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Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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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 2014 fishing license!

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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

Thursday, 9-16; Morristown

TALLEY’S FOLLY. At the end of World War II, Matt comes calling on Sally at her rural Missouri home. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3706

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; Morristown

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

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

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; Mendham

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; Wantage

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 973/702-2289

Thursday, 16; Morristown

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

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 17; Morristown

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

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; East Rutherford

WALK WITH ME 5K RUN 2015. Join us for our 6th Annual Walk With Me & 5K Run to benefit people with disabilities and special needs right here in your community! MetLife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Drive.

Easter Seals; 732/257-6662

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

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

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

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

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.

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Friday, 24; Morristown

PETER SCHICKELE. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

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; Mendham

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; 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; 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

May

Friday, 1; Newton

TODD RUNDGREN. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 1; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 1-3; Far Hills

RUMMAGE SALE. NJ's oldest and largest rummage sale. 75,000 square feet of goods for sale. Rain or shine. Parking is free. 9:30am - 3:30pm. Far Hills Fairground, Route 202 & Peapack Road.

Visiting Nurse Association; 908/766-0180

Saturday, 2; Morristown

Frelinghuysen Arboretum; 973/326-7601

Sunday, 3; Layton

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200

Sunday, 3; Morristown

ZHANG CONDUCTS MOZART & BRAHMS. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Monday, 4; Morristown

MARIACHI DEL SOL. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 5; Morristown

REINVENTING RADIO. Ira Glass, creator of This American Life and editorial advisor for Serial, talks about pushing broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 5; North Branch

UNSINKABLE WOMEN: STORIES AND SONGS FROM THE TITANIC. Based on diaries, letters and interviews, this piece brings to life nine famous figures. 12 & 7. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Wednesday, 6; Morristown

LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION WITH CAROL BURNETT. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 7; Morristown

PINK MARTINI. A hypnotic sound that transcends cultures and languages. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Friday, 8-9; Morristown

MEMPHIS. The story of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 9; Manalapan

SPIRIT OF THE JERSEYS STATE HISTORY FAIR. Award-winning historical festival is fun for the entire family! Special activities throughout the day including period games, reenactors, and music. 11am - 5pm. Free/$10 parking. Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 State Route 33.

NJDEP; 732/462-9616

Saturday, 9; Statewide

NJ Audubon Society; 908/766-5787

Sunday, 10; Basking Ridge

MOTHER’S DAY HORSEBACK RIDE. Registration is necessary 11am. 256 South Maple Avenue.

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/766-5955

Sunday, 10; Morristown

PAT BENATAR AND NEIL GIRALDO. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 12; Far Hills

GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Alternative approaches to landscape and flower photography. 9 - 11:30am. $35. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Wednesday, 13; Morristown

DON RICKLES. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 14; Morristown

VINCE GILL. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 16; Andover

Hudson Farm Club; 973/796-0214

Saturday, 16; Bedminster

FRENCH ALLIANCE BALL. To commemorate the original event at the Pluckemin Artillery Park in 1779, cannons will fire and the Ball will commence Vanderveer House, 955 US Highway 202/206.

Jacobus Vanderveer House; 908/396-6053

Saturday, 16; Califon

BOURBON STREET BLUES FEST. The non-profit festival, which features a top-flight line up of nationally known and local blues talent, raises funds for local charities and community projects. 11:30am - 9pm. Lebanon Township Memorial Park, 70 Bunnvale Rd..

Bourbon Street Blues Fest;

Saturday, 16; Morristown

NEW JERSEY BALLET. Tappin’ at the Ballet 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Sunday, 17; Chester

15TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW. Classic cars, oldies 10am - 3pm. $3. Routes 206 & 24/513.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-4814

Sunday, 17; Morristown

NEW JERSEY BALLET. Sleeping Beauty 1 & 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Tuesday, 19; Morristown

CURIOUS GEORGE. 4pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Thursday, 21; North Branch

VALINOR QUARTET. A new ensemble fusing Sergei Teleshev, on accordion, with the members of last season's popular International String Trio. 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 22-25; Port Murray

The Folk Project; www.folkproject.com

Saturday, 23-25; Somerville

Tour of Somerville; 908/725-7223 x13

Thursday, 28-31; Stanhope

ST MICHAEL SCHOOL ITALIAN FESTIVAL. Rides, games, international food, vendors, entertainment, beer/wine garden. Proceeds support Saint Michael parochial school in Cranford, NJ. Waterloo Village.

St Michael School; 973/347-0039

Saturday, 30-31; 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

Sunday, 31; Allamuchy

WARREN COUNTY PRESERVATION DAY. Explore the Rutherfurd Hall historical site and learn about county-wide similar programs. 10am - 4pm. Free. Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517.

Warren County Dept. Land Preservation; 908/453-2650

Sunday, 31; Morristown

NAST THE HOMEBODY. Talk by Ken and Nancy Miller. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

June

Friday, 5-7; Randolph

BIG GREEK FESTIVAL. Live Greek music and entertainment featuring Greek folk dancing. traditional Greek food, wines and liquors 11am - 8pm. 1447 Sussex Tnpk.

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church; 973/584-0388

Wednesday, 10; Morristown

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. 8pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 13; Oxford

FREE FISHING DAY. You don’t need a license to fish this Saturday! 605 Pequest Rd..

NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife; 908/637-4125

Saturday, 13; Pittstown

BONNIE BRAE POLO CLASSIC. Equestrian contests, art exhibit, antique and classic car parade, polo cuisine. 12 noon - 6pm. Fieldview Farm, 342 Quakertown Road.

Bonnie Brae; 908/647-0800

Sunday, 14; Morristown

BILLY STRAYHORN ORCHESTRA. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 20; Mount Arlington

41ST ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW. Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, North Bertrand Road and Willow Street.

Lake Hopatcong Antique and Classic Boat Society;

Saturday, 20-27; Delaware River

ANNUAL DELAWARE RIVER SOJOURN. A seven-day guided paddling trip on the wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. This year’s theme is “Birthplace of America”. Call for fees.

Delaware River Sojourn; 646/205-2724

Friday, 26; Morristown

PETER FRAMPTON. 3pm. 100 South Street.

Mayo Performing Arts Center; 973/539-8008

Saturday, 27-5; Kutztown, PA

Kutztown Folk Festival; 610/683-1537

Sunday, 28; Morristown

CURRIER & IVES: MORE THAN A CHRISTMAS CARD. Talk by Steve Miller. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

July

Saturday, 11; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 18; Hackettstown

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 25; Hackettstown

ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE. Summer Jamfest Series. No other can parallel the uniqueness of The King Of Pop more precisely than Joby Rogers 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 25-1; Harmony

Warren County Farmers’ Fair; 908/859-6563, www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org

Friday, 31-9; Augusta

Sussex County Fairgrounds; 973/948-5500

August

Saturday, 8; Hackettstown

CSN SONGS. Summer Jamfest Series. Seasoned and talented musicians perform all of your favorite and timeless Crosby Stills Nash & Young hits. 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Wednesday, 12-14; Bridgewater

SOMERSET COUNTY 4-H FAIR. Family fun in 15 acres of exhibits, entertainment and food concessions recognizing the accomplishments of 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members. North Branch Park, Milltown Road.

Somerset 4-H; 908/526-6644

Saturday, 15-16; Harmony

WARREN COUNTY ANTIQUES SHOW AND VINTAGE MARKET PLACE. More than 150 dealers are located indoors and outdoors for a rain-or-shine show! 10am - 4pm. $7 (check www.warrencountyantiqueshow.com for discount coupon). Warren County Farmers’ Fairgrounds, Route 519.

Warren County Antiques Show; 908/343-5873