Here are a few great reasons to enjoy the city of Bloomfield this weekend. Click on the EVENTS tab to see more weekend events. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.
WHAT: Fall Harvest Campfire
WHERE: Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland
WHY GO: Sit around the camp fire and roast marshmallows and enjoy popcorn and cider. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
COST: Cost is $6 per child and $8 per adult. Advance registration is required. Call 973-228-8776.
WHAT: Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo
WHERE: Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
WHEN: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
WHY GO: Experience Turtle Back Zoo in the winter as 100,000 bulbs and 40 lit displays illuminate the zoo this holiday season!
COST: Free. Turtle Back Zoo will be collecting non-perishable food, winter coats and unwrapped new toys for the needy each evening of holiday lights.
WHAT: Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle - Family Fun Festival
WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
WHEN: Saturday 11am
WHY GO: Come join the celebration as we open a new health & fitness exhibit. Here are just a few exhibits:
• Join a healthy cooking demonstration and meet celebrity Chef Scott Cutaneo of "FOX & Friends" as he shares his recipes for healthy and delicious meals (1:30–2:15 pm)
• Zumba & Salsa Dance Classes & Yoga Workshops
• Professional Fitness Instructors Demonstrate Exercise Essentials
• Learn to Create a Vegetable Garden
• Food & Fitness Gallery Art Tours
WHAT: Karaoke at The Essex Bar & Grill
WHERE: The Essex Bar & Grill, 41 Broughton Ave, Bloomfield
WHEN: Friday 8:30pm
WHY GO: Come join the Karaoke fun with a Great variety of Songs and Talent.
WHAT: Live Bands play PIANOS Weekend BlowOut!
WHERE: Piano's Bar & Grill, 36 Broad St, Bloomfield
WHEN: Saturday 9:30pm – 1am
WHY GO: Support the best bands in our tri-state area! Young and veteran musicians bring down the house in the Main Lounge at PIANOS. Dance or just listen and enjoy your favorite rock and roll, soul, funk, and blues.
WHAT: Music at the Mansion
WHERE: Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield
WHEN: Sunday 3pm
WHY GO: Corinna Sowers Adler presents an afternoon of cabaret singing at 3pm on Sunday, November 27. The performance will feature Corinna and special guests.
COST: $10 per person and includes light refreshments.
WHAT: Broadway Comes to Caldwell
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, 326 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell
WHEN: Sunday 7:30 pm
WHY GO: Returning to Caldwell is talented Broadway veteran and First Presbyterian Church congregation member, Ron Bohmer (Fiddler on the Roof, Ragtime, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard, The Woman in White, A Little Night Music Scarlet Pimpernel). Also featured on the program is Sandra Joseph, who played “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera from 1997 – 2006, Robert DuSold (The Producers, Cats, Les Miserables, Showboat, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago) and Natalie Toro (Cats, A Christmas Carol, Evita, A Tale of Two Cities, In the Heights, Les Miserables).
COST: Tickets may be purchased ahead of time through the church office at a discounted rate of $15. Admission at the door will be $20.
WHAT: UpTown Flutes Christmas Concert (including a flute play-along)
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Ave, Verona
WHEN: Sunday 3pm
WHY GO: Christmas Concert including a Flute Play-Along. Bring your flute and a music stand for the Finale Play-Along!
COST: A free-will offering will be collected to support The Interfaith Hospitality Network
WHAT: White Christmas
WHERE: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
WHEN: Nov 16 – Dec 24 (showtimes: http://www.papermill.org/whats-playing/season-at-a-glance/cat/cat_id/1.html)
WHY GO: Based on the beloved Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film, this merry musical tells the tale of two famous song-and-dance men who stage a show in a scenic, snow-topped Vermont inn — and end up finding love with two singing sisters under the mistletoe.
COST: $25 to $80
WHAT: “Making a Real Difference” - Bloomfield Coat Drive
WHERE: Bloomfield Municipal Building
WHY GO: Bloomfield Township Human Services is collecting clean, reusable coats, scarfs and gloves. Coats will be distributed to needy Bloomfield Residents. Please don’t hesitate to call for more information: (973) 680-4017
“Food for Fines” Amnesty at the Library: In celebration of Thanksgiving 2011, the Bloomfield Public Library will be offering a “Food for Fines” amnesty from November 28 to Dec ember 2, 2011. Any patrons who return overdue books, CDs, DVDs, videocassettes or audio books during the amnesty period may clear their fines by bringing in one food item per overdue charge. Food will be donated to the United Way for distribution to local food pantries.