Get On Your Bikes! This Sunday (raindate May 28), take a ride to Watchung Plaza for the 2006 Tour de Montclair. Registration opens at 12:30; Tour begins at 1 p..m. If you can’t ride, come anyway to hear music by Dogwater, see an antique bike demonstration, or get help at a bike repair clinic. Bike Montclair volunteers will be also be presenting information about their Safe Street Acion Plan. For more information, a map of the tour route, and pictures of past tour events, check out their website.
Want Some Kinky Catholicism With Your Popcorn? It’s the big DaVinci Code opening weekend. If you go, tell us how it was … but leave out the spoilers.
Bookworms: Starts today! Lacordaire Academy Annual Used Book Sale: Thousands of used hardcover($2), soft cover, and audio books($1)! Proceeds Benefit High School Athletic Program. Friday, May 19, 9-8, Sat/Sun, May 20&21, 9-5. Admission is free. 155 Lorraine Ave. corner of Park Street, Upper Montclair. For more info: Lisa Moll√É¬© Padilla 973-744-1156 x27. At Watchung Booksellers: Jonathan Alter signs copies of his new book, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope , on Saturday at noon. Also on Saturday, from 4 to 6 pm, come meet and nosh with a bunch of local Baristaville authors at the store.
High Robotics: Those young geniuses over at Montclair High have been working very hard to create very cool robots which will be on display tonight. Bring the family – it’s free. The robots were designed, programmed and built by the Montclair High School Robotics Teams and were entered into various FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions competing with high schools from all over the country. “The Robots are programmed to go to a goal and shoot a ball into it without any external control (but can they wash dishes?). Then they are divided up into teams for an exciting game of BotBall, played under the remote control. ” Presented by the Montclair Society of Engineers tonight, Friday, May 19 at Union Congregational Church176 Cooper Ave, Montclair, 8:00 PM (get there at 7:30 for coffee and desert). For more information to to the website or call Bob Chamberlin (973) 748-0385 or Pete Donegan (973) 783-7998.
12 Miles West Main Stage: My Italy Story, By Joseph Gallo – Now through May 28. This one-man show traces a sweetly nostalgic journey of a young man attempting to recapture for his family the closeness that they felt when they were children. He’s inspired to take a trip to the town in Italy that his grandparents are from to make a connection with his ancestors. When he gets there it doesn√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t work out the way he had hoped. Thursdays thru Saturdays, 8PM. Sundays, 3PM. General Admission $26/ Students & Seniors $21. Theatre Students and professionals receive specially discounted price ($15) for all Thursday performances. Read the reviews here and here
Make Me Laugh: Hey kid, think you’re funny? Here’s your chance to be onstage at 12 Miles West! Audition for Improvapalooza! Our June comedy festival co-sponsored by Lunatic Fringe is having two stand-up competitions. One for kids and one for adults. Auditions for the “Funniest Kid in NJ” are Saturday, May 20, 2:00 √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú 5:00 pm.
Family Festival Extravaganzas: Saturday is Spring Fling at Linden Ave. School in Glen Ridge. Click here for directions. It’s a kid friendly carnival with games, prizes, crafts, and food. Starts at 10 a.m..
Nishuane School’s Mayfair is this Saturday! 11:00 am √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú 4:00pm . A huge annual event with entertainment, food, arts and crafts tables, games/relay races and the all time favorite ” Dunk The Teacher” Dunk Tank. Other attractions: Pirate Bounce & Slide Fun House, Inflatable Sports Zone,Gravity Ball Game, Contests: “Pie Judging” and “Biggest Smile”, 2nd Grade Lemonade Stand, 2nd Grade Raffle Baskets, and Garden Demos. Don’t miss the parade at 11 a.m., Petting Zoo 11-1 and Square Dance Caller 1:30-3:30. Admission (at the door): $10 kids, includes games, rides, crafts. Adults and under 3 yrs. free.
Information: Beth Wilensky 973-746-0741 or email@example.com. Rain or shine – Nishuane School, 32 Cedar Avenue, Montclair.
Montclair GIRLSPEAK: √¢‚Ç¨≈ìThis is My Space,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù a workshop for girls ages 14 to 18, on Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. funded by the Montclair Counseling Center and the Montclair Fund for Women at St. John√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 55 Montclair Avenue (corner of Chestnut Street) in Montclair. Mother/daughter teams are welcomed. The workshop aims to empower girls to take command of their personal space by building negotiation, assertiveness, and self-defense skills. Activities will include discussions about violence, sexual harassment and verbal/physical abuse, as well as role playing and practice of physical activities. Reservations for √¢‚Ç¨≈ìThis is My Space√¢‚Ç¨¬ù may be made online at www. girlsincnnj.org. Bagels and coffee will be offered in the morning and lunch will be served. Each participant will be given a tee-shirt and informational packet upon registration. For more information: Debbie Vincent, 973.783.0996.
And if it’s not raining, take a historic walking tour of Anderson Park: Sponsored by Friends of Anderson Park this Saturday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the founding of Anderson Park a century ago, its design by the Olmsted Brothers firm, how it shaped Upper Montclair and led to the formation of other parks in town. Hear about the park’s future after a $1 million face-lift and see all the new trees and shrubs that have been planted. Meet at the boulder at thenortheast corner of the park along Bellevue Avenue. Heavy rains cancels. For more information, contact Scott at Montclairtrees@aol.com
Don’t Forget Baby Andrew LoMonte: Firefighters will be running the Family Fundraiser at Just Jake’s, Sunday May 21 at 1:30 p.m. Have fun for a good cause. There’ll be five local bands, food, drink, raffle prizes, and a 50/50. Tickets $20, under 12 years are free. 30 Park Street, Montclair. 973- 655-8987.
Conversations with African American Artists: “Newark on Our Minds” at Montclair Art Museum. A panel discussion exploring the cultural impact of Newark on its artists and community. With historian Clement Price, artist Bisa Washington, and Tarin Fuller of Iandor gallery. Moderated by artist and educator Janet Taylor Pickett. Sunday May 21, 2p.m. Free. 973-746-5555 or MAM.
Energy Bar Happenings: Documentary & Independent Film Series
Saturday, May 20th Screening: Collection of Short Independant Films – 8pm. The Spook Who Sat By The Door – 9:15pm Read the movie review.
Lecture: “First Eye on Kemet” A Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) legacy lecture for all level students that will discuss the origin of religions, Kemetic culture, history & metaphysics. Q&A are welcome. Sunday, May 21th @ 3pm – $12. THE ENERGY BAR 307bc Orange Road, Montclair (Montclair’s South End Business Circle) 973- 746-7003.
Emotional Rescue: Passion & Libido, Lost, Found and Fired Up! Lecture/discussion by Dr. Jsahna L. Simmons who has trained within the United States and Europe and offers a unique perspective to women on strategies for maintaining a life-long, healthy libido. Sun, May21, 2:30pm at Intimate Engagements, 217 Glenridge Ave. Montclair. Info: call Irisha Brown 973.509.1687