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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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April

Wednesday, 16; Mendham

SHARING THE WORLD WITH RAPTORS. Learn what raptors are and discover the different adaptations that these fascinating predatory birds use as daytime (diurnal) and nighttime (nocturnal) hunters. 10am - 1pm. $10. Schiff Nature Preserve 339 Pleasant Valley Road.

The Raptor Trust; 973/543-6004

Wednesday, 16; Morristown

GROW, COOK, EAT. Monthly garden series concentrates on Brassicas: Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower. 7 - 8:30pm. $20/ $15 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Wednesday, 16; Morristown

LIBERA. British vocal group. 8pm. $29-$59. 100 South Street.

The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 17; Far Hills

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Beginner and intermediate flower and landscape photography class. 9 - 11:30am. $35. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Saturday, 19; Chester

CHESTER'S FAMILY EASTER EGG HUNT. The 20th annual hunt, with 5,000 filled eggs, prizes, music, and the Easter Bunny. 10:30am. Gazebo Field on Main Street.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-2900

Saturday, 19; Dingmans Ferry, PA

SPRING WATERFALLS. Join us as we travel to some truly magnificent waterfalls. Dress in warm layers, wear sturdy footwear, and bring a camera! Call to reserve a seat in the van. 1 - 3pm. $12. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 19; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550 x11

Saturday, 19; Port Murray

GARDEN TROUGH. Create two of your own hypertufa troughs with that Old English look. Resv. required. 10am - 12pm. $46. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 19; Port Murray

HERBAL PLANTER. Create a rustic container using grapevine, moss and soil. Resv. required. 10am - 12pm. $36. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Sunday, 20; Belvidere

Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms; 908/475-3671

Tuesday, 22;

EARTH DAY.

Wednesday, 23; Morristown

LISA WILLIAMS: MESSAGES FROM BEYOND. World-renowned medium and clairvoyant 8pm. $29-$80. 100 South Street.

The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts; 973/539-8008

Friday, 25; Mendham

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Friday, 25; Morristown

SPUYTEN DUYVIL. Robinson Treacher opens. 8pm. $8. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd..

The Folk Project; 973/335-9489

Friday, 25; Newton

PAULA COLE. 8pm. $24 - $34. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Saturday, 26; Flemington

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION. A round robin of carnival-like games, and fun challenges all made from repurposed or recyclable items. 6:30 - 8:30pm. $3. Deer Path Park, 20 West Woodschurch Road.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Saturday, 26; Hillsborough

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Saturday, 26; Millington

BRINGING UP BIRDIE. Take a close-up look at the Trust’s collection of actual nests and eggs, and peek in on the nests of several endangered NJ raptors by way of nest cam 2 - 4pm. $10, registration required. 1452 White Bridge Road.

The Raptor Trust; 908/647-1091

Saturday, 26; New Brunswick

NEW JERSEY FOLK FESTIVAL. This year is the fortieth festival, presenting diverse folk artists, juried crafts. 10am - 6pm. Free. Eagleton Institute (Woodlawn), at the corner of George Street and Ryders Lane.

Rutgers University; 848/932-5775

Saturday, 26; North Branch

THE SWINGLE SINGERS. A cappella repertoire encompasses classical, jazz, Latin, pop and rock, all accompanied by their own vocal rhythm section. 8pm. $25 & $35. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 26; Ogdensburg

Sterling Hill Mine Tour and Museum; 973/209-MINE

Saturday, 26; Port Murray

STARTING YOUR OWN HERB GARDEN. Site determination, layout and design, soil preparation and plant selection will put you on the right path for a beautiful and bountiful garden. Resv. required. 10am - 12pm. $20. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 26-27; Augusta

MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW AND SWAP MEET. Historic military vehicles from World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars are on display. Over 200 vendors and reenactors. $5. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..

Sussex County Fairgrounds; 973/803-9725

Saturday, 26-27; Far Hills

SPRING PLANT SALE AND EARTH DAY CELEBRATION. Plant sale, garden lectures, and guided tours. 10am - 5pm. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Saturday, 26-27; Franklin

NJ Earth Science Association; 973/827-3481

Saturday, 26-27; Harmony

HOFF-VANNATTA OPEN HOUSE. Tours of restored farmstead including barn, house, wagon shed and summer kitchen. Open hearth cooking demonstrations, war re-enactors, live demonstrations. 11 - 3. Free. 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).

Harmony Historic Commission; 908/454-7470

Saturday, 26-27; Lambertville

SHAD FESTIVAL. Artists, crafters, shad hauling demonstrations, guide walking tours, entertainment, and a shad dinner. 12:30 - 5:30pm. Bridge and Union Streets.

Lambertville Chamber of Commerce; 609/397-0055

Sunday, 27;

MARCH FOR BABIES. Register to walk at marchforbabies.org. 9. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road.

March of Dimes; 973/882-0700

Sunday, 27; Basking Ridge

PROJECT E.A.R.T.H. - SWAMP SEARCH!. Scavenger hunt teaches about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Enjoy environmental activities and games for children of all ages. 12 - 4:30pm. 190 Lord Stirling Road.

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/766-2489

Sunday, 27; Dingmans Ferry, PA

SALAMANDERS, FROGS AND MORE. Explore nearby breeding pools for salamanders, frogs, and egg masses. 1 - 3pm. $5. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 27; Flemington

WALK MS 2014. Participants stroll along a beautiful route that winds through Flemington. Registrants will receive lunch and a Free VIP Coupon Book ($5 value) with additional store discounts. 9am - 1pm. 1 Church St..

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/660-1005

Tuesday, 29; Augusta

WALKER BROTHER'S CIRCUS. 37 Plains Rd..

Sussex County Fairgrounds; 800/528-6577

Tuesday, 29; Morristown

MERLE HAGGARD AND THE STRANGERS. 7:30pm. $29-$80. 100 South Street.

The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts; 973/539-8008


Future Events...

Ongoing Concerts and Theater

The Folk Project, Morristown

MINSTREL CONCERT SERIES. Shows every Friday, presenting traditional American and ethnic "folk" music, as well as music of contemporary, primarily acoustic songwriters. The second Friday of the month is an open stage/audition night. 8 - 11pm. $8 adults; children 12 and under free.

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. ; 973/335-9489

Ongoing Programs and Events

Paulinskill Valley Trail, Andover to Columbia

Saturdays • NATURE WALKS. Hike the Paulinskill Valley Trail. Hike different sections with various themes. Hikes leave from Kitatinny SP, Warbasse Jct., or Footbridge Park in Blairstown. Free.

Paulinskill Vally Trail Committee; 908/684-4820

NJAA Observatory, High Bridge

Weekends • ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS. New Jersey Astronomical Association Observatory is open to the public every weekend from Memorial Day to Halloween. Saturday evening programs begin at 8:30 PM and include a tour of the facility and public viewing of planets/deep space objects through the 26" telescope, as well as other smaller scopes. On Sunday afternoons from 2-5 PM, the public is invited to look at sun spots through the 10" scope equipped with special solar filters. For additional information, call or visit NJAA’swebsite.

Voorhees State Park, Rt. 513. ; 908/638-8500

United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, Hope

Saturdays • PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT UACNJ OBSERVATORY. Astronomy presentations followed by observing sessions, weather permitting.

Jenny Jump State Park ; 908/459-4366

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, Oxford

Weekends • A series of programs about the natural world around us for young and old alike. Preregistration is usually required. Topics range from a child’s first introduction to nature to seminars for expert fly fishers.

605 Pequest Rd.; 908/637-4125

Skylands Botanical Gardens, Ringwood

Sundays • SKYLANDS MANOR TOURS. Free guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of each month, March through November at 2pm.

20 Morris Rd.. ; 973/962-9534

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

USGA Museum, Far Hills

Permanent • THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS. The signature architectural space in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History celebrates every USGA champion and championship to date, housing all 13 USGA national championship trophies, while the names of every USGA champion are inscribed on bronze panels that encircle the room.

77 Liberty Corner Road. ; 908/234-2300

Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown

Ongoing • TOURS OF WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FORD MANSION. The Washington’s Headquarters Museum includes includes three exhibit galleries, a 30-minute introductory video, Tours of the furnished house will be made available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. Adults (Age 16 and up): $4.00, cash or check only, Children: Free

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210