May in Montclair Calendar of Events

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 pm. 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- For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, olivia@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Free.

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Garden Party Luncheon

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 11:30 am. The VanVleck House & Gardens Plant Sale will kick off on Thursday April 30 with the Garden Party Luncheon featuring Matthew Franklin, potted container designer extraordinaire. Guests will enjoy lunch amid the magnificent gardens and be first to shop our wonderful selection of plants. The Plant Sale will open to the public on Friday, May 1, 10:00 am-3 pm, Saturday May 2, 9 am - 4 pm, Sunday, May 3, 11 am - 3 pm, Monday May 4, and Thursday May 7, 10 am - 2 pm. We will be featuring edible garden plants this year so hurry in before they're all eaten. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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May
1
Friday

Contemplation in Diversity-Art Exhibition

Contemplation in Diversity-Art ExhibitionSponsored by Perspectives Exhibition. 369 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 6pm. Contemplations in Diversity is the first Annual Art Exhibition by Perspectives Exhibition. Perspectives Exhibition provides a platform for emerging and established artists to show and sell their work. The exhibition comprises of both visual and performing artists from Montclair, the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.perspectivesexhibition.com, www.perspectivesexhibit@gmail.com, 9734899454. Free.

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Montclair Film Festival

The festival continues through May 10th with showings at venues throughout town. Consult their directory or visit their website at montclairfilmfest.org for the latest information. Reservations / registration required. For more info: info@montclairfilmfest.org, 973-783-6433.

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 For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Free.

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Hawk Watching

Sponsored by Montclair Bird Club. Southerly end of Mills Reservation at cliff site - park on Edgecliff Road. 9 am - 4 pm. An intern from NJ Audubon and members of the Montclair Bird Club will be on site identifying and counting hawks and other raptors as they fly north to their traditional breeding grounds. Join the fun learning about birds and enjoy a fabulous view of the New York City area. For more info: www.montclairbirdclub.org. Free.

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2015 Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 am. Join us for the 12th Annual Van Vleck House and Garden Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, featuring edible plants and baskets. You’ll also find expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories. Become a friend of Van Vleck for 10% discount. Admission is free; plants go fast. Visit early for the best selection, rain or shine. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. 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 am - 4 pm. 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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Women are not small men- Correct exercise selection and training tips for women!

Women are not small men- Correct exercise selection and training tips for women!Sponsored by ADVANCED FITNESS CONCEPTS / Gordon Waddell, PES, CSCS, CES. 125 Gates Ave Montclair, NJ 07042. 11:30 am. A free workshop for women who want to learn the best and safest exercises for them. Many women are given exercises that are not correct or safe for them. Come learn how to select exercises that tone muscles and reduce body fat while avoiding pain and injury! Women need exercises that are based on their unique: skeletal structure, muscle fiber type, posture, hormonal cycles, physiology and not media hype and "buzzwords". Discover what the commercial fitness industry does not want you to know and how little most fitness professionals really know regarding female exercise programs. Learn how to get the best results in the shortest amount of time! Guaranteed to make you think and re-think your exercise program! Please RSVP, No walk-ins. (offered on 2 dates, choose which is best for your schedule - Encore is Sat 5/2 at 10:30 am). Reservations / registration required by 04/29/2015. For more info: fitmontclair.wordpress.com/may-in-montclair-2015/, Gordon@advanced-fitness-concepts.com, 973-865-6691. Free.

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Closer Look Tour

Closer Look TourSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. Coincides with the MAM’s Free First Fridays Join us for informal 20-minute gallery talks that provide an in-depth examination of one to two works of art on view in the galleries. Tours are led by MAM educators and docents. The Montclair Art Museum galleries are free 12–5 p.m. the first Friday of every month. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. Free.

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May in Montclair Opening Ceremonies

Watchung Plaza Park, Montclair NJ 07042. 12 pm. Enjoy the Maypole Dance by students from Edgemont School and music performances by pupils from Northeast and Watchung Schools. For more info: mayinmontclair.org, joanzbloch@gmail.com, 973-509-4166. Free.

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Teen Digital Scavenger Hunt

Teen Digital Scavenger HuntSponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 pm. The Youth Services Department wants to challenge the teens of Montclair to participate in our Digital Scavenger Hunt. Teens who will be given a list of 100 items that may be found at the library may work in teams of up to four (4) people. Participants must also bring a digital camera or a phone camera to use for the game. Bragging rights and a prize will be awarded to the team that finds and captures the most items on the list. Let the games begin! Registration is required. 3rd Floor Grades 6 to 12 Reservations / registration required by 04/30/2015. For more info: www.montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@montclair.bccls.org, 973-744-0500 xt2238. Free.

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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 7:30 pm. 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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Stop Kiss

Stop KissSponsored by Studio Players. 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 pm. 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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May
2
Saturday

Montclair Community Pre-K Annual Garden Day

49 Orange Road. 9am. Join the MCPK Garden Project as we prepare our gardens for Spring! The entire community is invited to join us for an active morning that will include sports activities for children, lunch for all volunteers, Plant Sale, and many opportunities to work in, and learn about, the MCPK's extensive gardens. Help us prepare our latest addition - raised bed vegetable gardens. Current, former, and prospective students and families particularly encouraged to join us. Dress to get dirty and have fun! For more info: www.montclairprek.org, 973-509-4500. Free. Rain date: 05/03/2015.

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Yard Sale

Sponsored by First Congregational Church of Montclair. 40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ. 9:00 am. FCC Yard Sale 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Something for everyone - books, household items, video games, small appliances, pictures, tools, electronics, furniture, toys. If you need it, we might have it! Free.

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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, 973-744-1796. Free.

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2015 Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 am. Join us for the 12th Annual Van Vleck House & Garden Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, featuring edible plants and baskets. You’ll also find expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories. New hours this year include Friday shopping to get a jump on the weekend and your Spring garden planning. Become a friend of Van Vleck for 10% discount. Admission is free, plants go fast. Visit early for the best selection, rain or shine. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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The Restoration Fair Returns!

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 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. 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 For more info: 973- 744- 1796. 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 Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 am - 3 pm. 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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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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Walking Tour of Upper Montclair Business District

Walking Tour of Upper Montclair Business DistrictSponsored by Montclair Historical Society, Friends of Anderson Park and Bike&Walk. Meeting location provided upon registration.. 10:30 am. 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 a burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s. For reservations and starting location, contact mail@montclairhistorical.org or 973-744-1796. Online registration available at www.montclairhistorical.org (click on Things to Do tab, then Events). (We will 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. Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. $5 suggested & food donation. Rain date: 05/03/2015.

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Women are not small men- Correct exercise selection & training tips for women! -ENCORE

Women are not small men- Correct exercise selection & training tips for women! -ENCORESponsored by ADVANCED FITNESS CONCEPTS / Gordon Waddell, PES, CSCS, CES. 125 Gates Ave Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30 am. A free workshop for women who want to learn the best and safest exercises for them! Learn how to select exercises that tone muscles and reduce body fat while avoiding pain and injury. Women need exercises that are based on their unique: skeletal structure, muscle fiber type, posture, and hormonal cycles. Learn how to get the best results in the shortest amount of time! Please RSVP, NO walk-ins (offered on 2 dates, choose which is best for your schedule) Reservations / registration required. For more info: fitmontclair.wordpress.com/may-in-montclair-2015/, Gordon@advanced-fitness-concepts.com, 973-865-6691. Free.

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Enjoy Explore India: The Little Brave Hare Storytime & Workshop

Enjoy Explore India: The Little Brave Hare Storytime & WorkshopSponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 South. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. Bhasuraka, the lion rules the jungle, proud of his might; his great big roar fills the animals with fright. A little brave hare defeats the big lion and saves the day; he is our superhero all the jungle animals say. Listen to the story of the little brave hare from the Panchatantra, the book of famous animal stories from India. The story set in the great jungles of India has traveled around the world and the story of the brave hare has inspired many through the ages. Make a rabbit and lion puppet in this workshop and get ready to tell the story to your friends! Enjoy Explore India provides dynamic programs that teaches families about India and her invaluable contributions to the world. Registration required Auditorium Ages 4 to 10 Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: www.montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@montclair.bccls.org, 973-744-0500 x2238. Free.

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BOOK TALK - MEET HEATHER VOGEL FREDERICK

Sponsored by Christian Science Reading Room. 46A Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. "SEEKING AND FINDING MARY BAKER EDDY" - a talk by Heather Vogel Frederick, the co-author of 'A World More Bright: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy'... Heather is the author of 17 books for young people, and lives with her family in Oregon. This dynamic, visually-rich presentation will take you behind the scenes into the research and writing process. For more info: www.csmontclair.com, cs@montclairreadingroom.com, 973-744-3366. Free.

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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 2 pm and 8 pm. 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. 8 pm. 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
3
Sunday

Cat/Kitten Adoption Event

Cat/Kitten Adoption EventSponsored by Cameron Animal Hospital. 417 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 12-4 PM. Kittens and cats will be available for viewing and adoption at Cameron Animal Hospital on Sunday, May 3 and Sunday, May 17, between noon and 4 p.m., at 417 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, New Jersey. Adoptions from Cameron Animal Hospital include FELV/FIV testing, vaccination, and spay/neuter surgery. Typical adoption fees are $100 per cat, which helps the hospital provide shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, enrichment and behavioral rehabilitation for adoptable animals. For a quick view of some of the animals that will be available for adoption, check out Cameron’s pet list on Petfinder (https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=NJ150&sort=pet.Identifier). For questions about cat adoptions, or to receive pre-approval, please email jennithefostermom@gmail.com. Cameron Animal Hospital has been located on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair since 1936. The family-owned hospital provides services to cats, dogs, and other small animals, including rabbits, rats, ferrets, and more. Cameron Animal Hospital is not a shelter, but works extensively with the rescue community in Essex County. To make an appointment for pet care, please call 973-744-2052. For more info: jennithefostermom@gmail.com, 973-744-2052. Free.

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Fran Duffy, Harpist

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 46 Park St. Montclair. 3:00 PM. Fran Duffy, one of the very finest harpists in New York and environs, returns to Central Church for an enchanting program of classical music. A combination of solo repertoire and accompanied pieces will leave you breathless. Concert is held in the historic sanctuary of Central Church. All are welcome...simple reception follows. For more info: www.centralpresbyterian.net, cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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2015 Van Vleck Plant and Garden Sale

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck St.. 10 am. Join us for the 12th Annual Van Vleck House & Garden Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, featuring edible plants and baskets. You’ll also find expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories. New hours this year include Friday shopping to get a jump on the weekend and your Spring garden planning. Become a friend of Van Vleck for 10% discount. Admission is free, plants go fast. Visit early for the best selection, rain or shine. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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Spring Bling: Glass Jewelry Making

Spring Bling: Glass Jewelry MakingSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 12 pm. Discover the fun of making jewelry with fused glass! Students will assemble colorful pieces of glass to create stunning original jewelry. Pieces will be kiln-fused and ready for pickup approximately two weeks after the workshop. Impress your friends with the finished product or give that special someone a gift that they won’t soon forget. Materials and firing fees included in tuition. Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $75 members/$95 nonmembers.

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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 2 pm. 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. 3 pm. 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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Montclair Author Kristine A. Lombardi Lovey Bunny

Montclair Author Kristine A. Lombardi Lovey BunnySponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042. 3 pm. Lovey Bunny is the happiest little girl around. She loves just about everything—her family, art, watching her mama make things, and especially playing dress-up. But when she borrows Mama Rabbit’s new dress without asking and ruins it, Lovey Bunny learns that not everything always goes as planned. Will Lovey Bunny find a creative way to show Mama that she’s sorry? Kristine A. Lombardi’s picture book debut reveals an effervescent new character whose talent for crafts and love of fashion, family, and fun will touch the hearts of little girls everywhere! Registration required. 3rd Floor. Ages 0 to 8. Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2015. For more info: www.montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@montclair.bccls.org, 973-744-0500 x2238. Free.

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May
4
Monday

2015 Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 am. Join us for the 12th Annual Van Vleck House & Garden Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, featuring edible plants and baskets. You’ll also find expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories. New hours this year include Friday shopping to get a jump on the weekend and your Spring garden planning. Become a friend of Van Vleck for 10% discount. Admission is free, plants go fast. Visit early for the best selection, rain or shine. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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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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WomanSONG Choral Festival

Sponsored by The WomanSONG Intergenerational Chorus. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 pm. WomanSONG Chorus, based at the Montclair Women's Club (82 Union Street) 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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May
5
Tuesday

Tai Chi

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 am. 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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Support Group meeting

Sponsored by Montclair Write Group. Montclair Library Conference. Room., 50 South. 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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2015 Van Vleck Plant & Garden Sale

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 am. Join us for the 12th Annual Van Vleck House & Garden Benefit Plant Sale, where garden enthusiasts can conveniently find the finest local plant selections, featuring edible plants and baskets. You’ll also find expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories. New hours this year include Friday shopping to get a jump on the weekend and your Spring garden planning. Become a friend of Van Vleck for 10% discount. Admission is free, plants go fast. Visit early for the best selection, rain or shine. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

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The Art of Chamber Music

Sponsored by John J. Cali School of Music. Alexander Kasser Theater, MSU. 7:30 pm. 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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Hair

Sponsored by MSU Department of Theater and Dance. Memorial Auditorium MSU. 7:30 pm. 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

Garden Discoveries

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street.. 1 pm. 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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Creative Aging Initiative: Artful Outing

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. MAM invites people with dementia and their care partners to attend a free, interactive gallery program led by MAM docents and educators. Interact with current exhibitions in a meaningful way through hands-on activities and gallery engagement. If you are an individual caregiver or program coordinator for a care facility and wish to participate, please call 973-259-5136 or contact tours@montclairartmuseum.org to make a reservation. Reservations / registration required. For more info: 973-746-5555. Free.

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Backyard Birding for Kids - Migration

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street.. 4:30 pm. 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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Strong Women, Powerful Financial Strategies

Sponsored by Christine Frole & Associates. Halycyon Restaurant, 114 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 6:30 pm. Learn ways to take control of your finances. Appetizers and cocktails provided. Please RSVP for you and a guest. Reservations / registration required. For more info: dcat0568@gmail.com, 973-532-6200. Free.

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May
7
Thursday

Coffee and a Cause

Coffee and a CauseSponsored by The Salvation Army. 13 Trinity Place, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 am. Coffee and a Cause is a brunch for community minded individuals who want to learn how The Salvation Army is serving this community, particularly homeless and marginalized individuals through its extensive social service programs. It is also an opportunity to share the mission of the international Salvation Army. The guest this year is April Foster, who spent several decades as a lay missionary in Africa and now serves in West Nyack, New York as the director of the Others, The Salvation Army Trade for Hope Initiative. Founded in Bangladesh, Others was designed to create jobs, ensure fair compensation and support to improve the quality of life. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.montclaircitadel.org, michele.kroeze@use.salvationarmy.org, 973-744-3312. Free.

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Free First Thursday Night at MAM

Free First Thursday Night at MAMSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 5 pm. The Montclair Art Museum invites you to enjoy a night out at the Museum the first Thursday of the month (Oct–June), including live music, tours, and interactive entertainment. A full-service bar with special First Thursday Night prices sponsored by Pig & Prince, one of Montclair's most celebrated eateries, is open all evening, and food trucks serve a variety of delicious fare. Try your hand at drawing the figure, explore MAM's galleries, see live performances, and more. Check montclairartmuseum.org for special programming. For more info: 973-746-5555. Free.

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Monthly Poetry Series at Montclair Public Library

Sponsored by Laura Boss/Maria Maziotti Gillan. 50 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. 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

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 am. Opening Ceremony with Board of Trustees President Nancy Skjei-Lawesand 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 am - 3 pm. 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 pm. 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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Sculptor Nora Chavooshian

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1:30 pm. 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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For Mom: Cupcakes from the Heart (Ages 8+)

For Mom: Cupcakes from the Heart (Ages 8+)Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 4 pm. Create amazing and edible cupcake toppers for a memorable Mother’s Day! Edible art instructor Elisabeth Antoine will provide the materials and step-by-step instructions to help students craft adorable fondant decorations. Then, on Mother’s Day, bake some cupcakes at home, top them with icing and the finished fondant toppers to reward Mom with a delicious artistic treat that she won’t soon forget! Students should bring a Tupperware container for carrying home their cupcake toppers. Reservations / registration required by 05/08/2015. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $35 members/ $55 nonmembers.

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May
9
Saturday

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 am - 3 pm. 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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TREES OF ANDERSON PARK: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

TREES OF ANDERSON PARK: LOOKING TO THE FUTURESponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. 274 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 10:30 am. This tour of Olmsted-designed Anderson Park focuses on the renewal of the park’s historic, century-old tree canopy. Led by landscape historian Judith Earley. Meet at the boulder at the park’s northeast entrance. Light rain does not cancel, but heavy rain reschedules to Sunday, May 10, same time. For more info: http://www.friendsofandersonpark.com/, earleyjudith@gmail.com, (862) 202-9251. Free. Rain date: 05/10/2015.

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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 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 For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Free.

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JUMP START PARENTING

JUMP START PARENTINGSponsored by MOTHERS IN TRAINING, LLC. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11 am. 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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Our Story in Collage (Ages 5+)

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 pm. Calling all mothers, sons, and daughters! Make this Mother’s Day weekend special by preserving your lifelong memories with the creation of a personal collage. Collage is an expressive medium, especially when combined with personal touches, so bring copies of your best photos and spend time with your child creating a collage that tells your story together. Take your collage home and find a special place to hang it so that others can see your story. Limited to 20 participants; prices are per pair. Reservations / registration required by 05/08/2015. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $40 members/ $60 nonmembers.

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World Fair Trade Day Celebrations

Sponsored by Terra at The Isabel Rose Cafe. 50 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1-4 pm. Live music by local bluegrass trio, The Wee Dogies, fair trade tea, coffee and fair food tastings. For more info: terramontclair@yahoo.com. Free.

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"Transformations"

Sponsored by Union Congregational Church. 176 Cooper Avenue. 8 pm. 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, 973-744-7424. Free.

May
10
Sunday

Powers and Hall and Friends

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 46 Park St. Montclair. 3:00 PM. Bill Powers and Jonathan Hall bring a combination of organ, piano, saxophone, and other woodwinds that is always a delight to experience. For this varied program, they are joined by Jessica Goodson, flutist. Program is held in the historic sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church. All are welcome...simple reception follows. For more info: www.centralpresbyterian.net, cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340.

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"Are We There Yet?"

Sponsored by Union Congregational Church. 176 Cooper Avenue. 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.

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 am. 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 11 am-3 pm. 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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Historic House Tours

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 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. 8 pm. 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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May
11
Monday

Piano Recital by Carolyn Enger

Montclair Women's Club, 82 Union Street. Join us at Montclair Music Club's Annual guest recital. This year our artist is pianist Carolyn Enger. All are welcome. For more info: schoch.clarissa@gmail.com, 973 777 6464. Free.

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May
12
Tuesday

Container Vegetable Gardening

Sponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. This talk will introduce novice and experienced gardeners alike to the benefits of growing vegetables in containers. Learn about container and soil selection, vegetables that thrive in containers, irrigation, fertilization, dealing with pests and using replanting techniques to increase yields. Offered by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County. For more info: www.montclairlibrary.org/calendar, publicrelations@montclair.bccls.org, (973) 744-0500. Free.

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May
13
Wednesday

Park Bench

Park BenchSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30 am. Parents with young children will enjoy MAM Park Bench, a program that introduces children to the Montclair Art 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. The program is led by MAM Educator Angela Frasco and geared towards preschool age children. Storytelling provided in the galleries courtesy of the Montclair Public Library. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5119. $18 per family / $6 members.

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Creative Aging Initiative: Art in the Afternoon

Creative Aging Initiative: Art in the AfternoonSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. MAM invites area seniors to the Museum for an artistic social outing each second Wednesday of the month. Participants will 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 will be served. See MAM website for monthly themes. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $10 seniors, FREE MAM members.

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Backyard Birding for Kids - Territory/Courtship

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 4:30 pm. 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 Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. 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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Montclair High School Orchestra Spring Concert

MHS Auditorium, 100 Chestnut St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7:30 pm. Enjoy the music of the Montclair High School Student Orchestra. For more info: montclair.k12.nj.us, 973-509-4100. Free.

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Montclair Bird Club Monthly Meeting

Sponsored by Montclair Bird Club. Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave. Upper Montclair. 7:30 pm. Learn about the club's activities and watch a power point presentation about birds. Go to MBC website to determine who the speaker and topic will be. For more info: www.montclairbirdclub.org. Free.

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May
14
Thursday

Inside the Jazz Note, a Benefit for Jazz House Kids

Inside the Jazz Note, a Benefit for Jazz House KidsSponsored by TD Bank. Montclair State University, Kasser Theater 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 0. 7:30 pm. Multi-GRAMMY award-winning bassist and one of the most prolific jazz composers of our time Christian McBride returns to host the Jazz House Kids’ Annual Benefit, Inside the Jazz Note! McBride’s special guest is multi-instrumentalist Sheila E. A fearless trailblazer that still knows no bounds, Sheila E’s sound pulsates from start to finish with colorful fusions and rhythms of the pop, R&B, funk, rock, Latin and jazz influences that shaped her unique style. The evening also features the award-winning Jazz House Big Band directed by Julius Tolentino. All proceeds benefit Jazz House Kids music education and student assistance programs throughout the year. Supported by TD Bank. Call or email for ticket prices. Reservations / registration required. For more info: www.jazzhousekids.org, info@jazzhousekids.org, 973-744-2273.

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Montclair Community Pre-K Gala

8 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair NJ 07042. 7:00 pm. Join The Montclair Community Pre-K for our annual Gala on May 14th, 2015 at 7pm at The Loft, 8 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair NJ for a night of cocktails, food, dancing, auction and FUN! Proceeds from the evening will go to support our scholarship fund, which has helped Montclair's children experience our amazing program for the last 17 years! Reservations / registration required by 05/13/2015. For more info: www.montclairprek.org, molly.brennan@montclairprek.org, 973-509-4500. $75.00 per person.

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Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 4 pm - 8 pm. 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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Art of the 1990s: In the Wake of Identity Politics

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Panel Discussion FREE MAM Contemporaries/$12 members/$10 student with ID/$15 nonmembers This panel will be an examination of the debates around identities in the 1990s and how those debates have changed over the last 20+ years. Moderated by Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of the History of Art, Northwestern University; panelists include Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum; Porochista Khakpour, writer; Simone Leigh, artist; and Soyoung Yoon, Assistant Professor of Art History and Program Director of Visual Studies, Department of the Arts, Eugene Lang College, The New School. This event is sponsored by MAM Contemporaries, a dynamic special interest group celebrating contemporary art at MAM. MAM Contemporaries are eligible for complimentary tickets; visit montclairartmuseum.org to join MAM Contemporaries or contact Lauren Drew, ldrew@montclairartmuseum.org, 973-259-5147 for your complimentary ticket. MAM Contemporaries is made possible by a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Reservations / registration required. For more info: 973-746-5555. $15 /$12 members/$10 student.

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Montclair High School Band Spring Concert

MHS Auditorium, 100 Chestnut St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7:30 pm. MHS Band presents its spring concert. For more info: montclair.k12.nj.us, 973-509-4100. Free.

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May
15
Friday

Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Avenue. (at Park Street.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 am. - 8 pm. 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, 973-744-1156 Ext 27. Free.

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Bloom Season

Bloom SeasonSponsored by Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 am. 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 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, 11 am- 1 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.

Spring Art Walk

Spring Art WalkSponsored by Essex Fine Arts Gallery/BID. 13 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 6 - 9 pm. The tradition continues with another edition of the popular ART WALK. This self guided walking tour of Montclair Center's many art and retail establishments is one of the highlights of the spring season. Join us at the Essex Fine Arts Gallery for a night of art, fun and companionship. The gallery opened in 1987, will once again participate in this wonderful event. The gallery will be highlighting its collection of museum pieces including a lithograph by James McNeil Whistler. Whistler just wasn't a painter as you will see. For more info: www.montclaircenterbid.com, essexfinearts@verizon.net, 973-783-8666. Free.

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Montclair Women's Club Closing Luncheon

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 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.

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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. 7:30 pm. 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, 973-744-1454. Free.

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May
16
Saturday

Organic Vegetable Garden Tour

Sponsored by Cornucopia Network of New Jersey. 56 Gordonhurst Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9-11 am. Gardeners share their experiences raising vegetables without poisons, and show their gardens at several locations around town, including 56 Gordonhurst Avenue. 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 am - 5pm. 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, 973-744-1156 Ext 27. Free.

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All About ABS!

All About ABS!Sponsored by ADVANCED FITNESS CONCEPTS / Gordon Waddell, PES, CSCS, CES. 125 Gates Ave Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30 am. Join Montclair's leading health and fitness professional to learn everything you need to know about training the abdominal muscles! Everyone is invited for a fun free workshop that will change the way you think about training your abdomen: is there spot reduction, what exercises really reduce the abdomen, are crunches and sit ups dangerous, can I train if I have a neck or back injury, and how to flatten your abs after pregnancy. Guaranteed to be the most extensive (and safest) abdominal training class you have ever attended. Please RSVP -No walk-ins. Reservations / registration required by 05/14/2015. For more info: fitmontclair.wordpress.com/may-in-montclair-2015/, Gordon@advanced-fitness-concepts.com, 973-865-6691. 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 am. Discover how this Olmsted-designed Essex County park was created 110 years 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. Light rain does not cancel, but heavy rain reschedules to Sunday, May 17, same time. For more info: http://www.friendsofandersonpark.com/, Lisanne@FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, (973) 477-7207. Free.

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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. 11:00 am. 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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JUMP START PARENTING

JUMP START PARENTINGSponsored by Mothers In Training, LLC. 615 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043. 11 am. 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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MAM Family Art Adventure

MAM Family Art AdventureSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. Come to the Montclair Art Museum 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 / $5 members.

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Montclair Scholarship Fund Spring Gala

Sponsored by Montclair Scholarship Fund. Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair. 7 pm. The Montclair Scholarship Fund will host its second annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 16, 7-10 pm. at Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street. The evening, which honors three generations of the Bonsal family for their generous support of the cause, will include cocktails and light fare, live entertainment by Montclair High School students and an enticing “In the BAG” silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go directly to fund need based sponsorships for talented Montclair High School seniors. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased online at montclairscholarshipfund.org. Reservations are required and attendees must be 21 or older. Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: http://montclairscholarshipfund.org, info@montclairscholarshipfund.org. $100.

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Bird Watching Field Trip

Sponsored by Montclair Bird Club. Bonsal Preserve - Riverview Drive Montclair. MBC member Deb DeSalvo will lead a bird watching walk through the preserve looking for Springtime warbler migrants and nesting birds. For more info: www.montclairbirdclub.org. Free.

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May
17
Sunday

Cat/Kitten Adoption Event

Cat/Kitten Adoption EventSponsored by Cameron Animal Hospital. 417 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 12-4 PM. Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, will host a cat/kitten adoption event on Sunday, May 17, from 12-4 p.m. Adoptions from Cameron Animal Hospital include FELV/FIV testing, vaccination, and spay/neuter surgery. Typical adoption fees are $100 per cat, which helps the hospital provide shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, enrichment and behavioral rehabilitation for adoptable animals. For a quick view of some of the animals that will be available for adoption, check out Cameron’s pet list on Petfinder. For questions about cat adoptions, or to receive pre-approval, please email jennithefostermom@gmail.com. Cameron Animal Hospital has been located on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair since 1936. The family-owned hospital provides services to cats, dogs, and other small animals, including rabbits, rats, ferrets, and more. Cameron Animal Hospital is not a shelter, but works extensively with the rescue community in Essex County. To make an appointment for pet care, please call 973-744-2052. For more info: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=NJ1, jennithefostermom@gmail.com, 973-744-2052. Free.

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Lacordaire Academy's Annual Used Book Sale

155 Lorraine Ave. (at Park St.), Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 9 am - 5 pm. 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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VICTORIAN DAY IN ESSEX COUNTY ANDERSON PARK

VICTORIAN DAY IN ESSEX COUNTY ANDERSON PARKSponsored by Friends of Anderson Park and Essex County Parks, Recreation & Cultural. 274 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 12-3 pm. A celebration of Essex County Anderson Park’s 110th anniversary. The Wheelmen display antique bicycles and tricycles; Victorian lawn games; live music; demonstration cricket game; birthday cake; tree planting. Spread out a blanket and bring a picnic. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Friends of Anderson Park, Montclair Historical Society and Bike&Walk Montclair. Full schedule at FriendsOfAndersonPark.com. For more info: http://www.friendsofandersonpark.com/, info@friendsofandersonpark.com, 973- 477-7207. Free.

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Free Family Day

Free Family DaySponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 pm. Participate in a day of exploration with many Museum-wide art activities. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy art projects for the entire family inspired by MAM’s exhibition "Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s." Special appearance by Montclair School of Rock’s House Band! Free Family Days are made possible, in part, by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. Free.

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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 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 Montclairian 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 For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. 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 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 For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Free.

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Write Group Showcase and Open Mic!

Sponsored by Montclair Write Group. Montclair Library, 50 South 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, 973-953-0937. Free.

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We Have Had Singing

Sponsored by Schola Cantorum on Hudson. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave Montclair 07042. 5 pm. For 20 years, we have gathered to share Life as Schola Singers. Young singers and conductors have passed through on their way to careers elsewhere. Dozens find life’s meaning in song in the midst of other careers. We Have Had Singing for 20 strong seasons, and alums join with current singers in selecting and performing ‘Schola favorites’ from our two decades – in addition, of course, to something from PROJECT: "ENCORE™. For more info: www.scholaonhudson.org, darlenewyzga@scholaonhudson.org, 888-407-6002x5. $25.

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Bike&Walk Montclair Bike Scavenger Hunt

Sponsored by Bike&Walk Montclair and Diamond Cycle. Montclair Town wide. To participate in this event you must register at bikewalkmontclair.org where you can get all the details. Enjoy a family friendly bike scavenger hunt allowing for all ages and abilities. There will be many clues placed throughout Montclair for people to find. All clues are released by email and posted in the early morning. Plan your ride before you leave home to be most efficient. Take a selfie with the clue for proof you were there. After you are done finding the clues you will gather with other participants on a closed road in town to celebrate, ride around, see a stunt bike show, eat, and be entered into the raffle to win great prizes. Definite prizes for those who find all the clues are hundreds of dollars to be spent at Diamond Cycle, a brand new bike, or an hour jet simulator ride on a full motion simulator (worth $2400.) Other prizes include blink lights, water bottles and a helmet. For more info: info@bikewalkmontclair.org.

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Public Tour

Public TourSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. Discover the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions through a docent-led tour. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. Free with Museum admission.

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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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Pollinator Gardens

Sponsored by Montclair Public Library. 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. With relatively little effort and expense, your garden can be transformed into a paradise for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Learn about these pollinators and the plants that attract them. Offered by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County. For more info: www.montclairlibrary.org/calendar, publicrelations@montclair.bccls.org, (973) 744-0500. Free.

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May
19
Tuesday
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20
Wednesday
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Backyard Birding for Kids - Nesting

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 4:30 pm. 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.

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Thursday
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Home School Day

Home School DaySponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 S. Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 12 pm. Please RSVP to tours@montclairartmuseum.org or purchase tickets online at montclairartmuseum.org The Montclair Art Museum invites Home School families for a fun and educational afternoon. The two-hour programs include a gallery tour and studio art project led by MAM educators Peg Kenselaar (ages 11+) and Emily Kenselaar (ages 4–10). See MAM website for monthly themes. Reservations / registration required. For more info: 973-746-5555. $18 per family / $6 members.

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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
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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

NCNW

Sponsored by National Council of Negro Women, Montclair President S. Cook-McKnight. Montclair Women's Community Circle 33 Woodland Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 10 am. NCNW is a voluntary non-profit, membership organization helping women to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community. The National Council of Negro Women's mission is to lead develop and advocate for women of color as they support their families and communities. The Montclair section has sponsored several programs including its Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Financial and Health and Wellness Workshops. For more info: ncnwmontclair@aol.com, 973-783-3715. Free.

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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 am. 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 05/16/2015. 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 am. 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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Spring Sing-along with Jersey Jason and Miss Nina: Family Concert @ Bellevue Avenue Library

Spring Sing-along with Jersey Jason and Miss Nina: Family Concert @ Bellevue Avenue LibrarySponsored by Montclair Public Library. 185 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 1 pm. What do you get when you combine the NJ rock styling of "Jersey Jason" Didner and the consummate kid-friendliness that "Miss Nina" Stone brings to the table? One amazingly fun sing-along for kids and their grown-ups! Jason, a Montclair resident, writes and sings sophisticated rock tunes influenced by Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny that tell stories and share experiences based on his own everyday moments of being a dad to his 4-year-old daughter. In addition to performing acoustic solo and duo shows, Jason leads a high-energy band for kids and families - the Jungle Gym Jam: http://junglegymjam.com. Miss Nina's innovative approach to combining classic children's books with music has won her legions of fans among families everywhere. Her YouTube video of "Brown Bear Rap" has over 250 thousand plays! Her site can be found at http://mymissnina.com. *Outside in front of the Bellevue Avenue Library, 185 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair. All ages welcome. *Concert will be held inside in Kids Place if there is rain; please note that the Library opens at 2 pm and will not be open during the concert. For more info: www.montclairlibrary.org, lisa.sedita@montclair.bccls.org, 973-744-0500 x2238. Free.

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May
24
Sunday

The Foggy Minded Boys!

Sponsored by Central Presbyterian Church. 46 Park St. Montclair. 3:00 PM. Montclair's own bluegrass band is up to their old tricks! Weather permitting, they'll regale you with their balladry right on the front steps of historic Central Presbyterian Church. Come and sit on the lawn, and enjoy! (In case of inclement weather, concert will be held inside the sanctuary.) All are welcome! For more info: www.centralpresbyterian.net, cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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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 pm. Enjoy a screening of The Rule hosted by Leslie Wilson, PhD Date: Wednesday, May 27. 7-9 pm Montclair Public Library 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. 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 and A discussion period will follow the film. - See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/the-price-of-liberty-screening-of-the-rule For more info: www.montclairhistorical.org, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Free.

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May
28
Thursday

Fireside Yoga

Fireside YogaSponsored by Van Dyk Health Care at Montclair. 42 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm. 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. 11 am - 2:30 pm. 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 Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 11 am. 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 11 am – 4 pm. 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 & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, 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

‘Roaring Since the 20’s’ Spring Gala

Sponsored by The Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc.. Montclair Golf Club, 25 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052. 7:00 PM. The Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc's 'Roaring Since the Twenties' Gala will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at The Montclair Golf Club, located at 25 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052. The Gala will feature an open bar, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Our theme, "Roaring Since the Twenties," will highlight a Great Gatsby theme and pay homage to our League making a difference since 1921. Reservations / registration required. For more info: http://goo.gl/R3jYFa, mail@jlmn.org, 973-746-2499. 150.00.

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Guided Birding Hikes - Nesting

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 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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Montclair Shred-Fest!

Sponsored by Office of Environmental Affairs. 219 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 am - 1 pm. Shred and Recycle Your Private Documents at Montclair’s Spring 2015 Shred-Fest! Montclair residents doing some spring cleaning can enjoy the peace of mind from seeing all their confidential documents shredded, while boosting recycling and saving money. Our recyclable paper is valuable, and throwing it out as garbage is like burning our own money. Now residents can watch their private documents destroyed in front of their eyes, while still recycling this valuable material. A paper-shredding truck will be provided free of charge by Montclair’s recycling vendor, Atlantic Coast Fibers; residents just drive in and will be helped to unload their personal files. Remember: only confidential paper documents, and Montclair residents. For more info: www.montclairnjusa.org, grussell@montclairnjusa.org, 973-509-5721. Free.

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Functional vs FICTIONAL - "Is your exercise program helping or hurting you?"

Functional vs FICTIONAL - Sponsored by Advanced Fitness Concepts / Gordon Waddell, PES, CSCS, CES. 125 Gates Ave Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30 am. What is functional training? Join Montclair's leading health and fitness professional for a free workshop that will teach you what functional training really is, and what it isn't! Learn why you need functional training to improve your daily life, reduce pain, prevent injuries, and increase sports performance. Learn the best and safest exercises that everyone needs! Learn to design your own workouts to get maximum results in minimal time. You will change your thinking about exercise and fitness forever Please RSVP. No walk-ins. Reservations / registration required by 05/28/2015. For more info: fitmontclair.wordpress.com/may-in-montclair-2015/, Gordon@advanced-fitness-concepts.com, 973-865-6691. Free.

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May
31
Sunday

Choral Concert

Sponsored by Central Prebyterian Church. 46 Park St. Montclair. 3:00 PM. Central Presbyterian Church has a century-old tradition of excellent choral music. This tradition continues today. Come and enjoy the choir sing sacred works from several centuries. Program is held in Central's historic sanctuary. Simple reception follows. For more info: www.centralpresbyterian.net, cpc.office@verizon.net, 973-744-5340. Free.

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Watercolor in the Garden (Ages 5+)

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 am. Join us outdoors in the beautiful Iris Gardens and celebrate spring by creating a watercolor painting of your favorite iris. Our instructor will demonstrate examples of approach, drawing technique, composition, use of a viewfinder, and will employ a variety of materials. Enjoy this amazing opportunity to paint en plein air just like the Impressionists! Students will meet at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair. In the event of rain, this workshop will be rescheduled to Sunday, June 7. Reservations / registration required by 05/29/2015. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $60 members / $80 nonmembers.

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Publishing and Selling eBooks & Digital Products

Sponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair NJ 07042. 12:30 pm. Would you like to learn how to create, self-publish, and sell digital products from your website, your blog, your Facebook page, and/or other websites? This two-hour workshop will take you through the process and provide the necessary resources to bring your products from idea to sales. Students will learn how to package digital content, set up an online shopping cart, market through various websites, and sell eBooks on Amazon. This workshop is suitable for artists and small business owners. Reservations / registration required by 05/29/2015. For more info: montclairartmuseum.org, 973-746-5555. $40 members / $60 nonmembers.

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Raku Firing

Raku FiringSponsored by Montclair Art Museum. 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 12:30 pm. This workshop will explore the concept of post-fire reduction known as Raku. Led by MAM Ceramics Studio Manager Steve Jaskowak, students will 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. Contact Steve at sjaskowak@montclairartmuseum.org with questions. Reservations / registration required by 05/15/2015. For more info: 973-746-5555. $100 members / $120 nonmembers.

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Montclair Women's Club Closing Luncheon

Sponsored by Montclair Women's Club. 82 Union Street. 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. Reservations / registration required by 05/01/2015. For more info: 973-202-2995.

Historic House Tours

Sponsored by Montclair Historical Society. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 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 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, 973-744-1796. Free.

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