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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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March

Friday, 27; Flemington

NEW JERSEY FROM ABOVE. Take a flight through time over the lost landscapes of New Jersey of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. 6:30 - 8:30pm. $3. Echo Hill, 42 Lilac Drive.

Hunterdon County Parks; 908/782-1158

Saturday, 28; Hackettstown

NAI-NI CHEN. The dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 28; North Branch

THEATRE OF ILLUSION. Combining theatre with cutting-edge illusions, the Spencers bring the age-old art of magic into the 21st century. 2 & 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 28; Vernon

WOODCOCK WALK. Each spring the male woodcock performs a courtship ritual at dusk. He struts, calls, and launches into the air for a spiraling, zigzagging flight to impress the female. Refuge headquarters, 1547 County Route 565.

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge; 973/702-7266

Saturday, 28-29; Oxford

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND FISHERMAN’S FLEA MARKET. Activities include kids trout fishing, shotgun and archery ranges, crafts and other kids activities, wildlife artists and conservation groups, a fishing flea market and more! 10am - 4pm. Free. 605 Pequest Rd..

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center ; 908/637-4125

Sunday, 29; Allamuchy

TEA AND TALK WITH LINDA BARTH. Linda presents on the history of invention in New Jersey. 3pm. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 29; Dingmans Ferry, PA

TUMBLING WATERS HIKE. This 3 mile loop features a beautiful waterfall and a scenic overlook of the Delaware River Valley. 1 - 4pm. Free. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 29; Dingmans Ferry, PA

WILD EDIBLES WALK. Call to reserve a seat in the van. 10am - 12pm. $5. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 29; Hackettstown

CLAIRE PORTER. American choreographer/comedienne known for blending comedic monologues with dance movement. 5pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Sunday, 29; Hillsborough

UP WITH THE BIRDS - EARLY SPRING MIGRANTS. Guided bird walk 8 - 10am. $5. 80 Route 206.

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

April

Friday, 3; Blairstown

CHAD DAROU AND STEALING TIME. 8:30pm. 30 Main Street.

Historic Blairstown Theatre; 908/362-1399

Saturday, 4;

TROUT SEASON OPENS. Don’t forget your 2015 fishing license!

Saturday, 4; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550 x11

Saturday, 4; Franklin Township

SPRING PRUNING DEMONSTRATION. Basic pruning techniques and proper tools used for pruning. 9 - 11am. $12. Mettlers Road.

Somerset County Park Commission; 732/873-2459

Tuesday, 7; North Branch

TUESDAYS WITH STORIES: NOTES TO THE MOTHERLAND. Do you know the stories of how your ancestors came to America? What about the stories left behind? 12 & 7. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 9; Morristown

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 10; Morristown

JOE CROOKSTON. Owen Danoff opens. 8pm. $9. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd..

The Folk Project; 973/335-9489

Friday, 10; North Branch

CIRQUE ZIVA. Golden Dragon Acrobats with a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show of an art form dating back more than two thousand years. 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 10-12; Augusta

SKYLANDS BOAT SHOW. Featuring speed, water ski and pontoon boats. Jet ski rentals, boat coverings, propeller repair and more! $5. Rt. 15 & 206.

Skylands Stadium;

Friday, 10-12; Blairstown

YOGA AND HIKING GETAWAY. Relax in nature with yoga, meditation, and hiking. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate. Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Friday, 10-12; Blairstown

INTRODUCTION TO BACKPACKING. This hands-on skill development course will prepare you for an overnight trek. Meals included. $125, $90 Member Rate. Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Friday, 10-12; Morristown

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 11; Clinton

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Saturday, 11; Dingmans Ferry, PA

SPRING PEEPER SEARCH. Listen to the impressive choir made by these tiny, but very vocal, tree frogs as we carefully catch, study, and release them. 8 - 9pm. $5. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 11; Hackettstown

CLUELESS. This fun, interactive detective romp will have everyone laughing and wondering who the real murderer is. 2pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 11; Hope

GO GREEN WITH HOPE. Spring cleanout extravaganza and environmental education day, recycled material art show, vendors. 10am - 1pm. Municipal Bldg, 401 Hope-Great Meadows Rd..

Hope Township Environmental Commission; 908/459-5011

Saturday, 11; Millington

The Raptor Trust; 973/647-1091

Saturday, 11; North Branch

LUSTIG DANCE THEATRE. A contemporary ballet company, LDT is recognized for innovative, dynamic performances that promise to “awaken your love of dance!” 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 11; Sandyston

St. James Church; 973/948-2296

Saturday, 11-12; Bound Brook

ANNUAL BATTLE OF BOUND BROOK. Washington’s army at Middlebrook: American and British soldiers re-enacting battles in street and field, Colonial crafters, encampment, children’s activities, special programs and tours and more.

Friends of the Abraham Staats House;

Sunday, 12; Dingmans Ferry, PA

WILDERNESS SKILLS. Learn a variety of outdoor survival skills, ranging from fire building and camping preparedness to tracking and stalking animals. Ages 10+ please. 1pm - 3pm. $5. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 12; Ledgewood

DRAKESVILLE OPEN HOUSE. Tours of King Canal Store, King House Museum and Main Street, Drakesville historic district. 1 - 4pm. Free. 209-213 Main Street.

Roxbury Historic Trust; 973/584-1457

Sunday, 12; Wantage

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 973/702-2289

Monday, 13; Chester

FREE EXTRA GENTLE YOGA CLASS. For those who enjoy moving slowly and gently, those who have not exercised in a while and those in recovery or receiving physical therapy 11am. Free. 57 Main Street.

The Center for Special Needs; 908/879-9648

Thursday, 16; Morristown

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS SWAN LAKE. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 17; Hampton

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge; 908/730-8300 x8

Friday, 17; Morristown

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 17; Morristown

THE KENNEDYS. Michael Braunfeld opens. 8pm. $9. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd..

The Folk Project; 973/335-9489

Saturday, 18; East Rutherford

WALK WITH ME 5K RUN. Benefits local people with disabilities and special needs 8am. Metlife Stadium, One MetLife Stadium Drive.

Easter Seals New Jersey; 732/257-6662

Saturday, 18; Hackettstown

SATURDAY SUCCULENT TERRARIUM. Class and Lecture on feng Shui in the Garden by Renae Jensen. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 18; Hillsborough

SOURLANDS SMACKDOWN. New Jersey’s only outdoor bouldering competition. 9am.

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/231-0802

Saturday, 18; Mendham

NATURE DISCOVERY DAYS FOR KIDS. Program includes explanation, activities, & time on the trail. Ages 6 & up drop off; caregivers may stay with younger children. 9:30 - 11am. $10 pp members; $15 non members. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.

Schiff Nature Preserve; 973/543-6004

Saturday, 18; North Branch

POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATRE. A blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 18; Ringwood

VICTORIAN TEA AND 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

Saturday, 18-19; 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

Sunday, 19; Allamuchy

A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER, THE GREAT AMERICAN COMPOSER. Swingadelic performs Johnny Mercer tunes. 3pm. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 19; Chester

Willowwood Arboretum; 973/326-7603

Sunday, 19; Morristown

CHUGGINGTON LIVE! THE GREAT RESCUE ADVENTURE. Based on the popular Disney Junior TV show. 2 & 5pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Monday, 20; Morristown

BUTTERFLY!. Hudson Vagabond Puppets for ages 4-12. 10 am & 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 21; Far Hills

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Beginner and intermediate instruction from Brien Szabo. 9 - 11:30am. $35. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Tuesday, 21; Morristown

LYLE LOVETT AND JOHN HIATT. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Wednesday, 22;

EARTH DAY.

Friday, 24; Morristown

PETER SCHICKELE. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 24-26; Blairstown

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING. Gain fundamental skills in this hands-on course. Lodging and meals included. $198, $165 Member Rate. Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Saturday, 25; Dingmans Ferry, PA

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL. Interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, animals, crafts, food, music. 10am - 4pm. $5 per car. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Saturday, 25; Hackettstown

HERB GARDENING IN CONTAINERS. Discuss culinary and medicinal uses for a variety of herbs and create a planted container of herbs to take home. Preregistration required. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 25; 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. 10am - 4pm. Free. 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).

Harmony Historic Commission; 908/454-7470

Saturday, 25; Millington

The Raptor Trust; 973/647-1091

Saturday, 25; Morristown

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS /FELIX CAVALIERE. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 25; New Brunswick

Rutgers University; 848/932-5775

Saturday, 25; North Branch

STEPCREW. Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and tap come together as this cast of champions show you the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles. 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 25-26; 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, 25-26; Franklin

NJ Earth Science Association; 973/827-3481

Saturday, 25-26; 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

Saturday, 25-26; Morristown

NORTH AMERICAN GRAPPLING ASSOCIATION'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. America's largest mixed grappling tournament circuit. 10am - 6pm. $10 in advance & $15 after 4/17 Children under 7 are FREE. William G. Mennen Sports Arena 161 East Hanover Ave.

North American Grappling Association; 860/295-0403

Sunday, 26; Augusta

MARCH FOR BABIES. Register to walk at marchforbabies.org. 8am. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road.

March of Dimes; 973/882-0700

Sunday, 26; 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, 26; 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, 26; Dingmans Ferry, PA

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING. Join Will Daskal from the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a fun afternoon and learn some new skills. 9am - 12pm. $15. 538 Emery Road.

Pocono Environmental Education Center; 570/828-2319

Sunday, 26; Morristown

THE MORRIS CANAL & THE MORRIS CANAL GREENWAY. Talk by Joe Macesek. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Thursday, 30; Morristown

2CELLOS. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 30; Newton

THE SUBDUDES. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700


Future Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown

April 10-April 26 • THEN CAME EACH ACTOR. Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso celebrate some of the great (and not so great) performers ever to have acted in Shakespeare's plays. 8pm.

Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center. ; 908/979-0900

The Planetarium at RVCC, North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/231-8805

Ongoing Programs and Events

Somerset County Park Commission, Basking Ridge

April 1-April 15 • ECO RALLY. Participants maintain a daily log of everyday tasks that reduce energy use then create a poster or picture representing the contribution to the environment.

190 Lord Stirling Road. ; 908/766-2489

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

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