POETRY U: An Evening of Spoken Word By Local Writers featuring The Fractal Ensemble
A special edition of Poetry U featuring a performance by The Fractal Ensemble, a contemporary group of musicians and spoken word artists. The Ensemble features Carol Brown, Mark Empire, Elizabeth Kalfayan, Michael Kovacs, Rebecca Tarlazzi and Justin Woo. Gallery U Boutique is located at 439 South Ave West in Westfield, NJ.
Gallery U Boutique is owned by Universal Institute, a rehabilitation center for adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Gallery U acts as an extension of UI’s vocational training program which helps bring TBI clients back into the workforce and community through their daily operational work at Gallery U. They hold monthly group art exhibitions and work closely with the community on various events throughout the year.
Westfield Memorial Library collects new books for kids during holidays
(October 29, 2014) – From November 1 to December 6, the Westfield Memorial Library will collect new, unwrapped books for children and young adults as part of the New Jersey Library Association’s Children’s Services campaign. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
Every year, thousands of books are collected through New Jersey libraries and distributed to less fortunate children throughout the state during the holidays. The books that the Westfield library collects will be sent to children in Union County.
“This unique program allows us to share our love of books and reading with children in need,” said Adrienne Basso, Coordinator of Youth Services. “The time and effort spent on this project is rewarding for both the individuals and the communities that participate.”
Books will be accepted anytime during the hours that the library is open: Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed Tuesday, November 11 for Veterans’ Day, closing at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and closed Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library strives to provide the Westfield community an environment that promotes a love of reading and ensures free access to ideas and information. For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”
Join Gallery U Boutique Saturday, November 1st, from 2-4pm to meet Real Housewife of NJ Kathy Wakile and to taste some of her desserts from her National Bestselling Cookbook, "Indulge." They will have books for you to purchase and Kathy will sign them for you. 439 South Ave. W., 908.232.1985. www.gallery-u.blogspot.com
Celebrate Halloween with the NJ Festival Orchestra
Savor the silver screen's greatest romantic melodrama, Flesh and the Devil, which launched Greta Garbo as one of the most mysterious, glamorous stars of the American screen, presented complete with LIVE symphonic score by Carl Davies. There will not be a single moment of silence as the NJFO musicians perform, with split-second timing and precision, Davies' extraordinary soundtrack as the original classic silent movie is projected above the orchestra.
Enjoy this Halloween Spooktacular Saturday November 1 at 7pm at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
Flesh and the Devil 1926 original movie starring Greta Garbo
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
David Wroe conductor New Jersey Festival Orchestra
Westfield Memorial Library hosts Making Your Way in the Music Industry
(October 15, 2014)–The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present a program entitled, “Learn How to Make Your Way in the Music Industry” by songwriter Kim Yarson on Saturday, November 1 at 10:30 a.m. The talk will be followed by concert by Ms.Yarson at 12:30 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
A do-it-yourself course for independent musicians or those desirous of becoming independent, this presentation will cover topics such as: ·is your music marketable; finding your own brand; website copyright; signing up for iTunes; marketing yourself on Facebook, Reverbnation, Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube; Kickstarter vs.Indiegogo; video blogging/music videosl; setting goals and being realistic.
Ms. Yarson is a four-time NJ JAM award nominee for Top Female Songwriter, Top Female Vocalist, and Best Album for her “Thankful” CD. Kim's songs have been cut by local artists, and she has had publishing deals in Nashville and a recent song cut for the indie film, “Acceptance.”
This program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Call the Westfield Library to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”
An Abundance of Books, Bargain Prices at St. Paul’s Sale in Westfield
Customer friendly volunteers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield are once again gearing up to receive and sort a bonanza of books in many useful categories for the 27th ANNUAL GIANT BOOK SALEin the church’s newly renovated Parish Hall.
Sponsored by the Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, this year’s sale runs on Sunday, November 2 (Noon-5pm), Monday, Nov. 3 (9am-9pm) and Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Bag Day, all you can put into one grocery bag @ $4, 9am-Noon). As always, everyone who loves gently used books at bargain prices is invited to attend, browse and buy.
The Sale features thousands of donated books in a wide variety of popular categories. These include hardback and paperback Fiction, History, Biography, Science and Medicine, Political Science, Psychology, Gardening, the Arts, Sports, Pets, Crafts, How-To, Self Improvement, Languages, books for Teens, and a large selection of Children’s books, puzzles and games. Prices are very reasonable.
Also for sale are low-cost videos, software, CDs, records, DVDs, oversized books and sheet music. St. Paul’s is unable to accept donated textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest condensed books.
All Sale proceeds are used to fund the various musical programs at St. Paul’s, to which the general public is always invited.
Charles M. Banks, Director of Music at St. Paul’s says, “There’s something for everyone at the Sale. For example, you can find special books for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or birthdays. Plus, there’s always the chance that you’ll discover that special read, first edition,or rare find that will cost you next to nothing to take home.”
Book donations may be dropped off daily, Monday- Friday, 3-9pm, and all day Saturdays and Sundays through November 1. An outdoor pod unit is available for book drop-offs in the church parking lot (use the Euclid Avenue driveway entrance).
Donors, please bag your books by category, if possible (History, Science, Children’s, etc.)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street in Westfield (near Euclid Avenue and across from Town Hall). To access the Parish Hall, please use the Euclid Avenue driveway entrance. For more information, please call (908) 451-5082 or e-mail Music Director Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption: Their Smiles Speak Volumes. Friends and book lovers Barbara Chupko (of Scotch Plains) and Ginny Takonis (of Westfield) said they were exceedingly happy to find such a wide range of books and book categories at St. Paul’s 25th Annual Giant Book Sale in December 2012, following Super Storm Sandy. The Annual Sale seems to offer more and better book choices to the reading public every year, climate change notwithstanding. This year’s 27th Annual Giant Book Sale starts on Sunday, November 2. Photo and content by T.J. Karns, Publicity, St. Paul's.
The best things come in small packages. Give the gift of art this holiday season. Gallery U Boutique is pleased to host an exhibition of smaller works of art of various mediums and styles from both established and emerging artists. Opening receptionNovember 7, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Artwork will be exhibited through December 1, 2014. Gallery U Boutique is located at 439 South Ave West in Westfield, NJ.
Have a vintage bicycle that you're dying to show off and ride? Jay's Cycle Center is hosting a vintage bicycle ride November 8th, 2014. No sign up necessary, just come to the shop before the 8am start with your bike. Don't have a vintage bike but want to ride? You are also welcome to join too. 227 North Ave. E. Event site: https://www.facebook.com/events/791063900936718/
Make it count.. Join Eileen Fisher for an afternoon of shopping to help clean up your local community - and enjoy $30 off your purchase. 10% of event proceeds will benefit the former Eileen Fisher grantee New Jersey Clan Communities (njclean.org). Saturday, November 22, 12-4pm, 9 Elm St., Westfield NJ, 908.233.7133.
Offer valid at the Eileen Fisher Westfield NJ retial store on event day only. Minimum purchase of $50. Cannot be combined with any other offer. One per customer.
Celebrate the Holiday Season with New Jersey Festival Orchestra!
From traditional to pops, choral favorites to musical theater classics, the winter season of NJ Festival Orchestra concerts will fill the entire family with warmth and cheer.
On Saturday, December 6 at 7pm join Maestro David Wroe and NJFO musicians at the Presbyterian Church for Home for the Holidays, a family festival of traditional and contemporary songs and music, sing-a-longs and more guaranteed to make the winter season merry. Tickets prices range from $26 to $75 for adults and there is a special discount price of only $13 for students K-12.
On Tuesday, December 31st, at 7pm, Westfield High School auditorium, the NJ Festival Orchestra again presents one of New Jersey’s most popular New Year’s Eve musical celebrations. This year’s performance, The Guys and Dolls of Broadway, promises a superb revue of American musical theater classics and jazz favorites presented in glorious symphonic splendor and features renowned guest vocalists direct from the Broadway stage and beyond. Patrons are advised to purchase tickets well in advance as this concert has been a sell out for the past five years.
Tickets for both concerts are available on line at www.njfestivalorchestra.org. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (908) 232-9400 or by visiting the office at 224 E. Broad Street, Westfield (10am-3pm). Patrons are advised to purchase tickets online – ticketing fees are reduced and it’s simple, secure, and possible to select seats and print tickets.
RAKE AND HOE KICKS OFF THE 2014 DECK THE HALLS HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
The Deck The Halls Holiday House Tour of four distinguished homes in Westfield, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th 2014, will have interior and exterior holiday designs by the talented members of the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield. Only presented every four years because of the intense planning and execution of detail, the 2014 Holiday House Tour will be an outstanding effort on the part of every club member. Each home will be decorated with a different theme reflecting the character of the home. The four elegant homes selected for the 2014 Tour include a 1905 neoclassical home, a colonial revival shingle style home built in 1906, a low impact green home built in 2011, and a classic Dutch colonial extensively remodeled in 2011. This event is the primary source of revenue for Rake and Hoe’s many service projects to the town, county and state. Tour hours are 10-4 and tickets are available from Williams, Christoffer's, Baron's, and Coldwell Banker ahead of time and at these locations as well as at each of the houses and the Boutique on the day of the tour. Tickets may be obtained by mail using directions listed on www.rakeandhoe.org.
Florian Schantz and the NJ Workshop for the Arts Reestablish Fund for Special Needs Children
In 2008, through a very generous grant from the Westfield Foundation, the NJ Workshop for the Arts was able to establish a program called The Music Connection to offer tuition free music lessons to children with special needs. This unique program gave those children their first chance at learning music, an activity to enrich their lives for a lifetime.
In 2009, a six year old boy named Florian Schantz came to participate in this program and selected the trumpet. That same boy is now twelve years old playing the trumpet professionally all over the greater NYC area. His hard work and determination are proof of what children with learning disabilities can achieve.
Through the years, many other children have benefited from The Music Connection. However with incidences of autism and other learning disabilities on the rise at an alarming rate in NJ, demand from students outstripped the ability to maintain the fund and the NJ Workshop for the Arts was forced to discontinue offering free instruction.
Recently, Florian decided that other special needs children should get the same first chance that he had. He has decided to play a series of benefit concerts to reestablish this fund himself. However, high caliber private musical instruction is time intensive and costly. Additional donations will be needed in order to make the fund substantial enough to support the growing demand for special needs children and to make the program sustainable.
The first concert will be held at the Crossroads in Garwood on December 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM. Admission, including dinner, is $65. Tickets are available by calling NJWA at 908-789-9696. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to assist Florian in reviving the Music Connection Fund or consider a donation to cover the expenses of staging the event. Your tax-deductible donation to the NJ Workshop for the Arts, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, will help us help Florian achieve his goal of helping children with learning disabilities for many years to come.
The NJWA Music Studio is located at 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield. For information on any of its programs, visit the studios, phone 908-789-9696 or log on to www.njworkshopforthearts.com.