Overcoming our fear of math, especially at an early age, is the subject of the College Woman’s Club of Westfield’s benefit luncheon on Wednesday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield. Guest speaker Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, a WHS graduate and founder of Bedtime Math, will explore the ways in which math can become either a stumbling block or a launching pad towards careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Using games, puzzles and examples from her books, Ms. Overdeck will challenge attendees to experience math in a new and playful way. The luncheon is $60 per person and all proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship program. For reservations and to preorder copies of Bedtime Math ($14.99) and Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal ($15.99), please email email@example.com. For additional information, please visit the club’s website at www.cwclubwestfield.com.
Anne and Lee Hale Speaker Series Presents Reverend Dr. Robert Higgs, March 19
The Rev. Dr. Robert Higgs, a historian and pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, will kick off the 2014 Anne and Lee Hale Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 19, with a talk on “Elizabethtown: the 350th Celebration of the Founding of New Jersey.”
The speech begins at 7 p.m. at Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E. Broad St.
Rev. Higgs is a chairman for this year’s observance of the anniversary of the royal charter that established the colony of New Jersey. His church, located next to the Union County Courthouse, is on the grounds where the colonists founded Elizabethtown.
Many activities are planned across the Garden State to celebrate the founding, and Rev. Higgs has been involved in organizing these events.
Rev. Higgs, who has served in ministries in Zambia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, holds degrees from the University of Virginia as well as a master’s and doctorate from Princeton Seminary.
His talk will be the first of four scheduled this year in the popular series named after the late Anne and Lee Hale. Anne Hale, who passed away in 2007, was an active member of the Westfield community and a library patron. Her husband, well-known for his years of leadership in many local organizations, was the founder of the Speaker Series; he died last year. Funding for the series comes from The Thomas Glasser Foundation and The Anne and Lee Hale Fund.
Later this year, the series will host talks by Dr. Darlene Gibbon of the Rutgers Cancer Institute; Bruce Johnson, ‘Devil’s Den’ columnist for The Westfield Leader, and Freia Mitarai, an ex-Westfielder who has headed the volunteer programs at the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan.
Those wishing to attend the Higgs talk are asked to pre-register online at www.wmlnj.org (click on Online Calendar) or by phone at 908-789-4090 extension 0.
Special edition of POETRY U Featuring the Literary Talents of NJ Social Workers and Art Therapists
Gallery U is pleased to celebrate Social Work Month 2014 with a series of events that celebrate and honor the artistic talents of NJ social workers and art therapists. The monthly reading series, POETRY U, will feature the writing of NJ social workers and art therapists. Light refreshments served. All are welcome.
For all SWART events, please visit: http://gallery-u.blogspot.com/2014/01/gallery-u-celebrates-social-work-month.html
3 Free CEUs for Social Workers by attending Cultural Guardians: Social Work Advocacy for Art and Meaning in Culture
New Jersey social workers will have the opportunity to earn 3 free CEUs through the Monmouth University School of Social Work Professional Education Program (PEP) by attending Cultural Guardians: Social Work Advocacy for Art and Meaning in Culture, a workshop conducted by Lou Storey, LCSW, LCADC. This workshop is being offered at Gallery U in Westfield on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 1-4 PM. Interested social workers must pre-register to attend. More information and registration form available at http://gallery-u.blogspot.com/2014/01/gallery-u-celebrates-social-work-month.html
Natalie Merchant In concert with New Jersey Festival Orchestra
Former lead vocalist and lyricist of the renowned band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant joins with NJ Festival to perform a mix of old favorites and new songs from literary inspiration in full symphonic splendor. David Wroe conductor. Saturday March 22, 8pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center,
Shop Smart, Do Good: A Fundraising Day at Lord & Taylor, April 29
Shop Smart, Do Good: A Fundraising Day is a special event hosted by Lord & Taylor in support of local non-profit organizations. Participating organizations, such as Westfield Historical Society, receive tickets to sell before the date of the event. Each ticket is valued at $5 and includes two special 25% bonus coupons with limited exclusions and a 15% savings pass to be used throughout the day on almost everything including cosmetics and fragrances. Organizations keep 100% of proceeds from ticket sales, while customers receive exclusive savings and a fun-filled day of shopping and events. In 2013, participating organizations raised over $515,000!
Gallery U in Westfield Celebrates the Creative Talents of Union & Essex County High School Students in June 2014
WESTFIELD, NJ - Union and Essex Counties house a number of talented youth ready to let their creative ideas loose into the world. Gallery U in Westfield is looking to facilitate this process by offering local high school students a unique opportunity to showcase their talents through events scheduled in June 2014.
The month begins with an opening reception for Student Life: Artwork By Union and Essex County High School Students on Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 PM. This special exhibition is comprised of artwork of various mediums and styles by high school students in Union and Essex Counties. 50% of the proceeds for artwork sold will be donated to the art department of the high school the artist represents. Student Life will be on exhibit until July 7, 2014.
Union and Essex County high school students who would like to participate in the exhibition are encouraged to submit artwork by May 12, 2014. Submission guidelines may be found on the Gallery U website at http://gallery-u.blogspot.com. All mediums, sizes, styles and formats are accepted.
Gallery U's monthly poetry reading series, Poetry U, will hold a special student edition on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 7:00- 9:00 PM. The monthly reading series will bring the focus to the artistic literary achievements of Union and Essex County area high school students who will share their writing with a public audience.
Interested students may submit sample work to Robert Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Poets and fiction writers will be considered.
All are welcome to attend the events scheduled at Gallery U.