The Weekend: So Many Choices!

(Photo: Steve Hockstein)

Baristaville is jam-packed with things to do this weekend and it all starts tonight. What to do, what to do? There are so many choices.

The mesmerizing and pulsating sounds of ancient drums and intriguing vocals will fill the Montclair Public Library Auditorium tonight, Thursday, September 22 when the Glen Velez Ta ka Di Mi Project takes the stage. The Ta ka Di Mi Project features two gifted Montclair residents, five-time Grammy winning percussionist Glen Velez and rhythmic vocalist Lori Cotler. Their performance incorporates original compositions derived from music of the Mid-East, Central Asia and the Mediterranean regions and promises to deliver a unique program of pure rhythm and pulse. This event  is presented by Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled’s WAE (Wellness Arts, Enrichment) Center, in collaboration with the Montclair Public Library.

The Ta ka Di Mi Project
Thursday, September 22 at 7 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 So. Fullerton, Montclair, NJ, 07042

On Friday, September 23, South Fullerton gives you Fall IN Fullerton. The great shops and restaurants on the street will offer you wonderful shopping deals, giveaways, live entertainment and dinner specials.

Fall IN Fullerton
Friday, September 23 from 5 pm – 9 pm
South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

A Taste of Montclair will bring delicious local food, live entertainment from local bands, such as School of Rock’s house band, Miss Pop & The Bad touch, and Lil Bastad. On Saturday, Parents Who Rock performers will supply the music. Local businesses will have vending tables and there will be activities for all ages. This first time event is free and open to the public. You can purchase tickets for food and beverages, but if you bring in a can of food to donate to The Human Needs Food Pantry, you’ll receive a free ticket for your food purchase.

The Taste of Montclair Harvest Festival is being organized by Nick Bosco Design and”Many Families are struggling in Montclair as the economy is taking it’s toll on all of us. Please bring out something to share with the families of the community that need a helping hand. And then help yourself to some wonderful treats supplied by the local restaurant community in Montclair and surrounding townships.” says Nick Bosco director of the event.

The Taste of Montclair Harvest Festival
Friday, September 23 from 3 pm – 9 pm and Saturday, September 24 from 10 am – 10 pm
33 Cottage Place (the parking lot of Immaculate Conception High School), Montclair, NJ, 07042

CANCELED: Another festival takes place in Montclair on Saturday — the annual Crane Park Festival. This is a fun one for families of all ages. Each year it offers more and more. School of Rock Montclair will be there as well performing its Funk and Reggae Jam, complete with hits from Marley and Kool & The Gang, including this off-the-hook rendition of Jungle Boogie:

Crane Park Festival
Saturday, September 24 from 10 am – 4 pm
Crane Park, Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

In Bloomfield, you don’t want to miss the 19th annual Bloomfield HarvestFest. Both Saturday and Sunday will offer non-stop entertainment. Enjoy live music from The Kootz, The Barros Band, Christina Alessi, The Frost Kings and many more. Kids can play in the KidsZone and parents can shop at the many vendor tables.

Bloomfield HarvestFest
Saturday, September 24 an Sunday, September 25 form 11 pm – 6 pm (rain or shine!)
Broad Street between Bellevue and Bloomfield Avenues, Bloomfield, NJ

Get fit this weekend! You could try the new Treetop Adventure Course at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange or join one of these events:

Saturday, the 9th annual Newstead 5K  will fill the streets of South Orange with hundreds of SOMA residents. There’s also a 2-mile walk and fun run, if a 5K is too much for you. The race benefits The Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood, formerly known as the South Orange-Maplewood Education Foundation (SOMEF).

Newstead 5K
Saturday, September 24 at 8 am (race begins at 9 am)
South Mountain Annex, 112 Glenview Rd. South Orange, NJ
$20 pre-registration through 9/20. $25 after 9/21 or day of race. Kids’ fun run is FREE. Register online here.

On Sunday, grab your helmet and join others in a community bike ride with SOMbike. The free bike ride begins at the Baird and takes you through a tour of the community’s gardens.

SOMbike Community Bike Ride and Garden Tour
Sunday, September 25 at 10 am
Begins at The Baird, 5 Mead St, South Orange, NJ

Do some Downward Dogs on the football field at MHS and raise money for the Montclair Fund for Educational Exellence (MFEE). Last year’s Yogathon had over 200 participanats and raised $10,000 to benefit Montclair schools.

MFEE Yogathon
Sunday, September 25 at 11 am
Football Field at MHS
$20 adults / $15 teen or $50 Yogaship adult ticket including a yogamat / $45 teen Yogaship ticket including a yogamat. Register here.

To see what else is going on in Baristaville, make sure to check our calendar.

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  1. If you are at the Bloomfield HarvestFest and you are a veteran, be sure and stop by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 510 table on either day. On Sunday, the Veterans Administration Outreach team will be also be there. Even if your not a veteran, stop by and say Hi!

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