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Tuesdays are Play Date Nights at Learning Express Toys

Tuesdays are Play Date Nights at Learning Express Toys

Learning Express is offering events for kids on Tuesday nights in summer before jazz. While the music plays in Downtown Westfield every Tuesday night in July & August from 7-9pm, bring the kids to Learning Express from 5:30pm & 6:30pm for arts and crafts activities/play dates. See the schedule below. Sign up by phone or online in advance. 908.233.1381. 104 Quimby St.

Sign up link: https://sites.google.com/site/learningexpresswestfield/events/sign-up-for-an-event

 

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

Tuesday, July 18th @ 5:30pm & 6:30pm

Make your own Thinking Putty how you want it. Ages 7+. Space is limited to 6 kids per session.

 

Rock Painting Craft

Tuesday, July 25th @ 6:30pm

Decorate your own rock (just like Bestfield's rocks, or be creative). Take it home with you or hide it around town for someone else to find.

 

Do-A-Dot

Tuesday, August 1st @ 6:30pm

Decorate using Do-A-Dot kid-friendly markers. Ages 3+

 

American Girl Crafts

Tuesday, August 8th @ 6:30pm

Sign up to make friendship bracelets with us. Ages 7+. Space is limited to 6 people.

 

Make A Plate ($10 per child per plate)

Tuesday, August 15th @ 5:30pm & 6:30pm

Mail away to turn your drawing into your very own plate. Space is limited to 8 kids per session.

 

Pokemon Card Trading

Tuesday, August 22nd @ 5:30 & 6:30pm

Trade away your duplicate or unwanted Pokemon cards with fellow Pokemon collectors. Space is limited to 8 kids per session.

Shop at the Annual Sidewalk Sale Days July 20-22

Shop at the Annual Sidewalk Sale Days July 20-22

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) welcomes you to shop at the annual Sidewalk Sale Days which will take place Thursday, July 20 - Saturday, July 22. Enjoy the shopping festivities as retailers once again bring their merchandise out on the sidewalks as well as inside their stores! Get ready for summer with great items at discounted prices! Shop locally, rain or shine. 

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Innovative Music Class for Young Musicians Offered at the NJWA

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio is presently offering a new and innovative program for very young musicians.

Intended for toddlers, preschoolers, and children to age 9, Music FunTime students will use musical crafts, worksheets, games and instruments in an exciting way to explore the arts. The  program is based on Johns Hopkins Research that very young children can learn to read music notation and play musical instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science.

The program contains a multi-level, structured, comprehensive and progressive curriculum. Through a “play center” it incorporates how to read staff music, rhythm, note values and time signatures and applies this to rhythm instruments, keyboard work, sing along, music appreciation and movement. 

The popularity and success of the program has led to many locations of Music FunTime throughout the United States and Canada. The NJWA is pleased to be able to offer the program to children in the Westfield area.

Registration for Music FunTime is ongoing. Visit the Music Studio at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield, call 908-789-9696, email njwa2@aol.com, or visit www.njworkshopforthearts.com for more information. 

 

 

Sweet Sounds & Subs at Jersey Mike's

Sweet Sounds & Subs at Jersey Mike's

Jersey Mike's Subs is running a promotion in parallel to Westfield's Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. On Tuesday nights from 6-9pm in July and August, stop by Jersey Mike's and get a regular sub and 22 oz. fountain drink for only $7.95 plus tax. Raindate is Wednesday when the jazz festival is postponed to Wednesday as well. We love the cross promotion with this very popular live music event. Enjoy the delicious subs along with the jazz! 144 E. Broad St., 908.233.6002.   

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Summer Fitness Specials

Summer Fitness Specials

The Bar Method

Enjoy a Student special at POE with 30 days of unlimited classes for only $75. Ages 13 and up, all classes are eligible. Call or stop by the studio to sign up. A student identification is required. 105 Elm St., 908.232.0746. www.westfield.barmethod.com 

Poe Yoga 

Poe is offering special Summer Memberships with unlimited classes for the entire summer to teachers and students. Pay $199 for unlimited yoga classes, $199 for fire barre, $249 for yoga & fire barre. Your card activates upon first visit. With these packages, you pay the one time price and take unlimited classes all summer until Labor Day. (Normally unlimited memberships are monthly and start at $150 per month.) Students or teachers must show their ID when purchasing. 128 Elm St., 908.264.7995. www.poeyoga.com 

Athleta

Athleta is offering a Girls Summer Camp Series: Every Tuesday morning from July 11 to August 15, join Athleta for an hour of fun between 8:45 and 9:45am. With different health and fitness professionals each week, your child will engage in activities ranging from Yoga, Strength Exercise, Self Motivation, and Arts and Crafts. The kids will have a blast! Space is limited, so sign up today by calling the store. 234 E. Broad St., 908.518.7620. www.athleta.net 

Satsang Yoga Studio

Your OM away from home in the heart of Downtown Westfield, Satsang is offering a special workshop for families on July 15 from 10:30am-11:30am. Enjoy this great way to spend an hour with your kids having fun and learning yoga. Cost is $25/family and is best suited for children 4-10 years old. In addition, Satsang has a special offer for college students -- 10% off class cards all summer long with current student id. 235 E. Broad St., 2nd floor, 908.789.7203. 

www.satsangyogastudio.com 

Raritan Valley Gyrotonic

All are welcome to attend their Summer series "Free Open Air Gyrokinesis Classes" at Tamaques Park, Fridays at 10am (weather permitting). Advance sign up is required. Check their online scheduler for days and times. 111 Quimby St., 908.288.7551. www.rvgyrotonic.com

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July Best Bets

July Best Bets

Clothing/Jewelry:

Adlers Jewelers

Adlers Jewelers has expanded to a larger space with a new Designer Bridal Boutique. After 27 years at the same location in Downtown Westfield, Adlers Jewelers has moved next door to 217 North Ave., expanding to double its square footage and adding a private diamond showing area for customers. Adlers carries the top bridal designers including Tacori, Hearts On Fire, Verragio, A. Jaffe, Simon G. and eight other smaller boutique designers. Now they have a great new space in which to present them to future brides and grooms. Read more... 908.233.6900.

Johari Bra & Swimwear

Selected swimwear is now 30% off.  Shop early for the best selection. 112 Central Ave., 908.228.2779. www.joharionline.com 

Galleries/Home:

Juxtapose Gallery

In celebration of July 4th, all J. Devlin glass suncatchers at Juxtapose Gallery are 'Buy Three Get the Third FREE!' for the entire month of July. Stop in to see their beautiful selection at 58 Elm St., 908.232.3278. www.juxtaposegallery.com 

Galeria West Art & Framing

Galeria West is displaying something amazing and unique in their window: "Sky Dance" by artist Stan Adard. It Is one work from his collection "The Breath Experience", which uses digital construction and animation to create slowly flowing and breathing pictures. Take a moment in front of this picture to see the breath in the artwork - Are you able to synchronize your own breath? In July, Galeria West will have three more pieces of Stan's art. 111 Quimby St., 908.301.9217.  

Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Just arrived: Evalyn Dunn has a new selection of  The Helen Eddy day*star collection.  Specially priced with frame at $28. 549 South Ave. W., 908.232.0412. www.evalyndunngallery.com 

Papyrus of Westfield

Papyrus is having a Semi-Annual Sale with up to 70% select products. 62 Elm St., 908.928.1300. www.papyrusonline.com/stores/nj/westfield   

Time Warp

Timeless trends in fashion and décor endure at Time Warp. This month enjoy a storewide sale with most merchandise 30% to 50% off, including all artwork, furniture, lighting, jewelry, clothing, accessories, jewelry and decorative items. There is a free parking lot behind the store for customers. 407 South Ave. W., 908.232.2848. www.timewarpshoppe.com 

Personal Services:

Blende Custom Beauty 

Blende is now offering Brow Sculpting! Summer is here, the perfect time to up your brow game and make sure your eyebrows are in tip top shape. Nothing frames your face better than a perfectly sculpted brow. Call them to schedule your next appointment for waxing or hand tweezing with brow specialist DeeDee. 106 Elm St., 908.588.2094. www.blendebeauty.com 

Glamorous Girlz

It's BFF Month at Glamorous Girlz. Get a manicure and your BFF gets one for free during the month of July! 28 Prospect St., 908.264.8819. 

Jersey Boutique Spa

Buy one facial, get one FREE to give to a friend or family member. Buy one DMK Paramedical Oxygen Enzyme Facial, get one FREE. This 1.5 hour treatment also comes with reflexology, a computerized UV skin scan and a personalized prescription for homecare. $150 value (must be used by two different people). 331 West Broad St., 973.634.1077. www.jerseyboutiquespa.com 

 

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Valencia School of Music

There are still a few open spots in Valencia's summer day programs for July and August. Their Rock and Roll Summer School (July 17-21) offers students a chance to learn to write songs, record at home and perform at the end of the week with a band at Crossroads. Broadway Westfield, the newest musical theater production camp, will be presenting Godspell. The camp runs July 31-August 24th, Monday through Thursday from 10am-3pm with a performance at UC PAC's Hamilton Stages on August 25. Register today - Spaces are Limited. 908.967.0458. 

www.valenciamusicnj.com 

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Food & Wine: Outdoor Dining, Sweet Treats & More

Food & Wine: Outdoor Dining, Sweet Treats & More

New Outdoor Tables at NosVino 

With Jazz Festival every Tuesday night in July and August, it's good to know that NosVino now has outdoor seating for its customers! Having acquired a sidewalk café license, they provide an outdoor space for people to eat, drink and enjoy snacks along with their great wine and craft beer. Help yourself to a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, jams and chocolates. Purchase what you want inside and then sit outside at one of their tables and serve yourself! Read more... 127 Central Ave., 908.232.5050.

 

Friendly Reminder that Smoking is Not Allowed at Outdoor Cafes

Last year The Westfield Town Council banned smoking at outdoor cafés. That means if you are dining outdoors at one of the many restaurants in Westfield, you are prohibited from smoking.  Read more here.

French Cuisine Still a Hit at Chez Catherine

Congrats to chez Catherine who received the top rating in a review in the June 23 issue of the Star Ledger! Read more about Westfield's classic French gem. 431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011.

 

1/2 Price Drinks at Sweet Waters Steak House

Enjoy happy hour at Sweet Waters on Monday-Friday from 3-6pm with 1/2 price drinks, salads, appetizers, and a special bar menu. Also, following the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz on Tuesday nights in July & August, Sweet Waters will be hosting an after party 9-12pm on 7/11-8/15 with live music, 1/2 price drinks and a special bar menu. 43 Elm St., 908.283.9402. www.sweetwatersnj.com 

Exciting Renovations are Happening at Xocolatz

Not only does the hard-working team at Xocolatz prepare delicious food, they have been busy with plans to completely renovate the restaurant. Starting this month, you will see interior changes and new entryway.  Stop by and see what cooking at Xocolatz!  235 Elmer Street, 908.232.3962 

www.xocolatznj.com

Westfield Farmer's Market Every Saturday

Take a stroll through The Westfield Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8:30am- 1:30pm. It's conveniently located on the south side of the Westfield Train Station where there is plenty of parking. In addition to fresh organic farmers, you'll find farm raised meats, locally grown flowers, baked goods, honey, gourmet sauces, pasta, and more. The Farmers Market is sponsored by Two River Community Bank and The GWACC. They look forward to seeing you there! www.gwaccnj.com/farmers-market  

Sweet Treats:

Hand-Dipped Chocolates and Gelato at The Chocolate Bar

Gelato and chocolates are made daily in store! 25 fresh gelato flavors are available and owner Neil Grote Jr. comes in early every day to make sure they don't run out of your favorite flavors! Chocolates are hand-dipped and amazing. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. 

www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

Fruit Smoothies at Ahrre's Coffee Roastery

Try a new fruit smoothie during happy hour at Ahrre's -- $3 each (regular $3.75) from 3pm-5pm weekdays. They offer three flavors: Mango, Razz-Berry and Strawberry-Banana. Their smoothies are 100% organic with no sugar added. Also, enjoy Ahrre's brewed 'coffee of the day' at half price from 5-6pm weekdays, always, and 20% off any French Press throughout June if you mention this newsletter. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977.  www.ahrre.com 

Specialty Flavored Cones at Westfield Creamery Featuring Emack & Bolio's 

Emack & Bolio's invented the specialty flavored cone in 1980 and have made it the perfect accessory to its Super Premium Ice Cream. Come celebrate summer and the 4th of July in Westfield and enjoy one of these world famous cones. 258 E. Broad St. 

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Westfield Town Council Increases Free Parking Hours Downtown

Westfield Town Council Increases Free Parking Hours Downtown

Enforcement now only 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday

The Westfield Town Council approved an increase in the number of hours of free parking downtown and the creation of free 'express spaces' for people parking for 15 minutes or less at the June 20 town council meeting.

Both changes are the result of recommendations by the Mayor's Downtown Task Force and discussions among the Public Safety, Transportation & Parking Committees. Ordinance 2084 changes the hours of paid parking downtown for shoppers and visitors from the current times of 9am to 7pm to 10am to 6pm, effective immediately. Signs and stickers in the downtown lots are being changed. The ordinance will also allow the Westfield Police Department to designate certain parking spaces as 15-minute 'express spaces' for those picking up takeout orders from Downtown restaurants or running quick errands. Read more...

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New Parklet on Elm Street

New Parklet on Elm Street

Our dedicated DPW crew implemented Westfield's first parklet on Elm Street in front of Theresa's and Sweet Waters. 

Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk from the curb into the street: they are installations of public seating, art, plants and other elements, typically located in one or more parking spots and protected from traffic. They are places to gather, eat and drink, celebrate and create, work, play, and build community. With numerous placemaking benefits, these public spaces can make downtowns a more desirable place to live and work, and a more attractive destination. While a relatively new concept in New Jersey, parklets have been successfully implemented in places across the country.  

Westfield is implementing its parklet as a pilot coinciding with the sidewalk café season.  Using only one parking space, the experience and public use will be evaluated ongoingly.  

 

The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Will Take Place July 26 - Register Now!

The 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza Will Take Place July 26 - Register Now!
Register now! 

 

The 5K Pizza Run, one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the state, attracts over 2,200 runners and over 6,000 spectators for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, DJ entertainment, and live music by Michael Craig Band & FOG. Tech shirts to the first 2,500 entrants and caps to the first 600.
 
Sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation, this year's Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza will be held on July 26, 2017. The DWC welcomes Presenting Sponsor Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Platinum Sponsor Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 
 
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