Welcome to the Two Towns for All Ages Weekly Digest!
Monday January 16th
Martin Luther King, JR Day
We’re filling Meadowland Park with the largest display of MLK Day luminaries in SOMA. In partnership with the Community Coalition on Race, the park will be filled with light from the luminaries as well as special lighting installations designed by South Orange resident Cat Starmer using equipment donated by SOPAC.
Every luminary will be weighted down by canned food that will be donated to a local food pantry after the events. Bring your cans of food down to the Skate House starting at Noon on 1/16, join us at 5pm for a ceremonial lighting with local officials and then wander the park to experience the installation!
Harambee Chamber Orchestra Woodlands 7 pm Donation welcome is a place for young musicians of diverse origins to express themselves in a supportive, collaborative environment. Aiming to advocate for under-represented musicians and composers, including people of color and women, the orchestra performs challenging and fun repertoire taken from a wide range of musical styles and genres — including commissioned compositions for the orchestra showcasing compelling new voices and perspectives in music.
The 2023 Winter Concert features traditional and original works by Black Violin, Erik Morales, Doug Spata, Bert Ligon, and Soo Han.
2:00 pm Inspired by local artist Donna Drew-Peck, this is a 1-hour workshop about collage-making taught by a teen & senior citizen… for all ages! email Karen Boss firstname.lastname@example.org for Self-Portrait worksheet.
Maplewood Film Society presents Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance in WW2
at The Woodland Great Hall
Start the New Year off right by signing up for classes at 1) South Orange Maplewood Adult School 2) South Orange Recreation and 3) Maplewood Recreation!
Sign up for South Orange Active Older Adult Programs Classes are held at SOPAC starting in January and run for 10 weeks Chair Yoga with Tonia Moore, Art Class with Donna Drew-Pack, Zumba with Jackie Collier-Thomas, Tai Chi with Judith Rew Register on line at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog or call 973-378-7754 x2
SOMA Social Work
SOMA Case Manager, Michelle MS This service is available to older adults (65+) who reside in South Orange or Maplewood. The SOMA Case Manager and older adults will identify current needs and discuss resources available that can provide support and assistance. The SOMA Case Manager will help facilitate the connection between older adults and community resources.
Bereavement/Grief Support Group (in person) Monthly South Orange Library 11:00am-12:00pm This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+) All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register
Connections (zoom) Weekly This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+) All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register