May in Montclair Calendar of Events

Plan Ahead - These events require advance registration

EventEvent DateRegister by
Van Vleck House & Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party05/02/201904/26/2019
Montclair Women’s Club Luncheon05/10/201904/29/2019
Calligraphy for Beginners05/01/201905/01/2019
Burnout To Bliss05/02/201905/02/2019
Petit Fours Elegance05/02/201905/02/2019
Spring Bird Hikes05/02/201905/02/2019
Let's Make Bath Bombs!05/09/201905/09/2019
Ballroom Dancing: Beginner05/09/201905/09/2019
Spring Smoothies05/14/201905/14/2019
Summer Bulbs05/15/201905/15/2019
The Creation and Expansion of Cubism05/15/201905/15/2019
The Immortal Bard: Shakespeare's Play Direction Preserved in Script05/16/201905/16/2019
Mozzarella and Ricotta Making05/16/201905/16/2019
Free day of coworking and coffee05/18/201905/17/19
Yosi’s Beach Party: Family Concert05/18/201905/18/2019
The Cat Rescuers05/18/201905/18/2019
Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk05/18/201905/19/2019
Doyle Consignment Day05/21/201905/20/2019
Mourning, Melancholy, and the Afterlife of Romeo and Juliet05/21/201905/21/2019
Mysteries of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird05/29/201905/29/2019
A Wiser Way to Garden: Efficiency and Maintenance Techniques05/30/201905/30/2019
A Message from the Bronx: The Origins of Hip-Hop05/30/201905/30/2019
American Constitutional History05/31/201905/31/2019
May
1
Wednesday

Free Coffee Day

Sponsored by Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. 49 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Join us on May 1 for Customer Appreciation Day. Free Small Hot Coffee all day at both Montclair locations to thank you, our loyal customers, for 6 years on Bellevue Ave and 3 years on Church Street. For more info: JavaLoveRoasters.com, info@javaloveroasters.com, 800-262-0555. Free.

Calligraphy for Beginners

Calligraphy for BeginnersSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. 185 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 7 pm. A wonderful way to relax with potential for a side business, calligraphy is becoming more popular as we move away from the keyboard and back to the art of handwriting. This class, which is great for adults of all ages, will be held at the Montclair Public Library - Bellevue Ave Branch. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $79.

Spring Choral Concert

Sponsored by The Women's Club of Upper Montclair. The Womens Club, 200 Cooper Ave., Montclair NJ 07043. 1:30 pm. What better way to begin the month of May than with song?! Join the chorus of The Woman's Club of Upper Montclair as these talented women usher in spring with music. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more info: womansclub@verizon.net, 973-744-9138. $5.

May
2
Thursday

Annual Herb and Heirloom Veggie Sale

Sponsored by Montclair History Center. 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 am. Our Annual Herb Sale is here! Visit the Montclair History Center’s Crane House and Historic YWCA and pick up unique, organic herbs for your garden. We will continue to offer a selection of heirloom vegetables in addition to our herbs. Pre-orders, available on our website, are due April 26. Pre-orders must be picked up on Thursday before 8 pm. Hours: Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm; Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm or until we sell out. Become a member of the Montclair History Center while you’re at the sale and receive a free herb. For more info: https://www.montclairhistory.org/all-events/2017/5, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Price varies.

Spring Art Walk

Sponsored by Montclair Center BID, Montclair Art Museum, Studio Montclair. 7 North Willow Street, Suite 4 A, Montclair NJ 07042. Some thing wonderful is happening for this year's Spring Art Walk in Montclair! We are joining up with the Montclair Art Museum and Studio Montclair for a town wide celebration of the arts. The date has been changed to incorporate First Free Thursday at MAM. One mile of the arts from east to west! For more info: Http://www.montclaircenter.com, montclaircenter@montclaircenter.com, 973-509-3820. Free.

WomanSONG Chorus at the Montclair Art Museum

Sponsored by Free First Thursday. 3 So Mountain Avenue, Montclair NJ 07042. 8 pm. The chorus returns with songs of love, loss, and inspiration. Directed by Fran DePalma-Iozzi with accompanist Rebecca Eng, piano; Dr Lou Iozzi, saxophone and flute; and Frank Mazzeo, percussion. For more info: Depio@comcast.net, 973-226-6043. Free.

Van Vleck House & Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party

Van Vleck House & Gardens Plant Sale Preview PartySponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair NJ 07042. 5:30 pm. Don't miss this picture perfect evening in the gardens! Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at Van Vleck House & Gardens and gain premier access to the unique blooms available at the annual Plant Sale before it opens to the public. Reservations / registration required by 04/26/2019. For more info: www.vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. $100.

Burnout To Bliss

Burnout To BlissSponsored by Mothers In Training, LLC. 617 Valley Rd. Upper Montclair, NJ.07043. 7 pm. Better nutrition and parenting strategies turn parenting burnout to motherhood bliss. Prevent nutritional depletion, rebuild the body, improve family relationships, and take home critical tools that prevent mommy burnout. Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2019. For more info: www.mothersintraining.org, Coachloyla@mothersintraining.org, 973-493-6918. $15.

Petit Fours Elegance

Petit Fours EleganceSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Universalist Unitarian Congregation, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 6:30 pm. Enjoy an introduction to the fine art of making petits fours.Learn how to make a frangipane cake and the proper glazing and decorating techniques. Baking enthusiasts from teens to seniors will want to huddle in the kitchen at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Montclair. Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $45.

Spring Bird Hikes

Spring Bird HikesSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Montclair Park location to be determined. 9 am. In May, our local parks are loaded with colorful spring migrants and local residents nesting, courting and feeding. Take a two-hour stroll each week at a different location to seek out some lovely birds. Bring binoculars and bug spray. Class meets rain or shine. Birders, hikers and animal lovers are welcome. Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $69.

May
3
Friday

Open Book/ Open Mind: The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do

Open Book/ Open Mind: The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't DoSponsored by The Montclair Public Library Foundation. Montclair Public Library Auditorium 50 S. Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ. 7-8:30 pm. Be amazed by Edward Tenner, distinguished scholar of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. One of the great promises of the Internet and big data revolutions is the idea that we can improve the processes and routines of our work and personal lives to get more done in less time than we ever have before. There is no doubt that we’re performing at higher levels and moving at unprecedented speed, but what if we’re headed in the wrong direction? Melding the long-term history of technology with the latest headlines and findings of computer science and social science, The Efficiency Paradox questions our ingrained assumptions about efficiency, persuasively showing how relying on the algorithms of digital platforms can in fact lead to wasted efforts, missed opportunities, and, above all, an inability to break out of established patterns. Edward Tenner offers a smarter way of thinking about efficiency, revealing what we and our institutions, when equipped with an astute combination of artificial intelligence and trained intuition, can learn from the random and unexpected. Reservations / registration required by 05/02/2018. For more info: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/news-events/open-b, eileen.lundberg@montclair.bccls.org, 973-744-0500. Free.

Essex County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

Sponsored by Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners. 474 Upper Mountain Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 am. Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County 2019 Annual Plant Sale and more! The plants featured for sale include native plants to our area and pollinator friendly plants for our butterflies and bees! Our greenhouse grown tomatoes, heirlooms and herbs will again be available for sale. In addition we feature small shrubs/trees, perennials, annuals, beautiful hanging baskets and more! For more info: www.mgessex.org, Mastergardenerec@gmail.com, 973-228-2210. Free.

Van Vleck Annual Plant Sale

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair NJ 07042. 9 am. Come get your garden ready for spring and summer! Don't miss the highly-anticipated Van Vleck House & Gardens' Annual Plant Sale--a great opportunity to shop a unique selection of perennials, shrubs and trees. Open to the public, rain or shine. For more info: vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

Annual Herb and Heirloom Veggie Sale

Sponsored by Montclair History Center. 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 am. Our Annual Herb Sale is here! Visit the Montclair History Center’s Crane House and Historic YWCA and pick up unique, organic herbs for your garden. We will continue to offer a selection of heirloom vegetables in addition to our herbs. Pre-orders, available on our website, are due April 26. Pre-orders must be picked up on Thursday before 8 pm. Hours: Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm; Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm or until we sell out. Become a member of the Montclair History Center while you’re at the sale and receive a free herb. For more info: https://www.montclairhistory.org/all-events/2017/5, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Price varies.

May
4
Saturday

Verona Park Bird Walk

Verona Park Bird WalkSponsored by Montclair Bird Club. Verona Park, Bloomfield Ave, Verona NJ. 8:30-10:30 am. Leader: Deb DeSalvo. We will meet by the bridge, just south of the boathouse, in the center of the park. Verona Park is off of Bloomfield Avenue in Verona, NJ. You can also access our meeting point by foot, if you park along Pleasant Valley Way. Bring binoculars and walking shoes. We will remain on paved paths and will do a full loop of the park. This is a great walk for beginners. Last year’s highlight was a young Red Tail Hawk sparring with a mature Canada Goose. We will definitely see a host of spring migrants, some of which will be nesting in the park. For more info: montclairbirdclub.org, beren1@verizon.net, 973-746-0256. Free.

The Walnut Street Fair

The Walnut Street FairSponsored by Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc.. Walnut Street (between Forest and Grove), Montclair, NJ. 10 am. Spread throughout the heart of Walnut Street in Montclair, NJ, the 6th Annual Walnut Street Fair features fabulous local Walnut Street businesses, live music and performances, 50+ vendors and displays, food trucks, a beer garden, artists, a Kids' Zone, 50/50 raffle, and much more! For more info: www.jlmn.org, walnutstreetfair@jlmn.org, (973) 746-2499. Free. Rain date: 05/05/19.

Montclair Center Stage Music Festival

Montclair Center Stage Music FestivalSponsored by Montclair Center BID. 1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ 07042. 12 pm. Come out and rock at Lackawanna Plaza! We will be kicking off the 2019 season Montclair Center Stage with a huge party -- two stages featuring the best of local, indie music. Eat, enjoy, dance and party with us. Artisan foods, cool vendors and beers from the Pig & Prince. For more info: montclaircenter.com, montclaircenter@montclaircenter.com, (973) 509-3820. Free. Rain date: 05/05/2019.

Essex County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

Sponsored by Rutgers Essex County Master Gardeners. 474 Upper Mountain Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 am. Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County 2019 Annual Plant Sale and more! The plants featured for sale include native plants to our area and pollinator friendly plants for our butterflies and bees! Our greenhouse grown tomatoes, heirlooms and herbs will again be available for sale. In addition we feature small shrubs/trees, perennials, annuals, beautiful hanging baskets and more! For more info: www.mgessex.org, Mastergardenerec@gmail.com, 973-228-2210. Free.

Annual Herb and Heirloom Veggie Sale

Sponsored by Montclair History Center. 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 am. Our Annual Herb Sale is here! Visit the Montclair History Center’s Crane House and Historic YWCA and pick up unique, organic herbs for your garden. We will continue to offer a selection of heirloom vegetables in addition to our herbs. Pre-orders, available on our website, are due April 26. Pre-orders must be picked up on Thursday before 8 pm. Hours: Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm; Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm or until we sell out. Become a member of the Montclair History Center while you’re at the sale and receive a free herb. For more info: https://www.montclairhistory.org/all-events/2017/5, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Price varies.

May
5
Sunday

Van Vleck Annual Plant Sale

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair NJ 07042. 10 am. Come get your garden ready for spring and summer! Don't miss the highly-anticipated Van Vleck House & Gardens' Annual Plant Sale--a great opportunity to shop a unique selection of perennials, shrubs and trees. Open to the public, rain or shine. For more info: vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

Avis Campbell Open Gardens

Avis Campbell Open GardensSponsored by Garden Club of Montclair. 60 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 1 pm. Designed by landscape architect and Garden Club member Avis Campbell and installed in 1952, the gardens are inspired by the Wheel of Life and feature a pedestal fountain surrounded by roses and beds of flowering perennials and annuals. Garden Club Members will be at the garden to answer any questions. Come see the magnificent tulips in bloom! For more info: http://gardenclubofmontclair.com/avis-campbell-gar, gardenclubofmontclair@yahoo.com. Free.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Sponsored by Union Cong Nursery School. Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave, Montclair. 10 am. Join us for an intergenerational worship service celebrating the Nursery School's 50th anniversary. Children's activities and a school open house for alumni will be included. Enjoy current children's work as well as many photos of students and faculty since 1968. For more info: infoschool@unioncong.org, 973-744-9069. Free.

Annual Herb and Heirloom Veggie Sale

Sponsored by Montclair History Center. 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042. 8 am. Our Annual Herb Sale is here! Visit the Montclair History Center’s Crane House and Historic YWCA and pick up unique, organic herbs for your garden. We will continue to offer a selection of heirloom vegetables in addition to our herbs. Pre-orders, available on our website, are due April 26. Pre-orders must be picked up on Thursday before 8 pm. Hours: Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm; Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm or until we sell out. Become a member of the Montclair History Center while you’re at the sale and receive a free herb. For more info: https://www.montclairhistory.org/all-events/2017/5, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. Price varies.

May
7
Tuesday

Discussion Group

Sponsored by Socrates Cafe of Montclair. 619 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair NJ 07042. 7:30 pm. Join us if you enjoy general discussions, meaningful conversations and interesting people. Meeting at The Office Bar and Grill since 1997. For more info: ronhilliard2@yahoo.com, 201-488-3254. Free.

May
8
Wednesday

Gardening from the Birds' Perspective

Sponsored by Montclair Bird Club. Union Congregational Church 176 Cooper Ave, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 7:30 pm. When we garden, we can bring beautiful birds to our yards through the plants we choose. Learn how to create bird habitats by using native bushes and flowers to provide cover and four types of bird food: seeds, fruit, insects, and nectar. Learn about what our backyard birds need to flourish and raise their young and how you can help them through specific plant recommendations. Deb Ellis is a Master Gardener of Essex County and a co-leader of the Essex Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey. For more info: montclairbirdclub.org, montclairbirdclub@gmail.com, 973-746-0256. Free.

Downsizing in 3 Easy Steps

Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 695 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair NJ. 6:30-8 pm. Join BHHSNJ realtor Paula Maliandi who sold her home of 20 years last year and lived to tell the tale. Also, staging and design professional and a BHHSNJ realtor, Susan De Rosa, will offer some tips on why staging is so important and how it will add to the sale of your valuable home. For more info: Paula.LMaliandi@bhhsnj.iom, 973-744-5544. Free.

May
9
Thursday

Let's Make Bath Bombs!

Let's Make Bath Bombs!Sponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. The Eclectic Chic Boutique, 547 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. 3:30 pm. products with great ingredients that are probably already in your home will bring you hours of fun. This class is for adults and young adults and will be held at The Eclectic Chic Boutique. Reservations / registration required by 05/09/2019. For more info: https://bit.ly/2HsxNiP, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $45.

Ballroom Dancing: Beginner

Ballroom Dancing: BeginnerSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 6:45 pm. Wish you could dance like the stars? Learn the basics of the Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Swing to start your path. Couples and singles can enjoy fun evenings at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair. Reservations / registration required by 05/09/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $75. Rain date: 05/16/2019.

Iran: Fact and Fiction

Iran: Fact and FictionSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Ever since the 1979 Revolution, Iran has been among the most vilified and least understood countries. This talk will try to shed light on aspects of recent history to bring attention to the many complexities and contradictions that make up Iran today. Adults looking for insight on current events and foreign affairs will want to be at the Montclair Public Library, For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $20.

May
10
Friday

Montclair Women’s Club Luncheon

Sponsored by Montclair Women’s Club. 82 Union Street, Montclair NJ 07042. Luncheon, basket raffle to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) who train and support volunteers who help foster kids to navigate the legal system, schools, etc. Entertainment by comedienne Deborah MacLean. Contact Lucy for reservations. Reservations / registration required by 04/29/2019. For more info: www.montclairwomensclub.org, 973-746-7692. $30.

May
11
Saturday

Bonsal Preserve Bird Walk

Bonsal Preserve Bird WalkSponsored by Montclair Bird Club. 98 Gordonhurst Ave, Montclair NJ 07043. 8:30-10:30 am. Leader: Deb DeSalvo Meet at 8:30 am at the entrance to Bonsal Preserve in Montclair (Riverview Drive off of Alexander Ave, east of Grove Street.) Spring migration brings a great many species to this jewel of a natural area hidden away in Montclair. Usual sightings include lots of migrating warblers, scarlet tanagers, woodpeckers, and ruby throated hummingbirds. Excellent opportunity for families to be introduced to birding. Bring bug spray! And dress in protective clothing. Parts of the trail will be quite muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. For more info: montclairbirdclub.org, beren1@verizon.net, 973-746-0256. Free.

Singing for Puerto Rico: A benefit for Puerto Rican Relief

Singing for Puerto Rico: A benefit for Puerto Rican ReliefSponsored by Union Congregational Church. Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 8 pm. Union Congregational Church is presenting a concert featuring tenor Ian Castro with Amanda Simms, soprano, Alexandra Kilcoyne, mezzsoprano and baritone Evan Fleming. With Stephen Oosting, tenor and William Amory bass-baritone. Music from the operatic stage and music theater. with Ron Levy, piano. Proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. For more info: https://unioncong.org/, infoucc@unioncong.org, 973-744-7424. Free Will Offering.

Rapunzel

RapunzelSponsored by Studio Players. 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. Rapunzel Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina Well-known characters from the classic story mingle with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”? May 11, 12, 18, 19 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office. For more info: https://studioplayhouse.org/rapunzel/, studiopl@studioplayhouse.org, 973-744-9752.

May
12
Sunday

Rapunzel

RapunzelSponsored by Studio Players. 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. Rapunzel Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina Well-known characters from the classic story mingle with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”? May 11, 12, 18, 19 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office. For more info: https://studioplayhouse.org/rapunzel/, studiopl@studioplayhouse.org, 973-744-9752.

Van Vleck Mother's Day Concert

Sponsored by Van Vleck House & Gardens. 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair NJ 07042. 1 pm. Celebrate Mother's Day at the serene Van Vleck House & Gardens! Enjoy a free concert on the lawn by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra String Quintet. Concert is open to the public and weather permitting. For more info: vanvleck.org, info@vanvleck.org, 973-744-4752. Free.

May
13
Monday
May
14
Tuesday

Spring Smoothies

Spring SmoothiesSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. 185 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. 7 pm. Learn how to make delicious and nutritious smoothies using seasonal spring ingredients. Instructions will be given on how to make the perfect smoothie and which ingredients are best to use. Healthy eaters will want to partake in the class held at the Montclair Public Library - Bellevue Avenue Branch. Reservations / registration required by 05/14/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $35.

May
15
Wednesday

Summer Bulbs

Summer BulbsSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. It’s not too late to tuck these beauties between your perennials or make your containers sparkle. We’ll explore bulbs and other bulb-like structures you can plant this spring and enjoy this summer. All adult and young adult planters are welcome at the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/15/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $35.

The Creation and Expansion of Cubism

Sponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. One of the most original pictorial formulations of the twentieth century, Cubism represents a key aspect of modernism and this class will follow its development. Fine arts enthusiasts won't want to miss this lecture at the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/15/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $20.

Montclair Blooms

Sponsored by Garden Club of Montclair. The committee sponsors the Montclair Blooms (formerly May Basket) competition for local businesses to welcome spring by beautifying their storefronts with flowers and plantings. Business districts that participate include Upper Montclair, Watchung Plaza, Walnut Street, Church Street Montclair Centre and South End. Members from the Club circulate the district areas and place markers to recognize participating businesses. Standout displays are recognized on our social media venues and in local hardcopy publications. To ensure your business receives a visit, you are welcome to give the Committee a heads-up by emailing gardenclubofmontclair@yahoo.com For more info: http://gardenclubofmontclair.com/civic-beautificat, gardenclubofmontclair@yahoo.com. Free.

May
16
Thursday

The Immortal Bard: Shakespeare's Play Direction Preserved in Script

Sponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Discuss Shakespeare’s original performance and rehearsal practices in a participatory workshop that demonstrates how the bard utilizes language to direct an actor in the absence of The Bard himself. Theater and acting lovers won't want to miss this class at the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/16/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. Free.

Mozzarella and Ricotta Making

Mozzarella and Ricotta MakingSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Universalist Unitarian Congregation, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Learn how to pull your own fresh mozzarella and watch a demonstration of fresh ricotta! Professional cheesemaker Jeanine Dargis will guide you through the process from milk to curd to finished cheese. Gourmet cheese and food lovers will enjoy this class at Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Montclair. Reservations / registration required by 05/16/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $39.

Buying Smarter

Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties. 695 Bloomfield Ave. 6-8 pm. Prepared and pre-approved buyers have an advantage when purchasing a home. Learn how to utilize Google products (Gmail, Docs, Drive and Keep) to speed up the process when working with your loan officer. RSVP to Tiffany Booker. For more info: tiffany@lifeandlegacyhomes.com, 973-460-4674. Free.

May
17
Friday

Glenfield Art Festival 2019

Glenfield Art Festival 2019Sponsored by Glenfield Middle School. 25 Maple Avenue. 7-9 pm. Glenfield Middle School's Art Festival is a student driven event that features over 500+ pieces of student work, boardwalk style art-history themed games, silent auction, make-and-take crafts, live music, live artists, and more! Open to the Montclair community. $1 donation benefits the Glenfield Visual Art Department (All students are free). For more info: bkvetkus@montclair.k12.nj.us, 973-704-5585.

Music for May In Montclair

Music for May In MontclairSponsored by Montclair Dept of Parks and Recreation. Montclair High School Auditorium. 7:30pm. Join us for a FREE concert performed by 60 adult musicians from Montclair and the surrounding communities. Now in its 37th year, the Community Band performs LIVE music in the beautiful Montclair High School Auditorium... a great event for all ages!!!! For more info: www.MontclairCommunityBand.org, barbara.rudy@comcast.net, 973-744-1454. Free.

May
18
Saturday

Anderson Park Historic Walking Tour

Anderson Park Historic Walking TourSponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. 274 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043. 10 am. Before Anderson Park existed, three houses and a fire station sat on the property. Find out where they went and other surprising stories about how this Olmsted-designed Essex County park came to be created over a century ago, how it shaped Upper Montclair, and how it 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. Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park. Check the Friends of Anderson Park Facebook page for weather updates. For more info: http://www.friendsofandersonpark.com/events.php, Lisanne@FriendsOfAndersonPark.com, 973-477-7207. Free. Rain date: 05/18/2019.

Yosi’s Beach Party: Family Concert

50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 2 pm. Enjoy Yosi’s fun-filled interactive and humorous beach party for kids and their adults! Drop those jackets and get in the swim with Yosi’s beach party! Do the limbo, swim and spell at the B-E-A-C-H, sail away on a ship, and marvel at all the wonderful sea creatures as we join them at sea! Children’s musician Yosi performs his hits songs for families on stages throughout the northeast. Ages 3-10 Auditorium Registration required (registration begins Monday, April 29). Reservations / registration required by 05/18/2019. For more info: montclairlibrary.org, youthservices@montclair.bccls.org, 973-744-0500. Free.

May Fair: Family Fun Carnival

May Fair: Family Fun CarnivalSponsored by Nishuane School. 32 Cedar Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 11am - 4 pm. Join us for a well-loved Community Event! Nishuane School's annual Mayfair is fun for the whole family. Enjoy delicious food, rides, games, raffle baskets and auction, live music, arts and crafts, and so much more! Rain or shine! $10 all day admission for kids 2 and older. Adults and kids under 2 are free! For more info: Nishuanepta.org, ptapres@nishuanepta.org.

College Women's Club of Montclair Book Donations

College Women's Club of Montclair Book DonationsSponsored by College Women's Club of Montclair. 26 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9:30-11:45 am. CWCM sponsors two used-book sales a year to generate College Scholarships for area girls. LIMITED book donations (12 bags OR boxes (10”x12”x15”) or a combination of both) accepted at Booksale Headquarters, 26 Park St. (opposite the YMCA), Montclair, NJ 07042, starting today and continuing weekly. Call on holiday weekends to be sure someone is there, or see our website for further information. For more info: cwcmontclair.com, cwcmontclair@yahoo.com, 973-783-7040. Free.

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Sponsored by Summit Medical Group. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair NJ 07042. 12 pm. Did you know that up to 50 percent of cancer cases in the United States could have been prevented? Learn strategies you can implement in your life to significantly reduce your risk of getting cancer. Presented by Summit Medical Group. Presenters: Melissa Berlin, MD, Family Medicine Practitioner; Constance Gore, RN-APN, Oncologist; Christina Lavner, RD, Oncologist For more info: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/news-events/simple, reference@montclair.bccls.org, 973-744-0500. Free.

The Cat Rescuers

The Cat RescuersSponsored by CPAW NJ and the Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Avenue. 4 pm. CPAW NJ, a local Montclair nonprofit, along with the Montclair Public Library, brings you a free showing of The Cat Rescuers and a chance to meet the directors and actors. With over 500,000 streets cats struggling to survive in NYC, and the city unwilling to address the problem, spirited volunteers like Sassee, Claire, Stu and Tara have come to their aid. Their beat is Brooklyn, where the problem has exploded. Combing the borough's alleys, backyards and housing projects, they trap the cats, get them fixed and returned to their colonies, or adopted. THE CAT RESCUERS shows the skill, resilience and humor they bring to this challenging but rewarding work, and how their mission to reduce animal suffering, often at great sacrifice to themselves, has changed their lives. The event lasts from 4-6 pm and will be held in the MPL Auditorium. Reservations / registration required by 05/18/2019. For more info: http://cpawnj.org/event/the-cat-rescuers-screening, cpawnj@gmail.com, 2019708115. Free.

Free day of coworking and coffee

Sponsored by Eagle Rock Co. 202 Bellevue Avenue. 8 am. Eagle Rock Co is a new, hip cowork space with a coffee bar, conveniently located within walking distance from the Upper Montclair, NJ train station. We cater to NYC commuters, writers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and other creatives who work remotely and need a flexible and collaborative work environment. Our members love our modern chic decor and abundance of sunlight pouring in the rooms. On Saturday 5/18/19, in celebration of "May in Montclair," we would like to open our doors for a day of free coworking and drip coffee to the first 20 people who pre-register! For more info: https://eaglerockco.com/, hello@eaglerockco.com, (973)358-6543. Free.

Rapunzel

RapunzelSponsored by Studio Players. 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. Rapunzel Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina Well-known characters from the classic story mingle with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”? May 11, 12, 18, 19 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office. For more info: https://studioplayhouse.org/rapunzel/, studiopl@studioplayhouse.org, 973-744-9752.

May
19
Sunday

Cheesefest!

Cheesefest!Sponsored by Sponsored by Schuman Cheese. Presented by the Montclair History Center. 110 Orange Road. 2-5 pm. Join us for an afternoon where it’s all about cheese. Taste it. Pair it. Crack it. Meet the animals that give it to us. Discover how it’s made the old-fashioned way. Live music with Watchung Riders, games, and all you can eat cheese! Sponsored by Schuman Cheese. Presented by the Montclair History Center, Montclair Center, and Rutgers Cooperative 4-H Program. Food and beverage vendors to be announced online in April. Rain or shine. Pricing and early bird discounts available online. For more info: www.montclairhistory.ory, mail@montclairhistorical.org, 973-744-1796. $20, varied.

The MFEE Amazing FundRACER

The MFEE Amazing FundRACERSponsored by Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence. The MFEE Amazing FundRACER is a mini-version of the competition show Amazing Race - minus the $1 million prize and the worldwide travel. Our version is just as exciting and more impactful. The funds raised from this community event benefit all 6,700 Montclair Public School students! 50 teams of two from different walks of life come together to compete in a fast-paced and fun-filled race across Montclair. On foot and by bike, contestants complete AMAZING challenges at a series of undisclosed “Challenge Stations” to earn clues that point them to the next stop. Teams will be eliminated as the race progresses, building to a climactic final challenge between the top four teams and a heated sprint to the finish line. The event will culminate in an After Party where the winners will be crowned. For more info: http://mfee.org/the-mfee-amazing-fundracer-30-bigg, info@mfee.org, 973-509-4021. Free.

Rapunzel

RapunzelSponsored by Studio Players. 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043. Rapunzel Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina Well-known characters from the classic story mingle with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”? May 11, 12, 18, 19 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling our box office. For more info: https://studioplayhouse.org/rapunzel/, studiopl@studioplayhouse.org, 973-744-9752.

The Ghost Army of World War II

Sponsored by The Women's Club of Upper Montclair. 200 Cooper Avenue, Montclair NJ. 2-5 pm. Rick Beyer, director of the PBS documentary will give a multi-media presentation about the special division that was kept secret for over 50 years. Hear about the handpicked group of young GIs that were armed with rubber tanks, fake artillery and more than a few tricks up their sleeves. Their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe. See memorabilia and hear music from the 40s. Gift basket raffles, silent auction and 50/50 will be included. Refreshments will be served. For more info: SBRinNJ@AOL.COM, 973-239-4490. $40.

May
21
Tuesday

Mourning, Melancholy, and the Afterlife of Romeo and Juliet

Sponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Enjoy a discussion of thematic elements in one of Shakespeare's most beloved and frequently performed plays. Devoted and casual students of Shakespeare, theater and literature will want to come to the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/21/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. Free.

Doyle Consignment Day

695 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. 9 am. Meet Doyle specialists to evaluate your jewelry, art and silver for auction consignment. Let us help you realize the value of your collection. We invite you to schedule a private appointment. Please contact New Jersey Representative Jill Bowers by phone or email. Reservations / registration required by 05/20/2019. For more info: www.Doyle.com, Jill@Doyle.com, 212-427-2730. Free.

May
22
Wednesday

Spring 2019 Housing Market

Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties. 695 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair NJ. 6:30 pm. Find out what to expect when selling or renting during the spring housing market. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more info: james.stefanile@bhhsnj.com, 973-769-4041. Free.

May
23
Thursday
May
29
Wednesday

Mysteries of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird

Sponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Join Maestro George Marriner Maull, three-time Emmy-nominated Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra, as he explores Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, the very accessible and listenable score drawn from his first big ballet commission from Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russe. Music lovers will want to pack the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/29/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $20.

May
30
Thursday

A Wiser Way to Garden: Efficiency and Maintenance Techniques

A Wiser Way to Garden: Efficiency and Maintenance TechniquesSponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. We’ll talk about tips and suggestions for easier-to-manage plants, to reduce maintenance and how to use your gardening time more efficiently. Area residents with a green thumb will want to be at the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/30/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $35.

A Message from the Bronx: The Origins of Hip-Hop

Sponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 7 pm. Look into the multi-directional beginnings of New York City’s hip-hop culture in the 1970/80s. The class will focus on how music, art, technology, community and social awareness were all integral components to its early success. Adult music fans can catch it at the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/30/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $20.

May
31
Friday

American Constitutional History

American Constitutional HistorySponsored by Adult School Dept. of the Montclair Public Library. 50 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. 10:30 am. A history of the Supreme Court, its important cases and members, reflecting changing interpretations of the Constitution; its current makeup and future implications. American history buffs and current events trackers will gather at the Montclair Public Library. Reservations / registration required by 05/31/2019. For more info: www.adultschool.org, info@adultschool.org, 973-744-0500. $20.

June
8
Saturday

Outpost in the Burbs Presents Amy Rigby at the Van Vleck House and Gardens

Sponsored by Outpost in the Burbs. 21 Van Vleck Street. 4:30 pm. Outpost in the Burbs partners with the Van Vleck House and Gardens to present singer-songwriter Amy Rigby in an outdoor show (weather permitting). In case of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors to the first 90 tickets sold. Matt David and Ed Seifert (of Campfire Flies) will open the show. "Family Pack" tickets available. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music at the beautiful Van Vleck House and Gardens. (chairs provided if held indoors). “She (Amy Rigby) is smarter, sharper, and maybe even more melodic than she was way back when, when mod housewives kept diaries and danced with Joey Ramone.”— Dave Thompson, Goldmine “Her whimsical, often autobiographical songs are masterful. Funny and enticing, she is up there with the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.” — New York Times For more info: www.outpostintheburbs.org, info@outpostintheburbs.org, 973-744-5650. $25 advance/$28 day of show.