OCTOBER 2021 SOMA EVENTS
Wednesdays through October 27, 2021 South Orange Farmers Market, 2-7 pmSloan Street Parking LotFarmers Market: Farmers Market- Get your fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, nuts, bread and much more every Wednesday through 10/27/21 from 2-7 pm in the Sloan Street Parking Lot.
Mondays through November 22, 2021Maplewood Farmers Market, 2 - 7 pm1866 Springfield Avenue (corner of Yale Street and Springfield Avenue)Every Monday through 11/22/21 from 2-7 pm
October 1 to 29Be part of the Inktober phenomenom! Maplewood Arts Center at 1978 Springfield Avenue. Check website for more information and for dates and hours. http://www.maplewoodartsandculture.org/eventcalendar/2021/10/1/inktober-community-art-project-2021
Friday, October 1 Special Conversations with Marcelle Leis, on ZoomSouth Orange Public Library, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Guest Speaker: Marcelle Leis, Director of Veteran Services at the Association for Mental Health Wellness; Air Force VeteranTopic: Military & Veteran Cultural AwarenessGo to sopl.org for a link.
October 1, 2 and 3 One Two Three Vintage Show at The Woodland
The Woodland, Maplewood, 11 to 5 pm.ONE TWO THREE VINTAGE is coming to Maplewood. Come explore our show and meet our 15+ vendors specializing in vintage clothing, shoes, accessories plus select vintage pieces for your home. Maplewoodartsandculture.org Village Sunset Music Series - Music of TYCOON DOGMaplewood Village, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Free https://maplewoodvillagenj.com/calendar
Saturday, October 2Tech Teens Helping Senior Citizens10:00 am - 11:30 am (and every other Saturday until December 18th)Seniors can work one-on-one with a teen volunteer who will provide technology assistance. Please register with the reference librarian at 973-762-0230 or by emailing email@example.com. Village Sunset Music Series – Music by Mama D and the Vexations. Maplewood Village, 6:30 to 8:30 pmhttps://maplewoodvillagenj.com/calendar, Free
Sunday, October 3 South Orange Newcomers Day1:00 - 3:00 pm, Skate Park, South OrangePlease join us for our annual Newcomers Day where you can meet your neighbors, spend time speaking with the municipal departments and elected officials and visit and sign up to volunteer for some fabulous organizations and/or committees. We encourage all residents to bring their families, their neighbors, or bring a friend! For social distancing and spacing purposes, all organizations will be set up along the river.
Monday, October 4Maplewood Garden Club Monthly Meeting, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, FreeMaplewood Garden Club speakers program, visit club website for meeting details at maplewoodgardenclub.org. Guest Speaker: Lesley Parness, historic garden columnist for Gardener News magazine, presents “Growing Great Garlic.” She will cover soil preparation; foolproof planting instructions; winter, spring, and summer care; important garlic harvest tips; curing; and storage; and will also discuss the various kinds of garlic and which are best for your cooking style.
Tuesday, October 5 Senior Freeze Property Tax ReimbursementSOMA Two Towns and the NJ Taxation University will have a presentation on the Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement Program on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 1 p.m. via Zoom.The Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement Program reimburses homeowners, who are age 65 or older, or receiving Social Security disability benefits, and who paid property taxes on their principal residence in New Jersey directly or through mobile home park site fees, for property tax increases on their main home. Income eligibility has increased so more people are now eligible. Deadline Date to file is November 1, 2021. Questions: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Senior Freezehttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86063748194?pwd=UmNRSXQyalNjNzRpejBnMStzakZEUT09Meeting ID: 860 6374 8194, Passcode: 410840SOMA on the MOVE: Springfield Avenue Murals
11:00 am. Meet at Yale Street Lot, Springfield Ave and Yale Street.
Each SOMA on the Move tour consists of specific sites where we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the location and perhaps notice things we have not seen yet or have overlooked. Sponsored by SOMA Two Towns for All Ages. Get the Right Medicare Coverage for 2022 with Nancy Schwartz7 pm. Register at here or go to maplewoodlibrary.orgYour health care needs change from year to year so do Medicare plans, premiums, benefits, and in-network providers. As a result, it’s all too easy to overpay for your Medicare plan or get one that doesn’t match your health care needs and preferences. You need the coverage that fits best. Learn how Medicare’s parts and plans work together to cover you. What’s new for 2022. How to find your right coverage at the best price. A Q&A session will follow. Maplewood resident Nancy Schwartz is a Medicare Coach and Licensed Independent Broker.
Thursday, October 7 Making Live Radio in a Podcasting World:A Conversation with WNYC Host Kai Wright, 7 pmA behind-the-scenes interview with WNYC’s Nancy Solomon and Kai Wright. Wright is a veteran journalist who created a podcast and turned it into a live radio show. The United States of Anxiety is about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future. Nancy Solomon is the managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio.They will touch on the impact of podcasting on public radio, and what it takes to put a live show together. REGISTER HERE
Friday, October 8Village Sunset Music Series with Lyndon Achee and Fishmarket StewMaplewood Village, 6:30 to 9:00 pm Special Conversations with Russell ShrigliaSouth Orange Public Library, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Join us every Friday at 1 pm for a virtual discussion on Zoom from a distinguished local guest! Guest Speaker: Russell Shriglia, Professor of English and Author at Seton Hall University, Topic: American Exceptionalism in Literature and in Painting. Go to sopl.org for link.
Saturday, October 9Movie Night: The Movie Coco, FreeMaplewood Memorial Park Amphitheater, 580 Valley Street, 6:30 to 8:45 pm, COCO - HOLA FEST NJ 2021 Movie Night (Outdoors): Screening of the award winning movie, Coco. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs to sit on and watch this film about family, fun and adventure. https://crossculturalworks.org/hola-festSponsor: Pamela "Jill" Sockwell of Keller Williams, www.jillsockwell.com Village Sunset Music Series, Music by TRISTATE BANDMaplewood Village, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Free Hola Fest, FreeMaplewood Memorial Park, 3:00 to 6:00 pm, FreeCome celebrate Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month. Performers, salsa, samba, mariachi, flamenco, and poets in celebration of Latin/Hispanic arts in Maplewood Memorial Park. Take away craft will be provided by Maplewood Library. https://crossculturalworks.org/hola-fest-nj-2021
Sunday, October 10 Frida Kahlo Documentary, The Woodland, 7:00 to 10:00 pmMaplewood Film Society Screening of Frida Kahlo Documentary followed by discussion. Speaker TBA. At The Woodland, $15 tickets, 20 complimentary tickets for students., Ticket prices available on the website at https://maplewoodvillagenj.com/calendar/maplewood-film-society-screening-of-frida-kahlo-documentary Village Sunset Series with music by The [Solo] ProjectMaplewood Village, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free
Tuesday, October 12 SOMA on the MOVE: South Orange Historic Tour11:00 am. Meet in Baird/Tennis Court parking lotEach SOMA on the Move tour consists of specific sites where we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the location and perhaps notice things we have not seen yet or have overlooked. This week’s walk will be led by local historian, John Overall. Organized by SOMA Two Towns for All Ages. Somatwotownsforallages.org
Wednesday, October 13 Creative Writing South Orange Public Library, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Join us every other Wednesday for this virtual creative writing session on Zoom. Each week we’ll introduce a prompt, write for a few minutes, and then share what we’ve come up with! Visit sopl.org for link. Thursday, October 14Books Now and Then Discussion Group, 7pmOur October title is Native Speaker by Chang-Rae LeeKorean American Henry Park is... “surreptitious, B+ student of life, illegal alien, emotional alien, neo-American, stranger, follower, traitor, spy…” or so says his wife, in the list she writes upon leaving him. Henry is forever uncertain of his place, a perpetual outsider looking at American culture from a distance. And now, a man of two worlds, he is beginning to fear that he has betrayed both - and belongs to neither. REGISTER HERE or at Maplewoodlibrary.org.
Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17 Seton Hall Weekend 2021Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, FreeSeton Hall Weekend is a University tradition that welcomes alumni, parents, and community members to campus for a fun-filled weekend of activities for all ages. Visit website at https://www.shu.edu/weekend/schedule.cfm for schedule and registration.
Special Conversations with Annette van der Feltz on ZoomSouth Orange Public Library, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmJoin us every Friday at 1 pm for a virtual discussion on Zoom from a distinguished local guest! Guest Speaker: Annette van der Feltz, International Relocation Consultant
Friday, October 15
Topic: Communicating Across Cultures; The Advantages of Multicultural Competencies.Go to sopl.org for Zoom link.
Saturday, October 16 Repair Cafe, 1:00 to 4:00 pmMaplewood Senior Center parking lot, 106 Burnett Avenue, Maplewood
One of SOMA Two Towns for All Ages' most popular community engagement events is our Repair Cafe. For this event, we recruit volunteer local repair experts to lend their talents and skills to fix items for residents that would have been thrown away. Not only does this event promote community connection, it also promotes sustainability helping residents keep beloved items versus tossing them out. To register to have an item repaired for free, please e-mail email@example.com with the subject Repair Cafe. You can also call us at 973-558-0863 to schedule a time. If you would like to share your skills as a repairer with us or volunteer to help out with the event, please contact us at the number and e-mail above. Village Sunset Series - DC and The DesperadosMaplewood Village, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Music in the Village, Free Tech Teens Helping Senior CitizensSouth Orange Public Library, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Senior Citizens can work one-on-one with a teen volunteer who will provide technology assistance. Please register with the reference librarian at 973-762-0230 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 17 The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780Durand-Hedden House (Maplewood’s history house museum), 523 Ridgewood Road.Visit us to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union). Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown. The presentation is at 2 pm, and the House and Country Store will be open from 1 to 4 pm. Website: www.durandhedden.org Art Walk and Music Fest, Maplewood Avenue, 11:00 to 5:00 pm, FreeA family-friendly celebration of art and music on the streets of Maplewood Village with professional artists set up on the streets alongside music, merchants, and activities for children. https://maplewoodvillagenj.com/calendar
Tuesday, October 19 SOMA on the MOVE: Maplewood Notable Buildings11:00 a.m. Each SOMA on the Move tour consists of specific sites where we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about the location and perhaps notice things we have not seen yet or have overlooked. This week’s walk is listed below and will be led by local historian, Susan Newberry. Meet at Ricalton Square, downtown Maplewood. Organized by SOMA Two Towns for All Ages.
Read Around the World: Ghana, 7 pmOur October title is The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna AttahBased on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in precolonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates.Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that transforms her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father's court. These two women's lives converge as infighting among Wurche's people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the nineteenth century. REGISTER HERE. maplewoodlibrary.org
Wednesday, October 20
Friday, October 22 Bernie Williams, Baseball Hall of Famer, Performs at the Woodland.Grammy Nominee and Guitar Virtuoso Bernie Williams will be performing with fellow guitarist, and Grammy Nominee, Gil Parris in the Great Hall at the Woodland in Maplewood. The group will be doing a mix of classic songs with creative arrangements, as well as original material. The shows are always entertaining, improvisational, and interactive. For ticket information go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bernie-williams-gil-parris-quartet-tickets-167933584873
Saturday, October 23 Prescription Drug Take Back DayMaplewood Police Department, 1618 Springfield Avenue, 10 to 2 pmGot expired or unused prescription meds? Dispose of unused or expired medication (including vape pens and e-cigarettes devices without batteries) for safe disposal. Village Sunset Series: Outdoor DJ Music6:30 to 8:30 pm, Maplewood Village
Monday, October 25Medicare 101
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Maplewood Senior Center, 106 Burnet Avenue.
Presentation by Braven Health about all Medicare enrollment and what's new for 2022. For more info e-mail, email@example.com
Wednesday, October 27 Creative WritingSouth Orange Public Library from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmJoin us every other Wednesday for this virtual creative writing session on Zoom. Each week we’ll introduce a prompt, write for a few minutes, and then share what we’ve come up with! Go to sopl.org for the Zoom link.
Thursday, October 28 Ruta Sepetys Virtual Author DiscussionSouth Orange Public Library from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmPopular young adult author Ruta Sepetys talks about her her new graphic novel “Between Shades of Gray.” This event is presented by Baker & Taylor’s CATS. Go to sopl.org for the Zoom link.
Friday, October 29 Special Conversations with John Wargacki: VirtualSouth Orange Public Library, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmGuest Speaker: John Wargacki, Professor of English at Seton Hall Universityhttps://www.sopl.org/event/special-conversations-with-special-people-virtual-49/
2:00 - 4:00 pm , Maplewood Senior Center, 106 Burnet Avenue
A community health nurse will provide free wellness screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.
South Orange Cornhole Classic1:00 PM?-?6:00 pmCome challenge your friends and neighbors in the first South Orange Cornhole Classic! Teams of two (2) players will compete for 1st and 2nd place prizes. Costumes are not required but encouraged! Matches will be played in the Sloan Street Lot outside of the Fox & Falcon Restaurant.
Saturday, October 30
Sunday, October 31 South Orange Halloween FestivalSunday, October 31, 2021, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMCelebrate Halloween in South Orange Downtown!Head over to Spooky Spiotta for the annual South Orange Halloween festival. Wanda the Giant Witch will entertain the kids with music, jokes and games beginning at 4pm. Then the costume contest kicks off at 5pm with gifts for all and prizes for winners selected in several categories. Spiotta Park (located on the corner of Valley St. and South Orange Avenue) provides a festive, spooky and fun backdrop for family photos. Dress your kids, your pets and the entire family and head over to Spooky Spiotta to take some ghoulishly cool photos.