Efforts to Restore the American Chestnut Tree at the Montclair Bird Club, March 11

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The American Chestnut Foundation

On Wednesday, March 11, Clark Beebe of The American Chestnut Foundation, will present a program at the Montclair Bird Club on the story of the American Chestnut, and the efforts to bring this tree back to the American landscape. His presentation will highlight the majesty that was the American chestnut, its range and its importance to wildlife, farmers and industry. It will then describe the blight and the scale of the disaster it caused, and explain the breeding program designed to introduce Chinese chestnut partial resistance into the American chestnut.

According to The American Chestnut Foundation, the tree was once the dominant hardwood tree in eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley. By 1950, an estimated 4 billion American chestnuts that had covered 188 million acres of eastern forests had disappeared, succumbing to a lethal fungus infestation, known as the chestnut blight, during the first half of the 20th century.

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MPL to Hold Presentation on Growing Your Own Food Tonight

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It may not seem like it, given the unending amount of snowfall hitting the Northesast recently, but spring will soon be here. Before you know it, that three foot mound of snow piled up in your front yard will have melted away, revealing some lovely daffodils, a garden that desperately needs mulching, and a raised bed crying out for some new vegetable plantings.

Lucky for us, the Montclair Public Library will be holding a free presentation on how to grow your own food. “Pots to Plots: Growing Food in Your Backyard,” which takes place at 7 pm tonight, will feature three Montclair gardeners whose experience growing a “kitchen garden” is well known in the area.

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Open Book / Open Mind Series: Frank Bruni in Conversation with Devon Corneal at MPL

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Frank Bruni

In January, the Montclair Public Library launched the Open Book / Open Mind series, which brings together prominent authors and public figures in conversation. The series kicked off with hometown novelists Matthew Thomas and Christina Baker Kline. On March 22, the series brings together local essayist and parenting blogger Devon Corneal to interview New York Times Op-Ed columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni on the subject of his new book,Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to College Admissions Mania.

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“Spring into Motion” at Bike&Walk Montclair’s Dance Party

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Bike&Walk Montclair

Bike&Walk Montclair invites you to shake off the winter blues with an evening of live music at its Spring into Motion Dance Party on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm.

This spring fundraiser will feature live music from The Deep Dig, the side-project of four veteran NYC musicians who put a sultry, funky touch on an eclectic stable of tunes from the modern American songbook. The quartet includes Montclair’s own Scott E. Moore on vocals and guitar, Ray Levier on drums, Hank Skalka on bass, and Rich Tozzoli on electric guitar.

You’ll enjoy wine from Amanti Vino, beer from NJ Beer Co., and hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and raffle items from local merchants— all while supporting the organization’s efforts to make Montclair more pedestrian and bicycle friendly! Sponsors include Partners for Health Foundation, Amanti Vino, NJ Beer Co., Montclair Bikery, Studio 042, and Diamond Cycle.

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Local St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events

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St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and there are several local parades and events to celebrate:


Nutley St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 7
Parade day will begin with an Investiture Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 10 am. Parade lineup will begin at 12 pm at the Holy Family Parking Lot and Parade Step Off will begin promptly at 1 pm

Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday, March 13
Newark’s 80th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at the Prudential Center at 1 pm and proceed north on Mulberry Street, past the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Center Street, and conclude at Washington Park. There will be Reviewing Stands located at Mulberry and Clinton Streets as well as Central Avenue and Washington Street.

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The 15th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival March 15 – 29

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The New Jersey Jewish Film FestivalThe 15th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF) hosted by JCC Metrowest in West Orange will take place from March 15 to March 29. This year’s festival will feature a total of 23 new films from six countries, including 12 New Jersey premieres.

“Each year, we bring the community new, highly-acclaimed films with a Jewish twist,” said Joni Cohen, Chair of the NJJFF. “These fantastic films, by Academy-award winning filmmakers and new rising stars, offer us insight into the rich diversity of global Jewish experience and the common bonds that tie us together.”

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Local Parties, Carnivals, Spiels, and More for Purim

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Temple Ner Tamid puts on Purimspiel 2013

Temple Ner Tamid puts on Purimspiel 2013

Purim begins in the evening of Wednesday, March 4 and ends in the evening of Thursday, March 5 this year. It’s a festival that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living throughout the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

Baristanet writer Brian Glaser says the Jewish holiday is a fun and joyous celebration. “Between the costume dress-up, fresh-baked Hamentashen, and noise-making groggers, Purim more than earns its rep as “The Jewish Halloween.”

Here are some local Purim celebrations where there will be noisemakers, carnivals, costumes, treats and partying aplenty!:


Chabad of Montclair will throw a ’60s style Purim party on Thursday, March 5 beginning at 5 pm! Enjoy a groovy buffet dinner, Megilah reading, a drum circle, magic show, Hamentashen and a wine bar, and more! The Purim party takes place at The Suite Spot at 695 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Tickets are $10 per person / $36 per family. For more information or tickets, call 862.252.5666 or visit online here



purimTemple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove throws a super fun Purim Carnval on Sunday, March 1 beginning at 11 am. There ill be amagician, photo booth, ganes, crafts, food, and more. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. On the Friday before Purim, they have a Megillah reading at the Shabbat evening service, featuring several members of the Temple reading the story with great enthusiasm. Call 973.239.1321 or visit online for more information.



Purim for Grownups

Temple Ner Tamid, known for its elaborate Purimspiels will present “Megillagan’s Island: A Desert Island Purimspiel” for this year’s Purim celebration on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 pm. “What happens when the Purimspiel cast become castaways on a desert island? Will they be so upset at being shipwrecked that they forget about the holiday? Or will they be true to their shul and get inspired to write the best darned tropical-island-themed Purim Play ever? And then, how will they get off the island? Be there Saturday night, March 7, to find out! Families will enjoy the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 8. Call 973.338.1500 or visit online for more information.



purimCelebrate Purim with the Shomrei Emunah Community in Montclair. Enjoy games, treats, a costume parade and much more. The Purim Carnival takes place on Sunday, March 1. On Wednesday March 4, beginning at 5 pm, celebrate Purim with grogger and mask making, a dinner, Megilah reading, a costume parade, a Maariv service, and a Purim Shpiel. For more information call 973-746-5031 or visit online here.




Bnai Keshet in Montclair throws its carnival on Sunday, March 1 at 11 am with hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, a Bounce House/Ball Pit, obstacle course, spin art, face painting, games, and more! It then throws a Rock n’ Roll Purim Schpiel on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:15 pm. There will be dinner (Vegetarian Tacos & Burritos), a Family Friendly Megilla & Schpiel, and dessert. For more information call 973.746.4889 or visit online here.




Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston will hold services on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 pm, which includes the traditional reading of the Megillah (the Book of Esther). Also in celebration of Purim, the Jewish Learning Program of Temple B’nai Abraham will hold their annual Purim Carnival on Thursday, March 5, from 4 – 6 pm at the temple. The entrance fee is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Games and inflatables will be provided by Bounce On In Events. There will be face painting , snacks for purchase and much more. Dressing in costume is encouraged. Open to the community, but children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please call 973.994.3950. For information, visit online here.



Go Out For the 2nd Annual Detective Carlos G. Wormley Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday

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Detective Carlos G. Wormley Bowling FundraiserOn Saturday, February 28, the Montclair Sentinels 16-87 will host its second annual Detective Carlos G. Wormley Memorial Bowling Fundraiser at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, NJ.

You’ll enjoy music by DJ Hardcore, good food, fun, and fellowship to raise funds for the Sentinels scholarship fund in honor of their departed brother Detective Carlos G. Wormley.

Detective Wormley was a lifelong resident of Montclair, and served his community with great pride. He was known throughout the community to go above and beyond to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Detective Wormley was truly dedicated to his community, and held a special affinity for the youth of the community. He worked tirelessly as a DARE Officer, mentor, and founding member of Project Oasis.

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The Weekend: Dancing Queen, Story Slam, Jazz, Film

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Body & soul

It’s the last weekend in February and there’s some great ways to celebrate. We told you about:

And there’s more. Here are your weekend highlights:

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School of Rock Montclair to Present Memorial Concert for Beloved Faculty Member Kevin Parker

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 Kevin Parker

School of Rock Montclair will present a memorial concert at Just Jake’s this Sunday, March 1 to pay tribute to faculty member Kevin Parker, who recently passed away due to complications from a stroke. All funds that are raised at the event, including donations and proceeds from raffles and a silent auction, will be donated to Parker’s family to help them with final expenses.

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