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April

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; Hackettstown

HERB GARDENING WORKSHOP. Discuss culinary and medicinal uses for a variety of herbs and create a planted container of herbs to take home. Preregistration required. 1pm. $30. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

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

May

Thursday, 1; Convent Station

GREAT CONVERSATIONS. Dinner and engaging dialogue with celebrated hosts from the arts, education, food, medicine, entertainment, sports, industry and more. 7:30pm. $225. Madison Hotel.

Arts Council of the Morris Area; 973/285-5115

Thursday, 1; Morristown

MOMIX: BOTANICA. Athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes 8pm. $29-49. 100 South Street.

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

Thursday, 1; North Branch

THE INTERNATIONAL STRING TRIO. Classical, Gypsy jazz, popular and world music. 12pm, $10; 7pm, $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 2-4; Hackettstown

ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL. Amusements, entertainment, food and games, business show. 12 - 10pm. Free!. Hatchery Hill Field/Centenary College, Corner of Reece and 5th Avenue.

Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce; 908/835-9200

Saturday, 3; North Branch

CIRCUS INCOGNITUS. Clowning and acrobatic feats by Jamie Adkins. 7. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 3; Phillipsburg

20TH ANNIVERSARY SPRINGFEST OF MUSIC. 7:30 - 9:30pm. Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 300 Roseberry Street.

Warren County Community Singers; 908/454-5912

Saturday, 3; Port Murray

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS. Learn how they lure, capture, and devour their prey; as well as growing requirements and special care to ensure your own success. 10 - 11:30am. $20. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 3-4; Ringwood

Skylands Botanical Gardens; 973/962-9534

Sunday, 4; Dingmans Ferry, PA

WILDFLOWER WALK. Join local flower expert Josie D’Alessandro as she shares identification tips and natural history of the local flowers. 9am - 12pm. Free. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 4; Layton

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200

Sunday, 4; Lebanon

ANTIQUE TOOLS. Bob Garay will display an eye opening assortment of spectacular tools that have survived the past 100+ years in fine condition. 1 - 4pm. Free. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Sunday, 4; Morristown

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 4; North Branch

PETER PAN. TheatreworksUSA 1 & 3:30pm. $10. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 4; Ringwood

VICTORIAN TEA AND MANOR TOUR. Have tea in the charming coffee house at Ringwood Manor, followed by a special house tour. There are 2 seatings; 11am and 2pm. $40. Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood State Park.

Woman's Club of West Milford and North Jersey Highlands Historical Society; 973/853-7258

Sunday, 4; Washington

20TH ANNIVERSARY SPRINGFEST OF MUSIC. 3 - 5pm. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 40 East Church Street.

Warren County Community Singers; 908/454-5912

Friday, 9; Columbia

Brook Hollow Winery;

Friday, 9; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Friday, 9; Morristown

MAKE A CULINARY HERB STRAWBERRY JAR. Plant your strawberry jar filled with choice culinary herbs at this hands-on workshop. 10 - 11:30am OR 6:30 to 8pm $40. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Saturday, 10; Augusta

PET EXPO. 37 Plains Rd..

Sussex County Fairgrounds; 973/383-1293

Saturday, 10; Califon

RIDE FOR THE RIVER. A fund-raising Motorcycle Poker Run through the beautiful South Branch Raritan River Watershed. Families welcome. Prizes, refreshments. Ride ends with picnic and live music, (11am-3pm). Check in 9am. $25 entrance fee/ $10 picnic only. Lebanon Memorial Park, 70 Bunnvale Road.

Raritan Headwaters Association; 908/234-1852

Saturday, 10; Dingmans Ferry, PA

FAMILY FISHING. Learn the basics of fishing and then try your luck on our ponds. We provide the equipment, no fishing licenses required. 9:30 - 11:30am. $10 child / $5 adult. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 10; Hillsborough

TOMATOES. Plant selection, planting, types, care and feeding, purchasing plants vs growing from seed. 10am - 12pm. $15, pre-registration is required. 80 Route 206.

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Saturday, 10; Lebanon

BARN DANCE. With easy to follow instructions. 7 - 9:30pm. $5. 114 Dreahook Road.

Readington Museums; 908/236-2327

Saturday, 10; Morristown

TITO PUENTE, JR.. 8pm. $19-$49. 100 South Street.

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

Saturday, 10; Port Murray

BUZZY BEES. Come learn the rudiments and joys of beekeeping – an ancient pursuit with very modern needs. Session 1 of a 2 part series(June 14) 10 - 11:30am. $15. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 10; Port Murray

MINIATURE GARDEN PLANTER. Growing requirements and care instructions will be covered – all material supplied. Resv. required. 6:30 - 9pm. $39. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 10; Titusville

NJDEP; 609/737-0623

Saturday, 10-11; Montague

Westfall Winery; 973/293-3428

Sunday, 11; Port Murray

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Sunday, 11; Sussex

MOTHER'S DAY AT SPACE FARMS. Free drawing to win a season pass. Special nursery feedings and sessions on maternal behavior. 218 Rt 519.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum; 973/875-5800

Tuesday, 13-15; Blairstown

Mohican Outdoor Center; 603/466-2727

Saturday, 17; Califon

Bourbon Street Blues Fest;

Saturday, 17; Columbia

WINE MAKING SEMINAR. Join in the fun in learning how to make 30 bottles of your favorite wine. The class fee includes all equipment and juice concentrate necessary 7 - 9pm. $180 per kit. 594 State Highway 94.

Brook Hollow Winery;

Saturday, 17; Hillsborough

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. Duke Farms, 80 Route 206.

The Raptor Trust; 973/543-6004

Saturday, 17; Morristown

NEW JERSEY BALLET. Ballet on Broadway 8pm. $29-59. 100 South Street.

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

Saturday, 17; Sussex

YOGA ON THE MOUNTAIN. Enjoy the view while relaxing your mind and body. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. Registration is suggested, but not required. 9:30am. $5 suggested donation. Interpretive Center, 1480 State Route 23.

Friends of High Point State Park; 973/702-0488

Saturday, 17-18; Belvidere

MUSES IN THE VINEYARD. A festival of music of the women, by the women and for everyone! $22.50/day $40/weekend advance. Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Route 519.

Foul Rift Productions; 570/801-1771

Saturday, 17-18; Wantage

MEDICINE WHEEL GARDEN FESTIVAL. Music, gardening workshops, tours, plant sale, craft and food vendors, childrens’ activities and more to support the continued restoration of the gardens and historical buildings. 10:3am. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 862/268-1557

Sunday, 18; Chester

CRUISE’N SHOP CAR SHOW. Classic cars, oldies 10 - 5. $3. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-4814

Sunday, 18; Morristown

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Wednesday, 21; Morristown

GROW, COOK, EAT. Monthly garden series concentrates on Heirloom Tomatoes. 7 - 8:30pm. $20/ $15 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Thursday, 22; Belvidere

PRESERVING THE HARVEST: CANNING IN GLASS JARS. Learn the science of canning fruits and vegetables using a water bath or pressure canner. 1 - 3pm. $10, preregister by 5/15. County Admin Building, 165 CR 519 South.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension; 908/475-6504

Thursday, 22; Newton

OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA . 8pm. $29 - $39. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 23; Port Murray

MEDICINAL HERB WALK & CHEROKEE STORYTELLING. David Winston, renowned herbalist and ethnobotanist. Resv. required. 6:30 - 9pm. $42. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Friday, 23-26; Flemington

ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY SIDEWALK SALE. Shop brilliantly and enjoy additional discounts off the everyday savings of 25% - 65% off. 10am - 9pm. 1 Church St..

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550 x11

Saturday, 24; Chester

BLACK RIVER INDUSTRY AND NATURE WALK. Discover the early industries along the Black River with Joe Macasek, an industrial archeologist. 10am - 12pm. $5 per family. 66 Route 24.

Cooper Gristmill; 908/879-5463

Saturday, 24; Millington

The Raptor Trust; 908/647-1091

Saturday, 24-25; Shawnee-On-Delaware

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 24-26; Somerville

Tour of Somerville; 908/725-7223 x13

Saturday, 24-26; Sussex

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT SPACE FARMS. Snake handling demonstrations, nursery and carnivore feedings. 218 Rt 519.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum; 973/875-5800

Thursday, 29-1; Stanhope

ST MICHAEL SCHOOL ITALIAN FESTIVAL. Rides, games, international food, vendors, entertainment, beer/wine Garden and a Signature Fireworks Display. Proceeds support Saint Michael parochial school in Cranford, NJ. Waterloo Village.

St Michael School;

Friday, 30-1; Augusta

CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. 4 - 8pm. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..

MVA Productions; 973/948-5500

Friday, 30-1; Blairstown

Mohican Outdoor Center; 603/466-2727

Saturday, 31; Dingmans Ferry, PA

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY 101. Join Bob Shank, wildlife photographer, for an in depth look at attracting and photographing birds. 10am - 12pm. $15. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 31-1; Chester

SPRING CRAFT SHOW. Ranked as one of the top sixty craft shows in the country, quality crafters represent many types of wares. 10 - 5. $4. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-4814


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

Gallery 23, Blairstown

May 1-May 31 • FEATURED ART OF THE MONTH. Katherine Yvinskas, Drawings, Watercolors, Prints; Sheila Grodsky, watercolor painting, collage , Susan David, jewelry; Kathy Yvinskas, drawings, watercolors, prints.

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

MANSION IN MAY DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE AND GARDENS, Gladstone-Peapak

May 1-May 31 • MANSION IN MAY DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE AND GARDENS TOUR. This year’s annual designer showcase at Blairsden benefits an expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a new Autism Center at the Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Medical Center.$30/ $25 senior and advance sales. Women's Association of Morristown Medical Center, 973/971-8800

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