtful, creative discussions while meeting new, interesting friends. All ages and previous experience levels welcome. We honor the curious, inquiring mind. This is our 18th year of continuous operation. For more info: ronhilliard2@yahoo.com, 201-488-3254. Free.

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May
21
Wednesday

Reeves Reed Arboretum & Greenwood Garden

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. 100 Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 a.m. Visit two local and much admired gardens: Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, and Greenwood Gardens, set astride the western ridge of the Watchung Mountains and overlooking a vast preserve of forest and meadow. The tour will be followed by a lecture on the history and development of Greenwood. Reservations / registration required by 05/20/2014. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $89.

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Wiggly Worms: Garden Discoveries

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 1 - 2 p.m. Wiggly Worms classes are designed to inspire children ages 3-5 years old about the natural world around them. Every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $7 Friends/$12 Others.

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An Evening of Magic and Comedy at Bellevue Avenue Branch

An Evening of Magic and Comedy at Bellevue Avenue BranchSponsored by Montclair Public Library. 185 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043. 6:15 p.m. Join magician Mark Wurst for an evening of laughter and magic! All ages are welcome (recommended for children ages 4 to 8). Reservations / registration required by 05/20/2014. For more info: montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@bccls.org, 973-744-0500 Ext 2236. Free.

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May
22
Thursday

Midtown Gallery Tour

Sponsored by Adult School of Montclair. NYC address provided upon registration. 11 a.m. Tour some new spring art exhibits on and near New York City's 57th Street. Learn about the artists, their work and techniques. After the two-hour walking tour you may opt to continue discussing the art over lunch with your docent at a local restaurant. Reservations / registration required by 05/21/2014. For more info: adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-746-6636. $39.

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Flower Anatomy

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Van Vleck’s Garden Manager, Laura Roberts, explores flowers and their parts. Marvel at the diversity of shapes achieved by just a few basic structures and learn the significance of flower structure in plant classification. A hands-on component will familiarize participants with flower-related botanical vocabulary through dissection of samples from the Van Vleck grounds. Reservations / registration required. For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $15 Friends/$20 Others.

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May
23
Friday

Plant Sale at Presby

Plant Sale at PresbySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Purchase potted and bare-root irises from our collection through June 6. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom Season

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom Season474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. Presby’s Bloom season continues its 4 week annual display through June 6 starting with our “minis” bearded collection then to our famed tall bearded irises and ends with our non-bearded irises. The Bloom Room Gift Shop is open for 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.. Visitors may purchase potted and bare-root irises from our collection and reserve summer grab bags 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check our website for peak bloom status. A suggested donation is requested during the season. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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Mina Cho Jazz Quartet "May Spirit"

Mina Cho Jazz Quartet Sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Montclair. 24 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7:30 p.m. Mina Cho is a jazz pianist/composer in the Boston area, whose debut album "Originality" (2010) was highly acclaimed by critics for delivering a bold, gospel-infused program of original tunes with her pan-American perspective. Her quartet will perform rearranged standards and her originals to celebrate the spirit of May. For more info: firstmontclair.org, fumcmontclair@gmail.com, 973-744-4086. $15 Adults/$10 Students.

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May
24
Saturday

Disaster Preparedness Presentation

Sponsored by American Red Cross. 63 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11 a.m. Approximately 45-minute "Be Red Cross Ready" presentation advising individuals on how to be better prepared for any future disaster event. Learn how to get a kit, make a plan and be informed! Let us know you are coming! For more info: redcross.org/prepare, paul.gass@redcross.org, 973-746-1800. Free.

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Gustafer Yellowgold

Gustafer YellowgoldSponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 p.m. Yellowgold is that rare gem that appeals to kids and adults of all ages. Gustafer comes from the sun and is living out an explorer's life on earth. His best friend is Forrest the Flightless Pterodactyl… ‘Gustafer,’ performed by esteemed songwriter Morgan Taylor, is described by the New York Times as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss, filtered through the lens of the Lower East Side.” For more info: montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@bccls.org, 973-744-0500 Ext 2238. Free.

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May
25
Sunday

Tour de Fleurs

Sponsored by Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey and Bike&Walk Montclair. 60 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30 a.m. Join us for a scenic bicycle tour of some of Montclair's great public gardens. Begin at Avis Campbell Gardens, proceed to Van Vleck Gardens and end at the Iris Garden on Upper Mountain Ave. All participants must bring their own bikes in good working order and helmets must be worn. Reservations / registration required by 05/18/2014. For more info: bikewalkmontclair.org, edbikewalk@gmail.com, 973-768-8541. Free.

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New York Baroque Incorporated

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 46 Park St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 p.m. Listen to an intimate chamber program of Italian Baroque works. Program graciously underwritten by Drs. Eugene Pugatch and Francis Wood in memory of Mary McNeal Wood, longtime supporter of the arts in Montclair. For more info: cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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May
27
Tuesday

Tuesday Morning Tai Chi at Van Vleck

21 Van Vleck St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is a centuries-old internal Chinese martial art that has been shown to enhance health and relaxation. Purchase 4-class pass ($85 Friends/$95 Others) or single tickets ($22 Friends/$25 Others). For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752.

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Q & A in the Garden: Trees and Shrubs

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 - 11 a.m. Do you have questions about plants in your home garden? Join Laura Roberts, Garden Manager, for a Q & A session! For more info: vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $10 Friends/$15 Others.

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Discussion Group

Sponsored by Socrates Cafe of Montclair. The Office Bar and Grill, 619 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ. 7:30 p.m. Rediscover the art of intelligent conversation. Come join us for thoughtful, creative discussions while meeting new, interesting friends. All ages and previous experience levels welcome. We honor the curious, inquiring mind. This is our 18th year of continuous operation. For more info: ronhilliard2@yahoo.com, 201-488-3254. Free.

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May
28
Wednesday

A Bellevue Avenue Library Centennial Salon: Salute to Early 20th Century American Music

A Bellevue Avenue Library Centennial Salon:  Salute to Early 20th Century  American MusicSponsored by Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library. 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 7 - 9 p.m. This concert explores American music, including jazz, blues, folk, the American songbook, operetta and classical music. Performers include the Mel-O-Chords, Odarka Polanskyi Stockert (harpist), Amy Crafton (clarinetist and saxophonist), Jack Drucker (flutist), artists of the Opera Theatre of Montclair and others. The concert will be introduced by Roland Hutchinson, music historian. Reservations recommended. Proceeds benefit the Bellevue Avenue Library. For more info: montclairplf.org, 973-744-0500 Ext. 2222. $20.

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May
29
Thursday

Fireside Yoga

Fireside YogaSponsored by Van Dyk Manor Montclair. 42 N Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a rejuvenating yoga session taught by Montclair local Laura Mitchell. Enjoy some "me" time while mastering the art of stress relief and relaxation. Bring a yoga mat. All levels welcome. Reservations / registration required by 05/27/2014. For more info: amy@vandykhealthcare.com, 973-783-9400. Free.

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Glenfield Middle School Art Show

25 Maple Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Multimedia display showcasing the students' work of grades 6, 7 and 8. Silent auction and raffle baskets. Multiple activity stations; fun for the whole family. Refreshments served. For more info: montclair.k12.nj.us, dcomeau@montclair.k12.nj.us, 973-509-4171. Free.

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May
30
Friday

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom Season

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens 2014 Bloom SeasonSponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 a.m. Presby’s Bloom season continues its 4 week annual display through June 6 starting with our “minis” bearded collection then to our famed tall bearded irises and ends with our non-bearded irises. The Bloom Room Gift Shop is open for 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.. Visitors may purchase potted and bare-root irises from our collection and reserve summer grab bags 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check our website for peak bloom status. A suggested donation is requested during the season. For more info: presbyirisgardens.org, presbyiris@verizon.net, 973-783-5974. Free.

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"From Roses to Rock Gardens" Annual Garden Tour

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission fee includes a self-guided tour of seven local gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge. All proceeds benefit the historic Van Vleck House & Gardens. Members pay lower fee. Reservations / registration required. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $30/25 Prepaid/$35/30 Door.

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7th Grade Revolutionary Walk

Sponsored by Renaissance School PTA. Downtown Montclair. 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Renaissance School PTA coordinates this event as a fundraiser for the 7th grade overnight trip to Philadelphia in June. Join students as they walk through downtown Montclair, visiting sites and listening to speakers talk about historical sites of the Revolutionary War era. For more info: sthomas@montclair.k12.nj.us. Free.

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The Montclair Poetry Festival

Sponsored by Mylk 'n' Honee Publishing & Productions. 6 p.m. The Montclair Poetry Festival is a 3-day event celebrating the art of poetry, spoken word and slam to be held all throughout scenic Montclair. There will be open mics, workshops, readings and competitions, with a final stage event on June 1. For more information, please like our Facebook page, facebook.com/MontclairPoetryFestival. For more info: MPF@mylknhonee.com, 973-234-7496. Free.

Spring Awakening - a rock musical

Sponsored by Studio Players. Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 p.m. SPRING AWAKENING, a Rock Musical based on the play by Frank Wedekind, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, SA celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion that you will never forget. ***Please be advised there is strong language and sexual situations*** For more info: studioplayhouse.org/spring-awakening, boxoffice@studioplayhouse.org, 973-744-9752. $25.

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May
31
Saturday

Functional Training from the inside-out

Functional Training from the inside-outSponsored by Advanced Fitness Concepts. 125 Gates Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 a.m. Is your workout program truly functional or is it FICTIONAL?" Come learn what REAL functional training is and how it can improve your life, daily activities, and sports performance! Join Gordon Waddell,PES,CSCS,CES Montclair's premier health & fitness expert for an interactive workshop and learn: The best exercises for overall health, how seated exercise machines are FAKE exercises, and what your exercise program should and SHOULD NOT include and why! Discover how to DOUBLE your fitness results while cutting workout time in HALF. TRUE functional training does NOT need to resemble a circus act! Reservations / registration required by 05/29/2014. For more info: Advanced-Fitness-Concepts.com, gordon@advanced-fitness-concepts.com, 973-865-6691. Free. Rain date: 06/01/2014.

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The Still Life in the Garden

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair NJ 07042. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy creating your own still life from the resources at the Van Vleck greenhouse. Flowers, potted plants, gardening tools, vegetables, flora and fauna, as well as garden ornaments (yard birds!) will be used. Emphasis will be placed upon the composition of the arrangement, as well as the details of the chosen subject matter, especially flowers and leaves. Shapes, color, textures, and the use of natural lighting and shadows will be discussed by instructor Teri Bartolo as we develop our painterly works of art. Reservations / registration required by 05/30/2014. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5139. $100 Mem/$120 NonMem.

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"From Roses to Rock Gardens" Annual Garden Tour

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St., Monclair, NJ 07042. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission fee includes a self-guided tour of 7 local gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge. Members pay lower fee. For more info: vanvleck.org, e.labarbera@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $30/25 Prepaid/$35/30 Door.

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The Montclair Poetry Festival

Sponsored by Mylk 'n' Honee Publishing & Productions. 6 p.m. The Montclair Poetry Festival is a 3-day event celebrating the art of poetry, spoken word and slam to be held all throughout scenic Montclair. There will be open mics, workshops, readings and competitions, with a final stage event on June 1. For more information, please like our Facebook page, facebook.com/MontclairPoetryFestival. For more info: MPF@mylknhonee.com, 973-234-7496. Free.

Spring Disco Night

Spring Disco NightSponsored by Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts. 14 South Park St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 - 10 p.m. SMAPA's Disco Night Spring "Fun-Raiser" for 18 years and older. Dance to the music of the 70's & 80's with DJ, emcee, entertainment and eore. All proceeds benefit SMAPA's Scholarship and Outreach Programs. For more info: smapa.org, chopkins@smapa.org, 973-655-9819. $25.

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Spring Awakening - a rock musical

Sponsored by Studio Players. Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 p.m. SPRING AWAKENING, a Rock Musical based on the play by Frank Wedekind, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, SA celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion that you will never forget. ***Please be advised there is strong language and sexual situations*** For more info: studioplayhouse.org/spring-awakening, boxoffice@studioplayhouse.org, 973-744-9752. $25.

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June
1
Sunday

Love without limit, Life without fear

Love without limit, Life without fearSponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist. 8 Hillside Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 p.m. International speaker, practitioner, and teacher of Christian Science, Fujiko Signs explores the relationship between prayer and healing and how individuals have been freed of various limitations through prayer alone. A separate event by the same speaker will take place Monday morning, June 2nd, at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website for information about "The Lord's Prayer - Practical Healing For All." For more info: csmontclair.com, montclairchurch@verizon.net, 973-744-1280. Free.

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The Montclair Poetry Festival

Sponsored by Mylk 'n' Honee Publishing & Productions. 6 p.m. The Montclair Poetry Festival is a 3-day event celebrating the art of poetry, spoken word and slam to be held all throughout scenic Montclair. There will be open mics, workshops, readings and competitions, with a final stage event on June 1. For more information, please like our Facebook page, facebook.com/MontclairPoetryFestival. For more info: MPF@mylknhonee.com, 973-234-7496. Free.