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NJWA Saturday Bands and Orchestras to Begin August 25

The new session of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Saturday Bands and Orchestras will begin on Saturday, August 25.

Beginning Band members, with no prior experience, will meet from 10:00 to 10:30am. Orchestra 1 members  should have 1 to 3 months of experience and will meet from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. Orchestra 2 is intended for those with 4 to 12 months of experience and will meet from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. Orchestra 3 members should have 2 or more years of playing experience and  will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Band 1, for those with 1 to 3 years of playing experience, will meet between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.

The Saturday Bands and Orchestras are among the many programs offered for all ages and ability levels. For additional information, visit the NJWA, a 501 © 3 non-profit organization, located at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield, phone 908-789-9696,ext. 17 or  log on to www.njworkshopforthearts.com.

         

         

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Westfield International Film Festival Comes to The James Ward Mansion, September 20-23

Westfield International Film Festival Comes to The James Ward Mansion, September 20-23

Join the fun Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23 for the exciting Westfield International Film Festival presented by Big Dreams & Silver Screens at The James Ward Mansion Westfield, 169 E. Broad St. in Westfield. There will be movies and events so save the dates! Visit www.westfieldfilmfest.com for tickets, travel info, and more. The festival schedule is below. Dates and times are subject to change.

Thursday,  September 20 - Kick Off Party!
6pm - 8pm Red Carpet Party
8pm - 10pm Film Screenings and Q&A with Attending Filmmakers

Friday, September 21 - Gala Event!
6pm - 8pm Red Carpet Party
8pm - 10pm Film Screenings, Q&A, and Rising Star Honors

Saturday, September 22 - Screenings, Seminar, & Networking
10am-11am Filmmaker Seminar
11:30am-1:30pm Film Block #1
2pm-4pm Film Block #2
5pm-7pm Woman in Film Ceremony
**Honoring Ms. Persia White (The Vampire Diaires, Girlfriends)
7pm-9pm Networking Party
9pm-10pm Film Block #3

Sunday, September 23 - Breakfast, Screenings, & Awards
10am-11am Breakfast with the Filmmakers
(Farinolio, 121 E Broad St. Westfield)
12pm-2pm Film Block #4
3pm-5pm Film Block #5
6pm-8pm Film Block #6
9pm-10pm Awards Ceremony

For synopses and more details, visit www.westfieldfilmfest.com

The James Ward Mansion is located at 169 E. Broad St., 908.389.0014.

 

DWC Extends Appreciation for Another Successful Pizza Run

DWC Extends Appreciation for Another Successful Pizza Run

The 17th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, held on July 25, 2018 was a huge success in spite of a little rain. Organized by Downtown Westfield Corporation, the event was sponsored by many generous community partners and attracted over 2,000 runners and over 5,000 spectators. While there were runners from 202 New Jersey towns and 7 other states, 40% of them were from Westfield. The annual "Pizza Run" takes many months to plan and would not be possible without the help of key people, volunteers, generous sponsors and a gracious business and residential community.


On behalf of the entire Downtown Westfield Corporation Board of Directors, I would like to extend a special thank you to the dedicated DWC staff including: Beth Brenner, Asst. Executive Director, Jamie Lemberg, Website & Social Media Marketing Manager, and Chris Prasek, DWC Summer Intern. Thanks to Meg Mehorter who coordinated over 100 volunteers for the event. The race was directed by Mark Zenobia of On Your Mark Productions and staff with setup and equipment by Ray and Tears Smith of PracticeHard.com and computer scoring by CompuScore.com.

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Sweet Sounds Downtown Continues August 21 from 7pm until 9pm

Sweet Sounds Downtown Continues August 21 from 7pm until 9pm

Live Music Every Tuesday Night through August 28, 7-9pm

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival continues to delight residents, visitors, shoppers and diners with free music while they stroll, dine and relax at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. The festival takes place every Tuesday evening during July and August, from 7pm to 9pm. Raindates are the following evening, Wednesday, each week.

On August 21 listen to Watson at the North Avenue Train Station. Enjoy  Mike Neer's Steelonious at Central Ave.; Carrie Jackson at Elm St.; and Eric Frazier at South Ave. Foundation Park! 

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Thank you to the Westfield Media Council for creating weekly videos profiling our Sweet Sounds Downtown performers. Click here or on the image to the right to watch this weeks video!

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Ice Cream, Smoothies & Juices, Oh My!

Ice Cream, Smoothies & Juices, Oh My!

There are lots of ways to stay cool this summer. Try some ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, smoothies and fresh juices from these awesome local places in Downtown Westfield.

Ice Cream/Gelato/Frozen Yogurt:

The Chocolate Bar - Delicious gelato, chocolates and hand-dipped chocolate covered fruits, pretzels, brownies and more. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

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Pet Portraits at The Farmhouse Store

Pet Portraits at The Farmhouse Store

The Farmhouse Store hosted artist Ben Lenovitz in the store on Saturday, July 21st as he painted portraits of customers’ pets on pizza box inserts. Lenovitz painted for 7 hours without a break and made a lot of pet owners very happy. All profits from the portraits were donated to Summit Animal Rescue Association, Inc.(SARA).

A wide variety of dogs (and one cat) visited with Lenovitz throughout the day. The Warsh family of Westfield brought in their French bulldog puppy Lulu. At just a few months old and weighing only a few pounds, Lulu was the tiniest visitor to sit for a portrait. The largest was Theo, a great Pyrenees owned by Theresa Caporaso of Clark. Theo weighs in at 172 pounds, is twice the size of his owner, and looked like a walking, fluffy, white sofa.

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NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Presents Free Concert on July 26

NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Presents Free Concert on July 26

          Audience members have a delightful opportunity awaiting them as they hear the melodious sounds of famous musicians this July when the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts presents its 19th. Summer Symphony Orchestra Concert. The event will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 559 Raritan Road, Clark, on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

          Commenting on this year’s orchestra, Director Janet Lyman remarked that “This music is from great masterworks of Beethoven, Bizet and Bach, with an added twist the song “Chopstix.”  The Summer Symphony is sounding very beautiful.”

          The program will include Edgemont Overture, 1st Movement of the Pastoral Symphony and Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven.  The orchestra will also be performing Georges Bizet’s music from his opera Carmen and Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Best of Bach.

          The concert will feature piano soloist Chin-Wen Deng, who will be playing everyone’s favorite first piece on the piano “Chopstix”.

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Theresa’s Italian Restaurant Renovates and Re-opens Friday, July 20 at 5pm in Downtown Westfield

Theresa’s Italian Restaurant Renovates and Re-opens Friday, July 20 at 5pm in Downtown Westfield

Theresa’s Italian Restaurant, known for its creative Italian cooking at 47 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield, has been closed over two weeks for some fresh renovations underway. The newly renovated interior features updates in décor with soothing gray and yellow tones and new lighting along with a redesigned space. The prior ceiling has been removed and updated technological acoustical tiles have been installed as well as new heating and air conditioning units. These changes will allow for an enhanced dining experience with a more casual energetic vibe. The restaurant also has added a flexible private dining area that can accommodate groups of 10 to 70 people.

Owner and Executive Chef Robert Scalera is particularly excited about the new custom-built bar and server station. The restaurant’s dining room was designed to honor the beloved Theresa’s traditional cuisine and more refinements to the design will take place in the coming months. "Our loyal customers are very important to us”, says Robert Scalera. "All of the changes focus on continuing to give those customers a quality experience, while introducing ourselves to a new generation of customers. It's an evolution for the future of our business. The Westfield community has been very good to Theresa’s, and we know it will embrace our changes."

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'Dog Days of Summer' Postponed until August 19 due to bad weather

'Dog Days of Summer' Postponed until August 19 due to bad weather

Westfield loves pets! Bring your family and pets to Downtown Westfield for the inaugural Dog Days of Summer on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 12pm-2pm. This new 2nd Sunday event in Downtown Westfield promises to be an exciting time on Quimby Street and will feature a pet parade, pet portraits, animal adoption, toys, and more. Stop by and join the fun! There will be pools in which the animals can cool off and Quimby Street will be closed for the event. Leashes are required. Can’t wait to see you and your pets there! 

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Video Corner: Our Local Merchants  

Video Corner: Our Local Merchants  

Have you seen the latest downtown Westfield social media campaign? It features local business owners and employees welcoming you to their shops and restaurants in small videos posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

So far the Downtown Westfield Corporation has produced 12 videos for downtown businesses, including Williams-Sonoma, bluemercury, Sole Shoes, Savory Spice, Lucky Brand Jeans, Ono Bowls, The Chocolate Bar, South Moon Under, Casa Di Pizza, The Farmhouse Store, Blende Beauty and Tamar Jewelers. 

Check out the videos on the Downtown Westfield Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/downtownwestfieldnj/videos/?ref=page_internal  

What do you think? Who should we feature next?? Send your comments to  j.lemberg@westfieldtoday.com 

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