May in Montclair Calendar of Events

April
10
Friday

Garden Tales - 5 Fridays

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 4:15. Children will learn about gardening and nature through literature with Master Gardener and Kids Gardening Expert Denise Barth. In this class we will read a garden themed book each week and do a take home gardening project related to the story. Children will acquire basic gardening skills, taste some of the veggies growing in the garden and go on a nature hike all in the beautiful setting of the Van Vleck Gardens. Be prepared to get dirty and have fun! Registration required – space is limited and this class fills up quickly. Age: Children in Grades K-2nd grade. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $75 - $100.

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April
25
Saturday

An Evening with Roger McGuinn

An Evening with Roger McGuinnSponsored by Outpost in the Burbs. Mt. Hebron School, 173 Bellevue Avenue. 8:00 p.m. As the frontman of the Byrds, legendary Roger McGuinn and his trademark 12-string Rickenbacker guitar pioneered folk-rock music. He was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists" by Rolling Stone Magazine. His "sonic guitar riffs" are considered an "irreplaceable color in rock's palette." For more info: www.outpostintheburbs.org, stevecutaia@outpostintheburbs.org, 973-744-6560. $30 Adv/$34 Door.

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April
30
Thursday

A Rite of Spring! Annual Herb Sale!

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road. 9 AM. Our Annual Herb Sale is approaching! Visit the Montclair Historical Society’s site during the first weekend in May and see the unique herbs we have to offer for your garden! This year we are introducing a selection of heirloom vegetables in addition to our herbs. Check our website in April for the 2015 pre-order form and list of new vegetables offered. Herb Sale Hours: Thursday, April 30, 9 AM- 8 PM Friday, May 1, 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday, May 2, 9 AM – 3 PM (or until we sell out!) - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/annual-herb-sale-3/#sthash.TElGJAAH.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, olivia@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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May
1
Friday

Stop Kiss

Stop KissSponsored by Studio Players. 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 8:00PM. Stop Kiss A Drama/Comedy by Diana Son The story begins in a New York apartment, with Callie running hopelessly late for an appointment. Sara, friend of a friend from out-of-town, stops by to drop off her cat. At their first meeting, the two women form a bond that neither expects. Their connection leads to unexpected joy and tragedy. Adult language and content. For more info: http://studioplayhouse.org/other-peoples-money/, boxoffice@studioplayhouse.org, 973 744-9752. $20(Adult);$17(Senior/Student).

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A Rite of Spring! Annual Herb Sale!

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 am -5 pm. Our Annual Herb Sale is approaching! Visit the Montclair Historical Society’s site during the first weekend in May and see the unique herbs we have to offer for your garden! This year we are introducing a selection of heirloom vegetables in addition to our herbs. Check our website in April for the 2015 pre-order form and list of new vegetables offered. Herb Sale Hours: Thursday, April 30, 9 AM- 8 PM Friday, May 1, 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday, May 2, 9 AM – 3 PM (or until we sell out!) - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/annual-herb-sale-3/#sthash.LFChIJLZ.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 7:30pm. Hair, the legendary, trailblazing rock musical, puts the philosophy and culture of 60s-era flower children center stage. A show that bridges generations and viewpoints, featuring phenomenally successful musical numbers such as Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine, Hair's vitality and exuberance lives on. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, community@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-3321. $15. Free for MSU undergrads.

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May
2
Saturday

The Restoration Fair Returns!

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:00 AM. Meet the craftsman who can make your restoration project come to life! Fair includes free workshops and activities for kids. The restoration fair is part of our annual herb sale fundraising event. Admission is free, no registration required. 10 AM to 4 PM at 108 Orange Road.In the event of rain the fair will resume inside the lower program level of the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Details on workshops and activities will be posted as the event approaches. For vendors interested in having a table at the fair, please contact MHS staff at 973-744-1796 or mail@montclairhistorical.org for details on the event. - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/the-restoration-fair-returns/#sthash.MEzRuzY1.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973 744 1796. Free.

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Walking Tour of Upper Montclair Business District

Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park and the Montclair Historical Society. Co-spon. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30AM. Walking tour of Upper Montclair Business District on Saturday, May 2, 10:30 am, developed and co-led by the Friends of Anderson Park and the Montclair Historical Society. Co-sponsored by Bike&Walk Montclair. In the past we’ve been treated to tours inside several historic buildings along the way — no telling what surprises are in store this time! This 2 ½-hour walking tour will chronicle the development of the area from a rural settlement in the 1880s to burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s. For reservations and starting location, contact mail@montclairhistorical.org or 973-744-1796. $5 suggested donation. (We will also be collecting non-perishable food contributions for Human Needs Food Pantry, in collaboration with the St. James Church food drive.) For day-of-event inquiries, call 973-495-9589. To reserve your place on the walking tour submit a registration form. - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/walking-tour-of-upper-montclair-business-district/#sthash.szlEoMo1.dpuf Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. $5.

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MSU Opera: Die Fledermaus

Sponsored by John J. Cali School of Music. Alexander Kasser Theater, MSU. 8pm. A housemaid disguised as an actress, a husband on the prowl for adventure, a wife in a compromising situation-Falke's masked ball draws an assortment of victims into his net! Find out what happens next when MSU Opera joins the MSU Symphony in a fully-staged production of Strauss's evergreen Viennese romp. Sung in German with English supertitles and spoken text in English. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, boxoffice@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-5112. $15.Free for MSU undergrads.

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Free Write Workshops

Sponsored by Montclair Write Group. Montclair Library Conf. Rm., 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. 10:15 am. Writing workshop that creatively writes to prompts. Open to all! For more info: selinger99@aol.com, 973-953-0937. Free.

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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 2pm and 8pm. Hair, the legendary, trailblazing rock musical, puts the philosophy and culture of 60s-era flower children center stage. A show that bridges generations and viewpoints, featuring phenomenally successful musical numbers such as Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine, Hair's vitality and exuberance lives on. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, community@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-3321. $15. Free for MSU undergrads.

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A Rite of Spring! Annual Herb Sale!

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 am -3 pm. Our Annual Herb Sale is approaching! Visit the Montclair Historical Society’s site during the first weekend in May and see the unique herbs we have to offer for your garden! This year we are introducing a selection of heirloom vegetables in addition to our herbs. Check our website in April for the 2015 pre-order form and list of new vegetables offered. Herb Sale Hours: Thursday, April 30, 9 AM- 8 PM Friday, May 1, 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday, May 2, 9 AM – 3 PM (or until we sell out!) - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/annual-herb-sale-3/#sthash.LFChIJLZ.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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May
3
Sunday

Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 2pm. Hair, the legendary, trailblazing rock musical, puts the philosophy and culture of 60s-era flower children center stage. A show that bridges generations and viewpoints, featuring phenomenally successful musical numbers such as Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine, Hair's vitality and exuberance lives on. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, community@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-3321. $15. free for MSU undergrads.

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MSU Opera: Die Fledermaus

Sponsored by John J. Cali School of Music. Alexander Kasser Theater, MSU. 3pm. A housemaid disguised as an actress, a husband on the prowl for adventure, a wife in a compromising situation-Falke's masked ball draws an assortment of victims into his net! Find out what happens next when MSU Opera joins the MSU Symphony in a fully-staged production of Strauss's evergreen Viennese romp. Sung in German with English supertitles and spoken text in English. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, boxoffice@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-5112. $15.Free for MSU undergrads.

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May
4
Monday

WomanSONG Choral Festival

Sponsored by The WomanSONG Intergenerational Chorus. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8:00 PM. WomanSONG Chorus, based at the Montclair Women's Club (82 Union St) is sponsoring our first invitational Choral Festival. Performers will include area school and community choruses. Invited, along with the WomanSONG Chorus, are the James Caldwell High School Madrigal Singers, the Montclair High School Passing Notes...and more! Tickets are $5 at the door. For more info: depio@comcast.net, 973 954 0650. $5.00 at door.

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Celebrate Montclair as the SunSmartest Town in America

Celebrate Montclair as the SunSmartest Town in America13 The Crescent Montclair NJ 07042. 6:30p. Join us as we celebrate Montclair on becoming the SunSmartest Town in America. Come for a taste of Montclair as well as entertainment and libations. The party will be on the rooftop of the Crescent Lot Parking Deck with spectacular views of Montclair, NYC and the rest of the picturesque surroundings. Tickets are available online at www.livesunsmart.org/CelebrateMontclair. Reservations / registration required. For more info: info@livesunsmart.org, 973-744-3557. $50.

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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 7:30pm. Hair, the legendary, trailblazing rock musical, puts the philosophy and culture of 60s-era flower children center stage. A show that bridges generations and viewpoints, featuring phenomenally successful musical numbers such as Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine, Hair's vitality and exuberance lives on. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, community@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-3321. $15. free for MSU undergrads.

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May
5
Tuesday

The Art of Chamber Music

Sponsored by John J. Cali School of Music. Alexander Kasser Theater, MSU. 7:30pm. The Cali School of Music's top students and faculty members present an ongoing exploration of masterworks from across the broad spectrum of the chamber music repertoire. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, boxoffice@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-5112. $15. Free for MSU undergrads.

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Support Group meeting

Sponsored by Montclair Write Group. Montclair Library Conf. Rm., 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. 10:15 am. Write Group Support Group meetings are held very Tuesday morning, 10:15-11:30, where we discuss each writer's issues, writing topics and business activities. Open to all! For more info: selinger99@aol.com, 973-953-0937. Free.

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Tai Chi

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 9:30am. Join us for Tai Chi in the living room of the Van Vleck House. Tai Chi is a centuries-old internal Chinese martial art practiced in a meditative, slow, gentle, and graceful sequence of movements that has been shown to enhance health, relaxation, and self cultivation and is practiced by millions worldwide. Tai Chi may be adapted to suit nearly anyone, regardless of physical condition. Session Pass(4 classes): $70 Friends/$85 Others Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $$20 - $24 per class.

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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 7:30pm. Hair, the legendary, trailblazing rock musical, puts the philosophy and culture of 60s-era flower children center stage. A show that bridges generations and viewpoints, featuring phenomenally successful musical numbers such as Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine, Hair's vitality and exuberance lives on. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, community@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-3321. $15. free for MSU undergrads.

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May
6
Wednesday

STRONG WOMEN, POWERFUL FINANCIAL STRATEGIES

Sponsored by Christine Frole & Associates. 114 Walnut Street. 6:30. Learn strategies to take control of your finances. Complimentary appetizers and cocktails provided. Please RSVP for you and a guest. Reservations / registration required by 05/04/2015. For more info: 973-532-6200. Free.

Garden Discoveries

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 1:00pm. Our Garden Discoveries classes are designed to inspire children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. Classes are held twice a month, and each class has individual registration. Each program will include a guided hike, hands-on activities and a story. For 3-5 year olds (accompanied by parent/caregiver.) Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $7-$10.

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Backyard Birding for Kids - Migration

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 4:30pm. Have you ever imagined flying 18,000 miles in a year? Some birds do just that in order to raise a family. Come join us as we learn about the amazing journeys of birds. Class includes a story, a game and a hike. Rain or Shine. 3 Wednesday hikes in May. Series Rate: $30 Friends; $40 Others For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $12 - $15.

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May
7
Thursday

Monthly Poetry Series at Montclair Public Library

Sponsored by Laura Boss/Maria Maziotti Gillan. 50 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7PM. Poets Laura Boss and Maria Maziotti Gillan host a series of featured poets and an open reading on the first Thursday of the month. Admission is free. For more info: (973) 744-0500. Free.

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May
8
Friday

Sculptor Nora Chavooshian

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1:30Pm. Sculptor Nora Chavoosian will discuss her works and her career. Refreshments are included. For more info: 973 202 2995. $5.00 at door.

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6th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase

Sponsored by Research Academy for University Learning, Montclair State University. University Hall - Conference Center, 7th Floor, Montclair State University. 9 am - 4 pm. The Research Academy for University Learning, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, is proud to present the Sixth Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase. Sessions will be scheduled throughout the day, and will be mixed with breakfast, lunch, a keynote address, and poster session.This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Patrick Blessinger, Chief Scientist, and Executive Director, International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL). For all the details and to register please visit our website: http://www.montclair.edu/academy/events/university-showcase/ Reservations / registration required. For more info: teach-learn@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-3276. Free.

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National Public Gardens Day at Presby

National Public Gardens Day at PresbySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:00am. Opening Ceremony with Board of Trustees President Nancy Skjei-Lawes & County Representative. Program features authors Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry of Gardens of the Garden State; Iris and Garden Information; The Wonder of Bees. Check our website for details. Program takes place at the Walther House at Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. For more info: www.presbyirisgardens.org, info@presbyirisgardens.org, 973-783-5974. Free.

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Bloom Room Open and Presby Iris Plant Sale

Sponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:00am. 10am-3pm We offer an exciting mix of reasonable priced home and garden accents. Potted and bare root irises from our collection are available for purchase. Visitors may also reserve summer grab bags. For more info: www.presbyirisgardens.org, info@presbyirisgardens.org, 973-783-5974. Free.

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Seasonal Interest Garden Tours

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 1:00pm. Join Laura Roberts, Garden Manager of Van Vleck for a stroll through the gardens as the chilly winter season ends and spring begins to emerge, then continuing into late spring as the garden prepares for summer. Tours will focus on plants of interest each month, including fabulous blooms and foliage as well as seeds, fruits, bark and buds which will catch your eye in the Van Vleck garden. Discover the many changes that unfold from month to month, making each tour different and unique. You can sign up for each tour individually, or the entire series of 4 tours for a reduced rate. Rain or shine – please dress for the weather with sturdy footwear. Registration required For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $5 - $7.

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May
9
Saturday

"Transformations"

Sponsored by Union Congregational Church. 176 Cooper Ave. 8 PM. with Eric Olsen at the piano, Don Braden on saxophone, Ratzo Harris on bass and Tim Horner on the drums. Eric Olsen links the emotion and beauty of classical and popular melodies to an improvisatory tapestry, creating a new art experience.  The result is a fun and revealing musical journey of transformation and renewal.  Eric has toured the world, appearing in concerts in France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the Fiji Islands.  Come and share in the spirit of the Nexus Quartet with Eric Olsen at the piano, Don Braden on saxophone, Ratzo Harris on bass and Tim Horner on the drums. For more info: unioncong.org, infoucc@unioncong.org, 9737447424. Free.

Visit us at the State History Fair

Sponsored by Monmouth Battlefield State Park and Montclair Historical Society. Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ 08560. 11:00 AM. History comes alive at the “Spirit of the Jersey’s” state history fair, which will be held on Saturday, May 9. The state history fair takes place at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ, from 11 AM to 5 PM, rain or shine. Gather tons of information about historic sites and groups throughout New Jersey.Do stop by and visit the Montclair Historical Society’s booth and say hello! - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/visit-us-at-the-state-history-fair-2/#sthash.TrKS7bnA.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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Bloom Room Open and Presby Iris Plant Sale

Bloom Room Open and Presby Iris Plant SaleSponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:00am. 10am-3pm We offer an exciting mix of reasonable priced home and garden accents. Potted and bare root irises from our collection are available for purchase. Visitors may also reserve summer grab bags. Sale continues on Mother's Day. For more info: www.presbyirisgardens.org, info@presbyirisgardens.org, 973-783-5974. Free.

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JUMP START PARENTING

JUMP START PARENTINGSponsored by MOTHERS IN TRAINING, LLC. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11:00. JUMP START PARENTING - Boost your parenting skills for better family performance. In this workshop, we will discuss proactive vs. reactive parenting, authoritative and authoritarian parenting styles, creating household systems, and more. Don't miss the opportunity to add some new methods to your parenting. Solid skills are the key to a great family! MAY 23RD TOPIC: BABY ON BOARD - Routines and schedules shift while you adjust to a baby at home. We will discuss reasonable expectations, address your concerns,evaluate priorities and create solutions that resolve potential problems before they arise Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2015. For more info: www.mothersintraining.org, mothersintraining.org@gmail.com, 973-493-6918. $10.

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May
10
Sunday

"Are We There Yet?"

Sponsored by Union Congregational Church. 176 Cooper Ave. 10 AM. The Children's Choirs of Union Cong present the story of Moses and the Exodus in this upbeat composition by Allen Pote. It is part of our regular 10 am worship service which will also include hymns, prayer, and offering. The Children's presentation is the message (sermon) for the day. Join us and bring the whole family. For more info: unioncong.org, ceucc@unioncong.org, 973-744-7424. Free.

Historic House Tours

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1:00 PM. Step back through over 200 years of American history at our historic properties at 108 Orange Road. While at the Orange Road site, visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920-1965, check out the farm and meet the chickens. Open from 1 to 4 pm. Free will donation. Free admission for members! The Shultz House (Evergreens) will be closed for the season, reopening Spring 2015. - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-39/#sthash.Ec9mnUIE.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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Repast Baroque Ensemble:La Madonna

Sponsored by Peak Performances. Alexander Kasser Theater, MSU. 8pm. A baroque celebration of Mother's Day! Repast Baroque Ensemble, a group of "practiced period perfectionists" whose articulate, spirited playing has won rave reviews, has created a program of works in praise of motherhood. From Biber's Annunciation sonata to Purcell's Blessed Virgin Expostulation, all the works on the program, played by the finest instrumentalists on period instruments, will honor the mothers among us. 85 minutes with one intermission. For more info: http//peakperfs.tix.com, boxoffice@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-5112. $20.Free for MSU undergrads.

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Mother's Day at Presby

Mother's Day at PresbySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:00am. 10am-3pm Enjoy the day with Mom at Presby. Treat her to a special iris or item from our Bloom Room Gift Shop. Free music program 11am-3pm. A special luncheon is planned; ticket information will be available on our website. For more info: www.presbyirisgardens.org, info@presbyirisgardens.org, 973-783-5974. Free.

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May
13
Wednesday

Backyard Birding for Kids - Territory/Courtship

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 4:30pm. Birds travel many miles, face many dangers and still have to find a place to raise their family as well as the perfect mate to do that with. They do this all in a matter of weeks, year after year after year. Come take a hike looking for signs of birds establishing their homes and raising their families on the beautiful property of Van Vleck House & Gardens. Class includes a story, game and hike. Rain or Shine. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $12 - $15.

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Landscape by the Yard - Pratical tips for the home gardener

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 7:00pm. A series of Spring 2015 Workshops led by noted landscape designer Lisa Mierop, owner/operator of Mierop Design, and landscaper Frank J. Contey, owner/operator of Terra Graphics Landscape Services. The duo has cooperated on projects in northern New Jersey, including Van Vleck’s all-season formal garden. Continuing Van Vleck's dedication to serving the Montclair community, these workshops are educational programs that homeowners can apply to their own gardens. They are of special interest to new homeowners, who may want to create gardens but need help getting started. In May they present a workshop on container and annual plants. 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. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $30 - $35.

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May
14
Thursday

Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

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

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May
15
Friday

Montclair Women's Club Closing Luncheon

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Steet. 12:30 PM. The final luncheon, a fundraiser for the club, will include entertainment by Shakespearian actor Geoffrey Owens, reading from great works. The cost will be approximately $30. Please call for reservations. 973 202 2995 Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: 973 202 2995. TBA.

Music for May in Montclair

Music for May in MontclairSponsored by Montclair Community Band. Montclair High School Auditorium, Park St north of Chestnut. 7:30pm. A free event! Conducted by Jim Wasko, the Montclair Community Band is comprised of 60 adults from the Montclair area.. This concert, performed in the beautiful Montclair High School Auditorium, will feature marches, classical favorites and show tunes. Sponsored by the Montclair Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Plenty of free parking and barrier free access. For more info: www.MontclairCommunityBand.org, barbara.rudy@comcast.net, 9737441454. Free.

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Music for May in Montclair

Music for May in MontclairSponsored by Montclair Community Band. Montclair High School Auditorium, Park St north of Chestnut. 7:30pm. A free event! Conducted by Jim Wasko, the Montclair Community Band is comprised of 60 adults from the Montclair area.. This concert, performed in the beautiful Montclair High School Auditorium, will feature marches, classical favorites and show tunes. Sponsored by the Montclair Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Plenty of free parking and barrier free access. For more info: www.MontclairCommunityBand.org, barbara.rudy@comcast.net, 9737441454. Free.

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Writers in the Round with Jesse Terry, Abbe Gardner, Rebecca Loebe, and Tracy Grammar

Writers in the Round with Jesse Terry, Abbe Gardner, Rebecca Loebe, and Tracy GrammarSponsored by Outpost in the Burbs. 67 Church Street. 8:00 p.m. Join us for an intimate evening of music: "Writers in the Round" with Jesse Terry, Abbie Gardner (Red Molly), Rebecca Loebe, and Tracy Grammer. For more info: www.outpostintheburbs.org, stevecutaia@outpostintheburbs.org, 973-744-6560. $20 adv/$23 door.

Bloom Season

Bloom SeasonSponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:00am. May 15-June 5 10am-5pm Presby’s Bloom season begins its annual display 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. Visitors may purchase potted and bare-root irises from our collection and reserve summer grab bags. Free live jazz music program on designated weekends 4pm-6pm. Check our website for peak bloom status. The garden is free and open to the public. A suggested donation is requested during Bloom Season to fund operating costs. For more info: www.presbyirisgardens.org, info@presbyirisgardens.org, 973-783-5974. Free.

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May Basket Competition

May Basket CompetitionSponsored by Garden Club of Montclair. 11:00 AM. Montclair Merchants - please note new date for May Basket! Welcome Spring to Montclair by adorning your storefronts with flowers. Judging will be held on May 15 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM rain or shine in the Upper Montclair, Watchung Plaza, Walnut and Church/South Fullerton business districts. Ribbons will be awarded to all outstanding entries. For more info please contact Sue Straten at suestraten@gmail.com or 973-744-1045. For more info: www.gardenclubofmontclair.org, suestraten@gmail.com, 973-744-1045. Free.

Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 a.m. - 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. For more info, LacoBookSale@msn.com or 973 744-1156 Ext 27. For more info: LacoBookSale@msn.com, 973-744-1156 Ext 27. Free.

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May
16
Saturday

JUMP START PARENTING

JUMP START PARENTINGSponsored by Mothers In Training, LLC. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11:00am. Boost your parenting skills for better family performance. In this workshop, we will discuss proactive vs. reactive parenting, authoritative and authoritarian parenting styles, creating an orderly household, and more. Don't miss the opportunity to add some new methods to your parenting. Solid skills are the key to a great family! Reservations / registration required by 05/08/2015. For more info: www.mothersintraining.org, Mothersintraining.org@gmail.com, 973-493-6918. $15.

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Family Garden Party

Family Garden PartySponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 11:00am. 11am-3pm Essex County Family Garden Party is a free community event sponsored by Essex County Parks with entertainment, crafts, face painting, booths from local organizations such as the Essex County Environmental Center and Master Gardeners, and various food trucks. A student art exhibit will also be featured. Rain date: May 17. For more info: www.presbyirisgardens.org, info@presbyirisgardens.org, 973-783-5974. Free. Rain date: 05/17/2015.

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Organic Vegetable Garden Tour

Sponsored by Cornucopia Network of New Jersey. varied, but includes 56 Gordonhurst Avenue. 9-11am. Gardeners share their expeiences raising vegetables without poisons, and show their gardens. For more info: cornucopianj@gmail.com, 973-744-7340. Free.

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Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 a.m. - 5 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. For more info, LacoBookSale@msn.com or 973 744-1156 Ext 27. For more info: LacoBookSale@msn.com, 973-744-1156 Ext 27. Free.

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May
17
Sunday

Historic House Tours: Reopening of the Schultz House

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042 & 30 North Mountain Ave, Montclair NJ. 1:00 PM. Step back through over 200 years of American history at our historic properties at 108 Orange Road and 30 North Mountain Avenue. While at the Orange Road site, visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920-1965, check out the farm and meet the chickens. At 30 North Mountain visit the 1896 Charles Shultz House, home to three successive generations of the Shultz family, the house is a near perfect time capsule, representing an accurate record of late nineteenth century Montclairion society. Both sites are open from 1 to 4 pm. Free will donation. Free admission for members! - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-24/#sthash.LIIlEmSg.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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Looking at New Jersey: The Arts and Crafts Movement and How it Changed Our World

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 30 North Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2:00 PM. The Montclair Historical Society will host artist, arts journalist, and author Helen Schwartz presenting Looking at New Jersey: The Arts and Crafts Movement and How It Changed Our World. The Arts and Crafts Movement was the aesthetic bridge that carried us from an era of Victorian Excess to the simpler forms and easier lifestyle of modernism. Much of the energy for the movement originated in New Jersey as did the revival of interest and activity that continues today. We will look at the movement past and present with an eye to what survives and how to find it. The program will be held on Sunday, May 17, from 2 to 3 pm at the Shultz House, 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. The program is free and funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/looking-at-new-jersey-the-arts-and-crafts-movement-and-how-it-changed-our-world/#sthash.6o51IJpe.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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Write Group Showcase & Open Mic!

Sponsored by Montclair Write Group. Montclair Library, 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. Readings by writers in the Write Group followed by an Open Mic that anyone can sign up for to read up to an 8-minute piece. For more info: selinger99@aol.com, 9739530937. Free.

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Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 a.m. - 5 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. For more info, LacoBookSale@msn.com or 973 744-1156 Ext 27. For more info: LacoBookSale@msn.com, 973-744-1156 Ext 27. Free.

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May
18
Monday

Monday Morning Yoga

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. Begin your week with mindful vinyasa yoga in the living room of the Van Vleck House overlooking the courtyard garden. Taking inspiration from the magnificent natural beauty around us, we flow between postures at a slow to moderate pace, focusing on building strength in body and mind. This class welcomes all levels from beginner to experienced yogis. Bring your own mat. Late Spring Series Pass (all 4 classes): $70 Friends/$85 others Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $20 - $24 per class.

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May
20
Wednesday

Backyard Birding for Kids - Nesting

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21. 4:30pm. Nesting birds are incredibly busy. It takes days to build a place to raise tiny little birds, while protecting them from weather and predators. Many birds nest in the property of Van Vleck House & Gardens. Come take a walk looking for nesting birds, while respecting their need for privacy. Class includes nesting activity and hike. Rain or Shine. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $12 - $15.

May
21
Thursday

Poetry Study Group

Sponsored by Montclair Write Group. Montclair Library, 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Bring a poem that is not yours (and six copies) to read and share with the group who appreciate poetry! For more info: selinger99@aol.com, 973-953-0937. Free.

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May
22
Friday

Junior Gardeners - 5 Fridays

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 4:00 pm. Age: Grades 3rd-5th Description: This class is a hands-on introduction to the joy of gardening, taught by Master Gardener and Kids Gardening Expert Denise Barth. Children will grow yummy vegetables, plant beautiful flowers, learn about composting and observe the natural world around them at Van Vleck. Class will include a nature hike and nature journaling. This is a perfect way for kids to get outside and get dirty! Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $85 - $115.

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May
23
Saturday

BABY ON BOARD: Creating Order/Avoiding Chaos

BABY ON BOARD:  Creating Order/Avoiding ChaosSponsored by Mothers In Training, LLC. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11:00am. Baby on Board - Are you READY? Routines and schedules shift while you adjust to a baby at home. We will discuss reasonable expectations, address your concerns, evaluate priorities and create solutions that resolve potential problems before they arise. Reservations / registration required by 05/22/2015. For more info: www.mothersintraining.org, mothersintraining.org@gmail.com, 973-493-6918. $15.

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BABY ON BOARD: Creating Order/Avoiding Chaos

Sponsored by MOTHERS IN TRAINING, LLC. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11:00. BABY ON BOARD - Routines and schedules shift while you adjust to a baby at home. We will discuss reasonable expectations, address your concerns,evaluate priorities and create solutions that resolve potential problems before they arise Reservations / registration required by 05/16/2015. For more info: www.mothersintraining.org, Mothersintraining.org@gmail.com, 973-493-6918. $ 10.

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May
27
Wednesday

The Price of Liberty: Screening of the Rule

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7:00 PM. Enjoy a screening of The Rule hosted by Leslie Wilson, PhD Date: Wednesday, May 27. 7 to 9 pm Montclair Public Library Admission is Free This film brings the film series discussion to the present day. Newark Abbey, a monastery in Newark, teaches students of St. Benedicts’s Prep based on “The Rule” that is 1,500 years old and has guided Benedictine monks throughout history. The Benedictine monks instill a sense of community in the most vulnerable student body — inner-city African American and Latino teenage males – -who then go on to achieve amazing educational success. Format: Dr. Wilson will provide brief context for the film clip. A representative portion of the film or the whole film, depending on length, will be shown. A Q&A discussion period will follow the film. - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/the-price-of-liberty-screening-of-the-rule/#sthash.PSibkOFF.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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May
28
Thursday

Fireside Yoga

Fireside YogaSponsored by Van Dyk Health Care at Montclair. 42 N Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 5:30pm- 630pm. Learn how to cope with stress successfully. Enjoy a wellness lecture and yoga session by Montclair local Laura Mitchell. Enjoy some "me" time while mastering the art of stress relief and relaxation. Reservations / registration required by 05/26/2015. For more info: www.vandykhealthcare.com, amy@vandykhealthcare.com, 973-783-9400. Free.

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May
29
Friday

Renaissance School 7th Grade Revolutionary Walk

Sponsored by Renaissance PTA. Historic Downtown Montclair. 11am-2:30pm. 7th grade students will walk through key Revolutionary War sites in downtown Montclair. They will listen to speakers at each site describing the site's relevance. For more info: sthomas@montclair.k12.nj.us, 973 509 5741. Free.

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From Roses to Rock Gardens Annual Tour

From Roses to Rock Gardens Annual TourSponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 11:00am. Delight in someone else’s garden and get ideas for your own at the “Roses to Rock Garden” private garden tour, May 29th and 30th (rain or shine) from 11am – 4pm. General admission ticket of $30 prepaid (Friends $25) or $35 at the door (Friends $30) includes self-guided tour of 8 local Montclair and Glen Ridge gardens as well as the Van Vleck gardens. All proceeds benefit historic Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St.,Montclair, NJ, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.vanvleck.org , call 973-744-4752, or email info@vanvleck.org For more info: info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $25-$35.

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May
30
Saturday

Guided Birding Hikes - Nesting

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 9:00 am. Watching a bird build a nest is a fascinating delight. Many bird species nest here on the Van Vleck House & Gardens property. Take a walk to see birds as they build their nests or as they feed their young. Of course, we will keep a safe and respectful distance. Dress for the weather. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, education@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $5 - $7.

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May
31
Sunday

Historic House Tours

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1:00 PM. Step back through over 200 years of American history at our historic properties at 108 Orange Road. While at the Orange Road site, visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920-1965, check out the farm and meet the chickens. Open from 1 to 4 pm. Free will donation. Free admission for members! - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-40/#sthash.zjQVD6ro.dpuf For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 9737441796. Free.

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Montclair Women's Club Closing Luncheon

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Steet. 12:30 PM. The final luncheon, a fundraiser for the club, will include entertainment by Shakespearian actor Geoffrey Owens, reading from great works. The cost will be approximately $30. Please call for reservations. 973 202 2995 Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: 973 202 2995. TBA.

BABY ON BOARD: Creating Order/Avoiding Chaos

BABY ON BOARD:  Creating Order/Avoiding ChaosSponsored by Mothers In Training, LLC. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11:00am. Baby on Board - Are you READY? Routines and schedules shift while you adjust to a baby at home. We will discuss reasonable expectations, address your concerns, evaluate priorities and create solutions that resolve potential problems before they arise. Reservations / registration required by 05/22/2015. For more info: www.mothersintraining.org, mothersintraining.org@gmail.com, 973-493-6918. $15.

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