The Weekend: Fundraisers, Music and Shopping (oh, and John Lennon, too)

Photographer May Pang will be doing a meet and greet tomorrow at Watchung Booksellers from 1 to 2 p.m. in memory of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, his death 30 years ago and her book, Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon. Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein of Q104.3-FM chatted about it on their morning show today and said May is a wonderful person who they both know personally and that the bookshop in Montclair is a great place where Shelli herself has been before. Store owner Margot Sage-El even got a shout out on the air (way to go, Margot!).Listen here.

In light of the holiday spirit, three Montclair High School Juniors are presidents of a non-profit club called Sisters On The Runway and will be hosting a jewelry party, with all profits going to the organization.

The club works all year to benefit a non-profit that raises awareness for  domestic abuse among women and children called Shelter our Sisters. The fundraiser will be this Sunday, Dec. 12, selling Lia Sophia jewelry at 411 Park Street, Upper Montclair, from 11 to 1 p.m. Food and drinks will be served and raffles will be held to win free jewelry. E-mail or call Stacey Bender to RSVP, or 973.744.0707.

Etsy Montclair Street Team will be having a Holiday Shopping Party hosted by Vintage Alley on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11 to 5 p.m.

Shop Local in the Team Members Boutique, featuring handmade work from local artists and artisans. Jewelry, photography, original artwork, graphic tees, holiday gift items, unique vintage, and much more.

Etsy is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. Etsy Montclair Street Team is a group of local Etsy sellers on 730 Bloomfield Ave.,  Verona.

On Saturday, 12/11, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomfield mother Yomi Karade will launch her new business, KofiKup Teas and Accessories, at The Pie Store, 100 Watchung Avenue in Montclair, in honor of her son, Kofi who has albinism. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Salif Keita Global Foundation, an organization founded by Keita — a Grammy-nominated musician who also has albinism — to educate the world about the violent attacks and persecution of people with the pigment condition, particularly in Africa.

KofiKup Teas — the name comes from her son’s longtime nickname — are organic, USDA certified with natural flavorings which include black tea, earl grey, rooibos, chai, and peppermint. Tea pots, KofiKup Mugs and other tea accessories will also be available at the store and online.

The Maplewood Village Holly Walk will be held this Saturday, 11 to 5 p.m. to promote shopping local. Follow the red and green balloons through town and enjoy a holiday treat in each shop. The event is sponsored by the Maplewood Village alliance and participating merchants.

If you love Tierney’s Tavern, music and Baristanet’s own Melody Kettle, head on over to Tierney’s this Saturday night where Melody will be filming a Hot From The Kettle video of local band, 3rd Valve. The first band set is at 9:30 p.m.

Glen Ridge Choral Society’s children’s choir,  Handbells, will be hosting a community concert and carol and sing, this Sunday Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with this community tradition while listening to a variety of holiday music in a candlelit setting.  Festivities will be held at Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge.

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